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. 

Remember that worlds are massive places and time stretches infinitely in both directions. You’re free to write from any perspective. You can create your own rules, bend existing rules, or break them entirely. You don’t need our permission.

You want to write about a crew of vampire assassins who fight with the Datarats in Vox Humanis? Do it.

Are infected P-58 citizens suddenly developing strange powers? Awesome.

Has Six of Six formed an alliance with a pack of power-hungry lycanthrope CEOs? Spectacular.



Read our Submission Guidelines before filling out the form below.

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. Most offers range from $50 to $100. Payment is made via check or Paypal upon publication.

Submission Form

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