If it inspires dread, we want it. The Dread Machine publishes dread-inspiring 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.

All submissions must be in English.

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 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.

By submitting to The Dread Machine, authors verify that the work submitted is their own original creation.

Word Count

MICROFICTION: No more than 100 words.
FLASH FICTION: Up to 1,000 words.
SHORT STORIES: Up to 7,500 words.
SERIALS: 15,000+ words, at least 3 installments.
POETRY: You may submit up to three poems at one time.


Here at The Dread Machine, we like to keep things simple.

Step 1: Submit your work.
Step 2: Wait for us to contact you with an offer or a declination.
Step 3: If you receive an offer, you choose whether to accept, reject, or negotiate it.
Step 4: Once we make a deal, our team publishes and promotes your Machination on The Dread Machine.


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


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


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