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About

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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Audience

Country of Publication

Open to a broad Audience. United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
G GeneralSubgenres: Fabulism, Gothic, Magic Realism, Slipstream.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Slipstream.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Slipstream.
S 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 FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
T to P 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
G GeneralSubgenres: Fabulism, Gothic, Magic Realism, Slipstream.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Slipstream.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Slipstream.
S 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
PoemUp to 100 lines; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
S 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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Dates

Date Added:
09 Apr 2012
Last Updated:
29 Aug 2017