Glossary of Terms

A general note: The definitions of some of these terms vary greatly from editor to editor, publication to publication. In those cases, we choose the most common or standard definition. Editors may have different definitions for these terms. However, when we read their guidelines, we translate it to reflect the definitions used here. For example, if an editor is looking for "flash fiction" between 1,000 - 1,500 words, on this site they will be listed as accepting "short stories."

General Terms

F Fiction This includes short fiction, novels, book-length fiction, and fiction collections, whether published in magazines, online journals, anthologies, stand-alone books, etc.
N Non-fiction This includes essays, narrative non-fiction, articles, books, etc. published in any medium. At this time, we do not cover technical writing or journalism.
P Poetry This includes poetry, poetry collections and chapbooks, whether published in magazines, online journals, anthologies, stand-alone books, etc.
TEMP CLOSED This indicates they are not currently accepting submissions but plan on re-opening.
ON HIATUS This indicates they are closed indefinitely to submissions and may or may not re-open at a later date.
CLOSED This indicates they have closed to submissions permanently without the intention of re-opening.
DEFUNCT This indicates the publication is believed to be no longer in business. We always attempt to contact the editor before declaring a publication "defunct."
FLEDGLING This is a new publisher with a publication history of less than six months at the time we created the listing. After being listed with us for six months, the FLEDGLING flag will be removed.
DNQ This indicates the publication does not qualify for a full listing. DNQ listings allow users to track submissions to places that don't meet our criteria, but they provide no other information.

Genres & their SubGenres

We will not define the genres in our list, since definitions differ widely. Always read a copy of a publication to get an idea of what they're looking for.
Note to editors: While we offer "Open to all/most genres" as an option, it is better to list each genre you accept individually so you will have a better showing in search results for those. Also, if you are listed as "open to all/most genres" and there are any genres you are absolutely not interested in, let us know that as well and we will add them to your exclusions list.
The same advice is applicable to subgenres. While "open to all/most subgenres" is always an option, you can also select the subgenres that most interest you. (Note that with subgenres, you cannot select more than half of the options for any given genre.)
A Action/Adventure Historical
E Erotica BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic Action-Adventure, Erotic Fantasy, Erotic Horror, Erotic Mystery, Erotic Romance, Erotic Science Fiction, Erotic Suspense, Erotic Western, Gothic, Historical, Paranormal, Shapeshifter, Vampire
F Fantasy Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Bizarro, Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, Fabulism, Fairy Tale, Gothic, Heroic Fantasy, Historical, Light Fantasy, Magic Realism, Paranormal, Science Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Shared World, Slipstream, Steampunk, Superhero, Supernatural, Sword & Sorcery, Urban Fantasy, Vampire, Weird Tale, Weird Western
G General Bizarro, Fabulism, Gothic, Historical, Magic Realism, Slipstream, Urban, Women's Fiction
H Horror Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Bizarro, Creature Horror, Dark Fantasy, Extreme Horror, Fabulism, Fairy Tale, Gothic, Historical, Horror Western, Magic Realism, Noir, Paranormal, Psychological, Science Fiction Horror, Serial Killer, Shapeshifter, Shared World, Slipstream, Soft Horror, Steampunk, Supernatural, Vampire, Weird Tale, Zombie
M Mystery/Crime Cozy, Crime, Detective, Hardboiled, Historical, Noir, Police Procedural, Private Investigator, Supernatural
R Romance Chick Lit, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Gothic, Historical, Paranormal, Regency, Romantic Action-Adventure, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Fantasy, Romantic Horror, Romantic Mystery, Romantic Science Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Romantic Western, Time Travel, Vampire
S Science Fiction Alternate History, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Bizarro, Contemporary/Near Future, Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Hard Science Fiction, Mundane Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, Science Fiction Horror, Science Fiction Western, Shared World, Slipstream, Soft Science Fiction, Space Opera, Steampunk, Superhero, Time Travel, Weird Tale, Weird Western, Zombie
T Suspense/Thriller Conspiracy, Crime, Espionage, Hardboiled, Historical, Legal Thriller, Noir, Political Thriller, Psychological, Romantic Suspense, Serial Killer
W Western Alternate History, Classical Western, Contemporary, Horror Western, Science Fiction Western, Weird Western
O Open to all/most genres      

Styles

We will not define the styles in our list, since definitions differ widely. Always read a copy of a publication to get an idea of what they're looking for.
Note to editors: In addition to the options below, you may have "Open to all/most styles" appear on your listing. However, if you are open to all/most styles, then please let us know your favorites so you will have a better showing in search results for those. Also, if you are listed as "open to all/most styles" and there are any styles you are absolutely not interested in, let us know that as well and we will add them to your exclusions list.
Absurdist Literary Quirky Scholarly
Dark Mainstream Realist Surrealist
Experimental Minimalist Satirical Transgressive
Humorous Pulp

Poetry Forms

We will not define the poetry forms in our list, since definitions may differ. Always read a copy of a publication to get an idea of what they're looking for.
Note to editors: In addition to the options below, you may have "Open to all/most forms" appear on your listing. However, if you are open to all/most forms, then please let us know your favorites so you will have a better showing in search results for those. Also, if you are listed as "open to all/most forms" and there are any forms you are absolutely not interested in, let us know that as well and we will add them to your exclusions list.
Ballad Ghazal Lyric poetry Rondeau
Beat poetry Haiku (or related) Metrical Sestina
Blank verse Hybrid form Narrative poetry Short poetry
Cinquain Invented form Pantoum Sonnet
Dramatic verse Light verse Persona poetry Tanka
Experimental poetry Limerick Prose poetry Villanelle
Formal verse Long poetry Rhyming Visual poetry
Free verse

Subjects

We will not define the subjects in our list, since definitions differ widely. Always read a copy of a publication to get an idea of what they're looking for.
Note to editors: In addition to the options below, you may have "Open to all/most subjects" appear on your listing. Also, if you are listed as "open to all/most subjects" and there are any subjects you are absolutely not interested in, let us know that as well and we will add them to your exclusions list.
Open to All/Most Film/Television Music Social Issues
Animals/Pets Folklore/Mythology Nature/Environment Sports/Fitness
Art/Architecture Food/Drink Philosophy Technology
Biography GLBTQ Politics/Current Events Theater/Performance Arts
Books/Literature Health/Medicine Pop Culture Travel/Place
Business/Finance History Psychology/Mental Health True Adventure
Children Hobbies/Games/Crafts Regional True Crime
Education Home/Garden Religious/Spiritual Women/Female Issues
Entertainment Memoir/Personal Science/Mathematics Young Adults/Teens
Ethnic/Cultural Men/Male Issues Seasonal/Holidays Subject/Theme(s) may vary
Family/Parenting Metaphysical/New Age Sex Other Subject/Theme(s)
Fashion Military/War

Length Types (Fiction)

F Flash Fiction Less than 1,000 words. The publisher may restrict this further. For example, to 100-500 words.
S Short Story 1,000 to 7,500 words. The publisher may restrict this further. For example, to 2,000-4,000 words.
T Novelette 7,500 to 15,000 words. The publisher may restrict this further. For example, to 8,000-12,000 words.
A Novella 15,000 to 40,000 words. The publisher may restrict this further. For example, to 16,000-24,000 words.
N Novel Over 40,000 words. The publisher may restrict this further. For example, to 60,000-80,000 words.
C Story Collection A single-author (or co-author) short story collection. (This also includes flash fiction collections).
E Novel Excerpt An excerpt from a long work of fiction. Word counts may vary.

Types/Lengths (Non-fiction)

I Interview A non-fiction interview. Word counts may vary.
V Review A non-fiction review. Word counts may vary.
R Article A non-fiction article. Word counts may vary.
Y Essay A non-fiction essay. Word counts may vary.
Z Narrative Non-Fiction A narrative non-fiction story. Word counts may vary.
K Non-fiction Collection A single-author (or co-author) non-fiction collection. Word counts may vary.
O Book A non-fiction book. Word counts may vary.
X Book Excerpt An excerpt from a long work of non-fiction. Word counts may vary.

Types/Lengths (Poetry)

P Poem Individual poems. Line counts may vary.
B Poetry Chapbook A single-author (or co-author) poetry chapbook (short collection, usually under 48 pages). Page counts may vary.
L Poetry Collection A single-author (or co-author) book-length poetry collection (usually over 48 pages). Page counts may vary.

Length Conversions

For prose, when editors list their length requirements in a different unit than the one we use, we apply the following conversions:
Characters to words (prose only): Divide the number of characters by 6 to get the approximate word count equivalent.
Pages to words (prose only): Multiply the number of pages by 250 to get the approximate word count equivalent. (Using standard manuscript formatting.)
Pages to lines (individual poems only): Multiply the number of pages by 32 to get the approximate line count equivalent.

Payment - Short Prose (Fiction/Non-fiction)

If the publication is outside the USA, we have converted their payment rates into US dollars.
N Non-paying Does not pay in real-world money, but may offer copies. A 3,000-word story sale would result in US $0.
T Token Payment Amounts to less than 1 US cent per word. Sometimes referred to as an honorarium. A 3,000-word story sale would result in US $29.99, at most.
S Semi-Pro Amounts to payment between 1 US cent per word and 4.9 US cents per word. A 3,000-word story sale would result in as little as US $30 to as much as US $149.99.
P Professional Amounts to payment from 5 US cents per word and up. A 3,000-word story sale would result in anything from US $150, all the way up to the thousands. Note that some writers' associations may define "professional" differently. (Some writers' associations require a certain number of "professional" sales before a writer can join. The term professional does not imply that the writer lives solely off income from writing.)
+ Plus Royalties Pays royalties based on sales, in addition to any other payment offered.

Payment - Individual Poems

If the publication is outside the USA, we have converted their payment rates into US dollars.
N Non-paying Does not pay in real-world money, but may offer copies.
T Token Payment Pays less than US $5 per poem.
S Semi-Pro Amounts to payment between US $5 and US $49 per poem.
P Professional Amounts to payment from US $50 per poem and up. Note that some writers' associations may define "professional" differently. (Some writers' associations require a certain number of "professional" sales before a writer can join. The term professional does not imply that the writer lives solely off income from writing.)
+ Plus Royalties Pays royalties based on sales, in addition to any other payment offered.

Payment - Book-Length

If the publication is outside the USA, we have converted their payment rates into US dollars.
Advances
N No advance Does not pay an advance in real-world money, but may offer copies.
T Token Pays an advance of less than US $200.
S Semi-Pro Pays an advance of more than US $200 and less than US $2,000.
P Professional Pays an advance of US $2,000 or more. Note that some writers' associations may define "professional" differently. (Some writers' associations require a certain number of "professional" sales before a writer can join. The term professional does not imply that the writer lives solely off income from writing.)
Royalties
N No royalties Does not pay royalties.
< < 15% Pay royalties of less than 15%.
> >= 15% Pays royalties of 15% or more.

Media

E Electronic Published in digital form. This could include web pages, PDFs, eBooks, CD-ROM, etc.
P Print Published in print (ink and paper) form. This could include glossy magazines, home-printed 'zines, paperbacks, hardcovers, material produced through print-on-demand services, etc.
A Audio Published as audio. This could include radio broadcast, podcast distribution, downloadable audio files, etc.

Submission Type

E Electronic Accepts electronic submissions. This could be emailed submissions or online form submissions. Always check guidelines for any restrictions with electronic submissions.
P Postal Accepts postal submissions. Don't forget to include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) so the editor can respond to your submission. If you are mailing a submission to a foreign country, send International Reply Coupons instead of stamps or request a response via email (check the guidelines to see what's appropriate.)
Simultaneous submissions This refers to the practice of sending a single story to different publications at the same time. When simultaneous submissions are allowed, most editors prefer for you to let them know up front, and always let them know if the piece is accepted elsewhere. When simultaneous submissions aren't allowed, some editors blacklist writers who get caught sending them simultaneous submissions. (NOTE: We do not list a publication as accepting simultaneous submissions unless their submission guidelines explicitly state that they do accept them.)
Multiple submissions When more than one of your pieces is under consideration at a single publisher, you have sent multiple submissions. This can mean (a) sending more than one piece at a time, or it can mean (b) sending another piece before you've received a response on a previous piece sent. Always check restrictions when sending multiple submissions. Many publishers allow (a) but not (b). Also, additional length restrictions may be imposed on multiple submissions.
Reprints This refers to submitting a piece that has been previously published. Some editors are lenient when determining if a piece has been previously published. Others consider pieces that have been posted on personal websites and on publicly-accessible forums to be previously published.