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13 Literary Journals That Publish Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Suspense | Writer’s Relief

It’s getting dark earlier, and there’s a nip in the air. October is the month when creepy crawlies come out to play, things go bump in the night, and readers find themselves in the mood for ghost stories, mysteries, thrillers, horrors, and the like. If you write in these ghoulish genres, you’ll love sinking your fangs into this list of lurid literary journals.

Eek! Writer’s Relief Presents 13 Literary Journals That Are Actively Publishing Creepy Creative Writing

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: Stories from top-notch authors across the mystery genres. We’ve got chills!

Andromeda Spaceways: Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror—especially when the genres converge.

Apex: A great market for horror writers who are serious about their craft. It is horrifyingly gorgeous to look at too.

Big Pulp: A bold, genre-bending literary journal that embraces smart writing from the pulpiest of perspectives.

Crimespree: More than just a literary journal; the folks at Crimespree embrace mystery across many mediums.

Crimson Streets: Features indulgently pulpy writing from horror, mystery, and sci-fi writers—and boasts some gorgeous artwork.

The Dark: Not for the faint of heart—but that doesn’t mean its editors are looking for explicit violence. Instead, send smart, risk-taking stories of horror and speculative fiction.

The Five-Two: This online lit mag has been publishing weekly poems since 2011—and all of the poetry submissions are about crime!

Gamut: Neo-noir—think classic noir tropes with a strong literary bent.

Mystery Weekly: Just what it sounds like. Oh, and they pay.

Occult Detective Quarterly: For writers who love the “weird menace” subgenre of thrillers/mysteries. If your detective is hunting a serial killer who might not be human, check this mag out.

Spinetingler Magazine: Welcomes submissions from new writers as it forges new paradigms in publishing but stays true to horror, mystery, and thriller roots!

Suspense: Serious about scaring people, and good at what it does. Take a quick gander at the big-time writers who talk up this magazine, and then submit—if you dare!

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How To Start Your Own Literary Journal (And Why You Want To!) | Writer’s Relief

Literary journals always have been and always will be a staple of the writing community. While there are currently hundreds of journals, both online and in print, at Writer’s Relief, we’re reminded of what Toni Morrison famously said: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you… Continue Reading

6 Amazing Ways Getting Published In Literary Magazines Can Help You Get A Book Deal | Writer’s Relief

  If you want to get a book deal with a traditional publishing company, consider this: Publishing SHORT fiction or nonfiction in literary magazines might be your ticket to full-length book publishing paradise!   Writer’s Relief Reveals A Few Of The Ways Literary Magazine Publications Can Contribute To Getting A Book Deal Listing literary magazine… Continue Reading

7 Sneaky Culprits That Stop Writers From Making Successful Submissions

Some writers submit their writing for publication for years without having any luck. While it’s easy to assume it must be the quality of the writing, that’s not always the case—there are other, less obvious factors that can hold a writer back. If you suspect your submission strategy isn’t working, you might be a victim of… Continue Reading





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