Ink Stains Anthology

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A Dark Fiction Anthology

Gritty fiction takes on the literary journal

Please note: Due to the impact of Covid-19 on our staff, there will be no Ink Stains anthology for 2020. We are planning to resume publishing in 2021. All previously submitted works will be considered for upcoming editions. General submissions will reopen in late spring/early summer 2021. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Who says genre work can’t also be literary? We give you Ink Stains Anthology –  a literary journal filled with dark tales of fiction from Dark Alley Press, under the direction of Senior Managing Editor N. Apythia Morges.

The first edition of Ink Stains Anthology hit shelves June 2016, our recent edition was released April 2019, and our next one will be out in October 2019, when we debut our new annual edition!

Check out the latest edition!

Learn more about volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Submissions are currently closed but will reopen in 2021 through Submittable!

We are looking for pieces that are 3,000-10,0000 words for all works that fit under the Dark Alley Press banner, including those in the following categories:

  • Dark fiction (including lit fic)
  • Gothic fiction
  • Supernatural/paranormal fiction
  • Horror
  • Black comedy
  • Dark fantasy

Note: We are not looking for traditional mystery/thriller/crime/sci-fi stories.

Authors of acquired pieces for Ink Stains Anthology will receive a flat fee payment of $5 for stories 4,999 words and under, $10 for stories 5,000-$10,000 words. Payment is made upon publication. Exclusive worldwide English print and digital rights for one year are required. Previously published work will not be accepted if it is still available for purchase or is accessible online.

Please submit your work through Submittable. Be sure to include a synopsis, word count, and a short bio. Submissions without a synopsis and word count will be rejected without being read.


The Cover for Ink Stains A Dark Fiction Anthology volume 12. It features a black and white image with a female eye looking through planks of wood