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Taking Submissions: Mythulu: Alternatives To Dragons

September 16, 2020

Deadline: September 16th, 2020
Payment: $0.06/word or $15/page
Theme: A new way to use the themes of dragons without actually using a dragon

In fantasy, dragons are more common than trees—even crossing lines into other genres—and yet, they fall short of obligatory. As dragons grow in popularity, they’re falling in the dangerous zone between staple and soulless stereotype.

Therefore, Mythulu’s October 2020 issue will be entirely dedicated to challenging use of dragons in literature. Please confront the following question:

“What do dragons contribute to a story? Is there a way to accomplish the same thing without using dragons at all?”

Short Stories

WITHOUT DRAGONS. Use other storytelling and worldbuilding mechanics to fulfill the story needs usually filled by dragons. All genres welcome.


Any size from single panel up to two-pages of spread. Our magazine is produced in standard letter size (8.5 x 11″ with 1″ margin). Cartoons and graphic shorts pay at twice the normal per-page rate.

Non-Fiction Articles

Insightful discussion of the theme, extraordinary storycraft, or business topics for artistic entreprenuers.


For this issue, we are especially interested in monsters that have one dragon-like quality and are otherwise unique. If your drawing was inspired by Mythulu Cards, let us know.


$80 for a full page. Subject to approval. We only publish ads that we believe are in the best interest of our audience, and we limit ads to 4 slots/issue.

Letters to the Editor

CURRENT EVENTS TOPIC: Because of Covid, all conventions are currently online-only. Normally, in-person encounters build deep, personal relationships between authors and fans. What ideas do you have for making online-conventions an opportunity instead of a barrier?


For the October 2020 issue, Mythulu eMagazine will pay an average of $0.06/word or $15/page. Non-fiction pays $0.08/word. Creative works earn $0.04/word, with short stories capped at $75. We strongly encourage contributors to boost their earnings through our contributor-exclusive affiliate program.

No Exclusivity Period

If readers love your work, we want it to go viral. We only request first right to publish (so we don’t get blocked by another publication). Once we launch an issue, you can resell any article (both fiction / non-fiction) immediately.

Contributor-Exclusive Affiliate Bonus

Send us readers who subscribe or purchase an issue—you’ll earn 10%.

One-Time Use

One-time payment only gives us the right to use your work in a single issue and maintain that issue in archive. If we want to re-publish your work in a “best of” collection or anthology, we will request permission and pay you again.

Same Day Payment

Payment upon acceptance. You recieve payment the same day your piece is accepted and your contract signed.

eMagazine Codes

Since we’re electronic, you get a copy of the eMagazine + codes to share the full eMagazine with 5 other people. If we ever do a print run, you will also recieve a complimentary copy of that issue.

Negotiable Terms

We’re open to suggestions. If you can think of better terms we can offer our contributors, we’d love to hear them. Please contact us at [email protected].


Only accept payment in proportion to the value we provide. Only extend contracts we’d want to sign.


Alleviate poverty among everyone who associates with us. Everyone works. Everyone gets paid.


Live what we preach. Tell the truth, even when it’s hard. Reward honesty even when it hurts. Work on things we’re proud to share.


Strive to reduce wasted effort everywhere. Embrace technology as a creativity-enhancing tool and a dare to improve ourselves.


Kindness over tradition. Honesty over idealism. Invest in our people, expecting they will outgrow us. Create the most passionate, safe, inclusive, ambitious workplace in the storytelling industry.

Via: Mythulu.


September 16, 2020