Submitting to Ink Stains

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Submitting to Ink Stains

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.

Join our dysfunctional family. Ink Stains: A Dark Fiction Literary Anthology, a now-yearly literary journal filled with tales of dark fiction and horror from Dark Alley Press, is open for submissions through Submittable.

Submissions are open for pieces 3,000-20,0000 words that fall under DARK FICTION, including horror, gothic, paranormal, fantasy, steampunk, and black comedy. (Note: we are not looking for traditional thriller/mystery/crime/sci-fi pieces.)

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 5,000-9,999 words, $15 for stories 10,000-14,999 and $20 for 15,000-20,000 words. Authors may also buy copies of the anthology at cost. 

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.

All submissions MUST include a plot summary, word count and author bio. Submissions without summaries or word count will be rejected unread. 

Do not submit more than one piece in the same submission.

Unsolicited submissions sent directly to our editors through email will not be read. All works must be submitted through Submittable.