Here at Dark Tales we publish many types of story, provided that the fundamentals are adhered to - grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. If a piece is not professionally presented it will have to be exceptionally good to be considered for publication. Stories should be no longer than 5000 words.

We usually accept horror, speculative fiction and dark fantasy, and anything that falls into the gaps between these genres. Psychological rather than gory horror is preferred, and speculative fiction should enliven the imagination rather than drag the plot down with technical detail. Stories about vampires, werewolves or dragons are fine as long as there is an original spin.

Reading an issue of Dark Tales is highly recommended. Back issues can be purchased as e-books here or as print books here.

Subscribing to our print edition for four issues is also very reasonable (click here) - not only will it provide much-needed support for our continued existence but you can also enter our regular competition for free.

These guidelines apply both to open submissions (which are always welcome) and to competition entries.

                                                        Illustration for 'Growing Season' in Dark Tales: Volume 10 copyright (c) Caroline O'Neal 2007

Dark Tales is printed as an A5-sized high quality paperback anthology, 64 pages, and is professionally illustrated throughout. We normally publish two to three books per year.

Open submissions should be posted to:

Dark Tales Submissions
7 Offley Street


We will endeavour to get back to you within 8 weeks but if you do not hear anything within this time please accept our apologies and assume that you have not been successful.

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