Submissions Schedule

We have a regular submissions schedule, easy to remember and plan for:
four times a year, one week each time, midnight E.S.T. to midnight E.S.T., at the beginning of each season of the year:
March 21 – 28, June 21 – 28, September 21 – 28, December 21 – 28

 

Writers Guidelines

We accept new work as well as reprints, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, the shorter pieces will be favoredWe have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established.  Submit only work you are proud of — if you don’t love it, neither will our readers!

If requested, when we respond we will offer you our reaction to the story in just a few brief sentences.  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.

We are following the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) guidelines.  After one year of meeting their criteria they will retroactively qualify us as a pro site, and new work printed during that year will count towards a writer’s SWFA qualifications.  We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for reprints, and 2 – 6¢ per word for fact-based work. 

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

 

Fiction

We are looking for well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability.  We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space.  If you use real existing science, please get it right.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, monsters in general, anthro, robots with feelings

We’re not looking for horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction*, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.

Fact

We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.

Artwork and Other Imagery

We’re looking for storytelling through images.  We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions.   For photomanipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.

We are not presently commissioning any work.  We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories.  We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online.  If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.  We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.

 

*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it.  Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome.
An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.

We have a regular submissions schedule, easy to remember and plan for:
four times a year, one week each time, midnight E.S.T. to midnight E.S.T., at the beginning of each season of the year:
March 21 – 28, June 21 – 28, September 21 – 28, December 21 – 28

 

 

Please Read Before Submitting:

In the submissions comments, tell us only:
— your name,
— story title,
— genre
— word count
— whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and if a reprint, where and when it was first published. 
— whether you want feedback on your story (many people love the feedback but it means slower response) or no feedback (faster response) If you do not specify, you will not get feedback.
— Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits.

We may ask for revisions on a story we are interested in, whether it is new or a reprint, but a request for revisions is not a guarantee of acceptance.

No simultaneous submissions, and no multiple submissions to the same genre.

Please follow standard manuscript format

Submit text in .docx or .rtf  and images as a jpg or through a link.

Use letters and numbers only for filenames or else your file may not load.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers. 

On the submissions page, check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.

A small percentage of people may find that the spam filters on their email host don’t allow them to register.  Adding donotreply@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com and submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com
to your address list may solve this problem.  If it doesn’t, you can email us at 
submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com  and we will manually input you into the system. 

 

Addresses to note and add to address books:
cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/portal  — login for subscribers to the magazine.
submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com — for questions about submissions.
http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/Submissions/login.php — login for the submissions manager.
editor@cosmicrootsandelditchshores.com   Fran Eisemann, editor-in-chief
sciencefictioneditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com   John Eckelkamp
fantasyeditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com  Casey Honebrink
mythseditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com    Bob ‘Doc’ Finegold
eldritcheditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com  Aaron Gudmunson

We get a large number of submissions, and give feedback when requested, so please be patient.  Turn-around times are generally between one and twelve weeks.  If you haven’t heard back after twelve weeks, feel free to query.

Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements.  We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth!  🙂

When submitting, let us know your name, story title,genre, word count, whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and whether you want feedback (many people love the feedback but it means slower response) or no feedback (faster response).  If you do not specify, you will not get feedback.  We don’t need your resume — we will judge the story solely on its own merits.

After reading our guidelines, you can login to the submissions manager and submit stories here:

 

Submissions Manager

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.
Our thanks go to Glenn Lyvers at Prolific Press for creating this feature for us.

Good luck, and we look forward to reading you!

For people interested in becoming readers, you can read about the process here:

 Becoming a Reader