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).
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is OPEN to submissions through March 31, 2107.
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is open to FICTION submissions four months per year. The months you can submit are:
If you submit fiction in any other month, you will receive an auto-response and your tale will not be reviewed.
We remain open for POETRY submissions at all times, however, so keep those coming! If you get an auto-response, don’t worry — as long as you mention poetry in the subject line your work will be reviewed.
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As its name suggests, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is a quarterly ezine dedicated to publishing heroic fantasy — in both prose and poetry. We are unrepentant in our goal of elevating unapologetic sword and sorcery to a rightful high place. We pay $100 for stories and $25 for poems, upon publication. (Scroll down for info on art submissions.) We purchase first world English language electronic rights, electronic rights for 90 days, archival rights for twelve months, and excerpt rights.
As of 7-31-2013, we will publish in August, November, February, and May. Each issue will include up to three stories and two poems. Our fiction word limit is 10,000 words, although we are willing to serialize at a maximum of 50,000 words over four issues. You may submit up to three poems, with a cumulative maximum of 30 pages. Tolkienesque (as in really long) poetry epics/sagas/vedas will most likely be treated — and paid — like fiction. Similarly, prose pieces of fewer than 1,000 words will be paid at poetry’s standard rate of $25.
Art: HFQ is looking for quality banner art to accompany each new issue. Please review art from the past two issues to see the style we prefer. Image dimensions should be approximately 850 x 250 pixels. We’re not interested in non-banner art at this time. We’ll pay you, but rates are negotiable. If you’d like us to consider your work please email a link to the website where your art is displayed. DO NOT SEND US AN EMAIL WITH YOUR ART ATTACHED; WE WILL DELETE IT, AND YOU’LL NEVER KNOW IF WE EVEN GAVE YOU A LOOK! Follow our submission instructions below, but insert ART instead of fiction or poetry in the subject line of your email. We look forward to seeing what you’ve got!
We accept submissions by email only.
Make sure the subject line of your email follows this formula:
Submission – [fiction or poetry] – [title] – [your last name].
For example: Submission – Fiction – Red Nails – Howard
IMPORTANT: do not send attachments unless we ask for them. Paste the first 10 pages of your story or poems into the body of your email — but don’t kill yourself trying to perfect the formatting. For queries, we can live without paragraph indentations and double-spaced lines. We do need to have a line between paragraphs, though. If your sample pages look like a huge block of text in your email program follow these steps:
Open a new blank document in your word processing program.
Copy and paste the first 10 pages of your story into the new document.
Open the “Find and Replace” function [ctl+h].
In the “Find What” box put ^p
In the “Replace With” box put ^p^p
Click on the “Replace All” button.
The program will tell you how many replacements it made. Click “OK”
Close the “Find and Replace” function box.
Copy and paste the new document’s text into your email program.
Feel free to include a paragraph introducing yourself and detailing your publishing history, and anything you think we need to know about your story. Or not. All we really care about is the quality of your yarn.
You have about five paragraphs to hook us and 10 pages to impress us — use them wisely.
Our email address is: editors [at] heroicfantasyquarterly.com More Detail About Our Editorial Process
If you haven’t heard from us by the time a new issue publishes, don’t worry — you’re in the loop for the next issue.
If we like the cut of your story’s jib, we’ll contact you via email to ask for the rest of your work, which we’ll want as an RTF or Word attachment. At this point your odds of being published with us go way up (+3 modifier!). From that stack we buy and/or make rewrite requests. We try to offer constructive criticism on everything that is rejected from this second tier.
Other Submission-Related Stuff
Our response time is about 60 days.
If you’re curious as to what level of violence, sex and/or nudity is too much, just follow what you’d expect to see in movie ratings. We think an “R” rating is a suitable upper limit.
We consider reprints by invitation only. Our invitation — not yours! Unless of course your name is Gene Wolfe or Michael Moorcock.
Things we shouldn’t even have to say, but just to cover the bases:
No fan fiction. No thinly-veiled fan fiction. No thinly-veiled real-life revenge fantasies (especially against your esteemed editors).
Three Words: Heroic Fantasy Fiction
We are a Half-Orc positive venue
Action is an art, not a diversion
One word: Visceral
Know your horses
Dwarves who don’t always win
Barbarians with feelings
Barbarians with feeeeeeeeelings
Three words: Heroic Fantasy Parodies
Really exacting blow-by-blow combat scenes
Frequent or lengthy inner dialogue
Two words: Overly Descriptive
Stuff you obviously lifted from your D&D/White Wolf/Legend of Five Rings/Tunnels and Trolls (OMG! Did anybody actually play T&T?) games
Any mention at all about playing Tunnels and Trolls
Your second tier submission is not in proper manuscript format
You let the “R” rating go to your head — violence and sex should augment the story, not be the story
July 1, 2010, addendum
After a year we’ve noticed some things that we feel we should call to your attention. There are certain trends we have encountered, and certain truisms that we feel would make everyone’s life easier if we all knew them. To wit:
Witty banter usually isn’t.
Stories that start in an inn are usually out.
Ditto for stories that start with a group of strangers meeting at an inn.
Ditto for stories that start with a group of strangers meeting at an inn and being hired to do a job by a mysterious individual who is clearly a sorcerer (or vampire, or sorcerer/vampire).
Double ditto for stories that start with a group of strangers meeting at an inn and being hired to do a job by a mysterious man who is clearly a sorcerer (or vampire, or sorcerer/vampire) who then turns on the very adventurers he/she/it hired only to be thwarted by the one dwarf in the party. In fact, toss us a dwarf curveball. So far we’ve never seen a story with a dwarf character where that character doesn’t kick ass from beginning to end.
We are not all that interested in stories with vampires. We feel much the same re: zombies.
Neither are we terribly keen on pirates; just remove that word and your odds go up.
Keep the backstory under control and reasonable. That really is one of the main differences between what we reject outright, what we ask for completes on, and what we end up accepting: how the backstory is handled.
When taking your novel and making a short story out of part of it, try to make it look like it wasn’t clearly cut out of a novel. Your tale must stand on its own.
Along those lines, HFQ publishes short stories, not novels, so if you do hook us with a short from a novel we’ll only bend over backward so far to accommodate unnecessary exposition or backstory in the short story that relates to the novel.
In the past we’ve preferred secondary world settings, however after a year we are now more open to historical fantasy.
Thanks for considering these guidelines and pitfalls. We look forward to reading your work
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.
Conduit is looking for previously unpublished poetry and prose that demonstrates originality, intelligence, courage, irreverence, and humanity. Please send 3-5 poems or 1 prose piece (up to 3500 words). Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. All manuscripts will be recycled unless appropriate postage is included for return. Reporting time is 9 weeks to 9 months. Payment in copies.
These titles are primarily for our own amusement. Submissions are evaluated at the nexus of their merit and our taste, rather than whether or not they match any theme. If you haven’t seen or read Conduit before, we recommend you sample our mad concoction before submitting.
If another journal has seduced you with promises of fame and glory, please notify us immediately to withdraw your submission, including the date the piece was submitted.
We do not accept online submissions.
All electronic submissions will be destroyed pronto. All correspondence is subject to publication, in whole or in part. Send submissions to:
CONDUIT | 788 OSCEOLA AVENUE | SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55105
Deadline: April 1st, 2017
Payment: $0.01 / word, $50 max
Submissions are open until 12:01 AM, April 1, 2017.
I recently started reading lots of short fiction. As I’ve picked up a few different magazine titles, I’ve noticed that there’s not really a lot getting published of the stuff I like to read best, which is pulpy action/adventure. A couple of genre-specific titles have come and gone, with one or two still having a go at it, but I’d like to see a place that specializes in action/adventure across genres. So that is what StoryHack Action & Adventure is intended to be.
My end goal is to launch a professional-rates-paying magazine. Lofty indeed, I know. To this end, I’m going to fund an “Issue 0,” paying less-than-professional rates, as I’m not made of money. I’ll do a magazine-sized print layout, and I’ll also commission a cover and a bit of interior artwork. And then I’ll use the produced Issue 0 as a part of a crowdfunding campaign, to prove I have the skills to bring it all together. If the crowdfunding thing works, then I’ll see if I can get the magazine to be self sustaining. If it doesn’t crowdfund, then it will still- I’m just kidding, It’s going to work. I’m going to crowdfund the crap out of it.
What I’m looking for
To steal a joke, StoryHack Magazine will publish both kinds of fiction – action and adventure.
I’m open to any genre, as long as there’s at least one good meaty action scene in there. Bonus points for extra adventure. And I’m serious when I say any genre. Sword & sorcery, lost world, occult detective, alien fighter pilot, western horror, you’re limited only by your imagination. Think Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dashiell Hammett, Doc E. E. Smith. Think fun and energetic.
You should know, however, that I’m not going to select erotica or extreme gore.
I’ll consider any short story/novelette length 1,000 to 14,000 words, but I do have to cap the payments. Sorry.
What I’ll pay
$0.01 / word, $50 max for worldwide 1st print and ebook rights with 3 months exclusivity. I’ll make a sample contract available if you want.
Stories simultaneously submitted elsewhere are fine. Multiple stories submitted at once, no.
How to Submit
Just send your submission, formatted appropriately, in a .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf file to submissions at storyhack.com, with the subject line of “StoryHack Magazine Submission”. Make sure in your email you include your name, the name of your story, and your pen name (if different). Also please include a one or two sentence synopsis/teaser.
I’m going to give submissions about a month. They will close on 12:01 AM, April 1, 2017.
Once I’ve selected stories, It’s time to send out contracts, pay authors, commission art and do the layout. I think that’s about 3 weeks worth of stuff, but I may be a tad optimistic.
Once everything is all set, then I’ll upload the magazine to all the stores and get on the process of making the electronic version free everywhere. That should happen relatively fast.
Deadline: March 31st, 2017
Payment: Short Fiction: $50 USD, Flash Fiction & Poetry: $25 USD
Welcome to Kallisto Gaia Press. We are a nonprofit literary organization supporting writers at all stages of their careers. Although we don’t shy away from experimental or unusual approaches to literature, our goal is to promote finely crafted writing with an expressive and meaningful voice.
We pay contributors to The Ocotillo Review upon publication
We have an all volunteer staff so give us a few weeks after submissions close for notification of your submission’s status. Thank you for your understanding.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!!!
We welcome your submissions of short fiction, poetry, flash fiction and creative non-fiction for our inaugural edition of The Ocotillo Review. Submissions for the Summer issue will open on January 15, 2017 and close at midnight CST on March 31, 2017. All work should be previously unpublished. Publication on your blog or social media is considered publication. We accept simultaneous submissions on the agreement that you will withdraw the submission if it is accepted elsewhere.
Upon acceptance Kallisto Gaia Press retains First North American serial rights and the one-time digital rights to publish on our website. All other rights revert to the author upon publication. If the work is reprinted we request that Ocotillo Review is credited as the original publisher. Please submit your work in 12pt. Times New Roman font, Double spaced (except poetry). We prefer Word doc. but will accept pdf. and rtf.
SHORT FICTION should be one story totaling 1000-3500 words not counting the title. Novel excerpts are allowed providing they can stand alone without extraneous notation. Accepted work pays $50 USD
FLASH FICTION should be 500 words or less not counting titles. Include up to 3 pieces per entry in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Accepted work pays $25 USD
POETRY – Include 3 to 5 poems in one document. Lines should be single spaced with double-spacing between stanzas. Start each poem on a new page. Limit each poem to 60 lines. The entire submission should not exceed 10 pages. Accepted work pays $25 USD
CREATIVE or NARRATIVE NON-FICTION should total 800 – 4000 words not counting the title. Memoirs and biographies are acceptable as are Op-Ed . We are not interested in unsolicited reviews of literary or other artistic works at this time. Accepted work pays $50 USD