Shock Totem 209

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About

Shock Totem is a bi-annual dark fantasy and horror publication. Our first issue was published in July of 2009. We focus on the one thing that matters most: the story. Back to basics. Each issue features fiction that we, as readers, enjoy. Within our pages, new and established authors are equals.

Shock Totem

Audience

Country of Publication

Open to a broad Audience. United States

Publication Media & Frequency

E Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.
P Print PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction On Hiatus

Your best! We consider original, unpublished stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. But the stories must have a clear horror element.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
F FantasySubgenres: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Sword & Sorcery.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Extreme Horror.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
T Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Styles:
Dark.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette7,500 - 12,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
P Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) per piece.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK NoText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction On Hiatus

We want journalism, well-researched and emotionally compelling nonfiction about real horrors—disease, poverty, addiction, etc. We will also consider work on other, relative subjects within the confines of dark fantasy and horror.

Styles:
Unknown
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Narrative NonfictionUp to 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
? Unknown payment per piece.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK NoText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry On Hiatus

We're interested in dark poetry on a limited basis.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
F FantasySubgenres: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Sword & Sorcery.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Extreme Horror.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
T Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Dark.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
S Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) per piece.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK NoText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Date Added:
26 Aug 2008
Last Updated:
02 Feb 2016