Submission Guidelines

Please note that we send an automated reply to all emails we receive. This automated reply contains critical information; if your email settings do not permit automated responses you may miss out on vital data and may never hear from us regarding your submission.

For example, we only consider and respond to fiction submissions that follow our submission guidelines.

Submissions that do not follow our submission guidelines will be deleted without being read or considered.

The response also includes the mailing address for review copies.

Fiction Submissions

We publish compelling stories that capture the reader with intriguing characters and quality writing.

Spinetingler publishes stories that could, within the broadest definitions of genre possible, be categorized as crime, mystery, thriller, suspense or horror. Stories we typically consider are 1500-5000 words in length; longer stories may be submitted but make sure that isn’t an excuse for repetitive writing. Every word should be necessary. You may submit a shorter story, but there is no payment for stories under 1500 words.

As of the Fall 2008 Issue, contributors will paid $25 USD for published works via Paypal net 30 after publication. Authors are required to have their Paypal account set up prior to publication of their story and to provide that information to Spinetingler Magazine. We regret that we cannot pay through means other than a Paypal account. Please do not ask for an exception; if Paypal is unsuitable, please do not submit your story to us.

Submission Guidelines

Spinetingler Magazine will not publish stories that may be seen as promoting discrimination against other persons based on gender, age, sexual orientation, religion or race. Violence and profanity are not prohibited but should be used with discretion.

Submissions that do not comply with the submission guidelines may be automatically rejected without being reviewed.

Spinetingler Magazine requires submissions to follow the William Shunn guidelines. Please do not include colored text or deviate from the William Shunn format guidelines. 

1. Submissions must be made via email and sent to spinetinglermag at gmail dot com

2. Stories must be attached as MS Word documents (.doc or .docx) or .rtf files.

3. Please use hard returns at the end of paragraphs only. If your paragraph is one line long or one single sentence, then yes, put a hard return at the end; do not put hard returns within paragraphs.

4. At the end of each paragraph use a double return to insert a line between paragraphs. For section breaks use *** centered on its own line – not sharps or other symbols unless you’re using a date to indicate time shifts for a story with intersecting timelines.

5. Submissions must be accompanied by a bio of the writer that will appear in the magazine if their story is published. The bio should not exceed 100 words in length. You may include an author photo if you choose. The bio should be in the body of the email or in an attached .doc, .docx or .rtf file. Please do not submit any material that you do not have the legal right to have published.

6. Include the release statement with the appropriate information inserted. The release statement is at the bottom of this page. Copy and paste it into the body of the email when you send your submission. You must insert the correct information regarding your submission. Submissions without the release statement will not be considered for publication. All submissions received will be opened and if the release is not in the body of the email, the submission will be discarded.

7. We do not accept stories that have been previously published in print or online. If you’ve published your story on your blog or website, it is not eligible for consideration.

8. No queries. If your story falls within our content guidelines, send it to us. We will not respond to queries. We will answer legitimate questions that are not already answered here. If you send us a story, please allow at least 120 days before emailing us about the status of the story. We attempt to respond sooner than that, but being emailed every two weeks about whether we’ve read a story yet is just delaying our story review process.

9. If you realize after submitting that you have missed including something, resubmit the work in its entirety along with the bio, the release statement and personal information requested. Do not send all the information in separate emails.

10. Use a working email address. If replies to your submission cannot be delivered after three attempts, your submission will be removed from consideration and no further attempt to contact you will be made.

11. Writers should expect to receive editing notes on any stories accepted. Spinetingler reserves the right to reject a story if the author refuses to make corrections to typos or discuss editorial feedback. Correcting copy is the responsibility of the author, based on feedback from the editorial team.

12. No simultaneous submissions.

13. Do not resubmit a story that has been rejected unless you have been invited to do so once it has been revised. If you have not been explicitly told to resubmit a story that’s been rejected then we will not consider it again. (Doing this will cause us to block your email address. There’s a writer everyone can thank for us implementing this policy. Arguing over editorial feedback, lying about the status of the submission and resubmitting it over and over and over again without following the submission guidelines when it was resubmitted tells us that this is a writer we can’t work with. They aren’t ready to be professionally edited or put in the work to improve their writing. They are willing to waste our time and that’s something that we don’t appreciate.)

Please note: We do not send critiques of stories that are rejected. If you do get editorial feedback then even if you disagree with it we do not advise you to try to argue with us over it. See #13 above. At the end of the day, Spinetingler’s editors decide what to publish and which authors they will work with. Arguing tells us that you aren’t a writer who will be receptive to editorial input. We do not care if you do not have a single publishing credit to your name or if you have 100. Writers who are responsive to the editorial process are the ones we want to work with. Writers who aren’t responsive will not be a good fit for Spinetingler Magazine.


Remember that every writer receives the occasional rejection letter.

Don’t give up! Read, write, learn and keep submitting.


I, Insert AUTHOR NAME here, certify that I am the writer/artist of the work being submitted to Spinetingler Magazine. This story, insert STORY NAME here, has not been published previously online or in print and has never been printed in whole or in part on a blog, website or forum or any other medium. I also agree that Spinetingler Magazine may archive work after initial publication. I further agree that Spinetingler may consider my work for print/electronic publication in a best of” anthology at some point. I retain copyright and all rights to my work except First WORLDWIDE Rights. My work may not appear in another publication for 15 months following its release in Spinetingler Magazine without written consent from the editor in order for it to be considered for the anthology. If my work should appear in another publication after that time has elapsed, it will be noted that it first appeared in Spinetingler Magazine, at

I understand that if my work does appear elsewhere before the time has elapsed without written consent, my work may be removed from the anthology with no royalties being paid for any copies sold that contained my work.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Multiple Submissions

Spinetingler Magazine will accept two submissions from an author during a submission period. However, it is unlikely we will publish more than one story from an author in an issue.

2. Simultaneous Submissions

No simultaneous submissions can be considered at this time. We are attempting to review material faster in consideration to the writers submitting work.

3. Reprints

We do not reprint work that has appeared elsewhere for payment. Typically, we do not reprint stories that have been published elsewhere. In the event of submitting a reprint, do query us via

4. Why Paypal?

Paypal is the simplest, safest method of payment online that’s currently available. In order to keep costs low so that we can invest in publishing fiction we do not use checks or money orders. There are no exceptions to this policy. If Paypal is unsuitable as a payment method for you, please DO NOT submit your story to us.