What We Want
The goal for this e-zine is to publish “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 an ebook with some additional content exclusive to the ebook, with a possible annual collection as well.
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.
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.
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.
From May 1st through the 31st, we will be accepting submissions exclusively for use in one of our quarterly collections. These are:
We like to provide a piece of art to go with each story. If you are interested in providing art for Mad Scientist Journal and can do complicated things like “meet deadlines,” please send us an email at email@example.com with an explanation of who you are, what you do, link to your portfolio, and how much you charge. Please realize that Mad Scientist Journal runs on a shoe string budget. Your time and art may be worth hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. But we can’t afford that level of awesome.
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:
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 rights and for nonexclusive reprinting rights. For short fiction, we offer $20 for the same rights. These payments are advances on royalties for any income we make off of your story.
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:
Questions? Queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.