Submissions

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In General

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.

When time permits, we like to provide a quick sentence or two of constructive criticism on works that are not accepted.

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).

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.  

I will also accept short (approximately 10-15 minutes or less) films and audio clips including readings and reviews that are posted on YouTube (and possibly elsewhere depending on the platform and medium) on an experimental basis. I can link to them and repost them here. The same content guidelines that I require of written works I also require of videos and audio clips. As with all written works and other material posted on this website, the author/filmmaker must have all necessary copyrights and any other rights/licenses applicable to his/her work.

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rape and anything else that offends my personal sensibilities or anything that skirts the boundaries of the law will not be published.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.

To estimate when your work might be published if it is accepted, check the Coming Soon page. That is updated with the latest information on what is scheduled to appear in The Chamber. I am currently limiting the number of submissions published to five per week.

Specifics

I am looking for articles, reviews, essays, dark poetry, and short, 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, whether it be prose, poetry, one-act plays, or any other form of literature. I want to showcase the genre in all its subtlety, intelligence, art, horror, terror, suspense, thrill-seeking, and gruesome detail. I will also accept dark humor provided it follows the guidelines below with regards to content and good taste. Note that although a story can be short, or even tiny in comparison to other stories, that does not mean that it can be any less powerful. In fact, it is my belief that the shorter a story is, the more power it should pack. This is the same as a bullet. A small bullet must travel at a higher speed (i.e it must have more impact) in order to be as powerful as a larger bullet. At this time, I am not interested in anything of the erotica or young adult genres.

Welcome genres include:

  • horror
  • dystopian
  • fantasy
  • grimdark
  • action-adventure
  • suspense/thriller
  • literary
  • science fiction
  • historical
  • mystery/crime
  • noir
  • romance
  • Western
  • experimental
  • cyberpunk
  • steampunk
  • weird fiction
  • gothic (literary genre)
  • goth (contemporary subculture)
  • Southern Gothic
  • transgressive
  • neo-noir
  • magical realism
  • macabre
  • general
  • creepypastas
  • humor
  • any mixture of the above

I will also accept short (approximately 10-15 minutes or less) films and audio clips including readings and reviews that are posted on YouTube (and possibly elsewhere depending on the platform and medium) on an experimental basis. I can link to them and repost them here. The same content guidelines that I require of written works I also require of videos and audio clips. As with all written works and other material posted on this website, the author/filmmaker must have all necessary copyrights and any other rights/licenses applicable to his/her work.

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.
  • Dark poetry (under 64 lines) or articles on dark poetry.
  • Currently, reprints are acceptable. This may change in the future.

Use standard manuscript format.  This makes it easier for me to copy and paste into the website and easier for readers to grasp.

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.

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.

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.

Do not send fan fiction.

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

To emphasize once again: 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.  I may change them without prior notice.

Commemorative Months

For those interested, below is a list of the commemorative months observed by the US. If you would like to submit something around the theme for a commemorative month, please do. This is entirely optional. I am not asking for works to be submitted around any particular theme at any time. This is entirely at the author’s discretion. I will continue to publish works as soon as I can unless the author requests it be held for a particular month.

To submit a work with a theme, note the theme the work is being submitted for in the subject line of the submission along with the desired month of publication. Any accepted works I receive on a particular theme, I will try to post in the appropriate month, space permitting. As of April 2021, I am publishing only twenty submissions per month. The publication sequence is first come, first served. If you want a work published in a particular month, submit it as far in advance of the month as you can to give you a better shot at being published in that month.

Please note that having a subject that pertains to a commemorative month will not affect whether your work is accepted. Acceptance is based on writing quality alone.

  • National Stalking Awareness Month (January)
  • African-American History Month (February)
  • Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
  • Jewish-American Heritage Month (May)
  • Law Day (May 1)
  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 17)
  • LGBT Pride Month (June)
  • National Hispanic American Heritage Month (Sept/Oct)
  • Constitution and Citizenship Day (Sept 17)
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Native American Heritage Month (November)
  • Human Rights Day (Dec 10)

This page was last updated on April 16, 2021.

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