Ongoing Submissions: Silver Blade Magazine

Payment: $25 for novellas, $3 for flash fiction, $8 for short stories, $8 for single poems, half of those rates for reprints.
Note: Reprints accepted.
Note: While submissions are ongoing, details on cutoffs for issues are found below.

Welcome to the Silver Pen Writers Association group of publications. From this web page, you will have an opportunity to submit your work to Silver Blade Magazine.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Give us something unexpected and well written.  Technique, voice, characterization, and language will all play a part in our decision to publish.  Amaze us with your writing, use of language, sense of story, and memorable characters.  Give us a story readers will not be able to forget and will eagerly recommend to others.

If you want us to take your work seriously, please edit and proofread carefully prior to submission.  Manuscripts with significant typographical, spelling, or grammatical errors—where we feel compelled to grab a red pen after reading the first couple of pages—will likely be rejected outright without being read further.  The following are “hard sells” here:

  • Stories possessing several of the cliché elements listed here.
  • Fan Fiction
  • Anthropomorphism (talking cats, foxes, toasters or whatever)
  • Erotica.

Our editorial policies respect the artistic license of our authors.  However, there are occasions when changes are needed that go beyond basic spelling, grammar, and punctuation corrections. In any case, the author will be given the choice of final approval, prior to publication, over substantial edits made by our staff. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in this regard.

FORMAT AND DEADLINES

All submissions should…

  • Have 1 inch margins, single spaced lines, with extra space between paragraphs
  • Refrain from using fancy headers or footers, text effects, background colors or images.
  • Use a standard font (Arial, Calibri, Times Roman, Courier) in 10, 11 or 12 point size.

Silver Blade publishes a new issue once a quarter, in the first week of February, May, August, and November. Submissions for upcoming issues cut off roughly a month before the publication date. We read submissions continuously and all works that arrive after a cut-off date will remain in the queue for the following issue. We try to respond within two months of receiving a submission. Please inquire on status after 60 days if you have not received a response from us.

 

SILVER BLADE FICTION OR ARTICLE

Flash: 250 to 1,000 words Submit Now

Short Stories: 1,000 to 7,500 words   Submit Now

Novellas: 7,500 to 20,000 words   Submit Now

Writers of cutting edge Science Fiction, Slipstream, Classic and Modern Fantasy are invited to submit their works here. Romance might be accepted, provided it has a strong fantasy element to it. Wow us. We are looking for stories beyond great, we want amazing stories. We want fantastic creatures and impossible worlds. We want characters and stories readers will remember long afterward. Submit only one (1) story per file, and upload only one file at a time.

Accepted Document Types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf

 

SILVER BLADE SPECULATIVE POETRY IN TRANSLATION

Silver Blade Magazine is featuring Speculative Poetry in Translation starting with the Summer 2015 issue. We are seeking previously unpublished English translations (unless you can submit a sufficiently fresh translation) of literary quality poems with speculative elements that have been previously published in any language except English. We prefer original works from poets other than the translator. In rare cases we will consider poems written and translated by a single author.

Please read this carefully! Submit up to three poems of any style or length (up to 500 word each in English) in a single Word (doc or docx) plus a PDF or image file for each poem in its native language to ensure proper accents and characters are preserved. Be sure the poems contain a speculative element! We also want biographies of the original poet and the translator, as well as your translation notes (no length requirement, and whether long or short, it should be substantial). Also include a statement asserting that the poem is out of copyright or if in copyright, you have obtained permission to publish both the poem in the original language, as well as the English translation. Documentation will be required before publication.

Accepted Document Types: pdf, doc, docx, jpg, png

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SILVER BLADE POETRY

Size limit: 1000

Please note new submission time windows; poetry will only be accepted by our Submission manager during certain periods.

Send 2 to 5 unpublished poems in a single Word file (doc or docx) via our online submission manager—Submittable. We publish literary poetry with speculative elements. We prefer free verse poetry between 10-100 lines and prose poems or flash poetry under 500 words. We will consider a limited amount of traditional form poetry, experimental poetry, found poetry (with proper citations) and a constellation of themed Haiku (or titled linked Haiku) consisting of three or more pieces, as well as bilingual submissions (with permissions if necessary-see speculative poetry in translation). Please submit your poems in a single Word file. DO NOT CAPITALIZE YOUR TITLES. Include a cover letter with all contact information, and a lit bio, in the same Word file.

Before submitting, it is highly recommended you read several recent issues and comments on our editorial focus (see the poetry editor’s 2011 interview in Six Questions For…  and the 2014 interview in Poetry Pacific).

Do not submit if you are not amenable to editorial suggestions. Optional audio files of accepted poems will be published along with the text.

By invitation only, we promote Featured Poets with an interview and 3-5 poems. Silver Blade has featured some of the most prominent literary voices in speculative poetry. The list includes winners of awards, such as the Bram Stoker Award, the Heinlein Award, Rhysling Poetry Awards; celebrated editors, including a State Poet Laureate; prolific writers, and a Nobel Prize winning chemist.

Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, (for Found poetry, also include pdf, jpg, png, as necessary)

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RIGHTS AND ROYALTIES

(revised January 27, 2014)

For previously unpublished works, Silver Pen pays a flat fee of $25 for novellas, $3 for flash fiction, $8 for short stories, $8 for single poems and $25 for Featured Poets (by invitation only). Silver Pen will pay half of these rates for previously published works. A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal (which shall be the assumed payment method unless you specifically state otherwise). Note: Only authors in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom have the option of receiving a mailed, hand written check. Everyone else MUST use PayPal or forfeit payment.

For previously unpublished WORK, Silver Pen (PUBLISHER) requires you (AUTHOR) to:

  • grant First Global Electronic Rights to the PUBLISHER.
  • grant First Global Serial Rights to the PUBLISHER.
  • grant Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER
  • refer to Silver Blade as first place of publication if the WORK is subsequently reprinted

For previously published WORK, PUBLISHER requires the AUTHOR to:

  • grant Second Global Electronic Rights to the PUBLISHER.
  • grant Second Global Serial Rights to the PUBLISHER.
  • grant Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER

Common requirements for all WORKS:

  • AUTHOR assures PUBLISHER that submitted work is not currently published in electronic form elsewhere (including freely accessibly “public” Internet sites);
  • AUTHOR warrants that the work is original, and no other entity has reserved the rights required by Silver Pen for publication;
  • AUTHOR warrants that the work does not contain libelous material or material copyrighted by another party.
  • If, after six months, the author manages a sale of the work that requires electronic exclusivity, we will take reasonable steps to accommodate them.

The exclusive period for First Rights is 12 months. Afterward, the rights granted by the AUTHOR to the PUBLISHER for previously unpublished WORK become non-exclusive. This means the AUTHOR is free to shop the WORK around after 12 months, and the PUBLISHER retains the right to use the WORK. In addition, the AUTHOR retains Print Anthology rights immediately after publication of the WORK.

OTHER IMPORTANT POINTS

  • Pieces posted for critique on a controlled-access website (user ID and password required to access) do not count as “published.”
  • submissions –at— silverpen.org is used solely for author communication and inquiries. Writers are strongly encouraged to add it to their trusted sender email address list.
  • All submissions must be submitted through our Submittable web page. Works sent to submissions –at— silverpen.org will be deleted without reading them.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We are an all-volunteer organization and our time is limited.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but we will not publish more than one piece by an author in any single issue (exception: Poetry submissions to SB).
  • If you use Duotrope, please remember to report your responses. It helps keep us honest.

Now, click one of the buttons below to submit your work!

Via: Silver Blade.

Ongoing Submissions: The Arcanist

Payment: $50

Welcome to The Arcanist!

We’re a new Medium-based literary magazine that focuses on fantasy and sci-fi flash fiction. We love magical worlds full of dragons and speculative looks at the future, and we think these two genres are important to our culture, which is why we want to give writers of these genres a new place to publish their work. One that pays them, too. (Yay!)

Since we’re brand new, we’re opening up submissions for our weekly publication schedule (we aim to properly launch within the next couple months).

So, let’s get on with it:

What We Talk About When We Talk About SF/F Flash Fiction

Fantasy and sci-fi stories are incredibly engaging for audiences of all ages. Look at the impact The Lord of the Rings has on pop culture or how Nineteen Eighty-Four still informs the masses today. These stories are important, entertaining, and thought-provoking. They deserve more platforms.

We are that new platform. There are many Medium-based lit mags out there, but rarely any that focus solely on these genres. Those days are over, friends. The Arcanist is a place devoted to SF/F content primed for a digital reader on the go. It’s also a place where writers can get paid for their work, which we feel is super important because, you know, bills and takeout are important aspects of life.

You Didn’t Even Tell Us the What You Want

Oops. But hey, now you know where we stand.

Anyway, we want stories that are 1,000 words or less. We know this is a tough task given the lengthy, world-building heavy nature of the genres, but we believe in you!

Here’s a breakdown: 1K words (or less), a proper story (with a beginning, middle, and end), and a good character (to love or hate or feel at least something about). These stories should rooted in sci-fi or fantasy. We understand that SF/F encompasses many different sub genres (like horror, for example) and we welcome those, too.

If you want a good guide on this type of writing, Faith M. Boughan over at Fantasy Faction has a great write up about common mistakes. Check it out here.

What Are Some of the Things You Don’t Want?

No hate speech, racism, or any other offensive materials. This is a no-brainer.

No extremely vulgar stories filled to the brim with naughty words. We’re not saying that those can’t be good stories, but they’re stories we don’t want.

No excessive gore or violence unless it is integral to the story. If it’s in there just to be gross, it’s not for us.

No fan fiction. We want originality.

No poetry.

We would also prefer that your story be published here first. If you have already published it elsewhere, we can look but it’s a tough sell.

Didn’t You Say Something About Payment?

Why yes we did. We pay our fiction writers $50 for accepted submissions. We will reach out directly to you for payment details upon accepting your story. We pay using PayPal or Venmo.

Okay, So How Do I Submit?

You can submit by following this link and filling out the simple form. We do not accept paper submissions of any kind. If you would rather email us, read the linked form and follow the instructions at the bottom.

Here’s that link again. Just in case.

How Long Until I Hear Back?

We give each submission a thorough examination, which takes time. Since we are just starting out, it’s hard to give an exact estimate. We promise we will get back to you, though, and request that you be patient!

Can You Wrap All This Up? I have Stories to Write.

Sure, here’s everything in a nutshell:

  • SF/F stories only (including their sub genres)
  • 1,000 words or less.
  • Stories must be actual stories. Not poems or elegant descriptions — actual stories that follow an arch.
  • You can submit using this form.
  • We pay $50 for the fiction stories we accept.
  • If you have any questions, drop us a line at editor(at)thearcanist.io

Thanks for your interest! We look forward to reading your submissions.

Via: The Arcanist.

Ongoing Submissions: Mirror Dance

Payment: $5.00
Note: Reprints Allowed
Note: Check the main page for the current theme which rotates

What We Publish
Mirror Dance is a quarterly online magazine of fantasy fiction and poetry. We are open to all sub-genres of fantasy, including magic realism, urban or contemporary fantasy, sword and sorcery, fantasy-of-manners, and stories with mythological or folkloric themes. As a member of the Outer Alliance, we actively seek fiction with LGBTQA themes and characters who challenge traditional concepts of gender, as well as stories from diverse ethnic, religious, and social perspectives.

We are open dark fantasy, science fantasy, and historical fiction with fantasy elements. We do not publish science fiction or non-supernatural horror.

Fiction of any length will be considered, though we generally find stories under 6,000 words more suitable for online reading. We value unique voices and beautiful but readable prose styles. We prefer stories with dynamic, fully-developed characters and richly detailed settings over stories driven by a particular twist or plot device.

Poetry of all lengths will be considered, from haiku to epic narratives. We value strong imagery, precise word choice and a tight, specific focus. Poems must have an identifiable fantasy or mythic element. Please do not send more than three (3) poems in one submission.

Mirror Dance pays $5.00 upon acceptance for each work of fiction or poetry. We can make payments through PayPal, check, or an online donation to the project or charity of your choice.

Skull detail from the Crystal Globe (Waterhouse)

How to Submit 
Please send your work in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf document, or pasted in the body of an e-mail, to mirrordancefantasy at gmail dot com. In your cover e-mail, include your name and contact information, the title of your submission, and its word count.

Please use the subject line “Mirror Dance Fiction Submission – [Title].” Replace [title] with the title of your submission, and change “fiction” to “flash fiction,” “poetry,” etc. as appropriate. For all other communications, include “Mirror Dance” in your subject line.

Skull detail from the Crystal Globe (Waterhouse)

Other Considerations
No simultaneous submissions. Please do not send us work that is currently under consideration elsewhere. If your story becomes unavailable after you’ve submitted it to Mirror Dance, please notify us immediately.

Please respect language. Atrocious spelling, grammar, and punctuation in your e-mail or your submission itself are grounds for a rejection. A few small typos are acceptable; carelessness is not.

We are happy to consider reprints. Please include previous publication details in your e-mail. We have a slight preference for stories that aren’t currently available in a free-to-read online venue, such as your blog, another e-zine, or a critique site that is not password-protected.

In the case of original fiction, we are asking for first English-language digital rights exclusive for three months. All work published in Mirror Dance will be archived unless the author requests otherwise. The author may request that the work be immediately removed from the website at any time after the first three months of the story’s publication.

Mirror Dance aims to respond to all submissions within two months. If you are concerned about the length of a response time, please feel free to query the editor at the e-mail address above.

Thank you for your interest in Mirror Dance! I look forward to reading your submission.

Via: Mirror Dance.

Ongoing Submissions: Lackington’s

Payment: 1 cent CAD per word for stories ($25 CAD minimum)
Note: Limited reprints allowed, read before submitting.
Note: Check the main page for the current theme which rotates

Lackington’s publishes speculative fiction between 1,500 – 5,000 words in length. The “spec” element can be overt or subtle (so blow us away with realism if it possesses the merest twinge of strangeness). Fantasy, SF, slipstream, post-apocalyptic, magic realism, mythopoeia, folktale, grimdark, weird, or any flavour of ‘punk, it’s all good, BUT WAIT! Read this before submitting — meeting our style preference is our foremost demand. We’re excited by stories by, or representative of, members of traditionally marginalized communities. We are never excited by fanfic, so please don’t send us any. We prefer stories with experimental prose and structures, but second-person POV narratives have become a hard sell at Lackington’s simply because we see so many.

Submission window: We rely on rolling submissions, which means we close for submissions once our Table of Contents is full or near-to-full. We don’t post deadlines, but we do make announcements on Twitter when we’re a week or two off from closing. Submission windows are usually open 8-12 weeks but there’s no guarantee, so get your tales in sooner than later.

Fiction submissions: Email submissions to lackingtonsmagazine at gmail dot com. Your email must include the word count for your story, byline, publication history, the country you live in, and the theme/issue you’re submitting to (see above). We don’t accept attachments. Copy and paste your story into the body of your email, below your cover letter, and be sure the font isn’t too small or creative (clear, readable text is the way to our hearts). It should go without saying that paragraph breaks must be obvious, and work must be polished. Type SUBMISSION: [THEME] [YOUR TITLE] in the subject line of your message. If we accept your story, we’ll ask for a Word doc in standard manuscript format. We love getting work from authors we’ve published before, but to keep things varied we ask those authors to target every third issue or more. We have a very small staff and a very large number of submissions, so alas we can’t offer feedback on stories.

Reprints: We aren’t a reprint market but make exceptions for English-language work previously published outside Canada, U.S., British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand. We also accept new English translations of work that was previously published in another language, anywhere in the world. Be sure to read your contract carefully before submitting previously published work to ensure that you have the right to resell and we have the right to republish. You MUST indicate that your work has been previously published in your submission email, and let us know where and how long ago. Our reprint rates are the same as our rates for original fiction (see below). Please note that we consider work sold to readers through Patreon or crowdfunding drives to be previously published.

Art submissions: We commission artwork for each story, so don’t send us individual pieces for consideration. Rather, email us a link to your online portfolio, with cover letter, and if we think your style is a good fit for Lackington’s, we’ll ask if you’re willing to illustrate a specific tale when an opportunity comes up. 

Simultaneous and multiple submissions: No and no. We respond within 60 days or sooner, and we ask that authors submit no more than twice a reading period.

Poems, plays, flashlings?: We’re only interested in short stories. However, stories that experiment with structure are especially welcome–we love works that incorporate elements from poetic or dramatic forms.

Payment: We pay 1 cent CAD per word for stories ($25 CAD minimum), $25 CAD for interior illustrations, and $40 CAD for cover art. We do so using PayPal, and payment will be made before your story goes to print. Be sure to read our legalese, below, about what “first rights” entails.

Legalese: We buy first world electronic and print rights, which means we have exclusive rights to your work leading up to the date of publication and, in the case of stories, for 90 days thereafter (art may be reprinted or resold any time after we publish it). We also purchase reprint rights, which means that we have permission to reprint the work we bought from you in any future anthologies. Authors may publish a teaser of 200 words or less to promote their upcoming release. Illustrations, however, don’t break down that way, so artists must refrain from publishing/posting anything we buy from them until after we have unveiled the work in Lackington’s (“exclusive first rights” means just that). After 90 days post-publication, stories may be reproduced or anthologized in their entirety elsewhere, electronically or in print; we ask, however, that contributors or future editors note that the work originally appeared in Lackington’s. We reserve the right to reproduce purchased work in our online and print promotional materials (e.g. masthead, bookmarks).

Production: We have a professional editor on staff, so expect some minor nips and tucks (they correct typos and awkward/unclear sentences, and ensure that author style is consistent throughout each story). If the editor has questions, or suggestions for broader changes, we always contact the author for approval before going to print. Please trust the editor, who’s been doing this for a long time. They will use the lightest possible touch, respect the author’s taste on more subjective matters, and will not alter an author’s overall voice, ever. We hope contributors will consider editor feedback as a service rather than a slight — Lackington’s would not have accepted your work if we didn’t already admire it six ways to Sunday.

Via: Lackington’s.

Ongoing Submissions: Liquid Imagination

Payment: $8, $10 if by PayPal

Give us INTENSITY with high EMOTION in your writing and bring AWE to readers.

Give us something unexpected and well written.  Technique, voice, characterization, and language will all play a part in our decision to publish.  Amaze us with your writing, use of language, sense of story, and memorable characters.  Give us a story readers will not be able to forget and will eagerly recommend to others.

If you want us to take your work seriously, please edit and proofread carefully prior to submission.  Manuscripts with significant typographical, spelling, or grammatical errors—where we feel compelled to grab a red pen after reading the first couple of pages—will likely be declined without being read further.

Our editorial policies respect the artistic license of our authors.  However, there are occasions when changes are needed that go beyond basic spelling, grammar, and punctuation corrections. In any case, the author will always be given final approval, prior to publication, over substantial edits made by our staff. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in this regard.

Format and Deadlines

All submissions should…

  • Have 1 inch margins, single spaced lines, with extra space between paragraphs (and no indents)
  • Do not use fancy headers or footers, text effects, background colors or images.
  • Use a standard font (Arial, Calibri, Times Roman, Courier) in 10, 11 or 12 point size.
  • PDF files are not allowed owing to the difficulties in reviewing and suggesting edits for them. Be assured that all work submitted to LI is protected and no changes are made without consulting with the author.
  • Include your first and last name, and your email address on the first page of your submission.

Liquid Imagination comes out once a quarter, in the last week of the months below:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

Submissions for upcoming issues cut off roughly a month before the publication date. Due to the high number of submissions we receive, please wait until after four months to inquire on status ([email protected]) if you have not received a response from us.

Rights and Royalties

Liquid Imagination pays a flat fee of $8 for short stories and poems. A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal (which shall be the assumed payment method unless you specifically state otherwise). Note: Only authors in the United States have the option of receiving a mailed echeck. Everyone else MUST use PayPal or forfeit payment.

In exchange, we require:

For previously unpublished WORK

The AUTHOR grants First World Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Anthology Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER

For previously published WORK (only for poems and flash – we no longer accept reprints of stories)

The AUTHOR grants World Reprint Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Non-exclusive Anthology Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER

  • Assurance that submitted work is not currently published elsewhere (including freely accessibly “public” Internet sites);
  • Authors must warrant that they are the sole author of the work, that the work is original, and that no other entity has reserved the rights required by Silver Pen for publication;
  • Authors must warrant that the work does not contain libelous material or material copyrighted by another party.

Other important Points

  • Pieces posted for critique on a controlled-access website (user ID and password required to access) are not considered “published.”
  • If you use Duotrope, please remember to report your responses. It helps keep us honest.

Via: Liquid Imagination.

Ongoing Submissions: Storyteller

Payment: $100 advance on a 20% royalty on individual issue sales

Storyteller is looking for a modern evolution of literary fiction. We want stories that hook right from the first sentence and don’t let go until the impactful climax a few thousand words later. Stories should be titled to attract a reader’s interest; not to describe the story. The hook should pull the reader straight into the action. The climax should have emotional relevance. We want goose-bump triggering impact.

Upon acceptance, contributors are required to collaborate with editors and other contributors to revise their submission, as well as promote the issue to which their work is accepted.

  • Compensation: $100 advance on a 20% royalty on individual issue sales.
  • Rights: One month exclusivity & first publishing rights. Previously published work not accepted.
  • Circulation: Thousands of readers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ReadStoryteller.com.
  • Average reading time: Less than thirty days. Stories selected by a team of curators.
  • Word count: 5,000 to 7,500 words considered for fiction. No exceptions.
  • Formatting: Curators prefer proper manuscript style. USA spelling. No manual returns.
  • Editing: Our editors use Google Docs for collaborative editing.
  • Poetry not accepted.

Via: Storyteller’s Submittable.

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