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The Dread Machine

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction



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The Dread Machine is a magazine, publishing house, and community where writers and fans of dread-inspiring fiction can read and connect.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    two months (max)*
    Editor reported data
    21 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:
    1% *
    Editor reported data
    Chill Subs tracker stats

Payssee Genres section for details

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

    From the editors

    Cannot be available online unless behind a paywall.

    What's that?

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

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction

  • 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

Max pieces: 3

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

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

Word count limitations are based on our budget and not negotiable. ORIGINAL FICTION: Up to 4000 words. REPRINTS: Up to 7000 words.

Fiction - 2000 words max

Max words: 2000

Max pieces: 3

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

Payment: $ 0.05 per word


Max lines: 50

Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 10 per piece


Max words: 7000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

ORIGINAL FICTION: Up to 4,000 words. REPRINTS: Up to 7,000 words.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Don't overthink it. No need to give us your life story or a massive list of your professional and personal accomplishments. Like your favorite boy band, we don't care who you are, where you're from, or what you did, as long as you write well, baby.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Formatting requirements are discriminatory AF, so we don't have them. However, if you're comfortable operating word processing software and speak the lingo, we appreciate 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and a half-inch indent (set with the ruler, not manually tabbed). If not, don't worry about it!

  • Author's rights

    See our contract here:

  • Additional info

    We do what we want, always. Right now, we're planning a bitchin' 2024. The magazine is going on hiatus while we work on RPGs, novellas, and some other cool projects we have lined up. Stay tuned to our chillsubs for submission calls. ORIGINAL FICTION: $0.08 per word. REPRINTS: $0.01 per word. POETRY: $10 per poem. WISHLIST We want: DARK, FUTURISTIC STORIES CYBERPUNK LITERARY SCIFI MAGICAL REALISM ALTERNATE REALITIES DIVERSE PROTAGONISTS UNIQUE DYSTOPIAS/UTOPIAS UNCONVENTIONAL SOCIETIES HARD SELLS We’re not likely to accept: EROTICA VIGNETTES FOLKTALES CONFESSIONS MYTHS/LEGENDS PANDEMIC STORIES LOVECRAFT PASTICHE FANTASY (SWORD & SORCERY) HARD PASSES We won’t publish anything celebrating: SUICIDE TORTURE PEDOPHILIA RELIGIOUS FICTION CHILD/ANIMAL ABUSE SEXUAL ASSAULT/INCEST SCHOOL/MASS SHOOTINGS GRAPHIC DOMESTIC VIOLENCE You can learn more about our Hard Pass list here: We accept multiple submissions. You may send us up to three stories simultaneously. Please do not combine your submissions. Each must be rated and reviewed independently. The Dread Machine publishes futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction. We do not accept religious fiction, fetish horror, or erotica. All submissions must be in English. We will accept previously published submissions, but not those that are available to the public online. If your story already appears online for free, publishing it would negatively impact both our SEO and that of the other publisher. We will accept previously published stories that are available online only if those stories are hidden behind a paywall. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE ANONYMIZED! Sorry for allcaps, but it's super important. If your submission contains any identifying information, it will be immediately rejected. Put identifying information in your cover letter, not in the filename, header, and/or footer of your story. Our readers should not know your name, address, phone number, or email address, nor should they have a long list of your professional accomplishments or links to your social media profiles. Please remove this information entirely. This is a firm policy. In addition to valuing your privacy, we believe all writers deserve a fair shot. Stories must stand on their own, apart from the writer’s notoriety and achievements.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

21 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

1 days

Fastest response time

158 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 616 days, 316 days

Сhill Subs is able to provide internal statistics because you use our tracker! You're the best!

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    Editor Tina Alberino (aka Alin Walker) avatar

    Tina Alberino (aka Alin Walker)


    Editor Timothy Burkhardt avatar

    Timothy Burkhardt

    Managing Editor