SHROUD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS.
Fiction: Shroud considers horror, dark mystery, dark fantasy and suspense short stories up to 5,000 words (+/-).
In addition, we are interested in tightly woven flash fiction, and (in some very rare cases) serialized novellas. Thriller and Suspense tales with a horror aspect are also welcome. We highly recommend that you buy a SAMPLE ISSUE in order to get a clear idea of our style and tone.
Please query first for nonfiction.
We are especially interested in dark literary fiction that demonstrates a keen proficiency in language and tone. We draw no distinction between good "literary fiction" and "genre fiction." If you are submitting your work for publication, then we assume that it has been revised several times and represents your best work.
What we have published:
Dark fiction with unique, flawed and interesting characters;
Stories that rely on atmosphere and suspense to create a feeling of dread for the reader;
Mythic horror in a real world setting;
Classically-themed horror and suspense;
Dark Fantasy in a contemporary/RW setting;
We are LESS interested in:
Stories that rely on shock, gore, violence or sex as the sole device to tantalize the reader;
Sword and Sorcery or anything set in a fantasy world;
Stories about serial killers;
Vampires ala Rice;
First person accounts (especially those that are intended to sound "Lovecraftian." We would rather read your unique voice).
Send us electronic submissions in .RTF format as a file attachment. Your subject line should clearly say "SUBMISSION," your NAME and the TITLE.
Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know that it's a sim-sub and please let us know if it sells with ANY another publisher (regardless of the format, electronic etc.)
If your story is accepted elsewhere, we will not treat it as a reprint, nor will we continue to consider it for publication. If you fail to tell us it has been accepted elsewhere and we agree to publish it, our contractual agreement will be void.
Why do we do this? We receive hundreds of submissions every submission period and would much rather bring new, original, never-been published material to readers than material that has been published elsewhere.
Please do not send us multiple submissions -- please only send us one story at a time and do not send your next submission until we give you a reply to the first.
Discouraged. Query first please. We rarely print reprints.
We do NOT accept hard copy submissions. However, we are willing to make reasonable accommodations should you need it.
PLEASE include a short (50 words +/-) bio somewhere in your submission (IN the.rtf file) along with all of your contact information. If accepted, this will be the bio published with your story in Shroud.
PLEASE use underlines INSTEAD of italics. Why? It insures that our line editor and layout person sees and preserves the format of your manuscript.
Averages 2 to 4 months, but stories kept for further consideration by the editors may take additional time.
IMPORTANT: If you have NOT received an acknowledgment of receipt for your SHORT STORY within 1-5 Days of your submission then it is likely the submission was formatted incorrectly. We do appreciate your hard efforts and your creative vision, but with more than 350 submissions a month, if your submission is incorrectly formatted then it will be (unfortunately) deleted... sorry.
Please query with samples. We are actively looking for talented artists for covers and B&W interior illustrations.
PAYMENT POLICIES AND READING PERIOD
Shroud currently pays a flat rate of $10 for Flash Fiction up to 1000 words, $25 for stories up to 5000 words, and $25 for non-fiction up to 3000 words. Book reviews and other pieces will be discussed with the authors on a case by case basis. Payments are submitted AFTER publication, and AFTER Shroud receives a simple email invoice for the work.
The email invoice should simply state your name, address, and the preferred method of payment (check or Paypal)
WE WILL BE OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM AUGUST 1ST THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30th, 2014. We have created this reading period to help us better respond to submissions. Unfortunately submissions that come in outside of those periods will not be read. Again, we are only doing this in order to better serve our writing community.
Shroud Digital Edition ("Shroud DE")
Work submitted to Shroud will be automatically considered for our new, monthly digital edition and the same payment and submission guidelines apply. If, for some reason, you do not want to be considered for Shroud DE please state this in your submission email.
Submission Email Address
editor at shroudmagazine dot com
Novels and Novellas:
*CLOSED TO UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS IN 2013-2014
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