Richard’s Submissions

Sounds like some sort of S/M site. But really, what I wanted to post up here, was a little bit of information on where I’ve been submitting and what kind of results I’ve been getting. It’s tough out there, but you can do it. Maybe you’ll find some cool new places too. Thanks to as usual for saving my butt. NOTE: There are also presses on here.

STATISTICS (Updated 7.18.16)

CAREER TOTALS (2008-2015):
Submissions: 1,291
Acceptance: 120
Withdrawn: 329
Rejected: 791
Never responded: 39
Acceptance rate: 9.3%

YEAR 2008 in Summation
Submissions: 89
Rejected: 54
Accepted: 14
Withdrawn: 18
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 19%

YEAR 2009 in Summation
Submissions: 137
Rejected: 80
Accepted: 14
Withdrawn: 37
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 14%

YEAR 2010 in Summation
Submissions: 62
Rejected: 31
Accepted: 4
Withdrawn: 27
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 11%

YEAR 2011 in Summation
Submissions: 288
Rejected: 226
Accepted: 14
Withdrawn: 95
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 7%

YEAR 2012 in Summation
Submissions: 307
Rejected: 221
Accepted: 14
Withdrawn: 65
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 5%

YEAR 2013 in Summation:
Submissions: 276
Rejected: 173
Accepted: 22
Withdrawn: 65
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 10%

YEAR 2014 in Summation:
Submissions: 72
Rejected: 35
Accepted: 12
Withdrawn: 9
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 19%

YEAR 2015:
Rejected: 21
Accepted: 6
Withdrawn: 9
Acceptance ratio for 2015: 17%

FAVORITE MARKETS: (updated 7.18.16)

3:AM Magazine (accepted)
580 Split
A cappella Zoo
Abyss & Apex
Alaska Quarterly Review
Albedo One
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
Alibi (Random House) (accepted, Disintegration, novel)
alice blue
Another Chicago Magazine
Antioch Review
Apex Book Company
Apex Magazine
Apokrupha (accepted, Vignettes from the End of the World)
Aqueous Books
Arcadia (accepted)
Arcane Anthology Series
Artifice Magazine
Artistically Declined Press (accepted, Daddy Cool)
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Atlas Review, The
Atlantic, The
Atticus Review
Bat City Review
Bayou Magazine
Bear Deluxe
Beat the Dust (accepted) [dead]
Beat to a Pulp (accepted)
Beloit Fiction Review
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Berkley Fiction Review
Best of the Horror Society: 2013, The
BETTER: Culture & Lit
Big Adios, The (accepted)
Big Lucks
Big Pulp
Black Clock
Black Heart Magazine (accepted)
Black Lawrence Press (accepted, Editor of The Lineup)
Black Static
Black Warrior Review
Blink-Ink (twice, Pushcart nomination) [dead]
Blue Earth Review
Blue Mesa Review
Blue Monday Review (accepted)
BOMB Magazine
Booked Podcast (accepted, The Booked Anthology)
Bourbon Penn
BULL: Men’s Fiction
Buzzy Mag
Candlemark & Gleam
Cannoli Pie (accepted) [dead]
Capilano Review, The
Cause & Effect (accepted) [dead]
CCLap Journal (accepted)
Cease, Cows (accepted)
Cemetery Dance (accepted  Shivers VI, Cemetery Dance #72, and Tribulations [collection])
Chattahoochee Review
Cherry Bleeds (accepted) (dead)
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) Journal (accepted)
Chicago Review
ChiZine (Chiaroscuro) (contest win + 2nd story) [dead]
ChiZine Publications
Cimarron Review
Cincinnati Review, The
Circa Review (accepted) [dead]
Citron Review, The
Clarkesworld Magazine
Coachella Review, The
Coffee House Press
Coffin Factory, The
Collagist, The
Colorado Review
Colored Chalk (multiple acceptances) [dead]
Comet Press
Composite {Arts Magazine}
Conjectural Figments (accepted) [dead]
Copper Nickel
Cream City Review
Crime Factory, The (accepted)
CrimeSpree Magazine
Criminal Element
Crossed Genres Magazine
Crystal Lake Publishing (accepted, Fear the Reaper, Shadows Over Main Street, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Tribulations [collection])
Curbside Splendor (accepted)
Daily Nightmare, The (accepted)
Daily Science Fiction
Dark Discoveries
Dark House Press (Editor-in-Chief; Editor for The New Black, Exigencies, etc.)
Dark Magazine, The
Dark Moon Books (accepted, Vampires and Slices of Flesh)
Dark Moon Digest
Dark Sky Magazine
Daylight Dims
Descant (Canada)
Dirty Noir (accepted) [dead]
Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The
Dog Horn Publishing (accepted, Terror Scribes)
Dogmatika (accepted) [dead]
Dying Goose, The (accepted) [dead]
Dzanc Books (accepted, The Soul Standard, novel in four novellas)
Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading
Eleven Eleven
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Emerson Review, The
Emprise Review (accepted) [dead]
Epiphany: A Literary Journal
Existere – Journal of Arts and Literature
Fabulist, The
Fairy Tale Review
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Featherproof Books
Fiction Desk, The
Fiction International
Fifth Wednesday Journal
Flywheel Magazine (accepted) [dead]
Fourteen Hills
Foxing Quarterly
Freight Stories
Frogmore Papers
Fugue State Press
Gamut (accepted)
Gargoyle (accepted)
Geek Force Five
Georgia Review
Gettysburg Review, The
Glimmer Train
Going Down Swinging (AU)
Golden Key, The
Green Mountains Review
Greensboro Review
Gold Dust Magazine (accepted)
Goreyesque (accepted)
Grave Tales
Graywolf Press
Greensboro Review, The
Grist: The Journal for Writers
Harpur Palate
Hayden’s Ferry Review
Hazardous Press (accepted, Shadows Over Main Street)
Heavy Feather Review
Horror d’oeuvres
Horror Zine, The
Idaho Review
Ig Publishing
Ilura Press
Indiana Review
Jamais Vu
Jersey Devil Press
Journal, The
Kenyon Review, The
Kraken Press (accepted, Staring Into the Abyss, stories)
Labletter, The
Lake Effect
L’Allure des Mots
Lazy Fascist Press
Leodegraunce (accepted)
Lifted Brow, The
Literarian, The
Literary Review, The
Little Patuxent Review
Litro Magazine (accepted, #138 Horror Issue)
Lowesoft Chronicle
MacAdam/Cage Publishing
MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine
ManArchy Magazine (accepted) [dead]
Manic D Press
Mayday Magazine (accepted)
McSweeney’s Books
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
McSweeney’s Quarterly
Medallion Press (accepted, Editor of Burnt Tongues)
Menacing Hedge (accepted)
Metazen (accepted, Pushcart nomination) [dead]
Michigan Quarterly Review
Midnight Echo
Midwestern Gothic (accepted)
Missouri Review, The
Mixer Publishing
Molotov Cocktail, The
Morrigan Books
Mundania Press
Murky Depths (accepted) [dead]
Natural Bridge
Necro Publications (accepted, Into the Darkness)
Needle: A Magazine of Noir
Nefarious Muse (accepted, twice) [dead]
Nervous Breakdown, The (featured book reviewer)
New England Review
New Myths
New Ohio Review (NOR)
New Orleans Review
New York Tyrant
New Yorker, The
New World Writing (formerly Blip and Mississippi Review)
Night Land, The
Nightmare Magazine
Ninth Letter
Not One of Us
Noir at the Bar (accepted, Noir at the Bar)
NOÖ Journal
Noon Annual
Normal School, The
Not One of Us
Notre Dame Review
Oddville Press, The (accepted, twice)
Offense Mechanisms
On Spec
One Buck Horror (accepted, Winner of Cafe Doom contest)
One Eye Press (accepted, Reloaded: Both Barrels, Vol 2)
One Story
Opium Magazine (accepted) [dead]
Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show
Otherworld Publications (accepted, Transubstantiate, novel) [dead]
Out of the Gutter Magazine
Outsider Writers Collective (accepted)
Painted Bride Quarterly
PANK Magazine (accepted)
Pantheon Magazine (4 accepted—Aphrodite, Dionysus, Ares, Gaia)
Paper Darts Magazine
Parable Press (accepted, twice) [dead]
Paris Review, The
Passages North
Pear Noir! (accepted, Pushcart nomination) [dead]
Pedestal Magazine, The
Penumbra (accepted) [dead]
Permanent Press Publishing Company, The
Permuted Press
Perpetual Motion Machine Press (accepted, Long Distance Drunks; Truth or Dare)
Pinch, The
Plots With Guns (excerpt) [dead]
Poisoned Pen Press
Polluto (accepted) [dead]
Portland Review, The
Post Road Magazine
Prairie Schooner
Prime Books
Prime Number Magazine
Public Space, A
Pulp Modern
Punchnel’s (accepted, winner 1/5)
Quarter After Eight
Raleigh Review
Random House Alibi (accepted, Disintegration and The Breaker)
Red Hen Press
Reprint, The
Resurrection House (accepted, XIII)
Revolt Daily (accepted, twice)
River Styx
Rotten Leaves Magazine (accepted) [dead]
Rusty Toque, The
Salt Hill
Sanitarium Magazine (accepted)
Sententia: The Journal
Severed Press
Shadows & Tall Trees
Sheepshead Review
Shock Totem (accepted, non-fiction)
Short, Fast and Deadly
Shotgun Honey (accepted, twice, online and Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2)
Shroud Magazine
Shroud Publishing
Sirens Call (accepted)
Sideshow Fables (co-editor)
Slice Magazine
Small Beer Press
Smokelong Quarterly
Snubnose Press (accepted Speedloader and Herniated Roots, stories)
Soho Press
Solarcide (accepted, Nova Parade)
Southeast Review, The
Southern Indiana Review
Southern Review, The
Spark: A Creative Anthology (accepted twice—story, and foreword)
Spinetingler (excerpt)
StepAway Magazine (accepted, Pushcart nomination)
Stoneslide Corrective, The
StorySouth (accepted)
Strange Horizons
Stupefying Stories
Stymie Magazine
subTerrain Magazine
Summerset Review, The
Sun Magazine, The
Super Arrow (On Hiatus)
Superstition Review
Surreal Grotesque, The (accepted) [dead]
Sycamore Review
Tarpaulin Sky Literary Journal
The Nervous Breakdown (accepted, non-fiction and book reviews)
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction
Thickjam (accepted) [dead]
Third Coast
Threepenny Review, The
ThunderDome (accepted, online, in LA: In Search of a City and Cipher Sisters)
Tin House
Toad Suck Review, The
Torque Press
Triquarterly (accepted, book review)
Troubadour 21 (accepted twice) [dead]
Two Dollar Radio
Tyrus Books
Vain Magazine (accepted) [dead]
Valparaiso Fiction Review
Vestal Review
Virginia Quarterly Review
Velvet Press (accepted, Warmed and Bound)
We Are Vespertine (accepted) [dead]
Weave Magazine
Weird Fiction Review (accepted)
Weird Tales
Whitefish Review
Whiskey Island Magazine
Wild Child Publishing
Willow Springs
Withersin Magazine (excerpt) [dead]
Word Riot (accepted)
Writing Disorder, The (accepted)
Written Backwards Press (accepted, Chiral Mad 2 & 3; Qualia Nous)
Yalobusha Review
Zelmer Pulp (accepted, Trouble in the Heartland)
Zoetrope: All-Story
Zone 3
ZOUCH (accepted, 6th place in flash fiction contest)
Zumaya Publications


13 Comments on “Richard’s Submissions”

  1. Great list, Richard. The thought of hitting all these melts my head. But I’m going to make a real effort toward the last quarter of this year to get my stuff out there. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Well, you can eliminate all of the presses first, if you’re submitting for shorts, Craig. Most of the “Reviews” are more literary, but I do think Missouri, NOR, SER, VQR, and Black Warrior should be open – most of those include “experimental” under their profile. Redivider, Copper Nickel, Tin House, F&SF, Shroud, Cemetery Dance, Withersin, Shock Totem, Murky Depths would all be good too. Good luck.


  3. I’m just a beginner in the writing game and I don’t know who to send my short stories to.

  4. Woo! Pleiades is on there!! My university’s lit mag! I help edit and arrange it, I’ll keep an eye out for you! No favoritism though, haha.

  5. Have you submitted to everything on this list, or just to some, but you view them as all worth submitting to, if you had the right work for them? thanks!

    • Hey, Morgan. I see this list as publications and/or presses that I think are worthwhile. It’s not 100% current and up to date. I have not submitted to all of them, but definitely a LOT of them. I’ve listed the places where I have published. Hope that helps.

      • Totally. There are so many journals out there (and seemingly not enough since no one wants to accept my shit—haha) that it is hard to get a read on which ones are legit and which are maybe better ignored. I realize no list is going to be exhaustive, but I appreciate that you share your list with people. You’re no wizard of oz, if you know what I mean. Your transparency on your journey as a writer is inspiring and helpful.

  6. Impressive list! Read your post “Where to Send Your Stories” over on Storyville and it was quite helpful. I usually submit to “literary” magazines but sometimes my stories aren’t quite literary, so that was useful to read. Thanks!

    • thanks, emily! hope it helps. and yeah, definitely need some different publications for those times your stories aren’t literary. although, these days, man, you can find so many different authors crossing over, Benjamin Percy in both The Paris Review and Cemetery Dance. good luck!

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