Deadline: June 30, 2017
This is proving to be a recurring problem, so we’re putting it up front. Please, for all our sakes, read this next part carefully.
All submissions should be sent by e-mail (no letters or telephone calls please) to [email protected]. Below are some formatting rules to help us process your submission more quickly.
Email and Cover Letters
Email is accepted in both text and HTML formats. When submitting, please put this in the subject line:
Submission: (Title) – (First and Last name)
Include the following in the body of the email and in the attached submission:
Name to use on the story (byline), if different
Your preferred email address
Your mailing address
The story’s title
The story’s word count
You may also include a cover letter in the body of the email. We get a lot of strange stuff in cover letters, so if you’re unsure of what goes in them (and especially what doesn’t) please refer to these cover letter tips:
How to write a cover letter | What not to put in a cover letter by Jed Hartman
We ONLY accept submissions as attachments!
All stories submitted as an attachment must follow standard manuscript formatting. We will no longer read any story not properly formatted. (And we much prefer Courier New to Times New Roman) For explanations and tips on what SMF is and how to do it with word processing programs, please see this article.
Please send your submission as an attachment in Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX) or Rich Test Format (RTF) only. Other formats, such as Works, WordPerfect, Open Office, etc., have proven difficult to open.
Please note that we no longer accept “inline” submssions – that is: submissions with the stories pasted directly into the body of the email.
We’re looking for good, solid fiction. We specialize in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. We will consider other genres, such as humor or general interest, provided that the work possesses an original, “quirky” slant in the Northern Exposure, Ally McBeal vein.
Here are some basic “do’s” and “don’ts”.
DO give us strong characters and good plotting. DO put clever, but logical twists on the end of your tales. DO experiment with new ideas and unusual writing styles, but without falling into traps of contrivance and cliché.
DON’T submit any stories based on movies, television or any printed media not your own. DON’T submit reprints without including the name of the publication in which the work first appeared, along with the date of publication. DON’T send more than one story in the same submission.
There is no minimum or maximum length for fiction. But bear in mind that short-shorts (less than 500 words) and flash fiction (less than 100 words) are usually hard sells for us, as are stories longer than 5000 words. We’ll consider them, but they will have to be exceptional.
We pay a flat rate of $15 (U.S. dollars) for each story.
Payment is made upon publication, either by PayPal or personal check, based on the author’s wishes.
We publish one or two articles an issue. The subject matter MUST involve the art or business of writing. Research, editing, characterization, narrative style, query letters, cover letters, dealing with editors, agents or publishers – virtually any topic that concerns writing is fair game.
The maximum length for non-fiction is 2000 words.
We pay a $15 (U.S. dollars) flat rate.
Payment is made upon publication, either by PayPal or personal check, based on the author’s wishes.
We publish bi-annually, on the first of January, May and September. The order in which stories and articles appear on the site is solely arbitrary and should not be construed in any other way. All works that are accepted for publication remain on the site for the full four months. With the publication of the subsequent issue, all rights to the works previously displayed revert to the author. We buy First World Rights and World Reprint Rights. Bylines are most certainly given.
Most submissions are reviewed within 4-6 weeks. If the story shows merit, we will respond with a “maybe” letter, explaining that the submission is in the running for a spot in the next issue. At the end of the submission cycle, which is always two months before the next issue comes out, all “maybe” submission are re-reviewed, and the top eight selected for publication. At that time, all accepted authors receive contracts to sign. Since these contracts and, later, the payment checks, go out by snail mail, it is VERY important that all submissions include a snail mail address.
We don’t “buy ahead”. By that, we mean that ALLEGORY purchases only the stories it needs for the current issue, rather than stocking up for the next and the next. This means that every author who received an acceptance from us will see their work on this site with the next new issue.
Simultaneous submissions are “OK”, provided that you let us know at the time of submission that other editors are reviewing this work.
That’s about it. Good luck.
Via: Allegory Ezine.
Payment: $15.00 each story. $30.00 for stories that are featured on the Front Page.
Note: Audio and print rights also wanted so be sure to check that out.
Welcome to With Candlelight, a literary magazine created for and by authors. We aim to deliver creative and worthwhile content that both our writers and readers crave. Really, what we want to do is create a community where those who crave a good story, and those who strive to produce one, can come together-hopefully in a state of wonder.
Don’t worry about the genre, we’re all inclusive. We want your lit-fiction, your horror and science fiction, your LGBT story, your creative non-fiction, and we love flash fiction too. Do you have a story that doesn’t fall into these categories? Send it anyway. We will read every story sent our way. If it’s good enough, and we want great pieces, we will publish it on the site. There are also no word limits or expectations. If it’s great, we want it.
We pay $15.00 each story. $30.00 for stories that are featured on the Front Page. We ask for the publishing rights of your story, as well as electronic rights, which include: PDF, HTML, plain text, print and MP3 (audio) formats. Stories are distributed through this website and some may appear in audio form, via podcast, etc. The payment also includes the right to publish the story as a non-exclusive, one-time right to include your stories in an anthology.
If you’re unsure of our rights policy, but want to publicize your work, you can submit to us anyway. This will be without pay but we will be able to promote your work and hopefully bring more attention to it. Just inform us in the email that your story is attached in that you do NOT want to sell the rights to your story. You can also send us links to your website, twitter, or Amazon page to go along with your story.
Send submissions to [email protected].
Via: With Candlelight.
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.
Payment: 8 cents per word
Scout delights in spreading original ideas about the social implications of technology. We accept submissions of original science and technology reporting, speculative and science fiction on a rolling basis. We also make periodic calls for content on specific topics.
In a world of rapidly evolving science and technology, imagination and moral foresight are our greatest human advantage.
Scout.ai combines science fiction and journalism to publish online dispatches on the future of technology. We’re building a platform that gives you the power to create your own model of the future and to play through possibility with a community of brilliant thinkers.
Scout.ai, an online community that combines science fiction and journalism, is seeking speculative and science fiction vignettes that illustrate the social impacts of emerging technologies.
We pay 8 cents per word for vignettes and short stories, most often between 250 and 2,000 words. We seldom buy stories longer than 3,000 words, and we don’t serialize novels.
We’re especially interested in character-driven vignettes that explore the near-term impacts of artificial intelligence, automation, genetic augmentation, and space travel, and the impacts of technology on governance, climate, and social structures. We also enjoy being surprised by original or unexpected topics.
Thoughtful but accessible fiction will constitute the majority of our purchases, but there’s always room for humor. Also, a note that when we say near-term, we’re looking for vignettes that portray what you think will be viable or probable in the next 1-7 years. We realize there’s plenty of variability in that range based on human optimism and pessimism and we’re OK with that.
We often pair fiction with existing Scout reporting, but we’ve also been known to build Scout’s journalistic product around particularly compelling speculative or science fiction vignettes.
We buy First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights explained in our contract. We sometimes publish, but do not typically purchase, excerpts and reprints.
Scout will consider material submitted by any writer, previously published or not. We are especially interested in writers who bring perspectives or voices to their work that contribute to diversity in science and speculative fiction.
We publish online content on a regular, rolling basis. Our average response time is three weeks. If you have not heard from us in two months, you can query us about the submission at[email protected] Thanks for your interest in Scout and good luck!
Payment: $25 story/essay, $15 flash or micro story or essay. Please query for comics.
WHAT WE DO
PINBALL publishes non-fiction prose, comics, and short fiction; please note that we are not seeking poetry.
We’ve been around. Read a few issues of PINBALL to figure out what we’re about. That’s the best way to decide if your work is right for us.
HOW TO SUBMIT TO PINBALL
We accept electronic submissions only, and we accept submissions only through Submittable. There is no charge for regular submissions. No e-mail submissions, please. We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
We do not accept previously published work, including work published on blogs or forums. Send only one piece at a time, and please wait one month to submit more work. Multiple submissions beyond the first will be rejected. By submitting, you also will be placed on our mailing list. We won’t sell or abuse your contact information.
If we decline your story, please do not send a revised version unless asked to do so by the editors.
Payment: $25 story/essay, $15 flash or micro story or essay. Please query for comics. We ask for first printing rights in online, ebook, and/or print venues, as well as promotional rights upon publication. Upon first publication, rights revert back to the author. If you have questions, please write us at [email protected]
5 BUCKS/10 DAYS REVIEW SERVICE
We offer an expedited review for five dollars, payable through Submittable. We provide a short holistic response regarding the work submitted and we do so within ten days. Using the expedited review supports PINBALL’s mission of bringing great writing and comic art to the masses.
We do have free submissions every other month. Check our Submittable page for details.
SIMPLE RULES OF THE ROAD
- 12-point serif font, such as Times New Roman.
- One-inch margins.
- Page numbers.