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General submission window
  • February 01-28
  • April 01-30
  • June 01-30
  • August 01-31
  • October 01-31
  • December 01-31
  • Limited demographic window
  • January 01-31
  • March 01-31
  • May 01-31
  • July 01-31
  • September 01-30
  • November 01-30
  • It's our goal to publish diverse voices from around the world, and to do that, we are actively seeking stories, poems, and non-fiction pieces by authors from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in the science fiction and fantasy canon. Our submission cycle is therefore split into two categories, where every other month is explicitly reserved for submissions by authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. The interposing six months remain open to everyone.

    As writers ourselves, we do our best to handle each submission with the care and attention it deserves. Every submission is an act of bravery, and we know that putting yourself out there as a writer can be tough. Just know that any submission we receive, unless it contains something illegal, will be kept in confidence.

    When in doubt, don't self reject! Submit submit submit!


    Guidelines for Fiction

    We like stories that are subtle in their telling and stick with us long after we've finished, and we're more likely to buy stories that balance a sense of wonder with a bold plot and emotional depth. For our two issues focused on the climate crisis, we're particularly interested in publishing stories from people displaced by or threatened by the climate emergency (see our themes below). For our other four issues, we're open to a wide variety of stories across the SFF and weird spectra.

    • Pay: 8¢ per word for original fiction
    • Word limit: 6000 words
    • Language: English
    • Rights: We buy first serial print and electronic rights for publication of the story in the English language and throughout the world. We also buy non-exclusive archival rights for our website and non-exclusive anthology rights.

    We welcome writers from around the world who are writing in the English language, and we're open to translations as long as the piece hasn't appeared in English before. While we've accepted a few reprints in the past, we are currently only looking for original, previously unpublished fiction. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please no multiple submissions. We also ask that you use the Shunn manuscript format and either .rtf, .doc, or .docx file types.

    We try to respond to all submissions within ten weeks, and we ask that you wait at least a week after we pass on a story before you submit again. If we hold a piece, please wait until you get our final decision to submit again. And if we publish your piece, we ask that you wait six months from the date of publication before you submit again. Finally, while we do publish both flash fiction and stories close to our word limit, our sweet spot is between 1000 and 4000 words.


    Guidelines for Poetry

    We like poems that use complex fixed verse forms (think sestina, awdl gywydd, masnavi, etc), but we're not against blank or free verse. Most important to us is vivid imagery, clever lyricism, and a strong emotional core. For our two issues focused on the climate crisis, we're particularly interested in publishing poems from people displaced by or threatened by the climate emergency (see our themes below). For our other four issues, we're open to a wide variety of poems across the SFF and weird spectra.

    • Pay: $20 per poem
    • Limit: Five poems, each in a separate submission
    • Language: English
    • Rights: We buy first serial print and electronic rights for publication of the poem in the English language and throughout the world. We also buy non-exclusive archival rights for our website and non-exclusive anthology rights.

    We welcome writers from around the world who are writing in the English language, and we're open to translations as long as the piece hasn't appeared in English before. While we've accepted a few reprints in the past, we are currently only looking for original, previously unpublished poetry. Both simultaneous and multiple submissions are fine, but please no more than five poems at a time, with each poem separated out as its own submission. We also ask that you use the Shunn manuscript format and either .rtf, .doc, or .docx file types.

    We try to respond to all submissions within ten weeks, and we ask that you wait at least a week after we pass on the poems before you submit again. If we hold a poem, please wait until you get our final decision to submit again. And if we publish your piece, we ask that you wait six months from the date of publication before you submit again. Finally, while we do publish very short poems, our sweet spot is something longer than just three or four lines.


    Guidelines for Non-Fiction

    We like articles on politics and pop culture, articles steeped in science or otherwise verging on the academic, and pieces with funny or interesting takes we might not have expected.

    • Pay: 8¢ per word for original non-fiction
    • Word limit: 1000 words
    • Language: English
    • Rights: We buy first serial print and electronic rights for publication of the piece in the English language and throughout the world. We also buy non-exclusive archival rights for our website and non-exclusive anthology rights.

    We ask that you use the Shunn manuscript format and either .rtf, .doc, or .docx file types for your submission. We also ask that you format the text so that any references are linked in-line and not placed in a work-cited section at the end. For example, if I wanted to make a reference to one of the many interesting stories in Haven Spec Magazine, I would reference it like this. Please only one non-fiction submission at a time.


    Guidelines for Art

    For each issue, we pay $125 for cover art. If you think your work would look great on the cover of a science fiction and fantasy magazine, send us a link to your portfolio!


    Themes

    WET ISSUE

    Each September, we publish our WET Issue! Here we focus on stories of water—monsoons and the rising tides, hurricanes and the disappearing coast—we'll center stories by authors directly affected by the climate crisis, though we'll consider anything that fits the theme, even vaguely!

    To submit a story for the theme, make sure to mention in your cover letter how your submission relates to the theme and, if you'd like, how you've been personally affected by the crisis at hand. Submissions by climate refugees are very welcome.

    DRY ISSUE

    Each March, we publish our DRY Issue! Here we're looking for content that focuses on the dry aspects of climate change—desertification and falling reservoirs, rising temperatures and endless droughts—we'll center stories by authors directly affected by the climate crisis, though we'll consider anything that fits the theme, even vaguely!

    To submit a story for the theme, make sure to mention in your cover letter how your submission relates to the theme and, if you'd like, how you've been personally affected by the crisis at hand. Submissions by climate refugees are very welcome.



    Interested to know how we go about accepting and rejecting stories? Click here!