Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Submission Guidelines

Now accepting:
* Flash-length sci-fi,
* Poetry,
* ...but especially stories that blur the line between the two!

Submit as much and as often as you like! :)

Don't make the common mistakes that often lead to rejection!
Read this short comic: "How to Piss Off a Magazine Editor"

To me, and those of us here at Farther Stars Than These, flash fiction is as much an art form as epic poetry, novels, or anything else of serious length– except in that it is much more precise. To write flash fiction is to write a story, complete or abstract, briefly and completely– but only so far as the author feels it is meant to go. We’re looking for art here, visionary science fiction and progressive material that stretches the boundaries of fiction. Sometimes it is what is left unsaid that is the most powerful.

We’re looking for stories no longer than 1000 words and ideally in the 500-700 word range. We’re honestly open to just about everything science-fiction, (as long as its not brimming with sex and/or ultraviolence.) though we do favor real mind-twisting, fresh new and visionary science fiction over just about anything else. Just take a look at some of the pieces that have made the front page.

Other things we like: The next frontier, science-shattering (yet logical and possible) ideas, futuristic social dynamics, strange new worlds, giant leaps for mankind.

When submitting, please submit your story in the body of an email. Follow this basic format:

Your Story Title
Your Name
Your website (if you have one)
Story’s word count

Then type a little about you, a biography no longer than three lines.

Now insert your story here.

Proofread, then send to
(Make sure to add this email address to your "whitelist" and check your spam folder in case our response ends up there.)

NOTE: Corrections and changes to the story made after its acceptance will not be taken. Please make sure the story you send is the story you want to see on the site. Stories accepted by Farther Stars Magazine will stay on the site for as long as the site exists. Stories accepted by Farther Stars Magazine will not be pulled from the site for any reason.

Here’s the legal stuff: When your story gets accepted, you are giving Farther Stars Than These first electronic publication rights and non-exclusive subsequent publication rights. This means that we get to be the first to publish your story, and then, after it has been put up on the website, we can stick it in a printed book or on a flyer or something like that, as long as we give you credit. We don’t own your story, however– after it appears on the front page of Farther Stars Than These, you are free to sell it for millions of dollars, cut a deal with a movie producer, expand it into a book or anything else all without needing our approval– as long as you remember to tell any potential buyers that they are buying your story as a non-exclusive piece.

In order to avoid complications, we're only accepting work which you previously haven't sold or given away the rights to. That means your work must not have been published elsewhere, either in print or on the web. Please avoid simultaneous submissions. Once accepted, stories will not be removed from the site or the schedule.

We will let you know whether your story is accepted within 3-6 months of submission, (Doutrope says more like 1-2 days) depending on workload. If you haven't heard from Farther Stars Than These in that time, feel free to send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Sometimes things get caught in our spam filters. It really is nothing personal. :)

In the meantime, spread the word!

Again, by submitting your story to Farther Stars Than These, you acknowledge that if your story is accepted, you are giving the Farther Stars Than These team:

A. The non-exclusive right to be the first to electronically publish the story (on;)
B. The right to republish the story in or in connection with Farther Stars Than These, including electronic or hard copy promotional material and printed compilations, provided that authorial credit is given in every instance of reproduction.


Credit (your name, your website if you have one, and your short bio) and publication! Whether this is your jumping off point as a writer or a way to get another piece on your resume, Farther Stars Than These offers you a voice, a chance to get your work out there in the hands of readers and be seen!

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