How to submit or pitch to Horrified

Horrified is always happy to consider pitches or read submissions – though we prefer you pitch us first in case the subject you’re interested in covering is already being written about; we wouldn’t want to waste your time. 

We’d love to hear your ideas for British horror articles, features, retrospectives, columns, reviews and fiction. To be perfectly honest, we’ll happily listen to any ideas you have for Horrified that are broadly British horror-focused so do feel free to get in touch. 

Below you’ll find contact emails for both Fiction and Non-fiction along with guidelines for submission. If you’d like to comment or ask a question about anything else, we have a general Contact email too. Just click on the relevant image below to get in touch…

**Please see the section at the bottom of the page for submission guidelines for the Ghost Stories for Christmas Anthology**

Non-fiction submissions guidelines

Fiction submissions guidelines

Contact Horrified

We’re keen for a full spectrum of writers to contribute to Horrified. If you have an idea for an article – whether you’re a fan of British horror with a passion for the subject or an academic with a critical take that you’d like published –  then please get in touch, following the guidelines below.

We encourage submissions from previously-published, more established, as well as those from new and emerging writers. If you’re looking for a market to showcase your talents, Horrified could find a home for your article. There is no word count range (we’re just as keen to publish a series of in-depth retrospectives as we are a 3,000-word critical analysis or a one-off love letter to a particular facet of British horror).

Make sure you proof-read and check your spelling, grammar and punctuation carefully, so the article you send is your best work. We can fix the occasional typo, but are unlikely to be drawn towards careless, sloppy work. 

As a relatively new magazine, we are unable to pay our contributors at this time, but this is something we would love to be able to do in the future.

If you think you have something that might be suitable, we’d love to hear from you. Email us to pitch your idea (a short paragraph detailing what you’d like to cover should suffice). Once your pitch is approved and a complete draft is ready, submissions should be sent as an attachment (Word doc or PDF) to: nonfiction@horrifiedmagazine.co.uk or you can click the image above to open a new email.

When submitting your article, please include a short (around 25 words) synopsis of your article, a short author-bio, author photo, and any links to your social media/website/blog.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We welcome short horror stories, small but perfectly formed dark fiction. We are looking for original stories with strong plots and compelling characters which evoke atmosphere and elicit a sense of fear and unease in the reader. 

We seek the full spectrum of horror, from modern ghost stories to tales of gothic Grand-Guignol, from psychological terrors to monsters that lurk in the dark – as long as it’s terrifying, we’re interested. We are not, however, looking for graphic tales featuring explicit sex and/or profanity.

We encourage submissions from previously-published, more established authors, as well as those from new and emerging writers. If you’re looking for a market to showcase your talents, Horrified could find a home for your story. The word count range is between 1,000 and 5,000 words (though outstanding tales that fall outside this range may be considered). Similarly, reprints may be considered, only if they are of exceptional quality.

Make sure you proof-read and check your spelling, grammar and punctuation carefully, so the story you send is your best work. We can fix the occasional typo, but are unlikely to be drawn towards careless, sloppy work.

As a relatively new magazine, we are unable to pay our contributors at this time, but this is something we would love to be able to do in the future.

If you think you have something that might be suitable, we’d love to hear from you. Submissions should be sent as an attachment (Word doc or PDF) to: fiction@horrifiedmagazine.co.uk or you can click the image above to open a new email.

Please include a short (around 25 words) synopsis of your story, a short author-bio, author photo, and any links to your social media/website/blog.

We look forward to hearing from you!

**SEE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR OUR GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY (BELOW)**

Whether you’re a film distributor, publicist, filmmaker, author, artist or publisher, you can get in touch via this email address. 

We’re happy to chat about reviews, interviews, features or any other opportunities for British horror-related promotions. 

Alternatively, if you have any questions or comments about Horrified, then send us an email at contact@horrifiedmagazine.co.uk

Join the Horrified team

We’re always on the lookout for team members who can help deliver on our promise to celebrate and champion British horror. To this end, please get in touch if you think you’d like to contribute to Horrified on an ongoing, regular basis. 

If you’re keen to write a column about your thoughts on, for example, the state of British horror or perhaps you think Horrified should be posting daily news updates and you’re just the person to make it happen. Or maybe you’re an SEO whizz and think you can really boost visits to Horrified. Or you have experience and fresh ideas for how to run a fantastic Horrified newsletter – we want to hear from you. 

As a relatively new magazine, we are unable to pay our contributors at this time, but this is something we would love to be able to do in the future.

Send us a few examples of your work and some ideas for ways you think we can improve Horrified with your help and let’s have a chat. 

Email us at:  contact@horrifiedmagazine.co.uk with the heading Joining the Team in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ghost Stories for Christmas Anthology (Submission Guidelines)

Deadline: Midnight – 31st October 2020

Word count: 1,000-5,000 words

Payment: Free author copy

How to submit: Our Short Fiction guidelines (above) apply to the Ghost Stories for Christmas anthology. However, for this call, please write in the subject line of your email: Christmas Ghosts anthology – story title – author/pen-name.

Please include a short (around 25-words) synopsis of your story, a short author-bio, author photo, and any links to your social media/website/blog

What counts as a Christmas ghost story?

We have a broad definition of ‘ghost story’: it can mean different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom in the style of classic ghost stories, to more unusual supernatural phenomena and unexplained events. It can be set in modern times or have more of a more period flavour. Although we will release this e-book for the festive period, stories do not necessarily have to be set at Christmas (though of course they can be!) All types of story are welcome, so feel free to experiment: if you stray too far from the supernatural, we’ll still read it as a general submission. Keep in mind that our readership (and by extension our editor) may be more likely to respond well to psychological chills and unexplained mysteries than graphic gore.

As ever, we welcome stories from both new and established writers. The stories we select from this submission call will feature in an exclusive e-book, purchasable from the site – but free to contributing authors.

Stories not selected for the Ghost Stories for Christmas anthology will still be considered for publication in Horrified magazine.

Go ahead – send us something scary for our spooky stockings to fiction@horrifiedmagazine.co.uk