Submissions - Fiction

Plasma Frequency accepts submissions for works of fiction for review on a continuous basis. Use the links above to learn about our fiction editorial process, or to check for special calls for fiction. The guidelines below pretain to our standard fiction submissions.

We look forward to your submissions.

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Fiction Submission Guidelines

These submission guidelines are to be followed for all fiction submissions.  If these guidelines are not followed, your story will be rejected.  We accept stories from authors worldwide, but stories must be in English.  Author will receive payment in U.S. Funds by company check or PayPal (author's choice).

Accepted Story Length:  We prefer stories 6,000 words or less.  However we will accept submissions as long at 7,500 words.  Anything more (yes 7,501 is more) will be rejected.  Please note that we generally only accept two stories each issue (12 per year) above 3,000 words. So shorter fiction has a higher probability of being accepted.

What We Publish: We publish just about anything in the speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror) genres. We do not publish erotica. We are okay with foul languange and sexual activity provided it fits with the story. To best know what we publish read a few of our issues.

Fiction Pay rates: Fiction is published at one (1) U.S. cent per word.  A word is based on our word processor’s word count and excludes title, author information, etc.

Payment is usually made on the day of publication or earlier. You contract will specify payment times and methods. We currently pay by check or PayPal (author's choice).

Important Information: We do not accept simultaneous submissions.  If you have your manuscript submitted at another market, wait for a response from them before submitting it to us.  If you have a submission with us, do not send it to anyone else until you get a response from us. 

We do not accept multiple submissions.  However, there is no time limit between submissions.  Once we have responded to your current submission feel free to send us another one.

We do not accept unsolicited reprints.

Accepted File Format:  .doc, .docx, (all other file types will be rejected unopened)

Manuscript Format:  All manuscripts must be double spaced, with 1 inch margins all around.  They must be in 12 point Courier or Courier New font.  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.  Use # to indicate scene breaks and ### to indicate the end of your manuscript. DO NOT USE THE TAB KEY TO INDENT PARAGRAPHS. USE THE FIRST LINE INDENT TOOL IN WORD.

Submittable: We use Submittable to handle our submissions. You will need to sign up to use this service, but many markets use this service and your one account works will all of them. Use the link below to sign in, submit, and check the status of the submission. You will get email updates from us (via submittable) keeping you informed of the stories progress through our editorial process.

Submit to Plasma Frequency Magazine

Received Response:

Our system will send you an auto responder message.  When you get that message consider your story received by our editorial staff.  If you do not get a reply within 24 hours, we did not receive your submission.

Anticipated Response Time:
We are listed on The Submission Grinder, a free writers resource that allows you see the response times of different markets as well as track your own submissions.  The more people that report the more accurate the listing will be.  So please take a moment to report your submissions to them.

Our target response time is 60 days or less.  However, stories can take as long as 90 days to get a response.  If you have not heard back from us after 60 days, you can query us at   Use “Story Status” as the subject.  In the email, tell us when you submitted and the title of your story (don’t forget your name).  Query with the same email you submitted your story with.

SPAM Folder: The SPAM folder has ate many an editor’s response.  Please make sure you add Plasma Frequency to your trusted list.  Editors do not respond with the same email you used to submit.  So please check your SPAM Folders before contacting us.