Jan 24 2011

Publishers That Specialize in Superhero Short Stories

I’ve already done a list of general-interest publishers that occasionally handle superhero novels, but here’s a list of publishers that mention superheroes in their submission guidelines for short stories and/or flash fiction.   (If you’re interested in searching for different types of publishers, try Duotrope’s Digest).


Damnation Books wants realistic portrayals of metahumans and superpowers for its Corrupts Absolutely Anthology.  “Modern pop-culture is brimming over with stories of bright, polished heroes with indestructible moral codes, who throw themselves into a life of public service after being graced (or cursed) with cosmic powers. I call BS…. How about people with flaws? People with serious psychological issues? People that have been looking for a ticket out of their circumstances and finally lucked into it?… To some, this just screams ‘supervillain,’ or ‘antihero,’ and in many cases, you’d be right. But usually, these are stock characters without much substance. They’re the ‘bad guys.’ Real life isn’t that simple…”

  • Length: 3000-5000 words.
  • Deadline: December 1, 2011.  
  • Hey, ladies!  The editor mentions that he’s looking especially carefully for female authors and/or female leads.


Hyperpulp wants literary stories that “demonstrate a concern with writing, not only with plot or characters.”  It specifically mentions fantasy superhero and sci-fi superheroes on its Duotropes page.  “The idea is to harbor stories that exceed expectations, surprise the reader – also regarding the form – and are not afraid to subvert clichés and conduct experimentations… We’ll give preference to a prose more poetic and surprising.”

  • Length: Up to 10,000 words.
  • Hey, Brazilians!  Hyperpulp publishes in both English and Portuguese.
  • Hey, procrastinators!  No deadline.


Jersey Devil Press prefers “funny, weird, and, above all, entertaining” short stories.  “Here are a few things we wouldn’t mind seeing more of: strong female voices, a light-hearted view of the world and truly bat-**** insane fiction.  If you’re worried that what you just wrote is too ridiculous to be published, send it… We like dark, we like ridiculous.  We like funny and we like ‘what the **** was that?”  On its Duotropes page, it lists superhero fantasy and superhero sci-fi as subgenres of interest.  For submission details, please see this and this.

  • Length: Up to 4200 words.
  • Hey, procrastinators!  No deadline.


Title Goes Here wants “dark stories with some sort of an imaginative twist… we’re not as concerned about genre as about tone.”  Its Duotropes page specifically mentions superhero fantasy and superhero sci-fi, among others.  Please read the submission guidelines here.

  • Length: Up to 10,000 words.
  • Hey, poets!  Sorry, but they really don’t want you.


The WiFiles want “works that incorporate speculative fiction and imaginative elements not found in contemporary reality, which includes… superhero and paranormal.”  Please read the submission guidelines here.

  • Length: 1000-5000 words.
  • Hey, procrastinators!  No deadline.


A Thousand Faces prefers character-driven superhero short stories that rise above stereotypical BIFF-BAM-POW superhero stories that exist solely as a framework on which to hang a lengthy fight scene. We want strong, character driven pieces. The superhero element may be slight, but it must be present. If you’re not sure what this means, picture your story minus the superhuman element. Does it still work as a story? If so, we probably won’t want it…”

  • Length: Short stories of any length will be considered, but preference will be given to ones shorter than 5000 words.


Powers wants superhero stories of any genre.  “Seeking original stories of superheroes. This can be pure comic-book style heroes, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc but the central theme / characters in the story MUST involve superheroes.”

  • Deadline: October 31.
  • Length: 2500-8000 words.  (Query first before sending something longer).


Metahuman Press prefers superhero serials (ongoing stories).  “Metahuman Press wants to develop super-powered fiction to the next level online, and one way we want to do that is to show a variety of writer’s creative visions online. Therefore, we have placed an open call for serialized heroic fiction…. While one shot stories are occasionally accepted, we prefer serials. Yeah, you can submit your short stories to us, and if they’re really good, we will probably publish them, but what MP is all about is serial stories. Think of just about every comic series you’ve ever read, then transplant it in to prose form. We want to provide readers with continued stories of new characters. These take one of two forms: the limited series or the ongoing series. Each form has slightly different guidelines to what you should send.”


Matters Most Extraordinary prefers supernatural powers mixed in with historical events.Stories should be based on real history, and should feature historical characters and/or historical events. The outcome of these events cannot be changed… The reason for the supernatural powers is not to be definitively explained in your story, although characters may form their own opinions as to the source of their powers…”

  • Length: Preferably 1000-15,000 words.  Stories shorter or longer may be considered but are not preferable.


Beta City Anthology is looking for stories of superheroes and/or supervillains staving off an alien invasion. “The forces attacking from Gehenna are diverse and cosmopolitan, so any alien rabble you can dream up can be used. Their methods are up to you — classic spacecraft assaults, subtle sorcerous schemes, and unspeakable horrors let loose in dark alleys are all fair game. Whether your preference leans toward science fiction, fantasy, horror, or something else entirely, your story can find a home here. Similarly, while we love well-written superpowered action, we don’t want to fill the book entirely with tales of hero vs. alien combat.”


Gods of Justice is another superhero anthology looking for stories that “can be dramatic, exciting, action-packed, scary, funny, romantic or a combination.”  The protagonists must be superpowered heroes.

  • Length: Preferably 6500-8000 words.
  • Content Limits: Up to PG-13.


Sword and Saga Magazine prefers inventive and adventurous stories. “We’re looking for stories that take genre fiction to the next level of imagination. Time travel, steampunk, experimental, sword & sorcery, hard & soft SF, futurism, medievalism, …  super hero, supernatural, contemporary-SF, SF Western….  Stories that show diversity in location and research a plus. New writers are welcome….  Stories should be lively and adventurous, demonstrating creative inventiveness. ”

  • Length: Up to 7500 words.  Flash-fiction will be considered.
  • Hey, poets!  Poetry actually is considered.


Disappearing Island Magazine prefers character-driven stories with “crazy imagination.”   “We are quite partial to stories where the character and their struggles are the most integral part. However, this doesn’t mean you can slack off with that crazy imagination of yours, either. Give us suspense, strange new worlds, and the colorful life on them….  Some subgenres of scifi we love are: Near Future, Distopian, Cyberpunk, Science Fantasy, Science Fiction Horror, Slipstream, Space Opera, Steampunk, and Superhero.  Some subgenres of fantasy we love are: Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, Fabulism, Magic Realism, Paranormal, Superhero, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, and even Vampire (but if they sparkle, God help us all).”

  • Content Limits: “Your material should be PG-13 or lower.”


Daikaijuzine prefers fun speculative fiction that challenges the reader.    “We seek diversity in content and storytelling. We publish primarily speculative fiction, from horror to hard science fiction to high fantasy to mysteries to magical realism to mainstream, but we have room for other types of fiction as well. If superheroes or zombies or giant monsters are your thing, that’s fine too. We want stories that are well told, with strong characters and storylines, demonstrate respect for the reader and the language, and which are fun to read. Challenge us. Stretch our horizons. Make us think. At the very least, give us a good laugh.”

  • Length: 1000-6000 words.


Tower of Light Fantasy prefers character-driven fantasy short stories. “I will publish almost any kind of fantasy – especially stories that blend genres, such as dark fantasy, science fantasy, and superhero fantasy. Sword and sorcery and traditional fantasy are fine as long as they have fairly original plots and – more importantly – deeply interesting characters.  I might also consider stories that are closer to science fiction as long as they have a mystical or spiritual element.”

  • Length: 500-4000 words. “This word count is firm.”


Anansesem is a Carribbean-centered publication accepting superhero stories for kids.  “Anansesem publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art by aspiring and established children’s writers and illustrators, and children (ages 8 to 16.) We give priority to persons living in or originally from the Caribbean region, but we also welcome work from around the world… We will accept children’s fiction in the genres of realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, super hero fiction, mystery, humor, and traditional (traditional = original work that fits the folk tale, fairy tale, or myth/legend sub-genres).”

  • Length: Short stories up to 5000 words and flash-fiction will be considered.  Excerpts or chapters from unpublished books will also be considered if they can make sense on their own.


Freedom Fiction wants speculative fiction. “This consists of genres such as science fiction, fantasy fiction, horror fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, alternate history, and all their sub-genres. Additionally we are into detective fiction, crime, gangster, hardboiled, noir fiction and very much into pulp fiction…. If your fiction is unconformist and maybe even not fitting the mentioned genres, do query us and we will see if we can find your story a home at Freedom Fiction.”

  • Length: Please query before submitting stories over 3000 words.


Theory Train wants “edgy new speculative fiction.” “Speculative fiction is defined as anything that occurs in a world not our own. So we’re looking for well-written fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, superheroes, and horror…” Submissions for the upcoming issue are due May 1.

  • Length: Up to 4500 words.


Hogglepot wants short stories with magic. “Hogglepot accepts fantasy of all sub-genres, including (but not limited to) dark fantasy, heroic fantasy, fairy tale, historical, gothic, light fantasy, magical realism, paranormal, science fantasy, superhero, supernatural, steampunk, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, and such. Think anything from Lord of the Rings to Toy Story and everything in between…. The fantasy element must be present in the story, whether the characters be magical creatures such as vampires or dragons, or if the protagonist stumbles upon an ancient magical artifact, or if the characters mix magical potions, etc. There needs to be some sort of magical element within the story. We like magic.”

  • Length: Up to 5000 words.   


Happy hunting!  Do you know of any publishers looking for superhero stories?  Please leave a comment or contact me, especially if you work for the publisher in question.  Thanks!


This Mutant Life prefers stories about the everyday lives of superheroes.  “We publish work which has some link to the world of superheroes, whether they be torn from the pages of classic four-colour comics, or the result of more introspective or unconventional approaches.  Stories which deal with the everyday lives of people with unusual abilities or physical characteristics are ideal, and there will be a definite preference given to stories which present interesting and well defined characters and situations…”

  • Length: Up to 6000 words.

65 responses so far

65 Responses to “Publishers That Specialize in Superhero Short Stories”

  1. Wingson 24 Oct 2010 at 9:44 pm

    W-Wow! Thanks for putting this up. I’ll definitely be checking them out.

    Not sure if I’ll be able to finish my story for the anthology this time around (…Apparently my wisdom teeth must be removed. Lovely.), which depresses me. Ah well, Aidan will get his chance if I have anything to say about it.

    – Wings

  2. Dillanon 24 Oct 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Wow this is very interesting,finally a place to start lol 🙂

  3. Trollon 24 Oct 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks, this is much appreciated!

  4. Loysquaredon 25 Oct 2010 at 4:10 am

    This is great! If only Anansesem wasn’t fixated on kids, it would have been perfect.

  5. B. Macon 25 Oct 2010 at 8:09 am

    Are you rocking the Caribbean connection?

  6. ekimmakon 25 Oct 2010 at 2:39 pm

    My novel is definitely beyond the word count.
    More than 4 times the amount of the highest limit.

  7. B. Macon 25 Oct 2010 at 4:30 pm

    If you’re writing a novel, I’d recommend submitting it to a novel publisher rather than one of these short story publishers. For an adult novel, you could go maybe as short as ~65,000 words. I doubt most short story publishers would even look at a story longer than 10,000 unless you queried in advance.

  8. ekimmakon 25 Oct 2010 at 8:01 pm

    No, I was just pointing out that it definitely does NOT count as a short story. It just feels like that it’s a bit under what a normal novel would be.

    But I am comparing it with works like Artemis Fowl and Harry Potter, so that could be why.

  9. Goaton 25 Oct 2010 at 8:09 pm

    So these are “safe places to send things then?

  10. Loysquaredon 25 Oct 2010 at 8:29 pm

    That’s my main goal (since it’s my demographic), but I’ld take anything that comes my way. I’ve even thought of using digital media options. That way it would be more flexible with alternatives, like: languages, tagging with social networks, etc. Plus, I’ll feel greener 😛

  11. B. Macon 25 Oct 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Ekimmak, if you’re in the 15,000-60,000 word range, you might be able to sell it as a novella. However, it’s a bleak, bleak market out there.

  12. B. Macon 25 Oct 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Ghost: “So these are safe places to send things then?”

    Depending on your story, they could be. I think each publisher has a slightly different flavor, which usually comes across in the submission guidelines.

    I think these publishers are worth looking into, particularly if the submission guidelines sound favorable. However, I don’t think that anybody could write a story that’d be a safe fit for all of these publishers. Unless you’re doing a fantasy one-shot that could be adapted into a series where a Caribbean witch doctor gives supernatural powers to the Duke of Wellington, preferably through a steamy character-driven romance that leaves plenty of time for everyday life.

  13. Goaton 25 Oct 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Oh, I meant safe as in they are upstanding citizens and they won’t take your idea and/or money and run with it ha ha

  14. B. Macon 26 Oct 2010 at 5:55 am

    Oh, haha. I misread that. None of the people that submitted to these places mentioned on Duotrope anything about integrity issues or getting their ideas taken. (And taking money shouldn’t be an issue–most of these publishers pay less than $50 to begin with*, so they don’t have much of an incentive to “forget” to pay).

    That said, I have not worked with any of these companies and cannot vouch for them. I would recommend looking into them more closely before signing anything.

    *Except for a few A-list outlets, I’m not familiar with any short story publishers that pay more than a pittance.

  15. Matton 27 Oct 2010 at 6:02 pm

    The editors of both This Mutant Life and A Thousand Faces are easy to work with. The response time is fairly quick (I’ve had stories accepted from both). And by quick, I mean a month or two. If that sounds like a long time…well…I think EVERYONE who publishes stories of any sort has a huge slush pile, no matter what they’re looking for. It’s a quick response. Trust me.

    Don’t expect much pay…those two publications are the definition of niche markets. A Thousand Faces says it will pay royalties once publication costs have been covered. The authors I’ve spoken to haven’t received any money from back issues or anything like that. It’s not a slam on the publication…just a fact of life. A Thousand Faces is published quarterly…and you can read every story from the current issue at the website to get a taste of what the editor is looking for.

    This Mutant Life is published out of Australia. Get a story published there, and your bounty is about $8 US and a contributor’s copy (you also have the option to accept a second copy in lieu of the monetary payment). The next issue is due out early or mid-November. Currently, the editor is not accepting submissions…but they will reopen in January (I think).

    Both are great places to get a start.

  16. B. Macon 27 Oct 2010 at 11:15 pm

    At one academic press I’ve heard about, the wait time is 2+ years. I think anything under two months is very respectable. It takes me about 2 weeks to respond to review requests and I’m just a random dude rather than a prospective employer.

  17. Matton 28 Oct 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I completely agree with your thoughts on turnaround time. There are some short story publications that will dictate “no simultaneous submissions” and then ask you to wait a year or more to find out if they’ll even publish your story.

    That’s a long time to wait for a rejection. A couple of months isn’t so bad…and you can then freely submit your work elsewhere.

  18. Aponion 12 Mar 2011 at 6:17 am

    This from Hope Clark’s FundsforWriters Small Markets:


    The Wily Writers site publishes two short stories per
    month in both audio and text formats. Themed issues:

    April 30, 2011 Superheroes

    Word count: 1,000 – 5,000. Minimum payment will be US$50
    per short story. We pay via Paypal and/or check.

  19. bretton 11 Apr 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Hey b.mac can you do an article about where to submit graphic novel manuscripts. I found a few agents who specialize in this and was wondering where they would shop it around.

  20. Contra Gloveon 11 Apr 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Brett, this link would prove very helpful. It’s a list of submission guidelines for many different comic publishers:


    Note that Marvel and DC do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

  21. B. Macon 11 Apr 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Hello, Brett. I’ll do a list of publishers that accept unsolicited graphic novels. It’ll be a long list (more than 30-40 publishers), so that may take me some time to research.

    However, I think a competent literary agent can sometimes open doors at publishers that don’t accept unsolicited submissions.

    PS: In the meantime, I have a list of comic book publishers.

  22. bretton 11 Apr 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks guys, really appreciate it.

  23. Contra Gloveon 12 Apr 2011 at 5:27 am

    Now, B. Mac, I have a question.

    I’m seriously considering scrapping the Alien Frontier “web serial” idea in favor of writing it as a conventional novel, albeit one I would self-publish on Kindle. If I did this, would I be hurting my chances with a traditional publisher if I decide I want to sell them my next story?

  24. B. Macon 12 Apr 2011 at 9:12 am

    Contra Glove, I don’t think a publisher would give one much more regard than the other. When you’re pitching your next work to publishers, I would only recommend mentioning a self-published work (either a web serial or a Kindle e-book) if it were a hit, such as 10,000+ Kindle sales or hundreds of thousands of nonpaying readers.

    PS: Is your next work a sequel to your first work? (It might be tricky to find a publisher willing to go for a sequel to a work that you’ve already released yourself, either online or on the Kindle).

  25. Contra Gloveon 12 Apr 2011 at 9:47 am

    No, it’s not a sequel. I have at least two other fictional universes as backup plans.

  26. Contra Gloveon 12 Apr 2011 at 10:09 am

    Also, thanks for your answer. I was wondering if the existence of a self-published Alien Frontier would get me ignored if they found out about it. I’d definitely mention it to the publishers if it manages to sell 10,000 copies — which most likely won’t happen (I’d be lucky if I got 1,000 sales!)

    You know what, let’s scrap any notion of self-publishing this thing. I’ll go for a traditional publisher, which means after Chapter 5 goes in the review forum, I will e-mail any future chapters to you, B. Mac.

  27. B. Macon 12 Apr 2011 at 10:34 am

    Thanks, sounds good.

    “I’d be lucky if I got 1000 sales!” Yeah, it’s so tough for self-published authors. (Well, it’s tough for everybody, but especially the self-published). The average self-published title sells ~200 copies.

  28. Contra Gloveon 13 Apr 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I’m not saying that publishing short stories in some of the above publications will make you a shoo-in, but will it really help? I’d certainly like to give it a try, but I don’t want to waste my time either.

    Also, I won’t even post Chapter 5 anymore, but I’d like the review forum to stay up anyway.

  29. B. Macon 13 Apr 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I think it could help, but I would write a short story if/because you like writing short stories and not as a way to increase your odds of getting a novel published. I think it’d take a significant amount of work to get a short story published (50+ hours?) and, assuming a novel is your overriding goal, I think that those hours would be better-spent rewriting your novel manuscript and query and/or perhaps premarketing the story*.

    *I’m not sure how viable premarketing is for every author, though. In my case, I have nonfiction articles for writers and then occasionally post links to my raffle/emailing list for my fiction comic, The Taxman Must Die. (When it comes out, one person will win a free copy and everybody else will get an e-mail letting them know where they can buy it). I feel that my TTMD proposal might look more attractive to publishers if I already have hundreds or thousands of prospective customers lined up.

  30. Contra Gloveon 14 May 2011 at 1:15 pm

    A word of warning, B. Mac:

    Boxfire Press may not be what it’s cracked up to be.

  31. K Perryon 24 Jun 2011 at 11:38 pm

    thanks for the info, I have narrowed my choices between two of the above publications if I decide not to try make it a novel. How do you feel about self publishing for ebook format?

  32. B. Macon 25 Jun 2011 at 12:35 am

    “How do you feel about self publishing for ebook format?”

    I’m not an expert on self-publishing, but these are some of the things that come to mind.

    –It can really reduce your financial risk compared to paying for a self-published print run. You don’t have to cover printing costs or shipping-and-handling. However, if you have any advertising, promotional or design expenses (like your cover art), those won’t be affected.
    –You have a lot more flexibility on pricing. In contrast, I think most other self-published books have to be sold at $10+ to cover printing and S&H. If you do sell your book at around $10, your profits-per-sale will be much higher on an ebook than an equally-priced print version.
    –You don’t have to worry about any of the potential quality problems with print-on-demand.

    –One significant disadvantage to any self-publishing venture for an unpublished author is that I feel the (frustrating) crucible of the submission-rejection-rewrite cycle can be an intensely valuable learning experience. (This is the main reason I wouldn’t recommend self-publishing for a first-time author).
    –If your self-published book is remotely typical, I would expect the total number of sales to be frustratingly low, maybe a few hundred copies. That’s okay as long as your expectations aren’t wildly unrealistic. (Don’t quit your day job until you’re selling enough copies to cover food and rent). Most professionally published books sell pretty poorly (a few thousand copies, maybe), but at least then you’d get an advance of probably a few thousand dollars to cover some of the time you’ve put into it.

  33. K Perryon 25 Jun 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the advice, I never intended for my first novel to be a huge success nor make me a millionaire however I just want it to be published and if I have to go this route than at least I can say I have a book published.

  34. Castilleon 03 Aug 2011 at 4:21 pm

    One little comment… the deadline for some of these collections/anthologies has already passed.

  35. Castilleon 03 Aug 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Though i did find the site that you linked to to find publishers in other genres to be… very interesting. I had some short story ideas and was just wondering where I could find an outlet for them…. That solves my problem.

    Thanks B.Mac!

  36. Contra Gloveon 21 Aug 2011 at 2:32 am

    For the record, This Mutant Life seems to be closed.

  37. Krison 26 Sep 2011 at 6:39 pm

    The reviews of Thought Patterns from Boxfire don’t have links because they’re iTunes reviews (mostly from the UK store), which you can’t link to. They’re written the way they are and have errors because they’re mostly typed on mobile phones — yes just like text messages. Boxfire is an eBook publisher after all, and why is it a bad thing that they highlight reviews from actual readers? Thought Patterns, after all, has 64 *written* — not just starred — reviews in the iTunes UK store.

  38. B. McKenzieon 27 Sep 2011 at 11:22 pm

    “For the record, This Mutant Life seems to be closed.” I have it listed under DEFUNCT OR TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS in the off-hand chance that it later reopens.

  39. Sylaron 08 Nov 2011 at 9:47 am

    What do they mean when they say include a bio?

  40. B. McKenzieon 08 Nov 2011 at 5:13 pm

    They want a paragraph detailing your publishing experience, relevant experience (if applicable to the story), and/or entertaining the reader. If all else fails, I would recommend going for something fun and obviously fictional. For example, “Chihuahua Zero” went with this bio for his SN article:

    “The author is known by many names. To Interpol, he is only The Chihuahua. To librarians, he’s that guy, a possibly mythic figure rumored to have amassed $150 in late fees. He chronicles his observations of his writing, other people’s stories, his general life and possibly some tips for dodging INTERPOL librarians here.”

    “Brian McKenzie runs Superhero Nation, a writing website with several hundred thousand readers. He’s a marketing director with some low-level editing, writing and teaching experience. If sufficiently inebriated, he might admit that he also worked at the third-least badass job on Pennsylvania Avenue (after White House gift shop clerk and FBI janitor).” I’d recommend keeping it short. Personally, I don’t include many details–you wouldn’t believe the details, anyway (nor should you).

    This is more important for nonfiction authors, but if you have experience relevant to the story that most authors don’t have, that’s worth mentioning. For example, Michael’s experience with guns and gun courses was definitely relevant to his article 7 Things Guns Cannot Actually Do. If you have police experience and you’re writing a story about a detective, I’d definitely recommend mentioning that. (However, I would NOT recommend mentioning things that apply to basically every author, like “I’m more qualified to write this book about a young adult protagonist because I was once a young adult!” or “I am more qualified to write a book for children because I have children and/or was once a child!”)

    If you have an applicable college degree, I’d recommend mentioning that if the degree gives you information most other authors wouldn’t have. For example, if you’re writing something about medicine or doctors, definitely mention your medical degree. However, I’d recommend against mentioning a creative writing degree or an English degree in most cases because they don’t establish much credibility.

  41. Anonymouson 21 May 2012 at 10:17 pm

    hears an idea i thought up a villian or hero, he would have the abillity to flatten out, about a centameter of flattness, he has the abillity camoflauge, but to go farther he can actually imitate the texture, and the fysical, 3dness of the plate form hes on, for example, he could leap on a grassy field, flatten out in about two seconds, and grow imitation grass in a nother two, it would be identacle, to the human eye, he would also have no bones, he would be flexible to the extreme, would have many tic tac sized hearts, that work as one, same with his brains, there are hundreds maybe a thousand, all working as one, they are both located in the head and chest area.he has control of hes skin, can harden hes skin, and can make spikes, has generation, but just hes skin, hes weird inners won’t heal fast, but faster than a normal humans,in a few days, but hes skin heals in secs, has great durabillity. what do you think? any questions?

  42. Rick Crawfordon 18 Jun 2012 at 4:00 pm

    This is a great idea for my story Stink Bomb. I could easily whittle it down to a shortened version. I heard that Orson Scott Card started Endor’s game this way.

  43. nameless.on 22 Nov 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve only just found this website. quite helpful, even though it’s slightly irrelevant of my writings. But, where could you possibly submit science fiction with a bit of imagination novels?

  44. B. McKenzieon 22 Nov 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Nameless, I’d recommend checking out Agent Query. You can search for agents that are looking for science fiction submissions. Depending on what you mean by “with a bit of imagination,” you may also find it helpful to search in the Offbeat/Quirky category. Also, as noted in the article above, “if you’re interested in checking out different types of publishers, I would recommend checking out Duotrope’s Digest.”

    PS: Would you happen to remember how you came to this website? (Most users get here by doing an online search for something related to superhero writing advice, so it’d be interesting to know if there are other opportunities/markets I could be serving better).

  45. nameless.on 24 Nov 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks, I’ll keep both of them saved till I finish writing.
    Uhm, my novel might be categorised as science fantasy, only guessing.

    I was looking for different ways to present different characters, as far as i remember, when this website came along.

  46. Ronon 05 Mar 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I’m submitting a sci-fi story. I used the metric system in my story because it seems inevitable that it’s the way of the future even for stubborn Americans, but because of the numbers of readers in the states who don’t know the metric system I’m thinking that I should change it. Which way should I go with this?

  47. Dr. Vo Spaderon 05 Mar 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Damn you. 🙂

  48. B. McKenzieon 05 Mar 2013 at 5:54 pm

    “Because of the numbers of readers in the states who don’t know the metric system I’m thinking that I should change it…” I think kilometers are more or less okay. It wouldn’t be a huge deal if an American guessing were off by 50% (e.g. the difference between 100 miles and 150 miles probably wouldn’t make a noticeable difference in terms of understanding anything about the story). In contrast, weight might be an issue–I would not recommend using any kilograms, unless perhaps you give excellent context clues. If you mentioned that someone looked like she weighed 100 kilos to help establish that she’s beefy and much larger than usual, it’d be very unhelpful for you if most of your non-metric readers guessed that 100 kilos is supposed to imply that she’s more like anorexic than overweight.

  49. Anonymouson 24 Jul 2013 at 2:48 pm


  50. ALLIEPUFFLEon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:45 pm

    my friend’s little sister is a child,(12) and she wants to publish a book. she is an extremely talented writer, but would any publishing company take her sreiousley? it is a novel, about 10-20,000 words. any ideas?

  51. B. McKenzieon 28 Oct 2014 at 8:04 pm

    “it is a novel, about 10-20,000 words. any ideas?” Are we talking about a novel or a short story? Novels are generally longer than 10-20K (e.g. 65K+ for adult novels and 30K+ for middle grades — more detailed length suggestions here). Alternately, if she’s thinking about one of the short story publishers above, I’d recommend checking out what their average length is. (I don’t have any figures in front of me for short stories, but I’d guess ~10K is pretty common).

    “Would any publishing company take her seriously?” If her manuscript is otherwise publishable, her age would not be a liability. (It may even be an asset). That said, having never read her work, I obviously have no idea whether her manuscript is otherwise publishable.

  52. ALLIEPUFFLEon 29 Oct 2014 at 11:43 am

    thank you so much. I don’t know how long this book will be, shes still working on it. It is a middle grade story. I will suggest this to her the next time I see her. Thank you so much!

  53. Fact-Or-Fictionon 04 Nov 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve been asked to contribute to an anthology through my writing group, and they’ve also given me the honor of penning the introduction. Is this worth mentioning if/when I submit a novel or short story to publishers?

  54. Beorh Weeklyon 12 Oct 2015 at 7:42 am

    Beorh Weekly, first issued in 2012 and building a stronger readership yearly, is always considering all forms of peculiar literature, which does include the heroic. All writing levels are considered, but the overall theme of each story must be numinous, peculiar, weird, etc.


  55. P.Bon 27 Nov 2016 at 7:15 am

    I really want to start a series of my own. More like web comics, any ideas on it? Do you know any websites? (Any tips or information would be much appreciated)

  56. B. McKenzieon 27 Nov 2016 at 2:49 pm

    ” (Any tips or information would be much appreciated)” — If your goal is to write professionally, I’d suggest publishing something professionally first (probably a 1-4 issue submission to a small-to-medium publisher) and/or reaching out to successful webcomic creators. If your goal is mainly hobby/recreational, I have no idea.

  57. TrevorDaleyon 09 Jun 2017 at 5:07 am

    i have a superhero named red mystery his powers include flight lazers from chest ,eyes hands and leg.replicate peoples powers for 1 hr.magic.a thing i call senry mode

  58. B. McKenzieon 09 Jun 2017 at 7:26 pm

    “i have a superhero named red mystery his powers include flight lazers from chest ,eyes hands and leg.replicate peoples powers for 1 hr.magic.a thing i call senry mode.” I think working on writing mechanics/proofreading is a big opportunity.

  59. WyteNoiseon 11 May 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Hey can we update these? so remove the expired ones, maybe put years next to the deadlines, add new ones, maybe?

  60. B. McKenzieon 11 May 2018 at 5:35 pm

    “Hey can we update these? so remove the expired ones, maybe put years next to the deadlines, add new ones, maybe?” Duotropes now charges $50/year for subscriptions to publisher lists. I don’t think I can feasibly offer a free, updated version of this, sorry.

  61. WyteNoiseon 12 May 2018 at 9:11 am

    “Duotropes now charges $50/year for subscriptions to publisher lists. I don’t think I can feasibly offer a free, updated version of this, sorry.” oh ok i understand. thanks anyway

  62. Chatonon 20 Sep 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Huh . . . Is Wattpad okay? I’ve been posting my superhero novel on there; it’s the only writing site I’ve heard of, and it’s simply laid out. Also, the book I’ve been posting isn’t a short story, so . . . . . . . . . .


  63. B. McKenzieon 24 Sep 2018 at 7:31 pm

    “Is Wattpad okay? I’ve been posting my superhero novel on there…” I don’t think is Wattpad is a publisher. If so, what you’re getting from Wattpad is probably not all that similar to what authors usually seek from publishers (upfront pay, printing/distribution, maybe access to bookstores, very limited editorial/design/marketing assistance, professional affirmation from a selective submission process, etc).

    If your goal is to get your novel professionally published someday, I wouldn’t recommend publicly posting more than a few chapters of it online. (Disregard if your goal is mainly hobby/recreational).

  64. Kenon 27 Sep 2018 at 9:30 am


    So, what are you watching these days?

  65. B. McKenzieon 28 Sep 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Game of Thrones. The line-by-line quality and overall plotting are not as good as they were up to season 6 (the show’s writers have less source material to draw on now, and they are not in the ballpark as the books’ author), but there’s still a lot that’s best-in-class. (SPOILERS) There are still some unbelievably well-executed plotlines – if I were doing a film class I’d probably focus on the rise and fall of Ned and Robb and Joffrey, and the events leading up to Cersei blowing up the cathedral. More recently, there have been a lot of plot arcs that fizzled and/or got aborted. Basically everything involving the Boltons, particularly the plotting that caused a genius manipulator to give his sort-of love interest and prized political asset to a psychopathic serial rapist. Other misses: most of Dany’s scenes after Drogo dies, most of Dorne’s scenes (particularly the Sand Snakes), and a bizarre, poorly thought out sequence where a small squad of irreplaceably valuable battle commanders send themselves on a suicide mission to capture a zombie.

    I had high hopes for Westworld (SPOILERS), and gave up towards the end of its second season. The show started out teeming in interesting and competent characters. Since then, it’s ruthlessly killed them off and hasn’t added anything else. Dishonorable mention: moving from Dr. Ford (the dramatically menacing villain driving a beautifully executed murder mystery) to Delores (the main villain of season 2, a one-dimensional Terminator starring in a video game massacre with worse acting). Delores has so few good lines, way too much screen time for such a shallow character, and actively makes the people around her less interesting… every scene she’s in, she forces the plot in a “shoot all of them right now” direction, whereas Dr. Ford brought so much more to the picture. (Secondarily, she also forces writers to make her enemies idiotic).

    Another dishonorable mention: with a premise like this, it was immediately obvious from episode 1 that many human characters would be revealed to be secret robots. Based on what I’ve seen of shows like Battlestar Galactica, usually the first surprise is dramatic and exciting, and then each subsequent reveal is increasingly thoughtless and disappointing. Westworld raced down this slope faster than I thought was possible — as far as I can remember, literally every named human character alive on the show is a robot, which grossly limits options moving forward for season 3 to another bloodbath. I predict the show will limp around for another season or two and get quietly cancelled.

    True Detective: Season 1 is a classic in almost every regard. In particular, Rusty is one of the best-executed detectives I’ve ever seen, and his relationship with his more normal partner is one of the best unlikely-partner dynamics I’ve seen so far. Season 2 was a train wreck. While it had some of the same problems as Westworld season 2 (focusing on much less engaging characters and a more simplistic video game-style plot), I think True Detective might be able to turn things around.

    UPDATE: Season 3 is actually pretty engaging, especially at the end. though the main character gets demographically typecast too much — he’s virtually unable to have a scene where his race or medical issues don’t come up, rarely very interestingly. I suspect either having two black cops or two white cops in the lead roles would probably have given the characters more room to be themselves than trapping the main character in like this.

    Despite the writers’ preoccupation with racial issues, I think it’s at least arguable that the main character’s perception of racism appears somewhat exaggerated. At one point, he accuses his partner of being racist for not supporting his plan to execute 100+ no-warrant home searches on a pretty thin hunch and he appears to genuinely believe that having a white supporter for this lunacy would have gotten it approved. There’s also a (probably unintentionally) comical scene where the main character — a black cop who faces noticeable but mostly softspoken discrimination — verbally smacks around the father of a kidnapping victim because the cop doesn’t think the guy’s life is all that hard. The show leaves it open to your interpretation but this is possibly the dumbest thing a character has done or said on True Detective. The guy whose life is supposedly not that hard is a BIBLICAL tragedy. His deadbeat brother is probably a pedophile stalking his kids… his wife sells their daughter for drug money, which ends in the murder/loss of both of their kids… the police are completely unable to solve the crime in the first 30 thirty years… the wife openly states the kids aren’t even his given her multiple affairs… his daughter eventually resurfaces and, in a drugged haze publicly denounces her grief-stricken father… despite this herculean string of tragedies the hapless father works up enough skill and determination and is eventually the only person to solve the crime in the first 20 years, only to be promptly murdered for it. Any cop who looks at this guy and thinks “he couldn’t hack it 10 minutes in _____’s shoes!” is probably not as good as he thinks.

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