what we’re looking for
(NOTE: The podcast right, highlighted below, is new. It applies to works accepted on or after July 26th, 2023. Writers whose work was accepted or published before that date may be contacted for permission to include their work in the podcast.)
Horror-themed poetry, fiction, artwork, visual poetry, etc., in small bites. Horror reviews in larger gulps.
I’m not averse to reprints, but please let me know where and when the work has previously appeared, and please be sure permission isn’t required from the original publisher. Simultaneous submissions are fine also, but please inform me as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere.
tiny frights reserves one-time, non-exclusive electronic rights and archive rights to your work, as well as the right to include an audio performance of your work in the tiny frights podcast. You retain copyright and all other rights.
Word/line limits below do not include the title, or (for poetry) blank lines between stanzas.
PLEASE NOTE: tiny frights does not accept work generated by (or substantially based on work generated by) AI or related technologies. It’s on the honor system, but expect me to ask.
If you take something you’ve created by hand and use computer tech to enhance or distort it, I have no problem with that. But as much as I enjoy playing around with Craiyon, ChatGPT and all the rest, what they produce isn’t art, and sometimes it’s plagiarism.
Poems up to 26 lines long.
Micro-fictions up to 260 words long.
I’m fairly open as long as it’s horror-themed: abstract yet disturbing designs, creepy photorealism, photography (candid or staged, manipulated or not), word art, cartoons, and genres and forms I’m forgetting right now or never knew about. Web-ready, no larger than 500 pixels in either direction or able to be scaled to that size with minimal loss of detail. Fan art is going to be a hard sell unless the work it’s based on is solidly in the public domain.
Reviews of horror media, with a flexible limit of 520 words. I’m only interested in books, movies, etc., that you would recommend, and I want to know why.Other:Visual poetry, prose poems, mixed-media, genre-blending/bending works, etc., subject to the line/word/pixel limits listed above.
how to submit
- Submissions are read most of the year, except for April and October. Any submissions received during those months will be returned unread.
- Submit up to 6 works in a single submission, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For poems and prose, attach a document in Word (.doc or .docx), LibreOffice/OpenOffice (.odt), Markdown (.md or .markdown) or text (.txt). If it’s important to preserve formatting, you can also attach a PDF or graphics file.
- Graphics, including submissions of artwork and visual poetry, should be in JPEG or PNG format.
- If you like, feel free to include a short bio (no more than 130 words), but you don’t have to.
- Cover letters likewise welcome, but not required.
- If you want your work to appear under a particular license (such as one of the Creative Commons licenses), please let me know. I’ll accomodate if feasible.
Glory and gratitude. The zine, which is free and does not accept ads, is a labor of love, and since I’m eating the cost of the domain name and web hosting, I’m making even less from it than you. You can, of course, download a copy of the issue with your work when it’s available, and distribute as many copies to as many people as you wish.