Ongoing Submissions: Space And Time

Payment: One penny per word.
Note: This market opens and closes as it fills up.

Fiction

We seek: science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, magical realism—we look for work with a speculative element and creative hybrids. Gratuitous sex and gore do not impress us, so only include if they are integral to the plot. No children’s stories. No simultaneous or multiple submissions and no reprints without querying first.

You send: Stories with a maximum word count of 10k (we prefer stories between 5,000—7,500) submitted in standard electronic manuscript format. All fiction submissions are to be sent electronically as a Word or .rtf attachment. Please send queries, questions and submissions to [email protected]zine.com.

We pay: Payment of a penny-per-word is made upon publication. We buy first print and electronic rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the author. We will do our best to respond to all submissions within four weeks. If you don’t hear from us after four weeks, please feel free to send a query.

Poetry

We seek: poetry of a speculative nature—science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any combination thereof—no longer than a single, standard 8.5 by 11 inch page.

You send: Submissions either embedded in an email or as an attached Word or .rtf document. No simultaneous submissions or reprints; multiple submissions up to three poems. Submissions link will be posted when open.

We pay: Payment of $5 per poem made upon publication. We buy first print and electronic rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the author. We will do our best to respond to all submissions within four weeks. If you don’t hear from us after four weeks, please feel free to send a query.

Via: Space And Time.

Ongoing Submissions: parABnormal Magazine

Payment: $25.00 for original stories, $7.00 for reprints, $3 per poem, $20.00 for original articles, $6.00 for reprints. For reviews, we pay $7.00 for each
Note: Reprints Allowed but highly limited

animalistic past. None of these are so strong as the fight or flight response. However, there are times when we seem to be perfectly safe, completely at ease and comfortable, when that urge to run from something sneaks up on us. What causes these sensations? Is there something lurking in the darkness? Why is that man giving you the creeps, he’s not even looking at you? And yet, there is something odd. Something instinctual, something you know without fully understanding. We may have moved on, we may have forgotten and left behind those old stories and legends of beasts, of voracious monsters, dark spirits, vampires, and shapeshifters… But they have not forgotten or left us . . .

What We Want

The subject matter of parABnormal Magazine is, yes, the paranormal. For us, this includes ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters, mythological creatures, and creatures from various folklores. If your story also has science fiction or fantasy elements, we regard that as a plus.

Please, no stories that involve excessive blood, gore, digestive tracts, and so forth. If you write a dark story, make sure it is spooky. Makes sure it is a story that should be read with all the lights on, with the reader looking over his or her shoulder while turning the pages.

However, we are not interested in zombie stories for this publication. No ghouls, no zombies.

Please bear in mind that all stories are always about people. The technologies those people employ are significant only in relation to people, to your characters. Tell us stories about people, not about gadgets.

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Taking Submissions: AGNI Online

Deadline: May 31st, 2019
Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150., 2 copies of print magazine if accepted into a print copy

We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written.

When to submit

AGNI welcomes manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. Submissions mailed in June, July, or August will be returned unread, provided sufficient return postage is included.

Things to know when submitting

  • Nearly everything we publish is unsolicited.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all identities, living anywhere, published and unpublished.
  • We will not consider writing that has already been published in English, whether in a book, magazine, newspaper, or on an app, a website, a social media feed, or a publicly accessible online community.
  • We consider only work written in English or translated into English.
  • We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.
  • We do not publish genre romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction; however, we are open to writing that borrows elements from any of these.
  • We will consider excerpts if they read as if they were meant to stand alone.
  • We are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; we do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing.
  • Though we rely on student interns for many things, they are not involved in considering submissions. All manuscripts are read by masthead editors.
  • Our blog features posts by writers who have appeared previously in AGNI or AGNI Online.
  • You can familiarize yourself with the magazine by ordering a recent print issue or by perusing the writing that appears here. This site includes selected pieces from our decades of print issues and everything we’ve published at AGNI Online since its inauguration in 2002.

Some requests

  • Please send only one story, one essay, or up to five poems, and please wait for our reply before sending more. As soon as we respond, you can feel free to submit again during a reading period.
  • Please double-space your document and include page numbers.
  • Please do not submit revisions of work we’ve already considered.
  • If you submit on paper and want us to reply by mail, please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope (SAE). If the envelope is large enough and you include sufficient postage, we will return the manuscript; otherwise, it will be recycled. If you’d like to be notified by email only, please include your email address and skip the SAE.
  • Do not email your work; we do not read or consider emailed submissions.
  • Feel free to submit the same work to other magazines simultaneously. If your entire submission is accepted elsewhere, please log in to your online account and withdraw using the link there—or, if you’ve submitted by mail, or if only a portion of your submission has been taken elsewhere, please contact us with a quick withdrawal note.
  • Do not mail your work to us in the months of June, July, or August. The online portal is also closed during those months.
  • Do not send us your only copy; we cannot accept responsibility for your manuscript.
  • Please do not contact us about your submission until four months have passed. We work hard to respond within two, but we’re not always able. After four months, please contact us right away if you have not received a reply.

WHERE to send:

If you’d rather not submit through our free online portal, please address your envelope to the Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor and mail to:

AGNI Magazine
Boston University
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Regular post is fine. There is no advantage to sending a more expensive way.

Purchasing rights

All submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

We buy first worldwide serial rights and pay $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. We also give a year’s subscription to AGNI. In the case of print publication, each contributor receives two copies of the issue their work appears in, and we send up to four additional copies to friends or family.

Blog publication, which is limited to writers who have previously appeared in AGNI or AGNI Online, is unpaid.

Via: AGNI Online.

Ongoing Submissions: Grasslimb

Payment: $5-$20 per piece for poetry, $10-$70/piece for prose, $15-25/piece for book/music reviews and 2 contributor’s copies.

Grasslimb is published in tabloid format twice per year.


What we are looking for

We invite the submission of poetry, short prose, line art, cartoons, and book and new music reviews. There is no theme; we seek quality art and literature.

We recommend that you purchase a sample issue before submitting. Although general topics are welcome, we’re less likely to select work regarding romance, sex, aging, and children. Fiction in an experimental, avant-garde or surreal mode is often more interesting to us than a traditional story.

When submitting poetry, 4-6 pieces are preferred; line count is not necessary. For artwork, please submit photocopies or electronic versions (if electronic, 600 dpi preferred) only. Prose must include a word count and should not exceed 2500 words; 1000-2000 is best for us. Submissions over 3000 words will be returned unread. Reviews of 500-1000 words are preferred.

Please do not submit work to us more often than once every six months unless you have had work accepted previously to our publication, in which case you are not subject to a limit.

If we have declined your submissions more than ten times, may we kindly suggest your time will be better spent submitting your work elsewhere? We frequently decline submissions not because the work is bad, but because it doesn’t fit our editorial style. Multiple declines suggest your style is simply not our style. We reserve the right to return your submissions unread after ten declines.

Submission instructions and format

General instructions

  • An S.A.S.E. should be enclosed with all paper-mailed submissions. (If it is not enclosed, please provide an e-mail address and note the MS is disposable.)
  • No bio or cover letter is required (we have no bio section)
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine (please warn us!)
  • Previously published fine — let us know original published location

Prose

  • Name and address on front page of prose
  • Provide word count — ideally under 2500 words
  • No staples please
  • US Letter or A4 paper preferred but not required
  • We prefer you submit only one story every six months unless we ask

Poetry

  • Name and addresson each page of poetry
  • No line or word count — we don’t pay by the word
  • US Letter or A4 paper preferred but not required
  • We prefer 4-6 poems per submission

Artwork

  • We can only print black and white or greyscale artwork or photography
  • Sending links to online works is acceptable, but we will no longer review entire web sites — send links to specific pieces you think would suit
  • Sending a lower-res submission is acceptable, but we will require 600dpi for any final accepted work

Where to send

Submissions may be made to [email protected] (plain text, Word, RTF, or Pages) or to:
Valerie Polichar, Editor
Grasslimb
P.O. Box 420816
San Diego, CA 92142
For security reasons, we cannot accept submissions that are made via links/downloads.

Response time

Response time is generally four months. Please query after five months, especially for e-mailed manuscripts — occasionally our spam filters are overenthusiastic.

Payment

Payment is typically $5-$20 per piece for poetry, $10-$70/piece for prose, $15-25/piece for book/music reviews, $15-$25/piece for artwork and cartoons. We reserve the right to pay a higher rate for commissioned work. Payment is on acceptance. Contributors will also receive two complimentary copies of the journal. We pay via check on U.S. funds, Paypal or in U.S. stamps if preferred.

Rights and online publication

In general, we purchase first print serial rights. Selected pieces from the journal are occasionally — and by explicit permission — made available online at this site as samples.

Via: Grasslimb.

Ongoing Submissions: Leading Edge Magazine

Payment: 1 cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum. Poetry: $5.00 to $20.00.

Leading Edge is a science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes the work of people from all over the world. We are always accepting submissions, especially short stories. There are a few rules, so please read through our submissions guidelines before sending us your work. We look forward to seeing your submission soon.

General Guidelines

As with any publication, Leading Edge Magazine will not tolerate plagiarism in any form. If you submit plagiarized work, your work will be rejected and your name and email will be flagged for any future submissions.

In addition, Leading Edge does not accept previously published pieces.

Leading Edge is affiliated with and run through Brigham Young University; written and visual submissions must conform with the BYU Honor Code. This includes no nudity, sex, excessive violence, belittlement of traditional family values or religion, or drug use. More specifics can be found on the Honor Code website. Please note that while we may tolerate a small extent of this content in the submission stage because it can be taken out in the editing stage, excessive disregard for the Honor Code in a submission will send your work to the rejection pile. To get a feel for the work we accept, please purchase a copy of Leading Edge to survey.

 

Fiction

Stories under 10,000 words are preferred, though we will consider stories up to 15,000 words. In your email, please include a word count and a short description of your work.

Because Leading Edge is interested in helping new authors improve, each story is critiqued by at least two members of our staff; these comment sheets are returned to the author with our response. If you do not want your story critiqued, please let us know.

Fiction payment is 1 cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum.

Submit to: [email protected]


Poetry

Poetry should reflect both literary value and popular appeal and should deal with science fiction- or fantasy-related themes.

Payment for poetry ranges from $5.00 to $20.00.

Submit to: [email protected]


Nonfiction

Pieces are to be kept under 5,000 words. Nonfiction pieces will not be critiqued, so you will not receive feedback on your work. We accept nonfiction such as book reviews and essays. Payment will be discussed if your work is accepted for publication.

Submit to: [email protected]


Artistic Portfolios

All artistic portfolios must be digital; we no longer accept physical portfolios. All images must be 300dpi or higher. Please note that you are submitting a portfolio, so you must send at least five examples of your work. You will be given roughly five weeks from time of commission to complete a piece for us.

Art payment depends on the number of pieces contracted, but generally does not exceed $75.

Submit to: [email protected]

 

 

Submissions FAQ

When emailing my submission, is there a preferred document type?

If possible, please email all fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions as a Microsoft Word document.

 

How long will it take for me to hear back about my submission?

If you submitted written work, especially fiction, it generally takes several months for our staff to review your piece. If you have yet to hear back in a twelve-month period, please contact the Fiction Director, whose name and information is in the Contact Us section.

We generally solicit artistic portfolios at a specific time, but you are welcome to submit at any point. You should hear back between one and three months about your portfolio.

 

What does the review process look like?

It differs between written work and art. When you submit an artistic portfolio, it will be reviewed once written work is chosen for the issue. If your work is selected to accompany a piece, you will be contacted by the Art Director in an email. We do not store portfolios, so if your work is not chosen for a specific issue, please resubmit in the future.

When you submit fiction, your work goes into our Dropbox and is reviewed by magazine volunteers. If two readers approve or “pass” your story, it goes into a separate section of our Dropbox to be reviewed by the Managing Editor and Assistant Managing Editors. From there, the editors choose stories of the highest quality and best fit for the magazine.

When you submit poetry, our Poetry Director will read it and have selected submissions approved by the Managing Editor or an Assistant Managing Editor.

When you submit nonfiction, our Nonfiction Director will read it and have selected submissions approved by the Managing Editor or an Assistant Managing Editor.

 

How many submissions do you generally receive?

We have a rolling submissions period, so feel free to submit your work whenever it’s ready. We keep all of our submissions in a Dropbox account and generally have 200-250 submissions in that account. Volunteers read and review submissions twice a week.

 

What makes my fiction submission stand out?

Because we receive so many submissions and our volunteers are well-versed in science fiction and fantasy, it can be hard to make an impression. Make sure to have an interesting title—this is the first thing volunteers see. Ensure that you submit a piece that has already been edited. This doesn’t mean we are checking for Oxford commas or correct use of semicolons, but rather that it isn’t a first draft. We can tell; many of our volunteers are studying English or editing. Put work in to your submission! The most important thing is to make your story compelling. Catch our attention in the first two or three paragraphs. (And remember that if your submission is picked as a potential publication piece, our editors will work with you to make it even better. It doesn’t have to be perfect.)

 

How will I find out when you’re soliciting artistic portfolios?

We will post this information on our Facebook page. Good times to look out for these posts are mid-October and mid-February.

 

Can I submit a book/movie/play review?

Feel free to submit a review. Please send this to [email protected].

 

What rights are involved?

For both fiction and poetry, we purchase First North American serial rights.

 

Will I get paid?

Yes! We are a semi-professional magazine, so we pay our authors and artists. We pay the highest that we can, predominately using funds from our sales. The more issues we sell, the more money we can afford to spend on authors and artists. You will be paid only after the issue containing your work is released.

 

I’ve seen a few different rates through the years. How do I know which paying rate will apply to my work?

You will be paid the rate we are offering when your work is contracted, not the rate offered when you submitted your work. We do our best to keep relatively standard rates, and we always offer the highest rate possible.

 

I don’t have the ability to email my manuscript. Now what?

In the event that you are unable to electronically submit your written work, your manuscript should be printed on white paper. Make sure to double-space and use an easy-to-read font, such as Times New Roman or Calibri. Each page should be numbered and have 1-inch margins. The first page of your manuscript should include your name, street address, and any other available contact information. Include a cover letter with any publishing credits and any other relevant information. Always keep a copy of your manuscript for yourself. The postal system is not perfect, and Leading Edge is not responsible for lost or misdirected manuscripts.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your manuscript—if you don’t, we have no way of responding to you. If your manuscript is disposable, include a regular envelope with one first-class stamp for submissions within the US, more for international submissions. If you would like your manuscript returned, include a manila envelope with sufficient postage. International submissions must be disposable due to difficulties presented by international postage. Please remember that we return 2-3 comment sheets per submission, so prepare adequately. You are responsible for providing adequate postage.

Submissions may be sent to the following address with the appropriate genre in the attention line (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry):

Leading Edge Magazine
Attn: [Genre] Director
4087 JKB
Provo, UT 84602

 

All other questions can be directed to [email protected]

Via: Leading Edge Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Pif Magazine

Payment: $5 and royalties

Pif Magazine primarily publishes fiction, poetry, and author interviews. We have been known to accept book, film, music and zine reviews — and we have published our fair share of essays and critiques.

What are we looking for?

The content we seek is aimed at aspiring and working writers alike. Free thinkers. Art lovers. You. Pif may be a literary magazine, but it’s also a resource for readers and writers who—like us—are inspired by originality.

Our preferred word count for macrofiction is under 2,000 words. We still read submissions that clock in over this word count, but ask that contributors keep this in mind. We’re interested in expanding our collection of humor writing, as well, and are actively seeking fresh voices that tackle this genre.

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