All submissions for fiction should follow proper manuscript format. Please send them to email@example.com. Attach submissions in .doc or .rtf format. We will not accept submissions embedded in the body of an email. Along with your manuscript, include a cover letter. The letter should include your bio. We will not consider multiple submissions or simultaneous submissions.
To receive payment for your story or non-fiction article, you will need a PayPal account. We pay 5 cents per word for original fiction up to 6000 words on publication for first world rights. For reprint fiction, we pay 1 cent per word up to 6000 words for nonexclusive reprint rights. For nonfiction articles, we pay 5 cents per word up to 3000 words.
Boneyard Soup Magazine publishes quarterly in a digital format. We want stories in the range of 2000 to 6000 words.
We publish in the horror and dark fantasy genres and are open to almost anything you can imagine within those categories. Traditional Gothic. Pulpy horror with an '80s vibe. Body horror. Ghost stories. Horror comedy. Don't be afraid to submit if your tale falls within the horror and dark fantasy genres. However, we are not interested in stories with extreme violence or overt sexual themes.
We are now also open to accept REPRINT flash fiction between 500 and 1500 words. These stories are published in two places. First, in our monthly newsletter, Appetizer, which gives our readers something to chew on between formal issues. Second, the story is published in an issue of Boneyard Soup under the magazine department Pint Sized Monsters. In your submission, please indicate when and in what place your flash story was published prior.
One ancestor to the modern museum was the cabinet of curiosity, or Wunderkammer in German. These were private collections of strange and interesting objects amassed by wealthy persons in Europe. The earliest date back to at least the middle ages.
In that spirit, Boneyard Soup Magazine is committed to developing a wonder cabinet of sorts. Each issue will feature up to two non-fiction articles curated under the title Cabinet of Curiosities. Authors of these pieces will delve deeply into topics from the world of horror.
The idea is to explore the strange side of reality. Urban legends. Documented ghost stories. Myths. Odd, terrifying, or befuddling events from history. Anything creepy, weird, or horrifying is fair game here.
Important to note: These are not intended to be academic or scholarly. While still attending to good writing practice, imagine you are telling your story to a close friend.
Please submit a proposal for your article first. Include potential sources in your proposal. Upon the editor's approval, you will send the written article. Pieces published under the Cabinet of Curiosities heading should be no more than 3000 words.
We are happy to consider your short story if it's been published in another place. However, be sure to include the word REPRINT in the header of your email. For example: STORY TITLE (REPRINT).
Boneyard Soup Magazine is a small publication and as such we ask for your patience. Response time could be as much as six weeks. After that time, please send an email to with the word QUERY in the subject line. In your email include the title of your story and the date submitted.
Please do not respond to rejection letters.
Each issue of Boneyard Soup Magazine will feature original cover art and sketches to accompany published stories and articles. Like our taste in fiction, our taste in art is also broad.
If you are interested in seeing your artwork on the cover of one of our issues, please submit the artwork in question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to produce original sketches for an upcoming issue, please submit an inquiry with samples of your artwork to email@example.com. If interested, we will contact you with details for the story we'd like you to draw for.
Payment will be negotiated with each artist we work with.