Fiction Submission Guidelines
CURRENT SUBMISSION STATUS (UPDATED 09/15/2021): Stories: OPEN Art: CLOSED
We publish flash fiction in the genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these. We are looking for stories that are engaging to our readers in such a short word count. Please take note of these factors (pun intended) when submitting stories to us.
Accept Story Length: We accept stories up to 1,000 words.
Sexual Content & Language: We are okay with foul language and sexual activity within a story, provided it fits the story well. We do not publish erotica.
Manuscript Format: Please send a .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Please use 12 point Courier font, double spaced, with author information, and word count. If you want text to be bolded or in italics, please be sure it is in that format on your manuscript. (I.E. do not use underline to indicate italics, instead italicize the text. )
Multiple and Simultaneous Submission: We do not accept submissions that are pending a response at another publication. Once you have submitted a story to us, please do not submit that story to another market until you’ve heard back from us. Please send us just one story at a time. Once you’ve heard back on your submission you are welcome to send us another one. We do not have a cool down period for submissions. We will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Response Time: We anticipate our response times will be less than 30 days. We encourage our submitters report submissions to our magazine via The Submission Grinder where you can also see our current average response times. If, after 90 days you’ve not heard from back on your submission, please feel free to query with us by email at submit
Rights and Other Stuff: We require first print and electronic rights for your story. If your story has been published by someone else, or yourself, (even if you were never paid) then we will not publish it. No reprints unless specifically requested by us. Keep in mind that this includes publishing a story on your website, Patreon, or blog. We require exclusive rights for six months from the date of publication. Full details of rights can be found in the contract.
Sample Contract: (Click Here). Note this is a sample contract and subject to change. Always read any contract you execute carefully before signing.
Publication Language & Format: We publish in English in print, eReader, and online. Our magazine is available worldwide.
Payment: Fiction is paid at a rate of eleven (11) U.S. cents per word based on our word processor’s word count and excludes title, author information, etc. Payments can be made by check or PayPal.
Inclusion: Factor Four Magazine wants diverse voices and believes that inclusion is important in publishing a speculative fiction magazine. We accept stories from any writer regardless of their identity. We also want to help readers find stories written by people they identify with. We have several “tags” that we can put on a story to help readers find these authors. Upon acceptance, authors are asked to voluntarily let us know which of these applies to them. This is 100% optional and only asked once the story is accepted.
Submit: To submit your works of fiction, use this link to access our Submission Manager database. You can log in here to track the status of your story. Factor Four Magazine Submission Manager
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