I’m usually looking for somewhere to send speculative stories with a fairy tale bent, so today I’m happy to share submission information from Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. They open for subs in two weeks, so mark their next submission window on your calendar and take a look and what they’re interested in below!
- In their own words: [Author’s note: this is where I normally copy/paste their description but they disabled that function on their website. So the following is a paraphrase instead of the usual quotes.] Well written speculative fiction in various forms from around the world. Accepts serious and humor. “If you use real existing science, please get it right.”
- Genres they accept: Science Fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch. Also interested in fact-based articles and artwork.
- What NOT to send:
- Hard sells:
- Monsters in general
- Robots with feelings
- Don’t send:
- Blood and guts
- Explicit language
- Excessive violence
- Angsty romance
- Fan fiction
- Downers (“Stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.”)
- Hard sells:
- Word count limit: 1,000 words or more, with shorter works preferred.
- Payment: $0.06 per word for new fiction, $0.02 for reprints. (See website for fact-based work rates.)
- Simultaneous Submissions*: No.
- Multiple Submissions**: No multiple subs to the same genre.
- Reprints: Yes.
- Schedule: Next window to submit: March 21 – 28, midnight EST to midnight EST. Other submission windows are June 21 – 28, September 21 – 28 and December 21 – 28.
Also, they offer feedback upon request: “We don’t offer a comprehensive critique and will only mention the points that were most essential in our decision. Please remember this is only our view, but you may find it helpful in potential rewrites.” Interested? Submit here!
Reminders when submitting:
Read the publication: Their published 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.
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.
- *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.