Submissions

NOTE: We have reopened for submissions! SFWA has raised its professional rates to 6 cents per word as of today, so our rates have accordingly gone up.

How to Submit:

  • To submit your story, go to our Submission form. (If you want to submit art instead of fiction, query us at inscriptionmagazine@gmail.com.)
  • A cover letter is optional, but if you’d like to write one, feel free to just let us know your name, your story title, and your wordcount, as well as any past workshops or publication credits you might have. If you don’t have any, that’s okay too!
  • Also, as discussed further below, feel free to let us know in the cover letter if you have relevant experience or demographics; we’re always looking to represent voices as many and varied as possible.
  • We’d prefer stories in basic manuscript format. (What’s manuscript format?)

Rights and Payment:

  • We believe that professional payment is important for all authors, and so pay the SFWA-approved professional rate of 6 cents/word for all stories.
  • We accept stories between 500 and 9,000 words in length.
  • We ask for first worldwide rights and nonexclusive reprint rights. What this basically means is that we have the right to post your story on this site for one month, and then to include it in that month’s e-book collection. We would love to keep your story archived on the site as well, but you may request that we take it down at the end of the month. If we end up having a year-end anthology, we also get to publish your story there.
  • While we prefer first printing stories, we will also consider reprints. If your story has been published elsewhere, however, please let us know that in your cover letter, including where and when it has previously appeared.
  • Please no simultaneous submissions – don’t send us anything that’s also being considered at another magazine.
  • From now on, we also would prefer not to receive multiple submissions – wait until we’ve responded to your story before you send us another.

Submission Guidelines:

We’re looking for stories with strong writing and memorable characters. There must be a clear genre element, science fiction or fantasy, so no non-genre fiction, please. But while genre is key, we consider characters and story to be even more important. Humor is welcome, but the point of your story shouldn’t just be a punch line at the end.

While we hope readers of all ages will enjoy this magazine, we do primarily publish fiction for teens. It is always difficult to draw a definite line around what makes a story young adult, but here are some rough guidelines if you’re deciding whether your story is a good fit for our magazine – you can also read some of the fiction already posted on our site.

  • We’re flexible, but we prefer main characters between the ages of 11 and 19.
  • If your story includes violence, drugs, or darker themes, this doesn’t mean we won’t take it, but we do ask that you avoid graphic or gratuitous violence, drug use that does not serve the story, and so on.
  • Similarly, discussions of sexual situations are not off the table, but we’d prefer that you avoid graphic or gratuitous sex scenes.

We are primarily interested in stories which are inclusive of a variety of backgrounds. Among other things, we love to see characters representing diversity in:

  • race
  • ethnicity
  • religion
  • sexual and romantic orientation
  • gender and gender identity
  • physical ability
  • neurological diversity
  • and all the intersections of the above

A further note on diversity: If you would prefer not to disclose information about yourself as an author in your cover letter, that is absolutely your prerogative. We do, however, hope to hear from a variety of voices, so feel free to include information about your own demographics or experience, as we want to provide stories by diverse authors as well as about diverse characters.

Length:
We do accept flash, going as short as 500 words, but we’re looking for stories with vivid prose, richly imagined worlds, and engaging characters. This may be harder to achieve in very short stories. Meanwhile, although we love long stories, shorter stories are more cost effective for us. As such, feel free to submit anything between 500 and 9,000 words, but stories that fall closer to three or four thousand words will probably have an advantage.

Ready to submit your work? Head over to the submission form!