Aug 20 2011

More Publishers Looking For Superhero Short Stories

Published by at 2:11 am under Places to Submit Your Story

I’ve added the following publishers to my list of publishing houses that mention superhero stories in their submission guidelines.


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 men and women 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 twistwe’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 just aren’t that into you.  At all.


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.

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “More Publishers Looking For Superhero Short Stories”

  1. Contra Gloveon 20 Aug 2011 at 5:09 am

    Ah, yes. An attempt to write a short story for This Mutant Life resulted in my current novel. I never did submit that short story to them, by the way.

    You all should try these — you never know where it might lead. How many of you ended up with a novel grown from a short story idea? (Please don’t mistake this for bragging; I’m just asking.)

  2. Snowon 20 Aug 2011 at 9:17 am

    Ooo, the first one. I think I might be able to pull something like that off… I’d need to go through my notes, though.

  3. Castilleon 20 Aug 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I already have ‘superhero short story’ on my saved searches at Duotrope…..still need a bit of practice with my writing before I can/should pitch anything though.

    I have a few Ideas though, and the fact that some of them don’t have deadlines is perfect.

  4. Grenacon 20 Aug 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve been wanting to write something like what #1 is looking for. I’m committed to my current novel WIP this month, but come September, I’ll see what I can do.

  5. ThatNickGuyon 20 Aug 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Huh. As soon as I read about “Power Corrupts”, I started writing this story. We’ll see how it turns out.

  6. Mynaon 20 Aug 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I wanna do something for this so bad, particularly the first one… a sibling who’s a superhero, now that’s cool…

  7. Wingson 23 Aug 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I happen to be a lady! Surely my meeting with this list was meant to be.

    – Wings

  8. Brian McKenzie (B. Mac)on 23 Aug 2011 at 1:39 pm

    P. Mac: Maybe you should rewrite this article to make it more relevant to more people.

    Brian: You don’t think we have many Brazilian poetesses?

    PM: Would you want to read this?

    Brian: …


  9. Wingson 23 Aug 2011 at 7:25 pm

    …I also happen to be a procrastinator! It’s like the writer is reading my mind!

    – Wings

  10. secreton 22 Apr 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you! This is perfect for me! I’m a female and write leading female stories! I’m so happy!!!

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