Submission Calls

Submission Calls

Submissions to The Quiet Ones are now

(Watch this space for news of our next open submission period. Thank you.)


  • Short Stories up to 3000 Words
  • Flash and Micro Fiction up to 1000 Words
  • Poetry

Author Compensation: $25.00 (USD) per piece

Rights: We request first worldwide and digital rights for four months following publication. Thereafter all rights revert to the author. All copyright remains with the author.

Issue Theme: TBD

Call Status: CLOSED

Publication: Digital Format (PDF)

Submission Period: TBA

Decisions By: TBA

Release Date: TBA

What We’re Looking For: Quiet Horror and Dystopian genre works. You may be as creative with your interpretation of the theme as you like as long as your submission fits the genres we publish (see our FAQ page for more on how we define Quiet Horror and Intimate Dystopia).

EMail Submissions To:

Continue below to read our submission rules and guidelines…

~ Submission Guidelines ~

  • For all open calls, submit your work by email to with the subject line formatted as such: “[Zine Publication Month/Year] [Story title] [Author name] [Age Range]” (ex.“June 2022 – The Sinkhole – David Fey – Adult”).
  • Please submit your work as an email attachment in .doc/.docx format.
  • Authors may submit up to two pieces per issue. We request that each piece be submitted via its own individual email. You are welcomed to interpret each issue’s theme however you like but keep in mind that your interpretation should be within the realms of quiet horror and/or intimate dystopia.
  • Ensure your document contains your story title, your name (or pen name), and an approximate word count. In the event that your story is selected for publication, we will need your legal name for the contract.
  • Please include a header on each page of your document with your surname, title and page number.
  • Your document should be formatted in Times New Roman, 12pt., with double line spacing and indented paragraphs (double line spacing does not apply to poetry).
  • We presently do not accept simultaneous submissions, works in translation, or non-fiction.
  • In case of acceptance, please also include a brief biography in the third person of approximately 75 words, including any personal social media links (such as a Twitter or personal website) that you’d like to share.

(For a more detailed look at classic manuscript formatting, please refer to this article by WILLIAM SHUNN.)