Ongoing Submissions: Outposts of Beyond

Payment: $20 for original stories
$10 for reprints
Reprints Allowed
Note: Don’t let the date in their submissions on the first issue fool you, they’re still active.

Guidelines for Outposts of Beyond

We’ll keep it simple.

Outposts of Beyond is a quarterly digest published by Alban Lake Publishing in January, April, July, and October. The first issue will be released on 1 July 2013. The format is full-sized, perfect-bound magazine, 8 1/2 by 11, color cover and b&w interior. Cover price is $8.00 unless it is a special double issue. Subscriptions are $27 for one year, $50 for two years. Magazines and subscriptions are available in our bookstore.

Outposts of Beyond 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. Must have.

Submit your work to [email protected] In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission plus your last name and the title of the work submitted [if poems, just put “poems.”] E.g., “Submission: Asimov Nightfall.” Submit your story or article as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment. Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment. Submit art as a jpeg attachment.

Note: Put your contact information in the upper left corner of your manuscript AND in your e-mail. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript. Contact information example is:

Edgar Montrose,
1101 Kaboom Street,
Mushroom, NY 12117

[email protected]

paypal [if any]: [email protected]

Note: If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

Outposts of Beyond considers stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words long. We pay $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.

Outposts of Beyond considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue. We do not consider scifaiku or related forms.

Outposts of Beyond considers color cover art and interior art. We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. It’s often best if the artist has a gallery we can browse; just send us the link, and we’ll check it out and get back to you.

Outposts of Beyond considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with science, science fiction, or fantasy. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic–sciencey, or fantasy, or movie, or book, or person [interview]–and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples. Note: if you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair, but be accurate. Also note: reviews of movies need to be timely.

We consider articles between 1,500 and 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.

There you have it. Again, we must insist on guideline compliance. Now, let’s see whatcha got.

Via: Alban Lake.

Ongoing Submissions: Thinking Horror

Payment: Exact rate may differ between issues until feasible model is found. Payment at this time is $20 per article.

The unofficial theme of the magazine is “Why Horror?”

We are looking for non-fiction articles about the genre written by the people who generally think most about it.

Interested contributors must submit a short proposal to the editors outlining the proposed topic. It needn’t be long, just so long as it communicates the topic and the goals of the essay. This will help prevent repetition, or work on something that ultimately does not fit the journal’s intentions.

When imagining ideas for the journal, please keep in mind the idea of ‘timelessness’. In other words, material that would date the journal isn’t encouraged, unless a strong case can be made for it. The hope/goal of the journal is to have its issues remain releveant in perpetuity.

The sorts of articles we envision/encourage:
• analysis of specific authors and how their work illuminates the genre as a whole
• discussions of movements like Splatterpunk and New Weird
• essays on the different facets of horror (i.e. Nightmare Horror, Folk Horror)
• interviews with authors and editors about the genre and how it works, and its goals
• observational essays by writers and critics about how they view horror and what horror means to them

Essentially, we want to read a series of meditations on the genre, on what it means, on its history and its future. We want to see analysis from across the spectrum. We want this to be a premiere venue for horror and weird scholarship.

WORD COUNT: 1,000 words or more

PAYMENT: “Thinking Horror” is a paying market. Exact rate may differ between issues until feasible model is found. Payment at this time is $20 per article.

SUGGESTIONS: The editors would like to hear your ideas, but if you need help, any of the below would make for fascinating reading (where appropriate to issue theme):

  • “A Thousand Black Eyes: The Masculinity of Horror in the Work of Cornell Woolrich.”
  • “I Don’t Care if I’m Here Tomorrow: Exploring the Relationship Between Nihilism and Homosocial Concepts of Family in Post-Aids America Through the Work of Poppy Z. Brite.”
  • “Blood Splattered Black Denim: Examining the Liminal Between the Contemporary Literatures of Crime and Horror.”
  • “Bones, Bodies, and Clock Hands: Defining Depravity As Context Within A Longing for Place and The Socioeconomic Legacy of Jeffrey Dahmer in Joyce Carol Oates’ ‘Zombie’ and Poppy Z. Brite’s ‘Exquisite Corpse.’”
  • “When They Do I’ll Be Right Behind You: Phobophobia and Phobophila in the Work of Ramsey Campbell.”
  • “All the Dark You Can Stand: Nyctophobia and Nyctophilia in the Work of Laird Barron”
  • “Every Little Thing Is Wrong/Wronged: Perception and the Rejection of an Authentic Reality in the Work of Terry Lamsley.”
  • “Under Skin(s)- Cities of Bone and Muscle: Shifting Physicality as Manifestation of Queer Impulse in the Early Work of Clive Barker.”
  • “What Burns Never Returns: The Spenserian Sublime and the Fable Structure in Simon Strantzas’ ‘These Last Embers.’”
  • “We’ll See What We See: Animism, Animal Imagery, and the World Invisible in the Works of Peter Straub.”
  • “Beyond the Past and the Past Beyond: The Intersection and Overlap of the Spectral and the Weird in Fritz Leiber’s ‘Our Lady of Darkness.’”
  • “Your Son Consumed, Your Daughter Drowned: The Rhetoric of Paternal Death Anxiety in the Work of Tim Lebbon.”

Via: Thinking Horror.

Ongoing Submissions: Alt Hist




Online Submission System

Please note that you should expect a response to your submission within three months. If you haven’t heard by then please send a query email to [email protected]

Please don’t submit your piece simultaneously to another publication.

What We Want

Firstly we recommend that you read some of the first issue of Alt Hist to get a flavour of what we publish, either the sample material or better yet go and buy yourself a copy.


Fiction submitted:

1. Must be a short piece of fiction – under 10,000 words.
2. Must be either historical fiction, alternate history, or historical fantasy.
3. Must be a well written character based story rather than an exercise in ‘what if …’
4. Must not be simultaneously submitted to another publication.
5. Must be an original work that has not been published elsewhere.


Reviews and articles about historical fiction, alternate history books, genres and writers are welcome and criteria 2) and 3) above also apply.


We would love to have your artwork to illustrate the magazine and website. In fact we need a nice image for the website asap, so if you have something you would like to contribute we’ll count you in for a share of the first two year’s profits as well!

Please let us know what rights you are granting us and be aware that the magazine will be published as an ebook and printed book.

How To Submit

Please submit using our online submission system provided by submishmash.

If you are having any problems submitting or want to ask a question contact us at:[email protected]

In the subject line please put: Fiction Submission, Non-Fiction Submission, Artwork Submission as applicable.

In the body of the email tell us a bit about yourself and any previous publishing credits.

If submitting text please use standard manuscript format.

How We Pay

Please note this has changed recently.

We currently offer a token payment of either $10 per accepted submission or a free copy of the print version of the issue in which your work features. You will also receive a free PDF copy of the issue.

We are looking for First English Language serial rights, which means that we have the right to publish it first before it appears anywhere else. Once published you could then publish the story elsewhere if you wish, such as an anthology for instance.

Via: Alt Hist.

Ongoing Submissions: Odd Tree Press Quarterly


Short Stories 500 to 1500 words $10 + Digital Copy
Short Stories 1500 to 7500 words $20 + Digital Copy
Essays 1000 to 5000 words $10 + Digital Copy

Odd Tree Quarterly Submission Guidelines

General Information:

We are looking for new or previously published short stories of a speculative nature. Especially focusing on horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Speculative related art and essays. Works will be published once in the quarterly and once in the yearly bundle published at the end of each year(four quarterly issues). Each quarterly issue and yearly bundle will be available in Print, Epub, PDF, and Kindle formats.

We tend to avoid first person and present tense narratives. Written work must be submitted as a doc file in an email attachment. Please no excessive formatting. Use standard fonts with paragraph indents. Do not double space between lines or paragraphs. Do not send us your first draft and expect us to fully edit and proofread it. We are accepting short stories 500 to 7500 words in length.

Art should be submitted in any common digital format(jpg, png, etc.). Submit as an email attachment or as a link. Art should be sized for 8″ x 10″ page (full bleed). 300 dpi or better.

Essays should be submitted as a doc file in an email attachment and should be of interest to fans of speculative fiction. Essays up to 5000 words.

All authors and artists should send a short bio(up to 100 words) along with their submissions. Also provide us with up to two links that will be posted in the quarterly at the end of their piece. It can be your website and/or a link to where your other work is available. Text links only please.

The quarterly will be published every year on Jan 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and Oct 1st.

Send all submissions to: [email protected]

We are paying for non-exclusive rights to publish works in the Odd Tree Press Quarterly and an option to publish once in a future anthology. The author/artist retains all further rights. All work will be paid upon acceptance through mailed check or PayPal. A contract will be emailed upon acceptance. This contract can be reviewed and signed online. Or it can be printed, signed and mailed to the address provided in the contract email.

Sample Contract:

I,_________, am agreeing to sell non-exclusive rights to my story,_________,  for publication by Odd Tree Press for the Odd Tree Quarterly for both print and digital media. Odd Tree Press retains the option to include this story in one future anthology. I retain all further rights to this story and I affirm that I am the author of said story. I retain the rights to publish this story elsewhere and at anytime. This contract is binding upon receipt of $20 from Odd Tree Press in payment for the publishing rights of this story. Odd Tree Press agrees to send me one digital copy and one print copy upon publication of the Odd Tree Press issue in which this story is published. I agree to provide this contract along with payment information in the form of my address(for payments by check) or my PayPal ID(for online payments). I agree that if Odd Tree Press decides to not publish this story, for whatever reason, I retain the $20 fee that was paid for this story. Odd Tree Press will never ask for refunds for purchased stories. These terms are acceptable to me, please consider this contract binding. This contract can be signed digitally or printed, signed, and mailed to: Odd Tree Press


Pay rates are:

  • Short Stories 500 to 1500 words $10 + Digital Copy
  •  Short Stories 1500 to 7500 words $20 + Digital Copy
  • Essays 1000 to 5000 words $10 + Digital Copy
  • Art $10(interior) to $20(cover) + Digital Copy


Via: Odd Tree Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Aurealis


Payment: Between $20 and $60 per 1000 words

Aurealis is open to submissions during two reading periods:

1 February—7 April and 1 August—31 October

Subscribers are fast-tracked through the assessment process

Fiction guidelines

Aurealis is looking for science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words. All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror that are of a “speculative” nature will be considered, but we do not want stories that are derivative in nature, particularly those based on TV series. We do not publish horror without a supernatural element.

Although we are an Australian-based publication, we are open to submissions in English from anywhere in the multiverse.

Stories containing an unacceptable number of spelling mistakes and typos, and those that do not conform to our guidelines in other ways, will be rejected automatically. This may seem harsh, but we are being honest about it. Please take the time to polish your work in every way before you send it to us.

Aurealis pays between A$20 and A$60 per 1000 words, but assume the lower rate for unsolicited submissions.  Payment is made soon after the publication of the issue containing your story. Minimum payment is A$20. You will also receive a free electronic copy of the issue containing your story.

We buy First Electronic Publication Rights and the non-exclusive rights to include the story in a print and digital anthology. All other rights remain with the contributor. The story must not be published elsewhere for a period of twelve months after it appears in electronic form in Aurealis.

 Aurealis does not publish reprints. We don’t publish poetry or novel extracts. We don’t serialise longer works.

Our response time is no more than two months, and we are always aiming for much shorter turnarounds. Please do not query us until two months have passed since your submission. Where time permits, unsuccessful authors will be emailed a reply in the form of a checklist critique and/or a personal note. We are sorry, but Aurealis is not able to respond to queries about rejected stories.

Fiction submission guidelines

All fiction submissions to Aurealis must be by email. Please e-mail submissions to:[email protected]

Hard copy submissions will no longer be read or receive a response.

Please include the following information with your submission:

  1. The subject line of the email must be in the following format:
    Aurealis submission: <“Title of story”> <(word count)> by <Author name>
    eg Aurealis submission: “The Attack of the Cyber-witches” (2500 words) by Sy Fixion
  2. The body of the email should include:
    • A repeat of the email subject line
    • Your name, address, all phone and email contact details
    • A brief cover letter (max 200 words) “Here’s a story that I wrote about…”
    • A brief bio (max 100 words)
  3. Please include on the first page of your submission the author’s name, email address, postal address, phone number, the title of the story and the word length. Do NOT include your name or address in the footers or headers of the file.
  4. Please attach your submission as a file to your email; do not include your submission in the body of an email. Submissions should be included as rtf files only. We cannot guarantee submissions will/can be read if sent as any other file format.

Email submission example


Here is how the start of your fiction submission should look:

Aurealis submission format

  • Please only submit one story at a time. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • Save your story file as the title of the story. Do not include your name in the file name.
  • Stories must be unpublished and if accepted must remain unpublished until they appear in Aurealis. Stories should not be published (made publically available) on personal websites, public writer’s forums, small press publications, POD books/collections, self published collections etc. We are not interested in seeing stories that have been previously rejected by the magazine.
  • All stories are judged on merit through a blind reading process. All identifying information is removed prior to sending it to our readers. Hence, we do not want identifying information in headers and footers
  • Subscriber submissions will be fast-tracked through the assessment process. If you are a subscriber, please indicate this clearly in the subject line: “Aurealis submission: <“Title of story”> <(word count)> by <Author name> (SUBSCRIBER)” and on the first page of your manuscript.
  • All manuscripts should be double-spaced with broad margins and numbered pages.
  • Use 12 pt Times font, or a similar serif font, such as Cambria, Palatino, Baskerville. No other fonts, please. Italise words and passages that you want italicised. DO NOT underline words or passages you want italicised
  • If you have note heard from us after two months, please check your spam filters before querying us.

Please direct all fiction submission queries to: [email protected]

Non-fiction submission guidelines

We are interested in articles between 500 and 2000 words of interest to readers and writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. These include humorous pieces, serious articles and interviews. We prefer non-fiction where some visuals are included. Non-fiction must be previously unpublished and remain unpublished for 12 months after publication in Aurealis. Our payment is A$20 per 1000 words. Send all non-fiction articles and queries to [email protected].

Review book guidelines

Aurealis reviews novels, anthologies, collections and non-fiction of interest to readers of  science fiction, fantasy and horror. Please send queries to [email protected]. Do not send digital files unless requested to do so. Due to the volume of requests, we only respond if we are interested in seeing the book. A book request from us is no guarantee it will be reviewed.  Please do not send follow-up queries.

If you would like to write reviews for Aurealis, please send an expression of interest to the Reviews Editor at [email protected]. If there is an opening, the Reviews Editor will get back to you with information about how to apply.



Cohesion Press Is Open To Military Sci-Fi/Horror



For us, novellas range from 30,000 to 40,000 words. Novels and collections are 40,000 words and above.
We are not looking for anything smaller than this.



Reprints: Please query.

Please read the entire page before doing anything. Then, read it once more.

What we want:


  • Military thrillers, military sci-fi, or military horror
  • SHTF, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic horror (there are too many bad zombie tales out there already, so if you have the shambling (or running) dead in your story, it better be damn good)
  • Biological/Creature horror ie. beasties rising up against man, giant creatures devouring cities etc.
  • YA in the above genres
  • Collections in the above genres


  • Memoirs of crime or addiction
  • Memoirs of military service or action. We particularly like Special Forces

NOTE: Unique projects will always be considered.
If you have something that is unable to be classified, contact us via the Contact Page


We offer 50% of gross income on all electronic and print sales


Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.
Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.
Pitches MUST be attached as a doc file. DO NOT include in the body of the email.

How to format your pitch:

Your pitch should include the following items in this order:

1. Contact information top left. Total wordcount top right.
2. Title and author name centred
3. Full synopsis; around 400-600 words
4. Author bio
5. Any promotion ability you have, such as website, blog, social media etc. We WILL promote your work, but expect you to do the same.
6. The first three chapters or 10,000 words (whichever comes first) in the same document

  • Courier or Times New Roman; 12pt; italics as they will appear. No underlining. MINIMAL FORMATTING.
  • Double spaced
  • DO NOT use tab or spacing to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only. If unsure, do not indent at all
  • ONE SPACE after periods
  • NO LINE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required

Send submissions to: [email protected]
Subject line should be: genre_[title]_[surname]

We will respond within 48 hours to acknowledge receipt of your submission.
We will make contact within 2 weeks – at the most – in regard to whether we want to read your novel.
If you haven’t heard back in three weeks from the date of pitch submission, send us an enquiry via [email protected]
The subject line of this email should be in the format: pitchenquiry_


Via: Cohesion Press.

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