We want stories that haunt the readers for months to come. We prefer quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent. Don’t use gore for the sake of grossing us out. Use it sparingly, and only to further the story. Stories should be no longer than 6000 words, but that doesn’t mean the story should use all 6000 words. Use the word count it takes to write YOUR story. The sweet spot will likely be closer to 4000 words. Ground your stories in the REAL world. Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses. Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.
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There are 71 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
0 min | 14.51 mean avg | 4 median | 105 max days
97.18%(36.23% of rejections are personal)
11 pending responses (2 min | 21 mean avg | 25 median | 36 max days waiting) Note: pending statistics may skew high if some users neglect their data. We recommend querying after the time the market suggests to query.