Deadline: October 24th, 2018
Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story, Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story
What is the Story Seed Vault?
The Vault is an online periodical that adheres to the limitation of Twitter publishing. We consider all types of fiction with one condition – your story must be based on science.
We’re looking for stories that act as story seeds – prompts for spin off plots and weird tangents. We want to think in new ways about how our world works and the possibilities for future worlds, expanding tangentially from what we know now.
Who can submit to the Vault?
The Vault will takes submissions from all sorts of writers, from established writers to new, science communicator, or people who have a personal passion for science. As long as you adhere to our guidelines, we will publish your work!
In accordance with the ethics and values of our editorial team, the Vault is also a diversity-oriented publication. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, particularly those from marginalized and under-represented groups. Science communication is done by all sorts of people – and we want writers who reflect that diversity.
Where can I find science to be inspired by?
We suggest taking a look at science news websites and science magazines, such as the below:
Ars Technica Technology news, provides breakdowns on the latest scientific advancements. Main focus is IT and ‘gadgets’.
Science Daily Scientific research news. Does not report on general science news.
Science Mag Reports on research and general science news. Almost always evidence-based reporting.
Science Alert and Live Science Pop science news. An easily accessible form of science news that doesn’t use academic language. Prone to clickbait titles.
If you’re still stuck on what to write, take a look at our submission archives for inspiration and an indication of what we’ve accepted in the past.
Disclaimer: Story Seed Vault is not partnered with nor sponsored by any of the sites listed above and our authors should research as widely as they can. Have a favourite news site? Let us know! Shoot us an email or @ us on Twitter.
When does the Vault open for submissions?
Submissions are open from the 10th to the 24th of every month. We recommend submitting your story the month it is written, in order to publish it as close as possible to the release of the inspiration of your work.
Thinking of writing a story based on a specific event? Email us and let us know – we can work together to schedule it as close to the event as possible!
A number of writers have been asking how we would handle the new 280 character limit on Twitter. When we asked what people loved about the Vault, the most valuable components were: 1) the conciseness of our stories and 2) the science editorial.
Writers enjoyed the challenge of the shorter format. So, we have decided to provide you with more room to write but give a higher fee to writers who write shorter stories. See our payment terms below.
Length of Submission
The Vault now accepts two types of submissions – short and long fiction.
Short Fiction – Up to 150 characters.
Long Fiction – Between 150 characters and 200 characters.
Number of Submissions
Each writer can submit up to three stories per submissions period.
Despite limited resources, we strongly believe in paying our writers! We pay the following rates for fiction:
Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story
Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story
Once we’ve accepted your story, we’ll get in touch about the best payment method for you. If you plan to submit more stories in the future, we can hold payments until the amount is larger.
You can also donate your commission to Story Seed Vault (we appreciate it!) to help us pay for future stories. If so, we’ll be sure to send you a complimentary copy of any e-book or zine if it spontaneously creates itself.
How do I submit?
Email your story to us at [email protected]. The following must be in your submission:
- Add ‘Story Seed Vault Submission’ in the subject line of your email
- Your story, with a link to the science you were inspired by.*
A brief explanation of your inspiration is optional but strongly suggested.
- Include a short bio, up to 140 characters. Link to any portfolios or social media accounts you would like to promote.
*We might require additional evidence of a claim to publish.
How long do I need to wait for your response?
We do our very best to respond within 14-21 days. If you don’t hear back, shoot us an email at [email protected].
You’re paying me – so what rights do I have?
You own your story and can do with it whatever you wish after publication. We retain the right to keep the story in our archive and to include it in future electronic or print anthologies. By submitting, you agree to give Story Seed Vault these rights if published. Story Seed Vault takes no responsibility for other parties taking inspiration from these concepts or ideas.
When will my story go up?
We publish a new story approximately ever three days, around 1PM AEST. Currently, the Vault gets approximately 10 submissions a month, which we then schedule up to a month in advance. Your story will go up between 2-4 weeks after it is accepted.
Via: Story Seed Vault.
Payment: At least $1.60 / page. You will also receive a free copy of the publication and royalties
Please send your submissions to [email protected]. We prefer attached Word Docs or Google Docs.
We seek exciting stories that our readers will speed through. Our main goal is always to entice our readers to pick up the next issue of SERIAL. We accept all genres, however we specialize in genre fiction like action-adventure, science-fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, thriller, and romance. While “exciting”, “entertaining,” and “fun” are the main qualifications for a SERIAL story, we also appreciate stories that manage to communicate a positive message as well. We want stories that make readers feel good…even if they’re a little dramatic, crazy or suspenseful.
The reading level for your story can be whatever you see fit, however the content of your story must be suitable for young adult audiences. We will not accept submissions that have explicit sex scenes or use known racial or LGBTQIA+ slurs. If your sci-fi or fantasy story is an allegory for issues surrounding these minority groups though and you’ve made up your own unique slurs, then send it in and we’ll see if it’s a good fit!
If your submitted work has been published before, please let us know where. We accept previously published work, however we want to make sure that we’re truly helping you gain more exposure. SERIAL stories are published under a non-exclusive publishing agreement. We do not require copyright transfer, exclusivity, or first rights.
We accept short stories that are 500-10,000 words.
NOVELLAS, NOVELS, SERIALIZED FICTION
We publish serialized fiction. The word count for each “chunk” or chapter of fiction must be 7,500 – 10,000 words. There’s some wiggle room there, but that’s what you should be aiming towards. In order to be accepted, we require that you submit two chunks of the story and an outline of the remaining story with an estimate of how many chunks remain. We ask that serial fiction writers commit to publishing at least one chunk a month. We also ask that writers keep in mind that each chunk should end on a mild to extreme cliffhanger.
Genre Specific Guidelines
Below are a couple notes to keep in mind for specific genres.
SERIAL MYSTERY, HORROR, AND THRILLER
- For these genres in particular, please make your outline extremely thorough. Include every red herring, scare, and twist you plan. The more, the better. We want to know exactly how you’re going to keep the suspense going.
- It’s said that romance can’t be romance without a Happily Ever After ending, but we’re totally okay with you blowing that idea up. We love unexpected endings, romances that dip into melodrama, or even romances that completely switch genres midway through. Romance-horror anyone? Traditional romances will be accepted too of course, but if you want to have fun with the genre, you are welcome here.
Illustrations and Comics
We also accept black and white illustrations and comics that fit within our genres. While we love the aesthetic of vintage pulp fiction magazines, we’re open to all styles.
What to Expect
After we receive your submission, a few things will happen.
- You will receive a response within 10 days with constructive feedback.
- If we plan to move forward with your piece, two things may happen:
- We may make line edits to your piece and ask you to approve them.
- We may ask you some follow up questions in order to draft a quick contract.
- You will be sent a contract that explains your rights, our rights, and your payment.
- Before the magazine sale date, you will receive a payment of at least $1.60 / page. You will also receive a free copy of the publication.
- Every 20th of the month, you will receive a royalties payment if applicable. This payment is calculated by # of issues sold x net revenue per issue (typically $1.00 or more) / 2 x the percentage of pages you contributed to the issues sold. Essentially 50% of our revenue goes to our writers and 50% goes to covering business expenses. We keep our back issues (up to a certain point) in stock, so writers may continue to earn on old issues.
Payment: Book reviews: $15, Poetry: $15 per poem, Short stories: $20, Interviews with historical novelists: $20
Note: Historical Fiction Market
We publish new pieces throughout each month. Authors should expect to hear from us within 12-16 weeks of sending their submissions.
The Copperfield Review is a paying market. Our rates are as follows:
Book reviews: $15
Poetry: $15 per poem
Short stories: $20
Interviews with historical novelists: $20
Nonfiction about tips for writing historical fiction or personal essays about writing historical fiction: $25
All payments are in U.S. dollars. Authors selected for publication after June 1, 2017 who wish to be paid must have a PayPal account. PayPal is our only method of payment at this time, so if your work is accepted and you wish to be paid by The Copperfield Review you will need to have a valid PayPal account.
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Authors, agents, publishers, and publicists should carefully read and follow all guidelines prior to submitting. We’re sorry, but questions that can be answered by reading our guidelines are not likely to receive a response.
Please keep track of your submissions. We are unable to respond to queries asking when or if you submitted your work to us.
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To contact us, please email us at copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com.
We accept submissions 365 days a year. We accept previously published submissions. We do not charge reading fees. We reserve the right to edit the work we publish for length, content, and clarity. We reserve the right to remove an author’s work from our website at any time.
Authors must notify us immediately if they need to remove their submission or if their work is accepted elsewhere while it is under consideration at The Copperfield Review. We are unable to consider future submissions from authors who do not respect this request.
Authors, do not submit a new version of your story or a new bio after we have accepted your work. Proofread your work prior to sending it in and send the correct bio with your submission. Whatever you send as your submission is what will be published if we accept your work. No exceptions.
Authors who have been published in The Copperfield Review who need to have their work removed from our website should contact us at copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com.
Do not contact editors at their personal email addresses or social media accounts with questions or comments regarding The Copperfield Review. All Copperfield business should be sent to The Copperfield Review.
Keep in mind that The Copperfield Review is a journal of historical fiction. Submissions that are not historical in nature will not be considered for publication.
While we have many contributors we have published numerous times over the years, please don’t be greedy and send frequent submissions. We like to make room for new authors we have not yet published in Copperfield, which means that we don’t necessarily accept pieces from previous contributors.
- Short story submissions may be no longer than 3000 words in length. We also accept short shorts of 500-1000 words.
- We will consider novel excerpts if the excerpt can stand on its own as a short story. The novel excerpt may be no longer than 3000 words.
- Authors submitting short stories may submit one story per month.
- We accept submissions of history-based poetry. Please note that we are now only accepting one poem per poet per submission each month.
- Include a third person bio with your submission.
- Send in the complete manuscript. Do not query first.
- We accept submissions of nonfiction articles with tips for writing historical fiction or personal essays about writing historical fiction.
- We also accept author interviews with authors of historical fiction.
- There is a 3000 word limit for nonfiction submissions.
- Nonfiction authors may submit one submission per month.
- Include a third person bio with your submission.
- Send in the complete manuscript. Do not query first.
Stories, articles, or poems that do not meet our guidelines will not be considered for publication.
To Submit Your Work:
Paste your submission and third person bio into an email and send it to copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com. We do not accept file attachments as submissions. Submissions sent as file attachments will be deleted unread. We do not accept submissions sent as Google Docs. Submissions sent as a Google Doc file will be deleted unread.
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If you have written a review of an historical novel or a nonfiction book about history or writing, we welcome the submission of your review. Reviewers may send in one submission per month. Send in the complete manuscript. Do not query first. Book reviews must be submitted with book review information:
- title of novel
- author of novel
- how many quills awarded (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being best)
- Include a third person bio with your submission.
Via: The Copperfield Review.
fiction, poetry, literary essays, travel narratives, translation, novelettes in verse / flash
As we head into our 10th anniversary (October 2018), our editorial focus is honing in on one particular aspect of our mission to explore the world one voice at a time. This shift in editorial focus aligns with our new vision:
To become a sustainable archive of short-form literature that explores the intersection between humans and the landscape — including any/all of its inhabitants — inspiring readers, writers, editors, and researchers to engage with and speak for their local ecosystems.
Additional details will be released throughout the spring and summer, but the gist of things can be gleaned from the central circle in the diagram found here:
- We ARE reading single works for publication on our blog. Please see the “New Guidelines Overview” section below for details.
- We are NOT reading unsolicited queries for book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts. Going forward all chapbook manuscripts will be selected on a solicited basis only, from our current authors and regular contributors to the blog who have demonstrated professionalism and community spirit. Any unsolicited chap/book queries/manuscripts will be discarded/deleted without response.
Please be sure you have read some of the works published on this blog prior to submitting your work so that you get a better feel for our editorial tastes. We will make every effort to respond to your submission within 30 days. We believe in a robust editorial process, so revisions may be requested prior to publication. Be sure to take all of these considerations into account before deciding to submit your work to us.
New Guidelines Overview:
- Editor: JS Graustein | Assistant Editors: Sarah Gibson, Casey Tingle, Zakariah Johnson
- Reading Period: year round
- Issue Close Date: 31 December of each year
- Publication Date: Wednesdays.
- Number of Pieces Needed: a total of 52 per year across all genres
- Maximum Number of Pieces per Submission: one (more details below)
- Simultaneous Submissions: no
- Previously Published Submissions: no (exceptions below)
- Royalty: $5 US. Cash royalty paid via PayPal. Authors residing in countries for which individual PayPal accounts are unavailable may select a chapbook from Folded Word’s in-stock titles instead.
- Other Perqs: Folded Word’s editors may solicit chapbook manuscripts from writers with multiple works published on this blog.
We will respond to submissions as quickly as possible, but initially it may take some time to decide on the best works to launch this new concept.
Submission of Work:
To be considered, a work must:
- Have a title, which must be 70 characters or less*
- Fit within our format limits:
- Poems = 25 lines or less
- Flash fiction, literary essay, travel narrative = 500 words or less
- Cross genre = reasonable length in reference to limits in A + B above. (For example: 8 lines + 300 words, 4 lines + 400 words, 15 lines + 150 words.)
- Be previously unpublished. EXCEPTIONS: a work only published on your own blog OR only published in print.
- Follow all submission guidelines. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will be deleted without notification.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: Please only send us one work at a time — and wait until you hear from us on your first submission before sending us another. We’ll only be posting one selection per week (generally on Wednesdays), so please send your best effort.
*If your work is untitled, please give it a unique numerical identifier such as the date it was written or submitted. Example: 2017.07.11 for a poem submitted on 11 July 2017. If your work is haiku/senryu or other traditionally untitled form, simply use the first line followed by an ellipsis (…).
To Submit, Go Here: Folded Word.
Payment: 6 cents/word up to 1000 words and a flat rate of $60 for longer stories. $20 for reprints.
Note: Reprints Welcome
We pay 6 cents/word up to 1000 words and a flat rate of $60 for longer stories. $20 for reprints.
What we’re interested in:
Stories up to 10,000 words; query for longer. All stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks. We love science-fiction with animal-like aliens and fantasy with talking dragons, unicorns, or witch familiars.
We are interested in underrepresented voices. If you have personal experience relevant to your story, feel free to mention it in your cover letter. For instance, if your story is about a space unicorn and you are a space unicorn (or a research biologist who studies space unicorns), let us know. We welcome and will be looking for diverse voices. We are not interested in stories that give voice to racist or sexist ideologies.
Please do not simultaneously submit a story to us and another market. For multiple submissions, please query. For reprints, please tell us where and when the story was published before.
How to submit:
Please send us an email at [email protected] (except with fewer koalas) with the subject line, “SUBMISSION: Title, Word Count.” Attach your story in Standard Manuscript Format as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. Please keep your cover letter brief. Something like the following is fine:
Dear Story Wrangler,
I would like to offer my attached story, “Awesome Furry Story,” for your consideration. I hope you like it!
I’ve previously had stories published in Awesome Market, Another Market, Yet Another Market.
If you haven’t had any stories published before, don’t worry! We love discovering new voices.
Payment: $1.50 for stories and a flat $5 for serials.
Nanoism is a twitterzine, an online publication focused on nanofiction, which in this case refers to stories that clock in at a maximum of 140 characters (conforming to the inherent limitations of the Twitter service).
@Nanoism accepts all genres. However, we are most interested in literary fiction—stories that move us with their writing. We are looking for staying power: pieces that leave an impression disproportionate to their length. Make us think.
Please submit only one story per week: we want your very best! However, we are willing to accept previously published “tweets”—just provide us with a link. We’re interested more in quality than exclusivity. If it’s already available online (even your personal Twitter account), we consider it published.
Submit: Send entries of up to 140 characters by email to [email protected]. Include your name, third-person bio (up to 134 characters), and subject line: “Nanoism Submission”
We don’t need titles, as we won’t be including them during publication.
Rights: You own your story and can do with it whatever you wish after publication. We do retain the right to keep the story in our archive and to include it in future anthologies, electronic and/or print. By submitting you agree to give Nanoism these rights if published.
Response Times: We do our very best to respond within 0-7 days. If you don’t hear back within
a month three months, then it was probably lost en route—send it again (via email, editor [at] nanoism [dot] net) and let us know what happened.
Serials: Nanoism is currently accepting unsolicited submissions for serialized stories. Serials can be between 3-7 segments/episodes/tweets long and can (but do not need to) include a title. Each segment must stand alone as well as form part of the larger narrative. Due to this challenging constraint, we publish very few serials.
Payment: We believe in the importance of being paid—even a token amount—for your work. We pay $1.50 for stories and a flat $5 for serials. We also include a short bio with your story, and we’ll gladly link to your personal site and/or twitter account (just fit it in the bio). If you plan to submit more stories in the future, we can hold payments until the amount is larger. Additionally, you can donate your commission to Nanoism (we appreciate it!) to help us pay for future stories. If so, we’ll be sure to send you a complimentary copy of an e-book if it spontaneously creates itself. This is a labor of love; we have no resources.
Support: If you’d like to support Nanoism, you can do so somewhat effortlessly by clicking this link before shopping at Amazon.com. We will earn a small commission on the books and finery you purchase, and nothing happens to you (except for the good feeling inside from supporting a fine digital literary venue).