Today on our Publisher’s Spotlight is a publication near and dear to my heart: Daily Science Fiction! They published my first paid piece, so I’m a little biased in their direction. Let’s look at the basics:
- In their own words: “We need short short fiction, especially flash fiction. Among our featured stories, a shorter tale will get an extra nudge on the scale when weighed against a longer one…Our goal is to publish the best stories we can that will be interesting, worthwhile reads. Some stories, especially in the short short fiction, will succeed despite lack of plot, character, punctuation, what-have-you.”
- Genres they accept: Speculative Fiction. “By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc.”
- Word count limit: 100 – 1,500 words
- Payment: $0.08 per word (Pro Rate.)
- Simultaneous Submissions*: No
- Multiple Submissions**: No
- Schedule: Closed from Dec 24 – Jan 2. Submissions accepted through their online portal. The rate of return is estimated at two weeks (average.) If you’re under consideration for publication they will usually let you know before they make their final decision.
- Personalized Feedback: No.
Why submit to them? Volume, plain and simple. Daily Science Fiction publishes five stories a week, so they’re always looking for new and exciting tales. Most publications will publish one a week or a quarterly issue with only a few pieces. Therefore their acceptance rate is off the charts.
*This means whether they will allow you to submit this story to another publisher at the same time or not.
**This means whether you can send them more than one story at at time.
Reminders when submitting:
Read the publication: Flash is short and their stories are freely accessible on the site. You have no excuse not to do your research and see what kind of style gets their attention. It will also give you an idea of what’s been done before so you don’t end up sending them something too similar to a recently published story.
Read the guidelines: I don’t post everything required for their submissions, just the basics. Furthermore, this is a static post. Publishers change their submission requirements at will so it’s always a good idea to read and re-read them, even if you’ve submitted to them before.
Follow the rules: Do I really need to say this? Don’t send pieces over the word count. Don’t send content they specifically warn against. Don’t send weirdly formatted manuscripts if they give you specific instructions. “But Liz, I–” Nope! No, no, no. If you do not follow the rules you risk being a pariah to that magazine – and worse, editors can exchange notes on who’s being a pain.