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Penumbra

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About

Penumbra publishes speculative fiction that always culminates in something unexpected - a flash of humor in the darkest tale or a fantasy piece that goes against the tropes--always something that hovers right on the periphery of the eclipse. Penumbra is looking for speculative fiction that's unexpected and adventurous. We don't want the same old short stories--we want funny horror stories, or fantasy with a modern theme, or science fiction that takes the reader someplace they really didn't expect to go...even if its their own kitchen at home.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year.

Fiction Closed

Dates:

Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.

Audience:

Unknown

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,500 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles.

Topics:

Unknown

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

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


Poetry Closed

Dates:

Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.

Audience:

Unknown

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Unknown number of pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles.

Topics:

Unknown

Payment:

Unknown payment Unknown payment.
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

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


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Dates

Last Updated: 23 Apr 2020
Date Added: 08 Aug 2011

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