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Taking Submissions: Kaleidotrope 2019
Deadline: March 31st, 2019
Payment: $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, we offer a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece
Kaleidotrope is currently open to submissions until April 1, 2019.
Kaleidotrope tends very heavily towards the speculative — towards science fiction, fantasy, and horror — but we like an eclectic mix and are therefore interested to read compelling work that blurs these lines, falls outside of neat genre categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves, and ghostly ax murderers alone, after all. We’d suggest looking through the archives to familiarize yourself with the zine, and/or checking out other work by our past contributors, to get a sense of what we’re looking for and what we like.
In the end, what we want is interesting, sometimes unconventional work, well-written stories and poems that surprise and amuse us, shock and disturb us, that tell us things we didn’t know or reveal old truths in brand new ways. We want strange visions of distant shores, of imaginary countries and ordinary people, and work that doesn’t lose sight of entertainment and the joy of good writing.
We are also interested in publishing diverse writers. Kaleidotrope welcome writers of color and other groups, as well as work that represents the diversity of characters we want to see more of.
We have no maximum word limit, although anything over 10,000 words is definitely going to be a tougher sell. We do like well-crafted flash fiction, too, although preferably not under 250 words.
We will consider all forms. Humor is encouraged, if tricky. Rhyming is not actively discouraged — done well, it can be terrific — but be careful about overly simple, sing-song-like structures. Individual haiku, or other very short poems, may be a tougher sell.
We do not frequently publish nonfiction, though we will consider essays, memoirs, thoughtful criticism. In past issues, we have featured essays on popular culture — from Transformers to fembots to Doctor Who — interviews with working authors, and short book reviews. If you have an idea for something and don’t know if it would fit, just ask.
We are looking for primarily full-color illustrations to serve as cover art. In addition, we very occasionally feature both color and black-and-white sketches, comics, cartoons, photography, loose odds and ends that might also fit elsewhere. Elsewhere is typically with the Horoscopes, so typically humorous, though that’s not a rule set in stone. We currently do not commission new cover artwork or pieces to appear with individual stories and poems. The best way to submit artwork is to email a link to your online portfolio or gallery, though you may also send individual pieces for consideration.
Kaleidotrope no longer consider fiction, poetry, or non-fiction reprints. We will, however, consider artwork that has appeared in your personal online gallery, provided you own the copyright to the piece and any characters depicted therein. (Sorry, no fan-art.)
We buy First Serial Rights. This means that the work will not have appeared anywhere else, in print or online, prior to publication. Artwork may have appeared online in your own personal gallery. For this, we buy Digital Reprint Rights.
Work published with Kaleidotrope will remain in our archives, but all rights will revert to the author upon publication. With the exception of artwork, we ask only that you wait three months from publication to reprint the work elsewhere.
For fiction and nonfiction alike, we will pay $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, we offer a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece; for artwork, $40 ($60 for cover art).
Kaleidotrope will next be open to submissions from January 1, 2019, to March 31, 2019.
Typically 1-3 months. Feel free to query if you have not heard from us after that.
Kaleidotrope only accepts electronic submissions, sent by e-mail attachment to [email protected]. You may, if you prefer, paste the text of your submission into the body of the e-mail itself — although this is less advisable for longer pieces. In your e-mail subject heading, please indicate if the work you’re sending is Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, or Artwork.
Please generally follow standard format for all manuscripts. A brief cover letter is advisable. Your name and contact information must be included.
Please keep multiple submissions to a reasonable minimum (i.e., no more than 3 at any one time). Poetry and artwork submissions may be submitted in a single e-mail, but please send all fiction or nonfiction work individually.
We do not accept simultaneous submissions. We understand why authors submit stories to more than one place at a time, but please don’t do it to us. And unless we specifically ask you to send us revisions, please do not resubmit stories we’ve passed on. Thanks!
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