Guidelines

Button Eye Review is a literary magazine and an imprint of Ember Chasm Review. We are looking for stories and poetry within the genres of horror, Gothic, dark fantasy, dark science fiction, thriller, crime, and mystery. We want the stories that bury themselves under dead leaves and gravel, the ones you can only find if you go through the locked door, the ones that crawl to disturbed, alienated places and people. 

To get a sense of what we enjoy, look to the films of Ari Aster, Jordan Peele, and Robert Eggers. We also love the writing of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Mary Shelley, and Joe Hill, and the video games The Last of Us, Outlast, and Condemned. 

Though Button Eyes only accepts previously unpublished work, we are happy to review simultaneous submissions. Just let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We accept submissions year round and publish up to two stories and two poems per month. Unfortunately, to cover the costs of production, we must charge a small submission fee. When we can, we’ll offer free submissions. We also pay $10 to all of our contributors through PayPal. You can submit to us through our Submittable account. We look forward to reading your work.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact us at buttoneyereview@gmail.com.


Fiction

  • Button Eyes seeks fiction within the genres of horror, Gothic, dark fantasy, dark sci-fi, paranormal, paranormal romance, thriller, crime, and mystery. 
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Submissions should be no longer that 7,500 words.
  • We are happy to review both short stories and novel excerpts. 
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.

Poetry

  • We want poetry that rattles. Please send us your dark poems. We like themes associated with horror and its subgenres. 
  • Poetry should be single spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins.
  • Button Eye allows authors to submit one to five poems per reading period.
  • Please submit all your poems on one document.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.

Visual Art

  • Button Eye is looking for eerie, chilling visual art to accompany our short stories and poems. 
  • We’re happy to review: photography, digital art, drawings/paintings, mixed media, and photos of larger art such as sculptures, tapestries, textiles etc. If you have something that isn’t any of that, still send it over! We’ll take a look. 
  • You may submit up to five images per submission period.
  • Please submit images in .jpg or .png format, under 5mb.
  •  We may contact you for a higher-quality print if your work is accepted.