We are now officially open for submissions for the third issue of Underbelly Magazine! If you’re a writer looking for a place for your strange and disturbing fiction, check out our Submission Guidelines page and get in contact with us.
If you’re interested in seeing the kinds of things we’re looking to publish, our first issue is available for free here.
The deadline for submissions is December 31st (end of this year), so get writing and/or submitting! We look forward to exploring the Underbelly with you once more… (more…)
Deadline: January 15th, 2019 Payment: $20 per story
Please don’t query us about your story submission. We don’t have the manpower to answer such queries. An editor will email you back as soon as possible with the decision about your story. This can take a few days, or, up to three months. We make every effort to get back to authors in a timely manner but we get a lot of submissions so sometimes it’s not possible.
A note on our editorial policy: before publication we may edit the story for length or readability. However, we always remain true to the spirit of the story.
Issues are published at the end of February, May, August, and November. We reserve the right to shift publication date slightly, as necessary.
We have reading periods for each issue, though we never close to submissions.
February closes January 15
May closes April 15
August closes July 15
November closes October 15
Please do not submit the same story more than once, and please submit only one story at a time.
We consider any story between 250 and 7000 words with speculative fiction elements. We prefer science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we’re willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres.
We do not consider poetry, stories with over-the-top sex or violence, serials, novels, fan fiction, or non-fiction. We don’t accept multiple submissions; in other words, only submit one story at a time and wait for a response before submitting another. We accept simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know up front and tell us as soon as it’s accepted elsewhere. We do not publish reprints, including anything that has appeared on a website.
We pay $20 for each story we publish. We buy first-printing world exclusive rights for four months. Payment will be made shortly after publication using PayPal. We encourage our authors to establish a PayPal account if they don’t already have one.
We prefer to read submissions in traditional manuscript format. This means indented paragraphs instead of left justification, and Courier or Times New Roman font in 12 pt, double-spaced. Also, please include the title, your name, address, and word length on the first page of your story.
To submit your story to Electric Spec, e-mail it as an attachment in Rich Text Format (RTF) to submissions at electricspec (dot) com. Use the following subject line: SUBMISSION:Story Title by Author’s Name (Word Count). In the body of the e-mail, include writing credits, if any, and the word count of the story. With the proliferation of viruses on the Internet, we do not open attachments unaccompanied by a cover letter.
Because we are a quarterly magazine, it may take us up to three and a half months to make a final decision, but we will let you know if your story is being held for voting. Please note we do not send out messages upon receipt of stories.
If you want to withdraw a story from consideration, please e-mail us at submissions at electricspec (dot) com and include the word WITHDRAW in the subject line. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail us at our submissions address and include the word QUERY in the subject line.
Why Submit to Electric Spec?
At Electric Spec, we encourage authors to do their market research before submitting work. Electric Spec stands out from other markets because:
We pay for stories and artwork.
We don’t have slush readers. At least one of our editors looks at every story that comes in.
We’ve been around for over eleven years – and we’ve never missed an issue, deadline, or author payment.
We actually edit the stories we publish. Our experienced editors work with authors to make their stories the best they can possibly be. Many magazines out there don’t do that – and it shows.
While we do not acknowledge story receipt, we have a quick turn-around time regarding publication. We do not hold any stories longer than 135 days without contact. If you haven’t received an email with a ‘reject,’ ‘accept,’ or ‘hold-for-voting’ message something may have gone awry ==> you should resubmit.
We love authors because we’re authors, too. All of the editors are published speculative fiction authors.
Deadline: November 15th, 2018 Payment: Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max, Reprints: 1¢ per word Note: Reprints Allowed
We are a literary magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.
We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.
Deadline: October 31st, 2018 Payment: $0.06 and $0.08/word
DreamForge Magazine is now open for limited submissions.
We’re a new and exciting magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Our first issue is scheduled for publication in early 2019.
Limited Submissions? If you’re reading this page, it’s probably because:
We have sought you out in the hope you would consider submitting a story for one of our early issues.
One of our friends or contacts has passed this link on to you.
If, after you review what we’re looking for, you know a writer whose work might be a good fit for us, please feel free to share a link to this page.
That said, we are not open to general submissions, so we ask that you not post this link to social media, your website, or otherwise generally broadcast. It will only lead to disappointment for us all.
An Overview of DreamForge Magazine
At DreamForge, our goal is to publish positive science and fantasy fiction. You can gain some sense of what we mean by this in reading our Rules of Fiction page.
While we agree there will always be new and often tremendous struggles for humankind to overcome, we do not subscribe to hopelessness or futility as a vision of the future or of any setting or situation.
DreamForge is about the triumph of reason and of humane-ity.
To aid us in reviewing (and hopefully working with) your manuscript as efficiently as possible, it would help for you to read and follow our guidelines as presented here.
Once you have everything in order, submit an electronic file in Word DOC or RTF format to [email protected]
One submission at a time, please, but simultaneous submissions are OK.
Our Current Submission Deadline: October 31, 2018
Pick Your Sub-Genre and Have Fun
At DreamForge, we are eclectic readers, and we hope our audience shares our love of, well… freakin’ everything.
Your story may take the shape of space opera, urban fantasy, military sf, magical realms, hard science fiction, sword & sorcery, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, hopepunk, and whatever else comes before punk.
A bit of light fare, including comedy is appreciated from time to time. We even have a soft spot for zombies and vampires. We’ll occasionally consider some short poetry too.
In all our tales, we would prefer NOT to see the prevailing power structure portrayed as a corrupt police state. You might try contentious humans engaged in fierce debates over right and wrong instead.
Violence, profanity, and sex.
Tone it down. All are permissible to a degree, yet any instance must be integral to the story in such a way that removing the element truly diminishes the effectiveness of the story.
At DreamForge, we are neither prudes nor are we overly offended by colorful language. That said, we have an explicit mission with this magazine to elevate the artful and the humane. Actually, if you’re going to show violence, we’d prefer realistic violence, the kind that hurts people; because that’s what violence does. No form of pornography will be accepted.
We’re looking for works in the following word lengths:
Flash Fiction: 600 – 1000 words
Short Stories: 3,500 – 7,500 words
Novelettes: 7,500 – 12,000 words
Keep in mind that we can accept very few novelettes and pieces of flash fiction. We are looking mainly for short stories, and short stories under 6,000 words are preferred.
Top Left of First Page:
First and Last Name
Font: Arial, Size 12
Indented paragraphs (no extra line break between paragraphs)
Section breaks, as needed, should be three ### symbols, centered on the page.
Turn off curly quotes if possible; straight quotes are preferred.
In the document Header, include Last Name/ Title/Page #
After your Name, Address, and Identifying information, center the Story Title and, beneath that include your byline.
If using a pseudonym, place it in the byline, with your legal name for identification in the top left of the first page.
In your email or as a cover page, tell us a bit about yourself and your story. What excites you about your story; what do you think makes it worth reading?
We have an inclusion policy. You can read more about it on our Policy page. Basically, we would like to see story submissions from anyone and everyone who believes we can build a better future together.
Payment and Contracts
Payment rate varies between $0.06 and $0.08/word, depending on word length, quality of story (subjective to us), and professionalism in manuscript preparation.
Our contract is based on the model provided by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). A copy of our contract language is available upon request.
Contract terms are negotiable within reason (subjective to us).
Payment is on Acceptance
Once we agree on a contract and have it signed by both parties, you can expect payment within 60 days. Most of the time, it should be much faster than that.
If we think of anything else, we’ll let you know. Of course, we just hope from the start that your ideas and craftsmanship reach a level we haven’t even thought possible. We believe in you. Let’s do this!
Deadline: October 31st, 2018 Payment: Fiction – 1 cent a word, to a maximum of $20. Poetry – $5 per piece. Note: Must be a NZ or Australian author
We publish SF, horror and dark fantasy short fiction from NZ and Australian authors.
We publish bimonthly and open for submissions for the month prior to release. Our submission periods for 2018 are as follows:
Issue #08: August (to publish in September)
Issue #09: October (to publish in November)
Issue #10: December (to publish in January 2019)
In the Zine
All work must be original and previously unpublished. We pay for first worldwide publication rights for six months and nonexclusive reprint rights. Copyright belongs to the author or artist. We simply ask for you to credit Breach as the site of first publication if your work is then subsequently reprinted elsewhere (after the six month exclusive period).
Stories between 500 and 2000 words, in doc format.
Poetry of a page length, doc format.
Cover art in A4, 600dpi, RGB.
Short stories: 1 cent a word, to a maximum of $20.