SUBMIT

Overview

The Dread Machine publishes dread-inspiring microfiction, flash, short stories, novels, novellas, poetry, and anthologies. More specifically, we accept dark fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, and horror. We do not accept religious fiction or erotica.

We accept simultaneous submissions. If someone else snatches your submission up before we do, we’d appreciate it if you let us know so we can remove it from our queue.

We only accept proposals from authors we have previously published and have an established working relationship with. We do not accept unfinished works.

All submissions must be in English.By submitting to The Dread Machine, authors verify that the work submitted is their own original creation.

We’re an independent publisher—not a vanity press or a self-publishing service company. We’re committed to establishing a competitive brand, known for producing high-quality titles. In service of that mission, we are very selective and strategic about which titles and authors we invest in. We highly recommend taking your time to compose a solid summary. If the summary doesn’t intrigue us, your submission may be rejected outright.

We strive to review all submissions within 14-21 days. If we expect it will take longer, we will notify you in advance.

Word Count

MICROFICTION: No more than 100 words.
FLASH FICTION: Up to 1,000 words.
SHORT STORIES: Up to 7,500 words.
NOVELS: 40,000 – 120,000 words
NOVELLAS: 15,000 – 20,000 words.
POETRY: You may submit up to three poems at one time.

SUBMIT

Overview

The Dread Machine publishes dread-inspiring microfiction, flash, short stories, novels, novellas, poetry, and anthologies. More specifically, we accept dark fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, and horror. We do not accept religious fiction or erotica.

We accept simultaneous submissions. If someone else snatches your submission up before we do, we’d appreciate it if you let us know so we can remove it from our queue.

We only accept proposals from authors we have previously published and have an established working relationship with. We do not accept unfinished works.

All submissions must be in English.By submitting to The Dread Machine, authors verify that the work submitted is their own original creation.

We’re an independent publisher—not a vanity press or a self-publishing service company. We’re committed to establishing a competitive brand, known for producing high-quality titles. In service of that mission, we are very selective and strategic about which titles and authors we invest in. We highly recommend taking your time to compose a solid summary. If the summary doesn’t intrigue us, your submission may be rejected outright.

We strive to review all submissions within 14-21 days. If we expect it will take longer, we will notify you in advance.

Word Count

MICROFICTION: No more than 100 words.
FLASH FICTION: Up to 1,000 words.
SHORT STORIES: Up to 7,500 words.
NOVELS: 40,000 – 120,000 words
NOVELLAS: 15,000 – 20,000 words.
POETRY: You may submit up to three poems at one time.

Payment

Creators can get paid a variety of ways.

MACHINATIONS: We compensate contributors for approved submissions. How much we offer depends on the length, quality, and exclusivity of the piece.

TRIBUTES: Mechanists have the ability to collect donations (“tribute”) from fans through our donation system. The Dread Machine awards these donations in full.

NARRATION RIGHTS: Mechanists have the ability to sell the rights to narrate their work or utilize their intellectual property in other works. Mechanists set their own prices and authorize the sales to ensure their work only appears on channels and outlets they approve of. All purchasers are required to abide our Narration Terms & Conditions. From these sales, we take a $3 fee.

BOOK ROYALTIES: We utilize a profit-share arrangement. Authors receive no advances but are paid 40% on net profits for physical books and 50% on e-books. Royalties are paid quarterly. In addition, you will receive the first five copies of the book, hot off the presses. (We’ll probably also send you some presents that definitely won’t be animal bones.)

Mechanist Profiles

All authors and artists with approved submissions are given the title of “Mechanist,” along with their own contributor profile pages where their biographies, works, and social links will be located.

Mechanists are automatically added to the Mechanist group, where they can view and accept writing assignments from The Dread Machine.

As a community of creatives, we support our Mechanists by routinely promoting their work on our social media profiles by sharing links to their sites and events.

Rights

MANUSCRIPTS: For manuscripts, we require worldwide English rights for print, internet, and audio and three years of exclusivity. All other rights are retained by the author.

MACHINATIONS: Authors and artists grant Dread Machine continuing internet rights. Those who wish to have their submission featured as an Exclusive grant Dread Machine first serial rights and exclusive rights for eight weeks, in addition to continuing internet rights.

We will not publish your work further without your explicit approval. If we want to use your work beyond publishing it on this site (for instance, in a printed anthology), we’ll reach out to you first.

RESPONSE TIME

We review all submissions within 14-21 days. If we expect it will take longer, we will notify you in advance.

CRITIQUE POLICY

At The Dread Machine, we understand that art is highly subjective. As a rule, we do not offer unsolicited critiques. It isn’t part of our business plan to pick apart creative works. In our communications with creators, we aim to be constructive when we are asked to be. If you would like our feedback on your submission, indicate so by selecting the checkbox provided on the submission form.

COPYRIGHT NOTICES & PROTECTIONS

We take author and artist protections very seriously and do our absolute best to protect the content we publish. You’ll notice that you can’t make selections, drag and drop, right click, or download images.

Should any of the works published here be ripped off in any way (we’re looking at you, YouTubers and podcasters), we’re willing to help creators seek justice and, if necessary, revenge. (We’re quite partial to arson, but we’re open to other options.)

Originals

For some, the hardest part of writing is coming up with an idea and building a story world. At The Dread Machine, we’re always working to find new ways to inspire. Whether you’re struggling to clear a creative block or would simply prefer to write stories rather than create universes, we’ve put together several original worlds you can contribute to. 

Machinations

Become a Mechanist today! Send us your poetry, microfiction, flash, short stories, and serials. 

Manuscripts

Are you ready to see your work in print? Submit your manuscript today via our simple online form.

CONTESTs

Our monthly contests are designed to be fun creative exercises. Challenge yourself for a chance to win cash prizes and other rewards. All entries are published on The Dread Machine website and promoted through our social channels.