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The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century. Please check on the website for the theme in detail.

  • Submissions will be accepted from Jan 1-Feb 1, April 1-May 1, July 1-Aug 1, Oct 1-Nov 1.
  • Final notifications will be Feb 15, May 15, Aug 15, Nov 15.
  • No more than two fiction stories per author per submission period.
  • Fiction is limited to 2,500 words or less.
  • Flash fiction must be under 1,000 words, no more than two from an author.
  • No more than three poems per poet.
  • Poems are limited to 200 words or less for each poem.
  • I prefer to use PayPal to pay authors, but will work with authors where PayPal is not available.
  • Nonfiction columns will must be pitched to editor in chief before submission. Email your idea to [email protected]

Fall Issue

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Opens on Friday, July 1, 2022 12:00 AM PDT (in 206 days)

The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century.

This season's theme is Dark Shadows: The Gay 90s; closeted, cast out, or converted. This issue is dedicated to my dear friend Paul, who died of cirrhosis in '00s. We worked the graveyard shift together at a Texas gas station in the 90s. The stories he shared with me of growing up gay in the South, with a deeply religious emotionally scarred mother broke my heart. The 80s Satanic Panic led to a religious fervor that cast a long shadow over society and personal freedoms.

If you lived it, you know exactly what I'm referring to: the friends on the streets in their early teens, the weird homophobic rants of priests and relatives, the amazing clubs and hangouts hidden in seedy alleys that were occasionally raided by truckloads of skinheads or rednecks, sometimes cops looking for "underage drinking", the disgusting older repressed trolls who paid for blowjobs in the dark, while in the daylight stood in government buildings and expounded on family values and morality, the overall perception that AIDS was a punishment for sin not a disease/pandemic that should be addressed. That is the backdrop for our stories in the Fall issue. Paul loved Rosemary's Baby, the Wizard of Oz, and Dark Shadows. If you manage to insert a swanky older Euro trash cousin that pops in wearing a cape, I'm sure he'd love it wherever he is.

This is to preserve a moment in time, to memorialize the ones that fought to make things better, and celebrate the ones who survived and their continued existence.

  • No more than two fiction stories per author per submission period.
  • Fiction is limited to 2,500 words or less.
  • Flash fiction must be under 1,000 words, no more than two from an author.
  • No more than three poems per poet.
  • Poems are limited to 200 words or less for each poem.
  • I prefer to use PayPal to pay authors, but will work with authors where PayPal is not available.
  • Nonfiction columns will must be pitched to editor in chief before submission. Email your idea to [email protected]

Spring Issue

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Opens on Saturday, January 1, 2022 12:00 AM PST (in 26 days)

Last Girls Club Spring Issue Theme is Active Shooter. Think of the new training videos/protocols for students and teachers, office spaces, public spaces, the sense of inevitability of every news cycle including a shooting. Embrace the the sense of resigned acceptance of terrorism. Welcome to the future. No whining allowed. Please go to our website www.lastgirlsclub.com to get a feel for what we print.

  • No more than two fiction or flash fiction stories per author per submission period.
  • Fiction is limited to 2,500 words or less. Authors are paid $0.01 per word upon acceptance ($25 USD max).
  • Flash fiction is limited to under 1,000 words. Authors are paid $0.01 per word upon acceptance ($10 USD max).
  • No more than three poems per poet.
  • Poems are limited to 200 words or less for each poem. Poets are paid $10 upon acceptance.
  • I prefer to use PayPal to pay authors, but will work with authors where PayPal is not available.
  • Nonfiction columns will must be pitched to editor in chief before submission. Email your idea to [email protected]

Summer Issue

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Opens on Friday, April 1, 2022 12:00 AM PDT (in 115 days)

Last Girls Club Summer Issue Theme is

  • No more than two fiction or flash fiction stories per author per submission period.
  • Fiction is limited to 2,500 words or less. Authors are paid $0.01 per word upon acceptance ($25 USD max).
  • Flash fiction is limited to under 1,000 words. Authors are paid $0.01 per word upon acceptance ($10 USD max).
  • No more than three poems per poet.
  • Poems are limited to 200 words or less for each poem. Poets are paid $10 upon acceptance.
  • I prefer to use PayPal to pay authors, but will work with authors where PayPal is not available.
  • Nonfiction columns will must be pitched to editor in chief before submission. Email your idea to [email protected]

Winter Issue

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Opens on Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:00 AM PDT (in 298 days)

Last Girls Club Winter Issue Theme is DEVOUT: Martyrs, Cults, and Madness

  • No more than two fiction or flash fiction stories per author per submission period.
  • Fiction is limited to 2,500 words or less. Authors are paid $0.01 per word upon acceptance ($25 USD max).
  • Flash fiction is limited to under 1,000 words. Authors are paid $0.01 per word upon acceptance ($10 USD max).
  • No more than three poems per poet.
  • Poems are limited to 200 words or less for each poem. Poets are paid $10 upon acceptance.
  • I prefer to use PayPal to pay authors, but will work with authors where PayPal is not available.
  • Nonfiction columns will must be pitched to editor in chief before submission. Email your idea to [email protected]