For Authors / Submission Guidelines

Dear authors: we want to a maintain a place that would be welcoming to authors and as friction-free to deal with as possible. Here are some decisions that go toward that:
  • We welcome both simultaneous and multiple submissions
  • We think that authors deserve to be paid - while we can't afford much, we hope to eventually match the industry-standard professional rates.
  • No fees will be charged to authors ... ever
  • We pay within 60 days of acceptance / contract signing
  • A free three months subscription to the magazine will be offered upon story publication - just like a free issue for print magazines
Here are the gory details:
Our magazine is a market for speculative short fiction, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genres. We accept stories between 1,500-3,000 words in length and payment is $0.01/word (maximum of $30) plus a free three (3) month subscription to the magazine. Payment is within 60 days of acceptance/contract signing and is made via PayPal or check. The free subscription is offered once your story is published.

We buy first, worldwide, English, electronic serial rights with exclusivity for three months. What that means is that we will publish your story via our magazine's newsletter and website, and you promise not to publish it elsewhere during the initial three months. After that, we ask for limited electronic rights so we can keep a copy of the story within the magazine's web archive. Some stories are available to everyone while others to subscribers only. All other rights are retained by the author.

To submit a story, please format it as a standard manuscript (see William Shunn's site for details), and email it to "[email protected]". The subject should have the name of the story, genre and word count. We accept Word (.DOC/.DOCX) and OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.ODT) formats. No RTF please.

Important points:
  • Timelines - we try to make the initial decision within a week, but it may stretch up to ninety days (90). If you haven't heard back after 90 days, please query us at [email protected].
  • Feedback - due to limited time, we are unable to provide individual feedback for every submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed - let us know when submitting your story and as soon as possible if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, but please limit these to three (3) at most.
To get an idea of what we accept, please read previously published stories. However, here are things we do not accept:
  • Reprints, whether professionally or self-published
  • Horror, sexual schemes, profanity or graphic violence
  • Stories requiring excessive editing
Track your submissions at DuoTrope and the Submissions Grinder