Ongoing Submissions: Polu Texni

Payment: $20 for a poem
Theme: Poetry on SF or fantasy themes

We are currently open to submissions, but we do have a big pool of accepted pieces so will be reading very selectively.

Polu Texni is looking for articles, poems, or art profiles that pertain to our themes. Submissions can be sent to submissions at polutexni.com.

Non-fiction: This is our current biggest need. We are looking for articles on future art, technology and art, fannish culture, emerging media, art and science, or art and fantasy, among other things. Feel free to drop us a quick email with an idea and a short bio before you write, although we are unlikely to make a commitment before reading the finished piece. We will pay 3 to 5 cents a word.

Artist Profiles: We want to run profiles and interviews on speculative artists. We want to hear from mixed media artists, and artists with less exposure. Please send photos or links to photos, and if chosen we will contact you for an interview.

Poetry: Poetry on SF or fantasy themes. We prefer strong visual images. We pay $20 for a poem. Please send one poem per email, in the body of the email. Please, no attachments. It’s OK to send multiple poems, but please send them in separate emails. We might make an exception for attachments if your formatting is particularly fussy, but also be warned that WordPress isn’t the best tool for finicky formatting so this is not the best market for pieces that rely on careful visuals. If you have a suggestion for an accompanying photo or illustration, let us know if your poem is accepted.

Book Reviews: We would like reviews of books pertaining to our themes, either speculative fiction books, art books, illustrated books or graphic novels. Pays 3 cents a word.

Please contact me at submissions at polutexni.com if you have any questions.

Via: Polu Texni.

Ongoing Submissions: Blood Orange

Payment: $15

blood orange is constantly accepting, reviewing, and publishing submissions. If you are unsure about what cards are still available, check out the card index or get in touch ⤏ with our editor. Right now, the plan is to publish one full tarot deck; if we get lots of community support for the project, we could potentially publish more editions.

Thank you so much for considering blood orange as a vessel for your work. We can’t wait to read your submissions!

GUIDELINES

  • blood orange publishes poetry and concrete/visual poetry. The only formatting requirement is that your piece should be able to fit on a tarot card, which is traditionally 2.75” x 4.75”. We love submissions in languages other than English, but as our editor only knows English and French, please include a translation of your piece if it is not in either of those languages.
  • Submissions are accepted via email ⤏. Please include your submission as an attachment, the name of the card you’re submitting for, a short third-person bio, and an author photo. For poetry, please submit as a word document. For concrete/visual poetry, please submit a .png file of your work. It is incredibly helpful if you include the words “blood orange submission” in your subject line. There will never be a reading fee for submissions.
  • blood orange aims to publish 79 cards by 79 different poets. As such, if you have received an acceptance, please do not submit more work at this time. If you have received a rejection, please wait two months before submitting new work. If you’ve looked through the card index and have an idea for an additional card for our deck, please email our editor ⤏ with your pitch!
  • We pay $15 per published card. That said, blood orange is a labour of love and our editor is paying all fees out of pocket, so if you have the means to accept less than $15, please indicate this in your submission email. We are working on securing funding for blood orange, as we believe strongly that poets should be paid for their labour and recognize that $15 is not the pay scale that we would like to be able to provide.
  • blood orange is committed to publishing radical and diverse poetry. We strongly encourage Indigenous folks, Black folks, racialized folks, transgender and nonbinary folks, Muslim and Jewish folks, disabled folks, poor folks, immigrants and refugees, queer folks, fat folks, and sex workers to submit here. If you identify as one or more of the above and would like to let us know, please mention it in your submission email. This disclosure is by no means required, and will only be used to help blood orange curate a tarot that highlights the work of poets who have been underrepresented and marginalized in literary communities.
  • blood orange is dedicated to being a safe and inclusive publisher of dynamic poetry. We will not accept racist, transphobic, xenophobic, queerphobic, fascist, or otherwise oppressive works, or works by abusive writers. If you have any questions or concerns about pieces or poets that have been published in blood orange, please do not hesitate to get in touch ⤏.

Via: Blood Orange.

Ongoing Submissions: tdotSpec Magazine

Payment: CAD 1.5c/word. CAD .4c/word for reprints.
Note: Reprints Welcome

We are currently seeking exciting, entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-written speculative fiction (broadly defined), without limitation on content or theme, in the range of 100 to 10,000 words. Stories in the range of 2 to 5 thousand words are preferred. We offer a semi-professional rate of CAD 1.5c/word for original fiction (CAD $15/1000 words).

We accept reprints at a reduced rate of CAD .4c/word (CAD $4/1000 words).

We believe there are many ways to write a good story, so we won’t try to limit what we’re asking for. In general, a good story keeps you turning pages until the end, and a great story keeps you thinking about it long after that. Of course it’s subjective, and our editors represent diverse tastes, so the best thing to do is to submit and see if we like it. Aside from being a good story, with all that entails, some things that might earn you extra points include: innovative stories that grapple with important issues; diverse perspectives; complex or intellectually-stimulating ideas conveyed in a compelling way; stories that resist simple paraphrase and make the reader think; stories that have cool or exciting premises that readers want to share after reading.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed for original works only, but please limit this to three submissions at any one time; do not submit multiple reprint stories for consideration. Do not resubmit stories that we have already made a decision on; you get one chance per story, so make sure it is polished before you submit.

Use standard manuscript format, or something close to it. Your document should be double-spaced in TNR or Courier font. We accept .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt file types. Don’t submit .pdf or .pages.

Rights purchased: for original works, we ask for worldwide first-publication rights for print and digital formats of tdotSpec Magazine and the tdotSpec website, and one-month exclusivity from the time of publication; for reprints, we ask for a non-exclusive license for print and digital format of tdotSpec Magazine and the tdotSpec website.

We accept submissions every Monday, EST, through our online submission form.

Other works:

  • Poetry: Yes, we are interested in speculative poetry. We pay CAD 25c/line for original poetry, to a maximum of $10; we pay CAD 5c/line for reprint poetry, to a maximum of $5. We prefer shorter poetry and modern forms.
  • Comics, panel strips, and other graphic format stories: Yes, we’re interested in black-and-white panel strips or other forms of graphic speculative fiction suitable for the interior of a magazine. Images should fit within a 6″ x 9″ page. Compensation for this medium is flexible; consider CAD $1.50/panel as an approximate starting point.
  • Artwork: Yes, we’re interested in speculative artwork, provided it is a black-and-white line illustration suitable for the interior of a magazine. Images should fit within a 6″ x 9″ page.  Compensation for this medium is flexible; consider CAD $6/image as an approximate starting point.
  • Reviews and non-fiction articles: Yes, we’re interested in neutral/unbiased reviews and non-fiction articles. Neutral/unbiased means we don’t want reviews written by anyone with personal or professional connections to the author whose work is being reviewed. These are non-paying.
  • Novellas and Serialization: Yes, we are interested in serializing your longer works (paid at the same rate as short fiction), up to 40k words, provided (a) it is fully completed when it is submitted, (b) it is original (previously unpublished; no reprints for serialized works) and (c) you have clearly indicated breaks between serialized sections, such that each section is fewer than 10,000 words (preferably around 5k words) and breaks at a natural and effective point. This is to ensure that serializations are well structured and that stories that start strong do not go awry in future installments. For serialized works in particular, we require gripping stories with strong, memorable characters that the reader cares about, engaged in conflicts with high tension that maintain narrative momentum—enough to carry readers to the next issue.

Via: tdotSpec Magazine.

Taking Submissions: The First Line – Spring 2020

Deadline: February 1st, 2020
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually three to four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.

One more thing while I’ve got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.

Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line’s Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.

All Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don’t mind if you want to submit multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.

Four-Part Stories: If you think you are up to the challenge, you can write a four-part story that uses the spring, summer, fall, and winter sentences. However, all the parts must be submitted at once (a single e-mail or snail mail) before the February 1st deadline. (If selected, each part will be published in its respective issue.)

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line‘s post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the submission schedule for 2020:

Spring:
Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open.
Due date: February 1, 2020

Summer:
The door was locked.
Due date: May 1, 2020

Fall:
The Simmons public library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless people and the wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhood.
Due date: August 1, 2020

Winter:
Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else.
Due date: November 1, 2020

Notification: We don’t make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within three to four weeks after the issue’s deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the website as we will indicate each issue’s production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Via: The First Line.

Taking Submissions: THEMA: Not of this World

Deadline: March 1st, 2020
Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.

Upcoming premises (target themes) and deadlines for submission [postmarked]:

Not of this World [March 1, 2020]

To download a PDF file of the guidelines, click here .

ALL SHORT STORIES, ESSAYS, POEMS, PHOTOGRAPHS and ART MUST RELATE TO ONE OF THE PREMISES SPECIFIED ABOVE.

NOTE: Previously published pieces are welcome, provided that the submission fits the theme and that the author owns the copyright.

The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. Fewer than 20 double-spaced typewritten pages preferred. Indicate premise (target theme) on title page. Be sure to Indicate target theme in cover letter or on first page of manuscript. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with each submission. Rejected manuscripts unaccompanied by an SASE will not be returned. Response time: 3 months after premise deadline. NO READER’S FEE.

Mail to: THEMA, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747.

Outside the US: email [email protected]

On acceptance for publication, we will pay the following amount: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.

Copyright reverts to author after publication.

THEMA isn’t for everyone. To find out why, click here.

New to submitting manuscripts to journals?
Click here to download a PDF file of a few basic guidelines.

Unlike many publishers, we prefer works submitted by the authors themselves, without the involvement of an agent.

Be sure to indicate premise and include SASE for each submission. BE SURE to include a separate SASE for each premise.

No handwritten manuscripts will be considered.

NOTE:

We do not accept e-mailed submissions EXCEPT from authors who live outside the U.S.

For those living outside the U.S., submit manuscript as an email attachment (readable by MSWord either as a DOC file or an RTF file), and include the following information on the title page: target theme, title of work, name of author, email address and physical address.

 


Short Stories: All types welcomeboth traditional and experimental

Send to: Virginia Howard, editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at [email protected]

What we like: a carefully constructed plot; good character delineation; clever plot twists

What we don’t like: bedroom/bathroom profanity. Why?

  • It’s boring! Writers should be more creative than to depend on the same tired and dubious language crutches to express surprise, disdain, shock, bemusement, anger, sadness, and other emotions.
  • Such profanity, used in excess, often serves as a camouflage for a weak plot. If the plot is good, the story can be told much more effectively in nonscatologic language even though a character in the story may be sleazy.
  • Stories of lasting quality rarely need it.

Poetry: All types of poetic form welcome. Submit no more than three poems per theme, please. If more than three poems are submitted, we will read only the first three poems in the stack.

Send to: Gail Howard, poetry editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Gail Howard at [email protected]

What we like: poems that are thoughtfully constructed and carefully distilled.

What we don’t like: sexually explicit wording. Subtlety is more creative.

Art and Photography: Now accepting color illustrations and photographs for cover, and black and white illustrations and photographs for interior display. Submit 5″x7″ photograph of artwork.

Send to: Virginia Howard, editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at [email protected]ia: THEMA.

Via: THEMA.

Ongoing Submissions: Utopia Science Fiction

Payment: $15 per short story, $2 for each accepted short poem or $10 for each accepted long poem

What we’re looking for:

We accept any short story science fiction piece set in a future that might inspire us. Things don’t need to be perfect! We still like drama, but optimism in at least some regard is necessary.We’re not too picky, what we really want is to be surprised. So send in your best piece and we’ll consider it. Wow us with your characters, your settings, your story. Hard science fiction is always a bonus. We welcome solicited and unsolicited submissions.

Submissions must be in PDF or Docx and in proper Manuscript Format. If you’re curious about what that means. Please see example here. Please allow 5 weeks for a response. If you have not received a response feel free to contact us with the word “Query” in the subject line.

For Short Stories

We accept Stories anywhere from 100 words to 6,000 words. We’ll occasionally consider something longer if the writing is really good, or breaking up a longer piece into serials if the entirety is finished. But please, no submitting the next Odyssey. We don’t publish novels!

We will currently pay $15 for a story upon publication.

For Poetry

We will publish science-fiction based poetry. Please submit up to five short poems or one long poem. We will pay $2 for each accepted short poem or $10 for each accepted long poem upon publication

Non-Fiction

Have an article you’d like to write about a new discovery? A new technology that might revolutionize our lives. Have a piece on fun science facts? We’d love to hear it. We’re interested in a wide range of scientific fields. We will pay $15 for a non-fiction piece upon publication. Please keep non-fiction articles under 5,000 words.

FAQs without the questions.

We buy First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights with limited archival rights.

Simultaneous submissions are a fact of life. But please tell us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere.

If a story is rejected. Do not resubmit it. Unless it has gone through such drastic editing that it no longer resembles the first submission in any way, shape, or form. Then send it on over!

Multiple submissions are not appreciated. Please only one submission at a time and please wait at least two months between submitting one story and another one.

We will not accept translated or reprinted old stories. No exceptions. We do not accept Fan Fictions. Even incredibly good ones, sorry.

Any more questions you can contact us via our Contact Page.

Via: Utopia Science Fiction.

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