Call for Submissions — Hinnom Magazine 2019: Quarterly Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror — Short Fiction and Poetry

PLEASE READ THE SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES BELOW. HINNOM MAGAZINE IN 2019 WILL BE A SEMI-PROFESSIONAL MARKET, PAYING 2 CENTS ($0.02) PER WORD FOR FICTION & $50 FOR POEMS.

 

Greetings from the Valley of Hinnom,

With the amazing success of Hinnom Magazine during 2017 & 2018, we have decided to implement some major changes, including the reading period and the pay rate. The publication will be quarterly, to be released on an as-of-yet unannounced schedule, and there will be one submission period for the entire year of 2019 unless otherwise noted in the future. So mark your calendars! We seek authors who have a unique voice, interesting writing styles, and unparalleled storytelling talents.

We also encourage prospective authors to read one of our previous publications to get a feel of the atmosphere and themes we favor. We know a lot of publishers say this, but there is good reason for it.

FICTION SUBMISSION DETAILS:

Below, you will find the genres and subgenres that we adore. Again, if you read our previous releases, you will likely develop a solid understanding of what Hinnom Magazine represents in dark fiction & poetry. The guidelines will be much stricter this year, so please pay close attention to the details.

We are looking for stories and poems that fit the themes of Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror. Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy are all welcomed, as long as they fit in the realms of Weird and Cosmic. All stories and poems must also be speculative in some way. What we mean by this is that we don’t want stories or poems based in realism. While many great horror stories and poems are plausible in modern reality, these are not for Hinnom Magazine. Thus, all horror MUST BE otherworldly or supernatural in some way. Science Fiction MUST BE dark and speculative. Fantasy MUST BE morally ambiguous and grim. Any combination of the above genres is fine. In fact, we encourage it. 

 

RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR FICTION & POETRY:
  • Copyright remains with the author at all times
  • First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 6 months from the date of publication
  • If selected and approved to be republished in an anthology in the future, the author whose piece is submitted will be paid $45.00
RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL ART:
  • Non-exclusive electronic, print, and reprint rights
  • Ability to use the art for promotional and advertising purposes
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

All fiction and poetry must be submitted in proper manuscript format.  If you have any doubts regarding what this is, click on this link.

STORIES AND POEMS THAT ARE NOT FORMATTED PROPERLY WILL BE REJECTED IMMEDIATELY! (THIS HELPS THE EDITORS DURING THE FORMATTING STAGE SO PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THAT.)

If you submit a story or poem without a title and/or author name, or in a Google Drive file, it will automatically be rejected.

FICTION: All fiction will be paid the semi-professional rate of 2 cents ($0.02) per word.

POETRY: Poetry will be paid a flat rate of $50 per poem.

ARTWORK: Artwork used for individual covers of online and print magazines, anthologies. Paid $100 depending on project concerned.

AUTHOR COPIES: Each contributor will receive ONE (1) complimentary copy of the work in which they appear.

NO REPRINTS ALLOWED. FICTION MUST BE ORIGINAL AND UNPUBLISHED, UNLESS OTHERWISE REQUESTED. 

All payments are made through PayPal on the day of publication. Fiction and poetry can only be sold as a reprint after publication.  

WHAT NOT TO SUBMIT:
  • Absolutely NO erotica or fan fiction.
  • If vulgarity or obscene concepts are not integral to the plot, expect a rejection. The most taboo topics you can think of are okay, as long as they are executed in a professional and intellectual manner.
  • No excerpts from novels or unfinished pieces. Stories and poems must stand on their own with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • No simultaneous submissions, though multiple submissions are okay, as long as you don’t exceed three during the reading period. For poems, feel free to submit as many as you like, as long as the pieces still fit the required themes.
  • No reprints.
  • Stories or poems with numerous errors, including grammatical, syntax, and/or punctuation errors. We are proud of our professionalism at Gehenna & Hinnom Books and we hope to publish authors who share our professional outlook on the writing industry.
  • If your story or poem was rejected for a different publication from us, do NOT send it to one of our different submissions calls. If we thought your story or poem would fit for a different publication of ours, we would have let you know from the beginning.
  • Some general themes and topics we shy away from if they are not executed in an original manner: vampires, werewolves, zombies, possession, demons, ghosts, aliens, basically all the tropes in general media. We want something original and new, a story/poem that we haven’t seen before.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
  • Send all submissions and inquiries to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Manuscript must be properly formatted and edited before anything else. See format guidelines here.
  • Title email as follows: Hinnom(Abbreviated Month of Reading Period Submitted)/(Title of Story/Poem)/(Author Name)  Example: HinnomJan/Screamer/Grau.
  • Attach properly formatted manuscript to email as either a DOC, DOCX, or RTF file. No others are accepted. Do not include story/poem in body of email. This will be grounds for automatic rejection.
  • Include in the body of your email, or as a cover letter to your manuscript, a short bio including any publication history, awards, social media links, etc.
  • Artists, please send all artwork to us as either a JPEG or PNG.
RESPONSE TIME:

We are aware that your time is very valuable as a writer and that when rejected, your first move is to submit elsewhere. Because of this, we hope to respond to your submission within 60 Working Days of it being received. The first batch of responses will be sent out once the reading period ends.

(NOTE: Delays may occur if the submission volume is overwhelming. A receipt letter may be sent out if this occurs, just to notify the authors of the delay.)

READING PERIOD:

  • January 1st-February 28th

LEGALITIES:

By sending us your work you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator and copyright holder of the work submitted.
  2. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive electronic & print rights in English, and reprint rights.
  3. All information submitted is accurate and truthful.
  4. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, unfortunately, we cannot accept your submission.  Hinnom Magazine is an adult magazine and because of this, we require all authors to be of legal age to read and/or submit to it.

Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to add the volume and issue you were published in.

A FEW TIPS AND DOS/DONTS

1. A good rule of thumb, is to think of the first half of the story as the moment to catch the reader’s attention. Short fiction is difficult to perfect, since you have a limited window to tell a concise story. Think of yourself as a reader as well as a writer. This will definitely help with the loving but difficult process of crafting your narrative. The same applies for longer poems.

2. Our sweet spot for story lengths lies somewhere between 1000-2000 words for flash pieces and 3000-4000 words for short fiction. Poems are a bit more lenient, due to their concise nature. We do accept longer works, and shorter works, but generally speaking, this is what most of our published stories average.

3. Hinnom Magazine prides itself with the oddities contained between the front and back covers. By this, we mean that we like stories and poems with a fresh take on things. Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, all of these are fine. As long as they are used in an original way. We love thematic material that we haven’t seen before.

4. EDITING. More stories/poems are rejected due to editing than anything else. Yes, we do have editors. But we also have deadlines, and we also expect a certain level of professionalism. We don’t want to see a work in progress. Read through your final product, fix any glaring errors, or send it to your editor (if you have one, if not, get a friend to read over it). It’s good to remember that publishers are investing in the writers, not the other way around.

5. Read some of our recent releases. We know every publisher says this, but there are only good reasons for it. In 2017 & 2018, we found our voice as a publisher, and now we know exactly what we are looking for in stories. Doing your research should always be an essential factor in submitting anywhere. Know your editor, know your publication. This will always improve your chances. (On a side note, if you are curious of the magazine and really want to learn about it before submitting, ask. We are not stingy and see no problem sending you a complimentary e-book. Yes, we would prefer you buy it. But these are hard times for writers/readers with the saturation of the market, and having the stories read is much more important than financial gain.)

6. Always make sure to read the guidelines thoroughly. This goes for submitting anywhere. Our requirements are all there for a reason. With the small staff we have, and the increasing amount of submissions we receive every month, we set these guidelines the way they are on purpose. If you ever have any questions regarding the submission process, you can always email us. We are very proud of our punctuality when it comes to author correspondence.

7. Never take rejection personally. It’s part of being a writer. Narrowing hundreds of stories to 3-4 is very difficult and we have to make many decisions that are not easy for us. Always see a rejection letter as a sign for improvement. We also are always willing to give any advice or suggestions to the writer, and many times we do this in our letters already. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your story, don’t shy from asking. We are here to help you. Writers are our specialty and primary concern, not the business aspects. If business was our priority, this site and company wouldn’t exist and you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

8. No bribing or gifts in exchange for publishing. We admire the audacity but we hold our etiquette above all else.

9. Finally, be brave. Take a risk. If you’re not sure about a story/poem but you really want to send it in, do it. If the themes of a story are unorthodox and it hasn’t been accepted elsewhere despite it fitting the themes we seek, send it in. Rejection letter? Answer it with bravery and resolve. Persistence is key to any success. Don’t ever shy away from a challenge.

Thank you so much for your time and we cannot wait to read your fascinating works.

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