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Stories should be of the type generally referred to as "sword and sorcery" and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See previous volumes of Sword & Sorceress for examples. We do not want stories set in modern times, or stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We do not want poetry.

Sword & SorceressUnited States
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Submission Period

FTemporarily closed to fiction submissions. 


F FantasySubgenre: Sword & Sorcery.

Audience, Styles & Topics

Audience:Open to a broad Audience, including: Females.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Sexuality/Gender (Women/Female issues).

Types & Lengths

S Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words
T Novelette7,500 - 9,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
FShort fictionP + Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word). Royalties.

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
F Fiction OK No No No

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Date Added:
10 Feb 2007
Last Updated:
13 May 2016
Last Checked:
05 May 2016