Payment: We pay 5 cents per word Australian
If you’re the impatient type who can’t stand to read guidelines until it’s too late submit your story here.
Original Short Fiction
Submit your work via our web form. Uploaded files must be in RTF format. Other formats do not work with our system. Files will be stripped of HTML and all formatting except bold and italic. To facilitate reading we recommend straight quotes rather than curly typographers quotes, and using two hyphens instead of dashes.
Your story should contain NO identifying information. Please ensure you remove your name and address from your manuscript prior to submission (don’t forget the header). The system will track you, your story, and everyone who looks at it. Big Brother has nothing on us.
Please do not re-submit a story. Even if you rewrote it and you’re sure it’s Hugo material.
No simultaneous submissions.
Maximum word length is firm at 20,000 words. Anything longer will be auto-rejected (but please note that anything much longer than 10,000 words is going to be a hard sell). Minimum length is 500 words.
We pay 5 cents per word Australian (note this is currently slightly more than 5c p/w US but that could change at any time). Payment is on publication.
We don’t accept unsolicited reprints. Sorry.
We’re not looking for poetry. Feel free to submit limericks. We won’t publish them, but we might read them. Limericks are cool.
We don’t accept unsolicited art.
Rights and Rules
No simultaneous submissions. No multi-submissions. Only one story per person per submissions period, period. Original fiction only. No fan fiction of any kind, please. For original fiction, we buy first world rights, exclusive for three months, nine months of non-exclusive e-rights after those three months, and non-exclusive anthology rights for three years. Please direct all queries to ‘editor at crowdedmagazine.com’. Queries sent before the 60 day waiting period will go unanswered.
What we’re looking for
We want speculative fiction. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, whatever. If you aren’t sure what speculative fiction is, google it. Then submit your story elsewhere. This is Crowded Magazine, not Clueless Magazine.
Most magazines have guidelines describing the fiction they want to see. These guidelines invariably include plenty of editorial chestnuts as to what makes a good story. To be honest, we really don’t know what makes a good story. We know what we like when we see it. But we’re willing to offer a few nuggets of wisdom that will help propel your fiction through the slush pile and into the magazine:
Speculative fiction is, arguably, a populist art. We’re not looking for the next Faulkner. We’re looking for stuff that people would read for entertainment. And, anyway, the slush reading is crowdsourced, so you’re better off gunning for the unwashed masses as opposed to a specific editor’s fetishes for gender bending or melodrama.
No purple midgets, gay pirates, or unicorns. Actually, that’s a lie. If you have a great story about a unicorn-riding purple midget battling a fleet of gay pirates, drop it in the queue. Really. We don’t see enough of that kind of thing.
In theory there are no restrictions on profanity, gore, sex, violence, and so on, but in our opinion stories that rely on profanity, gore, sex, etc for their whole effect are unlikely to be any good.
The story must have a speculative fiction element. Note that purple midgets may or may not be considered speculative fiction, but unicorns probably are.
Do not submit fan fiction.
Publication and Submissions Schedule
We have a tri-annual publication schedule, i.e. we publish one issue every four months. We are open to submissions for the first two months of every period. At the end of the third month authors will receive either an acceptance or rejection and can view the story’s overall rating and comments if they requested them. Slushing will be ongoing. Note that Issue #1 is scheduled to be published in December of 2012.
Category: Ongoing Submissions