Written by Ella Peary August 31st, 2023

Mystic Owl Magazine: Now Seeking Halloween Themed Submissions

Mystic Owl Magazine is an online publication of (mostly) speculative fiction and poetry. They also publish stories and poems that, “weave strange and weird language through real human emotions.” You can get a sense of what they publish by reading past issues online.

Each edition of Mystic Owl features writing from around thirty contributors. In addition to poetry and fiction, they also sometimes publish interviews with authors. Their latest edition features interviews with Ross Gay and Mort Castle. Mystic Owl publishes two issues each year.

Now through September 13, Mystic Owl is seeking submissions for their Halloween themed issue, scheduled for publication in October: “Send us your work about monsters, talking pumpkins, becoming best friends with a sleep paralysis demon, your childhood nightmares, or whatever your tell-tale heart desires.”

Poets may submit up to three Halloween themed poems, three pages or fewer each. Authors of fiction may submit Halloween themed stories, 100 to 3,000 words. If the stories are under 1,000 words, you may submit two.

Mystic Owl accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously work, including writing published on social media. They also do not accept writing by AI.

Mystic Owl only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Mystic Owl Magazine, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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