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Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We want short stories from across the classifications and those dusky places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, Weird. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We encourage diverse authors, characters and points of view, inclusive of all races, cultures, genders, and orientations. Please read a few issues before submitting.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1999

Publication Media & Frequency

Audio Publication Audio PublicationPublished 3 x per year.
Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 3 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished biennially (every other year).

Fiction Temp Closed


Open to a broad Audience, including: All ethnic groups/populations, All genders, All sexual identities.

Fantasy FantasySubgenres: Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, Fabulism, Historical, Magic Realism, Slipstream, Urban Fantasy, Weird Western, Weird/New Weird.
Horror HorrorSubgenres: Creature Horror, Dark Fantasy, Magic Realism, Slipstream, Supernatural, Weird/New Weird.
Science Fiction Science FictionSubgenres: Alternate History, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary/Near Future, Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Retrofuturism, Slipstream, Weird Western, Weird/New Weird.
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark, Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.


Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) (Provides free copy/copies) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment to Professional payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $30 for flash fiction; $100 for a short story.


Method: Online form.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.

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Three-Lobed Burning Eye Magazine Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 378 reports from 258 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 | 33.4 mean avg | 19.0 median | 289 max days (42.2 std dev)
Responses95.76 %
Acceptances0.79 % of submissions accepted (105.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 1.16 % 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.
Rejections94.97 % (30.1 avg. days per rejection) | 3.3 % personal, 76.0 % form, 20.6 % unspecified
Non-Responses4.24 %
Never Responded1.59 % (157.2 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals2.65 % (59.3 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending11 responses are pending (25 min | 97.2 mean avg | 35.0 median | 338 max days waiting | 106.6 std dev) from 11 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 90 days. (9.8 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 90 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 90 days have passed.
Submissions are acknowledged within 4 days on average.
Most recent response reported was received on 17 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 11 Jul 2024.

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Last Updated: 22 Jul 2024
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Date Added: 10 Aug 2005

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