Guidelines sometimes change. Please refer to them each time you submit a piece of work.


Mysterical-E is dedicated to presenting quality material and to providing a showcase for talent old and new. One thing we especially enjoy is giving new talent an opportunity to show what they can do.

So, what kind of work are we searching for? The mystery field has expanded. According to the December 2004 MWA letter: “Now it is time to recognize that the field has broadened and diversified… We are all over the map – from darkest noir to softest cozy; from-just-the-facts-ma’am to fantasy and science fiction; from historical romance to futuristic techno-thriller.”

This newly defined mystery story is our priority. We’re interested in mysteries of all kinds: softboiled, hardboiled, not boiled at all; cozies and thrillers; the traditional P.I. as well as unorthodox finders, amateur sleuths, police detectives, new age detectives, magical Private Investigators, you name it. Cross-genre tales are most welcome. Historicals also have a place here. Alternate realities, alternate history, tales with a supernatural or speculative fiction touch are stories we enjoy. As long as your story contains a crime or a mystery or both, we will consider it.

We’re wide open — there’s room in Mystery for cross genre material — speculative fiction, horror, fantasy. Who says a werewolf can’t be a P.I.? Or, perhaps you can do something completely different.

Since its founding, Mysterical-E has been interested in mystery and the “mysterious” in general — so your stories, articles, and ideas in this vein are welcome.

Stretch your imagination, send us something startlingly good.

Not sure if a story you’ve written fits? 
— Send it anyway or send a query:
mystericalmail AT gmail (dot) com


Reprints  — We accept these, with proper permissions and citations

Simultaneous Submissions — We do not accept these. This never works for anyone.

Multiple Submissions (sending us several of your stories at the same time) are fine. It helps us when we have more of your work to choose from.

Various word length categories:
Drabble – 1 to 100 words
Flash — up to 500 words

Short-Short — 501 to 1000 words
Short Story — 1001 to 7500 words
Long Short Story — 7501 to 15000 words
Novella — 15001 to 40000 words
Longer Works — more than 40001 words
NOTE: Both Novellas over 25,000 words and Longer Works (more than 40,001 words) are likely to be split with parts appearing in successive issues

SERIES — YES! — We love doing series stories, continuing characters, etc. Send it in and let us see it.

Book excerpts — YES! – either from books with firm publication dates OR books published within the past two or three years. Excerpts should be a tempting taste of the book from which they’re drawn.
Keep excerpts to around 8,000 to 10,000 words.


Chats with people in the Mystery business — authors, agents, publishers, convention organizers — the entire range. A simple Q&A format will suffice but a good, solid profile type of interview is appreciated.
Query with ideas to mystericalmail (AT) gmail (dot) com

We are looking for articles dealing with aspects of the mystery genre, character studies and analyses, retrospective reviews of the works/styles/characters of great names in Mystery, news of what’s going on in the field, spotlights on publishers and markets, be creative, come up with ideas and ask. Or articles about any of the other genres we publish.
Query with ideas to  mystericalmail (AT) gmail (dot) com

Books, movies, TV, websites, etc. — as long as it’s a mystery or something mysterious, we’re interested.
Queries to: mystericalmail (AT) gmail (dot) com

Have an idea for a column? Send a query — we can always use more columnists with something to say.
Queries to: mystericalmail (AT) gmail (dot) com

You have an idea? We want to hear about it.
Maybe it will pan out, maybe not. You won’t know unless you ask.
Query with ideas to mystericalmail (AT) gmail (dot) com

Send submissions to:

mystericalmail (AT) gmail (dot) com

Writers are invited to submit quality work, which will be featured on the website for the life of an issue AND then in our Archives (imagine it as the stacks of a library’s periodical section with back magazines).

Being featured in Mysterical-E means you’re a published writer and as such have rights to your work. We ask first-time electronic rights (for original pieces) and archival rights. Just because your story sits in our archives doesn’t mean you can’t submit it elsewhere.

All other rights revert to the author.

Right now Mysterical-E is not a paying market.
As we explore the financial side of things, we hope to find ways of paying our writers and artists.

Submissions should be sent via e-mail to:

mystericalmail (AT) gmail (dot) com

Put the word “SUBMISSION” and then “Title of Your Story” in the subject line



Please follow this format carefully:

Single space your story/article/etc. 

DO NOT double-space between paragraphs.

Do not indent at the beginning of paragraphs.

USE *** to indicate a passage of time between paragraphs.

FONT: Use Times New Roman (only) 12 point

Format in a .doc or .docx or .rtf — NO PDFs or other formats

Please check your manuscript for errors in spelling (don’t rely on SpellCheck).
Fix any grammar or punctuation errors.

At the top of your submission please include the following:

Your Name – DON’T FORGET THIS. So many do!
Your Street Address
Your Telephone number(s)
Your e-mail address
The name you wish us to use on the piece if it is accepted.
List category: story, interview, article, review, other
Title of your story
Word Count

At the top of your story, PLEASE place the title and your name Again!

At the end of your piece please write END

Place a SHORT (75-100 word) Bio at the bottom of the story

RESPONSE TIME can range anywhere from two to ten months or more. If you do not hear from us after a while, please send an e-mail to be certain your submission has actually been received.
We do not mind being queried on the status of submissions. In fact, you are advised to do so for any number of reasons.

Since we are looking for quality, we will probably ask authors of promising pieces for revisions based on a critique we send. Each piece is eligible for two (2) resubmissions after revisions suggested by us. After this, if your piece is still unacceptable, we have the right to reject it.

Please Note:
The editors reserve the right to reject any submission at any time along the process before publication.

If your work is rejected, we are not rejecting you personally – there are lots of reasons a piece might not be right at the time it is received. Submit another piece – perhaps the next story will be the one that we accept.
Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines may be deleted without a reply being sent to the writer.

If your work is accepted, you may be asked to respond to an e-mail containing a standard release and your acceptance of its terms. Below is an example of such a release:
I (your name & pseudonym, if applicable) certify that I am the writer/artist of the work being submitted to Mysterical-E. Work being submitted has not been published previously online or in print. I also agree that Mysterical-E may archive my work after initial publication. I further agree that Mysterical-E may consider my work for print/electronic publication in a “best of” anthology at some point. I retain all rights to my work except First North American Rights, archival, and anthology rights. My copyright remains mine throughout the process. If my work should appear elsewhere after having been selected for publication, it will be noted that it first appeared in Mysterical-E located at

All submissions must be your original work.

The author is responsible for the work featured at the site and Mysterical-E accepts no liability for misuse of any kind.

In addition, we cannot be responsible for someone stealing your material from this site.

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