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Into the Darkness: 7 Horror & Dark Poetry Markets

By Alex J. Coyne 

When you tire of quoting The Raven, it could be time to seek some publication avenues for your own horror-themed and dark poetry. Here are some magazines, literary publications and poetry zines considering submissions of everything that goes bump in the night.

Hello Horror Literary Horror Journal

Non-Paying Market

Hello Horror is a horror literary journal which accepts fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Guidelines note that they accept all forms of horror-themed poetry; submissions are published as sent to them. They prefer submissions as Word documents and ask that authors include a short author’s bio in the third person. Rights revert back to the author.

Gyroscope Review

Non-Paying Market

Gyroscope Review is a poetry magazine accepting poetry through several genres, though guidelines note they accept science fiction and horror poetry, too. Submissions must be accompanied with an author’s biography of 100 words or less. They accept submissions during four reading periods. Guidelines note that they accept no more than four poems at a time, and each poem must be submitted in its own separate document.

Aphelion Webzine

Non-Paying Market

Aphelion Webzine publishes science fiction, fantasy and horror; all forms are poetry are considered, though guidelines note particularly long-form, epic poetry will be serialized at the discretion of the editor. Previously published work is accepted as long as authors note the where and when. Include a short two-sentence author’s bio with your submission and submit only one poem per email. Submission deadlines are before the 20th each month.

Eye to the Telescope

Paying Market

Eye to the Telescope is a quarterly publication for speculative poetry that has been running since 2011. Speculative poetry they publish include fantasy, science fiction and horror. Each issue has a specific topic to which submissions should fit in with, so check guidelines first. Submit one to five poems at a time with a short author’s bio. They pay $0.03 per word with a minimum of $3 and a maximum of $25.


EnLighten Magazine

Paying Market

EnLighten Magazine is a publication for speculative poetry: They accept poetry, including straight horror, of preferably 100 lines and less. They also happen to accept reviews of speculative poetry. Payment for poetry is $0.02 per word with a minimum of $3 and $0.01 per word for reprints. Guidelines also note “$1.00 for scifaiku and related forms” and they pay $15 for authors whose work gets featured in an issue.

Strange Horizons 

Paying Market

Strange Horizons is a well-established speculative fiction and poetry journal that has been running since 2000. Submissions open four times per year, and their guidelines note that different editors are assigned to each reading period – the schedule is available on the submission guidelines page. Response time is four months, and submissions are sent through the Moksha platform. They pay $40 per accepted poem and purchase first exclusive rights for six months. No reprints. 


Gathering Storm Magazine

Paying Market

Gathering Storm Magazine publishes fiction and poetry; for poetry, they pay $10 per submission. Each issue has a specific theme, so double-check the guidelines before you submit. Submissions are to be sent in manuscript format, through Submittable, and with a cover letter including the word count and your contact information.




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