Shadows at the Door is a fantastic opportunity for skilled horror writers to reach new audiences. The short story is a fantastic medium in which all of the greats have practiced, and now it’s your turn to join their ranks…

Submissions are for publication on the website only, both the podcast and future books will be separate calls.

Please note: due to the intense production schedule of Shadows at the Door: The Podcast, submission cannot be viewed until mid February at the earliest. Thank-you.

What we are looking for

  • Well written, original horror stories in which atmosphere and crescendo are everything.

  • Believable characters that the reader can really invest in.

What we are NOT looking for

  • Stories that do not include any horror.

  • Novels or Novellas.

  • Gratuitous violence and/or sex . If you need these things to make an impact with your story, time to reevaluate. Remember: less is more.

  • Fan-fiction.

Our Guidelines

Documents should be sent as an attachment using Word, Pages or PDF
We don’t have a strict word count, but our more popular stories do not pass 5,000 words.
You must have the full rights to your story.
We prefer stories that have not been published elsewhere, but we make exceptions for stories that are really special. Please let us know the status of your submission.
Writers whose work appears on Shadows at the Door are expected to fully support the site’s development through sustained and reasonable promotion via social networks. The more the site grows, the more your own fanbase grows.
In some cases, a small amount of editing may need to take place (we will always discuss this with you).
You must have proofread your submission, please do not ask us to correct your typos.

Additional Info
Shadows at the Door does not aspire to make money from the site, in fact maintenance fees come out of the editor’s own pocket. As such, we do not offer any payment for publication on the site. We publish out of a love of stories, building the portfolio of our writers, and reviving classic horror.

We receive a significant number of submissions each month, so it may take us a couple of weeks to review your submission.

Interested? Get in touch using the form below, tell us a little about your story, and we’ll let you know how to proceed.

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