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Kaleidotrope 249

About

Kaleidotrope tends heavily towards the speculative — towards science fiction, fantasy and horror — but we like an eclectic mix and are therefore always eager to read interesting work that falls outside those categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves and ghostly axe murderers alone, after all. We’d suggest picking up a recent issue to familiarize yourself with the zine, and/or checking out other work by our past contributors, to get a sense of what we’re looking for and what we like. In the end, what we want is interesting and unconventional work, well-written stories and poems that surprise and amuse us, shock and disturb us, that tell us things we didn’t know or reveal old truths in brand new ways. We want strange visions of distant shores, of imaginary countries and ordinary people, and work that doesn’t lose sight of entertainment and the joy of good writing.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2006

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasySubgenres: Cross-Genre, Magic Realism, Weird/New Weird.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Weird/New Weird.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Weird/New Weird.
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction250 - 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No NoText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Closed

This project has permanently closed to submissions in this category.

Poetry Temp Closed

We consider all forms. However, individual haiku, or other very short poems, may be a tougher sell.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasySubgenres: Cross-Genre, Magic Realism, Weird/New Weird.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Weird/New Weird.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Weird/New Weird.
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Unknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment 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 NoText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Open

We are looking for primarily full-color illustrations to serve as cover art.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media, including: Illustration.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles, including: Humorous.
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.
Semi-pro payment (US$10-49 per piece) to Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (US$10-49 per piece) to Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No NoImage 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

Last Updated: 01 Dec 2021
Last Checked: 02 Dec 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 14 Jul 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 22 Apr 2006

Before Submitting

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  • 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.
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