Feb 14 2011

More places to submit your superhero short story!

I’ve added these three publishing markets to my list of publishers that want superhero short stories:

  • Freedom Fiction wants speculative fiction, which “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.”  NOTE: Please query them before submitting stories over 3000 words.
  • Theory Train wants “edgy new speculative fiction and poetry. 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… Maximum 4500 words for fiction.”  Submissions for the upcoming issue are due May 1.
  • Hogglepot wants magical stories. “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.”  Maximum length: 5000 words.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “More places to submit your superhero short story!”

  1. Samon 14 Feb 2011 at 10:38 am

    Theory Train’s submission guidelines say “By submitting to Theory Train, you are giving us first North American serial rights. ”

    The mere act of submitting a story to them means that you’ve assigned them 1st NA serial rights, meaning that you can’t publish that story anywhere else in North America. If this isn’t a misprint, writers should be wary of submitting to this market.

  2. Goaton 14 Feb 2011 at 11:38 am

    ^So, what if I changed my short story into a novel after I submitted it to them. Would I be able to get it published in North America?

  3. B. Macon 14 Feb 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Goat, I’m not a lawyer, but I think the first North American serial rights (FNASR) are pretty limited in scope. According to Writing World, FNASR is “not, for example, licensing a publisher to reprint your work in another format, such as an anthology.” I would assume that a novel counts as another format.

    Sam, I will ask Theory Train for clarification. If it turns out that submitting to TT (but getting rejected) still turns over the FNASR (and creates legal obstacles to getting published elsewhere), I’ll remove them from the list.

  4. B. Macon 14 Feb 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Okay, this is what Eileen Young (the managing editor of Theory Train) told me:

    “…No, we don’t retain rights over rejected material. We will reject anything that becomes published during our selection process, though, even if it had previously been selected, because we want to be publishing exclusively new work.”

  5. Samon 15 Feb 2011 at 8:52 am

    Thanks for getting clarification. I suspected that it was a misstatement rather than a deliberate attempt to screw writers.

  6. Goaton 15 Feb 2011 at 10:10 am

    Yeah, thanks 🙂

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