• Submissions

    We are currently CLOSED to submissions. (We will reopen to standard submissions in June 2019.)

    Special Call for Submissions: I Didn’t Break the Lamp

    Submissions for I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances are now closed. We hope to respond to all submissions by the end of April, 2019.

    For this anthology, our pay will be 2 cents per word.

    Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been or been near the imaginary acquaintance in question. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Requirements:

    • First person
    • 500-8,000 words in length
    • Focuses on an imaginary acquaintance
    • Not a reprint

    As with our regular submissions, we are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year.

    What We Want (Standard Submissions)

    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 (also known as simultaneous submissions), or long winded ramblings from disgruntled mad scientists without any plot.

    Stories should be submitted in Standard Manuscript Format. Here’s 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 for submissions 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
    Annual Anthology Stories (500-8,000): 2 cents/word N/A

    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.

    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.


    Queries can be sent to madscientistjournal@gmail.com.


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