Seaside Gothic

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Submissions are Open

Submissions are Open

Submissions to Seaside Gothic are open from 10th January to 16th January 2022. Submissions can be fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or visual as a collection of photographs or illustrations. Each submission must meet the criteria that define seaside gothic literature:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

If you have a short story, poem, piece of creative nonfiction writing, or set of images which meet these three criteria as well as stand out as high quality, and you believe the Editor will enjoy your work, then please submit following the instructions on the Submissions page. Written content must be no more than 1,000 words and visual content no more than ten images.

Seaside Gothic requires first UK publication rights and a three month exclusivity period from the date of being published. Accepted content is published in print (ISSN 2752-7867) and digitally (ISSN 2755-001X), with print copies available for purchase through 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 non-profit enterprise and a paying market, with payable rates based upon magazine income.

Submissions will be open until midnight Greenwich Mean Time at the end of 16th January. For full details of submissions including all terms and conditions, please see the Submissions page.