Likely Red is open year-round for submissions in prose, poetry, photography, and almost everything else. While we may prioritize local authors and artists for consideration from time to time, we encourage folks from anywhere to let us see what they’ve got. We try to keep an open mind. We publish what we like. There is no submission fee. We pay.
Email your prose, poetry, photography, art, or piece to the editor at Editor [at] LikelyRed [dot] com. We only accept submissions in English and all submissions must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please email us as soon as possible if a piece you’ve submitted to us gets accepted elsewhere.
For Prose: We like our prose to be under 4000 words. We accept fiction and creative non-fiction. Please only send one piece at a time and wait for a response before sending another. Send your story or essay in an email to the editor in PDF (preferred) or in .doc format.
For Poetry: Keep poetry under 100 lines. It will need a title. Send up to five poems in one email to the editor in PDF (preferred) or .doc format.
For Photography: Submit up to 3 photos for us to consider at a time in an email to the editor. Keep file sizes low enough to email and please don’t stress over the quality of the photograph. If necessary, indicate the quality loss and let us know if you have a higher quality version. If your photography is accepted, we’ll let you know when we need the higher quality version.
For Everything Else: This category includes everything from digital paintings, short video clips, comics, gifs, memes, interviews, choose-your-own-adventure stories, experimental blueprints, audio logs, laboratory results, web games, artful code, or anything else that you’ve got going on that you think fits our aesthetic. Just be sure that it will work without any extra software on the website and that you can get it to us in an email without too much trouble. Bonus points if we can figure out what it is and how it works without a manual. The shorter and more focused the idea, the better.
Cover Letters: We couldn’t care less about cover letters. Make sure your name, telephone number, and email address are on the front page or in the body of the email. If you have a Twitter account, we’d like that, too.
We try to acknowledge all submissions within a couple of days. Give us two months to make a decision. If you haven’t heard from us within 60 days, please send us an email or aggravate us on Twitter.
Our editor is mean and either can’t or won’t give individual feedback on every piece due to the time, as well as an unfortunate social incident that occurred in his deep dark past.
We pay contributors $25 (usd) upon acceptance. We know it’s not much. As our journal grows, we are open to exploring ways to increase this amount.
We ask for first publication rights for us to publish your story online as well as archival rights for us to keep a copy of your story in our online archives. After publication, all writers and artists continue to hold all rights to their work. Please kindly indicate Likely Red as the first publisher if the work is published again.
All content is subject to minor edits for formatting purposes. We may also add text and alter colors to digital media for our use of the work in other locations on the website and social media, including headers and advertisements.
Questions? Submissions? Email the editor at Editor [at] LikelyRed [dot] com.
Payment: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short stories, Reprints pay at half price.
Note: Reprints Allowed!
Thank you for choosing Uprising Review for your piece! All of our story and formatting guidelines can be found below. Submissions that don’t adhere to word length and formatting guidelines will be rejected, unread, from our queue. Keep that in mind while submitting. Above all, we never want you to be afraid to push the envelope with your writing!
We accept flash fiction and short stories of any genre. This included fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, literary, steampunk, political, and anything else under the sun. We do accept pieces that include profanity, sex, and violence when it is used with purpose and care. Often times these elements are used for shock value. While this is a valid use of those elements, there must be a reason beyond shock.
– flash fiction under 1,500 words of any genre will be considered
– short stories under 3,000 words will also be considered
We do not accept erotica. There are many markets for erotic stories but we are not one of them. We will not accept serials or chapters of novels or novellas. We want to provide our audience with full, complete stories with each read.
While we have limited resources, we think it’s important that authors are paid for their work. We pay writers $5 for flash fiction pieces and $10 for short stories. We do accept stories under 500 words, however we will only pay for flash fiction that is over 500 words. After we approve a story, we ask for exclusive rights for 6 months after the date of publication and anthology rights for one year. The writer maintains full ownership of their work and is free to publish their story elsewhere at the end of the 6 months.
Uprising Review focuses on blind submissions. This means we read your work before we read your cover letter. Your gender, race, and sexuality do not determine your strengths as a writer. Please remove any indication of your name, or pen name, from the file (title and document) before sending it to us. If your name or pen name are included, your work will be rejected unread.
Please send us only one story at a time and wait four weeks before sending us another, after a rejection or acceptance letter.
We welcome you to submit your story to other markets. If you chose to do this and your story is accepted elsewhere, please alert us as soon as possible.
Formatting for submissions:
– 12pt Times New Roman (or comparable) font
– double spaced
– include a page and word count in the header
– accepted file formats: .rtf .doc .docx .od
We will try to respond to your submissions as quickly as we can but we are all very busy people. If you have not received a rejection or acceptance letter from us within four weeks, please email us at [email protected] with the subject header “Submission Query.” We will do our best to respond from there.
The Wyrd is a speculative short fiction market for authors and artists who have a fondness for weird and slipstream themes.
What that means is we’re looking for works that cross, combine or redefine traditional genre boundaries. We enjoy stories that come with a heavy dose of the uncanny, the strange, and blend literary, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror tropes.
We will consider straight sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and urban fantasy, so long as the work pushes genre boundaries. If you’re not sure if your submission fits, send it in and we’ll tell you.
Our favorite authors are Victor LaValle, Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Ford, Margaret Atwood, Tim Powers, Emily St John Mandel, China Miéville and Ian (M) Banks.
While we’d very much like to see submissions from South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, we prioritize quality of story over country of origin.
We are currently open for submissions: 24 March through 30 June 2017.
All submitted works must be:
Previously unpublished short stories of between 1000 and 5000 words. Please note that we consider works that appear on the author’s website, social media channels or writer’s forums as “published”
Reprints at a maximum of 6000 words and that are not currently available for free online
.doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments
In Standard Manuscript Format (follow this link if you’re not sure what that is)
Proofed and checked for grammar and spelling
While we prefer American English, we’re happy to accept UK English. But please use double quotations (“) for dialogue.
If you’d like your art considered for The Wyrd’scover page, please send an inquiry, along with a link to an online gallery or portfolio to submissions (at) wyrdmagazine (dot) com. Use the subject line: Art Submission.
We prefer to purchase pre-existing pieces but will occasionally commission art for covers.
On multiple and simultaneous submissions.
We accept multiple submissions, up to 3 submissions per author per submission period. Please submit only one story per email. We’re okay with simultaneous submissions, but please let us know well in advance if you’ve sold your work elsewhere.
Payments & legal.
The Wyrd magazine will pay $10 (USD) per short story. Payment is author’s choice of PayPal or Amazon voucher. Payment for South African residents will be author’s choice of EFT, PayPal or Amazon voucher.
Original works of art are bought for $10-50 (USD) per piece, as negotiated with the artist.
We purchase first, world-exclusive rights to your work for 6 months after publication date. After this date, the rights revert back to the author. Your story will continue to be sold in back-issues of The Wyrd under our non-exclusive distribution agreement.
Your work will not appear, and will not have appeared, in any other available format (blogs and public forums included) until 6 months after the release date of the story in The Wyrd.
What we don’t want.
We are not interested in the following:
Works that are set in pre-existing settings created by authors/directors/screenwriters other than yourself. We don’t accept fan fiction of any kind, ever
Works for which you do not own the copyright and/or rights of distribution
Erotica or Slash fiction
Fiction that is devoid of any uncanny, supernatural, speculative, or weird element (i.e. boring, realistic stuff)
Please note that our word limits are firm. Longer pieces will be automatically rejected, without exception.
Pieces that do not adhere to the submission requirements will be rejected unread.
We don’t have a problem with submissions that have violent or transgressive themes, but if your story features explicit or alluded to violence/abuse/exploitation of minors, women or animals as its primary plot device, we’re extremely unlikely to accept it for publication.
Our promise to you.
If you’ve followed the submission requirements as above and submitted your work, we promise to:
Send you an automatic confirmation of receipt of your submission
Get back to you within 6 weeks of submitting with one of the following:
A rejection with or without comments
An offer to buy your work after appropriate edits have been made
If your submission has been accepted, you’ll work with one of our editors to get the story ready for publication and we’ll send a contract for you to complete
Pay you based on our current rates (see Payment & legal)
How to submit.
Send your work as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment (one submission per mail) to submissions (at) wyrdmagazine (dot) com with one of the following subject lines:
Fiction Submission: [Story Title]
Reprint Submission: [Story Title]
In the email body, please include the following:
The story’s title.
A list of your published works (if any) in non-self-published markets only. Don’t worry if this is your first story. The quality of the work is more important than your credentials.
Your author bio (40 words maximum). Include any website or portfolio link you’d like us to insert.
If this is a reprint, please list the work’s full publication history.
Reading Periods: September 15 – January 15 and March 15 – July 15
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Outlook Springs is a literary journal from another dimension. It is devoted to your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange. Submit one story or essay at a time (up to 7,500 words) or up to five poems (Important: Submit all poems as 1 document). Please do not submit more than twiceper reading period, unless told otherwise by an editor.
Our reading periods are:
September 15 – January 15
March 15 – July 15
(See categories for descriptions & details.)
Submission Guidelines: Keep it simple. 12 pt font. Double-Spaced. Name and page number on each page. Cover letter should include contact information, as well as anything else you would like our editors to know about you. Make sure to read our genre-specific guidelines. Please don’t conceal hexes and/or curses within these cover letters.
Important note: we do not accept paper submissions. Non-Important note: we can’t seem to find the cap to our toothpaste. We’ve looked everywhere.
Simultaneous submissions are a-OK in our book, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Outlook Springs acquires first serial printing rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication. For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor’s copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor’s copy total.
First, we strongly suggest you read a copy of Shoreline of Infinity to see the kind of stories our readers like. You can download a copy or order a print copy over there on the right.
We are looking for a good science fiction story. Something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think.
But more than that, we want your story to be populated with characters we want to meet and have a drink with or from whom we want to run screaming away; we want characters to hug to ease the pain; we want to read the stories of heroes; we want to be your character.
Make us want to nudge our sleeping partners at 3am in the morning and say: “you should read this!”
Broaden our horizons – look beyond the Shoreline.
We told you, we’re looking for a good story.
If you can include all that in one tale as seen through the powerful lens of science fiction, so much the better.
From Issue 8 onwards we will be publishing one story of up to 10,000 words, otherwise it’s a maximum of 5,000 words.
What we Offer and Rights
We offer £10/1000 word at the moment.
We retain the right to continue selling back issues of Shoreline of Infinity and Shoreline anthologies containing your story (royalties are paid for republishing in collections).
We buy first digital and print world rights in English, but your rights are returned to you after 6 months of original publication (digital or print), and you are free to publish how or wherever you like. However, it would be splendid if you could acknowledge first publication in Shoreline of Infinity.
What to Submit
We accept simultaneous submissions, but do tell us immediately if you want to withdraw a submission. Submit a neatly formatted manuscript set in Times 12 point and double spaced in Word format ( doc/docx). Please use the submission process here – emailed manuscripts will be ignored.
Submit only one story.
We will reply as soon as we can after your submission, but do contact us if you have not heard within 3 months. We know what it’s like to be kept waiting, but we are only human (mostly).
Payment: $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $25 and a maximum of $50
The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. Each submission is read anonymously by two editors. If a story is chosen to move forward, it is read by one of two rotating Editors of the Month who each make final decisions on the stories they receive. Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging. Read more about us here.
Fiction and Nonfiction
We accept unsolicited submissions via Submittable. Again, since we read anonymously, please do not put your name anywhere in the file. We prefer stories below 3,000 words but will consider work of rare quality up to 5,000 words. We love flash and micro prose. Please send one previously unpublished piece per category and wait to hear from us before submitting another. Reprints are by solicitation only. Literary excellence is our only criteria. We are open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and personal identity from all over the world. We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw promptly via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Please do not inquire about the status of your submission until three months has passed. If you are a former contributor, please wait at least six months before you submit again; we only publish one piece per contributor per year.
Sorry, poets. We admire what you do but sadly, we only read prose for the time being.
Payment and Rights
We pay, upon publication, $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $25 and a maximum of $50. We request exclusive worldwide English language rights to publish in the Forge Literary Magazine, an online journal, for a period of three months, after which all rights revert to the author. Authors outside the U.S. must be able to receive payment via Paypal.