Deadline: March 31st, 2019
Payment: $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, we offer a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece
Kaleidotrope is currently open to submissions until April 1, 2019.
Kaleidotrope tends very heavily towards the speculative — towards science fiction, fantasy, and horror — but we like an eclectic mix and are therefore interested to read compelling work that blurs these lines, falls outside of neat genre categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves, and ghostly ax murderers alone, after all. We’d suggest looking through the archives to familiarize yourself with the zine, and/or checking out other work by our past contributors, to get a sense of what we’re looking for and what we like.
In the end, what we want is interesting, sometimes unconventional work, well-written stories and poems that surprise and amuse us, shock and disturb us, that tell us things we didn’t know or reveal old truths in brand new ways. We want strange visions of distant shores, of imaginary countries and ordinary people, and work that doesn’t lose sight of entertainment and the joy of good writing.
We are also interested in publishing diverse writers. Kaleidotrope welcome writers of color and other groups, as well as work that represents the diversity of characters we want to see more of.
We have no maximum word limit, although anything over 10,000 words is definitely going to be a tougher sell. We do like well-crafted flash fiction, too, although preferably not under 250 words.
We will consider all forms. Humor is encouraged, if tricky. Rhyming is not actively discouraged — done well, it can be terrific — but be careful about overly simple, sing-song-like structures. Individual haiku, or other very short poems, may be a tougher sell.
We do not frequently publish nonfiction, though we will consider essays, memoirs, thoughtful criticism. In past issues, we have featured essays on popular culture — from Transformers to fembots to Doctor Who — interviews with working authors, and short book reviews. If you have an idea for something and don’t know if it would fit, just ask.
We are looking for primarily full-color illustrations to serve as cover art. In addition, we very occasionally feature both color and black-and-white sketches, comics, cartoons, photography, loose odds and ends that might also fit elsewhere. Elsewhere is typically with the Horoscopes, so typically humorous, though that’s not a rule set in stone. We currently do not commission new cover artwork or pieces to appear with individual stories and poems. The best way to submit artwork is to email a link to your online portfolio or gallery, though you may also send individual pieces for consideration.
Kaleidotrope no longer consider fiction, poetry, or non-fiction reprints. We will, however, consider artwork that has appeared in your personal online gallery, provided you own the copyright to the piece and any characters depicted therein. (Sorry, no fan-art.)
We buy First Serial Rights. This means that the work will not have appeared anywhere else, in print or online, prior to publication. Artwork may have appeared online in your own personal gallery. For this, we buy Digital Reprint Rights.
Work published with Kaleidotrope will remain in our archives, but all rights will revert to the author upon publication. With the exception of artwork, we ask only that you wait three months from publication to reprint the work elsewhere.
For fiction and nonfiction alike, we will pay $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, we offer a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece; for artwork, $40 ($60 for cover art).
Kaleidotrope will next be open to submissions from January 1, 2019, to March 31, 2019.
Typically 1-3 months. Feel free to query if you have not heard from us after that.
Kaleidotrope only accepts electronic submissions, sent by e-mail attachment to [email protected]. You may, if you prefer, paste the text of your submission into the body of the e-mail itself — although this is less advisable for longer pieces. In your e-mail subject heading, please indicate if the work you’re sending is Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, or Artwork.
Please generally follow standard format for all manuscripts. A brief cover letter is advisable. Your name and contact information must be included.
Please keep multiple submissions to a reasonable minimum (i.e., no more than 3 at any one time). Poetry and artwork submissions may be submitted in a single e-mail, but please send all fiction or nonfiction work individually.
We do not accept simultaneous submissions. We understand why authors submit stories to more than one place at a time, but please don’t do it to us. And unless we specifically ask you to send us revisions, please do not resubmit stories we’ve passed on. Thanks!
Deadline: March 15th, 2019
Payment: Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.
Eye to the Telescope 32, Sports & Games, will be edited by Lisa Timpf.
Sports and games have been played since ancient times, and have continually evolved. From a speculative viewpoint, I’m interested in what they might look like or morph into in the future, or along some alternate timeline or universe. Time travel, magic, science—the field is wide open, as long as it involves the theme. Ideally, I’m not looking for items taken from other authors’ universes (poems about quidditch, three-dimensional chess, or the like), but modifying existing or historical sports and games is—well—fair game. (And, as a Canadian, I’m hoping for at least one really good hockey-related poem…)
How will athletes and competitors vie, and what’s the future look like for spectators? What sports and games will colonists on other planets miss the most? What might they take with them to their new homes, and how will they shape it into something different? Provided there is a speculative bent, any format is welcome—free verse, scifaiku, haibun, or formal verse of any variety, etc. are all fine. It’s original ideas and twists, effectiveness of language and imagery, and works that get at the essence of sports and games and what they mean to us as people that I’m looking for. Spark our imaginations, make us think, make us feel, make us laugh. The game’s afoot. Let’s see what you’ve got.
- Please submit 1–3 poems in English (in body of e-mail, or attached as .doc, .docx, or .rtf).
- Please send submissions to [email protected] with the subject line “ETTT sub:” followed by the poet’s name.
- Include a short bio.
- Deadline: March 15. The issue will appear on April 15, 2019.
Payment and rights
- Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.
- The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association normally uses PayPal to pay poets, but can also send checks.
- Eye to the Telescope is an online publication. Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original unpublished poems) are being sought.
Who can submit?
Anyone writing speculative poetry.
What is Speculative Poetry?
Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.
A good starting point is “About Science Fiction Poetry” by Suzette Haden Elgin, the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Despite its title, this article is applicable all forms of speculative poetry.
Tim Jones, editor of Issue 2, had a go at defining science fiction poetry on his blog, in two parts (These blog posts date from 2009, and the Voyagersanthology has since been published. These posts do refer specifically to science fiction poetry, rather than the broader field of speculative poetry.):
What Is the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA)?
As the SFPA says on its website at sfpoetry.com, “The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry. What is sf poetry? You know what they say about definitions—everybody has one. To be sure, it is poetry (we’ll leave that definition to you), but it’s poetry with some element of speculation—usually science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Some folks include surrealism, some straight science.”
See the SFPA site for lots more information—and please consider joining.
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Interested in editing an issue of Eye to the Telescope? See the Editors’ Guidelines for information and requirements.
Via: Eye to the Telescope.
Deadline: February 28th, 2019
Payment: 1000-3000 words will receive $5, Longer will be $10, and a contributor copy
Unfading Daydream is looking for unique and exceptional fiction to be showcased in our quarterly literary magazine. We strive to feature stories within the genres that have inspired us (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc) as well as stories that feature LGBTQ+ themes.
We are currently not seeking submissions! Our next reading period starts in February 2019 – the theme for that issue is ‘heroes and villains.’
- We are open to established and new, emerging authors.
- In terms of length, we’re looking for stories between 1000 and 7000 words. Shorter or longer stories will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- No previously published works.
- Please no simultaneous submissions
- If you are under 18, we require parental permission and have made a permission form. The form can be found HERE
- Reading periods are May, August, November, and February.
- All submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on the last day of the reading period (May, August, November, or February)
- Please do not send submissions outside of our reading periods. Submissions received outside of reading periods will not be considered.
- Expect a decision within four weeks
- See full guidelines below
Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10. All contributors receive a hard copy of the magazine. In time, we would like to pay contributors more!
- We accept submissions only by email.
- Free to submit!
- Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Submission’.
We want to see your unique sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc. We prefer stories that are between 1000-7000 words, but if you feel that your 8000 word story or your 700 word story is brilliant, we’d love to see it.
The Submission Piece
- One submission per author per reading period please. Contributors are allowed to include one story on their submission*. Please attach the stories individually to the submission email.
*this is new as of the reading period for Issue 3*
- Unless there is a theme stated for a particular reading period, there is no theme.
- Previously unpublished works only.
- No erotica or explicit sex scenes please. Romance and alluding to sex scenes are both okay though!
- We would prefer the file format be MS Word or RTF. Please no PDFs or links to Google Docs! Please do not put the story in the body of the email.
- Each story should be double spaced and in an easy to read font like Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. Preferred font size is 12 as one of the editors has vision problems.
- Your name, address, and email should be on the left side of the first page header and the approximate word count on the right side. Example:
- The right side header on the pages following the first should include your last name, the story’s title, and the page number. Example:
- The title of the piece and the name you would prefer to be published under should be on the first page of the story before the text of the story. Example:
- If you have made an error during the submission process, please contact us rather than sending another submission email.
The Cover Letter
We say cover letter, but this is going to go in the body of the submission email.
- We want to know more about you! Briefly tell us about you and your accomplishments.
- Everyone has something unique about them. Between our editors, we have a third degree black belt, two cosplayers, and a computer programmer. And there’s only two of us. We want to know the interesting bits!
- And as we said before: keep it brief.
- In case you are chosen, please include a 3rd person, brief (less than 100 words) bio/byline
Ways to Get Banned
We’re pretty easy going people, but there are a few ways to get banned/blacklisted.
- Depictions of rape or sexual assault.
- Depictions of child molestation or brutalization of children.
- Any sexual depictions of children. Anyone under 18 is considered a child.
- Depictions of brutalization of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, or any other marginalized people for reasons of hate.
- Depictions of animal abuse.
The Legal Bits
No one likes the legal bits, but we have to go through this.
We at Unfading Daydream reserve the right to the exclusive first run of your story as well as the rights to include your story in a non-exclusive yearly anthology. Rights to the story are claimed upon acceptance. After your story runs in Unfading Daydreams, you have the rights to publish it as you see fit.
Via: Unfading Daydream.
Deadline: March 1st, 2019
Switchblade is an outlaw fiction print anthology featuring authors writing in the hardboiled/noir genre, and nothing else. So think Richard Stark, Ross MacDonald, Jim Thompson, Don Winslow, Ken Bruen, James Ellroy, Lawrence Block, Iceberg Slim, Max Allan Collins, Christa Faust. (just to name a few) We don’t do cozies. We don’t do procedurals. We’re not a literary magazine, and we don’t do other genres. That said, we will consider noir/crime fiction ranging from the early twentieth century up to present day. Aside from that, we are a no limit hardboiled fiction journal—we publish the kind of stories no one else will consider. Back in the day there was a Nynex yellow pages ad campaign that went like this: if it’s out there, it’s in here—that’s how we feel. The world is filled with deviance, and good hardboiled fiction reflects that. We like strong characters, and good story telling, and we will not reject anyone based on mainstream morality. Amoral protagonists are encouraged. We will not however, publish masturbation fodder for masochistic pedophiles. We’re not interested in torture-porn erotica. But if you’ve got a deplorable protagonist, and there’s a good story—we’ll print it.
**Submissions for 2019**
Our next reading period will be
FEBRUARY 1ST to MARCH 1ST
for all 2019 regular issues(9, 10, 11)
Content. Rural noir is fine (very popular right now) but we love urban noir too. Urban being the setting.(not a reference to the racial demographic–any racial demographic is fine) We do mob stories. And not just Russian mob stories. Got a tight piece of fiction about the Sicilian mob in Jersey—we’ll look at it. Anyone who thinks the Italian Mafia (LCN) in America evaporated into thin air after the John Gotti trial, hasn’t spent any time in Philadelphia. That said—if it reads like a Sopranos script or Goodfellas fan fiction, it’s going right into the trash bin. Make it original. If I open up a story about an Irish mob guy from Chuckytown (Charlestown), and his name is Blackey—it better be one hell of a story.
Just like the other guys, we’re not interested in clichés. Serial killers are boring to me. Heist plots are also going to be a tough sell. We like Michael Mann’s “Heat”, and Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing” as much as the next guy, but as I’ve stated, we’re looking for originality, first and foremost. We love suspense. We like tension, and we like tightly written, gritty fiction with a twist (or two). If you really want to know what we’re all about, and to see what kind of stories end up in the pages of Switchblade, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of our latest issue. For $7.99 it’s a real steal.
Formatting. Our motto is quick and dirty: we’re looking for short fiction: 2,000 to 4,500 words. We’re also seeking flash fiction with a maximum of 1,000 words. Please put “fiction submission” and the title of the story in the subject line. Include a cover letter in the body of the email as well as a brief (100 word max)third-person biography. No Revised Drafts: The first draft you submit (upon selection) is the draft we print. So proofread your work before you submit.
No simultaneous submissions. Address your cover letter to “Dear editor at Switchblade…” We’re not the big five, but we expect some professionalism. Please wait 30 days after the submissions deadline before querying about the status of a submission.
Please set tab indentations for paragraphs at .25” Response time: We don’t send out “received” emails. Please allow up to three weeks after the end of the posted reading period before querying about the status of your submission. Send your story in standard manuscript format, double spaced as an attached Microsoft Word document (.doc or .rtf) to switchblademagsubmissions (at) gmail (dot) com
Payment: We’re now upping the ante. (a little) Each selected contributing author will now receive a payment of $15 (via Pay Pal)we are no longer including contributor copies as payment. Payment is per contributor, not per story. So whether we print your story, or poem, or both, you will receive a one time payment of $15. Payment for artwork will be $15 per page*(with a maximum of 4 pages)
Artwork: Please put “Artwork Submission” in the subject line of the email. We are currently seeking gritty-themed artwork featuring urban blight, femme fatales, juvenile delinquents, enforcers, shady characters, choppers, hotrods, and of course switchblade knives. Artwork should be submitted either as a link to your online portfolio, or as an attached JPEG file (at least 200 DPI)
Poems: We are also seeking noir poems (no more than a page) Please include “poetry submission” in the subject line of the email.
Rights: Switchblade claims the following publication rights: First English-language Rights, English-language Periodical Rights, World Periodical Rights, and Electronic Distribution Rights. All rights revert back to the author six months after initial publication. Should Switchblade choose to create an anthology of previously published work, new rights will be negotiated.
Reprints: We are not accepting any reprints at this time.
Find us on *twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchbladeMag
Follow us on instagram: switchblademagazine
Don’t bother looking for us on Facebook. We don’t associate with social media platforms that censor advertisements or posts.
*Please do not submit fiction through twitter
Via: Switchblade Magazine.
Deadline: April 11th, 2019
Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2500 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2500 words
Colp is our ‘anything goes’ anthology collection.
Expect to see a little bit of this and a little bit of that within each issue, so feel free to submit stories from any genre.
Current theme: Big
Think big. For this Colp collection we are seeking stories that feature at least one significantly-sized character or component. Your story must include at least one of the following:
- a character (main or otherwise) that is physically enormous (tall, wide, both) – think the size of a skyscraper as your starting point
- an environmental feature or man-made structure that is equally enormous
- giant objects
Go as big as you can, and think outside the box. Please avoid any stories that are retakes on Jack and the Beanstalk, Pacific Rim, Godzilla, King Kong or any other classical/modern story or film.
Colp is for everyone and therefore we are willing to read stories that fall into any genre. So, no matter whether your story is a horror, adventure, romance, sci-fi or historical fiction piece, please send it on through (we’d really love someone to send through a romance, just once…) Be original. We also encourage new and unpublished writers to take the leap and get in touch.
Please ensure that you read through the general guidelines below and format your submission accordingly. If you have any specific questions please contact us using the form on the home page or via the listed social media accounts.
To help make sure that your submission gets to the correct place, please include the following in the subject line of your email: Colp – Big – Story Title.
- Word count: 1000 – 4000 words
- Deadline: April 11 2019
- Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2500 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2500 words
- Please no extremeerotica or stories that feature excessive violence or vulgarity (unless otherwise specified).
- All stories should be formatted appropriately. Please see here for more details.
- Ensure that your name, address, and email contact and word count are at the top of your manuscript.
- Double check your spelling and grammar before sending your work through.
- Please submit all stories in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats.
- International submissions are accepted.
- No simultaneous submissions.
- Multiple submissions are encouraged.
- Where possible, we will provide feedback on request.
- No reprints.
- Please send all submissions to [email protected]
Via: Gypsum Sound Tales.
Deadline: February 28th, 2019
Payment: 8 cents per word
Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Guidelines
Reading period: January 15th, 2019 to February 28th 2019. Please do not submit anything until January 15th. Emails containing submissions will be deleted. (Uncanny Magazine uses the Moksha submission system.)
We are OPEN to all submissions!
Who can submit:
We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.
Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.
Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.
Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.
Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time.
Please read Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s essay “Disabled Enough” if you have any doubts.
So, if you identify as disabled across any of these definitions or others, we want to hear from you!
A Note on Manuscript Guidelines For Fiction and Nonfiction:
14pt font, please. Serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). Double spaced.
Please let the editors know if you need accommodations as well.