Standard submissions: CLOSED, opening June 1-30, 2018
Quarterly submissions: CLOSED, opening June 1-30, 2018 (click here for information)
Classified ads: CLOSED, opening June 1-30, 2018 (click here for information)
Battling in All Her Finery submissions: CLOSED (as of April 30, 2018)
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 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.
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.
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.
CALL FOR QUARTERLY-EXCLUSIVE STORIES and CLASSIFIED ADS
We are looking for fiction that will only appear in one of our upcoming quarterlies. These fall into two categories;
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 email@example.com.
Special Call for Submissions: Battling in All Her Finery (CLOSED)
We are creating an anthology titled Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders. It will be a collection of speculative fiction stories about women leaders in any field. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female,” and we welcome stories about anyone who identifies as a woman on some level. For this anthology, our pay will be 2 cents/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 been or been around the woman leader in question. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:
- First person
- 500-8,000 words in length
- Focuses on a woman leader
- Contains a speculative element
- Not a reprint
- Not a simultaneous submission
Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.
- A general leading her dragon armada into battle.
- A CEO defending her megacorp from a hostile takeover.
- A woman-led, vampire-hunting biker gang.
- A senator in an intergalactic republic.
DO NOT send us poetry or screenplays.
Submissions should be in Standard Manuscript Format and submitted through our Moksha portal. Stories must be submitted no later than midnight Pacific time (GMT -8), April 30, 2018. Responses will be sent by May 31, 2018.
As with our regular submissions, we are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year. We will send an electronic contract for signature, and we pay via PayPal.
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