Submissions received after 18th March 2019 will not be read.

Thank you.

We regret that, due to the many submissions we receive, it is impossible to offer individual feedback.

ZombieWe welcome short story submissions from authors of adult horror and dark fiction.

What do we need?

We do not accept submissions by post or courier. You must submit to us by email and the address is:

1. In the subject line of your email please put: MAGSUB/YOUR NAME/TITLE OF YOUR WORK

2. Manuscripts should be formatted in 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced with one inch margins.
Please indent paragraphs do not TAB.
No spaces between paragraphs – spaces should only be between scenes.
No headers, footers or page numbers (yes, we know we can reformat them but it saves a lot of time).

3. Attach your work as a .doc or .docx attachment ONLY. Emails with other kinds of attachment (eg. Zipped files or .rtf) will be deleted. Sorry, but this is for internet security.

We are currently looking for:
Short stories – total word count 500 -10,000.
Dark verse

(We will also call for themed fiction from time to time – follow us on Twitter, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow the website to keep up to date.)

We suggest you read a copy of Massacre Magazine prior to submitting.

3. In the body of the email tell us a bit about your background and your writing. Just be yourself. Oh, and give us links to your website or blog, Facebook, Twitter and so on if you have them (don’t go rushing off to sign up if you don’t – it isn’t make or break). Please include your story’s word count in your email. Submissions consisting of only an attachment will no longer be considered.

When will you hear from us?

At the moment we aim to reply within 90 days and we reply to all submissions whether we are interested in taking them further or not; we think this is polite and it means you’re not left wondering.

Can you submit to other publishers/agents at the same time?

Of course. We think it’s unreasonable to demand exclusivity. All we ask is that you let us know as soon as possible if you are offered a contract in the meantime

What else do you need to know?

Please don’t send us more than one submission at once. If you have more than one story please wait for us to respond to the first before sending another.

Please submit only original work that belongs to you (no fan fiction) and has not been previously published – this includes work published on your own website or blog. We do not publish unsolicited reprints.

Please only submit completed manuscripts – not works in progress.

We regret that, due to the many submissions we receive, it is impossible to offer individual feedback.


We do not pay contributors at the moment, although it is our aim to do so in the future as we monetise the site and magazine. Gaining that all-important exposure for new writers is our main objective, and we will strive to make Massacre Magazine as widely available as possible. Contributors will each receive a PDF of the magazine, have a short expose within the magazine itself, and also a spotlight feature on the Massacre website.


For published pieces we take First Print and/or Electronic Publishing Rights. Ninety (90) days after publication story rights return to author. Please bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which limits the number of markets that will accept it, and reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for no and/or a token payment, is what you want to do.

If you need to ask us something?

In the first instance please send an email to submissions(at)massacrepublishing(dot)com and we will respond as soon as we can.

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