Taking Submissions: One Story

Deadline: November 14th, 2019
Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies

What kinds of stories is One Story looking for?
One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.
Does One Story pay?
Yes. One Story pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication.
Does One Story accept previously published material?
No. One Story is looking for previously unpublished material. However, if a story has been published in printoutside of North America, it will be considered. Stories previously published online—on blogs, personal websites, online literary magazines, or forums—will not be accepted.
Does One Story accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
What file types can I submit?
We accept PDF, RTF, and TXT files that are less than 500KB. Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file.
Will you send me comments on my story?
No. One Story receives close to 100 submissions each week. Please understand that we do not have time to comment on individual stories.
Can I change the story I submitted with an updated draft?
Do you consider translations?
Yes. Please include the name of the original author and language, as well as the name of the translator on the first page of your submission.
How do I submit to One Story?
We have an automated system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your story and email you a confirmation that it has been received. To use the automated system, you need to have a One Story account.

If you have subscribed to One Story or One Teen Story, joined our mailing list, given One Story or One Teen Storyas a gift, or submitted a story to either magazine, you already have an account. If not, the first time you submit a story your account will be automatically created.

Using this account will enable you to check the status of your submission at any time by going to our login page.

When you are ready to submit, please visit our Submission Manager.

When can I submit to One Story?
We accept submissions from January 15th to May 31st and from September 3rd to November 14th.
How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
We do our very best to respond to submissions within 3 months after they are received. If you don’t hear back from us within that time, please be patient! It is our goal to make sure that each submission gets a good read.
Can I check the status of my submission?
You can check the status of your submissions at any time by logging into your account“Received” means that we have your story and are considering it.

Via: One Story.

Taking Submissions: AGNI Online

Deadline: May 31st, 2020
Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150 and 2 contributor’s copies

We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written.

When to submit

AGNI welcomes manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. Submissions mailed in June, July, or August will be returned unread, provided sufficient return postage is included.

Things to know when submitting

  • Nearly everything we publish is unsolicited.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all identities, living anywhere, published and unpublished.
  • We will not consider writing that has already been published in English, whether in a book, magazine, newspaper, or on an app, a website, a social media feed, or a publicly accessible online community.
  • We consider only work written in English or translated into English.
  • We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.
  • We do not publish genre romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction; however, we are open to writing that borrows elements from any of these.
  • We will consider excerpts if they read as if they were meant to stand alone.
  • We are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; we do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing.
  • Though we rely on student interns for many things, they are not involved in considering submissions. All manuscripts are read by masthead editors.
  • Our blog features posts by writers who have appeared previously in AGNI or AGNI Online.
  • You can familiarize yourself with the magazine by ordering a recent print issue or by perusing the writing that appears here. This site includes selected pieces from our decades of print issues and everything we’ve published at AGNI Online since its inauguration in 2002.

Some requests

  • Please send only one story, one essay, or up to five poems, and please wait for our reply before sending more. As soon as we respond, you can feel free to submit again during a reading period.
  • Please double-space your document and include page numbers.
  • Please do not submit revisions of work we’ve already considered.
  • If you submit on paper and want us to reply by mail, please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope (SAE). If the envelope is large enough and you include sufficient postage, we will return the manuscript; otherwise, it will be recycled. If you’d like to be notified by email only, please include your email address and skip the SAE.
  • Do not email your work; we do not read or consider emailed submissions.
  • Feel free to submit the same work to other magazines simultaneously. If your entire submission is accepted elsewhere, please log in to your online account and withdraw using the link there—or, if you’ve submitted by mail, or if only a portion of your submission has been taken elsewhere, please contact us with a quick withdrawal note.
  • Do not mail your work to us in the months of June, July, or August. The online portal is also closed during those months.
  • Do not send us your only copy; we cannot accept responsibility for your manuscript.
  • Please do not contact us about your submission until four months have passed. We work hard to respond within two, but we’re not always able. After four months, please contact us right away if you have not received a reply.

WHERE to send:

If you’d rather not submit through our free online portal, please address your envelope to the Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor and mail to:

AGNI Magazine
Boston University
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Regular post is fine. There is no advantage to sending a more expensive way.

Purchasing rights

All submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

We buy first worldwide serial rights and pay $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. We also give a year’s subscription to AGNI. In the case of print publication, each contributor receives two copies of the issue their work appears in, and we send up to four additional copies to friends or family.

Blog publication, which is limited to writers who have previously appeared in AGNI or AGNI Online, is unpaid.

Via: Agni Online.

Taking Submissions: Contrary Winter 2019 Issue

Deadline: December 1st, 2019
Payment: $20

“Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude. It says, I am unhappy with the way things are and desire to make things different. Rather than represent the world, I will make something wildly and savagely new. I will defy logic. I will invest in new perceptions. I will combine and recombine and fabricate and juggle until something that I have never experienced is experienced. The process is alchemical. The process is violent. It goes to the heart of creativity. It disrupts and shatters. It is splendid with provocation. It is an aggression against banality. It is sharp and loud like a janitor scraping frost from a window. The hectic bounce of steam on a street after a truck roars by. The anarchy of waters, the comedy of the face, dangerous feelings vented from a cage of skin.” ~ John Olson

Poetry — We believe poetry is contrary by nature, always defying, always tonguing the tang of novelty. We look especially for plurality of meaning, for dual reverberation of beauty and concern. Contrary’s poetry in particular often mimics the effects of fiction or commentary. We find ourselves enamored of prose poems because they are naturally contrary toward form – they tug on the forces of exposition or narrative – but prose poems remain the minority of all the poetic forms we publish. Please consider that Contrary receives vast amounts of poetry and that we can publish only a small percentage of that work. Please submit no more than three poems per issue. Our poetry editor is Shaindel Beers.

Fiction — We ask our fiction writers to imagine their readers navigating a story with one finger poised over a mouse button. Can your story stay that finger to the end? We have published long stories on the belief that they succeed, but we feel more comfortable with the concise. We favor fiction that is contrary in any number of ways, but our fiction typically defies traditional story form. A story may bring us to closure, for example, without ever delivering an ending. It may be as poetic as any poem. Our fiction editor is Frances Badgett.

Lyrical commentary/creative non-fiction —“Commentary” is our word for the stuff that others define negatively as non-fiction, nominally as essay, or naively as truth. We favor commentary that delivers a message less through exposition than through artistry. The commentary we select is often lyrical, narrative, or poetic. Examples from our pages include “Plum Island” by Andrew Coburn, “Ascension” by Kevin Heath, and “Three True Stories” by Jennifer DeLisle. Our commentary editor is Jeff McMahon.

Terms of Submission

Our deadline, response, and publication cycle – Contrary receives submissions throughout the year and publishes four issues per year, with the change of seasons. In Spring our deadline is March 1, and the issue appears on or about April 1. Following that cycle, our deadline for Summer is June 1, Autumn is Sept. 1, Winter is Dec. 1. We begin each issue from scratch, with completely new submissions. If your submission is accepted, you will hear from us. If not, you can always verify that it was not accepted by viewing the issue for which you submitted. We do not send rejection letters.

Rights – Upon acceptance, Contrary acquires: 1) worldwide rights to publish in any or all versions of Contrary and other Contrary-affiliated media, including domestic and foreign, whether in the English language or translated into a foreign language, including any successor, similar or replacement versions thereof; 2) exclusive worldwide rights for a period of 90 days from the date of Contrary’s first publication of the work; 3. non-exclusive perpetual rights to republish, store, syndicate or distribute the work or portions of the work in any language and in any country, and 4) the right to use your name and likeness in a fair and dignified manner and to publish information about you in connection with the advertising and promotion of Contrary and of the Work. 5) When exclusive rights expire after three months, the author is free to seek republication elsewhere, but Contrary must be credited in all subsequent publications. 6) All rights granted by this agreement are granted in perpetuity and applicable in all media including, but not limited to, all electronic media, internet, wireless or mobile platforms whether now known or hereafter created.

Payment – For original commentary, fiction, and poetry, Contrary Magazine pays $20 per author per issue, regardless of the number of works or nature of the submission, if invoiced within six months. Reviews and Contrary Blog posts are unpaid. Author must email us an invoice within six months of acceptance for the payment to be processed. If no invoice is received within six months of acceptance, author forfeits payment, and all rights remain in force. Upon receipt of invoice, payments will be made through Paypal.

Simultaneous submissions – We accept simultaneous submissions, but you must inform us when submissions are simultaneous, and you must withdraw your submission immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere (you may resubmit any parts of your submission that remain unpublished). A submission constitutes an agreement to publish in Contrary under the guidelines on this page. Accepted works go into production immediately and may not be withdrawn under any circumstances.

Mailing List — When you submit your work you will be automatically subscribed to the mailing list we use to communicate with our contributors. We use it to call for submissions no more than four times each year. You may unsubscribe at any time or otherwise manage your subscription at our list host.

Before submitting, you may wish to consult our Manuscript Suggestions.

Via: Contrary Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Augur Magazine

Deadline: September 30th, 2019
Payment: $0.06 cents (CAD) per word for short fiction (1000+ words), and a flat fee of $60.00 per flash fiction piece (Under 1000 words). $40.00 CAD per poem


(Although we always love surprises)

We’re looking for dream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, magical realism (note: educate yourself before you claim this term) and, for lack of a better descriptor, “literary” speculative fiction. Our perfect submission defies categorization—pieces that could be “too speculative” for CanLit magazines or “not speculative enough” for speculative magazines.

That said, we’re no strangers to rich realism, high fantasy, and science fiction, so if you think you match our tone, give us a try. We recommend checking out our preview issue, free online, or grabbing an issue, to see what we’ve published before.

Please don’t send us: gross-out or gratuitously violent pieces, horror that uses neurodivergence or mental health as the horror element, comedy that punches down, stories that are “speculative” because a non-marginalized group suddenly experiences what it’s like to be a marginalized group (e.g. a man “has to live with sexism”, a white woman is suddenly “treated like a woman of colour”), anything that minimizes sexual trauma/any trauma as a plot device (eg. A woman is assaulted in order to motivate a man, without dealing with her story or experience), casual or blatant misogyny/bigotry/racism/etc., or otherwise insensitive pieces.

We accept multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions. Our goal is to respond to all submissions within eight weeks.

If you submit and do not receive a verification email, please resubmit and send us an email letting us know what happened. Our submissions system should send you a verification email within 24 hours.

All text submissions must be formatted in standard manuscript format and submitted in .doc format. We strongly prefer pieces be set in in Size 12, Times New Roman or Times font.

Finally: If you fit into our guidelines, don’t self-reject! Submit, submit, submit!


If you are comfortable doing so, we encourage you to declare your intersectional identities in your cover letter, so we may be informed as we select pieces for our issues. That said, we acknowledge that the current socio-political landscape does not often reward the disclosure of marginalized standpoints, and so we by no means require this from our writers.

If you do choose to disclose, we will treat this information as confidential. And, if your piece is chosen, we will not out you in words you have not used about yourself publicly. We’re about representation, not presentation.

What does “intersectional” mean? Any intersection of identity that you sit at. For example, a POC trans settler or a disabled assault survivor. Common declarations might include: LGBTQ+, visible minority (broadly stated or specific), settler, disabled, assault survivor, women, immigrants, class standing, etc. We also encourage folks who aren’t marginalized to get into the practice of self-identifying, to normalize the practice across the board.

We do accept submissions from non-marginalized/ and non-Canadian writers. However, these submissions will never dominate our magazine, and our editorial preference will always skew towards intersectional/marginalized/diverse, Canadian and Indigenous/Native/First Nations creators.


Canadian granting bodies require us to keep track of who we’re publishing—we need to know that we’re hitting the required Canadian quotas. So, as a result, we ask folks to identify as from Canada/Turtle Island or as International. However, we recognize that this complicates the submissions process for folks who live within Canadian settler borders but who resist/refuse Canadian identity.

We welcome all of our Indigenous authors and creators to self-identify their citizenship however feels most comfortable and accurate. If you prefer, you are welcome to exempt yourself from the CND/TI and INT requirements—we just ask that you also let us know if you are situated within Canadian borders, so we can keep track of what the Canadian government will recognize as a part of our quota.


Hello, Augurian friends! We adore you and your work, and we can’t wait to read some more. However, because we have so few spots each year and are probably super predisposed to your work, here’s how we ask that you submit to us:

If you’ve been published by us once, please wait for the submission period after the issue you’ve been published in comes out. (aka. If you’re published in Issue 2.1, Don’t submit until the submission period after Issue 2.1 is published). Please note that you will not be published by us until a full year has elapsed from the issue you were published in (if you’re published in Issue 2.1, the next one you’ll be considered for is Issue 3.1).

If you’ve been published by us 2+ times, please wait until a year after the last issue you’ve been published in. Eg. If you’ve been published in Issue 1.2 and are slotted for Issue 2.2, please wait until the submission period after Issue 3.2 to submit again.

See you in the slush, friends!


Shorts & Flash

  • Submit in standard manuscript format
  • Submit as a .doc file
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the document for anonymous reading
  • Indicate whether you are [CAD/TI] for Canadian/Turtle Island citizen/resident/ex-patriot/etc.; [OTH] for an international student living here/longtime visitor/anything that doesn’t fit CAD/TI but attaches you to Canada/Turtle Island; or [INT] if you’re submitting without a relationship to Canada
  • If you’re comfortable doing so, indicate any information about your intersectional identity that you would like to disclose
  • Include any important or recent publishing history, or if you’re an emerging creator
  • Disclose whether your submission is simultaneous
  • Do not submit any story over 5, 000 words
  • Do not submit more than two (2) stories for any given submission period, to a total of 4 pieces across genres
  • We pay $0.06 cents (CAD) per word for short fiction (1000+ words), and a flat fee of $60.00 per flash fiction piece (Under 1000 words)


For bards & wordsmiths

  • Submit as a .doc file (NOT .docx)
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the document for anonymous reading
  • Indicate whether you are [CAD/TI] for Canadian/Turtle Island citizen/resident/ex-patriot/etc.; [OTH] for an international student living here/longtime visitor/anything that doesn’t fit CAD/TI but attaches you to Canada/Turtle Island; or [INT] if you’re submitting without a relationship to Canada
  • If you’re comfortable doing so, indicate any information about your intersectional identity that you would like to disclose
  • Include any important or recent publishing history, or if you’re an emerging creator
  • Do not submit poems longer than five (5) pages—we are partial to shorter poetry
  • Do not submit more than five (5) poems (to a maximum ten pages of poetry) per submission period, and do not exceed four pieces should you be submitting across genre lines (ie. one short story, three poems)
  • We pay $40.00 CAD per poem

Via: Augur Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Alternate Realms Magazine – Future Watch 20/20

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties

In this special issue of our magazine, we’re asking the big questions about tomorrow coupled with the clarity of hindsight applied to potential futures.

What does the future look like? How will today’s technologies and events affect the way humans live tomorrow, a decade from now, or in two centuries? Is reality a giant plot to fool humans? Is free will truly possible, or are aliens or machines controlling our lives? Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Will we ever meet life from other worlds, or escape the bounds of our solar system, our bodies, or our minds?

Stories should speak to the human element (even if the human element is translated/demonstrated through a non-human character) rather than focusing exclusively on exciting whizz-bangs. Dark tones aren’t necessary, but undercurrents of conspiracy are welcome. The approximate genres we’re looking for are Science Fiction/Future Tech, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, or any other genre that is appropriate, including Solarpunk, as long as it’s based in our reality and magic of any sort is given a plausible explanation. We’re not looking to confine writers to a certain sphere; rather, we’re hoping writers will use this opportunity to practice limitless thinking and surprise us with their stories.

Stories should be between 1500 and 7500 words in length.

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2020.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. See our submission guidelines for details on submitting prior to sending us your story. Do not query on submission status before 30 April 2020.

Once accepted, writers will have two weeks to negotiate any suggested edits and return finalized manuscripts to us. There’s wiggle room on this, depending on our time frame, so ask if you need help.

We’re limiting submissions to one story per author. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. No reprints. Original, unpublished fiction only. We will consider tie-in stories if they can stand on their own.

Please see our submission guidelines for details on pay rates and rights.

Via: Alternate Realms Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Anotherealm

Payment: $25

How to Submit: (Full Length Stories)

    • Please send in an e-mail in “plain text” format.
    • Please _DO_NOT_ use ms word “Smart Quotes”. The cute curved quote marks, yes them. When putting on a web page they turn into horrible looking things. Please use straight quotes like this “.
    • Do not center titles.
    • We know when to set most text to italics. If you want italics for anything other than titles or thought, indicate start and stop places as follows: For italics, *****words you wish italicised***.
    • Please include your name, both real and as you wish it published.
    • Your address, both email and physical, so we know where to send the check and how to contact you.
    • Please include a word count.
    • Anotherealm accepts no attachments –no matter the type– for fear of viruses. Set your stories to PLAIN TEXT and PASTE them in an e-mail for submission
    • Anotherealm no longer accepts ANY hardcopy submissions.
    • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror only please.
    • We get first worldwide electronic rights and anthology rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.


Full Length Stories (Up to 5,000 words) are handled by Gary Markette. Please send electronic submissions only, to [email protected].

Via: Anotherealm.

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