Please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that with the exception of ‘news’, material should not have been published previously (either online or in print), meaning publication will be first to Horla. Exceptions may be made in the case of material whose publication in Horla would constitute first publication in English.
We’ll receive and consider interviews with fiction writers in our field and connected figures such as family members, curators or figures from the creative industries perhaps engaged in adapting a work for stage, radio, television or cinema.
Photographs can be helpful. Please make sure you have the appropriate rights.
Usually, to a maximum of 2,500 words please. Longer pieces will be considered in the case of genuinely major figures. In many respects this depends on the interest of the piece, the quality of the writing, etc.
Your submission should be sent in William Shunn format using Times New Roman 12 pt with 1.5 spacing between each line. If you do not know what William Shunn format is then please visit this link: https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
Please do not indent the beginnings of paragraphs. Please write from the margin, as with other lines. Please leave a line space between each paragraph. These requirements are important because of the way we format text.
Please ensure that your submission is spelt and punctuated properly. British English spellings are required not American i.e. centre not center, colour not color, etc.
We don’t want to sound officious, but work that is poorly presented in terms of spelling, punctuation, etc., is highly likely to be spiked.
Please include in your covering email a biography of 75 words or so. Please try to make yourself sound interesting even if you are not.
What we’re looking for is "Robert Douglas / Rhiannon Walters once discovered a Celtic crown in a… / was bitten by a highly…" and then some credits or titles you’d like to mention followed by those lecturer / graduate / cat / dog / kids details… if you really must.
You may add a link to your own site if you have one. Please attach a head-and-shoulders photo. We tend to favour black-and-white. Of course, if you’re Stephen King you can just say, "Stephen King’s next book [insert title here] will be out in [insert date here]." That’ll be fine.
We regret that we are unable to pay for submissions. Rights post-publication will revert to the writer. We shall retain a right to digital publication and a right to print your submission in future print ventures (for example, anthologies).
We shall have the right to make small changes to your work, for example, adjustments to punctuation, grammar and spelling without consultation. While we hope that we shall not have to do so, any more substantial changes will be negotiated with the author, with both parties retaining the right to decline publication.
Your submission implies acceptance of these terms and all other requirements stated above. Your submission also implies that you have legal authority to its contents and to submit the same for publication.
Simultaneous submissions: although we sense your strong desire to be published first and foremost by Horla we're open to the receipt of submissions that you may have sent to other publications at the same time. We ask that if you decide to accept an offer of publication elsewhere, before we've had time to consider your work, that you inform us so that we can remove your piece from our list of things to look at.
Multiple submissions: while you're welcome to submit to more than one of our categories at the same time – perhaps fiction and The Neglected, for example – we ask that you limit your submissions to one in each category per month.
We will consider work from emerging as well as established writers.
If submitting elsewhere simultaneously, please let us know if your work has been accepted by another title if it should be the case that we haven’t been able to get to your submission yet.
Sorry, but we are unable to respond to every submission. If you haven’t heard from us within 12 weeks of submitting, it’s likely that, regrettably, we’ve been unable to accept your work this time. If you don’t succeed with us first time around, you’re welcome to try again for a subsequent issue.
Please leave 12 weeks before querying.