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About

Free Radicals developed as a thought experiment concerning the nature of publishing in the speculative fiction magazine, journal, and zine market. Although Free Radicals won't accept all submissions that come its way, it will try to help those writers struggling to find their voices and style. It will also offer a guiding hand when it comes to craft, all the while moving forward to become a serious competitor in the speculative fiction (short-form) market. Free Radicals doesn't see rejection mills and half-assed interactions with fledgling artists/writers as responsible members of the literary community, and we hope to change that. We are looking for speculative fiction that is character-driven, just as much as it is idea driven. We are looking for plots that are intriguing and avoid terrible clichés. We are looking for better representation of those who have been left behind in mainstream speculative fiction. We are looking for speculative fiction (and nonfiction) that keeps us on the edge of our seats. We are looking for an experience as well as something that is entertaining. We are looking for the future of speculative fiction writing.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2020

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Open

Rolling Submissions:
Next cutoff date is 10 December 2021* (approx. 4 days from now). 0
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.
Novella Novella15,000 - 20,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Nonfiction Closed

This project has permanently closed to submissions in this category.

Visual Art Open

Rolling Submissions:
Next cutoff date is 10 December 2021* (approx. 4 days from now). 0
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media, including: Drawing, Painting, Photography.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles, including: Fantastical, Science fiction art.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUnknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Free Radicals Quarterly Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day.
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AccuracyWe have received 23 reports from 21 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported1 min | 74.4 mean avg | 49.0 median | 243 max days (73.0 std dev)
Responses65.21 %
Acceptances30.43 % of submissions accepted (61.4 avg. days per acceptance) | 33.33 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections34.78 % (114.8 avg. days per rejection) | 87.5 % personal, 0.0 % form, 12.5 % unspecified
Non-Responses34.78 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals34.78 % (45.4 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending24 responses are pending (2 min | 100.2 mean avg | 83.5 median | 235 max days waiting | 74.7 std dev) from 21 different members This only includes pending reports of users who have been active on this site within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 90 days. (34.8 % of the responses reported to us for this market have taken longer than 90 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 90 days have passed.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 23 Nov 2021.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 16 Nov 2021.

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Dates

Last Updated: 10 Nov 2021
Last Checked: 10 Nov 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 28 Sep 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 09 Oct 2020

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