Ongoing Submissions: Mortal Realm – Adventure (Fantasy)

Payment: $20 minimum for fiction, $10 minimum for reprints. The payment structure isn’t overly clear and will depend on the length and their take on how compelling the story is.
Note: Reprints allowed.

Generally, it takes us two weeks to respond to submissions. This can be extended by holidays and a large backlog. Please allow up to four weeks for a reply.
Additionally, we may be interested in a piece for an anthology we’ve yet to announce. So accepted work may not be published for over a year.
  • We are looking for short stories for one of our 3 monthly anthologies/eZines. General theme is “New Worlds”, Adventure, and Death. With each release having a narrower focus.
  • We prefer stories that are at least 5,000 words. But will accept stories that are between 2,500 and 25,000 words.
  • We love all types of Fantasy, SciFi, and Horror.
  • No erotica. Must be generally acceptable for a 14+ audience.
  • No abstract, absurd, or non-conventional narrative styles.
  • We are accepting previously published short stories.
  • Multiple submissions are fine.
  • Manuscripts must be complete and edited.
  • We provide payment for an accepted story based on a number of factors.
  • Payments are roughly 3 months after acceptance. Check or PayPal.
  • We are looking for non-exclusive world-wide rights to sell and distribute digitally.

Via: Mortal Realm.

Ongoing Submissions: Unreal Magazine

Payment: $.03/word for fiction. For nonfiction, we pay $.01/word. Reprints are paid at $.01/word.
Note: Reprints Welcome

We want stories that are well written, intelligent, and enjoyable to read. We are looking for stories with metaphors and emotional ambience and imaginative descriptive writing.

Unreal Magazine is looking for stories that define the rules of magic at this indefinite point in time.

Unfit Magazine is looking for stories that bend the rules of science at this indefinite point in time…unfitmag.com

After you finish the submission form, we will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your material. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond unless a story is accepted for publication. If you have not heard from us in thirty days, assume your work didn’t fit with what we needed at the time.

For best results, send your story to as many publications as possible. Just remember, “Simultaneous submissions are your friend.”

We wish you the best in your endeavours as an author.

Sincerely,

The Boss (and a few other clowns)

 


Submission Guidelines

Fiction: 500 to 5,000 words

Pay: We pay $.03/word for fiction. For nonfiction, we pay $.01/word. Reprints are paid at $.01/word. Payments are only made to your PayPal account. We only pay for what appears in print, not for online publication.

Terms: We don’t charge for submissions. Reprints are welcome. Simultaneous submissions are most certainly welcome. Multiple submissions are not welcome. (If you don’t hear anything, wait 30 days before trying again. Thanks!)

Rights: We are looking for one time non-exclusive rights.

Head to the page below to submit!

Via: Unreal Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Electric Spec November Issue 2019

Deadline: October 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.


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Ongoing Submissions: Mortal Realm – New Worlds (Sci-Fi)

Payment: $20 minimum for fiction, $10 minimum for reprints. The payment structure isn’t overly clear and will depend on the length and their take on how compelling the story is.
Note: Reprints allowed.

Generally, it takes us two weeks to respond to submissions. This can be extended by holidays and a large backlog. Please allow up to four weeks for a reply.
Additionally, we may be interested in a piece for an anthology we’ve yet to announce. So accepted work may not be published for over a year.
  • We are looking for short stories for one of our 3 monthly anthologies/eZines. General theme is “New Worlds”, Adventure, and Death. With each release having a narrower focus.
  • We prefer stories that are at least 5,000 words. But will accept stories that are between 2,500 and 25,000 words.
  • We love all types of Fantasy, SciFi, and Horror.
  • No erotica. Must be generally acceptable for a 14+ audience.
  • No abstract, absurd, or non-conventional narrative styles.
  • We are accepting previously published short stories.
  • Multiple submissions are fine.
  • Manuscripts must be complete and edited.
  • We provide payment for an accepted story based on a number of factors.
  • Payments are roughly 3 months after acceptance. Check or PayPal.
  • We are looking for non-exclusive world-wide rights to sell and distribute digitally.

Via: Mortal Realm.

Taking Submissions: Deep Magic E-Zine

Deadline: September 30th, 2019
Payment: $.06 per word for the first 9,999 words, with payment capped at $599 for stories longer than 10,000 words,
Note: Reprints allowed at $.02 per word for the first 10,000 words, with payment capped at $200 for stories longer than 10,000

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Deep Magic. What you first need to understand is that we aim to be the dominant magazine for clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. It’s our tag-line. If you can tell a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence—you’ve come to the right place. If not, there are plenty of other magazines and venues out there. Move along. Move along (Jedi hand wave). Please consider reading Deep Magic to get an idea of the type of stories we publish. You can read our inaugural issue for only $.99. We are keeping the June 2016 issue at this special price so authors can check out our style without breaking the bank.

Deep Magic is a quarterly electronic magazine that publishes clean short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Our issues are also filled with author interviews, art features, book reviews and tips for writers. Most of our non-fiction pieces are invitation only to industry professionals and Deep Magic staff, but if you have a fantastic piece, please send it our way. Not all the authors we feature write exclusively clean fiction. We don’t judge. But everything you find inside Deep Magic will be.

– The Deep Magic Team

It may be helpful to read the following articles before submitting to help you understand what types of stories we’re looking for:

*An interview with Brendon Taylor, Deep Magic Board Member, on what we look for in a short story

*Three mistakes to avoid when writing a short story

“Without publications like Deep Magic, there would be no venues for such stories, and the world would be a more barren place.”–T.E. Bradford

We currently pay for short fiction work only and do so at the following rates:

Payment Terms

For first world-wide rights, we pay $.06 per word for the first 9,999 words, with payment capped at $599 for stories longer than 10,000 words. For re-printed stories that are not currently available elsewhere on the internet for free, we pay $.02 per word for the first 10,000 words, with payment capped at $200 for stories longer than 10,000 words. We use Paypal for our authors.

Additional Guidelines

Word Count Limits: 1,000 to 40,000; but note that we cap payment at 10,000 words. Format: We accept submissions in standard manuscript format, saved as .docx, .doc, or .rtf files. Information to Include: At the top of your submission, state your name (and pseudonym if you wish to be published under one), email address, mailing address, the story title, and word count. Response Time: We strive to respond to submissions within ten to twelve weeks, but our times may fluctuate. Please do not inquire within the first six months. Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions: No and No. Please only submit one story to us at a time; and we do not accept simultaneous submissions. We Do Not Publish the Following

  • Stories with graphic violence
  • Stories with mature sexual themes
  • Stories with profanity or vulgarity. We want a broad, family-friendly audience; think original Lord of the Rings trilogy or Star Wars.
  • Stories featuring or glorifying illegal drug use
  • Stories with graphic child abuse or glorifying child abuse in any way
  • Stories not within the Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres. It’s got to have some magic or cool technology in it!
  • Poorly written stories

Via: Deep Magic.

Taking Submissions: Diabolical Plots

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: 10 cents per word

David Steffen is the editor, who you may also know from using the Submission Grinder writing tool or reading the Long List Anthology series.  Diabolical Plots is a SFWA-qualifying market, so if you have a personal goal to join SFWA, making a sale here would help you toward that goal.

FICTION

OVERVIEW

Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror (everything must have speculative element, even horror).

Word count: 3500 words or less. This is a firm limit.  If you submit a longer story, it will be rejected unread and that will count as a submission. Do not query to ask permission to submit something longer–the answer will be no.

Pay rate: 10 cents per word (more than the minimum professional rate as deemed by SFWA)

Multiple submissions: A total of TWO submissions per author during this submission window.  You don’t have to wait for one response to send the second one–you can just send both whenever you want during the window.

Simultaneous submissions: No.  We understand we are tying up your story while you wait, and so we strive to respond as quickly as possible.  While each year might be different, last year the maximum wait time to get a first response (a rejection or a hold notice) was 14 days.  The maximum overall wait time if someone submitted on the first day and was held, was about 6 weeks.

Reprint submissions: No. That means you should not submit anything that has been published in any format, blog, e-zine, print, podcast, anything.  Sharing stories with other authors in login-protected critique sites like Baen’s Bar or Critters is fine.

Resubmits: No.  Do not send a story you’ve submitted to us before, whether it’s been revised or not.

Estimated Resolution Time: 30 days after end of submission window.  I will send initial responses to stories as I read them, which will either be hold notices or rejections.  Hold notices I’ll keep until after the slush window to winnow down to the final selection.

ABOUT ANONYMITY:  We have followed a very strict anonymity policy in the past that has meant that stories that were not fully anonymized were immediately disqualified.  After some discussion with people in publishing, we have decided to keep the preference for anonymity, but not have such dire consequences if it’s broken.  Please try to keep your name out of the story and the story notes boxes.  But if you forget, your story will not be disqualified for it.  So, please keep it in mind, but don’t sweat it too much.  If you query, we prefer that you ask about the submission ID if you have it, and your email address if you don’t, but again, making a mistake is not a disqualifying act.

ABOUT STORY NOTES: We no longer ask for a cover letter on submission, but we do ask if there’s anything you’d like us to know as we read the story.  You can tell us it’s a translation in that box.  If the story is tied to something of your personal experience, this would be a good place to mention it, if that’s something you want us to keep in mind.  For instance, if your protagonist uses a wheelchair and you use a wheelchair, and if you’d like us to be aware of this when reading, you can mention it here.  You are never required to enter anything in this box, and it won’t be held against your submission if you don’t.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Speculative fiction–science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Everything should have a speculative element–that includes horror. Feel free to mix in other genres at will–a fantasy mystery or a science fiction romance.

And yes, we really mean it has to have a speculative element. If you submit a serial killer story with only mundane elements, even though that could be a horror story it’s not a speculative horror story and it will be rejected regardless of quality.

Things that we tend to really like:
Weird fiction
Sense of wonder
Strong character and plot arcs
Strong worldbuilding, hinting at more to see around the edges of the story
Philosophical food-for-thought
Straightforward, easily readable style
Religion, where the story does not try to convert the reader, nor does the story demonize religion
Platonic friendship between men and women
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