At this time, we are accepting short stories in horror and dark fiction for the INK STAINS anthology. 

We are also currently accepting submissions in science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, dark fiction, gothic, paranormal and horror. For these categories, we are considering short story, novella, and novel-length submissions. Please see the genre categories below for details. 

We are no longer accepting literary fiction, romance, women's fiction, young adult or other genres unless they are a subgenre of the above. 




 

 

We are proud to announce our new Ink Stains Anthology -  a bi-annual literary journal filled with tales of dark fiction and horror from Dark Alley Press.

Submissions are open for pieces 3,000-20,0000 words that fall under DARK FICTION, including horror, gothic, paranormal, fantasy, steampunk, and black comedy. 

Authors of acquired pieces for Ink Stains Anthology will receive a flat fee payment of $5 for stories 4,999 words and under, $10 for stories 5,000-9,999 words, $15 for stories 10,000-14,999 and $20 for 15,000-20,000 words. Exclusive world-wide English rights for two years are required. Previously published work (either in print or online) will not be accepted.

All submissions MUST include a plot summary.

We are currently accepting science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction manuscripts for digital and print publication. We are interested in following types of manuscripts:

Novella Length:      40,000 - 50,000 words
Novel Length:         51,000 - 120,000 words
 
All Subgenres: Young Adult, New Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Humorous,  Hard, Soft, Psychological.
 
We are seeking speculative fiction stories about all nationalities, ethnicities and sexual orientations and want to encourage submissions with diverse and unusual characters. We prefer quirkier characters and quirkier story lines, humorous and clever, non-typical and intelligent heroes and heroines, with character-driven stories. 
 
Provide a pitch and brief synopsis of your work on the first page of your manuscript. A pitch is the blurb you would see on the back cover of a book, and a synopsis is a summary of the whole story, from beginning through the climax and through the conclusion. It does not have to be detailed, but should include all story turning points and the resolution of the story.  
 
Please put the pitch and synopsis on the first pages of the manuscript and attach the ENTIRE manuscript for consideration. Submissions without pitches or summaries or without the entire manuscript will be declined without being read, although we may notify you and ask you to resubmit with the correct supporting materials. 
 
  

We are currently accepting fantasy, paranormal, and magical realism fiction manuscripts for digital and print publication. We are interested in following types of manuscripts:

Novella Length:      40,000 - 50,000 words
Novel Length:         51,000 - 100,000 words
 
All Subgenres: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Humorous, Surrealism, Magical Realism, Pagan, Mystical, Contemporary
 
We are seeking stories about all nationalities, ethnicities and sexual orientations and want to encourage submissions with diverse and unusual characters. We prefer quirkier characters and quirkier story lines, humorous and clever, non-typical and intelligent heroes and heroines, with character-driven stories. 
 
Provide a pitch and brief synopsis of your work on the first page of your manuscript. A pitch is the blurb you would see on the back cover of a book, and a synopsis is a summary of the whole story, from beginning through the climax and through the conclusion. It does not have to be detailed, but should include all story turning points and the resolution of the story.  
 
Please put the pitch and synopsis on the first pages of the manuscript and attach the ENTIRE manuscript for consideration. Submissions without pitches or summaries or without the entire manuscript will be declined without being read, although we may notify you and ask you to resubmit with the correct supporting materials.