Taking Submissions: Sword & Sorceress 33

Deadline: May 13th, 2018
Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.

The reading period for Sword & Sorceress 33 will begin on MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018. It will end on SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018.

If you wish to submit a story to the anthology, please follow the Guidelines below.


Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword & Sorceress 22, Sword & Sorceress 23, Sword & Sorceress 24, Sword & Sorceress 25, Sword & Sorceress 26, Sword & Sorceress 27, Sword & Sorceress 28, Sword & Sorceress 29, Sword & Sorceress 30, Sword & Sorceress 31, and Sword & Sorceress 32 (or S&S 1-20) for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry, horror, or dark fantasy. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we don’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we’ve rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it’s before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone’s second submission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don’t hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).

If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read “What is a Short Story?” and “Why Did my Story Get Rejected?” before submitting to us.

Reading period: Monday, April 23 to Sunday, May 13, 2018. Stories received before or after this period will be deleted unread.
Response time is expected to follow MZB’s traditional standards: you should hear within a week if we’re holding your story for the final line-up or rejecting it.

Deadline: May 13, 2018

Editors: Elisabeth Waters and Deborah J. Ross

Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.

Cover Letter/e-mail: We don’t actually need a cover letter, but our e-mail program does. It puts any e-mail with no body in the spam folder. So…
Please do not explain or describe your story in the e-mail. If your story can’t stand on its own, fix the story. The e-mail should be brief. For example:
Dear Miss Waters,

Attached is my 4000-word story “The Dark Intruder” for consideration for Sword and Sorceress 33.

(Ms.) Marion Bradley

If your name could be either male or female, please indicate whether you prefer Ms./Miss/Mrs., Mr., or Mx. in our reply. We’re not asking for the details of your personal life, we just want to use the correct form of address. (MZB once did an entire story intro thinking a male writer called Terry was female.)

Formatting and Submission:

Format with one-inch margins on all four sides of page.
Please do not use a header or footer.

Your legal name, full mailing address, and email address must be in the upper left corner, single spaced.
Skip two lines, center the text, then put the title, with your name (or byline) on the next line. We’re not as rigid as MZB was about pen names, but we expect them to be reasonable, rather than cute.

The rest of the manuscript should be single-spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented 1/2 inch.
If you need to indicate a break, put “#” on a line by itself, centered.
Do not underline; use italics instead. Do not use bold face. We prefer Courier New font, size 12.

Word count will be determined by our word processor; that way it will be the same for everyone.

Save your document as an .RTF file (rich text format or interchange format, depending on what your computer calls it). E-mail as it as an attachment to . The subject line should be “SS33, your last name, story title” (e.g.: SS33, Bradley, Dark Intruder) — we don’t want submissions caught in the spam filter. Remember that a computer is sorting this, so follow the format exactly. Use commas, not slashes, hyphens, etc. Do NOT change SS33 to something similiar (e.g.: S&S 33). We do our best to find stories that have not been sorted properly, but we don’t guarantee success.

Rights purchased: first rights, non-exclusive eBook and audio book rights.

Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.

Via: MZB Works.

5 Ongoing Spots To Submit Children’s Short Stories!

We’re all about the speculative fiction here at Horror Tree but as we’re here to help grow your writing career – we need to help you find other markets as well! This set of articles is for those of you who have kids or love to write for them. Yes, we’ve got some kid-friendly markets here for anyone that has a story to pen for the younger generation.

Some of these even include speculative fiction themed submissions so be sure to keep your eyes out!

Let us know if these type of posts are a help and you’d like more of them in the comments below or on social media.


FrostFire Worlds

Payment: $15 for original stories, $8 for reprints; $3.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints; $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations.
Note: Ages 8-17 and up

What They Want: “A publisher we usually associate with darker material! Honestly, we had no idea they did a children’s magazine as well and this is what inspired us to put the list together! FrostFire Worlds publishes original science fiction and fantasy short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews. Preferred are adventure stories, space opera, and magic opera [like space opera, but fantasy]. Also preferred are stories that take place on other worlds. Stories must have the following: characters the reader cares about, plots and subplots, and settings that draw the reader into them.”

Full Guidelines Can Be Found At: Alban Lake.

East of the Web

Payment: $0.05 per word with a minimum of $200.
Note: Children’s short stories, ages 5 to 12.

What They Want: “We’re seeking children’s stories aimed at age ranges between 5 and 12. We’re looking for stories written by authors who know children and what children want to read. We want storytellers who can capture a child’s imagination and who also know the children’s book market, know what’s original and understand what’s interesting and appropriate for children of the age their stories are aimed at. We consider stories of all genres as long as kids will love them!”

Full Guidelines Can Be Found At: East of the Web.

Spaceports & Spidersilk

Payment: $6.00 for each accepted original story; $2.00 for each accepted story reprint; $2.00 for each accepted poem; and 10.00 for the door art.
Note: Age range of readers is “8 to 17 and beyond”

What They Want: “Spaceports & Spidersilk is an online magazine for younger readers [8 to 17 and beyond]. Formerly it was called KidVisions. Spaceports & Spidersilk features short stories, poems, and art, as well as brief essays on science and the environment, interviews, quizzes, contests, [and, quite frankly, anything else that is genre-oriented and will help encourage the younger generation to read…and to dream, especially about going to the stars]. We at Nomadic Delirium Press hope that younger writers and artists, as well as adults, will submit their work.

The genres for Spaceports & Spidersilk include fantasy, science fiction, and a category we are going to define as ‘shadow stories’. Shadow stories are mild horror. We want spooky, not terrifying. Most of all, we want ADVENTURES! And especially SF or fantasy adventures.”

Full Guidelines Can Be Found At: Spaceports & Spidersilk’s Submissions Page.

Guardian Angel Kids

Payment: .03 cents per word for articles and stories. Poems $10.
Note: Age range of readers is 2-12

What They Want: “Each issue has a theme. We will only accept material appropriate for the monthly theme – Picture stories: adventure, animal, humorous, multicultural, nature/environment, problem-solving, sports. Character driven stories that children will be able to relate to.”

Full Guidelines Can Be Found At: Guardian Angel Kids.

Cast of Wonders

Payment: $.06/word for original fiction, For reprints: $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction.
Note: Readers aged 12-17

What They Want: “Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, 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 gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.” Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror are all accepted but read the guidelines for specifics.

Full Guidelines Can Be Found At: Cast of Wonders.

Taking Submissions: Slice #24: Time

Deadline: June 1st, 2018
Payment: $250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems


SLICE magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share, and we are particularly enthusiastic about championing emerging voices. The best way to get a sense of Slice’s content is to read the magazine. You can subscribe here. At the core, Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles, interviews, stories, and poetry from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. We offer all contributors of Slice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems).


Our reading period is currently open. The reading period runs from April 1 – June 1, 2018. The theme is “Time.” All submissions during that time will be considered for Issue 24, which will be released spring 2019.

Click here to submit via Submittable, an online submissions manager.

Please note, we are unable to accept any submissions sent to us via email or post. The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere. All work should be previously unpublished. Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission.


If you’d like to contribute art to Slice, please drop us a line at art at slicemagazine dot org and include either a link to your online portfolio or a PDF of recent work.

Via: Slice Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Cross+Decay Issue #2

Deadline: May 28th, 2018
Payment: Prose- $0.02/word, $0.01/word after 500 words., Poetry- $0.50/line, $0.25/line after 20 lines.

Cross + Decay is now accepting work for Issue 2: (How To Survive In) The Woods. The deadline is May 28 2018.

Submission Guidelines: Cross+Decay is a literary and art magazine, welcoming poetry, prose, and artwork. The work must adhere to the  issue’s theme, but it is up to the interpretation of the creator to decide what work best fits that theme and would be most relevant.

  • Prose can be fiction or non-fiction, 500-1000 words (maximum 1000).  Prose must be clearly formatted, and fully edited, including spell-checking and proper grammar. Previously published work is welcome, as long as rights have reverted back to the writer.  Work exceeding 1000 words will automatically be rejected.
  • Visual art can be of any medium, including photography and photographs of three-dimensional work. Work must be attached as .jpegs. Artists can submit their work with watermarks or as lower quality files, but the images must represent what the work would look like in print, and must be able to be sent as a high quality .jpeg if accepted (300 dpi, and at least 2000 pixels square).
  • Creators are welcome to submit multiple works, but they must all be submitted at the same time, and within the same email.

Payment: Accepted creators will be paid for their work.

  • Prose- $0.02/word, $0.01/word after 500 words.
  • Poetry- $0.50/line, $0.25/line after 20 lines.
  • Artwork- $15/selected digital file.

All creators will continue to have full rights to their work.

Please email submissions to [email protected], with full name, a short bio, and information relevant to understanding the work (if needed).  If you have any further questions, please send an email to the above address.

Submissions close May 28 2018 at 11:59 PM MST. Late submissions are automatically rejected.

Via: Cross And Decay.

Taking Submissions: Speculative City: Game

Deadline: May 31st, 2018
Payment: $20-$75 according to the category and length of their submission.

Submissions are open from April 2 – May 31.

Speculative City publishes provocative works that are centered within a cityscape. Although all are welcome to submit, special consideration is given to creators and characters often underrepresented in speculative fiction, such as people of color, queer people, working-class people, and people with disabilities (this list is not exhaustive and acts as an example of the types of voices we wish to hear and show).

We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the theme of the magazine’s upcoming issue (game, see below). Writers published will be paid $20-$75 according to the category and length of their submission. We would be hard-pressed to include submissions with a length exceeding 5500 words.

  • All submissions should be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
  • We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions for fiction or essays.
  • Please submit word (.doc, .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) files and format your submission according to our format guide.
  • Please send all inquiries to info @ speculativecity .com .
  • We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days.

All submissions should be sent through Green Submissions. Green Submissions requires users to create an account. Please see link to sign up and submit at https://greensubmissions.com/1024/speculative-city/index.php.

Before submitting work, please also be familiar with our contract.

noun, verb | \gām\

Definition of GAME
a rule-based activity one engages in for amusement or competition determined by one’s skill, strength, or luck

to exploit, connive

At Speculative City, a game is not limited to the tabletop or screen. We conceptually play games everyday, whether in our personal relationships, through our work, or within our minds. Every game also has these three distinct qualities: rules, repercussions, and rewards.

Games that excite us:
Elevator Game
The Game
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Blue Whale Challenge/Nerve
The Left/Right Game

Via: Speculative City.

Taking Submissions: Wizards in Space Literary Magazine #3

Deadline: May 26th, 2018
Payment: $30

Submit to Us

We’re now accepting submission for Issue 03! Submit on our submittable HERE.

Submission period is open from now until May 26th.

Submission Guidelines

What kind of writing do we want to see?

We’re particularly interested in themes of healing and reclaiming, family and found family, communities and support systems, and quite plainly, love. We invite you to invent, reinvent, experiment, and bend or break the rules. Give us your big and your small, your subtle poetry and your speculative fiction, your political and your personal, your faith, identity, love, loss, and humanity. Our previous issues have featured works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that grapple with harsh realities of everything from social media to systemic oppression and inspire us to fight against these barriers.

All writers with pieces accepted will be rewarded $30 and will retain rights to their works. Wizards in Space seeks writers from all backgrounds, and all writers are encouraged to submit. Voices of color, nonbinary genders, the LGBTQ+ community–we are a safe place for your work. If it’s your original writing, submit it! Even if you’re not sure which category it fits into, or if it’s our style, or if it’s any good at all, submit your work! We promise to read every submission with kindness and an open mind

The best way to get a sense of what we’re looking for is to read through Issues 01 and 02, which you can order HERE.

  • The nitty gritty:
    • Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your submission or in the file name to help us comply with our anonymous submission process.
    • No cover letters, please. You’ll have the chance to write a couple sentences about yourself when you submit.
    • Previously published work is a-okay, as are simultaneous submissions. Just let us know where a piece has been published before, and we’ll be sure to credit it.
    • Fiction, nonfiction, and cross-genre: one piece, up to 5000 words. Poetry: up to five pages. (Only one poem per page, please.)
    • Typed, numbered, double-spaced pages are best.
    • Please title all your pieces.
    • We accept .doc and .docx file formats. If those formats are not accessible to you, we will accept pdf.
    • Due to the personal nature of creative nonfiction, use discretion about using the names of real people in your work.
    • If your work contains sensitive material, please include content warnings as necessary. We reserve the right to add or modify content warnings as part of our editing process.

Is there anything we’re not looking for?

  • fanfiction
  • extreme profanity
  • work that you, the writer, aren’t proud of

I’m a visual artist. Can I submit my work?
Yeah! Guidelines are on the submittable form for visual work!

How will the work be judged?
All writing is judge anonymously. If you have any questions or concerns about our judging process, chat with us!

I keep seeing the word “fandom” thrown around. Am I eligible to submit, even if I don’t feel like I fit that category?
YES!  Our rule of thumb is if you’re bummed about not being eligible to submit, you’re eligible to submit. While this mag did grow out of the Harry Potter fandom as an organized group, over 35% of our Issue 01 writers did not identify as part of the fan community. We define a “fan” as someone who’s passionate about something – anything at all, from Star Wars to linguistics to college football – so if that’s you, we’d love to hear from you.

The format stuff


  • Typed pages, double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry.
  • Please number your pages.
  • Prose: Up to 5,000 words.
  • Poetry: Up to 3 pages. Whether that’s five flash poems or one epic is up to you!

Photography & Art

  • Highest resolution and best quality that you can get your hands on, please.
  • We will accept art in JPEG, PNG or TIFF formats.
  • All visual artwork must be at least 4.5’’ x 7’’ to fit in the book.
  • All visual artwork must be 300 dpi.

A few more odds and ends

Please title all your work. I just did a reading where I said I never title my pieces but, I’m sorry, you’ll have to come up with a title. Please do not title your pieces with ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Content warnings must be included at the top of the work when submitted. If deemed necessary, content warnings may be added by the editorial team for publication.

A note on names: You are welcome to publish your work under whatever name honors you, chosen or given, or you can elect to be published anonymously due to the personal nature of a piece. You’ll be able to specify during the submission process. (We will still need your info for payment.)

Okay, but where do I actually submit?

Send us what you’ve got through Submittable!

What you’re agreeing to upon submission

Accepted work may be featured, along with your name and bio, on the Wizards in Space website and social media accounts. Please know you’re agreeing to this upon submission.

Writing may be edited and we reserve the right to publish our edited version without your prior approval. But we’re very good at what we do, so don’t worry.

Writers keep all rights to their work. We ask that if your piece has yet to be published online or in other publication that you cite Wizards in Space Literary Magazine as its original home, but you should be able to post and repost your beautiful stories and experiences as much as you want. That’s just like, our opinion, dude.

Any questions or concerns about our submission process? Feel free to drop us a line.

Good luck! Thank you! May the space wizards always come down from the stars and bless you when you sneeze.

Via: Wizards in Space Literary Magazine.

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