Seaside Gothic publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction of high quality that meet the criteria of seaside gothic literature. Each issue also features a selection of images from a single photographer or artist, including the cover. To gain an understanding of what the Editor of Seaside Gothic is looking for please read the previous Issues.
Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction Submissions
Submissions should be a single piece of fiction, a single poem, or a single piece of nonfiction attached as a Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF document in Times New Roman double-line-spaced size 12. Submissions must be complete self-contained pieces not in excess of 1,000 words in length and not serialised or extracts of larger works. Quotes or extracts of work currently in copyright under UK law will be included in nonfiction if Fair Use can be justified at the discretion of Seaside Gothic, and will not be considered within fiction or poetry.
Submissions of photographs or illustrations should be attached as between five and ten high quality images of a variety of both portrait and landscape orientations. Images should reflect the three criteria that define seaside gothic literature and together should exists as a collection that tells a larger story than each individual image. For large files please use WeTransfer.
Terms and Conditions of Content Submission
All content remains the copyright of the current copyright holder, which must be specified upon submission if it is different to the individual submitting the content. Previously published submissions will not be accepted, including visual submissions. Seaside Gothic requires first UK rights in print and digitally, along with three months of exclusivity from the date of publication. Contributors will receive a print copy of the issue containing their submission sent by post to UK addresses only.
Seaside Gothic is a paying market, however at this present time the magazine is self-funded. As such, the pay rate is currently £0.01 per word, with image submissions being classified as a total of 2,000 words. Payment is offered for accepted submissions via PayPal upon publication. If revenue increases, or additional funding is secured, then this figure will increase universally for all accepted submissions.
By submitting, contributors agree to Seaside Gothic holding their name, pseudonym (if applicable), email, address, biography, website and any social media links, and consent to receiving updates regarding said submission deemed reasonably necessary.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted but multiple submissions are not. Submissions should contain one piece only, with the exception of visual submissions which should contain at least five and no more than ten images. Please inform Seaside Gothic as soon as possible if submissions are accepted elsewhere. Please do not submit to Seaside Gothic more than once per submissions quarter. Unsolicited submissions will be reviewed within 90 days of the closing date of the submissions window. Please do not query submission status during the review period and please do not query unsolicited submissions sent outside of open submission windows.
If you have accessibility requirements then please get in touch for supported submission using the Accessibility option on the Contact page, whereby your request will be reviewed and reasonable adjustments can be made.
Open Submission Windows
Unsolicited submissions to Seaside Gothic are considered only during open submission windows. The open submission windows for 2023 are as follows:
- 9th January to 15th January
- 10th April to 16th April
- 10th July to 16th July
- 9th October to 15th October
Open submission windows begin at midnight on the first day of opening and end at midnight following the last day of opening, Greenwich Mean Time. The submission process will be detailed here during these times. Unsolicited submissions sent outside of open submission windows will not be considered.
Submissions are currently closed until 9th January 2023