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Cold Signal

Literary Magazine




Cold Signal latest issue

a weird genre & indie lit online anthology series exploring the existential questions of today & tomorrow.


  • Vibe:Weird / outsider / wtf even is it
  • Response time:
    1-2 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 7000 words max

Max words: 7000

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction

Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, weird fiction.

Nonfiction - 7000 words max

Max words: 7000


Max pieces: 2

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Additional Note: The issue is illustrated with collages constituted with Midjourney images I prompted to represent the work of the authors or that the authors provided themselves. For the sake of transparency, all of the generated images were prompted without using any living artist as a direct reference (i.e. no “in the style of ____” for anyone who hasn’t been dead for many years. The only named artist in my prompts was William Blake, who is lovably very dead.) I did use public domain/royalty free stock art from as well. To add on that, all fonts are free or public domain fonts available on The amount of compositing, collaging & digital editing post-generation varies from image to image but everything was touched by my “digital” hand. I also searched each AI image to ensure there was no blatant copyrighted reference image, but I’m aware this is not a definitive approach. This issue and the images within will not be available for sale at any point as AI images cannot currently be copyrighted.

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    Deadline: May 31, 2024



COLD SIGNAL is a digital literary anthology that publishes infrequently that was founded in 2022. Cold Signal seeks to gather and celebrate diverse, challenging work straddling a multitude of genres and styles that speak to the unique alienating challenges and conditions we face today as artists and...

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