Open for Submissions

About the Journal

Hello, and welcome to Apple in the Dark Journal, a brand-new online publication focusing on works of fiction and creative nonfiction no longer than 1,500 words apiece. Currently, we offer two issues a year: summer/fall and winter/spring.

I’m Cassidy McCants, creator and editor. I’m also Managing Editor of Nimrod International Journal. More about me:

To submit: Send your unpublished work (no more than one story/essay at once) by email to Please use this format for the subject line: “[Last Name], [First Word of Title]” and please include your contact info/social media handles and a brief bio in the email. If possible, please paste the contents of your submission into the body of the email rather than attaching it as a Word document or PDF. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but do please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.


We cannot pay you, but we will promote you via the site and social media. And it’s free to submit! 

Eventually we’d like to be able to pay authors, WordPress, etc., in order to offer a better journal/site. If there’s any chance you’re able to donate to help us get up and running, please donate any amount via PayPal: And it’s a lofty goal, but maybe we’ll be able to offer contributors payment at some point! Maybe we’ll be able to donate to a sustainability NGO or likeminded nonprofit! We’ll see what happens. Any help would be very much appreciated.


AITD ask for first publication rights. You may publish your work featured on the site elsewhere following initial publication, but please credit AITD with first publication.

Thank you for your support. We can’t wait to publish whatever delightful work comes our way.

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