Category: Ongoing Submissions

Ongoing Submissions: The Fifth Di…

Payment: Original Stories: $25.00, Reprint Stories: $15.00, Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word, Poems: $5.00, Articles: $20.00
Theme: All genre work with a strong emphasis on character development
Note: Reprints Allowed

The Fifth Di… began with James Baker of ProMart Publishing back around the turn of the millennium. After his passing in September 2002, it was under the editorial stewardship of J Alan Erwine, now of Nomadic Delirium Press. In November 2019, it was handed over to Hiraeth Books.

The Fifth Di… is now published quarterly, in March, June, September, and December, in print [and, eventually, as an eBook]. It presents original science fiction, fantasy, and spooky horror stories. It also presents a few original poems, again along the overall theme.

The Fifth Di… wants original stories with plot, tension, suspense, conflict, and character development. Remember, if readers do not care what happens to your main character[s], they won’t read the story. The narrative should maintain a sense of wondering what’s going to happen next; of what’s lurking just around the corner. Showing is better than telling. Frex, instead of telling the reader that it’s cold, show your character shivering, stomping feet, or having ice form on beard or hair. The inner thoughts and emotions of your character[s] are just as important.

Stories submitted to The Fifth Di… should be between 4K and 8K words long. Longer or shorter stories will be considered; however, anything less than 4K will be a difficult sell. Anything 1K or less will be considered flash fiction. We will consider reprint stories, provided they adhere to the guidelines; however, they are difficult sells.

Submit your stories as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

Please submit one story at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. We hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Poetry submitted to The Fifth Di… should be from about ten to a hundred lines. Please submit no more than three poems at a time, and wait for the response before submitting more. Again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your poems as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] or IBOE to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

The Fifth Di… also considers articles related to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Articles include essays and reviews, as well as writing tips. Word count should be around 1K words, up to a loose 5K words. Please submit one article at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. Yet again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your articles as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Boil spammers; inexpensive vegetable oil works best].

The Fifth Di… is not considering cover art at this time.

Payment is made upon publication by check or Paypal as follows:

Original Stories: $25.00

Reprint Stories: $15.00

Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word

Poems: $5.00

Articles: $20.00

NOTE: If you live outside the United States, you will be paid via Paypal, or must make some other arrangement with the editor.

All submissions must include contact information. This means:

Name [yours, not necessarily your byline name]

Address [street, city, country, and zip code or equivalent]

e-mail address

Paypal address

If your address changes before the publication date, please let us know.

Queries should be sent to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Grill spammers; the grillwork of a 1950 Buick or a 1953 Packard works best].

Via: Hiraeth Publishing.

Ongoing Submissions: Cosmic Horror Monthly

Payment: 1 cent per word for original fiction. 10k words = $100, 50 cents per line for poetry.
Theme: Original horror and dark fantasy stories, poems, and images (paintings, drawings, etc). Most types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome but we do prefer the work have a science fiction or otherwise cosmic philosophical leaning.

Cosmic Horror Monthly is a horror and dark fantasy magazine edited by Charles Tyra.


Instructions: All fiction must be submitted via email to [email protected] When submitting please paste the entire story in the body of the email. For artwork, please put a link to the gallery/pieces in the body of the email along with any relevant background information. Attachments are acceptable only when submitting individual artwork for consideration. Acceptable file formats are JPG, PNG.


Please only submit ORIGINAL work.

Cosmic-Horror is seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories, poems, and images (paintings, drawings, etc). Most types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome but we do prefer the work have a science fiction or otherwise cosmic philosophical leaning. If you aren’t sure if your work qualifies, submit it and we can decide. No subject is off-limits and we do encourage writers to try and push the status quo. A writer may submit as many stories as they like, but please only submit a single story once. Every email will be checked!

Word Count: We are open to stories of 1000-7500 words. Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.


Cosmic-Horror is a growing publisher looking to get established with writers in the indie scene. We pay for stories and art but do keep in mind that all our content is offered for free in order to reach as wide an audience as possible and still provide a premium product with maximum exposure for our writers being in the forefront of concern. For the time being:

1 cent per word for original fiction. 10k words = $100
50 cents per line for poetry.
20 dollars for artwork chosen as interior content.
50 dollars for cover art.

Rights: Please request the artist/publisher contract.

Cover Letters: The first paragraph of your email should contain the length of your story (if applicable), your publishing history, and any relevant information.


Email [email protected] for all inquiries, or if you have any trouble using our online submission system.

We will try to respond to every email with feedback but unless we are requesting more from you, there is no need to respond, even to say thank you. It may sound harsh, but those emails will only serve to clutter up the editorial inbox.

Diversity Statement: We believe that the horror genre’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues; we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but Cosmic-Horror is not a market for erotica. If in doubt, feel free to send your story in and let us decide.

Please no fan fiction for existing creative universes not in the Public Domain. (The Cthulhu mythos is fair game )

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; please just go ahead and submit it and let us decide.

You are welcome to resubmit previously rejected stories/poems if they have been significantly revised.

Via: Cosmic Horror.

Ongoing Submissions: The New Modality

Payment: 15¢ per word or $100

Theme: Science fiction, speculative fiction, magical realism, and fables.

If you’re interested in writing for The New Modality (or otherwise working with us), here’s the form for that! If you need ideas, you can find examples of stories we’re seeking in this document.

As part of our commitment to transparency, we have posted our rates publicly below, with explanations about how we settled on those rates, and suggestions for how to negotiate with us if desired.

We’ve put a lot of effort into making our standard contracts fair for contributors (for example, our contracts are never work-for-hire). Additionally, we plan to create a list of public commitments that we hold between The New Modality and contributors. To develop this list of commitments, we are working with the Freelance Solidarity Project at the National Writers Union. If you’re interested in learning more about that collaboration, drop us a line over Twitter and we’ll let you know where it’s at.

If you are interested in contributing something other than writing, please let us know (again, here’s the form! yay!). This page only covers our writing rates right now, but we’re working on that!

Putting Contributors In The Strongest Possible Negotiating Position

This page was mainly written by Lydia, the editor in chief of The New Modality, and I Have Feelings about artistic economies.

As a writer and editor, I’ve done time in the trenches working for free (both as an unpaid intern, and as a contributor); working for cheap (my first paid freelance writing gig, in 2005, earned me 3¢ per word); and negotiating contracts that ranged from reasonable to horrifying (my dad, who’s a lawyer, once described an editing contract I almost signed as “so unfair that you might as well not have a contract at all”).

Because of my experiences, it’s important to me to stand in solidarity with our contributors. Ultimately, my hope is to set up our contributors in the strongest negotiation position that I can. I hope this will be good for everyone involved with NewMo, and also good for the broader media ecosystem.


  • For Issue 1 of The New Modality, our projected budget for writers is $6,000. We’ll update this page once we know how much we spent.
  • In our pitch form, we ask contributors to specify whether they would like to be considered for our “honorarium rate,” or for our “professional rate” (unless they are pitching an unpaid section). If a writer does not specify their preferred rate when they send us a pitch, then we’ll guess which rate to offer based on what we know about their background.
  • The Honorarium Rate:
    Many of our contributors who earn significant income from non-writing skills (e.g. people with full-time jobs in academia or industry) donate their work. This is also normal for non-professional contributors, and for people who are very new to the industry (e.g. people who have never, or rarely, worked with editors at publications).


      • A contributor who does not ask for money will still be offered an honorarium of $100. Most choose to donate this honorarium back to us, but that’s not required.
      • To put this in perspective: if you are entitled to an honorarium, and $100 seems like a trivial amount of money to you, then we’d be grateful if you could donate it back to us, because it’s not trivial to us. 🙂
  • The Professional Rate:
    When we negotiate a professional reported non-fiction piece (e.g., by a journalist who will do research and talk to sources), our standard rate is 50¢ per word.


      • This rate is relatively high for an independent publication, based on data from Who Pays Writers.
      • Depending on our budget and the pitch/writer in question, we may be able to go above this amount for writers who will only work for a higher rate. If you’re accustomed to a higher rate then we’d love to know how much you are used to getting.
  • For professional science fiction and fantasy writers, our standard rate is 15¢ per word or $100, whichever is higher.


      • This rate is almost twice the recommended rate from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, even though it’s lower than our rate for reported pieces (the SFF market is different from the journalism market).
      • Again, we may be able to go above that rate for really special pitches from writers with a lot of experience, and you’re always welcome to ask.
  • Due to the realities of our budget, we can afford to accept fewer pieces at the professional rate than we can at the honorarium rate.
  • We do not currently pay for republished stories.
  • Unpaid Sections:


      • We have some unpaid sections where members of our community talk about fun ideas or highlight interesting projects. These sections include:
        – “Tiny Reviews” (of books, movies, etc.),
        – “My Pet Theory,”
        – “My Favorite Study,”
        – “Super Short Profiles,”
        – “Check Out This Project.”
  • Other Notes about Rates:
    For any story, the rate is set when the piece is commissioned. A contributor who ultimately goes over the word count that we negotiated does not get more money by default, although they can always ask.
  • We will never publicly state how much we paid a specific contributor without their explicit consent, unless required by law.

If you feel that we should raise our rates, we encourage you to to donate or subscribe and/or ask others to do so. 🙂

Other Aspects of the Contributor Relationship

We are currently talking with the Freelance Solidarity Project at the National Writers Union. If you’re interested in learning more about that collaboration, drop us a line over Twitter.

We hope that one result of this collaboration will be a list of commitments that we can hold publicly with the freelance community. Obviously, one of those commitments is rate transparency. We’ll update this page when we know more.

Aside from that, we would like to ensure that our contributors are aware of certain things at the beginning of the relationship:

  • The New Modality fact-checks some of our non-fiction articles. In some cases, this adds extra editing to the process after the final draft is handed in. If you are unavailable for additional editing during the fact-checking process, we may modify the story without your input in order to bring it in line with the facts.
  • We have no wish to surprise contributors by changing the text of their contributions, and we seek to clear such changes with contributors before publishing. In some cases, the realities of the fact-checking or copyediting process will make this impossible, but we’re trying.


      • Since we are a brand-new operation, there will probably be slips in our process. If you are a contributor and you believe that something about your work was altered without your consent, please feel free contact us and let us know, because that gives us an opportunity to figure out where the process slipped up.
  • Many freelancers are extremely frustrated with the typical long wait times of hearing back from editors. As a freelancer, I understand. And, as the founder of this organization and its only full-time employee, I can honestly tell you that we’re often overwhelmed and can’t guarantee quick responses. You’re always welcome to follow up with us if you feel that we’re taking a long time. However, if you need a guarantee that you’ll always hear back from your editor within a week or two, we cannot currently provide that.


      • Sidenote: if you’re excited about reducing our email response times, please note that we’re hiring an assistant! If we can hire a really capable assistant then we suspect our email response times will improve, so please help us get the word out. 🙂
  • Simultaneous submissions are totally fine, and so are multiple submissions.
  • We showcase examples of articles and stories we’re looking for in this document. If you’re excited to pitch us, use this form!


      • Email pitches are welcome, but if you want to maximize your exposure to our team, we recommend the form.
      • For personal essays and fiction stories, we ask that you submit full stories, not pitches. The form can accommodate document uploads, so if you are submitting a personal essay or a fiction story, then you can send it through the form.

Final note: If you’re new to freelancing and trying to learn the ropes, I can’t overstate the importance of coordinating with other professional writers and creatives. Two communities that I’ve found to be both helpful, and accessible to people at all points on their creative journey, are:

  • XOXO — If you can make it to Portland, Oregon, in September, then XOXO Festival is worth attending. The event describes itself as “an experimental festival for independent artists who live and work online.” People who have attended XOXO in the past also have year-round access to online spaces for conversation about culture, the creative process, and how to build an independent creative career.
  • Study Hall — This group calls itself “a media newsletter and online support network for media workers.” Membership is available to anyone who supports Study Hall on Patreon. $4 per month gets you into their email group and $11 gets you access to a Slack group, pitch guides, and various databases. As soon as I joined this group, I was thrilled to see the level of coordination around improving conditions for freelancers.

Both XOXO and Study Hall are shifting creative culture in their own way. If you join either group, I hope you find it useful and supportive.

Feedback and conversation is always welcome about The New Modality’s contributor commitments — find us on Twitter at @NewModality

Ongoing Submissions: Story Brewing Podcast

Payment: $5
Theme: Stories of all genres and themes that are entertaining, engaging, well-written, and interesting
Note: Reprints Welcome

How long should my story be?
  • For “Fiction Friday” stories (fictional short stories) we accept stories between 2,000-10,000 words.
  • For “Truesday” stories (true stories) we don’t have a minimum or maximum length.
Can I submit more than one story?

Yes! But we ask that you only submit one story per form submission, so feel free to use the form more than once. No more than 3 submissions at a time please.

How long does it take you to respond to submissions?

We try to get back to submissions as soon as possible! Typically, we’ll reach out to you within 7-14. We personally respond to every submission.

What kind of stories do you look for?

We look for stories of all genres and themes that are entertaining, engaging, well-written, and interesting.

Can I be on your podcast?

If your story is selected, absolutely! We’ll either record an interview with you or send a few follow-up questions (if you don’t want to be on the show) that you can answer on your own time for us to share.

Fiction Submission Guidelines

How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions through our submission system. We do not accept submissions through email.

Timing: Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.

Response Time: Our response time varies from 1 to 2 weeks. We personally respond to all submissions.

Word Count & Genre: We are currently accepting short stories between 2,000 and 10,000 words of any genre/topic.

Promotion: We want you to succeed as a writer. Upon release of your story, we will promote you on our instagram, twitter, facebook, verbally on our podcast, and on our website. Please provide any links you’d like promoted when submitting your story.

Multiple submissions: A total of THREE submissions per author will be reviewed at a time.

Reprints: Work has been entered and published elsewhere will be considered, however,
please let us know on the submission form where and when your story has been used elsewhere.

Rights: Your story rights remain with you.  You may post/submit your story anywhere and ask us to remove your episode at any point. If your story eventually gets a contract that prohibits us from having it on our channel, please let us know ASAP.

Payment: $5 through paypal or venmo, and endless promotion (see above).


Via: Story Brewing Podcast.

Rolling Submissions: Oxygen Leaks

Payment: .01 cents per word

Theme: Science fiction with a very technical “hard science fiction” angle

Note: Reprints accepted at an unlisted lower rate.

What we are looking for

We are looking for strong science fiction with a very technical “hard science fiction” angle. As with all good science fiction, the science needs to be integral to the story. If you can remove the science from the story and still have a good story, it is likely not what we are looking for.

Part of our criteria for review is how fantastic the scientific advances get. We will rate a story higher if it uses plausible advances in science as plot elements over a story that uses unlikely advances such as faster than light travel or teleportation. That said, we believe “hard” science fiction is a continuum, and an otherwise internally consistent story that uses fantastic elements could be an excellent story right for our magazine.

We also understand that science is not limited to physics, chemistry, and biology. Stories based on scientific advances in psychology, sociology, or even English literature could be great science fiction stories given the right author.

At the end of the day, all stories, regardless of genre, are about the story itself. Good elements of story construction (characters, plot, setting, grammar) are universal and will make or break a story, regardless of the science content.

Short stories are under 20,000 words according to our definition. We accept stories of any length below (or very close to) that threshold, including flash fiction

Payment and Rights

As we are still building and finding an audience, our current pay rates are below industry standard at $.01 per word, with a cap of $25 per piece. As we build an audience of subscribers and readers and advertisers, we will increase this amount. Every dollar spent on Oxygen Leaks goes back into improving the content of the magazine.

We prefer to buy First English language serial rights (as well as other rights, such as archiving, as defined in our contract), but will consider purchasing reprint rights for the right story at a lower pay rate. Mention the rights available in your cover letter.

Submission and Format

Oxygen Leaks uses a submission manager. We do not accept email or physical submissions. We allow simultaneous submission to other markets. We ask that if your story is picked up in another market that you let us know by replying to the email we send you when you submit.

Our submission form prompts you for your name, email address, title of the work you are submitting, and a cover letter. Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your publishing history, the story’s publishing history if this is a reprint submission, and any relevant biographical information (if you are a physicist researching FTL travel and submit a story featuring FTL travel, mention that.)

Please double-check your email address before you submit. It is the only way we will be able to contact you. Your story will not be published if we cannot contact you.

All stories should be in standard manuscript format and in DOCX, DOC, RTF, or MD formats. When you submit you will receive an automated email that contains a unique submission number. You can use that submission number to check on the status of your submission, or to withdraw your submission if it is published elsewhere.

Via: Oxygen Leaks.

Stelliform Press Is Open For Novella Submissions

Payment: 2¢ CAD per word advance, plus royalties

Currently Seeking

Stelliform Press is open to original novella submissions beginning January 1, 2020. We are also looking for cover artists.

What is a Stelliform story?

We are seeking to publish science fiction, fantasy, quiet horror and literary novellas with speculative elements (17,500–39,999 words), novels (70,000–100,000 words), and short story collections (40,000–60,000 words) which build narratives around climate change and its resultant ecological destruction, and acknowledges the work necessary to live within the problems Western lifestyles have created. All manuscripts submitted must have a science fictional or fantastic element; non-fiction must be speculative. Narratives should be interrelational, demonstrating some ways in which the environment changes us (and others) just as we change it. Please see our About the Press page and our blog for more information.

How much do we pay?

Currently, we pay a 2¢ CAD per word advance, plus royalties. We acknowledge that this is a low rate of pay. As a new press, we are working on securing grants and planning fundraising campaigns in order to pay authors more in the future.

What rights are we buying?

Currently we are buying first world English electronic and print rights. As we grow, we will also consider audiobook rights. Our contract includes clauses for rights reversion in different situations should the author and/or publisher wish to terminate their relationship.

Manuscript Wish List

The following are some approaches we would love to see in our Inbox:

Fiction MSWL

  • Stories written by Indigenous authors which bring Indigenous and Western science into conversation (even if the conversation is difficult and unresolved).
  • Stories written by BIPOC authors which fuse specific cultures and/or ways of life rooted to a specific community with a means of ameliorating or coping with life in a climate changed world.
  • Stories written by trans and queer authors which fuse specific ways of life rooted to a specific community with a means of ameliorating or coping with life in a climate changed world.
  • Stories that embrace the incorporation of far-flung technologies as part of an ecologically relational life; technology CAN be bad, but it can’t be ONLY bad.
  • Stories of uneasy allies which get into the complexities of that difficult relation.
  • Stories which explore nonviolence while acknowledging the privilege inherent in the nonviolent position; stories which explore unusual ways to mitigate violence.
  • Stories set in space that are connected to Earth through myths or legends that tangibly affect the lives of the interstellar characters.
  • Stories depicting humans learning to relate to the nonhuman in different ways.
  • Stories taking place in non-Western settings.

Fiction Do Not Submits

  • Epic/Sword and Sorcery Fantasy
  • Stories in which the solutions presented are uncritical green consumerism
  • Stories depicting monarchies, imperialism, or colonization in an uncritical way
  • Gratuitous violence, especially against any marginalized group
  • Gore in general is not something we’re excited about, but small doses that are integral to plot/character might be okay
  • Porn or erotica; though eroticism in service to the story is definitely okay

Non-Fiction MSWL

  • Speculative non-fictions about the future of tech, the environment, global relationships, or social worlds (either collections of linked short pieces or extended meditations).
  • Literary journalism on emerging tech, global health issues, climate change and migration, food politics, human-hybrid environments, global and space travel—journalism that hangs on a narrative arc, focusing on limited centered characters.
  • Essay collections (single authored) or themed anthologies (editor(s) + multiple authors) approaching questions about technological and environmental futurity, urban life, the non-human, community, and other themes of the press, addressed from primarily personal lenses.
  • Creative memoirs or autobiographies drawing from long-term experiential relationships with the natural world, space, tech and agricultural industries, and the non-human, that offer new/unique ways of reflecting on the problems of climate change and/or the future of life—especially by BIPOC, women, trans and queer, and disabled or otherwise underrepresented authors.
  • Narrative ‘biographies’ of plants, animals, places/niches/communities, and natural phenomena that connect the past, the rapidly changing present, and the future—particularly works that de-centre humans or think about the human in specifically collaborative ways.
  • Human biographies and histories reimagined through non-human protagonists.
  • Imaginary, alternative, or potential histories.

Non-fiction Do Not Submits

  • Adventure biographies that frame the environment uncritically as a “wilderness” to be “tamed” or “discovered”
  • Literary journalism of technology, food, or space industries uncritically structured around the idea of progress

How to Submit

For Novellas

Please send a short cover letter which includes:

  • not more than 250 words
  • information about your manuscript length and genre
  • a brief statement about your story’s main conflict, how your story fits Stelliform’s vision, and any MSWL elements included (if applicable)
  • a brief bio including your top three publications (if you have them)

As an attachment, please include the first 15-20 pages of your manuscript. The document should include your name, contact information, and byline. Send query and sample pages to [email protected]. The subject of your email should read: SUBMISSION: [Your manuscript title].

For Novels and Short Story Collections

Please do not submit at this time.

For Non-Fiction Manuscripts

Please do not submit at this time.

For Cover Art

Please submit a link to your online portfolio and a brief introductory letter including information about yourself, your published artworks, your expected rate of compensation for a book cover, and two references (preferably former clients). Letters can be submitted to [email protected] with the email subject: ART SUBMISSION: [Your name].

We are particularly interested in art submissions from Canadians or immigrants to Canada from any marginalized community, or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit residing in territories currently occupied by the Canadian state.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are allowed; but only send one submission at a time. Please let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Via: Stelliform Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Public Domain Fanzine

Payment: Royalties
Theme: Pulp Fiction in the Public Domain

Art, Prose/Pulp Stories, comics. As long as it related to public domain characters. Send us your redesigns, re-boots and stories. We will publish them in one of our upcoming mags! Send your submissions to: [email protected]

Note: Contributors will be paid royalties based upon magazine sales and the percentage of the magazine their contribution makes up. Though this will likely be meager. All contributors retain rights to their creations.

Via: Public Domain Comics’ Facebook.

Ongoing Submissions: Infinite Worlds Magazine

Payment: $75 per story and a contributors copy.

Theme: retro(ish) science fiction magazine featuring new stories, comics, and illustrations from the world’s best creative minds.


  • We are interested in printing new, unpublished science fiction stories between 750-4000 words in length.
  • Writers may be asked to edit their work.
  • We pay $75 for a story and we’ll send you a copy of the issue that includes it.
  • New, unpublished comic/graphic novel shorts (4-10 pages) will be considered at a negotiated rate

For those still interested in submitting work, please address an email to: [email protected]

Via: Infinite Worlds Magazine

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