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: $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).
Payment: $10 for each short story, flash fiction, installments of serial fiction, or book review. $5 for everything else, such as reprints, micro fiction, poetry, art and photography, or other creative works.
Note: Reprints Allowed
We accept unsolicited submissions year-round. Our very first Short StoryContest is open until August 28, 2016.
Please send us the following:
- Short Fiction
- Flash Fiction
- Micro Fiction
- Serial Fiction
- Other Forms of Creative Media
- Book Reviews
We are seeking beautifully-written, original short stories by writers with distinct voices, and a clear, sweeping vision. We want to read stories not only for the pleasure they give us but also for the way they dare to dream, to risk, to question and to speak to our ever shifting world, possessing both the courage and craft needed to execute on their ambitious intent: the melding of art with entertainment. Our favorite kinds of stories are those that are still emotionally haunting long after their plots have slipped from our memories, the fingerprints of their ghosts left behind on our day-to-day lives. To paraphrase Flannery O’Connor, the ending of a short story should be at once surprising and inevitable, gifting us with some kind of intangible – a deepening awareness of the fragile conditions of being human.
We are strong advocates for intoxicating language and pleasing sentences. That said, stories should also be clear and readable. Proper grammar and punctuation are vital to crafting a story which is fluid, artfully-written, and also easy to comprehend on a line-by-line level.
We welcome both traditional and experimental forms of literary fiction, as well as genre fiction provided we feel that the work shows some “literary” aesthetic. We highly encourage submitting intrepid stories that slip across borders, elusive to strict marketing conventions while staying in full control of their geography at all times. Genre-blending should have purpose and direction.
We’ll take any great story that can be classified under the umbrella of commercial or genre fiction (romance, mystery, crime, etc). What gets us excited is speculative fiction in all its guises (fantasy, science-fiction, magic realism, surrealism, slipstream, urban fantasy, horror, steampunk, silk punk, cyberpunk, etc). We are fans of humor, but our tendency is towards dry wit, satire, or absurdity treated with a flat acceptance, rather than anything slapstick or vulgar.
We do not accept anything that contains gratuitous sex, violence or unnecessarily graphic language. Nor do we read fan fiction.
Please only send us works between 500 to 10,000 words (preferably ~4000). We will not consider any story over 10,000 words unless we feel it’s absolutely outstanding and makes a valid case for the extra word count.
We define flash fiction as stories between 500 to 1000 words. Submitted stories that fall within these limits will automatically be classified as flash. Just like a great short story, a great piece of flash ought to impress us with finesse throughout its entirety, instead of hinging solely on an unexpected twist at the end.
For a bigger (or smaller) challenge, send us a work of micro fiction (less than 100 words). Be sure it still tells a “complete story” that has a beginning-middle-end with conflict and resolution. Micro fiction shares a lot of the same elements with prose poetry. We like to think the difference is an emphasis on character and character development rather than on an image.
We accept serial works, especially for fantasy, science fiction or other genre fiction. We will publish each installment weekly or in each new issue.
Please send us only (1) story per category per active submission. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission in a given category. For example, you may send us a short story submission and a flash fiction submission at the same time, but no multiple submissions, i.e. do not submit another short story or flash until we have responded to your previous short story or flash submission.
We allow simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us as soon as your story has been accepted by another market.
Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your manuscript.
We try our very best to keep our response time to under two weeks. Feel free to inquire about the status of your submission if you have not heard back after two weeks.
We want vibrant poetry that steals into our mind, hijacks our neurotransmitters and takes us for a joyride outside our comfort zone, towards a higher political, social, and cultural elevation.
We accept all types of original prose and spoken-word poems. Please submit a total of no more than (2) prose and/or spoken-word pieces to us at a given time. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission. Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your poetry.
Art & Photography
We want sublime art and creative photography to pair with our stories and poems. We’re much more inclined accept works that complements the prose we’ve published (any story or poem that is not featuring an art sample), but we’re happy to consider standalone pieces as well.
You may submit up to a total of (3) pieces of art or photo in a single submission. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission. Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your art or photography.
If you would like to submit art that fits the subject of our current or upcoming contests, please take a look at our Contest Page.
Formatting & Submitting
All fiction manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format. Most important: double-spaced, 12 pt standard font (e.g. Times, Arial, Courier), and page numbers.
Poetry can be formatted any way you want.
Include your work as either a separate Word (.DOC or .DOCX) or PDF (.PDF) attachment in an email. For spoken-word and other creative media pieces, include a link to your performance video in the body of your email (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or attach a video file in a common video format (.AVI, .FLV, .MPEG, .WMV, .MOV) along with a transcript of the piece.
For art and photos, please send each piece as a separate attachment only as .PNG or .JPEG.
Please email all submissions to [email protected] and include in the subject field the type of piece, the genre, if appropriate, the name, and approximate word count or number of lines of poetry. Examples: Flash Fiction – Fantasy – “The Girl Who Grew To Be 80 Ft. Tall” (6000) or Poetry – Spoken-Word – “Folding Origami With My Mother” (20). Please also mention how you heard about us in the body of the email. A cover letter isn’t necessary, but you’re welcome to include anything that you feel is important or interesting for us to know about the piece.
If you use Duotrope or The Submission Grinder, we encourage you to favorite us and report on your submission.
For contest submissions, please follow the instructions on our Contest Page.
We look forward to receiving your work!
Editing, Rights & Payment
If we accept your work, we may make line-edits for grammar, punctuation and clarity. You will have the opportunity to review and discuss all edits with us before the final version of your work is published.
For unpublished works (that have never appeared anywhere online or in print), we ask for First World Serial Rights, First World Electronic Rights and Exclusive Rights for 90 days. All rights revert back to the author after 90 days.
We accept reprints of published works. For reprints, we ask for Second Serial World (Reprint) Electronic Rights, which are non-exclusive.
For all stories and poems, whether original or reprint, we also ask for Non-exclusive Audio Rights, which gives us the right to publish an audio podcast of the work if we so choose.
We kindly request permission to archive your work on our website. We publish works on arolling basis, and all published works will automatically be archived unless you tell us not to.
For questions on your rights, first take a look here. If you have additional concerns, please let us know through our Contact Page. We’ll happily explain.
We pay $10 for each short story, flash fiction, installments of serial fiction, or book review.
We pay $5 for everything else, such as reprints, micro fiction, poetry, art and photography, or other creative works.
Payment will be made through PayPal (preferred), or mailed by check, upon publication.
It’s very important for us to support compensating authors and creative artists for their time and hard work. We hope to increase our rates as we grow. All published works will be credited with a byline, and contributors will be featured on our Contributors page.
If you would like donate to us, please take a look at our Patrons Page. We appreciate your support!
Via: 87 Bedford.
$.06/word, $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction
Note: Reprints Allowed
Note: MAKE SURE to read the guidelines before submitting
Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to submission up to 6,000 words in length. One of our goals is to further the education of new writers of any age. With that in mind, these submission guidelines are both lengthy and extensive. They aim to explain what we’re looking for, what we’ll do with your story, and where you can find further information.
What We’re Looking For
As a young adult fiction podcast, we’re looking for stories that evoke a sense of wonder and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.
Stories are presented in audio format, which means our audience rarely skim past boring bits. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. We like a proper narrative structure and a unique prose style not laden with clichés and over-worn idioms. We like fiction that makes us think, but the main element should be thrilling entertainment and adventure.
We prefer high fantasy — elves, dragons, secondary worlds, and magic — to the more cerebral forms of fantasy you find in adult markets.
We like all forms of science fiction: far-future, near future, space opera, “hard” sci-fi — but it must be accessible to our target audience. This means a minimum of technical jargon.
We’re happy to read comedy, steampunk, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, superheroes and many other genres. All that matters is adherence to our core concept and that critical spark of wonder.
Check out our Staff Picks page for more examples of favorites.
Does My Story Have To Be About Young Adults?
Absolutely not! A good story appeals to all ages. We define YA as the absence of the adult elements described above, not as stories featuring children or young adult characters.
Some good examples include “Cosmetic Procedures” by Desmond Warzel (a noir horror detective story) and “Gods of Stone” by Jeff Samson (the thoughts of a Gorgon victim).
What About Sex?
Sex is a universal constant, regardless of age, gender, orientation or even species. How an author deals with that reality is up to them and the characters of their stories, not us. We won’t reject a story simply because it includes sexual content, but it’s not the sole thing we look for in stories, either. In other words, just because it’s happening doesn’t mean we want it to take center stage.
An example of a story that handles this extremely well is “A Song For The Season” by Eliza Hirsch.
What About Violence?
Sadly, violence too is a reality of the everyday lives of many young people around the world. Like sex, we don’t require our stories to avoid the subject, but violent acts should never be the centrepiece of a tale.
A very well handled example is “Flowers For The Dead” (Parts 1 and 2) by Jamie Mason.
Fairy Tales? Wondertales? Huh?
We use the word “wondertales” as the generic description of speculative fiction stories based on classic and/or historical cultural narratives. Synomyms include fairy tales, folklore and mythology – all academic terms with their own meanings, origins, distinctions and historical connotations.
This is to help distinguish wondertales as a whole from the subset of stories based on Western European ancestry, which we assign the label “fairy tales”. Good examples include Hans Christian Andersen stories, or older Disney movies.
Fairy tales are popular as a genre of young adult fiction to the point where they cross the line into tropes. We receive a lot of them. Unless a story succinctly retells one of these narratives in a new and unique way, we generally decline. A good example of one we liked was “Piper” by Ian Rose – a flash piece retelling ‘The Pied Piper’ from one of the rat’s point of view.
Wondertales, on the the other hand, are under-represented in short fiction and we’d love to receive more of them. For an example of one we liked check out “The Dun Horse” by Edward Ahern – the retelling of a Pawnee legend.
We don’t accept media-based fiction (for example, stories set in the Harry Potter or Hunger Games universes) or any kind of fan fiction. We don’t have a problem with people reading or writing fan fiction or media-based fiction, we’re just not legally allowed to consider publishing it. Many popular properties allow others to use their settings, characters and plot lines for fanuse, but you’re submitting to a commercial market.
Anything In Particular You’re Looking For?
Our editor is always interested in receiving more short stories set in the worlds of existing novels. We refer to these as “off-cut” stories, and love to run them because our audience can immediately buy the author’s novel to enjoy more of the same. If you’re submitting an off-cut, please let us know so we can make sure your biography includes full purchase links to the related novels.
The same applies if you have a book coming out soon and want to publish a short story with us to coincide with its release. We’re always happy to delay our episode if the resulting timing is better for author promotion. And you can approach us about a sponsorship opportunity as well – just email our editor.
I’ve Got A Great Holiday Story, When Should I Submit It?
Holiday-themed stories (regardless of which holiday) are ideally submitted 4-5 months prior to the holiday in question. A short note in the submission cover letter helps too. Cast of Wonders runs themed episodes every year for Halloween, the Winter Holidays, and Banned Book Week (usually in September).
What We’re NOT Looking For
We’re a YA podcast. If you wouldn’t give your story to a teenager to read — or worse, the activity in question is unlawful — it doesn’t belong in our slush pile. Consider instead our recommended list of adult fiction Markets and their submission guidelines. Stories which talk about or address these issues are fine, but graphical descriptions are not. We absolutely, positively do not want to receive:
- Graphical depictions of rape or sexual assault
- Non-consensual sexual activity (including necrophilia)
- Non-consensual drug use. Drug use of any kind will be a very hard sell.
- Graphical or explicit descriptions of animal abuse
- The gratuitous brutalization of women, people of color, and people with disabilities
- ANY sexual depictions of children whatsoever
The following subjects will be difficult to pass our slush readers but have appeared in stories in the past. Be prepared to address why these topics appear in your story and what purpose they serve. Our editor may challenge you to change them. Pervasive use is more likely to lead to rejection.
- Drug use, especially if not critical to the story
- Gratuitous profanity
- Fat shaming
- Broad baseless assumptions (‘all gamers are overweight’ — ‘all athletic girls are gay’ — ‘boys don’t feel emotions’)
We are particularly interested in considering stories and content from younger writers. If you are under 18, please let us know your age when you submit your work and be aware that your parent or legal guardian will be required to sign and return your contract. If your submission is part of a school project, please let us know that as well and we’ll work with you to provide any documentation required by your teachers.
Our episodes are in English, but we accept and encourage translated stories from across the globe. Translation of non-English works of fiction is a growing and thriving new aspect of the market, and we want to help bring those works to audio fiction audiences.
Cast of Wonders welcomes and encourages submissions from writers of all backgrounds, and would like to see more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing. Some examples include people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States and Western Europe. We want to publish YA fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of the human experience, so we strongly encourage submissions from these and any other underrepresented groups. We are not interested in acquiring fiction that denigrates any culture or perpetuates stereotypes: stories should be well-researched, respectful, and conscientious.
Cast of Wonders is the broadest reaching Escape Artists podcast in terms of genre, but the tightest in terms of story requirement. As a result, we may occasionally refer a story from our slush pile to the editors of Pseudopod, Podcastle orEscapepod for consideration. All four shows operate on substantially the same pay scale.
If we decide to refer your story to another editor for consideration, we will contact you first and get your permission. If you are unwilling to have your story referred, please make a note of this in your cover letter.
Also, if you have been encouraged to submit to us from another source, please let us know so we can thank them!
We run both reprints and original stories, and have no strong preference between the two. We always fully attribute the original publication of a story in our episodes, and are happy to consider stories previously released on Patreon or under crowd-funding arrangements as reprints.
Cast of Wonders is open to submissions for stories of up to 6,000 words. We will reject unread any submissions exceeding the 6,000 word cap if you haven’t previously contacted us for permission.
Please note we have a strong preference for stories between 3000 and 4500 words in length: they best fit our target episode length of 20 to 30 minutes. Please do not submit single chapters of novel-length works; they rarely hold up as properly self-contained short stories.
Your story is mostly likely to run in its own episode, but may be serialized over multiple episodes or combined with other stories in a single episode, such as our Little Wonders themed flash fiction collections.
Our Submittable portal has options for Flash Fiction (under 1500 words) and Short Fiction (1500 to 6000 words).
Cast of Wonders uses a blind review process. This means all author information (including your name) MUST be removed from the manuscript text body, headers, and file name. It should be saved and uploaded in any standard word processing file type, such as Word, Google Docs or .RTF. PDFs are not accepted.
We have prepared a sample manuscript to show you exactly what we’re looking for. The sample is derived (with thanks) from the Shunn standard manuscript format and has undergone the ‘blinding’ process we require. It also contains some comments specific to submitting manuscripts to audio venues such as ours. We have no preference between American or British English, as long as you’re consistent.
Inappropriately formatted manuscripts, including those submitted containing identifying author information, will be rejected unread.
Our Submittable portal will request the story’s title, first publication (if any), and word count. There’s also a field for you to enter any of the items we’ve asked you to note in these submission guidelines. Please do NOT supply a full covering letter or summary of the story, either on the submission form or the manuscript. The text box on the submission form is minimal to help prevent this.
Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you haven’t received this confirmation within 24 hours.
We aim to respond to all submissions within 8 weeks. After three months, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email.
Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions
We do not accept multiple submissions from an author at the same time. If you submit multiple stories at once (and yes, we do check) we will reject all of them.
We don’t mind if you submit your story to us and other venues at the same time, as long as you withdraw the work if it’s accepted elsewhere (and congratulations!)
Payment and Rights
We pay $.06/word for original fiction of any length (yes, including flash!). Cast of Wonders intends to qualify as a SFWA Short Fiction market retroactively from January 1, 2016. We are currently in our one year probationary period.
For reprints, we offer a $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction.
We ask for 4 months exclusivity for text and audio for original stories, and 4 months audio exclusivity for reprints. We happily accept stories that have been podcast previously; this means we ask you don’t re-sell the story to another audio market for 4 months after publication with Cast of Wonders.
Cast of Wonders buys nonexclusive audio and print rights to distribute the audio file under a Creative Commons license. Specifically, we use the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. As we say every week in our outro, this means the entire world has permission to distribute the audio files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it that exceed fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.
This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself. Authors retain their copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.
You can find samples of our contracts at the links below. Note these are for informational purposes only, and upon acceptance all the relevant information will be completed:
If you have concerns about these rights, please let us know. We are happy to discuss tailoring the contract if you have particular requirements (such as estates).
Any personal information we collect (name, address, email, social medial links, secret identity, etc.) is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone unless we are compelled by law or in the event threats are made against our staff.
If a third party contacts us expressing interest in an author’s work, we will contact the author for permission before sharing any contact details.
By sending us your story you understand and agree that:
- You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
- You are the copyright holder of the work;
- You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
- All information in the submission form is accurate and truthful; and
- You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.
How To Submit
Once you’ve read all the above, click the link below!
Don’t self-reject. If in doubt, submit. Every submission is another step in the learning process. We take pride in giving the most constructive and helpful rejections time allows.
Email the editor, Marguerite Kenner. You can expect a response within a few days, but feel free to query if you’ve received no response in over a week.
Thank you for reading all the way through to the end, and we look forward to receiving your stories!
Via: Cast of Wonders.