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Publishing Opportunities for Fantasy & Folklore Writers

Updated: Apr 9, 2022

I know from personal experience that it can be quite tricky to find places to publish speculative fiction in all its weird and wonderfulness. A lot of presses accept fantasy, horror and folk tales alongside other types of writing, but I tend not to have as much success submitting my speculative work to these places. To alleviate that, here’s a list of online and in print literary anthologies and presses that are dedicated to publishing fantasy, horror, folk tales, and speculative stories.

Horror, dark, and speculative fiction press seeking to unearth fresh talent.

A horror and dark fantasy magazine. In Nightmare’s pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror.

Dark Lake Publishing

An independent publishing house with a sincere heart to publish some of the finest works by new and emerging talents of dark literature.

Tales & Feathers Magazine

No plot, just vibes. This slice of life fantasy market is here to luxuriate in the vignette and celebrate quiet beauty.

A literary magazine devoted to Gothic prose, poetry, and art. Neatly genred or genre-bending, classically styled or modern, they want your prettiest, most pungent dread.

Abyss & Apex Magazine

A Hugo-nominated magazine of speculative fiction. Their mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories

You can find more fantasy presses and publications to submit to here, in my September 2021 list and December 2021 list.

Angie Spoto is an American fiction writer and poet living in Edinburgh. In 2020, she completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Her doctoral thesis was a fantasy novel, called The Grief Nurse, and a collection of essays on grief, madness and language. The Grief Nurse has been shortlisted for the First Novel Prize 2021 and The Bridge Awards Emerging Writer Award in 2020. Angie is represented by Robbie Guillory from Underline Literary Agency.

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