Open Submissions

DIM SHORES_open subs

**NOTE** I have to cancel the March 2020 open subs. I have a new day job and not a lot of free time anymore. There is no way I could read subs in a fair and timely fashion. I do plan to do it again at some point, probably after this contract job expires in 6-12 months.

Dim Shores will have two open submission periods for upcoming chapbook slots. The first period will be September 1-30, 2019, and the second period will be March 1-31, 2020 POSTPONED. Following are the guidelines for both:

Story: Unsettling, literary fiction with at least a minor speculative element. Weird horror, fantasy, science fiction, noir, etc. are all OK. Original stories please, no reprints.

Word count: At least 6,000 words, no upper limit.

Compensation: Chapbook will be produced in an edition of 100 to 200 numbered copies, depending on number of pre-orders over a one-month period. Author will be paid $2 per copy sold, so between $200 and $400, plus 10 unnumbered copies of the chapbook.

Rights: Author retains all rights to their story. Story may be republished six months after chapbook release.

Submissions: One story submission per author at a time, please. Simultaneous submission is fine.

I am happy to read submissions from anyone, and I especially encourage women, people of color, and QUILTBAG authors to submit. Please send your story as a .docx or .rtf attachment to with the subject line “SUBMISSION: your story title.”

This is the first time I’ve done this. If you have any specific questions, please email me.