• Submissions

    What We Want

    SPECIAL CALL: We are OPEN to submissions for our new anthology, Utter Fabrication, March 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017. Details below.

    We are currently CLOSED to regular submissions. We will reopen to regular submissions in April 2017.

    Unless specified otherwise, we’re looking for stories that are:

    • 500-8,000 words long.
    • First person.
    • Arguably mad science related.

    The mad science is negotiable. The rest is not.

    We are strongly biased towards science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We are also committed to publishing work by authors belonging to marginalized groups. If you are LGBTQ, a person of color, or belong to some other group that is underrepresented in the genre, we really want to hear from you.

    When it comes to “first person,” this can includes fictional newspaper articles, press releases, brochures, etc. We’re also happy to consider reprints and more than one submission at a time.

    Do not send us poetry, screenplays, stories that are being considered by another market, or long winding ramblings from disgruntled mad scientists without any plot.

    Stories should be submitted in Standard Manuscript Format. Here’s a an explanation of what that means.

    We currently only open for submissions one month at a time. Sometimes we will hold a story until the end of that period before deciding. If you haven’t heard from us within a month of our submission period closing, send us an email.

    If Accepted

    Stories will require a fictional identity for the narrator, with a bio. Authors will still be credited under their own name as follows:

    Title of Your Story
    An essay by [fictional narrator], as provided by [your name].

    We will send a contract for esignature. For new stories, we will ask for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year and nonexclusive rights afterwards. For reprints, we will ask for nonexclusive reprinting rights.

    Payment is based on story length and whether or not it’s new.

    Length New Reprint
    Flash (500-2,000): $10.00 $5.00
    Short (2,001-8,000): $20.00 $10.00

    Our contract says we’ll pay before it appears in the book, but we aim to send payment within a few weeks of receiving your contract.


    We will be creating an anthology titled Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures. It will be a collection of fictional stories about haunted houses and other weird places. For this anthology, our pay will be 2¢/word.

    We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.

    Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has encountered this strange location. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:

    1st person
    500-8000 words in length
    Focuses on a strange building or place
    Not a reprint

    Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.

    • Haunted houses, obviously.
    • Space stations poised at the edge of an anomaly.
    • Towns missing people for no clear reason.
    • Espresso stands that travel through time.
    • Malls that function as dimensional crossroads.
    • A cursed painting in an otherwise empty field.
    • Unusual sculptures that seem to come from out of this world.
    • Structures or ruins left behind by indigenous peoples. (But please don’t stoop to “Indian burial ground” or similar tropes. Seriously, don’t be that person.)

    DO NOT send us poetry or screenplays.

    Submissions should be in Standard Manuscript Format and sent via Submittable. As with our regular submissions, we are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year.

    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.


    Send your story to us through Submittable: https://madscientistjournal.submittable.com/submit


    Queries can be sent to madscientistjournal@gmail.com.