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The Golden Key is a journal of speculative and literary writing, inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale “The Golden Key.” Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm chose “The Golden Key” to end their collection of fairy tales as a reminder that there is always more to come, an endless reserve of stories still yet untold. In the same spirit, The Golden Key seeks to publish poetry and fiction that is open to the strange and marvelous possibilities of the world around us. Each issue explores one of the wonderful things – either literal or figurative – one might find upon opening the little iron chest. Each celebrates the curiosity and enchantment of the Grimms’ tale with work that is odd, surprising, and unafraid to venture down the unknown path.

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Country of Publication

United States

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralSubgenres: Fabulism, Gothic, Magic Realism, Slipstream.
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Slipstream.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Slipstream.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Slipstream.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
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Poetry Temp Closed

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralSubgenres: Fabulism, Gothic, Magic Realism, Slipstream.
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Slipstream.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Slipstream.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Slipstream.
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemUp to 100 lines; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem).
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.

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The Golden Key Flash Fiction Open Charges fees for all submissions

Dates

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2018
Last Audited: 22 Aug 2018 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 09 Apr 2012

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