Story submissions

The Story Shack is currently CLOSED to submission of short stories. Please check back in June 2017. If you are still awaiting a reply, you should receive one before the end of February 2017.

Please be sure to properly edit your short story and read the guidelines before you submit. Only a low volume of stories will be selected, so the more polished your work, the higher the chance that it will make the cut.


  • Story Length: 1.000 words or less.
  • Language: English
  • Genres: All except for erotic, heavy language and excessive gore.
  • Payment: None as of yet. You will however receive the opportunity to work with an illustrator, and your work will be promoted upon publication.
  • Rights: Only the right to publish your submitted story on Story Shack, which means:
  • Biography: You will receive the opportunity to present a short, end-of-story biography as well as an extended one like the one for Donal Mahoney. We will request this on acceptance.

Format (Important!)

  • Please only submit plain text. This is how you do that:
    1. Copy your complete story from the text editor of your choice into Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac). This will strip your text of all formatting.
    2. Create non-indented block paragraphs. Block paragraphs have an empty line between them.
    3. Done? Great! All that’s left is the following:
      • Place the words and sentences that need to be italic in between _s (underscores), like this: _Example_.
      • Place the words and sentences that need to be bold in between **s (double asterisks), like this: **Example**.
      • When using dialogue, please place it in between double quotes (“Example”). Single quotes are fine anywhere else.
  • Copy your beautiful plainly formatted text in the submission box below.

Taking these steps truly saves me heaps of tedious formatting when preparing your story for publication, so I highly appreciate you taking the effort to do this.

Submit your short story

Accepted or not, you will receive a response. In case of a rejection, this is most of the time a (politely) written standard response. I would love to provide everyone with detailed feedback, but unfortunately lack the time for it. If you still haven’t heard back after 12 weeks, please get in touch. Most likely your submission got lost.

Illustrator submissions

Are you an artist, and would you like to illustrate for Story Shack Magazine? Then please read the following information and fill out the contact form below.

Illustrating with us is a volunteer position, entered into to gain additional experience, contacts, exposure or simply for the fun of it. Here’s how it works:

  • Every three weeks, you receive a link-up e-mail, including the e-mail address of ‘your’ writer and the story you will illustrate. Together with the writer, you will decide whether or not to exchange ideas.
  • The deadline is always three weeks later. Link-ups are back to back.
  • On or before the deadline, you send a .jpeg (940px x 540px) to the contact e-mail address.
  • The story is programmed into the website. You will receive credit in the story and a link to your portfolio website will be added to your illustrator page. You will also be asked to create an additional self-portrait illustration and submit a biography for your personal page on The Story Shack itself.

That’s it! If you’d like to join the fun, please get in touch by e-mailing a short introduction and a link to your portfolio to info (at)