Submission Guidelines

Expect the response time for Summer 2020 submissions (both prose and poetry) to be near the end of November.


We accept written pieces in .doc files. Please put your cover letter on a single page before your pieces. In your cover letter, please tell us if your pieces are simultaneous submissions and anything you'd like to share about yourself (you can put a lot or very little, whichever you prefer).


If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible, and also, congratulations!


For all pieces:

  • We do not accept previously published pieces.

  • Through your submission and acceptance, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights for the accepted piece. After publication, the rights revert back to you.

  • Submitting in multiple genres is great, please tell us you’re doing this within your cover letter.

  • Remember to put your name and email at the top of the document on each page.


If your nonfiction piece is based on real events/people, please be courteous and change their names/possible locations if you don't have explicit permission to include them within your story.

  • The max word count for submissions of nonfiction/fiction is 3,000. Please, double-space your submission.

  • We prefer Times New Roman font.


  • For poetry, please send no more than 3 poems within a single document.

  • We prefer Times New Roman font.

  • We prefer poems that are less than 60 lines


  • We're open to inquiries about art/photography for use as cover art. 


Likes and Dislikes

Likes: Ghosts, extraterrestrials, exorcisms, uncanny feelings, unexplained occurrences, childhood fears, whatever scares you as long as it's not our...


  • Overt gore: description wise, a little goes a long way, we don't need all the graphic details to get the picture.


To submit, email us at:

  • In your email, please put the type of submission and your name in the subject line. For example: "Nonfiction Submission: Steven Khing"

  • For simplicity sake, you can address us as "The Spectre Review Editorial Staff"

  • We are, unfortunately, not a paying market