Payment: $10 for each short story, flash fiction, installments of serial fiction, or book review. $5 for everything else, such as reprints, micro fiction, poetry, art and photography, or other creative works.
Note: Reprints Allowed
We accept unsolicited submissions year-round. Our very first Short StoryContest is open until August 28, 2016.
Please send us the following:
Other Forms of Creative Media
We are seeking beautifully-written, original short stories by writers with distinct voices, and a clear, sweeping vision. We want to read stories not only for the pleasure they give us but also for the way they dare to dream, to risk, to question and to speak to our ever shifting world, possessing both the courage and craft needed to execute on their ambitious intent: the melding of art with entertainment. Our favorite kinds of stories are those that are still emotionally haunting long after their plots have slipped from our memories, the fingerprints of their ghosts left behind on our day-to-day lives. To paraphrase Flannery O’Connor, the ending of a short story should be at once surprising and inevitable, gifting us with some kind of intangible – a deepening awareness of the fragile conditions of being human.
We are strong advocates for intoxicating language and pleasing sentences. That said, stories should also be clear and readable. Proper grammar and punctuation are vital to crafting a story which is fluid, artfully-written, and also easy to comprehend on a line-by-line level.
We welcome both traditional and experimental forms of literary fiction, as well as genre fiction provided we feel that the work shows some “literary” aesthetic. We highly encourage submitting intrepid stories that slip across borders, elusive to strict marketing conventions while staying in full control of their geography at all times. Genre-blending should have purpose and direction.
We’ll take any great story that can be classified under the umbrella of commercial or genre fiction (romance, mystery, crime, etc). What gets us excited is speculative fiction in all its guises (fantasy, science-fiction, magic realism, surrealism, slipstream, urban fantasy, horror, steampunk, silk punk, cyberpunk, etc). We are fans of humor, but our tendency is towards dry wit, satire, or absurdity treated with a flat acceptance, rather than anything slapstick or vulgar.
We do not accept anything that contains gratuitous sex, violence or unnecessarily graphic language. Nor do we read fan fiction.
Please only send us works between 500 to 10,000 words (preferably ~4000). We will not consider any story over 10,000 words unless we feel it’s absolutely outstanding and makes a valid case for the extra word count.
We define flash fiction as stories between 500 to 1000 words. Submitted stories that fall within these limits will automatically be classified as flash. Just like a great short story, a great piece of flash ought to impress us with finesse throughout its entirety, instead of hinging solely on an unexpected twist at the end.
For a bigger (or smaller) challenge, send us a work of micro fiction (less than 100 words). Be sure it still tells a “complete story” that has a beginning-middle-end with conflict and resolution. Micro fiction shares a lot of the same elements with prose poetry. We like to think the difference is an emphasis on character and character development rather than on an image.
We accept serial works, especially for fantasy, science fiction or other genre fiction. We will publish each installment weekly or in each new issue.
Please send us only (1) story per category per active submission. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission in a given category. For example, you may send us a short story submission and a flash fiction submission at the same time, but no multiple submissions, i.e. do not submit another short story or flash until we have responded to your previous short story or flash submission.
We allow simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us as soon as your story has been accepted by another market.
Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your manuscript.
We try our very best to keep our response time to under two weeks. Feel free to inquire about the status of your submission if you have not heard back after two weeks.
We want vibrant poetry that steals into our mind, hijacks our neurotransmitters and takes us for a joyride outside our comfort zone, towards a higher political, social, and cultural elevation.
We accept all types of original prose and spoken-word poems. Please submit a total of no more than (2)proseand/or spoken-word pieces to us at a given time. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission. Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your poetry.
Art & Photography
We want sublime art and creative photography to pair with our stories and poems. We’re much more inclined accept works that complements the prose we’ve published (any story or poem that is not featuring an art sample), but we’re happy to consider standalone pieces as well.
You may submit up to a total of (3) pieces of art or photo in a single submission. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission. Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your art or photography.
If you would like to submit art that fits the subject of our current or upcoming contests, please take a look at our Contest Page.
Formatting & Submitting
All fiction manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format. Most important: double-spaced, 12 pt standard font (e.g. Times, Arial, Courier), and page numbers.
Poetry can be formatted any way you want.
Include your work as either a separate Word (.DOC or .DOCX) or PDF (.PDF) attachment in an email. For spoken-word and other creative media pieces, include a link to your performance video in the body of your email (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or attach a video file in a common video format (.AVI, .FLV, .MPEG, .WMV, .MOV) along with a transcript of the piece.
For art and photos, please send each piece as a separate attachment only as .PNG or .JPEG.
Please email all submissions to [email protected] and include in the subject field the type of piece, the genre, if appropriate, the name, andapproximate word count or number of lines of poetry. Examples: Flash Fiction – Fantasy – “The Girl Who Grew To Be 80 Ft. Tall” (6000) or Poetry – Spoken-Word – “Folding Origami With My Mother” (20). Please also mention how you heard about us in the body of the email. A cover letter isn’t necessary, but you’re welcome to include anything that you feel is important or interesting for us to know about the piece.
For contest submissions, please follow the instructions on our Contest Page.
We look forward to receiving your work!
Editing, Rights & Payment
If we accept your work, we may make line-edits for grammar, punctuation and clarity. You will have the opportunity to review and discuss all edits with us before the final version of your work is published.
For unpublished works (that have never appeared anywhere online or in print), we ask for First World Serial Rights, First World Electronic Rights and Exclusive Rights for 90 days. All rights revert back to the author after 90 days.
We accept reprints of published works. For reprints, we ask for Second Serial World (Reprint) Electronic Rights, which are non-exclusive.
For all stories and poems, whether original or reprint, we also ask for Non-exclusive Audio Rights, which gives us the right to publish an audio podcast of the work if we so choose.
We kindly request permission to archive your work on our website. We publish works on arolling basis, and all published works will automatically be archived unless you tell us not to.
For questions on your rights, first take a look here. If you have additional concerns, please let us know through our Contact Page. We’ll happily explain.
We pay $10 for each short story, flash fiction, installments of serial fiction, or book review.
We pay $5 for everything else, such as reprints, micro fiction, poetry, art and photography, or other creative works.
Payment will be made through PayPal (preferred), or mailed by check, upon publication.
It’s very important for us to support compensating authors and creative artists for their time and hard work. We hope to increase our rates as we grow. All published works will be credited with a byline, and contributors will be featured on our Contributors page.
If you would like donate to us, please take a look at our Patrons Page. We appreciate your support!
Payment: We pay 1 cent ($.01) per word for nonfiction and prose fiction, to a maximum of $50. Poetry pays $20 flat.
Nonfiction from 2,000 to 7,500 words. Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors — regarding whom, see our list of stated likes and influences on this site’s main page. As for contemporary authors to add to this list, Livia Llewelyn, T. E. D. Klein, Gemma Files, Ramsey Campbell, Allyson Bird, Laird Barron, Nicole Cushing, Mark Samuels, and many more have produced work that we would love to see subjected to intelligent critical analysis and discussion.
Literary Horror Fiction from 750-6,000 words. Note: We are looking for original work inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes (regarding which, see the list on our main page).
Poetry at a length of no more than 50 lines, dealing with subjects and themes that fall within our area of interest.
Artwork that similarly addresses our
LENGTH: See the specific guidelines above for length requirements for different types of submissions. Additionally, in no case will a submission over 7,500 words be considered for publication without prior approval. Words subject to inclusion in the overall word count shall include the body of the submission and any explanatory footnotes; citations shall not be included in the overall word count.
PAYMENT AND RIGHTS: We pay 1 cent ($.01) per word for nonfiction and prose fiction, to a maximum of $50. Poetry pays $20 flat. Payment for artwork is negotiable. We purchase first serial and electronic rights. Upon publication, rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the journal and the right to archive your work online.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Submission is via Submittable only.
ACCEPTABLE FILE TYPES: DOC, DOCx, and RTF
RESPONSE TIME: We aim to respond to submissions within two weeks (though final selection can take longer). If you have waited longer than 60 days, feel free to query us at [email protected], with QUERY plus the title of your submitted work in the subject line.
INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS: Vastarien welcomes submissions from authors outside the United States.
VASTARIEN DOES NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING:
Unsolicited reprints (defined as essays, articles, stories, or poems that have already appeared anywhere online or in any other published form)
Payment: $0.25/line for poetry up to 50 lines and $0.06/word for prose up to 1000 words
Note: Limited reprints allowed, query first!
recompose is a magazine of interstitial short works – both prose and poetry. We are looking for flash fiction and poems that walk the line between one of the “speculative” genres —science fiction, fantasy, and horror— and the literary genre. There’s a lot of space in those cracks, but there must be both a discernible integral speculative element and a literary element. While horror is a speculative genre, we ask that you be cautious with the use of graphic sex or sexual assault and avoid gratutitous use of either.
Original work strongly preferred; query first for reprints.
No more than three poems OR one fiction per e-mail.
We are particularly interested in seeing stories from underrepresented populations (eg: people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT people).
We are looking for poetry and short prose works. We are paying professional rates: $0.25/line for poetry up to 50 lines and $0.06/word for prose up to 1000 words. You may submit works that slightly exceed those limits; just be aware of the pay limits. You can see a sample contract for Alliteration Ink at http://bit.ly/ainkmagazinecontract. As per that template, for original works we will be asking for one-year exclusive print and digital rights (with exceptions), and five year non-exclusive print and digital rights. All other rights reside with the author.
Submitted stories must be in standard manuscript format (see William Shunn’s excellent guide) and submitted in rtf, doc, or docx file format. Please make sure your name, email address, word or line count, and title of your story are on the first page of your manuscript. Do include a short bio of less than 50 words.
The subject line of your email should follow this format: Poem: Title of Poem(s) or Prose: Title of Story
Stories that do not follow these guidelines may face summary rejection.
Bracken supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.
Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on brackenmagazine.com in an electronic quarterly issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.
Send all submissions in the body of an email to subs AT brackenmagazine.com. Read on to find out more about what we’re looking for. We aim to respond within 30 days.
We’re seeking lyrical, character-driven myths, born out of the wood. We accept most genres, although we’re biased toward magic realism. Send us your in-between-genre pieces, your heart’s tears, your midnight reveries. We’ll take good care of them.
2,500 words or less
original and unpublished
no simultaneous or multiple submissions
subject line: Fiction Sub “<Your Story Title>”
your name and contact information
the title of your piece and word count
a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
your storyin the body of the email; no attachments
Payment: $20 for original stories
$10 for reprints
Note: Don’t let the date in their submissions on the first issue fool you, they’re still active.
Guidelines for Outposts of Beyond
We’ll keep it simple.
Outposts of Beyond is a quarterly digest published by Alban Lake Publishing in January, April, July, and October. The first issue will be released on 1 July 2013. The format is full-sized, perfect-bound magazine, 8 1/2 by 11, color cover and b&w interior. Cover price is $8.00 unless it is a special double issue. Subscriptions are $27 for one year, $50 for two years. Magazines and subscriptions are available in our bookstore.
Outposts of Beyond publishes original science fiction and fantasy short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews. Preferred are adventure stories, space opera, and magic opera [like space opera, but fantasy]. Also preferred are stories that take place on other worlds. Stories must have the following: characters the reader cares about, plots and subplots, and settings that draw the reader into them. Must have.
Submit your work to [email protected] In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission plus your last name and the title of the work submitted [if poems, just put “poems.”] E.g., “Submission: Asimov Nightfall.” Submit your story or article as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment. Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment. Submit art as a jpeg attachment.
Note: Put your contact information in the upper left corner of your manuscript AND in your e-mail. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript. Contact information example is:
1101 Kaboom Street,
Mushroom, NY 12117
Note: If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
Outposts of Beyond considers stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words long. We pay $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.
Outposts of Beyond considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue. We do not consider scifaiku or related forms.
Outposts of Beyond considers color cover art and interior art. We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. It’s often best if the artist has a gallery we can browse; just send us the link, and we’ll check it out and get back to you.
Outposts of Beyond considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with science, science fiction, or fantasy. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic–sciencey, or fantasy, or movie, or book, or person [interview]–and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples. Note: if you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair, but be accurate. Also note: reviews of movies need to be timely.
We consider articles between 1,500 and 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.
There you have it. Again, we must insist on guideline compliance. Now, let’s see whatcha got.
Payment: 1¢ per word for up to 1000 words, $10 flat for stories above that, and $5 for any piece below 500 words.
Reprints Allowed at a lower pay (read below)
Before you submit to us, endeavour to follow our website, like our Facebook page, and follow us on twitter. We make this a criterion, for now, because we are a new market and we hope our network mushrooms with your support.
WHAT WE WANT
SHORT STORY/FLASH FICTION:
Although we have a soft spot for submissions by Africans, we welcome stories from the rest of the world if they present Africa in a Fantasy, science fiction, or horror setting or with speculative elements. The characters in such stories mustn’t be blacks. In fact, if making your characters black is the only African attribute in your story, then it is probably not for us. We want you to dive into rare African cultures and traditions, tweak them to your taste and sprinkle magic and futuristic science over them. Then serve them to us in a platter made of an unusual and fluid voice, a well-defined plot, characters that are larger than life, dry humour, and imageries that leave their imprints in our minds long after we finish devouring them.
We consider stories up to 2000 words, but we prefer to see ones between 100 and 1000 words. Anything above 2000 words will be rejected.
For Nigerian authors, we pay N2 per word for up to 1000 words, N2000 flat for stories above that, and N1000 for anything below 500 words.
For authors from the rest of the world, we pay 1¢ per word for up to 1000 words, $10 flat for stories above that, and $5 for any piece below 500 words.
We pay on publication via PayPal or with Amazon Gift Cards for foreign authors. For Nigerian authors, we pay via bank transfer or MTN/Airtel/Etisalat recharge vouchers.
We buy the right to exclusively publish your piece on our website and in our quarterly Anthology. Most rights revert back to the author after six month of the piece appearing on our website. However, we will retain nonexclusive rights to continue selling the issue of our Anthology in which your piece appeared and to keep the piece in our archive.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Submit your work as a DOC, DOCX, or RTF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Story Submission: Your Story Title” as the subject of the email. Please, the attached manuscript must be in standard manuscript format. Any story that isn’t properly formatted will be rejected. The same goes for stories that don’t follow the guidelines.
We want your poems of up to forty lines. Anything above that will be rejected. We prefer our poems dark, speculative, and humorous. Please no romantic poems, unless it’s about a date with a murderous alien on a poisonous planet where you end up dying by either throttling or sheer asphyxiation before you could write the poem.
Please use “Poetry Submission: You Poem Title” as the subject of your email.
We pay $5 flat for each accepted poem.
We occasionally accept story reprints. Therefore, if you are submitting a story for reprint, you must include “reprint” in the subject of your email in this format: “Reprint Submission: Story Title”. Also include where and when the story was first published in the body of the email.
We do not accept poetry reprints.
We pay $5 flat for accepted reprints between 500 and 5000 words.
We accept unsolicited artwork. Your artwork must be attached in JPEG or PGN format, and the file size should be no more than 5mb. Use “Artwork Submission: Your artwork title” as the subject of your email.
We pay between $5 and $10 for artwork, depending on the quality and how much we love it.
MULTIPLE AND SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS:
Please no multiple submissions. We, however, don’t mind simultaneous submissions, provided that you alert us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
We try to respond to all submissions in two weeks. However, if you haven’t heard from us in a month, do query via the email email@example.com with “Query: Your Piece Title” as the subject. In the body of your email, include the date and type of submission.