Ongoing Submissions: High Tower Magazine

Payment: $10 per story
Theme: Superversive fiction is the opposite of subversive fiction. It is inspiring fiction that builds up civilization rather than tears down. Note that this does not necessarily require a happy ending.
Note: High Tower Magazine only takes 24 stories per year so has high expectations, though will continue reading even if they fill it early to publish bonus ‘hidden gems

  1. Word count: Anywhere from 500-10,000 words
  2. Genre: We will consider any genre so long as your story is superversive, however keep in mind that the editors are experienced horror, fantasy, and sci-fi authors.
  3. We are looking for superversive fiction. Superversive fiction is the opposite of subversive fiction. It is inspiring fiction that builds up civilization rather than tears down. Note that this does not necessarily require a happy ending. For more details, see our about page. (Note: we will also share the current about page at the bottom of this post.)
  4. Payment: We are a small market with limited funds as of right now, but we consider it morally imperative that we actually pay our writers. We offer ten dollars per story, and in exchange we get exclusive publication rights on our website for one full year, and the right to publish you in our yearly anthology.

    Yes, we publish a yearly anthology of all 24 short stories published throughout the year. Hidden Gems get a special, separate anthology. Authors also split fifty percent of the royalties from the anthology between them.

  5. Email guidelines: Manuscripts should be sent to [email protected]Use William Shunn’s modern manuscript format. Title and author should be in the file name. In the subject include the name of the story and the name of the author. Cover letter is optional.
  6. Simultaneous submissions are not only permitted, they are encouraged. If we wanted exclusive rights to your story, we would pay you. Otherwise it is yours to do with as you see fit. Just let us know if you’ve found another market.
  7. Please submit new material. As of now we do not accept resubmissions.
  8. No AI. If we catch you, you will be banned from ever submitting here again.
  9. We strive for a one month turnaround time maximum. If you don’t hear from us after four weeks, feel free to get in touch and check.
  10. We reserve the right to reject subversive or amoral content.

About Page Details:

What is High Tower Magazine?

We’re a brand new online e-magazine associated with the superversive literary movement. We publish a minimum of two short stories a month, on the 14th and 28th of the month respectively. We also occasionally publish hidden gems, stories that one of our editors loved so much they paid out of pocket so we didn’t lose it.

Wait a second, what is the superversive literary movement?

In 2003 the greatest living essayist, Tom Simon, published the seminal essay that stands as the foundation to the movement here. In it, he lays out the vision that drives a movement that has already inspired many writers to take up their pens in defense of the good, the true, and the beautiful.

I highly encourage everyone to read the essay, but in summary:

Subversive fiction tears down. It is dedicated to the destruction of civilization, of truth, beauty, God, and the good and decent values that make up a healthy society.

Superversive fiction builds up. It inspires, it builds, it tells us that the good, the true, and the beautiful are important, and matter.

Note that this doesn’t mean you need to be sappy – in fact, we don’t want you to be. You don’t even necessarily need a happy ending. What we’re looking for is fiction that actually has something positive to say, something that will actively make the world a better place.


  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”
  • The works of C.S. Lewis, especially “The Chronicles of Narnia”
  • The works of John C. Wright, especially “Awake in the Night Land”
  • Nick Cole’s “The Wasteland Saga”
  • Stephen Lawhead’s Pendragon Cycle


Via: Hightower Magazine.

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