Ongoing Submissions: Gumshoe: A Literary Magazine

Payment: 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50

    • Gumshoe Review is now open to accept original fiction (mysteries, not character studies). The short stories should be no longer than 1,000 words. Pay will be 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50 (so if the story is longer you still only get $50). Our plan is to publish one short story per month. Stories should be sent as plain text within the body of an email or as a .txt, .pdf (not password protected), .doc, or .wp attachment to [email protected] Please use the subject line “Gumshoe Short Story Submission: Story Title”. Please include a short bio with the story. Works should be original and unpublished.

We try will acknowledge receipt of the story immediately but it may take us longer to respond about whether we will use the story in an upcoming month. (Updated: 07/2017) If you don’t hear from us in a reasonable amount of time, feel free to query about your status. The staff is very small and health and time issues have severely impacted our response times–including acknowledgements of receipt of submissions. Thus, a query is more than acceptable under current circumstances.

Simultaneous submission are okay but notify us if it is accepted elsewhere before we get back to you.

What are we looking for? Our Senior Editor put it quite succinctly: “We’re looking for stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice.”

Via: Gumshoe.

Ongoing Submissions: Quatrain.Fish

Payment: $1 (twenty-five cents a line)

Long Guidelines for Short Poetry

Very short poetry is often treated like very long poetry—as if only cocksure geniuses are allowed to present it to the public so don’t you dare waste our time. Bollocks, we say. An excellent short poem is the purest poetic joy. So: we’re on the hunt.

The rules for Quatrain.Fish are simple: All poems are of four lines or fewer.

One is good. Two is good. Three is good. Four is good. Five is right out. Try Cinquain.Fish.

(Please don’t, say, rewrite a seven-line poem to make it three. Poems are at their best in their native shape. Respect your poem’s shape. Form, as you know, means shape.)

Submit your work as a standard document file or as part of your email, but keep in mind two things—we post screenshots of poems. Which means how it appears on our screen is how how it will appear on the site. So make sure it looks how you want it to look. Corollary: If you use a wacky font, we may reject your very good poem. We don’t want Quatrain.Fish to look like a seventh-grader searching for identity.

(If you want to send instead an image file of your poem, we may just use that instead of a screenshot. We’re more agreeable to handwritten text than Curlz, but keep your personality in check regardless.)

We’ve chosen this screenshot format/method in part because we hope your work will be picked up and shared across the web. BECAUSE OF THIS please put your name in a visible location that it may be part of the posted image. You don’t have to of course, and we’re happy to just put your name below the image, but it will eventually disappear should your poem go viral and start appearing all over the place.

Quatrain.Fish is a paying publisher. And for our one measly dollar (twenty-five cents a line!), we’re buying neverending nonexclusive web rights.

Note that in months future we may occasionally repost a poem we’ve published in the past. We do not consider this a second publication and thus do not pay a second time when reposting. Our assumption when you submit is that you have no problem with this, all the Internet being one great round.

We have nothing against previously published work, but please don’t send scans or screenshots of your poem as part of that previous publication. Do alert us of that previous publication upon submission though. And note that if your poem is already easily accessible online, we may well choose an equally good not-on-the-web poem over yours.


Agented submissions are fine but hardly necessary.

Although we don’t have specific guidelines as to how many works you can submit at one time, if you can’t tell what your best work is, we probably don’t care.

As personal as writing poetry is, selecting poetry for publication is just as personal. We make no excuses for making decisions that might seem at times to be petulant or inconsistent.

Similarly, liking or disliking a poem is very much about the poem and not a perception of, for instance, its politics or genre or author’s peccadilloes. Poems are considered on their own merits and no assumption of the editor’s opinions on anything else should be made on the basis of acceptance or rejection.

We are of unimpressed ambivalence regarding the use of so-called bad language, but without sound poetic reasons for fuck, you’re better off without it. Taking the muffler off your Camaro doesn’t make us think you’re cooler. The same can be said of sesquipedalia.

We have no preferences for “form” beyond the four-line limit. Rhyme, meter, neither—all fine. Just make it good.

Remember: short doesn’t equal simple (though simple can be one of its delights) and short isn’t stupid (unless charmingly so).

We’re not opposed to poems that are essentially punchlines but do not anticipate publishing many of them. So yours should be exceptional.

Haiku is a lovely form, and we expect plenty of haiku submissions, but if we’re overwhelmed with haiku we’ll slap a quota on them faster than you can say refrigerator. Besides, the world’s already filled with haiku, both good and badbadbad.

So! Whether your poem occurred in a moment of inspiration or after hours of labor, impress us, surprise us, enlighten us, amaze us, calm us down.

(On titles: poems that require titles should have titles. Poems are neither accepted nor rejected on the basis of a title’s existence or nonexistence. Titles do not count toward line-count, but beware abuse of this fact.)

Look: Even more than other poesy, the challenge of short poetry is the reader either gets it or does not get it. The poem has no extra space to make its defense. So take a breath, submit your work, and surrender to hope.



We only make payments through PayPal. We’ll assume that the email you used to contact us is where you want your $1 sent; if that isn’t the case, tell us so in the original email. (We can’t keep track of multiple items of correspondence.) You may also, should the philanthropic urge strike you, donate your $1 back to the kitty. (Just throw that fact in the ol’ original email.) In order to keep our books clean, if you don’t claim your $1 within six weeks, we reserve the right to cancel the payment.

Isn’t it awful how money complicates things? The important thing, I suppose, is that we all read this page and go along with what it says, even if begrudgingly.



We are open to occasionally publishing scans of simple doodles. We do not, however, pay for art submissions.

It’s too soon to say, but we imagine we will prefer black-and-white work.



All submissions should be sent to our editor at [due to ongoing technical difficulties, send submissions to [email protected]].

Via: Quatrain.Fish.

Ongoing Submissions: Wicked Words Quarterly

Payment: $20 and if the issue your story is included in makes a net profit 50% of this net profit will be shared between the contributors on a per word basis.

Wicked Words Quarterly is looking for previously unpublished works of science fiction, fantasy or horror with a twist.

Each quarterly magazine will include several pieces of flash fiction of any length up to 750 words. It will also include several short stories of between 1,000 and 7,500 words, and in the Winter edition it will include a Novella of between 7,500 and 15,000 words.

All writing will be receive an initial payment of $20, all payments will be made by PayPal, this will be paid in the quarter of first publication. Then if the issue your story is included in makes a net profit 50% of this net profit will be shared between the contributors on a per word basis.

I aim to reply to your submissions as soon as possible, but it is most likely that the reply to your submission will be made in the month that is closed for submissions for that issue.

Full details of terms and conditions please see the FAQ, I will assume that when you send a submission you have read these and agree to them.

To submit by email please send your story as an attached RTF or Word document to [email protected] and include your name, address, contact details, synopsis of the story and a short biography that will be included on the website and in the e-zine to accompany your story (your contact details will only be included if you wish them to).

I’ve had to remove the submission form as it was causing major problems with formatting. I will be looking into other ways for you to submit your work but for now please send me an email with your work attached as an .rtf or .doc file.

Via: Wicked Words Quaterly.

Ongoing Submissions: Worlds Without Master


We get quite a few submissions, which is as grand as it is overwhelming. We are up to the challenge, but be advised that it may take a while for us to get back to you. In the meantime, enjoy this brief primer about Worlds Without Master and its submission policy.

Worlds Without Master is my own self-publishing endeavor.

Just so we’re clear on my intentions. I have fiction and games that are burning to get published. There are folks out there interested in seeing this fiction and these games published. Together we are also interested in publishing the fiction and games of like-minded individuals, which is where you come in.

The ezine is funded by the Patron Horde.

You can witness the might of the Patron Horde for yourself by going to Patreon is a crowdfunding site that allows readers to pledge to fund each issue of the ezine as it comes out. The number of patrons and the amount of funding available for each is issue can fluctuate quite a bit. Which brings me to my next topic . . .

Each issue is only planned about a month ahead of time.

Fluctuations in funding as well as a number of other concerns make it impossible to predict the size of the issue more than a month in advance. So we cannot accept a piece until the month it will be published. To that end, here is the official Worlds Without Master submission policy:

Official Worlds Without Master Submission Policy

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. If you wish to submit this somewhere else while you’re waiting, we encourage you to do so.
  • If it looks like your piece will be a good match for Worlds Without Master, we’ll tell you when we think it’ll be published. The actual date will depend on many factors, including the extent of Patreon backing and the amount of other stories submitted. This estimate can only be so accurate.
  • So as not to keep dragging you along, we won’t actually accept a story until the month we are able to publish it, at which point we’ll ask you for the rights, send it to an editor, acquire illustrations, and so forth.
  • Up until that point, you can withdraw your submission for whatever reason and you won’t even hurt our feelings. That way you don’t get punished if the Patron Horde ends up being a bit fickle or for some reason we don’t have enough material to fill an issue.
  • Finally, you will get paid within 30 days of the publication date. This allows enough time for the funds to flow from Patreon to PayPal to us to you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them through the form to your right.

Rights Being Purchased

We purchase the first online and print publishing rights (in the English language in the case of written works) and the exclusive rights for the first six months after publication. We are also purchasing the continual archival rights that will revert back to you upon request after five years. The date of publication being defined as the day the issue containing your work was first made available to the Patreon patrons. These rights cannot be transferred to a third party without your permission.

This means we are buying the right to be the first person to publish the work anywhere, and we want to be the only ones publishing it for the first six months. Among other things, this precludes you from publishing your work first on your blog, to your friends on a social media website, or on any other website in general–without written permission from us. This written permission is not necessarily hard to get, as we see a great value in using such sites to promote interest in your work and by extension interest in Worlds Without Master. But if you intend to sell us rights different than the ones stated above, you must make us aware of it.

It also means means that once we publish the issue containing your work, it will be available for purchase online as a back issue for at least the next five years. After the first six months, these archival rights will be non-exclusive; which means you will be welcome to reprint your work however you wish, but we will still be selling the issue containing it until the end of these five years. After those five years, we will still continue to sell the back issue containing your work until you write us to specifically request we stop doing so, at which point we will happily comply. This will give you the ability to sell more exclusive rights to your work to another party after that date.

If we wish to reprint your work in another format, such as in an anthology or best-of collection, we must purchase those rights separately.

Fiction Submission Guidelines

Worlds Without Master is currently seeking works of fiction totaling 2,500 words or less in the sword & sorcery genre. We will pay $200 for the rights to accepted works of this nature. The specific rights we are purchasing are listed to the left. Send your submissions through the form above. If special formatting absolutely required, you may send a link to a shared Google Doc of the story.

Sword & sorcery is an often misunderstood genre label that many mistakenly use as a synonym for fantasy in general. Like any genre, it is hard to nail down, being both specific and possessing astounding flexibility. Because we are just as interested in your definition of sword & sorcery as we are our own, we won’t try to define it here. Instead, you will find a few regularly updated lists of some of the personal preferences of our editor-in-chief. You are welcome, but not necessarily advised, to ignore them.

Things Eppy Is Not Particularly Interested In

  • Elves and dwarves, at least in the Tolkien or D&D sense, and especially hobbits and orcs.
  • Fiction where the hero sets out to save the world.
  • Urban supernatural.
  • Lovecraft mythos.
  • Sexual violence.
  • Shallow, uncomplicated or stereotypical depictions of cultures, genders, or sexual orientations, veiled or otherwise.

Things Eppy Is Specifically Interested In

  • Strong minority voices, as authors and protagonists.
  • Adventure for its own sake or motivated in unique ways; rather than simply for revenge or to save the princess or loved one.
  • Weirdness and magic that invoke a sense of awe, horror or wonder; rather than being trite or commonplace.
  • Violence that emphasizes the stark, uncaring or brutal reality the characters live in; rather than just for shock or gore value.

Things That You May Think Don’t Belong In a Sword & Sorcery Story, But Eppy Doesn’t Mind

  • Robots, aliens, starships, and other sci-fi nonsense.
  • Actual, heart-felt romance.
  • Extra-industrial settings beyond the post-apocalypse or ancient and medieval world analogs.

A Note on Serialized Fiction

  • Due to space constraints, we will not publish serialized novels or the like.
  • We have no trouble publishing stories that stand on their own but are part of a greater whole. However, you must trick us into thinking they are not serialized fiction.

Full Game Submission Guidelines

Worlds Without Master is currently seeking complete and functional tabletop role-playing games totaling 2,500 words or less appropriate to the sword & sorcery genre. We will pay $200 for the rights to accepted works of this nature. The specific rights we are purchasing are listed to the left.  Send your submissions through the form above.

Non-Fiction or Article Submission Guidelines

Worlds Without Master is currently seeking non-fiction articles totaling 1,500 words or less. We will pay $100 for the rights to accepted works of this nature. The specific rights we are purchasing are listed to the left. Please send a query letter about your article through the form above. Do not send the full article right away.

The Sort of Articles Eppy Is Interested In

  • Articles on real historical events, cultures, technologies, practices, myths and legends that may be of interest to sword & sorcery gamers, writers and enthusiasts.
  • Articles about fictional monsters, creatures, places, or artifacts–but please, nothing based on someone else’s intellectual property.

The Sort of Articles Eppy Is Not Particularly Interested In

  • Articles on how to GM.

Illustration and Art Guidelines

Worlds Without Master is not currently seeking unsolicited artwork. We do commission full-page, black and white pieces based on our fiction. We will pay $100 for the rights to commissioned works of this nature. We also pay $300 for the rights to commissioned full-color covers. The specific rights we are purchasing are listed to the left.

But in order to commission a piece from you, we need to be aware of you! If you’re an artist looking for work of this nature, please contact me through the form above.

Via: Worlds Without Master.

Ongoing Submissions: Nightlight Podcast

Payment: $75 for fiction, $35 for flash or reprints

Are you Black? It doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re from, or where you are now–as long as you’re Black and you write horror, you are welcome to submit!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Short story submissions should be between 4,000 and 5,000 words.
  • We may occasionally do flash fiction episodes, so feel free to submit shorter stories–it just may be a bit longer before your story airs.
  • We’ll pay you when the story is narrated. This typically happens 2-4 weeks before the episode with your story goes live. You can offer to narrate your own story, but keep in mind we may choose another narrator if we feel sound quality or style doesn’t match our brand.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but we respond pretty quickly (currently 5-7 days). Just let us know if you found another home for your work ASAP.
  • We pay for exclusive audio and electronic publishing rights for 6 months after the air date.
  • We also reserve the right to continue to broadcast, promote, and/or link to your story on our website/podcast, but after six months, you can publish your story in any format elsewhere.
  • We accept reprints that have not been published in audio format previously. Just let us know your story has appeared elsewhere and where so we can credit properly.
  • We do have plans to eventually publish “Best Of” anthologies. Should we decide to include your piece, we’ll ask your permission first and you’ll be paid for inclusion.

If you have any questions, hit us up on Twitter @nightlightpod.


  • If we accept your short story, we’ll pay you $75. We send money via Venmo and the Cash App, but can also do PayPal if you don’t have Venmo or Cash (but we super don’t want to).
  • Flash fiction is paid at $35 per story.
  • Reprints are paid $35 per story.


To submit your story, email tonia [at] with the subject line NIGHTLIGHT: Submission [Story Title].

Please make sure you attach a PDF or Word doc of your story in standard manuscript format, although you can omit your mailing address.

You don’t need to say anything fancy in the email. Just tell me your name, which of your birth parents are Black (we not doing any Rachel Dolezal ish up in here), and anything else you think is interesting about you.

Want to Perform a Story For Us?

If you want to apply to be a narrator for NIGHTLIGHT, email tonia [at] with the subject line NIGHTLIGHT NARRATOR: [Your Name] with a link to a sample of your work. Please let us know if you are a member of another marginalized community (LGBTQIA, Muslim, Disabled, etc) so we can reach out to you for stories which feature characters in your community. Voice actors are paid $25 per episode.

Via: Nightlight Podcast.

Ongoing Submissions: Hard Universe

Payment: 6 cents a word

Welcome to Hard Universe, where the math is strong, the science both lifts and limits, and the theories are robust.  In the coming pages we will provide science fiction based on plausibility and humanity, on the stand-up potentials of the human spirit faced with the finite yet unbounded qualities of the Universe’s inbuilt rules.
At the onset, Hard Universe will be quarterly.  Each issue will launch from a classic science fiction tale to inspire modern stories in the same vein.  Classic stories will be posted for inspiration to authors and readers during each issue’s submission phase.  We are not looking for sequels, prequels, or “coquels,” but rather stories with similarity in those ineffable qualities of good adventure and an imbibed sense of wonder.  Keep the pedigree, kill the clones.

With your submission, please include a short bio along with a brief explanation as to how your story connects with the issue’s theme story.

We are looking for stories that fall between 2000 and 3500 words, although we will consider stories outside this range if they carry enough sensa wondah.  We will be reading submissions until 30 September 18 at midnight.

Payment for authors will be SFWA profession rates of 6 cents a word.  Payment will be made at the time of publication and be made in cryptocurrency equivalent to 6 cents a word at the time of publication.

At this time we are not looking for reprints.

Email your submissions to [email protected] as DOC or TXT attachments carrying the header [Author Name – Story Title].

We are currently looking for readers.  If you are interested in helping establish the direction of a new venue, please email us at [email protected].

Via: Hard Universe.

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