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What to send us: Unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters. The best way to understand what we are looking for is to read an issue of the magazine. We also recommend reading our What We Want page for more information. We do not accept poetry or reprints (including stories you’ve published on your blog or other internet sites).
Length: We like our fiction short - under 5000 words. If your story is longer than 5000 words (and yes, 5100 words is longer than 5000 words) but you believe we would love it, please send us a query briefly describing the story, and send us the first page of the story. If we like what we see, we’ll ask to read the rest. (Bear in mind that we are extraordinarily unlikely to publish a story over 7,500 words. We just don’t have the space.)
Payment and Rights: We pay 1 cent per word, minimum $10. You’ll also receive two copies of the issue in which your story appears. Additional contributor copies available at the subscription rate. We purchase First Serial rights and electronic rights. 120 days after publication, most rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the magazine, the right to archive your story, and non-exclusive anthology rights.
How to submit: Send your manuscript as an attachment (.doc or .rtf) in standard manuscript format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure the subject line begins with Submission and has the title of your story. Example: “Submission: Attack of the Evil Robot Monkeys.”
Response Time: We are usually able to reply to submissions within three weeks. If it has been longer than one month, feel free to query us at the submission e-mail. We comment on most submissions.
Simultaneous submissions: We do accept simultaneous submissions, but you must tell us this when you submit your story. If we accept your piece, please withdraw it immediately from other markets; if it’s accepted somewhere else, please let us know immediately. We do not accept multiple submissions: one story at a time, please.
Other: We occasionally run non-fiction, audio pieces, cartoons, and other miscellanea; if you have something other than fiction that you think might tempt us, please query to the submissions e-mail.
Art: Read our art guidelines for more information.
Questions: Still have questions? Send an e-mail to: email@example.com