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Abyss & Apex 237

About

FICTION: Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. We want to publish powerful stories with emotion that resonates in our minds and hearts long after the first reading and makes us want to read them again and again. We look for the unique: stories that stand out in a genre that pushes the envelope of unusual. We take special delight in detailed world-building, and we enjoy reading about the realms and inhabitants of your imagination. We have no subject/topic preference, beyond a requirement that the work have a speculative element. We are happy to read high fantasy, magic realism, hard science fiction, sword and sorcery, and genrebending stories that don't quite seem to fit elsewhere. Our tastes span the gamut from classic Golden-Age SF to modern nontraditional formats.
POETRY: We like to see strong, emotionally resonant, literary-quality poetry with a clear speculative element, as well as scifaiku and what some call "science poetry" or "astronomy poetry." Both traditional and modern or nontraditional formats are encouraged, and we have no length restrictions for poetry. Wow us with a sestina, or stun us in free verse. We admire poetry that exceeds our expectations in scansion, imagery, emotional impact and creative wordplay. We love language, and we like to see it worked for all it's worth. Our love of poetry exceeds the space and funds we have to publish it, so we accept only the very best; amaze us!

Abyss & ApexUnited States
Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Submission Periods

F Temporarily closed to fiction submissions. 
P Temporarily closed to poetry submissions. Will be open to submissions from Monday, May 1, 2017 (34.2 days from now) through Wednesday, May 31, 2017.2

Genres

F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Heroic Fantasy, Magic Realism, Sword & Sorcery.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Hard Science Fiction.

Classifications

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Formal verse, Free verse, Haiku (or related), Hybrid form, Invented/Nonce form, Sestina.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.

Types & Lengths

Poem Poemno line limits known; up to 3 pieces
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year

Payscale

We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionS to P Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word)
P PoetryS Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem)

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No NoText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No NoText format submissions

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.

Dates

Date Added:
29 Jul 2005
Last Updated:
17 Mar 2017