If you are interested in submitting to Seaside Gothic, it is worth noting that unsolicited submissions are only accepted once a quarter. The open submission windows for 2022 are as follows:
- 10th January to 16th January
- 11th April to 17th April
- 11th July to 17th July
- 10th October to 16th October
These open submissions windows begin at midnight on the first day of opening and end at midnight following the last day of opening, Greenwich Mean Time. In other words: from the first second of the first day until the last second of the last day, per open period. Unsolicited submissions sent outside of open submission windows will not be considered.
Seaside Gothic requires first UK rights and a three month exclusivity period from date of publication. Accepted content is published in print (ISSN 2752-7867) and digitally (ISSN 2755-001X), with print copies available for purchase through seasidegothic.com and in a selection of retailers, and the digital version available in-part for free online and in-part through an online subscription through Patreon. Seaside Gothic is a paying market, with rates based upon income, and operates as a non-profit enterprise.
Whether a submission is fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or visual as a collection of photographs or illustrations, it should meet the three criteria that define seaside gothic literature:
- It is led by emotion, not reason, exploring the human experience mentally and spiritually as well as physically, and is unashamed to embrace the violence of the sea and the wind along with the beauty of the land and the sky and the ever-changing tide.
- It addresses duality—land and sea, love and hate, the beautiful and the grotesque—to reflect the structures that line the coast, which are both those solidly braced against the fiercest elements and those built from what surrounds in a state of shanty transience.
- It connects to the edge, living on the seaside either literally or figuratively, and has one foot in the water and the other on solid ground, presenting the juxtaposition of a physical border with open space and a wilderness of water that provides life yet is inconsumable.
For full details of submissions including all terms and conditions, please see the Submissions page.