SUBMISSIONS FOR BOOK 11 ARE NOW CLOSED. However, we are still open for submissions for our Novella Prize. See here for more info on how to submit:

The Magazine

The Ghastling is a biannual magazine that dips into the darker things that lurk behind us; a place where we can meet and share those ghouls alike. After all, it’s no fun being frightened, hiding under the bed, unless, of course, you are the one doing the haunting…

We publish literary fiction and illustration that chills, shivers, surprises and horrifies. If you would like to submit, please read the following guidelines, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for announcements about submission windows.

And if you can’t wait to send us your ghouls – remember, our subscribers and Patreon supporters are able to submit all year round.

Magazine Submission Guidelines


Please submit unpublished tales of ghosts, the macabre and the oh-so-strange (no longer than 3,500 words, no minimum) as a WORD document with your NAME and the TITLE OF THE STORY at the top of the document to Rebecca Parfitt:

Writers may submit ONE story per submission window.

Please also include a short bio and covering letter, and let us know if you are a subscriber or Patreon supporter.


Please submit a sample of your work with a short bio and covering letter to Rebecca Parfitt: Be as creative and ghoulish as you wish, but please familiarise yourself with the magazine before you submit to see what we like.


Please consider supporting The Ghastling by subscribing to the magazine or by joining our community on Patreon.

Subscribers receive a line of feedback on their submitted story or illustration, the opportunity to submit all year round AND save £2 on the price of each issue. 

By supporting us on Patreon, you’ll also benefit from monthly writing prompts, behind the scenes info and opportunities to share your stories with The Ghastling community. Patreon supporters are also able to submit their work all year round. 

Response to Submissions

The editor works alone in the small hours in a tiny room at the top of Ghastling Towers and has very limited time and resources. Unless she is interested in your work (or you are a subscriber or Patreon supporter), you will not receive a response to your submission. Don’t be disheartened, you are always welcome to try again. Successful applicants will be notified within a few weeks of the deadline closing.


Thanks to our wonderful community of supporters on Patreon, we are now a paying magazine! Read all about us reaching our first Patreon goal in this blog post.

Novella Prize

We recently launched our first ever Novella Prize, with the winning entry due to be announced in Autumn 2020. Entries are open until 31st May 2020. See here for more info on how to submit:

What We’re Looking For

As with all literary magazines, picking up a copy of The Ghastling (or subscribing) will give you a very good idea of the type of stories and illustrations we publish.

What Do We Like?

Psychological horror, quiet horror and folkhorror. Tales of the occult, black magic, superstition, folklore terrors and circus sideshows.

Who Do We Like?

M.R. James, Charles Dickens, Henry James, Susan Hill, Walter de la Mare, H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, Edgar Allen Poe, Wilkie Collins, Jeannette Winterson, Sarah Waters, E. Nesbit, Helen Dunmore, E.F. Benson, Michelle Paver and Shirley Jackson.

What Don’t We Like?

Dark Romance, Twilight or any associated texts, and the terrible clichés of any of the above! Absolutely no gore please, we favour the psychological rattling of our brains…


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