As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a big fan of flash fiction and stories that skew on the shorter side. But I’m also a fan of Game of Thrones and other sweeping epics, so in honor of the season premier this Sunday, I thought it might be fun to highlight a publication that specializes in big, immersive second-world stories. Introducing: Beneath Ceaseless Skies!
- In their own words: “Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes ‘literary adventure fantasy’: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach.”
- Genres they accept: Fantasy, but in a broad scope: “In addition to classic settings of pre-tech fantasy, we also enjoy stories set in other types of secondary world that likewise don’t have modern technology, including steampunk, smoke & sorcery, Weird West, etc. Feel free to send us anything that you think might fit.” They are not interested in: Fairy Tale/Myth, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy or Sci Fi (advanced, future technology.) Send humor at your own risk.
- Word count limit: 10,000 words (Plenty of room to world build here!)
- Payment: $0.06 per word. “We are and always have been a SFWA-qualifying professional market, so any sale to us can be used to qualify the author for membership in SFWA.”
- Simultaneous Submissions*: Yes, but let them know ahead of time and pull it if accepted elsewhere. (This is standard for most sim-sub accepting publishers, but it bears repeating because they will change their minds if this policy is abused.)
- Multiple Submissions**: No
- Schedule: Open. They post slush updates so you have an idea of how long it takes for them to review and return your manuscript.
So, got a fantastic tale brewing that’s just dying to break out of the 1,000 word flash limits? Immerse yourself in your world and send it to Beneath Ceaseless Skies!
*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.