***Please note: our submissions manager only allows 100 submissions each month. We read year-round, so if our call for submissions is closed, please come back at the first of the next month to submit.***

Coffin Bell is a new online-only journal for dark literature. Publishing quarterly, Coffin Bell reads submissions year-round. If your submission misses the cutoff for one issue, it will automatically be considered for the next issue. We are only allotted 100 submissions per month with Submittable. If our Submit page is showing no open calls for submissions, check back on the 1st of the next month.

Genres: flash fiction, short story, CNF, poetry
Reading window: 1 Jan. — 31 Dec.

Issues are published on the following dates:

Issue No. 1: January 1 (unthemed)
Issue No. 2: April 1 (themed)
Issue No. 3: July 1 (unthemed)
Issue No. 4: October 1 (themed)

We are not currently a paying market, but hope to be in the future.

WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR: While we encourage writers to take risks and push the limits of literary horror, we ask that writers be socially responsible while doing so. Work that’s homophobic, transphobic, racist, ableist, or discriminatory will not be considered for publication.

Submission guidelines:


Include a short third-person bio with your cover letter. We’re nosy. Allow eight weeks before querying, but we will try to get back to you much faster than that.

We’re looking for flash (up to 1,500 words), short stories (up to 7,500 words), and poetry of any length. Please send up to 5 poems, 5 flashes, or 1 short story per submission. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but PLEASE withdraw your work from consideration if it is accepted elsewhere. Once you have heard back from us, please refrain from submitting again until the reading window opens for the next issue.

All rights revert to the author upon publication. We ask that if your piece is subsequently published elsewhere, you credit Coffin Bell for first publication.

We do not offer feedback on declined submissions.



Please send your terrifying photos, paintings, and / or illustrations as JPG or PNG files via our Submittable submissions manager. Do not email submissions to us; submissions sent via email will be deleted unread. If we accept your work we will solicit a high quality image file through our Dropbox. Selected work will be featured on the site and / or alongside written work. We may accept your work for a future issue, but we will always email you the link once your work goes live.

Questions? Shoot us an email.