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Haunted Words Press

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction



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A literary zine publishing stories, poetry and visual art of all genres, all with some element of the gothic, the peculiar, or the spooky. Our audience is middle grade (8-12) and young adult (12-18).


This magazine may have some eligibility requirements

Please double-check before submitting.

  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    2-3 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    28 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:  / 
    Chill Subs tracker stats



  • 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

    From the editors

    If you're in a digital/themed issue (releasing tri-annually), then your work will go into that year's printed anthology, and you'll receive a contributor copy to your address. If you are in a print exclusive collection, you'll receive a contributor copy of that upon its release. More information can be found in our submission guidelines under 'Important Stuff'

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 1001

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Children's story, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, LGBTQ+ Stories, Romance, Speculative, Young Adult

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Children's story, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, LGBTQ+ Stories, Romance, Speculative, Young Adult

We would prefer flash fiction to be no more than 750 words, but please do not exceed 1000 words.


Max pieces: 3

No more than two pages per piece


Max pieces: 3

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    a short bio no more than 100 words about yourself.

  • Eligibility

    Young creatorsLGBTQ+ creatorsWomen and other marginalized genders

  • Formatting

    Short stories and flash fiction should be in times new roman with 12 pt. font and 1.5 line spacing. Use page numbers if your work is longer than one page. For short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, attach the piece(s) as a pdf. For visual art, attach the piece(s) as either a jpg or png.

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Make you feel at home: cozy, meme-friendly, a sense of community, all that stuff Accept previously published Our audience is middle grade (8-12) and young adult (12-18). We want to publish works of the spooky, the dark, the peculiar, the strange, the magical. give us romance, horror, mystery, adventure. any and all genres are accepted. We want all of it. Contributors to the quarterly themed digital issues will be put into the printed anthology for that year and receive a free contributor copy of the anthology. Contributors to special printed collections (like the 2023 Pride collection We Will Not Stay Buried) will receive a free contributor copy of their work.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

28 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

4 days

Fastest response time

98 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 189 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

24 days

12-month average response time

Managed by editors

Submission calls

    All genres



We welcome you to Haunted Words Press, a literary magazine publishing tales of the gothic, the peculiar, and the downright spooky for middle grade and young adult readers.







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    Halle Merrick