General Guidelines

Shroud has been publishing long and short fiction for almost seven years. In that time its contributors have been nominated for and received a number of awards to include the Bram Stoker Award, the British Fantasy Award, and more.  In 2008, two of Shroud's anthologies made the long-list for the Bram Stoker award, with "Beneath the Surface" garnering the nomination.  Shroud has also published several popular novellas, The Scandalous Misadventures of Hiram Grange, and twelve print issue and two digital issues.

Shroud Quarterly publishes literary speculative fiction with a dark orientation from 500 to 6000 words.  Submissions may now include horror, suspense, mystery, noir, fantasy, science fiction, humor, long-form poetry, bizarro, or other forms of intelligent, experimental writing. We are interested in writing with an edge, but not interested in writing that is gratuitously violent, sexual, or graphic.  If these elements occur within a story, we insist that they be an integral part of that story.  In most cases, we prefer stories that rely on well-developed characters, sharp prose, atmosphere, well-crafted dialogue and sensory details to tell a well-thought-out tale.

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Shroud now publishes a quarterly eBook edition for most popular eBook readers.  Each year we plan to compile the year's stories into a print omnibus edition.

Simultaneous submission are OK
Reprints are OK, but not preferred.
Up to two submissions per submission period are OK

How should manuscripts be formatted?  Look here:


500 - 1000 words:  $25
2000 - 5000 words: $50
5000+ words: $65

Poetry: $10/poem.

We buy First Worldwide Serial and Electronic rights.  Your rights revert back upon publication.  Payment is upon publication and we do not offer a kill fee.

Free submissions receive the same consideration as paid submissions.  Free submissions, if not accepted, will receive a form response.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.