Original horror or dark fantasy stories of no more than 2000 words. Sci-fi is also welcome so long as it’s scary. We don’t have a strong preference for any particular style or subgenre, but we do prefer writing that is more literary than pulp, that achieves its scares from impacts to fully realized characters as opposed to splatter, gore, or shock value. We would rather be unsettled than grossed out.Length: Up to 1,500 words
We will happily consider formats outside of traditional prose. Comics, email chains, tweet threads, and other methods of spooky storytelling are welcome. Don’t be afraid to surprise us. But please, no poetry.
We are open to authors of all backgrounds and publication histories. Preference will be given to authors based in Southern California (we are an L.A. zine, after all) and to authors of underrepresented backgrounds. However, the strength of the writing and impact of the story is by far the biggest consideration.
* Published yearly. Currently accepting submissions until January 30, 2020.
Payment: 2 cents a word ($30 max) for prose stories, and $30 flat for comics or other visual stories.
Submission Guidelines: https://genrehustle.com/murder-park-after-dark