Apr 08 2011

Another publisher is looking for superhero short stories: Boxfire Press

Published by at 9:58 pm under Places to Submit Your Story

Boxfire Press is looking for contemporary speculative fiction and is very receptive to gay characters. Its preferred genres include contemporary sci-fi, contemporary and urban fantasy, slipstream, supernatural, paranormal, alternate history and (of course) superheroes. Their preferred length for short stories is around 5000 words but can go up to 20,000.  They also do flash-fiction up to 500 words.  (Hat-tip: Aponi).


How to catch their eye: “Being clear and concise, using unadorned language, concrete modifiers (only when necessary) and strong, active verbs will send your submission skyrocketing to the top. On Writing Well by William Zinsser, while specifically about non-fiction, has great advice for anyone learning to write.”  Also, they are not fond of abusing substitutes for “said.”


They are separately looking for short stories to fill an anthology.  “The idea is pretty simple, all the stories revolve around a red scarf lying on the road and answer the question, in some way or another, how did it get there?”  (Note: This theme is just for the anthology).   Story length for anthology entries: 2000-20,000 words. The preferred genres are the same as above.


If you know of any other publishers looking for superhero short story submissions, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.  Thanks!

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Another publisher is looking for superhero short stories: Boxfire Press”

  1. Ragged Boyon 10 Apr 2011 at 9:59 am

    This actually sounds kind of interesting. I like the red scarf idea. I wonder if I could do this?

  2. B. Macon 10 Apr 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Go for it!

  3. Wingson 10 Apr 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Any idea when the deadline is, or whether there’s an age limit?

    – Wings

  4. B. Macon 10 Apr 2011 at 5:19 pm

    They don’t say anything about age or deadlines in the submission requirements, so I’d recommend submitting and then letting them decide if it’s a problem. If you’re past the deadline, they’ll probably just roll your submission into the next submission cycle.

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