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    These are all various zines that have few, if any, deadlines and tend to print stuff on a regular basis. As always, always check to see if there's been any changes.

    Payment: $8 minimum Link: Into the Ruins
    Into the Ruins is now accepting submissions of stories set in the near to far future. We are looking for well-told narratives featuring compelling characters dealing with and surviving a future of resource and energy shortages, peak oil, climate change, ecological degradation and disruption, and the political, social, and economic consequences of these realities. These stories may be harsh or uplifting or, best of all, a muddled mix of the two featuring a wide range of human emotion and experience. We want stories that help us to make sense of a future unlike the ones we’ve been promised, but that do this through strong characters and deft plotting, detailing the future within the flow of the narrative rather than in long blocks of exposition.
    If you have not already, we recommend reading our Welcome and Philosophy pages for further information about what we are looking to publish.
    Philosophical guidelines:
    • Stories should be set in the near to far future.
    • They should obey natural laws as we currently understand them.
    • Natural limits should exist.
    • While the details are somewhat debatable, this future should feature limited energy, limited resources, and the decline of fossil fuels and other nonrenewable resources.
    • Consequences from fossil fuel usage should also exist (such as climate change, dead zones, ecological degradation, effects on human health, economic and political pressures, and so on.) These consequences can play a central or background role or barely be relevant to the story at hand, but the story should be consistent with these consequences existing even if they are not explicitly seen or referenced.
    • Set your story on earth.
    • No magical technological solutions, no free energy, no fusion power, no easy fixes.
    • Hope, joy, love, optimism, and humor should exist alongside pain, misery, sadness, depression, and cruelty. Your story may be sad and painful, and you may harshly criticize the choices of industrial society, but please don’t submit never ending expanses of abject misery or one-note screeds about how evil humans are. They aren’t likely to be published. An honest eye toward the complexity of humans and our decisions is encouraged.
    • These are general guidelines, not inviolable rules. All stories will be considered, even if they run afoul of something above. That said, Into the Ruins has a clear philosophy laid out on this website; stories that flout it will likely be rejected.
    Submission guidelines and formatting:
    • Stories should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words, with a bit of wiggle room on either side.
    • We prefer Times and 12 point font.
    • Please include your name and contact information at the beginning of the story. Word count is also nice, though not required.
    • Submit in Open Document (.odt) or Word (.doc) format. Open Document preferred. We use Open Office here. (Download for free.) Alternately, you can post your story online via one of the free blogging services and submit a direct link to the post.
    • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, please let us know if your submission is being considered by anyone else and please inform us ASAP if your story is accepted for publication elsewhere.
    • Submissions are always open. Stories are placed in the queue as they are received and reviewed in that order. We will contact you with a decision as soon as possible, though it may take a few months.
    • For accepted stories, we pay $8, as well as $0.10 for every paid subscriber above 100 subscribers we have at time of publication. In other words, we pay a minimum of $8 per story, no matter our paid subscriber base, and more if our base is over 100. As an example, if we have 180 subscribers, then we would pay $8 for the first 100 subscribers and then an additional $8 for the 80 subscribers above 100 ($0.10 x 80) for a total of $16.
    • We provide one free copy of the issue in which you are published shipped anywhere within U.S. (We’ll work with international contributors to see about getting a copy to you at a reasonable cost.) Up to five additional copies are available at a reduced (near-cost) price.
    • Payment made upon publication.
    To submit:
    • Following the guidelines above, email with your story attached as an Open Document or Word file and with “Story Submission: <The Title of Your Story>” in the subject line. Please include your name, story title, word count, and contact information in the body of the email. We will confirm submission of your story within one week or less and let you know if we are having any problems with the file, formatting, etc.
    If you have questions, please also email Thank you!
    Payment: $.03 per word
    Link: Farstrider Magazine
    Farstrider is a fantasy magazine specializing in stories with a sense of humor along the lines of Terry Pratchett, Gail Carriger, or a Garrett, 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:
    • We are looking for original stories only, meaning those that you have not published elsewhere before, including on your own personal site.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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)
    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.

    Payment: 6¢ per word
    Link: Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
    We accept new work as well as reprints, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but as we are just starting, shorter pieces will be favored. We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established. Only submit finished work you are proud of. Commensurate with the time available, if we don’t accept your submission we’ll explain why.
    We are following the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) guidelines; after one year of meeting their criteria they will retroactively qualify us as a pro site and new work printed during that year will count towards a writer’s SWFA qualifications. We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, and 2¢ per word for reprints and fact-based work.
    We are looking for well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We’re accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space. If you use real existing science, please get it right.
    We’re not looking for angsty romance, fanfics*, horror, hate, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.
    We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.
    No simultaneous submissions, and no multiple submissions to the same genre. Please include title, medium, size, and any remarks relevant to the work’s creation.
    Submit text in .doc and images as a jpg or through a link. Provide links to all stock used. For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.
    On the submissions page, remember to check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.
    Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements. We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth!

    Payment: $3 – $5
    Link: Theme of Absence
    Theme of Absence publishes speculative flash fiction and the occasional longer piece. All styles are welcome, including humor, as long as the story includes elements of horror, science fiction, or fantasy. Spine tingling ghost stories are just as welcome as robots and spaceships.
    The maximum word count is 1000 for flash fiction and 3000 for short stories. We’re a token paying market, offering $3.00 for stories under 1000 words and $5.00 for longer pieces.
    The token pay can either by paid through Paypal or you can waive the payment and consider it a donation to the cost of the site. As a contributor, you’ll get an author bio at the end of your story and up to two links you’d like to share. I also offer interview posts to all of our published authors.
    I’m not currently accepting reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions. A story that has at any point been made publicly available in print or online (including personal blogs) is considered previously published and will not be accepted.
    I won’t seek any rights, other than the non-exclusive right to archive the story here as long as the site is live. Bear in mind that a large percent of publications will not accept pieces that have been previously published in print or online, so after your work is published at Theme of Absence, it can only be marketed elsewhere only as a reprint. All copyright is retained by the author.
    If you agree with these terms, please submit your story in the following way:
    How to submit: Email the story to In the subject, include the word “SUBMISSION”, your story title and word count. (Example: SUBMISSION: Hello Nurse, 666 words). Paste the story in the body of the email with no tabs or indents and a space between paragraphs. Include an author bio written in the third person with any links you’d like to share.
    If you have any questions at all, feel free to email them to
    I’ll try to respond quickly and I’ll look forward to reading your work.
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    Payment: $10 Link: Dunhams Manor Press
    SEEKING: Weird Fiction 1k to 3k words for online publication on this website under the VISIAK’S MIRROR link. We ask for 1 time online publication rights for one year.
    PAYMENT: $10 via Paypal
    DETAILS: No previously published stories. No simultaneous submissions.
    HOW TO SUBMIT: Send story in SINGLE-SPACED Microsoft Word (.doc) document to


    Payment: $20, $10 for reprints
    Link: Alban Lake
    Trysts of Fate is a biannual magazine edited by L.A. Story Sikora and published by Alban Lake Publishing in February and August. The first issue will be released in February 2014. The format is perfect-bound digest, 6 by 9, color cover and b&w interior. Cover price is $8.00 unless it is a special double issue. Subscriptions are $15 for one year, $28 for two years. Magazines and subscriptions are available in our bookstore.
    Trysts of Fate publishes original paranormal romance short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews. Preferred are fantasy/dark fantasy/horror ROMANCE stories, but we will not turn away a good scifi tale if the love story is compelling. For us, romantic love stories can certainly be sensual but NO erotica or gratuitous sex scenes. True romances emphasize powerful emotions. Stories must have the following: characters the reader cares about, plots and subplots, and settings that draw the reader into them. We want romance with an alluring, paranormal twist – even if it’s tragic. Love comes in many flavors – create a new flavor and serve us up a warm feast.
    Submit your work to In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission plus your last name and the title of the work submitted [if poems, just put “Poetry Submission.”] E.g., “Submission: Moorcock Elric.”
    Submit your story or article as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment. Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment. Submit art as a jpeg attachment.
    Note: Put your contact information in the upper left corner of your manuscript AND in your e-mail. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript. Contact information example is: Edgar Montrose 1101 Kaboom Street Mushroom, NY 12117 paypal [if any]:
    Note: If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
    Stories: Trysts of Fate considers stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words long. We pay $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.
    Poems: Trysts of Fate considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue. We do not consider scifaiku or related forms.
    Art: Trysts of Fate considers color cover art and interior art. We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. It’s often best if the artist has a gallery we can browse; just send us the link, and we’ll check it out and get back to you.
    Articles: Trysts of Fate considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with romance/love stories in science fiction, horror, or fantasy. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic–science fiction, or fantasy, or movie, or book, or person [interview]–and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples.
    Note: if you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair, but be accurate. Also note: reviews of movies need to be timely.
    We consider articles between 1,500 and 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.

    Payment: $20, $10 for reprints
    Link: Alban Lake
    Bloodbond is a biannual magazine edited by Tyree Campbell and published by Alban Lake Publishing in May and November. The format is full-sized, perfect-bound magazine, 8 1/2 by 11, color cover and b&w interior. Cover price is $9.95 unless it is a special double issue. Subscriptions are $19 for one year, $36 for two years. Magazines and subscriptions are available in our bookstore.
    Bloodbond publishes short stories, poems, art, and articles, reviews, and interviews, all related to vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. We are especially interested in stories that combine science fiction with these topics, and that take place on or in relation to other worlds. Stories absolutely must have the following: characters the reader cares about, plots and subplots, and settings that draw the reader into them. Must have. Stories are always about characters, first and foremost. The blood and moon and whatnot comes afterwards, as a sort of side effect. Your story should take us into the world of the vampire, were-critter, or shapeshifter, and should take us into the mind and experience of your protagonist.
    Submit your work to bloodbondalp at yahoo dot com [you’ll have to combine this e-mail address, please]. In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission plus your last name and the title of the work submitted [if poems, just put “poems.”] E.g., “Submission: Asimov Nightfall.” Submit your story or article as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment. Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment. Submit art as a jpeg attachment.
    Note: Put your contact information in the upper left corner of your manuscript AND in your e-mail. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript. Contact information example is:
    Edgar Montrose
    1101 Kaboom Street
    Mushroom, NY 12117
    paypal [if any]:
    Note: If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
    Bloodbond considers stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words long. We pay $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.
    We consider stories of 1200 words or less to be flash fiction, and we pay $8 for originals, but have no interest in reprints. As flash fiction is not our preferred medium, we will publish a maximum of one per issue, if we must at all.
    Bloodbond considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue. We do not consider scifaiku or related forms.
    Bloodbond considers color cover art and interior art. We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. It’s often best if the artist has a gallery we can browse; just send us the link, and we’ll check it out and get back to you.
    Bloodbond considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with science, science fiction, or fantasy. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic–vampirey or werewolfy or movie, or book, or person [interview]–and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples. Note: if you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair, but be accurate. Also note: reviews of movies need to be timely.
    We consider articles between 1,500 and 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.
    There you have it. Again, we must insist on guideline compliance. Now, let’s see whatcha got.

    Payment: 6 euro per 1000 words
    Link: Albedo
    We are always looking for thoughtful, well written fiction. Our definition of what constitutes science fiction, horror and fantasy is extremely broad and we love to see material which pushes at the boundaries or crosses between genres.
    All authors receive a complimentary print and pdf copy of the issue their story appears in. Our payment is 6 euro per 1000 words (i.e. 0.6 cents per word), up to 8000 words. We hope to improve our rates gradually in the future, and purchasing the magazine is the way to help us achieve that!
    Our preferred length is between 2,500 and 8,000 words. We have published stories above that limit, but only because we thought that they were of exceptional quality. Please also note that we cannot (regretfully) pay for additional words beyond 8000.
    Our response time is variable – but we aim to respond between two to four months after submission date.
    We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions, nor do we accept previously published stories, the exception being stories that have been published previously in languages other than English (i.e. you may submit stories that have not yet been published in English, but the stories must be translated to English for submission).
    We do not count stories that have been posted online in fiction workshops for critique and improvement as having been previously published (i.e. these may also be submitted, but must be removed from the workshop if accepted for publication).
    All stories submitted will be considered for publication in either Albedo One magazine, OR in the online Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase series, which aims to publish and showcase online the very best fiction that the Albedo One team can lay their hands on.
    For postal submissions: All stories should be typewritten, on A4 paper or US equivalent, double line or 1.5 line spaced, using one side of the paper and leaving at least 1″ margins all round. Electronic version should be available on request.
    We do NOT return manuscripts, so disposable manuscripts ONLY please!
    Our postal submissions address:
    Albedo One
    8 Bachelor’s Walk
    Dublin 1
    All submissions must be accompanied by an e-mail address, our preferred method of response, or a SAE with Irish stamps. NO English stamps, NO American stamps please – the Irish Post Office does NOT accept these. International Reply Coupons (IRCs) are unfortunately also not accepted by the Irish Post Office.
    For email submissions: Mail your e-mail submission to:
    Email submissions may be pasted into the body of your email, or may be submitted as an attachment in .rtf format (no .docx please).
    Please enter subject line as follows: Fiction Submission: Name of Story
    We strongly suggest that potential contributors be familiar with the style and content of Albedo One before submitting, and we advise ordering a copy or minimally reading a low-cost pdf copy before submitting stories.
    Story rights: Upon acceptance of a story for publication in Albedo One magazine or the Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase, we claim First World English Rights for Online, Digital and Print mediums. This lets us be the ones to publish your story first, worldwide in the English language, either in the pages of Albedo One, or online on the Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase. As soon as we have published your story, be it in Albedo One magazine or Albedo 2.0, rights revert to the authors. Albedo One NEVER claims any permanent rights to your work.
    You might also wish to consider entering our respected horror, fantasy and science fiction writing competition, the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, with a grand prize of €1000 euro (yes, that’s right, €1000!) and publication in Albedo One.
    We are also looking for interviews with high profile authors, media personalities and for book reviews.

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      Payment: $25 Link: The Subtopian
      The Subtopian is an experiment in publishing designed to challenge writers to explore the relationship between Utopia and Dystopia in order to look at where we are now and where we might be headed as a culture. We have refined our focus since beginning this project in 2012 and have three facets for publishing stories:
      The Subtopian News Competition is our monthly call for stories on a particular set of topics. Writers are invited to select a current news story and imagine its implications on the future — positive or negative — from these we select two winners and publish them to the site, perform them in a new podcast, and pay a prize of $25 each. Select runner up stories that are shortlisted in the competition will also be published to the site.
      Flash Fiction is the only form of fiction we can currently accept unless it is submitted through the competition. We have very little time to read submissions and cannot commit to long stories at this time. These are stories that are 500 words or shorter. All stories must pertain to The Subtopian‘s vision of Utopia vs. Dystopia in some way. There is no payment for these types of stories submitted outside of our competition.
      On extremely rare occasion we will accept a Serialized Story for publication. These are stories that are too long to be published as one installment, often even novel-length, that we feel strongly about offering a place at The Subtopian in spite of our busy reading schedule. Typically, stories accepted are written by people who have participated with The Subtopian in the past whom we have a working relationship with so the best way to get this option available to you is to submit to the competition.
      News from the Future stories are what the site is all about. Most of what we accept through the competition will be published as a News from the Future piece and will also be presented via the podcast in this framework, but if a writer is ever inclined to pitch a story to us directly, outside of the competition, we are always willing to take a look. The idea behind these stories is a kind of intersection between journalism and science fiction, applying futurist vision to current events. This is what The Subtopian is all about and, as such, these stories are given top priority.
      Rights & Edits
      Publishing rights of selected stories remain with the author. You may publish your story elsewhere, the only requirement is that you notify the other publisher that this was first run by The Subtopian so that this credit may be represented somewhere in the new printing. By sending your story to us, you automatically agree to this statement.
      Please note that our editors may require small changes to be implemented in shortlisted stories, in order to maintain the consistency throughout the website. These changes would never go beyond altering punctuation, or correcting typos. We will always ask for authors’ approval in such cases.

      Payment: $.01/word
      Link: Metaphorosis
      We publish science fiction and fantasy, broadly defined.
      What we want:
      • style – We want writers who use language beautifully – so that words aren’t just the carrier for your story, they’re part of the scenery. We want the poetry of Roger Zelazny, the finesse and ingenuity of Jack Vance.
      • mood – We want stories with atmosphere, where mood is an important element. Think Patricia McKillip.
      • character – We want stories with characters – real people with real emotions, whether those people are aliens or trolls or both. Think Arthur C. Clarke.
      • intellect and emotion – We want writing that makes us think and feel. We want the intellect of A. A. Attanasio, the social awareness of Ursula Le Guin, the impact of George R. R. Martin.
      Whom do we like?
      In addition to the above, we like Walter M. Miller, Jr., Richard Cowper, Theodore Sturgeon, Samuel Delany, James Thurber, Orson Scott Card, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Julie Czerneda, Sean Stewart, Mari Ness, Ken Liu, Oliver Buckram, Fran Wilde, and a host of others. Not enough cues? See our reviews.
      How long can my story be?
      As long as it needs to be. Keep in mind, though, that we’re looking to average 4,000 words/per story; 1,000 to 6,000 words is the sweet spot. We’re unlikely to publish serials.
      What we don’t want:
      isms – We want stories with a modern perspective, not worlds that recreate historical mistakes. If your story is about gender relations, by all means have subservient women (or subservient men, or subservient gender neutrals) if it’s relevant. If that’s not what your story’s about, we’re not interested in a standard medieval model where men are in charge because they’re men, or a distant future world where skin color (or sexual orientation, or …) works just like it does today. Dream bigger.
      retreads – we don’t mind if the concept of your story is something the world has seen before, so long as you do something new with it. But don’t send us Tolkien and Clarke with the names changed and a fresh coat of paint.
      Hard sell
      Nothing is out of bounds; we don’t want to set limits on imagination. However, we’re less likely to be interested in military SF, time travel, vampires, or zombies.
      • Reprints: No, unless specifically solicited.
      • Simultaneous: Yes, but if you sell your piece elsewhere, please withdraw it through Submittable.
      • Multiple: Yes, within reason (two pieces at a time).
      Vegan bonus points
      You’ll get bonus points if your world is vegan. We’re not looking for manifestos; we don’t want them, and if your world isn’t vegan, we won’t hold it against you. If your story doesn’t say anything one way or the other, we’ll count it as vegan.
      How many bonus points?
      Some. Not a lot. The first criterion is a good story.
      What’s a vegan?
      Here’s one definition. Quick check: if your characters eat meat, wear leather, or ride horses, they’re not vegan.
      Follow the industry standard format defined by William Shunn. He has templates available, or you can use ours (LibreOffice, Word). We prefer a proportional, serif font like Cambria or Caladea.
      Your story should be in one of the following file formats: ODT, DOC, DOCX, RTF.
      Rights and payment:
      We pay a semi-pro rate of $.01/word. We’re buying the rights to:
      • post the story on our website – exclusive for 6 months from publication, non-exclusive for the life of the magazine.
      • include the story in a monthly issue sent to Patreon supporters.
      • include the story a best-of anthology published within the calendar year after your story is published in our magazine.
      We buy one piece of art per month, at a flat rate of $50. Art submitted must be 1563 x 2500 pixels, or a multiple thereof; templates are available as XCF, PSD, and JPG. We buy non-exclusive rights for use on our website, in a monthly issue, and in an annual anthology.
      Content should include science fiction or fantasy elements. We’re not keen on violence or erotica. We won’t take any pieces that show animals in subjugation – that includes riding horses.
      Payment process
      We pay when we accept the piece, regardless of publication date. We pay only through PayPal.
      How we’ll respond:
      • turnaround – we’ll try to respond within two weeks. Track your submission at Submission Grinder or Duotrope; we try to watch those figures as well as our own.
      • feedback – we’ll try to give feedback on the content your story, and on what page we decided the story wasn’t for us.
      Payment: For Nigerian authors: N2 per word up to 1000 words, N2000 flat for stories above that, and N1000 for anything below 500 words.
      For authors from the rest of the world: 1¢ per word up to 1000 words, $10 flat for stories above that, and $5 for any piece below 500 words.
      Link: Sub-saharan Magazine
      Before you submit to us, endeavour to follow our website, like our Facebook page, and follow us on twitter. We make this a criterion, for now, because we are a new market and we hope our network mushrooms with your support.
      Although we have a soft spot for submissions by Africans, we welcome stories from the rest of the world if they present Africa in a Fantasy, science fiction, or horror setting or with speculative elements. The characters in such stories mustn’t be blacks. In fact, if making your characters black is the only African attribute in your story, then it is probably not for us. We want you to dive into rare African cultures and traditions, tweak them to your taste and sprinkle magic and futuristic science over them. Then serve them to us in a platter made of an unusual and fluid voice, a well-defined plot, characters that are larger than life, dry humour, and imageries that leave their imprints in our minds long after we finish devouring them.
      We consider stories up to 2000 words, but we prefer to see ones between 100 and 1000 words. Anything above 2000 words will be rejected.
      For Nigerian authors, we pay N2 per word for up to 1000 words, N2000 flat for stories above that, and N1000 for anything below 500 words.
      For authors from the rest of the world, we pay 1¢ per word for up to 1000 words, $10 flat for stories above that, and $5 for any piece below 500 words.
      We pay on publication via PayPal or with Amazon Gift Cards for foreign authors. For Nigerian authors, we pay via bank transfer or MTN/Airtel/Etisalat recharge vouchers.
      We buy the right to exclusively publish your piece on our website and in our quarterly Anthology. Most rights revert back to the author after six month of the piece appearing on our website. However, we will retain nonexclusive rights to continue selling the issue of our Anthology in which your piece appeared and to keep the piece in our archive.
      Submit your work as a DOC, DOCX, or RTF attachment to with “Story Submission: Your Story Title” as the subject of the email. Please, the attached manuscript must be in standard manuscript format. Any story that isn’t properly formatted will be rejected. The same goes for stories that don’t follow the guidelines.
      We want your poems of up to forty lines. Anything above that will be rejected. We prefer our poems dark, speculative, and humorous. Please no romantic poems, unless it’s about a date with a murderous alien on a poisonous planet where you end up dying by either throttling or sheer asphyxiation before you could write the poem.
      Please use “Poetry Submission: You Poem Title” as the subject of your email.
      We pay $5 flat for each accepted poem.
      We occasionally accept story reprints. Therefore, if you are submitting a story for reprint, you must include “reprint” in the subject of your email in this format: “Reprint Submission: Story Title”. Also include where and when the story was first published in the body of the email.
      We do not accept poetry reprints.
      We pay $5 flat for accepted reprints between 500 and 5000 words.
      We accept unsolicited artwork. Your artwork must be attached in JPEG or PGN format, and the file size should be no more than 5mb. Use “Artwork Submission: Your artwork title” as the subject of your email.
      We pay between $5 and $10 for artwork, depending on the quality and how much we love it.
      Please no multiple submissions. We, however, don’t mind simultaneous submissions, provided that you alert us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
      We try to respond to all submissions in two weeks. However, if you haven’t heard from us in a month, do query via the email with “Query: Your Piece Title” as the subject. In the body of your email, include the date and type of submission.

      Payment: $5
      Link: Whiteside Review
      A new publication that explores the probable, as well as the possible through speculative fiction, art, and the occasional poem.
      Suggested themes: colonizing planets in the solar system, evolution/devolution of humanity on other planets (physical/cultural/etymological/ideological), first contact with other species, etc.
      Submission guidelines:
      • Unpublished work.
      • NO simultaneous submissions.
      • Query first before submitting previously published work.
      • Poems: 45 lines max. 2 poems per submission.
      • Fiction: 4.5 K words max. 1 story per submission.
      • Art: jpeg perferred. 300 dpi/high resolution.
      • Send work in the body on an email, along with a third person bio of no more than 75 words. Also, include an author photo and a link to your author page.
      • Send your submissions to:
      • Payment upon publication is a flat fee of $5 USD. Payment will be made exclusively through Paypal. All rights to published work revert back to the author upon publication.
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      • #4
        Payment: penny-per-word Link: Space and Time Magazine
        We are looking for science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, magical realism — basically anything with a speculative element, and we really like creative hybrids of these. Stories should be in standard electronic manuscript format. Please note that while we accept up to a maximum of 10K words, we much prefer stories between 5,00-7,500. Gratuitous sex and gore will not win you any brownie points, so only include if they are integral to the plot. Don’t send children’s stories; we’re not for the young’ins. No simultaneous or multiple submissions and no reprints without querying first.
        All submissions are to be sent electronically as a Word or .rtf attachment. If there is some reason that you cannot send us a story electronically, please query at the same address and explain the situation, so a snail mail address can be provided. NOTE: Do NOT snail mail to the Somerset address — that’s for invoicing and other business correspondence ONLY. Submissions to that address will be returned unopened or discarded.
        Payment of a penny-per-word is made upon publication, and each author receives two complimentary copies of their issue, with an option to purchase additional copies at a 40 percent discount off the cover price. We buy first print and electronic rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the author.
        We will do our best to respond to all submissions within 3-4 weeks. If you don’t hear from us after 4 weeks, please feel free to send a query.
        All submissions are to be sent to


        Payment: $0.06/word
        Link: Recompose
        recompose is a magazine of interstitial short works – both prose and poetry. We are looking for flash fiction and poems that walk the line between one of the “speculative” genres —science fiction, fantasy, and horror— and the literary genre. There’s a lot of space in those cracks, but there must be both a discernible integral speculative element and a literary element. While horror is a speculative genre, we ask that you be cautious with the use of graphic sex or sexual assault and avoid gratutitous use of either.
        Original work strongly preferred; query first for reprints.
        No more than three poems OR one fiction per e-mail.
        We are particularly interested in seeing stories from underrepresented populations (eg: people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT people).
        We are looking for poetry and short prose works. We are paying professional rates: $0.25/line for poetry up to 50 lines and $0.06/word for prose up to 1000 words. You may submit works that slightly exceed those limits; just be aware of the pay limits. You can see a sample contract for Alliteration Ink at As per that template, for original works we will be asking for one-year exclusive print and digital rights (with exceptions), and five year non-exclusive print and digital rights. All other rights reside with the author.
        Submitted stories must be in standard manuscript format (see William Shunn’s excellent guide) and submitted in rtf, doc, or docx file format. Please make sure your name, email address, word or line count, and title of your story are on the first page of your manuscript. Do include a short bio of less than 50 words.
        The subject line of your email should follow this format: Poem: Title of Poem(s) or Prose: Title of Story
        Stories that do not follow these guidelines may face summary rejection.
        Submissions should be sent to


        Payment: $.02/word
        Link: Bracken Magazine
        Submit fiction, poetry, and artwork.
        The Fine Print
        Bracken supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.
        Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial, electronic, and print rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on in an electronic quarterly issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.
        Send all submissions in the body of the email to subs AT Read below for what we are looking for. We aim to respond within 30 days.
        We’re seeking lyrical, character-driven myths, born out of the wood. We accept most genres, although we’re biased toward magic realism. Send us your in-between-genre pieces, your heart’s tears, your midnight reveries. We’ll take good care of them.
        • 2,500 words or less
        • original and unpublished
        • no simultaneous or multiple submissions
        • subject line: Fiction Sub “<Your Story Title>”
        • your name and contact information.
        • the title of your piece and word count
        • a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
        • your story in the body of the email; no attachments
        Payment: $.02/word.
        We accept most styles of poetry, although we are somewhat biased toward the lyrical over the narrative. Rhymed verse is not discouraged, but we know how difficult it is to do well.
        Send us poems that will have us feel the wood’s presences, material and immaterial, known but to be seen anew, or unknown and to be revealed. We want poems that will slip in under the skin, grasp us by the throat, and change the light in the room.
        • 3-4 poems per submission
        • no longer than 100 lines
        • original and unpublished
        • subject line: Poetry Sub “<A poem title>”
        • your name and contact information.
        • titles of your poems
        • a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
        • your poems in the body of the email; no attachments
        Payment: $15/poem.

        Payment: 8 cents per word
        Link: Daily Science Fiction
        Daily Science Fiction is a professional publication of science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and more. If you’d like to submit your original stories or artwork for publication, this is the place
        ALERT: Please don’t submit stories longer than 1,500 words. Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,500 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. We will consider flash series–three or more flash tales built around a common theme. If you are submitting a flash series, please note that it is a series in your cover letter and at the top of the submitted text in the submission box. Each story does need to stand on its own.
        We do not accept reprints. Unfortunately, if you have placed a story on your website, where it is open and available to the multiple billion people who have access to the internet, that constitutes publication. We’re sorry. No, we don’t accept self-published works.
        Please don’t submit the same story to us and any other venue at the same time. Please don’t send us more than one story. Don’t send us another until we send you a response.
        We pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and for nonexclusive reprint rights. Additionally, we reserve the right to pay you more money for additional reprinting in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies.
        First publication sounds simple, but in today’s fractured fiction market it is anything but. Here’s what we mean by first worldwide rights: Your story will be distributed by email to our (free) subscription list, it will then be available on the website, via RSS, eventually through kindle and iphone/ipad (the “issue” consisting of all stories published during its calendar month), and as archived on the website. The nonexclusive reprint rights are anticipated to apply to the omnibus volume of DSF’s stories for one year. Themed anthologies are anticipated to consist of 50-100% material originally published on, plus additional materials as contracted. For these anthologies, payment will be determined if and when they occur.
        Not So Helpful Hints
        • We need short short fiction, especially flash fiction. Among our featured stories, a shorter tale will get an extra nudge on the scale when weighed against a longer one. This is both for financial reasons and because it matches the preferences of a plurality of our readership. Not fair? Perhaps. Consider yourself forewarned.
        • Of course, we want your stories to ooze originality, but a well-written story is a must. We are fond of character-driven fiction, though readers point out that not every story we publish fits that rubric. Our goal is to publish the best stories we can that will be interesting, worthwhile reads. Some stories, especially in the short short fiction, will succeed despite lack of plot, character, punctuation, what-have-you.
        • We may purchase dark fantasy, but try not to publish pure horror. We don’t mind feeling the flush of arousal, but will not publish erotica. Guns a-blazing might make our day, but we don’t suspect most military SF will win us over. Humor? We take it, It often works especially for short short fiction, but do keep in mind that one alien’s funny bone is located near another species’ sac of indifference. We’re likely not your best market for longer funny tales.
        • We don’t accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, but we promise to be as prompt as possible with our responses. Query if you haven’t heard back in four weeks. Or better yet, check your story’s status on this website. There is now a “check status” option on the sidebar.
        • PS We’d like to emphasize that guidelines aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on (which in this case is no paper at all). Splurge for a free email subscription, or if you can’t afford free, browse the archives here on the website. Read, and get a feel for what Daily Science Fiction publishes. We always want new and different work, of course, but you can get a real tactile sense of this or any other publication only by reading it.
        Story Formatting Guidelines
        • First and foremost, you must have an author account, and be logged in, before you submit a story to us. Go here to create your account if you don’t yet have one. Note: Just because you are subscribed to the magazine and receive email stories from us, does not mean you have an author account. The two databases are completely separate.
        • Stories must be submitted as plain text* via our web form. Please don’t put your address, word count, title, name or other information in the form. Please don’t retype your entire story–copy and paste it into the form (once you’ve saved your document as plain text). If a story is accepted for publication, we’ll contact you to incorporate any formatting and layout needed.
        • *Plain text means no smart quotes, no curvy apostrophes, no magic ellipses, no clever Microsoft formatting that sometimes makes your story harder to read.
        • Stories must be 100 to 1,500 words long. Stories under 1,000 words will have a much better chance of being published.
        • Please write “End” at the end of your story, so we can be certain the entire story came through.
        • Please don’t put anything other than your story in the “story” box. Your name and address, cover letter, title, and added notes can all go into the “cover letter” box. There is no need to include a cover letter, but please put your name, as it appears for your account, in the “cover letter” box. This helps us to reunite the story and the author on the off chance they get separated.
        • If your account has an incorrect email address, our response will not reach you and we will not know that it has not. Please note that our system responds to the email address you used to login, not to anything you type into the cover letter box.

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        • #5
          Vitality - Open for Submissions

          Vitality e-book magazine ( this is an LGBT market ) has posted their themes for 2016. Payment is $25 for stories over 1000 words and $10 for stories under 1000 words. Submissions are through Submittable, you can find the details here.

          They have multiple themes for 2016: Themes for 2016

          May – Myths and Monsters – Deadline: Jan 15th, 2016
          Dragons, Pegasus, basilisks, oh my! Write a piece about an ancient myth or mythical creature (Note: We’d prefer these myths not be ancient, not retold fairytales. Give us Medusa, not the Little Mermaid.)
          June – Death Comes Knocking – Deadline: Feb 15th, 2016
          Give us necromancy, ghosts, murder mysteries, and traveling to the afterlife. (Note: stories must NOT violate our rule against tragic LGBT characters or grief-centric pieces. A LGBT character can be a ghost/undead as long as the piece is about something other than how sad it is that they died. Use your discretion – we want to be entertained, not weepy.)
          July – Starry Night – Deadline: March 15th, 2016
          Spaceships among the stars, new lovers mingling beneath the moonlight, or an astronomer discovering something incredible. We want your pieces about stars!
          Aug – Behind the Mask – Deadline: April 15th, 2016
          Superheroes, masquerades, theater – write us a story in which at least one character wears a mask (Note: Masks can be real or metaphoric; though we’d highly prefer real).
          Sept – Sirens and Sailors – Deadline: May 15th, 2016
          Pirates! Mermaids! Sunken ships! Write us your best pieces about adventures on the high seas!
          Oct – Spooky Stories – Deadline: June 15th, 2016
          Tell us your tales about things that go bump in the night. We want haunted houses, ghosts, undead, witches, and graves. We prefer fun/exciting stories than actual horror, and our PG-13 content rating remains.
          Black Treacle - Open for Submissions

          Canadian zine Black Treacle has opened submissions for their next issue. They're looking for short stories of 1500 to 5000 words in the genres of Horror, Dark Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction. Payment is $50CAD. They're also looking for non-fiction with the same pay rate. You can find the details here.
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          • #6
   Gallery of Curiosities is a story podcast that comes along whenever we have managed to put together a new show. This is a paying audio fiction market catering to the steampunk and retro-futurist niche, as well as those who like good audio fiction during their commute. Our early episodes from 2010 to 2015 went under the title Tales from New Babbage and were a mix of public domain and original stories which were originally broadcast on Radio Riel Steampunk before being made available for download.
            What we’re looking for:
            Weird fiction. Horror. Steampunk. Goth. Interesting. InsertRetroEvocationWordHerePunk. Holiday themes on the above for when those times of the year roll around. Original short stories up to 7500 words. We don’t like flash fiction as much as short stories but you never know, we might need to tuck one in now and then. Did we mention how much we like to be scared?
            What we’re not looking for:
            Modern times. Serialized novels. Fan fiction. Futuristic settings that do not have an appropriate level of technology to a retro-futurist genre. For example, we would be perfectly happy with with you outwitting cannibal mutants in a post apocalyptic wasteland, but we want to see a technology that has collapsed to an interesting level of anachronism.
            At present time we are offering a penny a word. We know, this is not the pro rate, but right now, it is the best we can do.
            How do I get paid?
            Paypal. No exceptions.
            What about Rights?
            We are purchasing one-time, non-exclusive, audio and archiving rights to your short story. You retain all other rights. The podcasts will be archived online for perpetual free download under a Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs license.
            Are you going to publish an anthology or post my story for online reading?
            What about simultaneous submissions?
            Yes, but do tell us if you sold it somewhere that would not want us to produce it after they bought it so we don’t waste our time.
            My story has already been published. Can I still submit it?
            Yes, as long as you are not violating any terms of your previous contract.
            How do I submit?
            Send your story in an email or email attachment to with SUBMISSION: Your Story Title in the subject line. We’re not picky about the format and chances are we will save it as or paste it into a Google Document to read later. You could also send the link to your G-Doc. Tell us a little bit about yourself too.
            Can I be a reader?
            I don’t know, can you? Currently, we are not able to pay our readers, but know that if you are selected you will have the adoration of swooning women and upright gentlemen as they listen to the dulcet sound of your voice and fantasize about what you really look like. Sound like your dram of arsenic? Record yourself reading a paragraph or so of anything, preceded by 10 seconds of silence so we can listen to your environment and equipment, and send it to with VOICE DEMO: Your Name in the subject line. MP3 or WAV is good. Want to use your steampunk name? We’re perfectly fine with that because some of us have jobs and bosses who would not understand, so we know better than to use our real names online.
            I made a goofy commercial for a bogus product with my friends. Will you play it?
            I have more questions!
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            • #7

              AE welcomes submissions from both established and emerging authors. We publish exclusively science fiction, though our interpretation of the genre can be quite inclusive. We are interested in stories from 500 to 3000 words in length. We are not soliciting poetry or screenplays at this time.
              Please include a brief cover letter and the full text of your story (preferably in plain text) in the body of an email addressed to We will not open any attachments.
              The very first thing in your subject line should be "CDN Sub" if you are a Canadian citizen or current Canadian resident, otherwise your subject line should begin with "INT Sub." This is very important, especially if you are Canadian. We publish a limited number of international stories. The subject line must also contain both the title and approximate word count of your piece, like this: "CDN Sub: 'Title of Story' (1300 words)." The cover letter should include your name, byline (if different) and a brief (50 words, at most) biography. We will contact you at the same email from which you sent your submission.
              If you want still more advice on how to successfully package your submission, the information you are looking for can be found in this blog post.
              Submissions must be previously unpublished (in print or online) and should be strong enough to stand alone (i.e., no excerpts from a larger work). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication in another venue. Please submit no more than one story at a time. We buy First Serial and First Electronic rights and non-exclusive Audio rights.
              Each author will receive $0.07 CAD per word, paid within 30 days of acceptance, for all stories we publish.

              AE commissions a limited number of non-fiction pieces on subjects related to Canadian science fiction. We are particularly interested in author profiles for our AE Bookshelf series and book reviews, as well as longer-form interviews with Canadian authors. Non-fiction contributors do not have to be Canadian. If you are interested in writing non-fiction for AE, please query Helen Michaud at Include in your query a brief biography, list of non-fiction writing credits (including links or samples if available) and what kind of articles you propose to write (the more specific the better). Do not submit unsolicited non-fiction.
              Payment for non-fiction is a flat fee depending on length and content. We pay $20 for all articles (including reviews and AE Bookshelf profiles) up to 3000 words. We pay $40 for interviews.

              We are interested in receiving submissions of single or recurring comics by Canadian artists. AE buys first rights or reprint rights and pays a flat $20 per comic. Please send individual comics (or 3-5 sample comics in the case of a series) to for consideration.

              We buy art primarily on contract for our specific needs. AE buys first rights and pays between $20 and $100 CAD per illustration depending upon size and intended use. We are not currently soliciting art submissions, but please feel free to send a portfolio of work to Art Director Erika Kiessner at to be considered for future illustration contracts.

              All content in AE is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivatives license upon publication. We believe strongly in the Creative Commons mission and feel that it benefits both authors and their readers by allowing creators to reach the widest possible audience.
              Note that the use of the Creative Commons license has no effect on the ability or right of the author to sell reprint rights, film rights or other secondary rights in the future. Copyright remains at all times with the author.
              Response Time

              We aim to respond to all queries and submissions promptly. Please feel free to send a follow-up query if you have not heard from us within 90 days.

              Grimdark Magazine is a grimdark fantasy and sci-fi pro paying market for authors and artists. Working in a sub-genre means we are after a very specific style of story or image. We want dark settings, grey characters of both sexes, morally ambiguous decisions, and plenty of grit. Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch, Graham McNeill, Dan Abnett, and R. Scott Bakker are our favourite authors. Buy a copy of our magazine to see exactly what we're after.
              All submitted works must be:
              • Of a grimdark nature.
              • In a medieval fantasy or sci-fi setting.
              • Of the highest possible quality.
              • Submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format.
              Those are our requirements, the rest is up to you.

              • Stories must be submitted in Standard Manuscript Format.
              • Previously unpublished stories at a strict maximum of four thousand (4,000) words.
              • Reprints at a maximum of six thousand (6,000) words and not currently available for free online.
              • Serials may be accepted, but if you hook us with the first piece of it, we'll want to see the rest before purchasing and publishing.
              • Correct spelling and grammar a must.
              Anything outside of the above is not what we are currently after. Please don't query, beg, or send beer (actually, send beer, please, just don't expect a result from it). Just email in the works that fit into the above requirements.

              PAYMENT All payment amounts are in Australian dollars (AUD). If you are sending in work from a country currently handing our kangaroo-stamped dollar an absolute beating… that is unfortunate. Paypal payments only for international contributors. Option of Paypal or EFT for Australian contributors.
              Unpublished stories: AUD$0.07 per word in line with SWFA guidelines (not that we're a member, but it seems fair).
              Reprints: AUD$0.01 per word.

              General pay rate for everything tends to be in the $10 to $20 range.
              TFF is always open to unthemed submissions. The Future Fire publishes beautiful and useful fiction that focuses on the social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, writing by under-represented voices, and stories from outside the Anglophone world.
              In September 2011 we published at the editors' blog a series of posts on the subject of various speculative subgenres and themes, with suggestions for how these topics might fit into the social-political tone of this magazine.
              In the past we have run Feminist Science Fiction and Queer Science Fiction themed issues of TFF. These themes are now closed. However, there will never come a time when Queer or Feminist Science Fiction or fantasy is not welcome at TFF.

              Fiction Guidelines

              Word Limit: 1000-16000 words, no more, no less NEW 6/3/15
              Pay Rate: 10¢ per word for the first 5000 words, 8¢ for each word over 5000 NEW 6/3/15
              Genres: Science fiction and fantasy
              Language: English (We accept stories from all over the world. Translations are welcome.)
              Rights: We claim first world electronic rights (text and audio), first print rights (author must be willing to sign copies), and non-exclusive anthology rights for our annual Clarkesworld anthology. If you are unfamiliar with the term "First Rights," an explanation can be found here.
              Stories must be:
              1. Well-written. Language is important. There is no distinction between "style" and "substance" or "story" and "writing."
              2. Convenient for on-screen reading. Very long paragraphs or typographical trickery may work against you.
              3. Suitable for audio. Stories should be equally effective, but not necessarily the same, in text and audio formats.
              Science fiction need not be "hard" SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening. There are no barriers as to levels of profanity, gore, or sexuality allowed, but high amounts of profanity, gore, and sexuality are generally used poorly. Be sure to use them well if you do use them.
              Though no particular setting, theme, or plot is anathema to us, the following are likely hard sells:
              • zombies or zombie-wannabes (seriously, I'm not kidding)
              • sexy vampires, wanton werewolves, wicked witches, or demonic children
              • stories about rapists, murderers, child abusers, or cannibals
              • stories where the climax is dependent on the spilling of intestines
              • stories in which a milquetoast civilian government is depicted as the sole obstacle to either catching some depraved criminal or to an uncomplicated military victory
              • stories where the Republicans, or Democrats, or Libertarians, or the Spartacist League, etc. take over the world and either save or ruin it
              • stories in which the words "thou" or "thine" appear
              • talking cats or swords
              • stories where FTL travel or time travel is as easy as is it on television shows or movies
              • stories that depend on some vestigial belief in Judeo-Christian mythology in order to be frightening (i.e., Cain and Abel are vampires, the End Times are a' comin', Communion wine turns to Christ's literal blood and it's HIV positive, Satan's gonna getcha, etc.)
              • stories about young kids playing in some field and discovering ANYTHING. (a body, an alien craft, Excalibur, ANYTHING).
              • stories about the stuff we all read in Scientific American three months ago
              • stories about your RPG character's adventures
              • "funny" stories that depend on, or even include, puns
              • stories where the protagonist is either widely despised or widely admired simply because he or she is just so smart and/or strange
              • stories that take place within an artsy-fartsy bohemia as written by an author who has clearly never experienced one
              • stories originally intended for someone's upcoming theme anthology or issue (everyone is sending those out, wait a while)
              • your trunk stories
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              • #8
                Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach.
                Secondary-World Setting: We want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (alternate history). It could have a “pre-tech” level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that’s not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical.
                The inhabitants of this secondary world should have developed their own culture in response to the uniqueness of their world. The characters should fit this culture, and the qualities of the secondary world should have some bearing on the plot.
                We are NOT interested in urban fantasy or other types of stories set in the “real world,” even if they contain fantasy elements.
                Characters: We prefer stories that focus on the characters. We strongly prefer characters who yearn for something, external or internal, and feel driven to attain it. Our favorite characters are “round characters”: ones who grow and change over the course of a story instead of remaining the same.
                Narrative Style: We prefer styles that are literary but readable. We love gorgeous, poetic prose, but in genre fiction it’s vital that the style be clear enough so the reader can understand what’s happening. Our favorite styles are lush yet still clear.
                We have a preference for limited points-of-view, first-person or third-person, because we find it harder for a story to get deep inside a character’s head from an omniscient point-of-view. We don’t like second-person point-of-view; it feels annoying to us.
                We know grammar rules, such as which types of clauses should have commas between them and which types should not. We respect the author’s freedom to bend the rules as suits their story, but repeated ignorance of grammatical principles for no apparent artistic reason will make a manuscript look unprofessional to us.
                Originality: We prefer stories that are as original as possible, particularly in the setting. We are unlikely to enjoy stories featuring elements we have seen repeatedly, such as elves or barbarian swordsmen or an opening scene in a fantasy tavern, unless they present that element in a unique new way.
                Extreme Content: We prefer that graphic sex and violence not escalate beyond the level of an R-rated movie. We also insist that sex and sadistic violence not be acted upon children.
                Fairy Tales / Myths: We usually find that fairy tale-style or myth-style narratives don’t provide a gritty or immediate enough perspective to make us feel the texture of the secondary world or the direness of the protagonist’s struggle. Any fairy tale-type or myth-type story probably isn’t right for us.
                Urban / Contemporary Fantasy: We aren’t interested in urban fantasy or other types of stories set in the “real world,” even if they contain fantasy elements. It’s just not what we prefer to read. Any story with a modern or contemporary setting isn’t right for us.
                Science Fiction: We aren’t interested in science fiction; it’s not what we prefer to read. Any story with advanced technology or set in a future time isn’t right for us.
                Steampunk / Weird West / Sixguns & Sorcery / Etc.: In addition to classic settings of pre-tech fantasy, we also enjoy stories set in other types of secondary world that likewise don’t have modern technology, including steampunk, smoke & sorcery, Weird West, etc. Feel free to send us anything that you think might fit.
                Poetry: We don’t publish poetry; only prose fiction.
                Humor and Satire: We don’t mind humorous stories, but we have a very dry sense of humor. We love wry satire, but we rarely enjoy slapstick or puns. We haven’t published much humor, but if you have a dry satire that hits us just right....

                Length and Policies
                Length: We prefer under 10,000 words. We will consider stories over that length, but the longer a story is, the better it must be.
                Novel Excerpts or Serials: We are NOT interested in novel excerpts or serials–we only want self-standing stories.
                Reprints: We publish only originals (stories that have never previously appeared anywhere in print or online). We do not consider reprints (stories that have previously appeared anywhere in print or online, including on a personal website or blog, or self-published on Kindle or Wattpad, or as Patreon or Kickstarter rewards).
                (We buy First Serial rights–the right to be the first place to ever publish that story. If the story has already appeared in print or online, or been given to readers in exchange for a donation or patronage, the story has already been published, and therefore BCS can’t be the first place to ever publish it.)
                Multiple Submissions (more than one story submitted at a time): We do NOT accept these. Please wait until you have received a reply to your submission before sending another.
                Simultaneous Submissions (a story that is currently under submission to another market): We DO accept these, but ONLY if you state in your cover letter that your submission is simultaneous, and ONLY if you notify us IMMEDIATELY when another market accepts your story.
                (We accept simultaneous submissions as a favor to writers because we know that response times from short fiction magazines in the field can be long, but if people abuse this policy, we will rescind it.)

                Acceptances, Payment, and Rights
                Editing: All accepted manuscripts will be line-edited for grammar, punctuation, and clarity. The author will have the opportunity to review and discuss all of these edits. Payment will be made after receipt of the final, line-edited manuscript.
                Payment: For standard acceptances, we pay 6 cents US per word, which as of 07/01/2014 is professional rate as defined by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
                Rights: For this payment, we purchase the following rights:
                First World Serial Rights
                First World Electronic Rights
                Non-Exclusive World Audio Rights
                An Option to buy Non-Exclusive World Anthology Rights
                (This means that our payment buys the rights to publish your story on the Beneath Ceaseless Skies website and in our ebooks, and to publish an audio podcast of it if we choose it for our podcast, as well as the option, at our choice, to pay you again at the reprint rate specified in the original contract (2 cents per word) and reprint it in any future anthology of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies and distribute that anthology anywhere in the world.)
                (You can’t publish that story as a first-run or “new” story anywhere else in the world, and you can’t have it appear anywhere else, in print or online or as audio, before or for 180 days after we publish or podcast it. But after that you can have it reprinted online and/or in a reprint magazine and/or in a reprint anthology, like one of the many Year’s Best collections, and you can resell non-exclusive audio rights, like to one of the many fiction podcast zines.)
                We also hope that you will let us keep the story in our online archives after 180 days.
                We are and always have been a SFWA-qualifying professional market, so any sale to us can be used to qualify the author for membership in SFWA.

                How to Submit
                Format: Format your manuscript in Standard Manuscript Format. If you don’t know what that is, look it up. If you deviate from this in more than a few ways, your story will look unprofessional to us before we’ve read the first word.
                Include your name, address, and email on the first page, and a running header with your last name, the title, and page number at the top of every subsequent page.
                Cover Letter: We do prefer a SHORT cover letter with every submission. Type it into the body of your email. Mention the title of your story in case the attachment gets lost. If you have prior fiction sales, list the best one or two. If you’ve been to any writing workshops, mention them. TELL US if this is a simultaneous submission. DO NOT give a synopsis or summary of your story; we’ll learn what it’s about when we read it.
                Manuscript File: Attach your manuscript to an email as either a *.DOC MS Word document file or a *.RTF rich-text-format file, with the normal “.DOC” or “.RTF” file-name extention at the end of the name of your file. If you can’t get either of these formats to work, you may paste the text of your manuscript into the body of your email.
                DO NOT send a *.DOCX file (the default format that Word 2007 uses); we can’t open those files. DO NOT post your file to a third-party storage site such as SkyDrive and email us the link; we do not download attachments from third-party sites.
                Send your email to . Use the subject line Submission: (the title of your story).
                IMPORTANT: your subject line MUST include the word “Submission” or our spam filter will delete your email.

                Our Process and Response Times
                Auto-Reply Email: You should receive our email auto-reply within 24 hours after sending your submission.
                If you don’t, check your spam filter to be sure it didn’t get caught there. Then make sure your subject line starts with “Submission” so our filter won’t delete your email and send your story again. If you still don’t receive the auto-reply 24 hours after that, query using the email form on our Contact page. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
                Response Time: Our response times average 2-4 weeks, occasionally as long as 5-7 weeks; during Spring 2014, as short as 1-3 weeks.
                Slush Updates: To keep writers informed on our reading progress, we post periodic Slush Updates on our News page, under the category Slush Updates, saying what date up to which we have currently read all submissions.
                Querying: If we post a Slush Update saying that we’ve replied to all submissions sent before a certain date, and you sent yours before that date, please query us using the email form on our Contact page. We really mean this; it’s not necessary to wait.
                Please do not query if we haven’t announced that we’ve replied to all submissions up to the date you sent yours.
                All rejections and acceptances will be notified by email.
                Unsolicited Rewrites: We DO NOT accept unsolicited rewrites of stories that we’ve already rejected. (That is a nearly universal policy among short fiction markets of all genres.)
                As discussed in this comment thread, we intend the personalized comments in our rejections as explanation of why that story didn’t work for us, and we hope that insight into what we’re looking for will be of help to the author with their next submission. They are not an invitation to resubmit the same story, even if it has been revised.

                We only buy a few pieces of artwork a year, so we don’t take submissions of artwork. But we are interested in names of artists and links to their portfolios, so that when we are ready to buy art, we can check out their work.
                If you’re an artist and would like us to put your name on our list to check out the next time we’re looking for artwork, please take a look at our past Cover Art, to see what sort of artwork we like (usually landscapes or vistas of fantastical-looking places). Then feel free to send us your information using our Contact page, and include links to a couple of your pieces that you feel might show the sort of vibe we’re looking for.

                If you have any questions or comments about these Submission guidelines, feel free to contact us via our Contact page or to post a comment on our News page.
                The Fifth Di... has been an e-zine for many, many years. Starting in 2016, the magazine will now be available in print, as well as in electronic formats. The print format will be a 6X9 perfect bound zine. It's our hope that adding a print zine will eventually allow us to add more stories per issue, hopefully start accepting poetry again, and in the long-term, we're hoping to increase our pay rates as well.
                RESPONSE TIMES

                Our current response time is two months...there are no more reading periods for this was just too much work all at once for me. If you change your e-mail address, please let me know. There are always a few submissions that never get responses because the contributor changes their address.

                Fiction must be science fiction or fantasy, no horror, no exceptions. I’m looking for stories up to 10,000 words. No reprints will be read, and I also won’t consider simultaneous submissions. Flash fiction is not likely to be successful with me unless it's absolutely brilliant. I'm not a big flash fan, so please keep that in mind when submitting.
                FICTION PAYMENTS

                Stories up to 1,500 words will receive $5. If the story was accepted before this guideline update (12/11/15), payment will be as per the old guidelines.
                Stories between 1,501 and 5,000 words will receive $10.
                Stories longer than 5,000 words will receive $15. If the story was accepted before this guideline update, payment will still be $15.

                We are no longer considering poetry for The Fifth Di... It took a long time to come to this conclusion, but our readers have been asking for more fiction, and less poetry...

                We are not currently seeking artwork.

                All submissions must be sent as attachments in rtf. Please do not send Word files. I will read submissions that are sent pasted into messages, but I'd prefer attachments. Every submission must contain the word "Submission" in its subjct line, or it will be flushed with all of the spam. I hate to start getting anal, but given the amount of Spam I have to sift through, it just makes my job easier, and a happy editor is always a good thing. Also, all submissions must follow standard ms guidelines...if you don't know what that means, please find out. Your name, byline, and address MUST appear on the submission. All submissions MUST have page numbers. If you want something italicized, please italicize it in the submission. Also, please include a bio with your submission written in the third person. Also, please note that the editor of this zine is J Erwine, not Tyree please address your submissions to J.
                FINAL NOTES

                Don’t send work that is based in other people’s universes. All works must be original with no threat of copyright infringement. All submissions should be sent to thefifthdi at yahoo dot com.

                Spaceports & Spidersilk is an online magazine for younger readers [8 to 17 and beyond]. Formerly it was called KidVisions. Spaceports & Spidersilk features short stories, poems, and art, as well as brief essays on science and the environment, interviews, quizzes, contests, [and, quite frankly, anything else that is genre-oriented and will help encourage the younger generation to read...and to dream, especially about going to the stars]. We at Nomadic Delirium Press hope that younger writers and artists, as well as adults, will submit their work.

                The genres for Spaceports & Spidersilk include fantasy, science fiction, and a category we are going to define as ‘shadow stories’. Shadow stories are mild horror. We want spooky, not terrifying. Most of all, we want ADVENTURES! And especially SF or fantasy adventures.

                Also, we are looking for works set in a speculative genre, rather than about a speculative genre. In other words, we want stories where the fantasy or science fiction is real within the piece, not pieces where those elements turn out to be a dream, or even a daydream.

                While we believe that adult readers can and will enjoy good stories aimed at kids, we still want stories which are aimed at kids. Generally, kids (especially in the 8-14 range ) prefer to read about other kids. Stories about middle-aged couples seldom appeal.

                No reader, young or old, wants to be force fed a moral. Too often stories written for kids seem to be all about the lesson the reader is meant to learn, and few things are as likely to make readers run screaming. Give us a good story, one that entertains and connects with emotions. If that story causes the readers to rethink something, or proves an interesting point, great, but in the end it has to be something they enjoy reading.

                The guidelines for submissions to Spaceports & Spidersilk are simple and straightforward. Here they are:

                What we want:
                Spaceports & Spidersilk will consider---
                genre stories of up to 3000 words.
                poetry of up to 25 lines.
                art, in color or black-and-white
                essays of up to 800 words.
                interviews and articles of up to 800 words
                Spaceports & Spidersilk will accept reprints, provided they are identified as such, provided you have the rights to the work, and provided you tell us where and when the submission was first published.

                What we DO NOT want:
                NO “bad language”. This includes cussing, swearing, and those wonderful hyphenated words you use when you whack your thumb with a hammer. You know what they are. I don’t have to tell you. Also, no racial epithets. You know what those are, too.
                NO sex. Your characters may kiss, or fall in love, or get married, but that’s all.

                What we ALMOST DO NOT want:
                NO drugs, unless there are severe and very clear consequences to the character involved with them.
                NO sexist language. I said ‘almost’. It is quite typical of boys of a certain age to say things like, “She can’t do that, she’s just a girl.” Usually, in real life, such statements are preludes to valuable and sometimes painful lessons learned. So it must be in the fiction you submit to Spaceports & Spidersilk.

                Effective 01/01/2008, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is the editor of Spaceports & Spidersilk.

                Payment--Effective the issue of March 2008, the following payments apply:
                Spaceports & Spidersilk will pay $6.00 for each accepted original story; $2.00 for each accepted story reprint; $2.00 for each accepted poem; and 10.00 for the door art. These rates are effective with the December 2011 issue.

                HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:
                Please submit stories and essays [and articles, etc] as RTF attachments to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com. You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course. Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.
                Please submit poems in the body of the e-mail to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com. You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course. Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.
                Please submit art as a jpeg attachment to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com. You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course. Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.

                If Spaceports & Spidersilk accepts your submission, we will ask for your mailing address so that we may send your payment. We will also ask for a brief bio of the writer or artist.

                If you have any questions about this, or about Spaceports & Spidersilk, please e-mail them to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com. Again, you will have to convert this to a usable address.
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                • #9

                  Mirror Dance is currently open to submissions. Our new e-mail address is Please use this address for all correspondence related to Mirror Dance.

                  Who We Are
                  Mirror Dance is a free online magazine of fantasy in all its sub-genres, including magic realism, urban or contemporary fantasy, sword and sorcery, fantasy-of-manners, and stories with mythological or folkloric themes. We are especially interested in publishing secondary world stories, and stories from diverse ethnic, racial, and religious viewpoints. As a member of the Outer Alliance, we actively seek fiction with LGBTQA themes and characters who challenge traditional concepts of gender.

                  We are open dark fantasy, science fantasy, and historical fiction with fantasy elements. We do not publish science fiction or non-supernatural horror.
                  What We Publish
                  Mirror Dance publishes four issues per year. The Spring and Autumn issues, published March 1 and September 1, are open to all types of submissions. The Summer issue, published June 1, centers on a broadly defined theme: past themes include Secrets and Curiosities, Spirits and Hauntings, and Gateways and Guardians. The Winter issue, published on December 1, focuses on flash fiction, narrative poems, and pieces that blur the lines between poetry and prose.

                  Mirror Dance pays $5.00 upon acceptance for each work of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. We can make payments through PayPal, check, or an online donation to the project or charity of your choice.

                  Fiction of all lengths, including flash, novelettes, and self-sustained novel excerpts, will be considered, though we generally find stories under 6,000 words more suitable for online reading. We value unique voices and beautiful but readable prose styles. We prefer stories with dynamic, fully-developed characters and richly detailed settings, and are especially interested in PoC and LGBTQA characters.

                  Poetry of all lengths will be considered, from haiku to epic narratives. We value strong imagery, precise word choice and a tight, specific focus. Poems must have an identifiable fantasy or mythic element. Please do not send more than three (3) poems in one submission.

                  Nonfiction such as book reviews, author interviews, and articles or essays is greatly needed. Suggested topics include analysis of published fantasy fiction and poetry, recommended reading, advice or observations on writing and publishing fantasy (if you’re qualified to give such advice), and articles on history, weapons and martial arts, animals, fashion, mythology and folklore, or culture that would appeal to fantasy readers.

                  Art must be suitable for a young adult audience and contain an identifiable fantasy or mythic element. We would be interested in conducting Artist Spotlight interviews, including several samples of your work and a link to your portfolio; query the editor at the e-mail address below for more information.

                  How to Submit
                  Please send your work in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf document, or pasted in the body of an e-mail, to mirrordancefantasy at gmail dot com. In your e-mail, include your name and contact information, the title of your submission, and its word count.

                  Important: Use the subject line “Mirror Dance Fiction Submission – [Title].” Replace [title] with the title of your submission, and change “fiction” to “poetry,” “nonfiction,” or “art” as appropriate. For all other communications, include “Mirror Dance” in your subject line. Please do not use unspecific subjects like “submission” or “fiction submission.”

                  Other Considerations
                  No simultaneous submissions. Please do not send us work that is currently under consideration elsewhere. If your story becomes unavailable after you’ve submitted it to Mirror Dance, please notify us immediately.

                  Please respect language. Atrocious spelling, grammar, and punctuation in your e-mail or your submission itself are grounds for a rejection. A few small typos are acceptable; carelessness is not.

                  We are happy to consider reprints. Please include previous publication details in your e-mail. We have a slight preference for stories that aren’t currently available in a free-to-read online venue, such as your blog, another e-zine, or a critique site that is not password-protected.

                  In the case of original fiction, we are asking for first English-language digital rights exclusive for three months. All work published in Mirror Dance will be archived unless the author requests otherwise. The author may request that the work be immediately removed from the website at any time after the first three months of the story’s publication.

                  Mirror Dance aims to respond to all submissions within two months. If you are concerned about the length of a response time, please feel free to query the editor at the e-mail address above.

                  Thank you for your interest in Mirror Dance! I look forward to reading your submission.
                  Space Squid is a scifi/humor 'zine that's oriented to people who are bored easily. If your story is boring, then we can't take it. We reject lots of stuff. There needs to be totally rocking shit blasting out of that story of yours.
                  What isn't boring? Subversion isn't boring. Literary skill isn't boring. Memorable imagery isn't boring. Funny isn't boring. Funny and sad goes a long way. We want to laugh so hard that snot comes out of our noses while crying and beating our breasts. Try digressing from the standard style.
                  We like funny but it isn't always appropriate. That's why there's a slash when we describe ourselves as a sci-fi/humor 'zine. To be honest, we're not even tied to the sci-fi. We're technically a speculative fiction/humor 'zine, but we like to slum it in the genre ghetto.
                  We often publish the story you have that nobody else understands. You know, the one you wrote that's pure genius, but it's so far outside the accepted norm of professional fiction that JJ Adams didn't even bother to scrawl his initials on your form reject. Space Squid appreciates you and we appreciate your vision. And we promise not to give your name to the FBI after we find out what goes on in that freakish head of yours.
                  Most of the stories we buy are 750 to 2000 words. Your best bet is to send us something short that we're not going to forget. We strongly encourage submissions by women writers who help dilute the nasty testosterone scent in the Squid offices. Try sending us something experimental or something beautiful or something profane. But please, no sloppy wandering grade-school humor stories.
                  We publish reprints if they rock... and they haven't been around the block. I.e., less than 3 printings, please.

                  We love comics, and it doesn't matter what kind: gag, strip, or full-page adventure. Shoot, even meandering experimental comics with stupid non sequiturs are cool with us. Color is great, too; we anticipate our future paper publications will also be in full color.

                  No matter what you do, all you're going to get out of us is a flat payment of $5 USD or $5 credit toward a Squid funny t-shirt. If you are so unfortunate that we accept two of your products in a single issue, then you're still only going to get that measly five bucks.

                  What we’re looking for:
                  • Short fiction between 3000-7500 words. This length is flexible.
                  • Speculative fiction. We especially like science fiction and fantasy but will read anything that grips us. We’re not looking for erotica, and romance isn’t usually our thing.
                  • Submit completed manuscripts to submissions AT asterismpress DOT com. Rich text format (.rtf) preferred, but we’re not here to tell you which word processor to use. Use the subject line ‘SUBMISSION: (Your title)’ for best results.
                  We purchase nonexclusive electronic and anthology rights, and the right to distribute the material under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC 4.0). We accept reprints (though please indicate where it has appeared previously, if feasible), but would rather avoid simultaneous submissions (it just sounds like a headache for everyone involved). If we accept your story, we’ll pay you a flat rate of $30. Please bear in mind that most publishers will not buy reprints, so don’t send us anything you’d like to sell later.
                  Strange Constellations is open to submissions from July 1 to August 31, and again from January 1 to February 28. We’re in the Pacific time zone, though if you miss the deadline by a day or two on either side you’re probably fine. We try to respond to all submissions within two weeks of the close of our submission periods. We respond to all submissions; if you haven’t heard from us within that time, please query us at rmason AT asterismpress DOT com.
                  All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Submissions should be emailed to Please attach all submissions in .doc format—we will not accept submissions embedded in the body of email. Include your bio in your cover letter.

                  Guidelines for Fiction
                  The Dark is an online magazine published quarterly. We are seeking fiction 1,000 – 6,000 words.

                  What we publish:
                  • Horror
                  • Dark Fantasy
                  Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror.
                  We will not consider multiple submissions. Submit once and wait for a response before sending anything else. We will not consider simultaneous submissions.

                  We will not be accepting reprints.

                  We pay 3 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on acceptance for First World Rights.

                  Response Times
                  Response times will vary depending on volume, but may average two days. Query after one month (include title and date submitted).

                  Submit an inquiry along with samples (preferably a link to an online gallery). We purchase pre-existing pieces of art and rarely commission original art for covers.
                  We're looking for short fiction,
                  Word count: 2,000 to 5,000 words; will consider shorter or longer, but they'll be a harder sell.
                  Pay rate: 0.03 USD per word. (Word count will be determined using Google docs and rounded up to the nearest hundred.)
                  Genre: Near-future speculative fiction (Solarpunk)
                  Multiple submissions: No. Please submit one story at a time, and wait until we've made a decision about the current story before submitting another.
                  Simultaneous submissions: Allowed, but only if you tell us so in the cover letter, and let us know immediately if your story is sold to another market.
                  What we're looking for:

                  "Solarpunk" means different things for a lot of different people in the community, but on here, for the most part, we mean near-future speculative fiction that deals seriously with environmental crises, systematic oppression, global imperialism and other issues in dire need of solutions. These issues are complex, and we're interested in stories that treat them with appropriate complexity. Check out the Wikipedia page on wicked problems for an idea of what we mean.
                  Vitally, we want stories that are optimistic about these problems. They don't have to be all solved as of the story's present-day; they probably shouldn't be; but we don't want to publish stories that portray hope and effort as absurd or pointless endeavors. We don't want "Resistance is futile" or "It's all downhill from here." We're fans of Kafkaesque fiction but it's going to be an extremely hard sell here.
                  That said, if you've got a story that feels to you like it's solarpunk in its values and attitude, but that's urban fantasy or historical fiction or far-future hard SF or space opera or anything else, go ahead and send it. We are open to the possibility of being blown away, and we don't want to limit ourselves to an overly preconceived narrative structure.
                  Our About page has a more detailed description of what we mean by solarpunk, and the two of us also run a personal solarpunk Tumblr, watsons-solarpunk, which you're welcome to check out for a lot more content on how we think and feel about the genre.
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                  • #10

                    Strangelet publishes six times a year: January, March, May, July, September, and November. At the end of the year, we publish an anthology of the stories from that year.

                    We seek to publish stories, comics, art, and poetry that dwell in the spaces where literature and genre meet. We want the magic to be real. We are searching for works of science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and any other works that take the reader to new worlds. The best way to get a sense of what we like, pick up a copy of Strangelet.

                    Guidelines for Submissions

                    We use Submittable for our fiction and poetry submissions. Please contact us directly for comic and art submissions. There is no fee for submitting your work to us.

                    When submitting, please include a brief cover letter with a short bio. Do not include any identifying information on the manuscript.

                    We do not accept unsolicited reprints. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your submission has been accepted elsewhere.

                    Submissions are accepted on a year-round basis. Published works are featured both in the print and electronic editions of Strangelet.

                    In addition to payment (see below for our rates), we will also give you 2 electronic copies and 1 print copy of the issue you are published in.

                    Our goal is to notify all submitters of acceptance or non-acceptance within four months of submitting. We look forward to reading your work!
                    What we are looking for

                    First, we strongly suggest you read a copy of Shoreline of Infinity to see the kind of stories our readers like. You can download a copy or order a print copy over there on the right.
                    We are looking for a good science fiction story. Something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think.
                    But more than that, we want your story to be populated with characters we want to meet and have a drink with or from whom we want to run screaming away; we want characters to hug to ease the pain; we want to read the stories of heroes; we want to be your character.
                    Make us want to nudge our sleeping partners at 3am in the morning and say: “you should read this!”
                    Broaden our horizons – look beyond the Shoreline.
                    We told you, we’re looking for a good story.
                    If you can include all that in one tale as seen through the powerful lens of science fiction, so much the better.

                    Maximum of 5,000 words please, but we do like short fiction too.
                    What we Offer and Rights

                    At the start of this adventure we offer £10/1000 word, and we intend to increase this for future issues. If sales go well royalties will also be paid: tell your friends to read Shoreline!
                    We retain the right to continue selling back issues of Shoreline of Infinity and Shoreline anthologies containing your story.
                    We buy first digital and print world rights in English, but your rights are returned to you after 6 months of original publication (digital or print), and you are free to publish how or where ever you like. However, it would be splendid if you could acknowledge first publication in Shoreline of Infinity.
                    What to Submit

                    We accept simultaneous submissions, but please do tell us immediately if you want to withdraw a submission. Submit a neatly formatted manuscript set in Times 12 point and double spaced in Word format ( doc/docx). Please use the submission process here – emailed manuscripts will be ignored.
                    Submit only one story.
                    Response Time

                    We will reply as soon as we can after your submission, but please do contact us if you have not heard within 3 months. We know what it’s like to be kept waiting, but we are only human (mostly).
                    This e-zine primarily publishes “scientific papers” by mad scientists. Or, at least, fiction that could be loosely considered such. They must be written in a first person perspective of some sort.
                    It should also have something to do with “mad science.” We are willing to be flexible on the mad science part, but not the first person part. This can be an essay or newspaper article, but the presumed narrator is someone in the fictional world.
                    We are willing to take almost any genre for this: humor, SF, fantasy, horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, pulp adventure. All we ask is that it be well written and fit within the needs of this e-zine. Gratuitous anything that doesn’t add to the story is discouraged. Reprints will be considered. We accept multiple submissions, but not simultaneous submissions.
                    If your story is accepted, we ask that you provide a fictional identity as the source of the article, with bio. Authors will still be credited under their own name. We just want to maintain the atmosphere of “scientific journal.” So, for example, your story might be “An Examination into the Giant Albino Fire Moles” by Professor Higglepiggle, as provided by Joe M. Author.
                    We currently are publishing a new short story every week on the site. We collect them on a quarterly basis into a book (print and digital) with exclusive content in the book.
                    Flash Fiction

                    These stories should be 500-2000 words and stand alone. They must be written in a first person perspective of some sort. If you have a recurring character you’d like to use in future submissions, that would be wonderful.
                    Short Fiction

                    These stories should be 2,000-8,000 words and stand alone. They must be written in a first person perspective of some sort. If you have a recurring character you’d like to use in future submissions, that would be wonderful.
                    Serial Fiction

                    We are also in the market for serial stories or recurring characters. They must be written in a first person perspective of some sort. Installments should be 2,000 – 8,000 words each.
                    Special Call for Submissions

                    From January 1st to January 31st, we will be open to exclusive submissions for our quarterly! These will have the same pay and length guidelines as the flash and short fiction, but they are not required to be first person. Submissions for this should be sent in our standard manner described below.
                    We are also looking for questions for our “Ask a Mad Scientist” advice column. Questions should be emailed directly to us. (Email address below.)
                    How We Want It

                    Submissions for short fiction should be 2,000 – 8,000 words in length and use Standard Manuscript Format. Flash fiction should be 500-2000 words and also in Standard Manuscript Format. There are many variations to this on the Internet. We prefer this one:
                    Submissions for serial fiction should include the first installment plus an outline of the remaining installments in the serial. It should otherwise follow the Standard Manuscript Format above. Responses to special calls for submissions should similarly be in Standard Manuscript Format.
                    Please also put “Sparkle Pony” underneath your contact information in order to prove you’ve read this.
                    How It Will Appear

                    We are currently running one new story every Monday on the site. These will be collected into quarterly anthologies.
                    What We Pay

                    For flash fiction, we offer $10 for exclusive first worldwide electronic rights and for nonexclusive reprinting rights. For short fiction, we offer $20 for the same rights. For serial fiction, we offer $20 per installment to a maximum of $100 for the same rights as other original fiction.For reprints we offer half what we would pay for new fiction and ask for nonexclusive reprint rights.
                    Please Be Aware

                    Most publications will not reprint fiction that has appeared in online or print format elsewhere. By selling to a token paying market, you are limiting your ability to make more money off of your fiction. It is up to you, the author, to decide whether you want to give up First Publishing Right for token payment.
                    How To Send It

                    You will want to send it through our submission form on Submishmash:
                    Questions? Queries can be sent to

                    What I'm looking for:

                    I prefer short science fiction between 1000 and 5000 words in length, though I'll consider stories that are longer, and in very rare cases, shorter.
                    The type of stories I enjoy the most usually come as a surprise (I think I know what is happening, but the underlying reality is revealed to me as I read on). That said, I've accepted many stories that don't fit this model. Sometimes I'm introduced to a new story structure-- a style of writing I've not seen before (this is great too!). Sometimes the story I like reminds me of another story, but it introduces a slightly different spin on it. Other times, the story introduces such interesting and original ideas that structure and style don't seem to matter as much.

                    Kasma Magazine now offers payment of the semi-professional rate of 2 cents per word. Payments are made via Paypal only, and in Canadian Dollars.

                    Upon having your work accepted by Kasma, you are able to and are automatically giving me non-exclusive electronic publishing rights, or reprint rights if applicable, to publish your story on Kasma's website. I do not own your story. You are free to publish and sell it elsewhere, as long as whatever publication you sell it to understands that the rights you are giving them are non-exclusive. After a period of one year, all rights revert back to you and you may, if you wish, ask me to remove your story from the site. I hope that you won't however, as I would like to include your story in Kasma's archive of great, short science fiction.
                    Submit to:

                    Send me your short story by pasting it within the body of an email. No fancy fonts or formatting please, though feel free to underscore italics (e.g. _this is italicized_). To email me, click the "Submit Here" link to the lower right.
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                    • #11

                      Submission Guidelines

                      McKay & Gray is currently looking for comics, shorts stories, and artists for our monthly zine, The Running Bunny.

                      The Running Bunny is a monthly collection of art, short stories, and comics with a focus on LGBT+ content. These are stories about characters that exist beyond their gender and sexuality. Stories not about being LGBT+, but LGBT+ characters whose struggles span all genres.
                      Current Rates:
                      $15 per comic page
                      $30 per short story
                      We plan to raise our rates as readership grows.
                      Intellectual properties remain the creator’s. Digital rights are exclusive to McKay & Gray for one year then revert back to the creator. Digital copies will remain in the zine’s archive indefinitely.
                      Short Story Submissions:
                      We’re looking for short stories between 1,000–6,000 words. All genres are welcome, as long as one character identifies on the LGBT+ spectrum. We do not want stories that focus solely on a character’s sexual or gender identity.
                      Elements we like:
                      • Character driven stories
                      • Unique fantasy/sci-fi
                      • All forms of diversity
                      • Mature content is fair game! Sex, drugs, and Rock & Roll are welcome (keeping in mind they must have narrative significance)
                      • Non-human characters are welcome (who doesn’t want a story about a transgender dragon?)
                      • Be creative and read our e-zine to get a feel for our content
                      Stories we do NOT accept include:
                      • Suicide stories
                      • Coming out stories
                      • How I realized I was LGBT+” stories.
                      • Smut and slash fiction.
                      • Fan fiction

                      Send complete story and a brief synopsis to

                      One-Shot Comic Submissions:
                      We’re looking for 1-13 page comics. All genres are welcome, as long as one character identifies on the LGBT+ spectrum.

                      2000x3000 pixels
                      300+ dpi
                      B/W or Colour accepted

                      Submit your portfolio with at least two completed pages. The full comic must be submitted in thumbnails with preliminary lettering for easy readability.
                      Submissions can be sent to

                      Comic Series Submissions:
                      We are not accepting series submissions of any kind.

                      Spot Illustration Submissions:

                      Illustrators send your portfolio with subject line SPOT ILLUSTRATION SUBMISSION to

                      Portfolios will be added to our lists and artists will be contacted when an appropriate position opens.


                      Submission Guidelines

                      Short fiction reprints:
                      Pay: 1c/word ($10 minimum)
                      Rights: Non-exclusive English language audio & non-exclusive English electronic reprint rights.
                      Wordcount: 100 – 6000 words
                      Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, speculative, whatever. It’s an SF/F mag, but if in doubt, send it.
                      Stories must contain some queer content. I believe in queer as a large umbrella term and specifically include trans, genderqueer, and ace/aro identities in addition to LGB. If your story includes an identity not listed here that you feel is queer, please don’t self-reject.
                      Attach stories in standard manuscript format .rtf/.doc/.docx format and send to submissions at glittership dot com. Please put REPRINT somewhere in the subject line.
                      Simultaneous submissions: Fine! I mean, it’s a reprint…
                      Multiple submissions: Please send no more than 3 at a time.
                      Stories will be reprinted in text on the site and read aloud for the podcast. If you are only able to sell audio rights for some reason, feel free to let me know. I’d rather work with you than miss out!

                      Short fiction originals: (Open for subs May 1, 2015.)
                      Pay: 3c/word ($30 minimum)
                      Rights: Exclusive English language audio and electronic rights for 6 months after publication, non-exclusive right to keep the story in our archive.
                      NOTE: GlitterShip will consider fiction produced as rewards for Patreon backers, or on locked/non-public mailing lists and accounts as previously unpublished for our purposes.
                      Wordcount, submissions email, and genre information is as above.
                      Simultaneous and multiple submissions are okay, but please do not send more than 3 stories at a time.
                      Please put ORIGINAL somewhere in the subject line.

                      Podcast readers:
                      Please drop me a line at submissions at glittership dot com.
                      If you have read fiction for podcasts or audio books in the past, please include your bio, relevant experience, and provide a link or two to your work.
                      If you do not have any previous experience, that’s okay! Please record yourself reading fiction for 4-5 minutes and have it available to upload or send. (Please don’t send any audio files to the submissions email, however, they’ll probably bounce. I’ll get back to you as soon as I figure out how to get those files from you!)
                      Non-native speakers, speakers of world Englishes, and speakers with accents are all welcome to apply as well.
                      Podcast readers will receive a token payment of between $10-$20 per episode recorded.
                      Authors and readers do not need to identify as LGBTQ or queer, though LGBTQ authors, authors of color, and authors of other marginalized identities, are specifically encouraged to submit.
                      Also, remember: don’t self-reject.
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                      • #12
                        Our Process

                        The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. Each submission is read anonymously by two editors. If a story is chosen to move forward, it is read by one of two rotating Editors of the Month who each make final decisions on the stories they receive. Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging. Read more about us here.
                        Try us!

                        Fiction and nonfiction

                        We accept unsolicited submissions via Submittable. While we are open to longer pieces, we prefer stories to come in below 3,000 words. We love flash and micro prose. Please send one previously unpublished piece and wait to hear from us before submitting another. Reprints are by solicitation only. We are open to all genres as long as the story has literary merit. We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw promptly via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Please do not inquire about the status of your submission until three months has passed.
                        Sorry, poets. We admire what you do but sadly, we suck at poetry.


                        We pay, upon publication, $0.05/words up to 1,000 words or minimum $20 and maximum $50. Writers outside the U.S. must be able to receive payment via Paypal.
                        Ready? Go!
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                        • #13

                          The written snapshot:

                          "Vignette" is a word that originally meant "something that may be written on a vine-leaf." It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim does not lie within the realms of traditional structure or plot. The vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It's descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere.

                          A vignette can be written in a variety of forms.

                          We’re looking for:
                          • prose
                          • poetry
                          • script

                          We will accept all genres except erotica. Write something brilliant and woo us into publishing it!

                          The visual snapshot:

                          Artwork or photography will be considered for the cover and interior of each issue. Send us a piece of work you believe represents a slice of life.

                          When & How to Submit

                          Submissions are open all year round.

                          As of September 1, 2015, we publish biannually online and in print.

                          To be published in our May Issue, submit between September 1st – February 28th.

                          To be published in our November Issue, submit between
                          March 1st – August 31st.


                          We pay $5 AUD per acceptance into the journal. This means if we accept 1 poem, you'll get $5. If we accept three pieces of prose, you'll get $5. If we accept two poems and three prose and one photo, you'll get $5. At the moment we can only issue payment via PayPal. OR, you can receive a contributor copy of the print journal instead of payment.

                          The rights of any work published in this journal remain with the author.
                          Please see further notes about our rights to your work at the bottom of the page.

                          Submit via Submittable: HERE

                          (Please Note: Submissions close at midnight AEST (UTC +10.00) on deadline days as we are based in Australia.)

                          PROSE & SCRIPT

                          Please do not submit more than 800 words in total per submission period. This means you can send one piece worth 800 words, or 8 pieces worth 100 words each, and/or anything in between.

                          Submit HERE.


                          Please do not send more than three poems per submission period. Try to keep the length of poems under 40 lines. We will not turn down longer pieces, but shorter pieces will be considered first.

                          Submit HERE.

                          ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY

                          Artwork and photography will be considered for the cover and/or interior of each issue. Send us a piece of work you believe represents a slice of life. Please do not send more than ten pieces per submission period.

                          Attach your artwork as high resolution files (at least 2400 pixels wide, 300 dpi) so we don't have to chase them up if they're accepted.

                          Please name each file as follows: TITLE by YOUR NAME

                          Submit HERE.

                          BLOOMING VINE LEAVES

                          Are you a writer aged 12–17? Submit to our Blooming Vine Leaves feature! Please do not submit more than 800 words in total per submission period. This means you can send one piece worth 800 words, or 8 pieces worth 100 words each, and/or anything in between.

                          Submit HERE.

                          Biographieswill be alphabetically archived on our Contributors tab. So please make sure it is something worth reading. Feel free to add links to your website and/or blog so our readers know where else to find you.

                          Simultaneous submissions are totally fine. We wouldn't expect anything different. But please do us the courtesy of letting us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

                          Previously published works are also fine. But please make sure you let us know where it was previously published in your submission, so that if it's accepted, we can include it in the credits. Also make sure all the rights to the work have reverted back to you. That said, unpublished work will take precedence over published work.

                          The focus of our literary project is the multi-facets of diversity—and those facets are found in people of every cultural and ethnic background.
                          We define diversity as the following:
                          • person of color
                          • non-heteronormative
                          • non-binary and/or trans
                          • intersex
                          • neuroatypical
                          • physically disabled
                          Or any combination of the following:
                          • white
                          • person of color
                          • non-heteronormative
                          • non-binary and/or trans
                          • intersex
                          • neuroatypical
                          • physically disabled
                          Note: We do accept submissions by white, cisgender, heterosexual, neurotypical, able-bodied individuals that portray exemplary displays of diversity.
                          To see how selections are made, please go here.
                          Submission Guidelines

                          We accept nearly every genre and subject. This is a platform for the under-represented. We do not wish to limit your creativity, however, there are a few subjects we do not feel we can do justice to, due to our reading preferences and interests.

                          We do not accept the following:
                          Children's Literature
                          Middle Grade Literature
                          Fan Fiction (because copyright)

                          It should be noted that we are not specifically looking for issues stories; likewise, this is not a place to soapbox your personal agenda. If you would like to submit work based on racism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, ableism, etc., we would like to encourage you to do so creatively. Rants or anything we deem offensive will not be considered.

                          Miscellaneous Information:
                          We ask for non-exclusive rights, with a period of exclusivity of 6 months after publication. Meaning you are free to publish the piece elsewhere after the magazine has been released for 6 months. Therefore, you must be of legal age to sign a contract or have a legal guardian willing to sign on your behalf if you are not of legal age.
                          We are a paying market. Please go to our Payment Details page for more information.

                          Simultaneous submissions are accepted; but please inform us promptly if your work is chosen elsewhere.
                          Reprints will be considered as long as we know upfront that they are reprints.
                          At least 80% of all submissions must be in English.

                          There is no reading fee for submissions. Donations are greatly appreciated, but do not increase your chances of being selected.

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                          • #14

                            "We are not afraid."

                            Body Parts Magazine is an online literary magazine of horror, erotica, speculative fiction, essays and art. Each themed issue honors Eros and Thanatos, the Greek gods of libido and mortido—life and death. We celebrate the vast and various expressions of dreams and darkness, our primitive desires and urges, and seek to encounter—and embrace—those shadowy monsters who dwell in the dimly lit corners of human experience.

                            Submission Guidelines

                            Upcoming Themes
                            Submissions for each issue are accepted through the last day of each reading period (if specified). You are welcome to submit material for any issue--simply indicate which issue you would like your work to be considered for.

                            Issue #6: Grave Robbing (Spring/Summer 2016)
                            Disinterment. Theft. Exhumation and ossuaries. Unspeakable crimes. Corpses of the past (events, relationships, ideas, cultures and cities). What inappropriate, grim and morbid things or people do we long for when they are gone? What incites one to dig up the dead, reanimate the deceased or dig through decayed remains in search of some treasured item, memory or ideal? In what horrific ways do we serve as the archaeologists of our own fates and futures?
                            Submission deadline: 3/01/16

                            Issue #7: Fairy Tales, Mythology and Gods & Monsters (Fall/Winter 2016)
                            Submission deadline: 8/01/16

                            Issue #8: Killer Clowns and Freak Shows (Spring/Summer 2017)
                            Submission deadline: 3/01/17

                            Body Parts accepts well-written, thoughtfully structured horror, erotic horror, speculative fiction, dark fantasy (including fairy tales and mythology), exceptional stories about ghosts, ghouls, monsters and wretched creatures, Gothic fiction, and all combinations of the above. Our boundaries are few and far between.

                            Flash Fiction: 1,000 words or fewer.
                            Short Stories: up to 8,000 words.
                            Serialized Long Fiction: query us with total word count.

                            We accept your original artwork and photography reflective of an issue’s theme. Email a link to your art online (web, Dropbox, Google album, etc.)

                            Essays & Interviews
                            We accept short essays and interviews (up to 1200 words) about topics that fit within our themes, people integral to the type of work published
                            in Body Parts (writers, artists, photographers, etc.). Query first. We do not accept book/game/music reviews. Payment varies.

                            Body Parts is a paying market. We offer an honorarium of $5 for flash fiction and $10 to $20 (depending on length) for short stories and nonfiction to authors, and $10 to $20 for artwork and photography published in our journal.

                            How to Submit
                            Cut and paste your text and submit it within the body an email--attachments will not be opened.
                            In the subject line, include the word Submission, the issue number you’re submitting to, and the title of your piece.
                            Please include a publication-ready bio and your website/social media sites. If your piece is selected for publication, we'll send you a "Congratulations" email and request your PayPal email address and an author photo. Response times can be lengthy so simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please email us to withdraw your work from consideration if it's placed in another publication.

                            Email submissions to: bodypartsmagazine (at) gmail (dot) com.
                            Help us remain a paying market!
                            If you'd like to support our mission of creating space for
                            literary horror, erotica and speculative fiction, please click the Donate button. Even small amounts are appreciated.
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                            • #15
                              Bourbon Penn Payment: 1¢ / word
                              We are looking for highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd. Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We’re looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal.
                              We want character. For us, stories live and die by their characters. We’re looking for fully drawn characters who surprise us with their honesty, complexity, and contradictions.
                              We want mysterious. We’re looking for stories that grab the reader, make them ask, “what the hell is going on?” and then deliver on the tease.
                              We want ideas and we want action. We love exploring big, philosophical ideas, but we revel in suspenseful plotting. If you’re adept at blending these elements, we can’t wait to read your work.
                              We want fresh voices and exciting prose. We want to be surprised. We want to be inspired. We want to find stories that we can’t wait to publish, promote, and evangelize.
                              Check out J.J. Abrams’ TEDTalk, Mystery Box. If you find that the sensibilities he describes in this video shape your own work, we want to see your stories. But watch the video. We’re not looking for J.J. Abrams imitators. Don’t “rip off the wrong stuff.”
                              Some books that we think rock: Payment: 1¢ / word
                              Length: 2000 – 7500 words
                              Email formatted submissions as an attached .doc, docx, or .rtf file to submissions [at] bourbonpenn [dot] com. Use the body of the email for your cover letter.
                              Response time is between one and three months. We are not considering reprints or excerpts at this time.
                              We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.
                              Via: Bourbon Penn.
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