There are presently no open calls for submissions.
We look for well-written genre fiction to fill our valley with story! Most episodes will pair two genres, sometimes similar ones, sometimes distinctly different ones, so we are open to all types of popular fiction. Because each episode features eight or so stories of two genres, we will put out a call for those genres first, but we will accept other genres as well, for future episodes.
Length & Format: Up to 5000 words, including flash (<1000 words) and micro-fiction (<100 words). Standard manuscript format: 1″ margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt. You really need to pay attention to this. Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of single-spaced entries. Note that if you single-space your entry, that’s already one strike against you because it shows us you can’t follow direction. And you really only need one strike (in any submission call, anywhere) to get a rejection. So don’t make this mistake. Follow the submission guidelines.
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Western, ____punk (fill in your punk of choice!), and all the crazy mashups of these genres.
Age: Fictionvale is meant for adult and mature young adult readers. While we do not publish sex and violence for the sake of sex and violence, stories which deal with adult themes are welcome. We expect our readers to be mature enough to handle them.
Payment: We are currently paying semi-pro rates of .02/word upon publication. Our goal is to pay pro rates so that authors can use Fictionvale as a qualifying market for SFWA, HWA, etc. Please help us get the word out!
Rights: When we make an offer for your story, we are requesting First World Electronic Rights, and non-exclusive Electronic Reprint Rights, as well as option for one-time Print Anthology Rights (for which authors will be paid pro-rata royalties, separate from payment for the magazine), in the event your story is chosen for our year-end anthology.
Multiple Submissions: Please only submit one short story to us at a time.
Simultaneous Submissions: This refers to authors submitting stories to multiple places at the same time. Your stories are yours and we don't feel it's our place to tell you what to do with them. If you choose to submit your story elsewhere at the same time it is in our submission queue, that is fine with us. If you accept an offer for publication elsewhere, please be professional and withdraw your submission from us and let us know.