Submissions – Fiction
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Plasma Frequency accepts submissions for works of fiction on a continuous basis. Below you will find information on our fiction requirements, including the requirements of our new Rookie Author Program.
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Fiction Submission Guidelines
These submission guidelines are to be followed for all submissions. If these guidelines are not followed, your story can be rejected without being read. So please read over these carefully before submitting.
We accept storied from authors worldwide, but stories must be written, or translated to, English.
Accepted Story Length: We have a strict limit of 7,000 words. However please note that we only publish one story per quarter near that maximum number. Over 75 percent of the stories we publish are 3,000 words or less.
What We Publish: We publish speculative fiction. This includes the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy, but is not limited to those. We do not publish erotica. We allow foul language and sexual activity provided it fits with the story. We encourage you to check out a past issue prior to submission.
Fiction Pay Rates: Fiction is published at one (1) U.S. cent per word. A word is based on our word count and excludes Title, Author information, etc. Payment is usually made the day of publication or earlier. We pay via check or PayPal (author’s choice).
Multiple Submissions: No. One submission per author. There is no time limit between submissions. Once we have responded to your submission feel free to send another one our way.
Simultaneous Submissions: No. If the story you want to submit to us is currently awaiting a response from another market, wait for them to respond before submitting it to us.
Reprints: We do not accept unsolicited reprints.
Accepted File Format: .doc or .docx are accepted.
Manuscript Format: All manuscripts must be double spaced. Use a 12 point font similar to Courier.
The top left corner of the first page must have the author’s legal name, address, and email. The top right corner of the first page must have the approximate word count. Halfway down the first page, put the story title (centered) with the byline underneath. The byline is exactly how we will print your name in the publication. In the header on the second page (and all pages after), put your name, the story’s title, and the page number.
Please use # for scene breaks and ### to indicate the end of your manuscript. Do not use the Tab Key to indent paragraphs.
For bold or Italic texts, we prefer you have them already formatted. However, standard manuscript format will be accepted as well.
Rookie Author Program: Each issue we guarantee at least one spot for new talent. To be considered for this you must check the Rookie Author Box on your submission form and you must have no publication credits at the time of submission (this includes non-paying publication credits).
Other Information: Our system will notify you of a response withing 24 hours. If you do not get an email, we did not receive your submission.
Our target response time is 60 days or less. However, stories can take as long as 90 days to get a response. We are listed on The Submission Grinder, a free writer’s resource that allows you to see the response times of various markets.
You will receive updates about your story as it travels through our editorial process. These updates are designed to keep you in the loop as to what progress your story is making. These do not count as a response from our editors and are merely for informational purposes.
Form letters have become a standard in our industry. Our editors will do their best to include feedback when possible and relevant. But remember, rejection letters are not an attack on a writer but rather a reflection of the editor’s opinion.
Last, make sure to keep an eye on the SPAM folder. It has a habit of eating our responses.
Click the button below and select the category that best describes your fiction. If you have a mixed genre or other type of speculative fiction, used the mixed/other category.
Submissions are currently closed.