What We Want – Fiction
BROADSWORDS AND BLASTERS is looking for quality submissions in the pulp magazine tradition. What does that mean? We want your tales of:
- sword and sorcery;
- westerns (Weird or otherwise);
- horror (Cosmic, Southern Gothic, visceral, and psychological);
- detective tales;
- two-fisted action;
- retro science fiction.
- Tales should feature strong characters and visceral action. No navel-gazing.
- Despite having great action, detailed settings, and iconic characters, much of old-school pulp is unfortunately emblematic of limited cultural ideals that we have no interest in propagating. As such, we encourage diverse characters and welcome stories that subvert the standard pulp formula.
- We prefer clear descriptions. While we appreciate poetic prose, the reader has to be able to understand what is happening.
- For rating guidelines (language, descriptions) we are looking at a hard R-rating. That is to say, we don’t shy away from cursing, gore, or sex, but such content needs to serve the story, not be there for the sake of being there.
- Word count: Submissions must be between 2,000 to 5,000 words. Anything outside these limits will be rejected.
- Please submit stories in either .rtf, .doc, or .docx. Please use standard submission format. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
- We do not accept reprints.
- We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit only one story at a time.
- We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please tell us in the body of the email that you are submitting to more than one publication. If the story is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible.
Payment and terms
- We pay a flat $15.00 per story upon publication. All payments will be made through paypal.
- All published contributors will receive a comp electronic copy.
How to Submit
- Email your submission to [email protected]
- Use the subject line Submission: (the title of your story)
- Include a short cover letter in the body of your email. Mention the title of your story. The cover letter should also include a short biography (100 words or less). Don’t forget to mention any social media accounts (Facebook, twitter, etc) you would like to have included with your bio.
- Our goal is to reply within 2 – 4 weeks of submission. If you haven’t heard from us after 30 days, please send a query to [email protected]. Please include the title of the story you are querying about.
Via: Broadswords and Blasters.
Payment: We pay $.06/word for original fiction 6000 words or less, $100 flat rate for reprints over 2000 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 2000 words).
Note: PodCastle opens and closes throughout the year.
PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction. If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it.
Submit online via our submissions portal using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format.
Word count: up to 6,000 words.
Occasionally, we run reprints in the novelette range (up to 17,000 words), although they are a harder sell. Query to [email protected] before submitting longer works.
No multiple submissions.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted; just mention it in your cover letter up front, and let us know if you sell it elsewhere first.
Reprints are welcome, and strongly encouraged. We are happy to consider stories previously released on Patreon as reprints.
Payment and Rights
We pay $.06/word for original fiction 6000 words or less, $100 flat rate for reprints over 2000 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 2000 words).
As of January 2016, PodCastle publishes in both text and audio. You are offering us both when you submit your story. We ask for 4 months exclusivity for text and audio for original stories, and 4 months audio exclusivity for reprints. We are happy to receive previously-podcasted stories; this just means don’t re-pod the story until 4 months after publication with PodCastle.
We distribute under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the audio files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.
This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.
You can find samples of our contracts at the links below. Note that these are for informational purposes only, and upon acceptance all the relevant information will be completed by our managing editor:
What We Want
PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story.
We are an audio magazine. Our audience can’t skim past the boring parts. Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we’re looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged.
We hope to publish fiction reflecting the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We’d particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.
Podcastle welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQIA and non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.
If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so in your cover letter. We acknowledge the reality of unconscious bias and will make our best efforts to account for it during the editorial review process. Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human experience.
How to Submit
Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format and submit through our online submissions portal. We accept files formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.
In your cover letter, please include your legal name, byline (if different from your legal name), mailing address, and the story’s approximate word count and publication history. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.
Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.
After three months, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email.
By sending us your story you understand and agree that:
- You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
- You are the copyright holder of the work;
- You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
- All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
- You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.
If we buy your story we’ll send you a contract, and you’ll be bound to all of the above.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to our staff at [email protected] We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.
Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to reading your fiction!
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert, Editors
and editorial staff
Via: Pod Castle.
To make sure that the volume of submissions doesn’t get out of hand while we’re still getting up to speed with our new submissions system, we’re trying out a weekly schedule:
- We’ll always reopen every Monday when the new issue is published.
- When we’re open, there will be no daily cap.
- During the week, if and when the queue begins to significantly outstrip the reading, we’ll close for the week to give ourselves room to catch up.
- This page will always clearly indicate whether we’re closed and if so, when we’ll be reopening.
- Vajra Chandrasekera
- Lila Garrott
- Catherine Krahe
- An Owomoyela
Guidelines at a Glance
- Speculative fiction, broadly defined.
- Up to 10,000 words (under 5000 preferred).
- Previously unpublished in English—we buy first English rights, including audio.
- Submitted through our Moksha submission gateway—no email or postal submissions.
- No simultaneous or multiple submissions; no re-submissions.
- Please send only RTF, DOC or DOCX files and try to stick to standard manuscript format as much as possible.
- Payment of 8¢/word USD, within 60 days of contract.
If you have any questions, write to [email protected] with the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line.
Everything else on this page is intended to clarify, explain, or provide insight into the above guidelines. If you’ve submitted to us before or feel confident that your story meets our guidelines, feel free to skip the rest of this page. If you’re uncertain on any point, you’ll find more detailed discussion below.
What We Want and What We Don’t Want
We want good speculative fiction. If your story doesn’t have a speculative element, or strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it’s probably not for us.
Some particular things we love, or are interested in:
- Fiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position.
- Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.
- Stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification.
- Hypertext fiction. If you have a work of hyperfiction you think might be a good fit for Strange Horizons, please query us to discuss how to submit it.
Things which are fine:
- Profanity is fine. Use whatever words are appropriate for your story.
- Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore.
- We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world, and British spellings are fine.
- We will consider stories which have previously appeared in another language, but have never been published in English.
- We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.
Things we won’t consider:
- Stories above 10,000 words, including serialized novels or novellas.
- Partial or incomplete stories. Please don’t send us part of a story and ask us to request the rest of it if we’re interested.
- Unsolicited reprints of works previously published in English.
- Stories previously submitted to Strange Horizons, even if they have been revised.
- Multiple stories at once from the same author.
- Submissions sent to us and another venue simultaneously.
- Poetry or nonfiction; we’re the wrong department for those.
Pay Rates and Lengths
We prefer stories under 5,000 words, but we consider stories up to 10,000 words. Note, however, that the longer the story is, the less likely we are to be interested. Our wordcount limit is not absolutely inflexible, but we can’t consider stories much over the limit, not even as serials. However, we have no minimum wordcount requirement; we consider short-short stories. We determine story length by taking the word-processor wordcount and rounding up to the next highest 100 words.
We pay 8¢/word (USD), with a minimum payment of $60. SFWA officially considers us a professional market. We pay by check or PayPal, according to the author’s preference.
We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language rights (including audio rights) for six (6) months. After that period, you are free to republish the story elsewhere. We hope you’ll allow us to leave the story in our archives indefinitely after it’s rotated off the main table of contents, but you have the right to remove your story from the archives at any time after one (1) year.
How to Submit
Check the top of this page to see if we’re open to submissions, and if we’re open, upload a file using our submission gateway. In order to track stories correctly, we can only consider stories submitted through that form—no email or paper mail submissions.
Your cover letter can be minimal: generally, these should be short and list just a few of your most recent or most relevant publications or workshops. If you’ve got life experience relevant to your story (e.g. your story takes place on a submarine, and you served on a submarine), please do mention that. Cover letters shouldn’t include plot synopses or pitches. If you are still concerned, please take a look at our sample cover letters page.
Don’t worry about how your story is formatted, in terms of font, font size, line spacing or indentation. Our system automatically reformats submissions the way we like them.
If you’re having trouble submitting, or have any other questions, please send an e-mail with a subject line of “QUERY: Your Question Topic” to [email protected].
Response Time and Response Status
We usually respond within a few weeks, but if you haven’t heard from us within 40 days, please query immediately. You won’t be rushing us along—most likely, we have responded, but the email’s gone astray.
We send an autoresponder message in response to every submission we receive. If you haven’t received an autoresponse within 24 hours after submitting, please query immediately. Missing an autoresponse usually means we have an incorrect email address for you, and won’t be able to contact you when we make a decision on your fiction.
After you submit a story, we strongly prefer you don’t withdraw it. If you withdraw a story, we won’t consider any version of that story in the future. However, if you do need to withdraw a story, please send an e-mail telling us that you need to withdraw, and let us know why.
How to Contact Us
To contact us for any reason, write to [email protected] with the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line. Add a few words to the subject line to indicate what you’re querying about.
Strange and Interesting Miscellany
None of this is required reading, but if you’re curious about how we do things, you may find the following links interesting:
- Stories we see too often: This list was made by the previous editing team, and has since been reposted and referenced by various people who’ve found it useful. Though there is some good advice here, we offer it as a curio rather than as a prescription.
- Why we don’t want authors to withdraw stories: This is a post by previous senior fiction editor, Jed Hartman. We agree with his reasoning.
Via: Strange Horizons.
What we want
We are looking for works that incorporate speculative fiction and imaginative elements not found in contemporary reality, which includes: science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, steampunk, superhero and paranormal. Please see the ‘About’ section for more information on speculative fiction that may help.
Between 1000 and 5000 words in length.
Simultaneous submissions – submitting your work to more than one market at a time – are accepted but please let us know if it has been accepted elsewhere.
What we DON’T want
No multiple submissions – please wait for your work to be accepted/rejected before submitting another.
No repeat submissions – sorry but if we said no the first time we don’t want to see it again.
No reprints – if it has been published elsewhere then we don’t accept it.
We don’t accept poetry, flash fiction (work under 1000 words), or gratituous violence or erotica/porn, please. If swearing, violence or sex is a fundamental part of the story then that is fine and will be reviewed on its merits.
Please note that, prior to a story being published, it may be edited.
We try to respond to all submissions with 90 days. If you haven’t received a response after 90 days please query at [email protected] quoting your name, title of the piece and date of submission.
Your stories should be a saved in a doc, docx or rtf file and you should include a bio (of up to 200 words) in the same document, after your story.
Include your name and contact details, the story’s title, and the story’s length at the top left of the page;your document should be in a standard, easy-to-read, font (Courier, Times New Roman or Arial work best), single spaced, with a blank line between paragraphs. Paragraphs should not be indented.
Following these instructions will make it much easier to read your submission and is appreciated.
Ready to submit
Please ensure that you have read everything here: http://thewifiles.com/?page_id=2
If this is your first time submitting to The Wifiles you will need to create an account with Submishmash. This is easy, painless and – most of all – free.
If you have any problems with the submission process, or any queries before submitting, please contact us at [email protected]
If you have read the information above and are now ready to submit your work:
Submit to The WiFiles
Via: The Wi-Files.
We are all addicted to conflict, which is what makes our hands turn the page. We want you to start with a bang and end with the reader finally taking their next breath. We want your submission to have an impact. Take us away from the known world for a few minutes and make us forget what we are doing.
The central idea for every submission should focus solely on one of the themes for that issue. Embrace the theme. Love the theme. Breathe the theme.
Short Story (Pay is 25.00 for each piece accepted for publication):
Gathering Storm Magazine (GSM) publishes fictional short stories of 2,000 words or less based on the themes for that issue, always an old saying, proverb, or maxim. If your story takes you a little over the word count, then entangle us in a web of creativity. If your story does not meet the theme for the respective issue, then it will be rejected. Most genres welcome (fantasy, horror, science fiction, steampunk, weird, Lovecraftian, sword & sorcery, etc.), the only rule being that it is new, original, weird, fun, scary, exciting, or another emotion that invokes something out of the reader.
Art (Pay is 25.00 for each story/cover art; 25.00 for each piece accepted for publication):
Everyone likes to look at engaging art. Submit it to us and let’s see if we get engaged by it too. We want to see your portfolios too, so send us a link to that as well if you can.
Poetry (Pay is 10.00 for each piece accepted for publication):
Give us something good. Tell a story. Pull at our hearts. Make me turn the light on. Make us think. Poetry is a tough sell, so sell it well.
Comics (Pay is 25.00 for each piece accepted for publication):
If you have something that is interesting, we will consider serializing it over multiple issues.
Other Tidbits & Masterpieces:
Everyone has something interesting hiding somewhere. If it doesn’t match the guidelines above, but you still want the world to see it, we’d be happy to share it on our social media. From time-to-time, we will publish something so out of the ordinary, it does not fit into any category but it’s certainly worth putting in our publication. If you have something truly neat, let us take a look at it. For example, any snippets of fun, like a fantasy recipe for a good meal that may be unknown to other universes. On even rarer occasions, we will take non-fiction, such as reviews, essays, etc., but at the moment there is no pay for nonfiction. We can certainly add a link to send some visitors your way, just provide us with your contact/portfolio/website.
Most submissions that are published will be adapted into an audio version based on the approved, final edits between GSM and the author. The pieces may or may not include sound effects, musical accompaniments, etc., based solely on the imagination and creativity of the GSM editors.
Known in the old days as “choose your own adventure”, we are happy to accept one piece of interactive fiction each issue, but please remember the themes. Please visit Inkle Studios (@inklestudios) below for more information and to use their free software to write your very own interactive fiction. Inkle makes narrative games and interactive fiction.
It’s fun! Just submit the story link in the appropriate category in Submittable rather than uploading a document.
First and foremost, have fun writing. If you absolutely love what you wrote, then you have good chances. If you trudged through it just to get it done, it may not be suitable for us either.
This is a themed publication, so make sure your story fits within the respective theme of your choice. The theme must be written verbatim somewhere in the submission and should not be the title. It can be listed in anyway you deem is worthy (a thought, part of the dialogue, or even the name of a road sign). Be creative.
If you haven’t got us in tears, sweating from excitement, fearing something dreadful, or laughing so hard we fell out of the chair by halfway through your story, then stop, revise, and submit when you’ve accomplished this.
Submit all writing in either .rtf or .doc/.docx (prefer Microsoft Word).
Submit all art/comics in an appropriately sized file format, prefer .jpeg/.jpg.
Follow a proper manuscript format. (Hint, hint)
Submit a cover letter with a small bio. This same bio will be included in any advertising we use if your story is selected for publication.
Check spelling and grammar…three times.
Always send a cover letter and contact info for who you are and where readers can spend more time looking at your work. We aren’t just about publishing original work; we want you to gain followers as well.
MIND THE DEADLINES as once they are closed, no more submissions will be accepted for those particular themes.
Above everything, don’t try to impress us with clever fonts, colors, flashes, or out-of-the-norm formatting. If it doesn’t follow a very standard submission guideline, it probably will be immediately rejected. We certainly encourage you to check out what formatting style is acceptable here.
Don’t send us something that has been previously published unless we specifically asked for it. Don’t send us a revision of the submission that we previously rejected.
Don’t be overly vulgar, graphic, or gross. If that needs to be defined any further, or if you are wondering if your piece might get through, then keep it.
Don’t send your submission via email, fax, postal service, UPS, FedEx, etc. Use our Submittable only.
Don’t query why a submission was rejected as we do not have the time to answer these requests.
We will read everything as long as you follow the above guidelines. With this in mind, it takes time because we get a lot of submissions. Responses can generally take 30 days and we aim to give you a response by then. Unfortunately, we are unable to give personal responses due to the volume that we receive, unless your submission was super special, then we will write you a personal rejection note.
Payment (USD only):
Paypal is our payment method for everything (see above sections for payment rates). You can expect payment within 30 days of GSM receiving the edited and approved version, signing the contract, and publishing your submission.
What We Buy:
Everything we publish will be line-edited for grammar, punctuation, and clarity. The author will be contacted for a final review of the edits before publication. Upon the author’s acceptance of the edits, payment will be made per the contract.
For payment of your submission, we purchase the following rights:
First World Serial Rights
First World Electronic Rights
Non-Exclusive World Audio Rights
An Option to buy Non-Exclusive World Anthology Rights
In other words, we buy the rights to publish your story on our website, in our eBooks/PDF’s/other forms of digital copies, and to publish an audio podcast version of your final, edited submission (if we choose to use it in our podcasts) for a period of 180 days from the date of publication. In the case your submission is selected for reprinting in a future anthology or collected works by us, which will be detailed by the original contract you signed, to be published anywhere in the world. With this in mind, you can’t publish your submission as a new, original, or “first-run” story anywhere in the world, it can’t appear in print, online, or in any audio form, within 180 days of publication date. After the 180 days, it can be submitted wherever you’d like as a reprint, non-exclusive version.
By submitting to us, you also agree to sign up for our newsletter. Don’t worry, you can always remove yourself from it at anytime.
Submit At Submittable.
Via: Gathering Storm Magazine.
Payment: $2.00 per 1,000 words, up to a maximum of $20.00 per short story (10,000 or more words)
We are accepting Short Stories and Sample Previews in the Science Fantasy genre for our monthly digital magazine! Please read the submission rules and requirements below prior to submission.
All content must fall into one of the science fantasy sub-genres below. This includes short story, preview and related content.
Visit this post for detailed information about the following subgenres:
- Alternate History
- Myths & Legends
- Portal Fiction
- Space Opera
- Urban Fantasy
- Short Stories
- Must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words.
- Must be a complete short story with beginning, middle and end.
- Must be 10% or less of the finished product or less than 15,000 words, whichever is less.
- Complete title must be available for pre-order or sale at the time of submission or submitter must specify when it will be available for pre-order (must be prior to publication of the issue).
- Related Content
- Must be greater than 300 words but less than 5,000 words.
- Must be related to science fantasy.
- Can fall into any of the following sub-categories:
- Book reviews (either print or audio)
- Movie reviews
- Television series reviews (not individual episodes – season review or greater)
- Video game reviews
- Author interviews
Submitter must submit a biography in third person that will be placed at the end of their submission if it is accepted for publication. It should include a brief introduction to the submitter and one or two links to where the submitter can be found on the Internet.
Please keep biographies under 300 words.
Submission Review Process
SciFan™ Magazine will review all submissions received. Please allow a 3-6 week reading period before inquiring.
SciFan™ Magazine reserves the right to reject any and all content received and makes no guarantees whatsoever regarding automatic acceptance of content. However, below are general guidelines the editors at SciFan™ Magazine use:
For Short Stories and Sample Previews:
Each entry will be judged according to the following levels. Level 1 takes precedent over Level 2 and Level 3, but is not the only factor.
- Enlightened SciFan™: Magical or paranormal properties are fused with technology in order to manipulate and magnify the magic.
- Standard SciFan™: Magic is fused with technology, but not necessarily in a coherent sense.
- Soft SciFan™: Magic and Technology are merely present in the same realm.
In addition to the level of fusion of magic and technology, the editors of SciFan™ Magazine look for the following things:
- Should jump right into the middle of a scene to grab reader attention
- Should be fast-paced to keep reader attention.
- No opening backstory. These are meant to be short stories.
- Must be engaging. It needs to be able to engage readers.
Short Stories in The SciFan™ Universe
Each issue of the SciFan™ Magazine will also feature an exclusive Short Story from The SciFan™ Universe that will be included in our annual anthology. If interested in this exclusive opportunity, find out more details here.
For Related Content:
- Reviews should be engaging and informative but without blatant spoilers.
- Author interviews should be conducted in a professional manner.
Formatting & Editing
Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or a Microsoft Word-compatible document type. The content should be double spaced in 12 point or larger font of a serif (like Times New Roman) font type.
Submissions should be self-edited and generally error-free. The prose should be tight and the plot intriguing. SciFan™ Magazine reserves the right to perform edits of grammar and spelling upon acceptance but will not materially change the content of submissions.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted however please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere
Submitters of short stories certify their content is exclusive (never before published online or no longer available online). Once accepted, SciFan™ Magazine will publish the short story in an issue of SciFan™ Magazine within one year of the date of acceptance (see Publishing Rights below). Once the short story is published in SciFan™ Magazine, SciFan™ Magazine obtains six months exclusivity from date of publication on Amazon.com.
By submitting to SciFan™ Magazine, submitters grant permission for their short story to be, if accepted, included in an upcoming issue of SciFan™ Magazine up to one year after date of acceptance. SciFan™ Magazine also retains the right to include the submitter’s short story in future anthologies or collections of SciFan™ Magazine issues into a larger compilation.
Submitters retain all legal rights to their content. SciFan™ Magazine does not take ownership of publishing rights by accepting submissions.
SciFan™ Magazine is pleased to offer payment for accepted Short Stories. The payment schedule is as follows: $2.00 per 1,000 words, up to a maximum of $20.00 per short story (10,000 or more words). Payment is made through PayPal at the time a submission is accepted.
*Disclaimer: Sample Previews and Related Content will not receive any payouts, but will receive exclusive exposure.