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Beneath Ceaseless Skies


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Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a SFWA-qualifying, pro-rate online magazine dedicated to publishing literary adventure fantasy: fantasy set in secondary-world or historical settings, written with a literary focus on the characters. We love traditional adventure fantasy, including classics from the pulp era and the new wave of post-Tolkien fantasy. But we also love how the recent influence of Realist literary writing on fantasy short fiction has expanded the genre, allowing writers the freedom to use literary devices such as tight points-of-view, round characters, unreliable narrators, discontinuous narratives, and others. This sophisticated level of craft has made fantasy short fiction more powerful than ever before. We want stories that combine the best of both these styles—adventure fantasy plots in vivid secondary worlds, but written with a literary flair. Beneath Ceaseless Skies features exciting stories set in awe-inspiring places that are told with all the skill and impact of modern literary-influenced fantasy.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2008

Publication Media & Frequency

Audio Publication Audio PublicationPublished 26 x per year.
Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 26 x per year.

Fiction Open


Open to a broad Audience.

Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Heroic Fantasy, Historical, Retrofuturism, Sword & Sorcery, Weird Western, excluding Contemporary, Urban Fantasy.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.


Open to all/most Topics.


Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $0.08/word.


Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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This project ranks among the Most Personable Fiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 179 reports from 123 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 16.1 mean avg | 7.0 median | 289 max days (31.4 std dev)
Responses99.44 %
Acceptances3.35 % of submissions accepted (160.3 avg. days per acceptance) | 4.88 % 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.
Rejections96.09 % (11.1 avg. days per rejection) | 86.1 % personal, 5.8 % form, 8.1 % unspecified | 0.6 % rewrite requests | 0.6 % shortlisted
Non-Responses0.56 %
Never Responded-
Withdrawals0.56 % (1.0 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending8 responses are pending (1 min | 25.3 mean avg | 20.0 median | 91 max days waiting | 29.0 std dev) from 8 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 49 days. (3.9 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 49 days.)
Most submissions are acknowledged within one day.
Most recent response reported was received on 14 Jun 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 03 Jun 2024.

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Last Updated: 21 May 2024
Last Audited: 18 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 16 Jul 2008

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