Compendium of Short Story Sites

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Alfred Hitchcock is a monthly print journal that publishes short stories varying from short‑shorts to novellas. Each issue features a Mysterious Photograph contest, where writers may submit 250 words stories, featuring a crime, based on a photo. Each winning story is published in later issue. Paying market.

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable

The Bethlehem Writers Roundtable is the monthly online journal of the Bethlehem Writers Group, which also publishes print anthologies and has an annual short story competition with publication and cash prizes. Themes are provided for each month. Submissions must be 2000 words or less and submitted at least a month in advance. The editors are willing to work with authors if they see potential in a story. Nonpaying market (for online journal).

Big Pulp Magazine

Big Pulp is an online journal that publishes fantasy, mystery, adventure, horror, science fiction, and romance stories. A print edition is published quarterly on or about the 15th of March, June, September, and December. Paying market.

Dark Oak Press/Kerlak Publishing

Dark Oak Press and Kerlak Publishing is based out of Memphis, Tennessee, and publishes fiction (including literary, steampunk, fantasy, mystery/crime, and young adult), nonfiction, and anthologies, in hard cover, trade paperback, and as ebooks. For an example of a recent publication, check out: Paying market.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine is a monthly print journal that publishes most types of mystery stories, including  the psychological suspense, puzzle stories, private eye cases, hard‑boiled mysteries, and cozies. The Editors consistently seek: strong writing, an original and exciting plot, and professional craftsmanship. Paying market.

Level Best Books

Level Best Books, an independent publishing cooperative, has published ten mystery anthologies. Each new anthology is available in the fall and introduced at the New England mystery conference Crime Bake. The Al Blanchard award winner is included in the anthology. Paying market.

Kings River Life Magazine

Kings River Life Magazine is a California based weekly online journal that features mystery short stories (2000 words or less) and articles (1000 words or less) about mystery authors and books. Lorie Lewis Ham is the publisher. Authors and photographers may include a link to either their website or blog. Nonpaying market.

Mozark Press

Mozark Press, a small company based in central Missouri, publishes paperback books and short story anthologies. Linda Fisher is the publisher. Her anthologies and stories from those anthologies have won and been nominated for prestigious awards in the short fiction community. Check out her website for open calls. Paying market.


Mysterical‑e is a periodic online journal that publishes all types of mystery stories in the following categories: Drabble (if really good) ‑‑ 100 words or less; Flash ‑‑ up to 500 words; Short‑Short ‑‑ 501 to 1000 words; Short Story ‑‑ 1001 to 7500 words; Long Short Story ‑‑ 7501 to 15000 words; Novella ‑‑ 15001 to 40000 words; and Serialized Longer works ‑‑ more than 40001 words. Nonpaying market.

Mystery and Horror, LLC

Mystery and Horror, LLC began in 2011 as a writing partnership between Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn. It publishes print themed anthologies. Check out the website for open calls and the July 20, 2013, Writers Who Kill post (‑of‑virgin‑editor.html) for background about Gwen and Sarah’s endeavor. Paying market.

Needle: A Magazine of Noir

Needle: A Magazine of Noir is a periodic print journal that publishes contemporary crime fiction. The average length story is about 2,400 words. Nonpaying market.

Over My Dead Body

Over My Dead Body is a monthly online journal that accepts mystery fiction (up to 4000 words) and articles. All writers must query by mail or email before submitting manuscripts. Paying market.

Press 53

Based out of Winston‑Salem, North Carolina, Press 53 is a publisher of poetry and short story anthologies, and presented of writing conferences. It has an annual Press 53 Open Awards to select flash fiction, short‑short stories, short stories, and novellas to be included in an anthology. Also, every other year, Press 53 publishes  Surreal South, an anthology of strange, odd, Gothic, southern stories, or stories by southern authors. Submissions are open Jan‑Apr every odd year. Paying market.

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine is a print quarterly publication of Wildside Press. See guideline information at‑press‑guidelines‑and‑general‑info/listForCategory. Also, query editor Marvin Kaye at Paying market.

SmokeLong Quarterly

SmokeLong Quarterly is a quarterly online journal that publishes flash fiction up to 1,000 words. The Kathy Fish Fellowship offers a monetary award and publication of four stories. Nonpaying market (for online journal).

StoneThread Publishing

StoneThread Publishing publishes novels, novellas, and collections of short fiction. Periodically, it offers contests for short story submissions. The latest anthology, containing mysteries, is entitled The Least He Could Do (title story by Lynn Mann) and is available through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sources. Paying market.

The Strand

The Strand has been publishing since 1891, and is interested in well‑written and well‑plotted 2,000 to 6,000 word stories (and occasionally 1,000 word stories) involving mysteries, detectives, terror, or the supernatural set in any time or place. Paying market.

Untreed Reads‑guidelines

Founder and Editor‑in‑Chief, Jay Hartman has established a major publishing venue for short fiction in Untreed Reads. Novellas and short story collections are accepted. Beginning in 2014, stand‑alone short stories will no longer be published, but quarterly anthologies for each of the themed lines will be issued: Orbits (science‑fiction/fantasy), Spectres (horror), Fingerprints (mystery), Nibs (literary fiction), Candlelight (PG‑romance) and Untreed After Dark (erotica). Stories of 1,500 to 5,000 may be submitted for the anthologies. Paying market.

Woman’s World Magazine‑short‑story‑womans‑world.html‑world

Women’s World Magazine accepts mini‑mystery submissions up to 700 words. Submission guideline are available by contacting  Bauer Publishing at 201‑569‑6699 or sending a request to Bauer Publishing Co., 270 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Paying market.