Canadian eZine of fash fiction: Dark Fiction, Quiet Horror,
and Poetry
now published biannually

will open again in January 2022


This eZine pays up to semi-pro rates:

PAYMENT: Flash Fiction 400-1000 words $10.00 CAD
Poetry $8.00 CAD

Canadians may receive payment via eTransfer or Paypal.
Outside of Canada: Paypal only: we cannot use any other cash transfer service (note: Paypal Canada does not permit us to pay any associated fees.)

INTERVIEWS: please use this form if you would like us to feature you in a Q&A interview. We are particularly interested in including new indie writers, and editors. For the upcoming, February issue we would prefer Q&A with women in horror.
NOTE: if the above form link does not lead to a form to fill out, it means we have enough candidates for the time being. (or submissions are not open)

RIGHTS: First worldwide electronic rights exclusive for two months from the publication date, and non-exclusive rights thereafter for archival purposes, and inclusion in the electronic issue.
Please mention us as the first publisher in any future reprints.

An agreement must be signed prior to publication. This simple agreement will have the information found on this page, but of course, contact us with any questions you may have prior to signing. Author retains copyright to their work.

Submissions must be unpublished (anywhere including blogs), non-broadcast, and original pieces.


File type: .doc or .docx
Standard font and format.

See SHUNN modern or classic if you need an example. (headers, pages nos. are not needed but if you already have them that is fine, too).

FLASH FICTION: what is most likely to be included is:
Dark Fiction . Quiet Horror . Literary Horror . Psychological Horror
POETRY: eerie, eerie-beautiful

This covers a wide range of subject matter including ghosts, witches, magic, folklore, monsters (human or not), realistic terror, scary misadventure, aliens, cryptids, and more.

Prose: 400-1000 word flash
Clear and concise is the way to go.
Poetry should be dark or eerie.

What will not be included: animal cruelty, child abuse, sexual assault, graphic sexual content, extreme horror, bigotry, hatred or prejudice toward any demographic. If any of these things are peripherally referred to (assumed, mentioned) and we publish the piece, there will be a content warning added.
Other CWs may be added to any piece at our discretion, for example: suicide, death of child, pregnancy loss, abduction, intruder, domestic violence. CWs are on a single page for those who wish to read them.

The very first call for submissions, as shown in the prompts poster below, is a good indicator of what is sought for publication. The first five issues can be read on this website.


Submission Fees? – NO. There never have been, never will be fees.

Simultaneous Submission? – YES. always have been/always will be allowed
just let us know/withdraw your submission when you’ve been accepted elsewhere.

Edits? – Only minimal editing should be required; please proof and edit work before submitting. Accepted work will be copyedited, proofed, and have our standard spellings (Canadian English) applied – the exception to this is poetry which will retain any UK or USA spelling variations. Authors will be contacted with any change suggestions beyond the above.

Response Time? – ALL submissions will receive a response within three weeks after submissions close date.

Send submissions only through our submission manager.

There is a place to include a brief cover letter and a brief third-person bio. Add any social media, website, or other links to the end of your bio.

Submit through Duosuma

By submitting you confirm:
– The work you submit is your own original writing.
– The work has not been previously broadcast or published, including on blogs, websites, podcasts, etc.
– You will not hold Frost Zone Zine, Frost Zone Press, or the editor liable for any damages, perceived or real, resulting from your submission, the rejection of, or publication of your work.
– You are 18 years or older

We are accepting pieces solely for the upcoming issue. Unlike larger publications, we do not purchase stories or poems to hold for future use.

A note about rejections: This zine is run by a writer, who knows what rejections feel like. If your work is not accepted it is never personal; there is limited space and the pieces that fit together best for the upcoming issue are the ones that are selected for publication. The story or poem that does not work well here might be just what another publication is looking for.

RETRO: This is a prompts poster for the first call for submissions,
July 2020.

Note: we excluded ‘fairytales’ for a while, due to receiving many direct tellings of fairytales. Fairytale-like stories or creative allusions are welcome for consideration.