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What's this all about?
What is microfiction?
What's so special about horror microfiction?
What are the guidelines for submitting stories?
Who's in charge around here?
How can I send you a story I've written?
Can I submit a story written by somebody else?
I wrote this story, but I've already published it in print/elsewhere on the Web. Can I still submit it to you?
Who holds the copyright to the stories on MicroHorror.com?

What's this all about?


The mission of MicroHorror.com is to be the Web's premier free repository for horror microfiction. We went live on May 7, 2006. Come and enjoy the stories, and if you're a writer, we invite you to contribute.

What is microfiction?

Microfiction is also referred to as flash fiction or short-short stories. The general goal of a microfiction author is to tell a story, set a mood or depict a scene in as few words as possible. There is no official limit on how long a story can be before it no longer qualifies, but on MicroHorror.com, you will find no stories longer than 666 words.

What's so special about horror microfiction?

Unfortunately, this is a question that can only be answered by an opinion. As for me, I'm a horror fan just like I assume you to be. I like to be scared and disturbed by what I read. I also love short-short stories, and love the emotional impact that can be crammed into a few well chosen words. Horror, I've come to believe, is particularly well suited to the microfiction form, and the best horror microfiction can be as brief and shocking as a punch to the stomach.

What are the guidelines for submitting stories?

There are three main rules for submissions: Stories need to be in the horror genre, they need to be under 666 words, and most importantly, they need to be written by you.

Who's in charge around here?

That would be me, I suppose. Nathan Rosen. Nice to meet you. I'm the founder and editor, and I'm extremely pleased that I'm not the only writer. Anything you see around here written in the first person (other than stories, of course, but you knew that) probably refers to me. Any questions, comments or submissions can be sent to me at microhorror@gmail.com.

How can I send you a story I've written?

Just E-mail me at microhorror@gmail.com. Please make sure you include the following:
- The text of the story, of course, either in the body of the E-mail or as an attachment.
- The title of the story.
- Your full name and/or nom de plume.
- The copyright year of the story.
- This is optional, but if you're a first-time contributor, I'd love to hear how you found out about MicroHorror.com.

Can I submit a story written by somebody else?

No. I'm sorry, but I can only accept stories submitted by their authors.

I wrote this story, but I've already published it in print/elsewhere on the Web. Can I still submit it to you?

Absolutely. I'll gladly accept submissions that appear elsewhere, as long as you, the author, still hold the copyright.

Who holds the copyright to the stories on MicroHorror.com?

All stories are copyright their authors. MicroHorror.com assumes only the limited right to publish submitted stories on this site.

Note: I hate to have to say this explicitly, but I can't guarantee that every submission I recieve that meets the guidelines will be published. I'm the owner and editor, so I've got the dictatorial fiat. Believe me, I'm trying to build the archives as fast as I can, but if I don't want to publish a story for whatever reason, I won't publish it. Sorry.