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Please don't be a jerk. Please be sure to read our submission guidelines and our Publication Agreement before submitting your story. (Those who fail to do so and violate our content restrictions will risk being permanently blacklisted from submitting in the future!)

Remove all personal identifying information from your document before uploading. Put identifying information in your cover letter, not in the filename, header, and/or footer of your story. We use a blind submission review process. Our readers should not know your name, address, phone number, or email address, nor should they have a long list of your professional accomplishments or links to your social media profiles. Please remove this information from your document entirely, or your submission will be rejected for not following the guidelines. This is a firm policy. We believe all writers deserve a fair shot. Stories must stand on their own, apart from the writer's notoriety and achievements.

Thanks for submitting to The Dread Machine! We genuinely appreciate every writer willing to submit their story to our publication. Due to budget and time constraints, we can only accept a small fraction of the works we review, so please don't be disheartened if yours doesn't make the cut. You can see our stats here. Please consider joining our Discord community, where you can meet other writers and discuss writerly things. We also have a writing group (exclusive to paying subscribers), if you're looking for a fun squad of weirdos to learn, grow, and commiserate with in a low-pressure environment.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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