Category: Non-fiction

Ongoing Submissions: Gemini Magazine

Payment: $10 per published piece

We have no guidelines or restrictions on
writing style or content—nada, zilch, keine. As
Charlie “Bird” Parker pointed out, “There’s no
boundary line to art.” We don’t want to set any
boundaries so we use a clean, simple selection
process: if it strikes a chord with us we print it.

Payment: $10 per published piece

TO SUBMIT BY EMAIL (except contest entries):

Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry,
essays, memoirs, short plays or other
interesting work into body of email (or attach a
.doc file) and send to:

Art and photography should be sent as JPEG
Don’t send contest entries to this
email address.
See box at top for contest info.


Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

(include SASE/email address for reply)


Submission period: 365 days per year

Response time: We have a large backlog and
are making every effort to catch up. After 60
days please feel free to inquire about your
submission. We will respond to all submissions.

Rights: All rights revert to author upon
publication in Gemini Magazine.

Via: Gemini Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Ares Magazine


Payment: $0.06/word, $0.02/word
Theme: Science Fiction, Alternative History, Fantasy, Horror, Mythology, Pulp Adventure
Note: Reprints accepted

General Information (All Submissions)

Ares seeks original and well-crafted art, fiction, games, and non-fiction.

Preferred Genres

  • Science Fiction
  • Alternative History
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Mythology
  • Pulp Adventure

All subgenres and cross-genres of the above are welcome.

While we are particularly interested in action-adventure, we gladly consider everything.

File Types

Please submit text files in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.

Please submit graphic files in .pdf, .ai, .psd, .tiff, and .jpg formats.


For art, games, and non-fiction, we will email you within a week to confirm receipt of your submission. For fiction, you will receive an automatic response (sent to the email you provide on the form).

If you do not receive a confirmation, check your spam folder. If you don’t find a response in your spam folder, please contact us at the email you sent your submission to; for fiction submissions, email [email protected]

Acceptances/Rejections & Response Times

For art, games, and non-fiction, we make every effort to respond with an acceptance or rejection within 4 weeks of receipt.

For fiction, our average evaluation time is 8 weeks (and may be longer if your piece is shortlisted for the “under consideration” pile). Your patience is appreciated.

Due to the volume of works received, unfortunately we cannot offer personalized feedback on each submission.

Please do not resubmit a rejected item, unless requested to do so.


All accepted submissions are paid on publication.

Submissions & Contact Info

Art Submissions

If you wish to have your art considered for Ares, please send an inquiry, along with a link to an online gallery (if possible). Please include the artwork’s name and its pixel definition in your email.

We generally only purchase pre-existing pieces of art. We will contact you if we wish to commission original art.

We pay $300 or more for quality cover art (full-page) and up to $30 per page for interior art. Smaller pieces pay proportionally.

Fiction Submissions

NOTE: We are not currently accepting new fiction submissions. Please check back here and/or keep an eye on our Duotrope listing for our next open reading/submissions period. 

What We’re Looking For

When Ares is open to fiction submissions, we are looking for stories in the genres listed above.

What We’re NOT Looking For

Ares is not a market for fiction based upon the copyright-protected works of others. We will review fiction based upon the work of others, provided that the work is no longer copyrighted. 

Ares is not seeking poetry or erotica. Real life includes poetic and erotic elements, so your story can as well, if it supports the plot.

Reprints, Simultaneous Submissions, and Multiple Submissions

We do accept reprint submissions. Please note, however, we are only interested in considering stories for reprint that are not available online or in any currently-purchasable form.

We don’t accept simultaneous submissions. Please do not submit works that are under consideration elsewhere.

We don’t accept multiple submissions. Please wait for a resolution of one submission before making the next.

Fiction Length

  • Minimum: 1,000 words
  • Maximum: 10,000 words
  • Preferred: 4,000 to 6,000 words

Fiction Rates

Our standard rate for the first digital and print publishing rights is $0.06 per word for original fiction.

Our standard rate for reprints is $0.02 per word.

Game Submissions

We publish a unique game in every issue of Ares. Like everything else, game submissions should align with the genre list above.

For game submissions, include the game’s name, a one sentence description, and a required component list in the body of your email.

For game expansions, modifications, and scenarios, include the name of the base game and a brief description of the submission in the body of your email.

Game design inquiries should be directed to [email protected]

Game Designs

Each game submission is evaluated individually for completeness, quality, and designer’s pedigree. Contract prices typically range from $1,000 to $2,000 based primarily upon these considerations.

We expect game designs to be complete, developed, and playtested before submission.

As for content, we expect to allocate one letter-size sheet of die-cut playing pieces, one 17” x 22” map, and eight to sixteen pages for rules. There is some flexibility here – ask us if you have a design with somewhat different requirements.

Game Expansion, Modification, and Scenario Submissions

Ares includes a limited amount of game scenario material for use with previously published games. One Small Step Games must possess the rights to publish this material. If these can’t be easily acquired, we will have to reject the submission.

Nonfiction Submissions

Non-fiction should be related to any of our preferred genres, with a preference for pieces that focus on the future and its implications.

We do not take reprint submissions for non-fiction.

Please send non-fiction submissions as an attachment to [email protected].

Non-fiction Length

1,500 to 6,000 words

Non-fiction Rates

Our standard rate for the first digital and print publishing rights is $0.06 per word for original non-fiction.

If you include professional-quality diagrams and art, we will pay an additional $1 per published square inch (about 6.25 square cm) for any that we use.

Submissions & Contact Info

In case you missed it, here it is again:

Source: Ares Magazine.

No Longer Ongoing Submissions: Aurealis Magazine

Aurealis is still an active magazine, however, they no longer meet our definition for an ongoing market and we will post their open calls as they become available.

Payment: Aurealis pays between $20 and $60 per 1000 words, depending on the level of government grants received, and payment will be made soon after the publication of the issue containing your story. Minimum payment is $20. You will also receive a free electronic copy of the issue containing your story.

Please note: due to a large number of submissions, Aurealis will be closing to short story submissions from 1 October 2016 and will be opening again on 1 February 2017.

In 2017 Aurealis will be open to submissions during two reading periods:

1 February—31 May and 1 August—31 October

Subscribers are fast-tracked through the assessment process.

Fiction guidelines

Aurealis is looking for science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words. All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror that are of a “speculative” nature will be considered, but we do not want stories that are derivative in nature, particularly those based on TV series. We do not publish horror without a supernatural element.

Although we are an Australian-based publication, we are open to submissions in English from anywhere in the multiverse.

Stories containing an unacceptable number of spelling mistakes and typos, and those that do not conform to our guidelines in other ways, will be rejected automatically. This may seem harsh, but we are being honest about it. Please take the time to polish your work in every way before you send it to us.

Aurealis pays between A$20 and A$60 per 1000 words, but assume the lower rate for unsolicited submissions.  Payment is made soon after the publication of the issue containing your story. Minimum payment is A$20. You will also receive a free electronic copy of the issue containing your story.

We buy First Electronic Publication Rights and the non-exclusive rights to include the story in a print and digital anthology. All other rights remain with the contributor. The story must not be published elsewhere for a period of twelve months after it appears in electronic form in Aurealis.

 Aurealis does not publish reprints. We don’t publish poetry or novel extracts. We don’t serialise longer works.

Our response time for subscribers is no more than two months and can be up to twice as long for non-subscribers, but we are always aiming for much shorter turnarounds.  If you are a subscriber, please do not query us until two months have passed since your submission.  If you are a non-subscriber, please wait four months.  Where time permits, unsuccessful authors will be emailed a reply in the form of a checklist critique and/or a personal note. We are sorry, but Aurealis is not able to respond to queries about rejected stories.

Fiction submission guidelines

All fiction submissions to Aurealis must be by email. Please e-mail submissions to:[email protected]

Hard copy submissions will no longer be read or receive a response.

Please include the following information with your submission:

  1. The subject line of the email must be in the following format:
    Aurealis submission: <“Title of story”> <(word count)> by <Author name>
    eg Aurealis submission: “The Attack of the Cyber-witches” (2500 words) by Sy Fixion
  2. The body of the email should include:
    • A repeat of the email subject line
    • Your name, address, all phone and email contact details
    • A brief cover letter (max 200 words) “Here’s a story that I wrote about…”
    • A brief bio (max 100 words)
  3. Please include on the first page of your submission the author’s name, email address, postal address, phone number, the title of the story and the word length. Do NOT include your name or address in the footers or headers of the file.
  4. Please attach your submission as a file to your email; do not include your submission in the body of an email. Submissions should be included as rtf files only. We cannot guarantee submissions will/can be read if sent as any other file format.

Email submission example


Here is how the start of your fiction submission should look:

Aurealis submission format

  • Please only submit one story at a time. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • Save your story file as the title of the story. Do not include your name in the file name.
  • Stories must be unpublished and if accepted must remain unpublished until they appear in Aurealis. Stories should not be published (made publically available) on personal websites, public writer’s forums, small press publications, POD books/collections, self published collections etc. We are not interested in seeing stories that have been previously rejected by the magazine.
  • All stories are judged on merit through a blind reading process. All identifying information is removed prior to sending it to our readers. Hence, we do not want identifying information in headers and footers
  • Subscriber submissions will be fast-tracked through the assessment process. If you are a subscriber, please indicate this clearly in the subject line: “Aurealis submission: <“Title of story”> <(word count)> by <Author name> (SUBSCRIBER)” and on the first page of your manuscript.
  • All manuscripts should be double-spaced with broad margins and numbered pages.
  • Use 12 pt Times font, or a similar serif font, such as Cambria, Palatino, Baskerville. No other fonts, please. Italise words and passages that you want italicised. DO NOT underline words or passages you want italicised
  • If you have note heard from us after two months, please check your spam filters before querying us.

Please direct all fiction submission queries to: [email protected]

Non-fiction submission guidelines

We are interested in articles between 500 and 2000 words of interest to readers and writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. These include humorous pieces, serious articles and interviews. We prefer non-fiction where some visuals are included. Non-fiction must be previously unpublished and remain unpublished for 12 months after publication in Aurealis. Our payment is A$20 per 1000 words. Send all non-fiction articles and queries to nonfict[email protected].

Art guidelines

Aurealis is looking for strong, vibrant colour cover art that draws attention to the magazine.

Please forward details of the website where your work can be viewed.

Aurealis buys the rights to use the cover on an issue of the magazine as well as for subsequent promotional purposes including on our website. We acknowledge the artist in the issue in which the work appears.

Internal artwork is commissioned, but we will consider samples of your black and white work.

Artwork and artwork enquiries can be emailed to: [email protected]. We will only respond if we are interested and our response may be considerable time after the query, depending on the backlog of covers on hand.

Our payment is A$75 for cover art, A$25 for black and white story illustrations, and A$10-15 for graphics. Payment is made soon after the publication of the issue with your work.

While the utmost care is taken, Aurealis cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage of any hard copy manuscripts or artwork.

Review book guidelines

Aurealis reviews novels, anthologies, collections and non-fiction of interest to readers of  science fiction, fantasy and horror. Please send queries to [email protected]. Do not send digital files unless requested to do so. Due to the volume of requests, we only respond if we are interested in seeing the book. A book request from us is no guarantee it will be reviewed.  Please do not send follow-up queries.

If you would like to write reviews for Aurealis, please send an expression of interest to the Reviews Editor at [email protected]. If there is an opening, the Reviews Editor will get back to you with information about how to apply.


[via: Aurealis Magazine.]