Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Payment: 6 cents/word (1 cent/word for reprints)
Note: Reprints Welcome
At Compelling Science Fiction, we have two main goals: to find, publish, and promote the best science fiction stories, and to support and encourage the authors who write them. We currently pay 6 cents/word for accepted stories (we are considered a SFWA Qualifying Market).
Deadline: October 24th, 2018
Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story, Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story
What is the Story Seed Vault?
The Vault is an online periodical that adheres to the limitation of Twitter publishing. We consider all types of fiction with one condition – your story must be based on science.
We’re looking for stories that act as story seeds – prompts for spin off plots and weird tangents. We want to think in new ways about how our world works and the possibilities for future worlds, expanding tangentially from what we know now.
Who can submit to the Vault?
The Vault will takes submissions from all sorts of writers, from established writers to new, science communicator, or people who have a personal passion for science. As long as you adhere to our guidelines, we will publish your work!
In accordance with the ethics and values of our editorial team, the Vault is also a diversity-oriented publication. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, particularly those from marginalized and under-represented groups. Science communication is done by all sorts of people – and we want writers who reflect that diversity.
Where can I find science to be inspired by?
We suggest taking a look at science news websites and science magazines, such as the below:
Ars Technica Technology news, provides breakdowns on the latest scientific advancements. Main focus is IT and ‘gadgets’.
Science Daily Scientific research news. Does not report on general science news.
Science Mag Reports on research and general science news. Almost always evidence-based reporting.
Science Alert and Live Science Pop science news. An easily accessible form of science news that doesn’t use academic language. Prone to clickbait titles.
If you’re still stuck on what to write, take a look at our submission archives for inspiration and an indication of what we’ve accepted in the past.
Disclaimer: Story Seed Vault is not partnered with nor sponsored by any of the sites listed above and our authors should research as widely as they can. Have a favourite news site? Let us know! Shoot us an email or @ us on Twitter.
When does the Vault open for submissions?
Submissions are open from the 10th to the 24th of every month. We recommend submitting your story the month it is written, in order to publish it as close as possible to the release of the inspiration of your work.
Thinking of writing a story based on a specific event? Email us and let us know – we can work together to schedule it as close to the event as possible!
A number of writers have been asking how we would handle the new 280 character limit on Twitter. When we asked what people loved about the Vault, the most valuable components were: 1) the conciseness of our stories and 2) the science editorial.
Writers enjoyed the challenge of the shorter format. So, we have decided to provide you with more room to write but give a higher fee to writers who write shorter stories. See our payment terms below.
Length of Submission
The Vault now accepts two types of submissions – short and long fiction.
Short Fiction – Up to 150 characters.
Long Fiction – Between 150 characters and 200 characters.
Number of Submissions
Each writer can submit up to three stories per submissions period.
Despite limited resources, we strongly believe in paying our writers! We pay the following rates for fiction:
Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story
Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story
Once we’ve accepted your story, we’ll get in touch about the best payment method for you. If you plan to submit more stories in the future, we can hold payments until the amount is larger.
You can also donate your commission to Story Seed Vault (we appreciate it!) to help us pay for future stories. If so, we’ll be sure to send you a complimentary copy of any e-book or zine if it spontaneously creates itself.
How do I submit?
Email your story to us at [email protected]. The following must be in your submission:
- Add ‘Story Seed Vault Submission’ in the subject line of your email
- Your story, with a link to the science you were inspired by.*
A brief explanation of your inspiration is optional but strongly suggested.
- Include a short bio, up to 140 characters. Link to any portfolios or social media accounts you would like to promote.
*We might require additional evidence of a claim to publish.
How long do I need to wait for your response?
We do our very best to respond within 14-21 days. If you don’t hear back, shoot us an email at [email protected].
You’re paying me – so what rights do I have?
You own your story and can do with it whatever you wish after publication. We retain the right to keep the story in our archive and to include it in future electronic or print anthologies. By submitting, you agree to give Story Seed Vault these rights if published. Story Seed Vault takes no responsibility for other parties taking inspiration from these concepts or ideas.
When will my story go up?
We publish a new story approximately ever three days, around 1PM AEST. Currently, the Vault gets approximately 10 submissions a month, which we then schedule up to a month in advance. Your story will go up between 2-4 weeks after it is accepted.
Via: Story Seed Vault.
Deadline: October 25th, 2018
To honor Halloween (no, not that one), Gizmodo and io9 are presenting a very special editorial package focused on death in its many forms—we’ll be running essays, investigations, and a work of short fiction on what goes on beyond the veil. And as part of it, io9 is announcing an open call for works of short, speculative fiction that interrogate what death might mean, or be, in the future.
Perhaps death has become a thing of the past—for some humans, at least. Maybe a newly sentient AI must decide whether to program some form of death into its universe. Whatever the premise, we’re looking for creative takes on what it means for an object or entity to cease to be. We’re most interested in futuristic and science fiction-infused tales; no gore or straight horror, please.
We’re looking for pieces under 2,000 words and the deadline for us to receive your submission is October 25, 2018. Our rates start at $0.50/word and authors will retain the copyright to their work, granting Gizmodo a right to first publication and a 90-day exclusive period.
To submit, please email a short summary (a few sentences will do) of the scope and plot of the story, as well as links to any other published work you’d like for us to see, to [email protected]. Please include your story as an attachment.
Deadline: June 1st, 2019
Payment: all prose 501 to 3,000 words = $0.01/word with a $20 minimum, microflash (up to 150 words) = $5, flash (up to 500 words) = $10 – Longer work will be considered. Regardless of length, all payments are capped at $30. – 1 poem = $7 – Quips, limericks and other short poems = $5 each
Page & Spine is a paying site. Because of the large number of submissions, we will no longer accept submissions that do not comply with our submissions requirements. Emails containing attachments will be deleted unopened.
Requirements and rates:
Short Stories up to 3,000 words. Flash Fiction to 1,000 words. Format: Single space. Indent paragraphs. Do not skip a line between paragraphs. Considered between October 1st and June 1st only.
Up to 3 Poems of not more than a total of three typewritten pages. Considered between October 1st and June 1st only.
The Writers’ Table writing-related essays, book reviews, favorite author profiles of not more than 2,000 words.
The Reading Lamp topical essays, non-fiction, fiction to 3,000 words, poems
Crumbs short, witty Poetry, Quips and thought-provoking Flash Fiction (to 150 words)
End Notes essays, poems, book reviews on any subject
Payscale: all prose 501 to 3,000 words = $0.01/word with a $20 minimum, microflash (up to 150 words) = $5, flash (up to 500 words) = $10
Longer work will be considered. Regardless of length, all payments are capped at $30.
1 poem = $7
quips, limericks and other short poems = $5 each
Because we have bulging pending files in our short story, reading lamp and poems categories, submissions will be accepted only between October 1 and June 1 in these categories. Please plan your submissions accordingly.
Due to a happy surfeit of unpublished submissions, reprints will not be accepted until further notice.
“Published” is defined as any piece that has been on public view anytime, anywhere. Members only critique sites where work is viewed only by paying members is not a publication venue.
Author generated photography will not be paid, but may be published at the editorial board’s discretion with the understanding that Page & Spine can neither control dissemination nor protect copyrights and will not be held responsible for theft or misuse.
Due to a welcome flood of submissions, our usually short turn-around time has increased to six months, more or less. Simultaneous submissions will not be considered, so please take our delayed response into consideration when you submit.
For additional information or to share your writing with us, please send your submissions in the body of an e-mail to [email protected] . Please mark the subject line: “Submission” or “Inquiry” as appropriate. To avoid spreading viruses, attachments will not be opened and attachment-bearing e-mails will be deleted unopened.
Via: Page & Spine.
Payment: Book reviews: $15, Poetry: $15 per poem, Short stories: $20, Interviews with historical novelists: $20
Note: Historical Fiction Market
We publish new pieces throughout each month. Authors should expect to hear from us within 12-16 weeks of sending their submissions.
The Copperfield Review is a paying market. Our rates are as follows:
Book reviews: $15
Poetry: $15 per poem
Short stories: $20
Interviews with historical novelists: $20
Nonfiction about tips for writing historical fiction or personal essays about writing historical fiction: $25
All payments are in U.S. dollars. Authors selected for publication after June 1, 2017 who wish to be paid must have a PayPal account. PayPal is our only method of payment at this time, so if your work is accepted and you wish to be paid by The Copperfield Review you will need to have a valid PayPal account.
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Authors, agents, publishers, and publicists should carefully read and follow all guidelines prior to submitting. We’re sorry, but questions that can be answered by reading our guidelines are not likely to receive a response.
Please keep track of your submissions. We are unable to respond to queries asking when or if you submitted your work to us.
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To contact us, please email us at copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com.
We accept submissions 365 days a year. We accept previously published submissions. We do not charge reading fees. We reserve the right to edit the work we publish for length, content, and clarity. We reserve the right to remove an author’s work from our website at any time.
Authors must notify us immediately if they need to remove their submission or if their work is accepted elsewhere while it is under consideration at The Copperfield Review. We are unable to consider future submissions from authors who do not respect this request.
Authors, do not submit a new version of your story or a new bio after we have accepted your work. Proofread your work prior to sending it in and send the correct bio with your submission. Whatever you send as your submission is what will be published if we accept your work. No exceptions.
Authors who have been published in The Copperfield Review who need to have their work removed from our website should contact us at copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com.
Do not contact editors at their personal email addresses or social media accounts with questions or comments regarding The Copperfield Review. All Copperfield business should be sent to The Copperfield Review.
Keep in mind that The Copperfield Review is a journal of historical fiction. Submissions that are not historical in nature will not be considered for publication.
While we have many contributors we have published numerous times over the years, please don’t be greedy and send frequent submissions. We like to make room for new authors we have not yet published in Copperfield, which means that we don’t necessarily accept pieces from previous contributors.
- Short story submissions may be no longer than 3000 words in length. We also accept short shorts of 500-1000 words.
- We will consider novel excerpts if the excerpt can stand on its own as a short story. The novel excerpt may be no longer than 3000 words.
- Authors submitting short stories may submit one story per month.
- We accept submissions of history-based poetry. Please note that we are now only accepting one poem per poet per submission each month.
- Include a third person bio with your submission.
- Send in the complete manuscript. Do not query first.
- We accept submissions of nonfiction articles with tips for writing historical fiction or personal essays about writing historical fiction.
- We also accept author interviews with authors of historical fiction.
- There is a 3000 word limit for nonfiction submissions.
- Nonfiction authors may submit one submission per month.
- Include a third person bio with your submission.
- Send in the complete manuscript. Do not query first.
Stories, articles, or poems that do not meet our guidelines will not be considered for publication.
To Submit Your Work:
Paste your submission and third person bio into an email and send it to copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com. We do not accept file attachments as submissions. Submissions sent as file attachments will be deleted unread. We do not accept submissions sent as Google Docs. Submissions sent as a Google Doc file will be deleted unread.
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If you have written a review of an historical novel or a nonfiction book about history or writing, we welcome the submission of your review. Reviewers may send in one submission per month. Send in the complete manuscript. Do not query first. Book reviews must be submitted with book review information:
- title of novel
- author of novel
- how many quills awarded (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being best)
- Include a third person bio with your submission.
Via: The Copperfield Review.
fiction, poetry, literary essays, travel narratives, translation, novelettes in verse / flash
As we head into our 10th anniversary (October 2018), our editorial focus is honing in on one particular aspect of our mission to explore the world one voice at a time. This shift in editorial focus aligns with our new vision:
To become a sustainable archive of short-form literature that explores the intersection between humans and the landscape — including any/all of its inhabitants — inspiring readers, writers, editors, and researchers to engage with and speak for their local ecosystems.
Additional details will be released throughout the spring and summer, but the gist of things can be gleaned from the central circle in the diagram found here:
- We ARE reading single works for publication on our blog. Please see the “New Guidelines Overview” section below for details.
- We are NOT reading unsolicited queries for book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts. Going forward all chapbook manuscripts will be selected on a solicited basis only, from our current authors and regular contributors to the blog who have demonstrated professionalism and community spirit. Any unsolicited chap/book queries/manuscripts will be discarded/deleted without response.
Please be sure you have read some of the works published on this blog prior to submitting your work so that you get a better feel for our editorial tastes. We will make every effort to respond to your submission within 30 days. We believe in a robust editorial process, so revisions may be requested prior to publication. Be sure to take all of these considerations into account before deciding to submit your work to us.
New Guidelines Overview:
- Editor: JS Graustein | Assistant Editors: Sarah Gibson, Casey Tingle, Zakariah Johnson
- Reading Period: year round
- Issue Close Date: 31 December of each year
- Publication Date: Wednesdays.
- Number of Pieces Needed: a total of 52 per year across all genres
- Maximum Number of Pieces per Submission: one (more details below)
- Simultaneous Submissions: no
- Previously Published Submissions: no (exceptions below)
- Royalty: $5 US. Cash royalty paid via PayPal. Authors residing in countries for which individual PayPal accounts are unavailable may select a chapbook from Folded Word’s in-stock titles instead.
- Other Perqs: Folded Word’s editors may solicit chapbook manuscripts from writers with multiple works published on this blog.
We will respond to submissions as quickly as possible, but initially it may take some time to decide on the best works to launch this new concept.
Submission of Work:
To be considered, a work must:
- Have a title, which must be 70 characters or less*
- Fit within our format limits:
- Poems = 25 lines or less
- Flash fiction, literary essay, travel narrative = 500 words or less
- Cross genre = reasonable length in reference to limits in A + B above. (For example: 8 lines + 300 words, 4 lines + 400 words, 15 lines + 150 words.)
- Be previously unpublished. EXCEPTIONS: a work only published on your own blog OR only published in print.
- Follow all submission guidelines. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will be deleted without notification.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: Please only send us one work at a time — and wait until you hear from us on your first submission before sending us another. We’ll only be posting one selection per week (generally on Wednesdays), so please send your best effort.
*If your work is untitled, please give it a unique numerical identifier such as the date it was written or submitted. Example: 2017.07.11 for a poem submitted on 11 July 2017. If your work is haiku/senryu or other traditionally untitled form, simply use the first line followed by an ellipsis (…).
To Submit, Go Here: Folded Word.