We are currently only accepting short stories for the anthologies and cannot accept full-length novel manuscripts at this time.
** Please put the anthology you're submitting to in the subject line of the email!**
Payment for stories will be $5 USD per 1000 words for all current anthologies (excepting contests).
We're looking for speculative fiction across all anthologies (unless otherwise specified). That includes everything from high fantasy to hard scifi and anything in between.
We do accept reprints, simultaneous submissions, and multiple submissions, though these will slow down our response time.
Story lengths should be anywhere from flash-length to about 15k words, but we have at times made exceptions. We know a story is complete when it's complete, and arbitrary word count requirements are not always helpful. If you have an amazing story that exceeds 15k words, let us know. We may be able to make special accommodations. :)
With regard to copyright, we request the non-exclusive right to publish your story in the anthology to which it was accepted. You retain the rights to your individual story to do with as you wish. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Note: We do have long lead times with our anthologies, because we want to ensure quality work gets included. Thanks for your understanding on this.
Check here for open calls for stories.
Formatting a manuscript is always a pain. Every publication has its own
rules--headers, spacing, font, file format, required information, and so
on and so forth.
We want to make it simple. Our submission guidelines are:
Send a short query describing your work to:
If we like what we read, we'll ask for more info. If we don't, we won't.
Just keep the following in mind:
- Include your name. (You'd be surprised how many forget.)
- As mentioned above, include the name of the anthology you're submitting to in the subject line. We get so much mail that things can so easily get lost in the shuffle without this.
- A "short query" is probably fewer than 500 words, but use your best judgment. We know some people don't like writing queries, but please just give us an idea what the story is about. This can help us save a lot of time to be able to get back to you writers more quickly.
- Word count is also important.
We won't/can't read anything in a format we can't open or a language we can't read.
Microsoft Word doc files are always a safe bet, and
Apple's Pages is also good. If you're an Open Office user, please save
as a Rich Text File or similar.
We reserve the right to reject a manuscript or query for any reason, including but not limited to criminal neglect of creativity, first degree murder of the English language, adverbial abuse, possession of cliché with intent to distribute, and pathological telegraphing.
Usually, however, it's just that we didn't think your work was a good fit, and that's all. Nothing sinister.
A SHORT LIST OF WHAT NOT TO SEND
Taking a line from the great Clarkesworld magazine on this, and listing a few story items we'd prefer writers didn't submit:
- Sexy vampires/werewolves/zombies/etc.
- Stories about your RPG character.
- Stories containing rapes or rapists, child abusers, or cannibals.
- Stories containing details about killing women in gory ways. Murder mysteries are one thing--kill fantasies are quite another.
Everything else, we're happy to have a look at. We're also not inflexible, and if you have a story you are certain is amazing and contains one of these elements, let us know in the query and tell us why you think we should make an exception. :)