Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We want short stories from across the classifications and those dusky places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, Weird. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We encourage diverse authors, characters and points of view, inclusive of all races, cultures, genders, and orientations. Please read a few issues before submitting.
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Country of Publication & Year Established
| United States
||Established in 1999
|Open to a broad Audience, including: All ethnic groups/populations, All sexual identities.
Publication Media & Frequency
|Audio Publication ||Audio Publication||Published 2 x per year.
|Electronic Publication ||Electronic Publication||Published 2 x per year.
|Print Publication ||Print Publication||Published biennially (every other year).
|Fantasy Fantasy||Subgenres: Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, Fabulism, Historical, Magic Realism, Slipstream, Urban Fantasy, Weird Western, Weird/New Weird.|
|Horror Horror||Subgenres: Creature Horror, Dark Fantasy, Magic Realism, Slipstream, Supernatural, Weird/New Weird.|
|Science Fiction Science Fiction||Subgenres: Alternate History, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary/Near Future, Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Retrofuturism, Slipstream, Weird Western, Weird/New Weird.|
|Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres|
- Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark, Literary.
- Open to all/most Topics.
|Flash Fiction Flash Fiction||500 - 1,000 words.|
|Short Story Short Story||1,000 - 7,000 words.|
- We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
|Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).|
| OK|| No|| No|| No||Text format submissions |
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