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Taking Submissions: Fastrider Magazine #2

January 25, 2016

Deadline: January 25th, 2016
Payment: .03 per word

We are currently open for submissions (hooray!) for Issue 2, to be published in April 2016.

Submission Guidelines

Farstrider is a fantasy magazine specializing in stories with a sense of humor along the lines of Terry Pratchett, Gail Carriger, or aGarrett, P.I. story.  Any and all sub-genre of fantasy will be considered, excepting those that by definition conflict with our desire for a light and fun tone (the obvious example being dark fantasy).

Even though we are new, I assure you that we take this seriously, that we are here to stay, and that we will at least pretend to know what we are doing.  This means having a few house rules:

  1. We are looking for original stories only, meaning those that you have not published elsewhere before, including on your own personal site.
  2. We ask that stories be submitted to us in standard manuscript format.  If you are a fledgling writer and you aren’t sure what that is, I recommend reading through William Shunn’s excellent guide here.
  3. Please refrain from sending multiple submissions.  We will only publish one story from any given writer in each issue of the magazine, so make sure to select only your single best work rather than the entire buffet table.
  4. Please also avoid simultaneous submissions.  For the uninitiated, this means not to send the same story around to a bunch of different markets.  We know you just want the best chance to be published, but we promise to respect your time and give you a decision on your story as quickly as possible.  That way, if it doesn’t work out with us you’ll be able to move on to the next market without too much time lost.  We will strive to respond to every submission within 14 days.  This time frame is a best guess at this point, since we have no prior submission periods to base it on.  If it turns out that this estimate was way off base, I’ll revise this post and let you all know about the change.
  5. All submissions should be attached in an email.  We like .doc, .docx, and .rtf formats best.  Maybe one day we’ll have one of those fancy submission trackers, but for now we’re kicking it old school.

Ready to submit?  Send us your story along with a brief cover letter to submissions (at) farstridermag.com.

Of course, please do not hesitate to query if you have any questions.

Story Length

We are merely an online magazine, not a publisher of epic novels.  As such, we look for shorter works of fiction ranging from 500 words to 4,000 words.

Pay Rate

Farstrider pays $.03 per word.  It may not pay the rent, but it will buy some beers.

​That’s just as good, right?


We buy the rights publish your story on our website and in e-book format first and exclusively for six months.  We also keep your story in the archives here and will include it in an annual anthology.

Via: Fastrider Magazine.


January 25, 2016