• Submissions

    What We Want

    We are re-opening for submissions from June 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016. In addition to our normal submissions, we are also looking for additional content for our zine. See below for details.

    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 June 1st through June 31st, we will be accepting the following submissions for our quarterly zines:

    • Fictional Classified Ads. These should be 100-500 words worth of classified ads from the world of mad science. Payment is $5 for the block of 100-500 words, regardless of how many classified ads you include.
    • Flash and Short Fiction of Any Sort: Unlike our regular submissions, these do not need to be first person stories from the world of mad science. We’re biased towards science fiction/fantasy/horror, but will consider any genre.

    All our other submission guidelines still apply.

    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: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html.

    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 and print 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: http://madscientistjournal.submishmash.com/submit

    Questions? Queries can be sent to madscientistjournal@gmail.com.