ergot. is a literary website interested in furthering the innovative and experimental tradition in horror.
If you aren`t sure what experimental horror is, or whether your own work falls into this category, please look through our archive
or the `work of the day` posted to our Twitter account
We seek previously unpublished fiction and hybrid work under 10k words [including excerpts and work in translation] that push out the boundary of what literary horror is and what it might become.
Work where close attention has been paid to the prose style.
Work that values atmosphere and mood over plot.
Work that fails in new and unusual ways over work that succeeds in the tried and true.
We are far less interested in "Experimental" work (attempting to display the author‘s brilliance through references, tricks or gimmicks) than experimental work (that seeks to push out the boundaries of what fiction can and might do).
Please send only one piece - or up to three flash pieces(< 1000 words each) in one email - of unpublished work at a time
Simultaneous submissions accepted and encouraged.
ergot. pays $25 per piece
We seek to respond to all submissions within 90 days. There is currently no deadline; submissions will remain open until further notice.
If your own falls into this vein feel free to send a .doc, .rtf or .pdf with the title:
SUBMISSION: Your Name - Title of your work
Please check back frequently as ergot. is a work in progress.