Submissions: Shotgun! Strange Stories

Submissions: Shotgun! Strange Stories

Submissions to Shotgun! Strange Stories is: OPEN


Publishing Schedule

February 17th, 2017

March 3rd, 2017

March 17th, 2017

April 7th, 2017



What is Shotgun! Strange Stories?

Are you new to writing Horror Fiction? Have you published a few times, here and there, but still feel like you’re spinning your wheels? You are not alone: the publishing industry is vast, and can be a frustrating place for brand new storytellers.

That is why DeadLights Horror Fiction Magazine would like to present: Shotgun! Strange Stories. A digital e-zine that is free to the public, Shotgun! allows authors to practice their craft and reach out to new audiences as we can hyperlink within the digital magazine to any source you choose. Our goal is to allow the horror community at large to interact with your story, and give you feedback; to start a dialogue between new author and new readers.

  • Submissions: Shotgun! Strange Stories
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  • Submissions: Shotgun! Strange Stories
    Volume #1, Issue #2
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    Volume #1, Issue #3
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    Volume #1 Issue #4


Cover Art: We’re interested in all sorts of horror art!

Flash Fiction: Shotgun! will accept two flash fiction pieces per issue! 300 – 900 words!

Short Fiction: Shotgun! will accept three short stories per issue! Stories under 4,000 words are accepted!

Poetry: We like poems that are the length of a Microsoft word document, for instance, so if you can keep it within those humble boundaries, you’re good! We’ll accept two poems per issue. 


We have decided to temporarily suspend paying authors and artists contributing to our E-Zine until we begin selling advertising space in an attempt to keep this E-Zine a free-to-read supplement to DeadLights Horror Fiction Magazine.

However! We will continue to return copyrights to authors once the story is published, and every accepted Shotgun! Strange Stories submission qualifies the writer to submit original fiction to our Shotgun! Anthology, released on Kindle and in a limited paperback edition! For more information on our first upcoming anthology, visit our DL Micro-Press page!


How to Submit

Format: Formatting a manuscript is good practice, no matter how many times you do it. To ensure that you get your fair share of limelight, follow these tips:

We are not format fascists, so don’t be intimidated. Please just do the best you can. We can accept most file forms (.doc, or .docx, etc.), so no worries!

Sending it in: In the subject of the email, please place Strange Stories, your last name, and your fiction form (fiction form meaing, Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, etc.) so that it looks like this: StrangeStories_Smith_Poetry.

In the body of the email, feel free to give us a little biography of yourself and/or your professional career as a writer. We will add the biography in just before your story starts in Shotgun!

Email: Send your submissions to deadlightsmagazine (at) gmail (dot) com!


Other Odd Things

Wait Time: Shotgun! experiences a shorter wait time, as opposed to the for-sale magazine. Still, there may be up to a week or two of confused thumb-twiddling on the part of the writer. We’re sorry about that, and we’re aiming to not tire your joints out, we promise …

Rights: Our overall policy still applies: we don’t hold art hostage! As soon as the story is published in Shotgun!, the rights return to you.

Reprints: Shotgun! is for new and emerging authors. Please do not send reprints to this e-zine.

Multiple Submissions: We don’t accept multiple submissions, I’m sorry to say. One at a time, please!