Submissions

In order to gain maximum exposure to the English-speaking world, new issues appear on the 1st of each month at 10:00 a.m. CDT/4:00 p.m. BST/8:30: p.m. IST/1:00 a.m. AEST (Saturdays).

There is no pay for any submission at this time. All rights remain with the author.

There is no submission fee or submission period. The Chamber accepts submissions 24/7/365.

Use thechambermagazine@gmail.com to query and to submit. Everything must be submitted by e-mail either in the body of the e-mail or a Word document (.doc or .docx).

In the subject line of your e-mail please state whether this is an article or review or poetry of fiction submission, your name, and the work’s title.  For example:  Article by Phil Slattery  “Poe’s Raven: an Analysis”. This information helps filter out a lot of extraneous stuff if I have to search for it.

New perk for writers accepted into The Chamber: as of February 25, 2022, if you have one or more novels already published, The Chamber may add up to three to its new bookshop dependent upon various factors.

  1. The Publisher believes that it/them will interest the readers of The Chamber.
  2. They meet the good taste criteria mentioned elsewhere in the submissions page.
  3. The bookshop distributor supplies it/them.
  4. The publisher reserves the right to decline listing any in The Chamber’s bookshop for any reason or to delete any from a listing at any time.
  5. To submit up to three books for listing, list their titles in your cover letter/ email with your submission. An ISBN may be helpful to prevent confusion, though is not required. If you submit more than three, the publisher may select up to three or none at all based solely on his judgment/ whims.
  6. The name or pen name of the author must be clearly legible on the book and the book must have been written by the writer accepted into The Chamber. In short, do not submit books for friends, relatives, acquaintances, random strangers, or one-night stands you pick up in a bar (even if it was a high-class bar).

The Chamber will make every effort to list any accepted books by the time the author’s story is published in The Chamber, but this may not always be possible. At this time, The Chamber cannot list any on a specific date.

Be forewarned: this perk is experimental and may disappear or change at any time, depending on various factors, not the least of which is The Chamber’s workload or the dissolution of the bookshop.

Once listed, a book will probably not be delisted unless there is a sound reason (including administrative) for delisting.

Be professional. The less editing I have to do, the more likely you are to be published. In my experience, this is true of all publishers.

I reserve the editorial rights necessary to make minor changes needed for clarity (such as to correct typos and misspellings). I will never make revisions or major edits. It’s much simpler and easier to just reject the work or ask for a rewrite.

I will try to respond to submissions as quickly as possible, but please allow a couple of weeks before querying about your article/story. If I like your submission, I will publish it as soon as possible, probably within a month or two.  This will depend on the backlog of submissions and other factors.  

Do not send fan fiction.

Keep profanity to a minimum. I would like to reach as large an audience as possible.  

Gratuitous sex, extreme violence, violence to children, rape and anything else that offends my personal sensibilities or anything that skirts the boundaries of the law will not be published.

Always re-check the guidelines before submitting.  They may change without prior notice.

Interviews are by invitation only. However, if you have conducted a short interview of an author (or artist/illustrator) of horror or dark fiction, I will be happy to consider it for publication.

I am looking for articles, reviews, essays, dark poetry, and dark fiction of approximately 7,500 words or less including flash fiction, micro fiction, nano fiction, postcard fiction, sudden fiction, smoke longs, dribbles, drabbles, short shorts, six-word stories, mini-sagas, creepypastas, or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction. If in doubt about what I publish, query.

I will also accept:

  • Articles of approximately 7,500 words or less on the art of writing dark fiction (of any length, poetry, screenplays, etc.) or on writing in general.  Articles on foreign dark fiction are encouraged.
  • Book and movie reviews, the more recently published or distributed the better, but I will consider reviews of classics works of dark fiction all the way back to Walpole (and before if sufficiently interesting).   These must be approximately 7,500 words or less also.
  • Articles on horror in other countries are encouraged.  
  • Translations of articles, stories, or poems from French, German, or Spanish are considered, but the original article/story/poem and its translation must not exceed the 7,500 word or less limit.

Use standard manuscript format (paragraphs together with first line indented) or flush left with a space between paragraphs. In both cases the right edge should be ragged. Please don’t mix the two in one document. My preference is for flush left, but I like the more traditional standard manuscript format too.  This makes it easier for me to copy and paste into the website and easier for readers to grasp. I try not to tinker with format, because it is time-consuming and each author should be able to use their own idiosyncrasies. However, having all stories in an issue formatted the same does appear more professional.

A short bio of 50 words or less  is optional. It may include your website, twitter handle, or any other social media identification you like.  

Pseudonyms are fine, but please state them as the byline and include your actual name and contact info in the top left of the first page of the submission per standard manuscript format.

I am taking multiple submissions of up to three works at once. Once you have submitted, please wait until you have heard about that submission before submitting more.

I will take simultaneous submissions, but be professional and withdraw your work if it has been accepted elsewhere before being published here.

Reprints are okay, but tell me when and where the article/story/poem was most recently published. You may include this in your submission or bio.

This page was last updated on November 10, 2021.