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Devolution Z Horror Magazine Article Submissions

Submission FAQ

Devolution Z The Horror Magazine
Devolution Z is a horror literary magazine featuring supernatural and creature short stories, poetry, articles and artwork.
Starting October 2016, Devolution Z will be published quarterly.
It is available in print and eBook formats at many great retailers!
Publication months: January, April, July, October

Next Issue Release Dates:
April 15, 2017
July 15, 2017
October 15, 2017


••• Short Stories / Poetry •••
Short fiction or poetry on any of the following horror themes:
All supernatural, creature-based and extraordinary events horror.
Zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, trolls, demons, evil witchcraft, warlocks, secret societies, paranormal, aliens, myths, urban legends, mysticism, terrifying science, technology gone awry, cryptids or anything your mind can conjure up.
Post-apocalyptic and dystopian horror topics also welcome!
Let your chilling imagination be your guide...

The short stories must be between 1,000 and 15,000 words in length.
Poetry must be between 100 and 5,000 words in length.
They must NOT be pasted into the body of the submission email!
Attach the .txt, .rtf or .doc/.docx file to the email.

Fiction and poetry must be original and previously unpublished.

Horror stories and poetry containing elements of science fiction, fantasy, romance and comedy are welcome!

We Accept:
• multiple submissions
• submissions worldwide
• collaboration submissions
• combination submissions (story or poem with associated artwork)
We Do Not Accept:
• fan fiction (fiction written by a fan rather than by its creator)
• previously-published work (this includes the internet)
• simultaneous submissions (works that have been submitted to multiple publications at the same time)
• erotica
• resubmissions of work previously not accepted for publishing by Devolution Z Magazine, unless it has been effectively rewritten or polished


••• Articles •••
Articles could be based on your local / regional urban legends or true events involving elements of supernatural horror.
Topic Examples:
• haunted houses or apparitions
• strange creature encounters
• Bigfoot sightings or encounters
• alien encounters
• historical oddities
These are just a few simple examples. We leave the research and reporting style up to you, the writer.

Remember that all articles need to contain frightful elements. After all, we are a supernatural horror magazine.

Article should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words in length.
Photos may be included with your submission and could be used with the article. The article's author must be the owner of the photographs submitted.
Custom artwork may be included. Please read the Internal Artwork / Photography submission instructions below for details.


••• Internal Artwork / Photography •••
Artists: send us your best horror artwork.

Artwork must be previously unpublished!
We accept submissions of original digital artwork, traditional artwork in digital form and photographs. No sexually-oriented artwork or photographs, please.

If you are worried about protecting your artwork, we are more than happy to accept watermarked versions for review purposes. Once the artwork has been formally accepted, a high-resolution version without any watermarks will be required.

We only accept high-resolution images for internal publishing.
1,000 pixels minimum on the long side and 300 dpi.
Artwork must be in PNG or JPG format.
Photographs must be in PNG or JPG format.
We do not publish any images with watermarks.
Internal artwork may be signed and will include a copyright notice upon request.

All internal artwork is the property of the artist and Devolution Z does not claim any ownership of that artwork.


••• Cover Art •••
We accept reprints!

We accept submissions of digital artwork and traditional artwork in digital form. No sexually-oriented artwork, please.

If you are worried about protecting your artwork, we are more than happy to accept watermarked versions for review purposes. Once the artwork has been formally accepted, a high-resolution version without any watermarks will be required.

You may also email us with a link to your online gallery if you have one.

We only accept high-resolution images for cover art publishing.
3,000 x 4,500 pixels at 300 dpi.
Artwork must be in PNG or JPG format.
All cover art is the property of the artist and Devolution Z does not claim any ownership of that artwork.


We buy the right to publish the selected story, poetry, artwork or photograph and to archive it on our website.

Short Stories, Poetry and Articles
Writers retain all rights to use their work for merchandise or to post their work elsewhere ninety (90) days after it is published.

Internal / Cover Art
Artists retain full ownership and copyright of any internal artwork published within Devolution Z magazine.


Short Story
Pay: 1 cent per 2 words

For example:
2,000 word short story will pay $10.00
5,000 word short story will pay $25.00
15,000 word short story will pay $75.00 (maximum payment)
* All payments made in Canadian dollars
* Word count calculated using Microsoft Word. Based on final edited product as it will appear in both print and eBook editions, excluding story title, biography & author name.

Pay: $10 per accepted poetry piece

Pay: $15 per accepted article

Artwork / Photography
Pay: $10 per accepted photograph (max 5 per submission)
Pay: $15 per accepted internal artwork

Pay: $50 per accepted cover art
** If submitting only for cover art consideration, please specify in submission email.

• There are no limits to the number of submissions for short stories, poetry, artwork or photography!
• All payments made in $CAD through PayPal


Short Stories / Poetry
Attach your short story or poetry document to an email. Format of email and document can be found at: SUBMISSIONS.

Artwork / Photography
Please submit your artwork/photograph in digital format using our submission e-mail provided at: SUBMISSIONS.


Choose the name you would like us to use when we publish your short story, artwork or photograph.
Pseudonyms (aliases) are acceptable.

If, in addition, you would like to have your biography published, please include it in your submission e-mail.
Kindly limit your biography to 75 words or less.
All biographies must be written in the 3rd person.
Please note that you are welcome to include any links to your own personal sites, twitter, facebook, etc.
We do not allow links to any sites that are not your own.


You submission can be submitted with any formatting you normally use.

This is not the 1970's and we are not formatting for a printing press.
If an editor cannot reformat your work to their needs in less than a minute, they should seriously look into another line of work!
It should not be your concern as a writer to worry about silly and antiquated formatting constraints. The world has computers now!


Devolution Z Magazine will contact all writers and artists within 60 days of submission regarding the status of their work.

We welcome multiple submissions of stories, poetry and artwork.
Multiple pieces of artwork or photographs may be sent in a single email submission, but please limit the number to five (5) or less. Otherwise, you may send multiple emails.

Beginning January 2016, Devolution Z Magazine will be emailing notifications to authors regarding works that were not chosen for publication within 60 days of submission date. Don't take a rejection personally as there are many factors involved in the selection process.
We are always happy to receive more of your work for consideration.


Author's personal information (name, e-mail, alias or address) will not be shared with anyone outside our editorial staff, except in the following situations:

• if we are compelled by law
• if the author has instructed us to do so


When you submit to Devolution Z magazine, you are verifying that you are the artist, photographer or writer of the submitted work. The artist, photographer or writer thereby grants First North American Serial Rights to Devolution Z magazine. Rights revert to the writer ninety (90) days after publication.
For clarification, the only right we hold during this period is the right to enforce the agreement that the work will not be published elsewhere for the ninety (90) day period after the date of publication.

We include short bios, if desired, of our contributors in the associated issues. The biography should be kept to 75 words or less. We reserve the right to use your biography and an excerpt of your work for future features on our website, digital or social media. Your biography may also include links to your Twitter, blog, website, etc.

Devolution Z magazine is pleased to accept original, previously-unpublished artwork, photographs, short stories and poetry for publication.