Reading Periods: September 15 – January 15 and March 15 – July 15
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Outlook Springs is a literary journal from another dimension. It is devoted to your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange. Submit one story or essay at a time (up to 7,500 words) or up to five poems (Important: Submit all poems as 1 document). Please do not submit more than twiceper reading period, unless told otherwise by an editor.
Our reading periods are:
September 15 – January 15
March 15 – July 15
(See categories for descriptions & details.)
Submission Guidelines: Keep it simple. 12 pt font. Double-Spaced. Name and page number on each page. Cover letter should include contact information, as well as anything else you would like our editors to know about you. Make sure to read our genre-specific guidelines. Please don’t conceal hexes and/or curses within these cover letters.
Important note: we do not accept paper submissions. Non-Important note: we can’t seem to find the cap to our toothpaste. We’ve looked everywhere.
Simultaneous submissions are a-OK in our book, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Outlook Springs acquires first serial printing rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication. For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor’s copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor’s copy total.
Each issue features both new and established writers. We accept all kinds of horror fiction and nonfiction under 4,000 words. We also accept dark verse (poetry). We aim to frighten our readers. All submissions ought to focus on terrorizing the reader.
It’s still free to submit!
Many excellent journals charge fees for either online or offline submissions (or both). We all understand those funds are needed to send contributors a copy, or otherwise generate income. More than 70% of journals today do not pay anything. These types of practices are understandable, but frustrating to writers.Fortunately, at Jitter Press general submissions are still free.
All journals have some financial strategy to stay afloat, and those decisions are often difficult trade-offs.
What are our trade-offs?Pros:
We don’t require writers to pay anything to submit.
We are in the minority of journals that DO pay cash (via PayPal because it’s easy and convenient).
Along with publication, all poets receive a 1 Year Subscription to Jitter online ($20 Value).Cons:
We cannot afford to send free paperback copies.
Token payments are small.
By submitting, you are acknowledging these terms.
1. By submitting, you are asserting your work is available to print and has not been previously printed elsewhere. You maintain all future-use rights to your work.
2. You affirm your submission is your own creation and no part of your submission is in the public domain.
3. You may submit up to 5 times each month. (Please separate your submissions.)
4. You may withdraw any submission prior to acceptance by logging into the submission manager. Once accepted, you will need to contact us to withdraw a submission.
We do not charge you to submit your work.
Being gross is not the same as being horrifying. We aim to frighten readers, not gross them out.
We do not charge a reading fee for general submissions.
We prefer you limit your submissions to 5 per month.
Remember to separate your submissions.
Simultaneous submissions are fine.
One token payment allowed per issue.
Token payments are currently $1.50 for everyone, and $10.00 for submissions marked as “Editor’s Choice.”
Cash payments are paid by PayPal to any address you designate.
Subscriptions to Jitter Press online are awarded after publication.
We prefer submissions using our submission manager. However, we still accept submissions by mail.
To submit by mail, follow these directions:
* Include up to 5 poems on separate sheets without contact info.
* Long poems on multiple sheets should be collated and stapled together.
* Include your contact info on a cover page with a list of poems and your bio.
* Include a SASE for notices – or your email address.
* Submissions will not be returned without sufficient postage.
Prolific Press Inc.
Jitter Press Editor
P.O. Box 113
Harborton, VA 23389
The Martian Wave publishes science fiction works that center around the exploration and colonization of outer space, with an emphasis on our solar system. We prefer stories set around that theme, but we will also accept stories that are set in that timeframe. If it doesn’t fit that description, then it’s not right for TMW.
All submissions will receive a response within three months of being submitted. It’s usually a lot quicker, but as we’ve all learned recently, things sometimes happen that are beyond our control…so we will endeavor to respond quicker than two months, but we won’t guarantee it. Time permitting, we may comment on rejected manuscripts.
Fiction must revolve around the zine’s theme, no exceptions. Stories set in our solar system will be our priority, but we will certainly accept stories set outside of our solar system…but please stick to the zines’ theme.
We’re looking for stories up to 7,500 words. We will still not read simultaneous submissions, nor will we be reading reprints for the new print zine. Payment for first rights will be ½ cent per word for First Rights.
To get a feel for what we publish, please pick up a copy of the zine at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/tmw.htm
For poetry, it’s the same thing. Poems must revolve around the idea of the colonization and exploration of space. Payment will be $5 per poem, on publication for first rights. No reprints or simultaneous submissions. The 2016 issue is now full for poetry.
At this time we are not looking for art submissions.
All submissions must use standard manuscript formatting. Please send all submissions as attachments in rtf. We are no longer reading Word submissions. I will read poetry submissions that are sent pasted into messages, but I’d prefer attachments. Please also include a brief third person authors’ bio.
Don’t send work that is based in other people’s universes. All works must be original with no threat of copyright infringement. All submissions should be sent to themartianwave at yahoo dot com. The Matian Wave DOES NOT accept snail-mail submissions. We’re not including the e-mail address as a hyperlink because of spammers, but we’re confident you can figure out what to do with that address…
Payment: one cent a word. $10 for one thousand words or less. $20 for two thousand words or less (but reasonably above one thousand). $30 for three thousand words or less (but reasonably above two thousand). Not interested in any story over three thousand words in length.
Note: Canadian Authors Only
Contributors must be Canadian, or at least resident in Canada.
I prefer Science Fiction over Fantasy, though of course SF can include fantasy elements, so I’m flexible. Weird Fantasy would intrigue me. Also interested in Horror with SF aspects. Have a weakness for Lovecraftian Horror. Nothing obscene or ultra-violent. Idea-driven combined with character-driven would be ideal.
Particularly interested in beginning writers who haven’t made a sale yet. The primary purpose of this zine is to encourage beginning writers. I welcome experienced authors but will judge unpublished writers as a separate category so they won’t have to compete with pros. Ideally at least two to three first-sale stories will be in in every issue. Be sure to mention whether you have been published or not so I’ll be sure to place you in the proper category.
I offer First Publication English Language World Serial Online (PDF) Internet Rights with a post-publication exclusivity period of just one week, after which the author/artist is free to sell as a reprint to anyone anywhere.
The exclusivity period is unusually short because I have no financial stake in holding on to rights and am more than willing to encourage the author to sell again ASAP.
Note that reprints are less desirable to most publishers and are more difficult to place. On the other hand, my payment rates are so low you might even make more money selling your work as a reprint than you did selling it to me as a first publication!
The advantage of selling First Publication to me is that I want to publish at least two or three works per issue which are first sales for previously unpublished authors, so I am more likely to buy than magazines concentrating on known authors with proven sales records.
I am also open to publishing reprints under the same rights as First Publication, but no exclusivity period is involved. You can sell it again even before I publish it.
Currently open to short story submissions
Short stories must be three thousand words or less.
Short stories can be Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror.
Subgenres can include:
Science Fiction:Alternate History, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary/Near Future, Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Hard SF, Humorous SF, Mystery cross genre, Space Opera, Steampunk, Time Travel, Weird Tale, Weird Western, etc.
Fantasy: Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Heroic, Mythological, Science Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Steampunk, Supernatural, Sword & Sorcery, Weird Tale, Weird Western, etc.
Horror:Creature Horror, Gothic, Historical, Horror Western, Lovecraftian, Monsters, Noir, SF Horror, Shapeshifter, Steampunk, Supernatural, Weird Tale, Weird Western, etc.
In other words, almost anything goes as long as it is genre-related and imaginative.
Currently open to poems on any of the above themes. Sixty lines or less.
Not currently open to themed interior art for specific stories (hope to be some day), but a wonderful B&W SF/Fantasy/horror piece for interior I’d be interested in. I am also currently open to potential Cover Art (for #5 and beyond) and to interior fillo pieces.
Be aware normally contributors will be paid on acceptance prior to being published. I am not yet in a position to do that. Contributors to the proposed “Proof of Concept” demo first issue were paid shortly after publication, but contributors to the next issue or two may not be paid till later in the year (though earlier if possible). It is planned that 2017 issues will not come out until after the contributors have been paid,
Everyone submitting should include a short, one paragraph bio which confirms Canadian status, publication status, and makes you appear quite the character.
Also, be sure to let me know if the work being submitted has been previously published or not, and whether my acceptance would constitute your first sale ever.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
E-mail a word doc (not a PDF) to me at < R. Graeme Cameron > and include “PY Sub” in your heading.
Payment: $10 for each short story, flash fiction, installments of serial fiction, or book review. $5 for everything else, such as reprints, micro fiction, poetry, art and photography, or other creative works.
Note: Reprints Allowed
We accept unsolicited submissions year-round. Our very first Short StoryContest is open until August 28, 2016.
Please send us the following:
Other Forms of Creative Media
We are seeking beautifully-written, original short stories by writers with distinct voices, and a clear, sweeping vision. We want to read stories not only for the pleasure they give us but also for the way they dare to dream, to risk, to question and to speak to our ever shifting world, possessing both the courage and craft needed to execute on their ambitious intent: the melding of art with entertainment. Our favorite kinds of stories are those that are still emotionally haunting long after their plots have slipped from our memories, the fingerprints of their ghosts left behind on our day-to-day lives. To paraphrase Flannery O’Connor, the ending of a short story should be at once surprising and inevitable, gifting us with some kind of intangible – a deepening awareness of the fragile conditions of being human.
We are strong advocates for intoxicating language and pleasing sentences. That said, stories should also be clear and readable. Proper grammar and punctuation are vital to crafting a story which is fluid, artfully-written, and also easy to comprehend on a line-by-line level.
We welcome both traditional and experimental forms of literary fiction, as well as genre fiction provided we feel that the work shows some “literary” aesthetic. We highly encourage submitting intrepid stories that slip across borders, elusive to strict marketing conventions while staying in full control of their geography at all times. Genre-blending should have purpose and direction.
We’ll take any great story that can be classified under the umbrella of commercial or genre fiction (romance, mystery, crime, etc). What gets us excited is speculative fiction in all its guises (fantasy, science-fiction, magic realism, surrealism, slipstream, urban fantasy, horror, steampunk, silk punk, cyberpunk, etc). We are fans of humor, but our tendency is towards dry wit, satire, or absurdity treated with a flat acceptance, rather than anything slapstick or vulgar.
We do not accept anything that contains gratuitous sex, violence or unnecessarily graphic language. Nor do we read fan fiction.
Please only send us works between 500 to 10,000 words (preferably ~4000). We will not consider any story over 10,000 words unless we feel it’s absolutely outstanding and makes a valid case for the extra word count.
We define flash fiction as stories between 500 to 1000 words. Submitted stories that fall within these limits will automatically be classified as flash. Just like a great short story, a great piece of flash ought to impress us with finesse throughout its entirety, instead of hinging solely on an unexpected twist at the end.
For a bigger (or smaller) challenge, send us a work of micro fiction (less than 100 words). Be sure it still tells a “complete story” that has a beginning-middle-end with conflict and resolution. Micro fiction shares a lot of the same elements with prose poetry. We like to think the difference is an emphasis on character and character development rather than on an image.
We accept serial works, especially for fantasy, science fiction or other genre fiction. We will publish each installment weekly or in each new issue.
Please send us only (1) story per category per active submission. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission in a given category. For example, you may send us a short story submission and a flash fiction submission at the same time, but no multiple submissions, i.e. do not submit another short story or flash until we have responded to your previous short story or flash submission.
We allow simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us as soon as your story has been accepted by another market.
Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your manuscript.
We try our very best to keep our response time to under two weeks. Feel free to inquire about the status of your submission if you have not heard back after two weeks.
We want vibrant poetry that steals into our mind, hijacks our neurotransmitters and takes us for a joyride outside our comfort zone, towards a higher political, social, and cultural elevation.
We accept all types of original prose and spoken-word poems. Please submit a total of no more than (2)proseand/or spoken-word pieces to us at a given time. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission. Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your poetry.
Art & Photography
We want sublime art and creative photography to pair with our stories and poems. We’re much more inclined accept works that complements the prose we’ve published (any story or poem that is not featuring an art sample), but we’re happy to consider standalone pieces as well.
You may submit up to a total of (3) pieces of art or photo in a single submission. Please do not submit again until we have responded to your previous submission. Refer to the guidelines below on how to format and submit your art or photography.
If you would like to submit art that fits the subject of our current or upcoming contests, please take a look at our Contest Page.
Formatting & Submitting
All fiction manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format. Most important: double-spaced, 12 pt standard font (e.g. Times, Arial, Courier), and page numbers.
Poetry can be formatted any way you want.
Include your work as either a separate Word (.DOC or .DOCX) or PDF (.PDF) attachment in an email. For spoken-word and other creative media pieces, include a link to your performance video in the body of your email (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or attach a video file in a common video format (.AVI, .FLV, .MPEG, .WMV, .MOV) along with a transcript of the piece.
For art and photos, please send each piece as a separate attachment only as .PNG or .JPEG.
Please email all submissions to [email protected] and include in the subject field the type of piece, the genre, if appropriate, the name, andapproximate word count or number of lines of poetry. Examples: Flash Fiction – Fantasy – “The Girl Who Grew To Be 80 Ft. Tall” (6000) or Poetry – Spoken-Word – “Folding Origami With My Mother” (20). Please also mention how you heard about us in the body of the email. A cover letter isn’t necessary, but you’re welcome to include anything that you feel is important or interesting for us to know about the piece.
For contest submissions, please follow the instructions on our Contest Page.
We look forward to receiving your work!
Editing, Rights & Payment
If we accept your work, we may make line-edits for grammar, punctuation and clarity. You will have the opportunity to review and discuss all edits with us before the final version of your work is published.
For unpublished works (that have never appeared anywhere online or in print), we ask for First World Serial Rights, First World Electronic Rights and Exclusive Rights for 90 days. All rights revert back to the author after 90 days.
We accept reprints of published works. For reprints, we ask for Second Serial World (Reprint) Electronic Rights, which are non-exclusive.
For all stories and poems, whether original or reprint, we also ask for Non-exclusive Audio Rights, which gives us the right to publish an audio podcast of the work if we so choose.
We kindly request permission to archive your work on our website. We publish works on arolling basis, and all published works will automatically be archived unless you tell us not to.
For questions on your rights, first take a look here. If you have additional concerns, please let us know through our Contact Page. We’ll happily explain.
We pay $10 for each short story, flash fiction, installments of serial fiction, or book review.
We pay $5 for everything else, such as reprints, micro fiction, poetry, art and photography, or other creative works.
Payment will be made through PayPal (preferred), or mailed by check, upon publication.
It’s very important for us to support compensating authors and creative artists for their time and hard work. We hope to increase our rates as we grow. All published works will be credited with a byline, and contributors will be featured on our Contributors page.
If you would like donate to us, please take a look at our Patrons Page. We appreciate your support!
Payment: We pay 1 cent ($.01) per word for nonfiction and prose fiction, to a maximum of $50. Poetry pays $20 flat.
Nonfiction from 2,000 to 7,500 words. Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors — regarding whom, see our list of stated likes and influences on this site’s main page. As for contemporary authors to add to this list, Livia Llewelyn, T. E. D. Klein, Gemma Files, Ramsey Campbell, Allyson Bird, Laird Barron, Nicole Cushing, Mark Samuels, and many more have produced work that we would love to see subjected to intelligent critical analysis and discussion.
Literary Horror Fiction from 750-6,000 words. Note: We are looking for original work inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes (regarding which, see the list on our main page).
Poetry at a length of no more than 50 lines, dealing with subjects and themes that fall within our area of interest.
Artwork that similarly addresses our
LENGTH: See the specific guidelines above for length requirements for different types of submissions. Additionally, in no case will a submission over 7,500 words be considered for publication without prior approval. Words subject to inclusion in the overall word count shall include the body of the submission and any explanatory footnotes; citations shall not be included in the overall word count.
PAYMENT AND RIGHTS: We pay 1 cent ($.01) per word for nonfiction and prose fiction, to a maximum of $50. Poetry pays $20 flat. Payment for artwork is negotiable. We purchase first serial and electronic rights. Upon publication, rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the journal and the right to archive your work online.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Submission is via Submittable only.
ACCEPTABLE FILE TYPES: DOC, DOCx, and RTF
RESPONSE TIME: We aim to respond to submissions within two weeks (though final selection can take longer). If you have waited longer than 60 days, feel free to query us at [email protected], with QUERY plus the title of your submitted work in the subject line.
INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS: Vastarien welcomes submissions from authors outside the United States.
VASTARIEN DOES NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING:
Unsolicited reprints (defined as essays, articles, stories, or poems that have already appeared anywhere online or in any other published form)