Bracken supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.
Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on brackenmagazine.com in an electronic quarterly issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.
Send all submissions in the body of an email to subs AT brackenmagazine.com. Read on to find out more about what we’re looking for. We aim to respond within 30 days.
We’re seeking lyrical, character-driven myths, born out of the wood. We accept most genres, although we’re biased toward magic realism. Send us your in-between-genre pieces, your heart’s tears, your midnight reveries. We’ll take good care of them.
2,500 words or less
original and unpublished
no simultaneous or multiple submissions
subject line: Fiction Sub “<Your Story Title>”
your name and contact information
the title of your piece and word count
a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
your storyin the body of the email; no attachments
Payment: 6¢ per word for new fiction, and 2¢ per word for reprints and fact-based work.
We accept new work as well as reprints, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but as we are just starting, shorter pieces will be favored. We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established. Only submit finished work you are proud of. Commensurate with the time available, if we don’t accept your submission we’ll explain why.
We are following the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) guidelines; after one year of meeting their criteria they will retroactively qualify us as a pro site and new work printed during that year will count towards a writer’s SWFA qualifications. We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, and 2¢ per word for reprints and fact-based work.
We are looking for well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We’re accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space. If you use real existing science, please get it right.
We’re not looking for angsty romance, fanfics*, horror, hate, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.
We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.
Artwork and Other Imagery
We’re looking for storytelling through images. We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions. For photo manipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.
We are not presently commissioning any work. We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories. We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online. If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.
Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.
*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it. Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome.
An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.
No simultaneous submissions, and no multiple submissions to the same genre. Please include title, medium, size, and any remarks relevant to the work’s creation.
Submit text in .doc and images as a jpg or through a link. Provide links to all stock used. For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.
On the submissions page, remember to check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.
Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements. We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth!
After reading our guidelines you can enter the submissions page here
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Reading Periods: Feb 15 – April 30 – OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR JUNE ISSUE
Aug 15 – Oct. 31 – OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR DECEMBER ISSUE
‘Robbed of Sleep’ publishes twice each year, in mid-June and mid-December. We are always looking for a sampling of the strangely dark, the darkly humorous, the starkly beautiful, and the hauntingly deranged to feature in its pages.
Submission Schedule Feb 15 – April 30 – OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR JUNE ISSUE
Aug 15 – Oct. 31 – OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR DECEMBER ISSUE
June, 2015 – Volume III December, 2015 – Volume IV June, 2016 – Volume V December, 2016 – Volume VI
If you are interested in submitting, send your very best work to:
[email protected] Subject Line: ‘SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol. X.) – [TITLE OF PIECE], [WORD COUNT]’
An example subject line is as follows:
‘SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol 2.) – THE DAY THE EARTH TURNED INTO A WOOLY SCREWDRIVER, 2,500’
Failure to follow subject line guidelines is an instant poor first impression.
You are strongly encouraged to track your submission with our DuoTrope listing. Guidelines:
We are looking for stories anywhere from 100-1,000 word flash pieces, up through 2,000-4,000 word larger pieces. Something falling in between 1,000-2,000 words will be considered, especially if it’s great.
I am willing to look at pieces above 4,000, but not very. This means that if you are sending me something super long, it better be twice as good as it is long to even stand a chance at inclusion. You are much more likely to get something within the guidelines accepted.
Please submit pieces in .docx or .doc format. I’ll accept .rtf, but I’ll frown a little when I get it.
Pieces must be submitted in proper manuscript formatting. If you don’t already use this formatting, I suggest you learn about it now: it’ll really make your work look professional. Here is a link outlining the details of the format.
The first installment of ‘Robbed of Sleep’ featured 18 stories. The second, twenty one. Each volume will probably clock in around there. Keep in mind, a substantial percentage of the featured stories are flash pieces.
You can submit up to three such flash pieces in one e-mail, but please only submit one longer piece at a time. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. I’ll rapidly withdraw any stories that you e-mail me to withdraw. I’ve been there before, I understand. Please wait two weeks after rejection or withdrawal to submit another piece.
We’re not looking for reprints. You will retain full rights to your stories, however, and you can publish them immediately after their appearance in ‘Robbed of Sleep’ without any entanglement of rights.
Payment consists of one paperback contributor copy within two months of publication. If you live in the US or Canada, these will be mailed directly to you by the editor. If you live in any other country, you will be reimbursed via PayPal for the amount of purchasing this for yourself from your local CreateSpace store, or via Amazon if (and only if) CreateSpace isn’t available. This helps me save on shipping costs: shipping for one book to the UK or other overseas countries is over $17. If you buy it yourself and let me reimburse you for the cost, shipping is only $3. Thank you for understanding.
I look forward to your submissions! Please allow one to three months for a response. I’m not sure how much feedback I’ll be able to give on rejections, but I’ll try not to be a robot. Thanks again, and happy writing!
Rights: Non-exclusive English language audio & non-exclusive English electronic reprint rights.
Wordcount: 100 – 6000 words
Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, speculative, whatever. It’s an SF/F mag, but if in doubt, send it.
Stories must contain some queer content. I believe in queer as a large umbrella term and specifically include trans, genderqueer, and ace/aro identities in addition to LGB. If your story includes an identity not listed here that you feel is queer, please don’t self-reject.
Attach stories in standard manuscript format .rtf/.doc/.docx format and send to submissions at glittership dot com. Please put REPRINT somewhere in the subject line.
Simultaneous submissions: Fine! I mean, it’s a reprint…
Multiple submissions: Please send no more than 3 at a time.
Stories will be reprinted in text on the site and read aloud for the podcast. If you are only able to sell audio rights for some reason, feel free to let me know. I’d rather work with you than miss out!
Short fiction originals: (Open for subs May 1, 2015.)
Pay: 3c/word ($30 minimum)
Rights: Exclusive English language audio and electronic rights for 6 months after publication, non-exclusive right to keep the story in our archive.
NOTE: GlitterShip will consider fiction produced as rewards for Patreon backers, or on locked/non-public mailing lists and accounts as previously unpublished for our purposes.
Wordcount, submissions email, and genre information is as above.
Simultaneous and multiple submissions are okay, but please do not send more than 3 stories at a time.
Please put ORIGINAL somewhere in the subject line.
Please drop me a line at submissions at glittership dot com.
If you have read fiction for podcasts or audio books in the past, please include your bio, relevant experience, and provide a link or two to your work.
If you do not have any previous experience, that’s okay! Please record yourself reading fiction for 4-5 minutes and have it available to upload or send. (Please don’t send any audio files to the submissions email, however, they’ll probably bounce. I’ll get back to you as soon as I figure out how to get those files from you!)
Non-native speakers, speakers of world Englishes, and speakers with accents are all welcome to apply as well.
Podcast readers will receive a token payment of between $10-$20 per episode recorded.
Authors and readers do not need to identify as LGBTQ or queer, though LGBTQ authors, authors of color, and authors of other marginalized identities, are specifically encouraged to submit.
Payment: 1¢ per word for up to 1000 words, $10 flat for stories above that, and $5 for any piece below 500 words.
Reprints Allowed at a lower pay (read below)
Before you submit to us, endeavour to follow our website, like our Facebook page, and follow us on twitter. We make this a criterion, for now, because we are a new market and we hope our network mushrooms with your support.
WHAT WE WANT
SHORT STORY/FLASH FICTION:
Although we have a soft spot for submissions by Africans, we welcome stories from the rest of the world if they present Africa in a Fantasy, science fiction, or horror setting or with speculative elements. The characters in such stories mustn’t be blacks. In fact, if making your characters black is the only African attribute in your story, then it is probably not for us. We want you to dive into rare African cultures and traditions, tweak them to your taste and sprinkle magic and futuristic science over them. Then serve them to us in a platter made of an unusual and fluid voice, a well-defined plot, characters that are larger than life, dry humour, and imageries that leave their imprints in our minds long after we finish devouring them.
We consider stories up to 2000 words, but we prefer to see ones between 100 and 1000 words. Anything above 2000 words will be rejected.
For Nigerian authors, we pay N2 per word for up to 1000 words, N2000 flat for stories above that, and N1000 for anything below 500 words.
For authors from the rest of the world, we pay 1¢ per word for up to 1000 words, $10 flat for stories above that, and $5 for any piece below 500 words.
We pay on publication via PayPal or with Amazon Gift Cards for foreign authors. For Nigerian authors, we pay via bank transfer or MTN/Airtel/Etisalat recharge vouchers.
We buy the right to exclusively publish your piece on our website and in our quarterly Anthology. Most rights revert back to the author after six month of the piece appearing on our website. However, we will retain nonexclusive rights to continue selling the issue of our Anthology in which your piece appeared and to keep the piece in our archive.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Submit your work as a DOC, DOCX, or RTF attachment to [email protected]gmail.com with “Story Submission: Your Story Title” as the subject of the email. Please, the attached manuscript must be in standard manuscript format. Any story that isn’t properly formatted will be rejected. The same goes for stories that don’t follow the guidelines.
We want your poems of up to forty lines. Anything above that will be rejected. We prefer our poems dark, speculative, and humorous. Please no romantic poems, unless it’s about a date with a murderous alien on a poisonous planet where you end up dying by either throttling or sheer asphyxiation before you could write the poem.
Please use “Poetry Submission: You Poem Title” as the subject of your email.
We pay $5 flat for each accepted poem.
We occasionally accept story reprints. Therefore, if you are submitting a story for reprint, you must include “reprint” in the subject of your email in this format: “Reprint Submission: Story Title”. Also include where and when the story was first published in the body of the email.
We do not accept poetry reprints.
We pay $5 flat for accepted reprints between 500 and 5000 words.
We accept unsolicited artwork. Your artwork must be attached in JPEG or PGN format, and the file size should be no more than 5mb. Use “Artwork Submission: Your artwork title” as the subject of your email.
We pay between $5 and $10 for artwork, depending on the quality and how much we love it.
MULTIPLE AND SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS:
Please no multiple submissions. We, however, don’t mind simultaneous submissions, provided that you alert us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
We try to respond to all submissions in two weeks. However, if you haven’t heard from us in a month, do query via the email [email protected]gmail.com with “Query: Your Piece Title” as the subject. In the body of your email, include the date and type of submission.
Payment: $50/story *we hope to pay professional rates soon! ($.08/word)*
Note: Black Girls Are Magic Lit Mag is a literary magazine featuring speculative fiction by and about black women.
All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Please attach all submissions in .doc format—we will not accept submissions embedded in the body of email. Include your bio in your cover letter.
Black Girls are Magic is an online magazine published quarterly. We are seeking speculative fiction between 1,000 – 6,000 words.
We are looking for works about and by Black Women. We accept works from others as long as the main character is a Black Female.
Pay rate: CURRENTLY $50/story *we hope to pay professional rates soon! ($.08/word)*
Word limit: 1000-6000 (FIRM) or 250 -500 for our Flash Fiction issues.
Stories must combine an aspect of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Surrealism, or Horror with a Black Female Main Character.
Multiple submissions: Maximum of two (2) per month (Please submit separately!)
No simultaneous submissions.
We strongly encourage submissions from writers who identify as people of color, women, members of the QUILTBAG* community, and others who are under-represented in Speculative Fiction.
* QUILTBAG is an acronym. It stands for Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer.
WHAT WE PUBLISH:
Mainstream fiction with elements of the fantastic mixed in
Dark fantasy / science fiction
Magic realism (“a literary genre or style that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction—called also magical realism”)
Surrealism: (“the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations”)
Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary.
WHAT WE DON’T PUBLISH:
We are not a market for graphic, violent horror. The “horror” should be subtle and fall in with one or more of the themes above.
Black Girls are Magic Magazine reserves one slot each month for an author who has never had a professional-rate sale* before. This is to ensure that Black Girls are Magic Magazine will always be a welcoming and open market to new/un-established authors.
In addition to publication, an author selected for our New Author Spotlight will be interviewed by Black Girls are Magic, with the interview featured on our website & in the magazine.
If you’re eligible for our New Author Spotlight, please check “Yes” on the submission form.
NOTE: The New Author Spotlight doesn’t mean we ONLY publish one story from a new author each month – we’re happy to fill an entire issue with new authors. The Spotlight guarantees that un-established authors are never excluded from Black Girls are MagicMagazine.
* “Professional” refers to any short fiction or poetry sale which paid at least 5¢ per word, or any novel sale which paid at least $2,000.
We will not be accepting unsolicited fiction reprints.
PAYMENT & RIGHTS
We CURRENTLY pay $50 per short story.
We are starting an Indiegogo Campaign in hopes to start paying our authors cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for First World Rights.
Authors will also receive a free print and eBook copy of the anthology in which their story appears.
Black Girls are Magic takes first world eBook and print rights, and non-exclusive anthology rights for Black Girls are Magic’s biannual anthologies. We also take non-exclusive online rights to publish and archive your story on our website.
Response times will vary depending on volume, but may average two weeks. Query after one month (include title and date submitted).
Submit an inquiry along with samples (preferably a link to an online gallery. Submissions should be emailed to [email protected]. We purchase pre-existing pieces of art and rarely commission original art for covers.
Thanks for your interest in submitting to Black Girls are Magic Lit Mag
Submit stories in DOC, DOCX or RTF format. Standard Manuscript Format is strongly preferred. Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial, in 12 pt.
Turnaround time for responses is one month following the end of your submission month. (e.g. if you submit during September, we’ll respond no later than October 31.)
If you haven’t received a response by the end of the following month, please query.
The submission form can be found in the link below: