We here at The Library are looking for stories that are well written, character driven and have a dark aspect to them. We mostly publish horror, but are open to most genres so long as the story keeps us biting our nails and turning pages. The content should be driven by horror and suspense and have high literary quality above all else.
The Shadows is a pulp magazine, but space operas, sorcery and magic stories will find a more willing home elsewhere, despite being dark. We don’t and can’t accept “fan fiction” which includes anything based on a video game, book, movie or any other creator’s work or conception unless you have written permission from the creator. If you don’t own the copyright to the characters in your story, we cannot publish your work. By submitting to us, you, as the author of the work, accept responsibility for any possible copyright infringement.
No erotica, horrorotica, or any other unnecessarily graphic depictions of sex. Sex is okay as long as it’s integral to the story you’re trying to tell. If you use gore for gore’s sake or to try and shock us, you’ll likely receive a rejection. Gore is okay, but like sex please use it to strengthen your story and not for shock value alone.
Please use spell check and proof your work before sending it to us. We will do minor editing for grammar and formatting when necessary, but excessive errors will result in an immediate rejection.
Multiple submissions are okay, but please send them under a separate email (this includes poetry) and only three submissions per author per reading period. Please note: If you send us multiple submissions, only one will be accepted if any. For example, if you send us three, we MAY or MAY NOT accept one, but we will not accept more than one. Simultaneous submissions are also okay as long as you let us know if you sell your work elsewhere.
Stories should be between 1,000 and 10,000 words. This word count is firm and any story that consists of 10,001 words or more will not be read.
Please follow proper manuscript format, follow this link for details: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
Specifically what we are looking for is as follows:
- Use Courier New or Times New Roman fonts only.
- Double space between lines.
- Indent paragraphs.
- No extra space between paragraphs.
- All words meant to be italicized, bolded, or underlined in the final print, please make sure they are italicized, bolded or underlined in your manuscript.
- Use double quotes ( ” ) around dialogue.
- All stories must be submitted as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf
- Stories submitted in the body of an email will be deleted unread.
We are accepting interviews, articles, true crime stories, and reviews for submission.
All non-fiction pieces, except for true crime stories, should follow the AP style guide, including the proper use of sources. True crime stories should follow the same formatting as fiction pieces above.
Please be prepared to provide proof confirming an interviews in the form of audio, email, or chat logs. Depending on the nature of the interview we may ask for additional contact information for confirmation.
Poetry submissions are welcome and can be of any style. You can submit up to three poems per reading period. Please submit them in separate emails and attached to the email in either .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. Poems sent in the body of an email will be deleted unread. Poems can be up to seventy-five lines each. This is firm. We will not accept anything longer.
If you send more than one poem in a single submission, we will read only the first poem. The others will go unread.
Poetry does not need to follow story formatting but please use Courier New or Times New Roman fonts only.
Be aware that we reserve the right to reformat your story or poem as necessary to fit the specific format for our magazine. We will not rewrite your story or poem without first sending you a proof, but on occasion, we may have to alter line placement to eliminate blank space.
At this time we are accepting original artwork for future covers, interiors, and for inclusion in fiction pieces. Artwork will be paid out at the same rate as story submissions.
Artwork should be dark in nature, without exceeding the limits of good taste. Unfortunately we cannot accept anything containing graphic nudity or sex, though suggestive artwork is okay. Dark humor suits us fine, so feel free to submit your full color or black and white comics for inclusion. The maximum size for a comic will be a single 6.755 x 10.49 page, so please be aware of this. There is no minimum size on comics.
All artwork should be submitted as a JPEG or PNG attachment via e-mail.
We are also accepting full color or black and white photos for the interior of the magazine. All photos must be original and dark, but again, just like the artwork we cannot accept anything with graphic nudity or sex. Photographs need to be in JPEG format and attached to the email.
We are asking for World Electronic Rights exclusive for a period of six months. The creator further grants the Publisher the right to nonexclusively archive the Work online as long as the Publisher maintains the website.
We are planning to run “Best of” anthologies. Please keep this in mind as we may contact you for reprint rights in the future. Remember, just because you are accepted into the magazine does not guarantee a spot in the “Best of” anthology.
We do not accept reprints. All submitted stories must be original, non-published works. A story is considered a reprint if it has been shared on a social platform like a blog or reddit of if it has been printed in any other magazines or anthologies.
$10 US for each accepted work plus free ebook version of the issue in which your work appears. All payments are made via Paypal or Amazon gift card. If you do not have a Paypal account, it is free and simple to sign up for one.
We endeavor to respond as quickly as possible and send out any immediate rejections as soon as we’ve made a decision. If you haven’t heard from us in a week or two after you submit, then your work most likely has moved on to further consideration. Please give us up to one month to respond before querying about the status of your submission.
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line put: submission and the title of your story.
Send inquiries to: email@example.com
We look forward to reading your work!