Submission Guidelines

Ladies and gentlemen, Wily Writers is evolving into a tighter, more focused ezine. After five years, I have decided that the project needs a full overhaul for 2015. Those Wily Writers stories already purchased will continue to be published for the rest of 2014 and the existing collection of wonderful stories will remain available.

On October 1, 2014, submissions open for Issue 1 of:

“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone.”
     — Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone: Complete Stories


Another Dimension Magazine has a more focused theme, that of classic-style Horror and Dark Fantasy, as seen on the television shows Night Gallery and The Twilight Zone, produced and often written by Rod Serling. We are doing blatant homage to these wonderful contributions to these genres. We’ll release issues quarterly in both text and audio formats.

What We’re Looking For

We’ve identified elements that we’re looking for in the stories we’ll buy:

  1. An interesting and well-thought-out lead character, first and foremost.
  2. Supernatural elements or alternate reality/history.
  3. The genres of either Horror or Dark Fantasy. The various subgenres of Horror are perfectly acceptable, such as SciFi Horror.
  4. A commentary on the world we live in (however metaphorically). Say something with your story.
  5. A surprising climax. Take us by surprise, if you can.
  6. Impressive imagination — show us a different culture or an alternate world.

For submission guidelines and information on how to submit, please go to

Door image Copyright: amasterpics123 / 123RF Stock Photo.

— Producer, Angel Leigh McCoy

Submission Requirements

Submissions need to follow the guidelines listed below.

    • Name your file so that it makes sense. An impressive filename for a fiction submission is: (lastname)-(word from title).RTF
      [like this: mccoy-darkness.rtf]
  • Word count: 1000 – 3000 (Firm. Do not query).
  • Use standard manuscript formatting. (more info)
  • Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are okay.
  • Multiple submissions to us are okay, but only one story per theme.
  • Story must have a speculative fiction element.
  • Gore, sex, and adult language okay, but make sure it improves the story.
  • Use good grammar, double-check your punctuation, and run a spell-check. We prefer Chicago Manual of Style rules, and we will reject it if it’s a mess, even if it’s an amazing story. If you’re bad at grammar and spelling, then hire an editor or bribe a friend to help you before you submit it. Otherwise, you don’t look like the kind of serious writer we represent here at Wily Writers.
  • We may request revisions, so if you’re not open to the idea, then let us know in your cover letter. It will save us all some time by communicating that up-front.
  • We will accept reprints. Make double sure that the rights have reverted to you. By submitting it to us, you affirm that it has been freed from all other commitments that conflict with the rights you give us. You do not need to let us know in the cover letter that it is a reprint, but we will ask you in the contract if we choose your story. You’re responsible for knowing if it’s available.
  • We reserve the right to change these guidelines without notice.

Response Time: We will respond three months after the appropriate issue’s deadline.

Pay: We pay 6 cents per word. We pay via Paypal or check.

Rights: With this payment, we’re buying the non-exclusive right to publish the story in audio and to publish a digital text (RTF) version. We are also buying the non-exclusive right to publish it in ebook, print, and audiobook in a “Best of Wily Writers” anthology, if the story is chosen for one. You will be asked to sign a contract.

Your story will automatically be a candidate for a “Best of Wily Writers” anthology at a later date.

Submit to Wily Writers via our online submission form.

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