about us

Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. We want strange, misshapen stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth.

Apparition Lit seeks original, unpublished speculative fiction and poetry. Each quarter we open for submissions that meet a chosen theme. The theme can be a word, a phrase or a feeling. We also hold flash fiction contests each month, where the winning story is published online. Interested in submitting? Check out our Submission Guidelines page for more information.

 Apparition Lit publishes:

  • Short stories (1000-5000 words)
  • Poetry (up to 2-pages in length)
  • Flash Fiction (1000 words)
  • Nonfiction essays (please do not query)

New issues are released every January, April, July, and October. Readers can purchase these issues on Amazon and Kobo. Select content from each issue will be posted online for free access.

Equity Initiative

As Apparition Lit works to create a more equitable publishing community, we recognize that our open submission period is concurrent with some other really great literary magazines where marginalized writers also like to submit. Voices should be heard and we want to help increase that opportunity.

Our submission window will remain open for an additional week each quarter for writers who identify as BIPOC and self-identify in their cover letter.

We will also accept simultaneous submissions from writers who identify as BIPOC or LGBTQIA+. Please just note how you identify in your cover letter, that it is a simultaneous submission, and see further details on our Submissions Page on how to submit for each category.

Additionally, we are committed to working with readers from different backgrounds and employing Guest Editors from diverse communities. We want to expand our view of what story is and how can be written and viewed from different perspectives. The initiative began in 2020 and we have learned and grown with each Guest Editor we’ve worked with.

Support us

Apparition Lit is a labor of love, not a money-making venture. We want to bring you the best stories possible.

You can support us by following our social media accounts, purchasing individual issues of the magazine, or donating to our Patreon or  PayPal accounts.

All donated funds will go toward the maintenance of the website and paying our featured authors and artists.

We also love to see our name online, so please follow, retweet, and ‘Like’ us on Twitter or Facebook.


To submit a story or poem, check out our Submission Guidelines page.


We love to hear from our readers!

If you’re querying about feedback on short stories or poetry, please email us at info@apparitionlit.com