Category: Online

Ongoing Submissions: Rattle – General Poetry

Payment: $200 if accepted for a print issue, $100 if accepted for online publication.
Theme: Poetry of all shapes and sizes

Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry and translations of poetry.

Submissions are open year-round, always welcomed, and always free. Despite their growing prevalence in the literary community, we do not believe in submission fees and never will.

Rattle does not accept work that has been previously published, in print or online (we do NOT consider self-publishing to blogs, message boards, or social media as publication with respect to this rule).

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the work is accepted elsewhere, just add a note through Submittable, or, if you submitted in hard copy, email to let us know. We don’t publish anything without your signature, anyway; if another journal beats us to the punch, congratulations!

Contributors in print receive $200/poem and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $100/poem.

All free submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $2,000 prize judged by the editors.

Quick Options:
Submittable / Postal

Poems

We like poems of any length. Send up to four poems at a time. We’re looking for poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. We read a lot of poems, and only those that are unique, insightful, and musical stand out—regardless of style. Since our issues include about 70 pages of poetry, one of the main things we’re looking for is diversity; we have enough room to be eclectic, and we plan on using it. So while most magazines suggest reading their back issues to get a sense of what they like to publish, we’d suggest reading to get a sense of what we’re having trouble finding—if you notice a style or subject matter that we don’t seem to be publishing, send us that!

Rattle publishes about 300 poems each year, and almost all of them come from unsolicited submissions. Your submissions keep us going, and we always appreciate them.

Required Information

Please include this information with each submission:

Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email address

If submitting electronically, use the appropriate fields when you upload your file on Submittable, but avoid including your name or contact information anywhere within the file itself. If submitting by mail, only include your name and contact information in the cover letter, not above the poems. We ignore the poet’s name while reading submissions to be as fair as possible, and this makes it easier.

In addition, please send a short contributor note for the author. Your note should tell us who you are and why you love poetry. Our notes section is something that makes issues of Rattle unique, and many say it’s as fun to read as the poetry itself. Contributor notes should be in the first person, and follow the format of this sample:

Erik Campbell: “One afternoon in the summer of 1994 I was driving to work and I heard Garrison Keillor read Stephen Dunn’s poem ‘Tenderness’ on The Writer’s Almanac. After he finished the poem I pulled my car over and sat for some time. I had to. That is why I write poems. I want to make somebody else late for work.” (email address, web address, or Twitter handle goes here at the end if you’d like it included)

Notes in this form are only needed upon acceptance—it doesn’t have to be included with each submission, though we would enjoy it.

Please keep in mind that submitting to Rattle implies an interest in the magazine, and anyone who submits will be added to our mailing list to receive occasional updates on new issues, events, and calls for submissions. We never buy, sell, trade, or share your information with anyone. View our Privacy Policy for more information. You may opt out of our mailing list at any time, in writing or with an email to:

Payment

Payment for print publication (from us to you in exchange for your work) is $200 and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine, including the issue in which your work appears. Contributors also may pre-order additional copies of their issue at our cost to produce. Payment for online-only work is $100.

Rights & Rules

All rights revert to the authors upon publication. To get technical, we require First Rights, meaning we want to be the first publisher to present the poems to the public. This means that we won’t consider poems that have been published in books, magazines, or newspapers, in print or online. We will, however, consider poems that have only been self-published to blogs, message boards, or social media accounts.

Though authors do retain all rights to their work, we post everything we publish on the back-issues section of the website after print publication, and so require Non-Exclusive Electronic Rights.

Response Time

Response times vary greatly, depending on volume and where we are in the production schedule, and can take anywhere from one to six months, and sometimes longer. Please do not query; we reply to every submission. You can check the status of electronic submissions any time by logging in to your account at Submittable.com.

Revisions

Please note that it is not possible to revise a poem while it’s being considered. If we decide we’d like to publish any of them, you will have an opportunity to revise author galleys at that time. Please proof-read your work carefully before you submit—but only for the sake of your own sanity. Typos happen; we don’t frivolously discard poems because of them.

Option #1: Submittable (preferred)

Submittable is so convenient for everyone, and the vast majority of submissions have been coming this way, so we’d much prefer if you submit online using this system, which allows you to track the submission and ensures that your poems will never get lost in the mail. If you are able to submit electronically, please use Submittable’s online submission manager:

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Option #2: Postal

We much prefer to receive submissions online, but not everyone has internet access (for example, those writing from prison), so this remains an option. Please use Submittable if at all possible. If you need to send your poems by post, don’t hesitate, but please note that poems cannot be returned, and we no longer reply to postal submissions unless to offer publication. There is no need to include a return envelope. Simply include your mailing address and phone number, and we will reach you if anything is accepted for possible publication.

Send the submission directly to our office:

Rattle
12411 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Via: Rattle.

Ongoing Submissions: Voyage

Payment: $200 per accepted story.
Theme: YA Fiction, no specific genre

Please read our submission guidelines carefully.

Voyage has no restrictions on the kind of fiction we’re looking for. We simply aim to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what we publish, please read our archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to our general categories. New work is published weekly.

We only accept submissions via our online submission managing system, Submittable. We DO NOT accept submissions via email. Submissions sent via email will automatically be discarded without a response. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your work via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.

Voyage pays $200 per accepted story.

Fiction: Please send stories of up to 6,000 words or less. We are simply looking for stories that surprise, inspire, entertain, or enlighten.

Manuscript Preparation: Please make sure your manuscript is double-spaced with 12 point font (Times New Roman). Submissions should be no more than 6,000 words. Please include the author’s name and page number in the top right-hand corner of every page.

You can find more details about Voyage on the Voyage website.

Via: Voyage’s Submittable.

Ongoing Submissions: Wyldblood – Flash Fiction

Payment: 1p (GBP) per word
Theme: Speculative fiction though some areas are hard sells (see below.)
Note: Other areas are open as well for short stories and whatnot but I’ve been told those will close and open depending on submission levels.

For all submissions:

  • email us at [email protected]
  • submit using standard manuscript format
  • send us Word or RTF files – no PDF please.
  • head your email SUBMISSION (category) – (story title) – (your name)
  • include your contact details in your submission.
  • add a SHORT cover note in the body of your email (longer for novels).
  • simultaneous submissions are fine (but tell us if you get placed elsewhere).
  • multiple submissions are a no-no. Don’t swamp us. Wait a decent interval between submissions.
  • we are not currently accepting reprints (except by invitation).
  • RIGHTS We are buying first worldwide serial and electronic rights with a 180 day exclusivity.
  • SHORT STORIES should be 1,000-6,000 words MAX
  • 1p (GBP) per word via paypal (approx 1.3c US)
  • initially for online publication in Wyldblood Magazine.
  • best stories may be reprinted in an anthology.
  • FLASH 300-1,000 words MAX
  • 1p (GBP) per word via paypal (approx 1.3c US)
  • initially for online publication only (Flash Fridays).
  • best stories may be reprinted in an anthology.
  • NOVELLAS AND NOVELS 40-120,000 words (flexible).
  • send us the full text and include a one page synopsis.
  • royalties only (competitive rates).
  • ebook and print.

What’s going to impress us (and what don’t we want to see)?

If you’re going to be submitting work to us, here are a few things you may want to bear in mind. We’ll be updating this list regularly, so check for our latest – we may suddenly have an urge for zombie romances (kidding – hell hasn’t frozen over yet).

  • we’ve seen many things many times so be original.
  • we’re picky buyers.
  • we can tell if you know your craft – don’t send us your first draft and make sure you’ve covered the basics. It doesn’t have to be perfect (if an author tells me they’ve never submitted a story with a typo or an obvious spelling mistake they’re lying) – but it does have to be professional.
  • zombies and vampires are a hard sell. Werewolves, though, are always welcome.
  • we’re not into gratuitous gore or erotica – don’t send us anything you wouldn’t want your kid sister to see.
  • my mother used to ask me why, since there are millions of beautiful words in the English language, did I have to use that one? Fucked if I know, but be moderate with your swearing.
  • lots of high fantasy names will send us heading for the reject button.
  • ditto lots of backstory about your fantasy universe that swamps the plot.
  • thoughtful, character based stories are our thing.
  • don’t shy away from politics or religion but anything racist or deliberately offensive will get you canned.
  • if you’re writing science fiction, we’ve got to buy in to your world building. Hand-wavey pseudo science rarely impresses.
  • no fan-fic – we’ve no desire to get sued.
  • Enthusiasm, perserverence and an obvious willingness to take feedback and respond positively go a long way with us.

Via: Wild Blood.

Ongoing Submissions: Baffling Magazine

Payment: $0.08/word
Theme: speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent.

At launch, Baffling Magazine will publish one flash story a month on our Patreon. Subsequently, each quarter of published work will be shared for free online on our website. We will publish additional work each month as our Patreon grows and will share those guidelines as we get closer to each milestone.

The compensation level for original stories accepted to Baffling Magazine is $0.08/word. Stories will be published first on our Patreon, then made available in our quarterly issues, and finally in an annual print anthology.

Submissions are now open. Please submit your work here. If anything prohibits you from using the form, please contact us at [email protected] for alternate submission instructions.

We are looking for:

  • Wordcount: Under 1,200 words.

  • What we want to see: We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.

  • What we don’t want to see: We’re not interested in unexamined bigotry or sexual violence; pieces that include such should be nuanced or looking at the post-event experience of the survivors.

Guidelines:

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Ongoing Submissions: Anathema

Payment: $100 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction, $50 (CAD) for poetry.
Theme: Must have some speculative content, however slight. No restriction on genre.
Note: You must be a queer/two-spirit person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit

Who Can Submit?

You must be a queer/two-spirit person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit to Anathema.

 

Windows and Response Times

 

Anathema is open to unsolicited submissions year round.

Our first round response time is usually under 8 weeks; please query after 8 weeks if you haven’t heard from us.

 

Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry

 

Fiction: 1,500-6,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original fiction only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight. No restriction on genre.

Non-Fiction: 1,500-3,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original content only, no reprints.

Poetry: Under 100 lines, any form — traditional, free, and/or experimental. (Prose poetry may exceed this stated limit). Original content only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight.

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes. Please do notify us if you sell your sub somewhere else so we can remove it from consideration.

Multiple Submissions: No for fiction/non-fiction. Yes for poetry (maximum two), included in same email.

Payment: $100 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction, $50 (CAD) for poetry. Paid on publication. We pay primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.

Rights: First Electronic Rights (Online and eBook). 4 Months exclusivity from date of publication, archiving unless requested to remove story/non-fiction by author. An exemption to the exclusivity period above is granted for reprinting of work in Year’s Best and other annuals and related volumes, author collections, and as otherwise agreed upon by both the publisher and the author.

 

Process and Queries (Fiction, Non-Fiction)

 

Submissions: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use the Subject line “Submission: [Your Story Title]”. Please attach your manuscript file as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf only. We ask that you use Standard Manuscript Formatting when preparing your file. If you wish to pitch us on a non-fiction project instead of submitting a completed piece, please query as below.

Queries: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. If sending a general query, please use the Subject Line “Query: [Your Question]”. If querying about the status of a fiction/non-fiction/poetry submission, please use the Subject line “Query: [Your Submission Title]”. We try and keep all responses under eight weeks, but sometimes subs go into our spam, and sometimes our responses apparently get eaten by spam filters on the other end. So if we’re late sending you a response don’t hesitate to query.

Cover Letters: It’s easiest just to address us as either “Dear Editors” or “Dear Michael, Andrew, and Chinelo.” Please include your name and the pronouns you’d like us to refer to you by, the length of your story (word count), and a note on how you self-identify for inclusion in Anathema. Full bio and/or publication history (if any, and you don’t need to be published already to submit anything to us) are optional.

 

Cover Art

 

Format: Portfolio previews/links thereto preferred, rather than single piece submissions.

Original/Reprint: We are open to both original and reprint art for use as cover art for our issues. We consider it fairer to purchase reprint art given our pay rate, but are always happy to consider original art if you’re comfortable with that rate.

Payment: $200 (CAD) for cover art, paid at time of purchase of use. We pay primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.

Rights: Electronic Rights (Online and eBook).

 

Process and Queries (Cover Art)

 

Submissions: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use the Subject line “Submission: [Cover Art], [Your Name]”. If including images in your submission please use thumbnails with links to larger work or portfolios.

Queries: If you need to query about cover art for any reason and are not submitting art for consideration, please use the Subject line “Query: [Re Cover Art – Your Question]”.

Cover Letters: It’s easiest just to address us as either “Dear Editors” or “Dear Michael, Andrew, and Chinelo.” Please include your name and the pronouns you’d like us to refer to you by, and a note on how you self-identify for inclusion in Anathema. You do not need to have sold any of your art previously in order to submit work for consideration.

 

General Notes

 

* We’re using the above phrasing for brevity’s sake, but we’re open to submissions from people anywhere along the LGBT/LGBTQ/LGBTQIA2 spectrum (including Two Spirit, pan, poly, ace, aro, nonbinary, genderfluid, genderqueer, and other queer orientations not covered here) who are also people of colour, biracial, multiracial, Indigenous, Aboriginal, or otherwise non-white.

We are open to international submissions, and are especially interested in submissions from all marginalized groups. As long as you fall under the broad spectrum of our mandate we want to see your work, so please don’t self-reject.

All of our content is free to read online. In order to support the magazine we sell eBooks of each issue individually and sell subscriptions.

We are open to any form of genre or speculative content. We talk about what we do as “SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more,” elsewhere on the site. But we are not limited to those genres. Use them as a starting point and send whatever you want: as long as it’s got some kind of speculative content we’ll consider it. And we are also interested in seeing work that has been difficult to place because of content or perspective.

We can only accept fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions in English at this time. Also, as we only accept original fiction and non-fiction, we apologize that we can’t consider work previously published in another language and submitted in English translation.

If you have a question not covered anywhere here, please do not hesitate to query us at the e-mail address above.

Via: Anathema.

Ongoing Submissions: Short Fiction

Payment: 2p (£0.02) per word, to the nearest 100 words, with a minimum of £30 and maximum £100
Theme:

We look forward to reading your work. We publish one story per month as our Featured piece. We will also periodically seek to publish one story in a new section – “Introducing” – which will be a showcase for excellent new writers; that is, writers for whom this is their first published piece. In both cases we are looking for the best, carefully crafted, deeply considered work.

All submissions are seen by two readers and we aim to respond within two months. There are no submission fees. We offer a paid Critique service (see here), which supports our future existence. We’re also deeply grateful for metaphorical coffees bought at our Ko-Fi page and every small PayPal donation. The Short Fiction team are all volunteers.

We are open to submissions via Submittable (link below). Please do not email submissions.

Before you submit, please note the following guidelines:

1. We accept fiction between 500 and 5,000 words.* We have wide-ranging tastes and have happily published traditional character-driven stories next to non-conformist work of extraordinary innovation. We admire and love poets and memoirists, but can’t accept poetry or life writing. The boundaries can be blurred in hybrid forms and that’s great; if you feel your hybrid piece qualifies as fiction, send it in. We might disagree in the end, but we’ll admire your bravado.

2. Format: Please use a widely accessible format such as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf or .odt. Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Calibri or Arial, 11/12pt – unless the story itself dictates different formatting. You can include page numbers or not, double-space or not, but please give us reasonable margins. Just make it readable.

3. Include in your brief Submittable cover letter:

a) the title of your story and its rough word count;

b) a short bio;

c) [only if the story has been previously published], the name and year of the print publication in which it appeared.

4. No multiple submissions – please only submit one story at a time, and don’t send more until you have a response from us. This should come within two months – after this, do nudge us by emailing [email protected]

5. Simultaneous submissions (i.e. you’re sending a piece to us while it’s also being considered by other magazines or competitions) are absolutely fine. However, please, please, withdraw your submission via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We’ll be really happy for you, and it saves us the pain of reading, discussing, and making space for a story that then turns out to be unavailable.

6. Work that has been published online, or is available anywhere else digitally, is NOT accepted. Even if there’s a paywall (sorry). We DO consider work that has been previously published in a print medium with fewer than 5,000 subscribers or sales.

7. Work should be in English (or, at least, a form of that language that’s been deliberately altered for artistic reasons). We can’t accept foreign-language submissions.

8. The Editors’ decision is final, and we can’t provide feedback (unless you’re using the paid Critique Service).

9. YES, WE PAY. Payment is 2p (£0.02) per word, to the nearest 100 words, with a minimum of £30 and maximum £100, paid via PayPal. (For those without a PayPal account, we can work out an alternative method of payment.)

Thank you for showing us your work.
*We intend to open to submissions longer than 5000 words in a special future series. Keep an eye on us for announcements.

We don’t charge any reading fees, but if you feel moved to support us – perhaps because culture is the one of the cornerstones of human civilisation and it’s horrendously undervalued in the economy – please donate:

Via: Short Fiction.

Ongoing Submissions: Pandemic Publications

Themes: (Any of the following): All things considered, Optimistic apocalypse, On doing nothing, When this is all over
Payment: $120 for fiction and non-fiction, $50 per poem

Thank you for taking a chance on our project! Our mandate is to provide relief for multi-disciplinary artists through modest bursaries, while showcasing original and thought-provoking work from a diversity of voices.

While we encourage you to take creative license, we have particular fondness for positive or darkly comedic content, and are currently seeking content loosely based around the following four themes:

  • All things considered

  • Optimistic apocalypse

  • On doing nothing

  • When this is all over

We invite you to submit original work in the categories of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual arts, including photography, comics, etc. All accepted works will be published on our website and, when relevant, social media channels.

We are a very small volunteer-run team with limited capacity and funding, so we ask (beg) that you read the submission guidelines in their entirety before submitting anything.

How to Submit

Please send all submissions, with a cover letter, to [email protected]. We only accept previously unpublished work, including publication on your personal blog or social media. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have submitted the same works elsewhere, and withdraw your submission via a follow-up email if it is accepted somewhere else. Include links to your social media and website (if applicable) in the body of the email.

Rights

We ask for first world publication rights and the right to archive your work on the website. Ownership and liability for the work remains with the artist.

Payment

Pandemic Publications pays a modest honorarium for each published work. Our rates are as follows:

$120 for fiction and non-fiction
$50 per poem
$150 for photography and illustrations

Please note that all dollar amounts are in CAD, and are paid by Paypal upon publication.

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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.