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Starward Shadows Quarterly

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


Starward Shadows Quarterly is an online dark speculative fiction magazine. We’re interested in exploring the wicked, strange places that walk the line between reality and nightmare—the alien, the absurd, and above all else, the weird.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within three months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:

Pays$0.01 per word

Find more details in the Genres section


  • 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

    1 digital

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 1500

Max words: 6000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Speculative

Payment: $ 0.01 per word

Fiction - 1500 words max

Max words: 500

Max words: 1500

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter detailing the story’s title, genre, and word count, along with a very brief description of the plot. Please include your name, publication credits, and any professional memberships, awards, and noteworthy accomplishments as well.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We would appreciate it if you stuck to readable, tried-and-true fonts as well.

  • Author's rights

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Additional info

    Things we love: Monsters, vampires, aliens, psychological horror, first-person unreliable narrators, eloquence, themes of neurodivergence, angst done right (think “Interview with the Vampire), death cults, weird religious undertones, wraiths, trickster kings, black metal, stories where the bad guys win, character-driven narratives, and stories that take place somewhere strange and far away where humanity isn’t even mentioned at all. Things we hate: Post-apocalyptic settings, dystopian fiction, parodies, rock-hard SF, zombies, mermaids, sirens, pandemic stories (we lived it and we’re sick of it), and political and/or moral soapboxes. If you’re going to send us anything falling into these categories, you’d better have completely and utterly reinvented it for it not to get auto-rejected. We’re especially interested in stories by neurodivergent, disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ authors at this time. So if your story is #ownvoices, don’t hesitate to let us know!

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We like weird stuff. If you do too, then we’ll probably like hearing from you. But we’re not sure. Send us stuff and we’ll all find out. Check out our exclusive interview on Deep Cuts in a Lovecraftian Vein if you want to learn more about our goals and inspirations.






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    Morgan Strange


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    Kristian Strange

    Founder/Editor/Designer & Illustrator