It is with tremendous pleasure that I can finally announce that Fantasy Magazine will return in November of 2020 (auspicious, I hope?), co-edited by my dear friend and colleague Arley Sorg and myself.
Arley and I share a passion for finding new voices in SFF and bringing them to readers. With that as our North Star, we will be open from the 1st-7th of every month, for anonymous submissions of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. See our Submission Guidelines for details.
I can’t wait to see what you’ve written.
Worried about your Cover Letter? FRET NO MORE. This is the easiest thing you will ever have to do as an author. Guidance can be found Here.
What makes a story good enough to publish? Some insight can be found Here.
My story was rejected by Lightspeed and/or Nightmare. Can I submit it to you?
Yes. Editors have different tastes! Our vibe is not their vibe. We’d love to see it.
What’s your turnaround time?
We aim to clear the queue between each submission period, which means that we’re shooting for anywhere between one day and three weeks. We do expect a deluge when we open for the first time, and we don’t have slush readers, so expect up to six weeks, just to be safe.
Are you sending form rejections?
Yes. This is based on our experience as writers receiving rejections ourselves (oh, so many rejections): we would much rather give you a quick turnaround and let you move on than labor over exactly the right thing to say (that may be contradicted by another editor at a different publication!) and make you wait. If we think we have something truly helpful to say, we will. But otherwise, we always wish you well and want to see the next thing you write. Always.
Why anonymous submissions?
Because we want to do everything we can to eliminate our reading bias, and we think this is the best way to do that. We don’t look at your cover letters before we read your stories (so please STOP WORRYING ABOUT THOSE). Your story will have to stand alone, without regard to previous publications, name recognition, or any other form of privilege. The first read by Arley or myself will always be anonymous; if one of us loves it we will kick it up to the other for a second opinion. We both have to love it for it to make it to publication.
What about the Tor.com novellas? Will you still be reading for those?
I will continue to consider SFF for Tor.com’s novella line (email email@example.com, Subject line: Novella Submission: [Title, Author]. I don’t expect much to change here. Important note: You may submit either to me (any time) or through the Tor.com Submission Portal during open submission periods. A rejection from one means a rejection from all. Our turnaround time is roughly the same (i.e. not swift).
When trying to decide, my tastes run toward the dark and literary; while I love superheroes and absurdist humor they are incredibly difficult to pull off and a very hard sell; I’m not a fan of explicit sexual content (no judgement, it’s just not my jam as a reader, and if I’m going to work on your book I need to love it from beginning to end. Pan to the fireplace–give me romance and a racing heart, not erotica). BIPOC/LGBTQA voices are always encouraged.
Nah. I’m just really happy to be here.
Stay safe! And keep making art.