This October, we will have a special themed issue and we need your submissions. The theme is “Wings.” Why wings? “Pigeons from Hell.””The Birds”. “The Raven.” These are only a few tales that have included disquieting winged entities. We want to continue the tradition.
From birds to bats, and Mi-Go to the Mothman, we are looking for short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that flaps and terrifies. Stories should adhere to the general guidelines set by Innsmouth Magazine (See here for word count max, pay rates and the like). We want Weird fiction, we want odd and disquieting tales, we want beauty and grotesqueries.
Reprints will be considered, but, as usual, we ask that you notify us if it is a reprint and where it appeared. Please note we are much more interested in reprints that are not currently available online.
Regarding poetry: We don’t usually hold open submissions for poetry. We will consider unsolicited poems for this issue. Send no more than one and follow the guidelines set by Innsmouth Magazine (cover letter, etc.) Poems will be paid at a flat rate of $10.
Submissions for the Wings issue are open from March 25 to July 25. The issue will be released in time for Halloween. Please make sure to label all stories as “Wings: Title of Story.”
Innsmouth Free Press purchases original Weird short fiction. We have a special interest in stories inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, but the Weird in general is our territory. We showcase 5 to 7 stories during February, June and October.
Some stories are solicited. We also hold open reading periods. Check this page to see if we are reading short fiction. Short fiction sent when we are closed to submissions will not be considered.
No simsubs. No multiples subs. We reply quickly, promise.
Please use Standard Manuscript format when submitting. RTF or DOC files preferred. Text files also accepted.
To submit a short fiction story send an e-mail to: innsmouthfp AT gmail.com, with subject line: Fiction, title of your story and your name. An example of a correct subject line should read: Fiction, The Very Evil Monster, John Johnson.
Length and Genre
Length of fiction is 1,300 to 5,000 words. Anything shorter is flash fiction. See our guidelines for that.
We have no restrictions on settings or time periods. Henry VIII’s court, Peru, Imperial China, 1920′s Innsmouth, or modern New York are all fine with us. In fact, we like unusual times and settings. Creative is good.
We accept a variety of genres as long as the story is Weird: historical, SF, horror, satire, dark fantasy, etc. We don’t mind some humor to go with your grim. A little light makes the shadows darker. No erotica please, specially if it involves our friend Cthulhu.
We like reading stuff from and about women and minorities. We have also published stories from many international writers. Submissions in English, French and Spanish are accepted.
Read our slush tips to get a better idea of what we like and don’t like to see.
Short stories from 1,300 to 5,000 words will be paid 1 cent per word (CAD).
We will consider reprints, but give high priority to those stories that have not been published on the Internet. When submitting a reprint, please state this, as well the work’s publishing history and confirmation that you retain rights to publish it. Reprints will be paid $25 CAD via PayPal.
Replies and Queries
We generally take 21 days or less. Query after fifty days.
Innsmouth Free Press is a Lovecraftian magazine run by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Lovecraft was a rampant racist, but fuck him, POC take the Cthulhu mythos from his cold dead hands!!