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Periodicals and Anthologies



Hadley Rille Books
This is an ongoing anthology looking for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Mainstream short stories up to 7,000 words, as long as they feature a story based on the chosen cover art for the issue

Level Best Books
They have published anthologies four anthologies thus far, most featuring crime fiction by New England short-story writers

Mystery Writers of America
MWA has been publishing an annual collection of short stories on a specific theme, with a call for submissions from MWA members

Publish anthologies of fabulist and new-wave fiction

Samhain Publishing
This is primarily a publisher of romance books, but they have anthologies accepting short-story submissions as well, including romantic suspense and paranormal suspense

Untreed Reads
Originally started as a digital-only initiative, Untreed Reads started branching out into POD and audiobooks in 2013 and accepts short story submissions for various anthology project.


Criminal Justice Periodicals
A listing of miscellaneous criminal justice periodicals available on the world wide web. Some are mere advertisements. Others provide a sampler of articles in the hopes you will subscribe. Others provide the full text of each issue. They range from Acta Criminologica : Southern African Journal of Criminology (Full Text) to the VFIS News.

Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
Archived scholarly articles on the subject of justice and popular culture. The journal ceased publication in 2010.

PI Magazine
Although not a mystery magazine per se, PI Magazine is the journal of the private investigator, and includes articles on various aspects of the trade.


Crime Fiction Index
An attempt to provide an index to crime fiction magazines in the same style as  the classic Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index compiled by Stephen T. Miller and William G. Contento. There is an extensive database of magazines through the years with publication details.

Duotrope contains a database of over 1925 current markets for short fiction, poetry, and novels/collections. You can search by various criteria and get results for publications that indicate the type of works the publication accepts, lengths, media, payscale, whether the publication accepts simultaneous or multiple submissions or reprints, and response times. Note that some basic features are free, but full access to the database requires a small monthly fee.

Mystery Readers International
The site includes a nice listing of current and former mystery-related magazine and newsletters, not all of which have web sites.

My Little Corner
A wonderful up-to-date site from Sandra Seamans with links to various digital and print publications that publish mystery, horror and related genre stories. Sandra also publishes the latest news in magazine openings, closings and anthology calls.


Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
Each issue of this print publication includes at least seven new mystery short stories, varying in length from short-shorts to novellas, and one "Mystery Classic."  There are also author interviews, profiles of mystery bookstores, and a mystery puzzle.
Baker Street Journal
A quarterly journal of scholarly articles about Sherlock Holmes

Bete Noire
We are open to most genres as long as they have a dark side.This includes horror, dark sci-fi, dark fantasy, crime, mystery or dark humor.

Cemetery Dance
A publication for horror, dark mystery, and suspense short stories up to 5,000 words

Clues, a Journal of Detection
As the only U.S. scholarly journal on mystery fiction, the academic essays and nonfiction book reviews in Clues cover all aspects of mystery and detective material in print, television, and movies.
Articles, fiction, and reviews of books and DVDs; they have won the Anthony Award at Bouchercon for best magazine

Crime Stalkers Case Book
Founded in 1997 by Andrew McAleer and Edgar Allan Poe award-winning author, John McAleer, Austin Layman's Crimestalker Casebook (ALCC) is a semi-annual crime fiction publication of traditional mystery short shorts and P.I. stories.

Crime Time
Articles, reviews, interviews, and profiles. The print version ceased publication in 2013, but back issues are available, and the web presence continues.

Crime Wave
Each issue includes news, reviews, features, interviews, and profiles

Deadly Pleasures
A fan-oriented mystery magazine published quarterly, focusing on mystery news and reviews
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
EQMM has been publishing the crime and mystery fiction since 1941. Each issue also includes reviews and a crossword puzzle.

Future Mystery Anthology Magazine
FMAM has ceased publication of their print magazines and anthologies, but back issues are available, and they still maintain a limited web presence..

Grift Magazine will be published in print three times yearly in February, June and October and will feature a mix of short crime fiction, reviews, interviews and more. In addition, will be home to more content that will include flash fiction, review, interviews and news from the world of crime fiction.

Mystery File
The crime fiction research journal is now online, with archives via the old website and a more current blog devoted to mystery and detective fiction:  the books, the authors, and those who read, collect and make annotated lists of them. 

Mystery News
Formerly published six times per year, Mystery News took a look at the latest mystery books, writers, and events. Back issues are still available via the website.

Mystery Readers International
Mystery Readers Journal is a quarterly thematic mystery Journal. Each issue contains articles, reviews, and author essays on a specific theme, as well as special columns, a calendar of events, and other mystery related material.

Mystery Scene
Mystery Scene includes articles and reviews of novels, films, TV shows, audio-books, children's mysteries and more.

A top-notch print quarterly anthology of stories that “boil it hard, then paint it noir. No sci-fi. No romance.”

Out of the Gutter
Out of the Gutter bills itself as the Only Pulp Magazine in Print, a completely independent, “upstart” publication with a limited print run.Although the regular magazine has ceased publication, there are occasional anthologies and books, as well as a website.

Over My Dead Body
Formerly published quarterly, Over My Dead Body included a wide variety of mystery stories, from cozy to hardboiled and everything in between. Although no longer a print publication, the website still features book and movie reviews, author profiiles, interviews, and features, as well as occasional short fiction.

Pear Noir
Pear Noir! welcomes unsolicited submissions of fiction,  nonfiction, and poetry up to 5000 words. We also  accept black and white artwork, including collage  and photography, of at least 300 dpi.

Shock Totem
They consider original, unpublished stories within the  confines of dark fantasy and horror, mystery, suspense, supernatural,  morbid humor, fantasy, etc., up to 5,000 words.

Shotgun Honey
Helmed by Managing Editor Ron Earl Phillips, Shotgun Honey celebrates the art of very short dark crime fiction, to the tune of 700 words or less. The website publishes approximately 15 stories each month, which are ultimately gathered into a print anthology.

Shroud Magazine
Shroud considers horror, dark mystery, dark fantasy and suspense short stories up to 5,000 words (+/-).

Published four times a year with a special edition on Canadian writers, Spinetingler publishes stories that could be categorized as mystery, thriller, suspense, supernatural, ghost story, love, fantasy or science fiction.

The Storyteller Magazine
Accepts stories in most genres, although it’s also considered a “family friendly” magazine, so keep that in mind.

The Strand
The Strand publishes mysteries, detective stories, tales of terror and the supernatural. This is a resurrection of sorts, of the original Strand publication which for sixty years (1891-1950) was a popular source for the best in fiction, featuring the works of some of the greatest authors of the 20th  century including Graham Greene, Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling, G.K.Chesterton, Leo Tolstoy, Georges Simenon and, of course, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Thuglit went on hiatus for a few years, but returned in 2012 with new quarterly print and digital story anthologies.


Blazing Adventures
Although no longer updated, this ‘zine specialized in pulp-style fiction

Crime Scene Scotland
Crime Scene Scotland recently moved to a blog format and will no longer be accepting and printing short stories. However, they will continue to include articles, reviews, interviews.

Gumshoe Review
Columns, articles, essays, book reviews and occasional flash fiction.

Mysterical-E is a quarterly literary journal of mystery and the mysterious, dedicated to publishing mystery stories of all types and stories of the mysterious including speculative fiction, fantasy, etc. There are also sections for book, eBook, and TV reviews and news and a special section on Scandinavian crime.

Mystery Tribune
With a heavy focus on fine writing and original thought in the mystery  literature, Mystery Tribune provides readers with a unique coverage  short stories, books and news.


Mystery Weekly

Original short crime fiction

The Outpost:  Crime Down Under
Although no longer current, the website for Australilan crime short stories has an archives online.

Pedestal Magazine
Genre fiction (such as science fiction, horror, mystery, and romance) is encouraged as long as it crosses or comments upon its genre and is both character-driven and psychologically acute.

Plots With Guns
This e-zine ceased publication in 2004 after five years; editor Anthony Neil Smith has decided to resurrect the e-zine as a quarterly, beginning over again with Issue #1. All stories include a gun as an element of the plot.

Powder Burn Flash
PBF ceased updating in 2012, but still has archived flash fiction stories on mystery and crime themes

Shots Magazine
Includes interviews, author profiles, book reviews, Mike Ripley’s “Getting Away with Murder” column, and a section on screen crime.

Shotgun Honey
Helmed by Managing Editor Ron Earl Phillips, Shotgun Honey celebrates the art of very short dark crime fiction, to the tune of 700 words or less. The website publishes approximately 15 stories each month, which are ultimately gathered into a print anthology.

Thrilling Detective
Formerly published mystery and noir short stories, Thrilling Detective still maintains a web presence for news and has numerous helpful links on fictional detecitves and radio, TV and film crime shows.


Artella is both a print publication and e-zine which accepts submissions of any type, both published every other month. The print version is loosely centered around themes and requires illustrations with stories, which you can provide on your own or collaborate with someone else. The e-zine doesn’t have those restrictions.

Cricket (Children’s Market)
A magazine for kids ages 9 to 14 that accepts stories up to 2,000 words

The First Line
Published four times a year, each issue contains stories which must use a first-line prompt provided by the magazine. The prompt can be found on the magazine’s web site link above. They accept most genres, including mystery.

Highlights for Children (Children’s Market)
Stories for younger readers (ages three to seven) should have 500 words or fewer and should not seem babyish to older readers.Stories for older readers (ages eight to twelve) should have 800 words or fewer and should be appealing to younger readers if read aloud.Frequent needs include humor, mystery, sports, holiday, and adventure stories.

Hotel Amerika
They welcome submissions in all genres of creative writing, up to about 7,000 words. Manscripts are only only considered between September and May 1


Kings River Life

Based in California but accepts stories (and articles, interviews, and reviews) from everywhere

Sein und Werden
Despite the title, they accept English-language stories on their theme of that issue, especially experimental, non-gnre, erotica, horror, philosophical, noir, crime, hard-boiled, surreal.

Skyline Magazine
They look for “interesting, quality literature and art of all styles and genre”; 4,000-word maximum is the norm, however, for exceptional material they’ll publish up to 5,000 words

Woman’s World
This is not the official magazine website, but a writer for the ‘zine has posted current submission guidelines. WW takes both mini-mysteries of approximately 500 words and mini-romances of approximately 800 words.

Zoetrope All Story
This magazine, started by Francis Ford Coppola, has a literary bent, although they accept stories from just about any genre. Note, however, that with 12,000+ submissions per year, it’s a very difficult market to break into. They do have an annual short story contest in the Fall.


Amazon Shorts, a/k/a Kindle Singles
Anyone can submit original work to Kindle Singles, both new and established voices--from bestselling novelists to previously unpublished writers. They want stories between 5,000 and 30,000 words.

Dark Discoveries
Accepts stories in the Horror / Dark Fantasy and Dark Mystery vein, up to 5,000 words

Eclectica is a quarterly World Wide Web journal devoted to showcasing the best writing on the web, regardless of genre. No restrictions on length.

Every Day Fiction
Every Day Fiction is a magazine that specializes in publishing a new short story of 1,000 words or fewer every day at 7:30am EST (4:30am PST). They accept all genres, including mystery.

On the Premises
Stories published in On The Premises are winning entries in contests that are held every four months. Each contest challenges writers to produce a story based on a broad premise that editors supply as part of the contest.

Pedestal Magazine
They “are receptive to high-quality literary fiction of all sorts, including traditional and experimental works. Genre fiction (such as science fiction, horror, mystery, and romance) is encouraged as long as it crosses or comments upon its genre and is both character-driven and psychologically acute.”

Static Movement
Accepts all stories, as long as they’re “clean.” Reprints are also OK.

Vestal Review
Flash fiction, including mystery, 500 words maximum

Yellow Mama
Accepts cutting edge, erotica, hardboiled, horror, literary, noir, psychological/horror, up to 3,500 words


Short Story Radio
Chosen stories will be recorded by a professional voice actor and published on their website. There is no restriction on period or style but the story must be fictional and maximum 3,000 words


Mystery Short Fiction from 1990
An Index to Mystery Magazines, Anthologies, and Single-Author Collections

Nasty, Brutish and Short
Short reviews of short stories for those with short attention spans.


Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books and audiovisual materials. It is geared toward libraries and booksellers and has both print and online subscriptions. It’s published twice monthly September through June and then monthly in July and August. It’s one of the “Big Four” review publications.

Editor and Publisher Magazine
Available in both online and print subscriptions, Editor and Publisher focuses on industry trends, with commentary and analysis.

Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews was founded in 1933 and is published 24 times annually with reviews printed three to four months pre-publication of approximately 5,000 titles per year. It’s one of the “Big Four” review publications

Library Journal
Library Journal is a trade publication for librarians (founded by Melvil Dewey of Dewey decimal fame), and features news from the library world, with articles about aspects of library standards and practices. In its 132nd year of publication, Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, LJ is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries.

Literary Marketplace
Has both print and online publications featuring listings on more than 30,000 companies, books, periodicals, awards, courses, or events
Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly is a weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents, with print and online versions. It’s one of the “Big Four” review publications


Boston Globe
Free articles from the paper; you don’t have to register for the first few, after that, you’ll have to set up a free account; a fee is required for archived articles prior to 2003; the archives go back to 1979.

Chicago Tribune
Like most online newspaper, the Trib requires registration, which allows access to contemorary articles for free and a fee for archived articles, which date back to 1985; there are various purchasing plans for articles

Christian Science Monitor
The Monitor has an archives dating back to 1908. Articles from 1908 to 1980 have fees. Articles from 1980 to the present are free and require no registration.

LA Times
Until recently, registration was required to read any articles, even daily ones; however, that seems to have changed. Their archives dates back to 1985 and requires fees.

Miami Herald
Current articles are available free, without registration; archives from 1982 have fees.

Searching through NewsLibrary's collection of newspaper archives from close to 1700 newspapers is free and unlimited. You will be offered payment options only after you select to download the full-text of any article.

Newspaper Archives
As a member of, you can search through 2000+ newspaper titles, the largest newspaper collection available online,with 2.5 million new pages every month. Daily archives are free; others require membership.

New York Times
You are required to register for daily articles, which are free. Until recently, articles back to 1981 are fee-based, but the Times is changing their policy. No, the entire site will be free to all readers, and the archives from 1987 to the present will be available without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.

A searchable database of links to online newspapers from all U.S. states and around the world

Philadelphia Inquirer
Current articles are free, no registration. Their archives include the Phildelphia Inquirer dating back to 1981 and the Phildelphia Daily News, datinb back to 1978, both of which incur fees.

US Newspaper List
Organized by state, alphabetically, then by city

USA Today
Current articles are free, no registration.

Washington Post
You can access a few articles without registration; otherwise, you’ll have to register for the articles, which are free for the past 14 days. Archives from 1877 have fees.

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