Submission Guidelines for Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine

Special Notice: In addition to submissions for our regular issues, Niteblade is also currently open to submissions for our special dark fairy tale theme issue. Submission guidelines for that issue can be found here — Dark Fairy Tale submission guidelines.

Niteblade Magazine will consider poems of any length and short stories up to 7,500 words long so long as they contain elements of fantasy or horror. Please do not submit unless you are over 18 years old.

Submission Guidelines

Last updated August 12, 2014

Submissions are OPEN

Short Version:
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Reprints: Yes
NOT indented
We do NOT accept submissions via email. Please scroll down to find a link to our Submittable submissions form.

highly suggest reading the long version(below) because stories will be rejected if they fail to follow the guidelines.

Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine will require the non-exclusive right to use your story or poem in our free online edition, downloadable editions (including PDF, Kindle and EPUB) and the right to archive your work on our website indefinitely.

Short Stories: $5 + a .pdf copy of the issue the work appears in
Poems: $5 + a .pdf copy of the issue the work appears in
Payment will be made by your choice of paypal or a donation to Save The Chimps.

Niteblade is looking for fantasy and horror. Within these (soft) genre boundaries, we want the strange and unusual, high quality work that uses language and form to deliver content that will make our hearts miss a beat, will make us forget about getting the next coffee refill. We want something that is true, honest and real, something that is alive, maybe even more alive.

Send up to 5 poems. To streamline response time, we advise that you send each poem in an individual file. Your submission should be accompanied by a brief cover letter with the piece’s publication history.

A cover letter for either poetry or fiction should contain no synopsis and no other background information. If you have been published in markets that you feel might interest us, mention no more than three.

When submitting prose please single space your work, insert a blank line between paragraphs and do not indent them. We often get emails asking us to clarify what we mean by this. If you’re confused click the little picture to the left there, it will take you to a .jpg example of what we mean. It’s really not complicated, I promise.

We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions and reprints. If your story/poem is a reprint please note it in your cover letter and let us know where and when it has been published before. If it is a simultaneous submission please withdraw it immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

No multiple submissions please. Only one story and up to 5 poems per author will be considered at a time. If you’ve got more that you’d like to submit, wait until we’ve responded to your first submission before sending the next one.

What else?
We might give you feedback on rejected work. We might ask for rewrites and are very likely to request edits. Please consider this before submitting your work to us.

Response time:
We try to respond to a submission as fast as we possibly can. If we are holding your piece longer than usual, this is in all likelihood a good sign, even so, feel free to query us after six weeks. Direct fiction queries to the editor ( and poetry queries to our poetry editor (

Anything to do with poetry can be asked of our poetry editor Alexandra Seidel:
Anything else can be asked of our Editor In-Chief:


We use the Submittable admin system to speed up response times.

Click here to go to the submission form

Please consider tracking your submission and reporting your response at Duotrope’s Digest or Ralan’s Webstravaganza:
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If you have any other questions please email and I will respond as soon as possible.