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Taking Submissions: Phobos Four: Deep Black Sea

July 31, 2016

Deadline: July 31st, 2016
Payment: Five cents per word on fiction or five cents per word or a flat twenty bucks for poems, whichever is greater.

For our fourth issue, Deep Black Sea, we want short stories, flash, and poetry hauled from the brine of oceans both real and fantastic: the shipwrecked rocket bobbing in the black ocean waves of a starless planet, its bloodied crew and their flashlights at the hatch that opens into the perfect dark, and the heavy thump against the hull; the work song of a dozen sailors, and the lilting mezzo-soprano that begins to harmonize from the empty crow’s nest; the fleeing galleon’s dreadful captive gnawing the last rivet from its iron box; the granddaughter that chucks a sharpened stick and spears a skull-sized opal blob galloping across the sand on its little wet fingers.

We want your stories and poems. Descend by choice or let yourself be dragged under by those things that grasp upwards. Come back with the meanest, meatiest, most vigorous weird fiction you can wrestle to the surface. Watch them gasp and flop and promise you everything in ten languages.

Once you’re done with them, give them to us.

Submission Guidelines:

We will only be accepting work that fits with the set theme. Your work could be terrific, but if it’s a bad thematic match we can’t use it.

For general questions, including our rates and rights acquired, see our FAQ

Word limits as follows: Short stories and poetry to 2,500 words, flash stories to 1,000 words.

With this in mind, here’s how you format your email submission:

1. Subject Line: Submission, (your story title & approximate word count), (submission theme)

2. Email Body: Please summarize in a few lines how your story fits the theme. Any submission that doesn’t include this will not be considered for the magazine, and will not be replied to.

If you have previously published work, please include a few lines referencing your successes.

If you’re unpublished, that’s completely fine.

3. Story: Please attach the story or poem as an .rtf or .doc, 12 point font, double spaced. Please keep the formatting to a minimum; it’s visually distracting and a pain for us to undo.

4. Bio: At the bottom, please include a two or three sentence biography that will run after your story. This is your victory lap, so you can be as factual or ridiculous as you like.

Please send all submissions to [email protected].

Via: Phobos Magazine.


July 31, 2016