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Please send your submission to horlamagazine@hotmail.com

News: What We Are Looking For

We shall be happy to receive items of genuine news relevant to our field of fiction, such as discoveries, plaque unveilings, conferences (with photos if appropriate). However, please note that on account of volume we request that you don’t send plugs, book launches and the like.

Those sending news must supply their names and a means of contact (not necessarily for publication) and make clear their connection, if any, with the news item.

The length of any item of news will obviously be dictated by its importance, but we ask you to remember that ours is a small team.

Up to 500 Words

We are open to submission of up to 500 words.

How to Submit

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.

Your Biography

Please include in your covering email a biography of 75 to 100 words.

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.


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.