Red Room Magazine
Submission Guidelines

Submissions are closed for the October issue.

Red Room Magazine is tentatively published twice a year in April and October in digital and print.

New yearly reading periods announcement:
Spring/April Issue: Dec 1 – Dec 31
Fall/October Issue: June 1 – June 30

Stories sent outside the reading periods will be deleted unread.

Artists may send links to their portfolio year-round to redroom [at] cometpress.us

We pay $30 for non-exclusive reprint rights for preexisting cover or interior art. Please only send us a link to your online portfolio. Selected art must be available in high quality 300 dpi. We do not commission original work for the magazine, only preexisting art.


FICTION & POETRY

Red Room Magazine focuses on publishing dark, disturbing, extreme horror and hardcore, dark crime. We want stories that are well plotted, and not just gore for gore’s sake, although we think gore is a good thing (and encouraged, along with blasphemy, subversive subject matter, graphic violence and language, etc). Anything goes except kiddie porn, of course.

Length: Up to 4000 words.

Pay: 3 cents per word. Word count is flexible, but our maximum payment is $120.00.

Reprints: At this time reprints are invite only.

Multiple submissions: Up to two, send them in a separate email.

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but please let us know in your email query, and let us know immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

NON FICTION: ARTICLES, REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS

We are looking for original, high quality and well-written horror related articles, author interviews, and book reviews, of up to 1000 words. We may also consider music or movie related articles, reviews and interviews. If you are unsure if we’d be interested in something, feel free to query us.

Reprints: No reprints.

Length: Up to 1000 words.

Pay: 3 cents a word ($30 max).

Longer works might be considered but $30 is the max payment.

Multiple submissions: Up to three non-fiction pieces, please send them in a separate email.

Simultaneous submissions: Yes, but please let us know in your email query, and let us know immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

ARTWORK

We offer $30 for non-exclusive reprint rights for preexisting cover or interior art. Please only send us a link to your online portfolio. Selected art must be available in high quality 300 dpi. We do not commission original work for the magazine, only preexisting art.

Artists may send links to their portfolio year-round to redroom [at] cometpress.us

WHAT TO SEND

In the body of an email:

  • Author name
  • Title of work
  • A short description of the work
  • A short bio
  • Word county
  • Attach the entire manuscript in rtf or doc format.
    (no PDFs, links to Google drive,  plain text document, or pasted in an email.

Send submissions to redroom [at] cometpress.us

Artist may send links to their portfolio year round.

OTHER INFO

Unsolicited Rewrites: No unsolicited rewrites of stories that we’ve already rejected.

Unsolicited Resubs: No resubmissions of previously rejected stories from past issues.

Response Time: Response times average 2-4 weeks, at which point we will either reject, accept, or ask permission to place on the short list.

Please note: Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are usually unable to give feedback as to why your work was rejected. This allows us to respond to everyone in a more timely manner, so please don’t take it personally!

Rights Purchased: For original fiction and non-fiction we buy First Worldwide English-language rights in all countries throughout the world, and require exclusivity for a period of 6 months after the publication date

View full contract info at the links below:

Artist Contract

Non Fiction Contract

Original Fiction Contract

UPDATES

July 10, 2017 – We have completed reviewing all submissions and have replied to everyone. If you haven’t heard from us, feel free to inquire (check your spam first!).

FINAL STATS FOR OCTOBER ISSUE: (for those interested in such things)

Total number of submissions: 575
Total shortlisted (fiction): 15
Total accepted (fiction): 8

Issue information here:


TIPS

Don’t forget to include the title of your work and brief description of your story in your email. We get a huge amount of submissions and this helps remind us of what the story is about. We’re getting quite a number of subs without either.

Only send word docs or rtf. Please don’t send PDFs, .txt, or paste the story in the body of the email.

And most importantly, Red Room Magazine focuses on publishing extreme horror and hardcore, dark crime.

Check out our anthology The Death Panel: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness for an example of the sort of dark crime we like.

Also, check out Year’s Best Hardcore Horror for great examples of extreme and hardcore horror.