We only publish essays about the genre of horror. Our focus is on film, but we do publish work that covers books, video games, television, haunted events, and comics. To submit to HORRORWOOD™, you don't need to have a finalized essay. It can be a rough draft, an outline, or even just a short pitch. The length of each finalized essay is generally 1,000 to 1,500 words — but we're open to work that falls below or above this count. It's a general rule, not an absolute.
A submission should include the following: a name, e-mail address, pitch, and links to published work.
A pitch should include a title for your piece with preferably no more than three paragraphs that details the central idea of your essay and its supporting points, sources that you'll cite (if any), and an approximate length. We ask for links to published works because it’s crucial for us to see if you're a fit for our publication and to know your voice as a writer.
Our current rate is $50.00 (USD) per essay, which we'll pay upon the submission of the draft. We're open to paying writers in different currencies based on their needs, and will take each essay on a case-by-case basis.
We'll do our best to respond to everyone, but if you don't hear from us within 30 days of your submission, it's safe to assume we've rejected your pitch.
If we reject your pitch, we apologize. A lot of factors go into deciding what gets published and what doesn't, and our resources are ultimately finite. We encourage those rejected to consider submitting different pitches to us. If we accept your pitch, we'll contact you through the e-mail address provided and discuss the next steps.
If all of the above sounds satisfactory, please scroll onward and fill out our submission form.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Submissions Are Currently Paused
We are not currently accepting new article submissions, but will resume accepting pitches as soon as we catch up on our backlog.