New on the “street” is Thriller Magazine, edited by Ammar Habib. They have an open call for submission until October 15, so read carefully, polish those pens and get writing!
Joan: Please tell us a bit about the history of your magazine and about the magazine’s goals present day? Particularly, can you define how your magazine differs from other crime magazines out there?
Ammar : Hi Joan! Thank you for the interview opportunity. The goal of Thriller Magazine is to showcase some established and rising voices of the thriller genre. Our hope is to be a publication that gives new authors a place to show their work alongside more well-known names. We publish short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and the occasional review/interview. I believe one thing missing in the publishing world are enough opportunities for newer authors. As a bestselling/award-winning author myself, I had a lot of difficulty publishing my earlier works when I started my writing career a few years ago. Therefore, I wanted to create a publication that gave newer authors a fair shot, and I think that is the biggest difference maker with Thriller Magazine.
Joan: What made you make the decision to pay your short story contributors?
Ammar: We are actually not able to pay our contributors at this time. However, we have set it up to where we are going to start making some money through advertisements, and we plan to use those profits to pay our contributors by our 3rd issue (which will release next year). The main reason we want to start paying authors as soon as funds allow it is because I truly believe that authors and artists should be compensated and recognized for their works.
Joan: What are you seeking in general and what especially delights you in a manuscript submission?
Ammar: We publish a variety of sub-genres under the thriller genre. For our first issue (which was published earlier this month), we had a western thriller, a detective story, a superhero thriller, a horror thriller, and a murder thriller. So there is no one type of story that we favor. We enjoy works that have a strong voice and have some sort of emotional impact, even if that emotion is hollow. We want to feel ourselves in the shoes of the protagonist!
Joan: What is an instant turn-off in a submission?
Ammar: I think there are several. The biggest one is a rude submission. Another turn off is when an author has obviously not read the submission guidelines. One thing I’ve learned from being both an author and editor is that when there are two stories of equal quality and merit, the publication offer will always go to the author that is the easiest to work with. So those are some things to keep in mind when submitting work to different places!
Joan: What are some of your favorite journals/magazines?
Ammar:That’s a great question and is tough to answer! Outside of the major magazines/journals, some of the more niche ones I enjoy reading are Suspense Magazine & Grotesque Quarterly.
Joan: How can writers contact you with questions and find out about submission calls?
Ammar:We are currently accepting submission for our 2nd issue until October 15th! We’re looking for short stories under 5,000 words, flash fiction, and poetry up to 40 lines. You can read our guidelines at www.thrillermagazine.org. For any questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan: Is there anything else you would like to say to writers who are considering submitting to you?
Ammar: Like I mentioned earlier, we are accepting submission for our 2nd issue until October 15th! The issue will be out in December of this year. You can read more about our magazine and our submission guidelines on our website (www.thrillermagazine.org). We look forward to reading a lot of amazing stories.
Thank you for the interview, Joan! It was a real pleasure 😉 Thank YOU, Ammar. Thriller looks like a great opportunity for mystery writers and a fun read for mystery lovers.