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

 

We are a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) qualifying site.
New work we print counts towards a writer’s SWFA qualifications. 

We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
Reprints must not have been published elsewhere within the past year or be available for sale.

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

 

Writers Guidelines

We accept new work as well as reprints, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, shorter pieces will be favored. We also accept poetry.  We 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 in doubt, edit it down further.  And further. 

We no longer offer critiques upon request.  We understand this was popular and much appreciated, but with so many requests the time involved became too much, and we need to concentrate on the magazine itself.  If a story almost works for us we may comment very briefly.

 

Fiction

We are looking for: well written original work 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.  You can also read the About Us page for more information.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, monsters in general, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds.

We don’t want: 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. Also, seems we have to say it, we don’t want work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.

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 that 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.

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. If a reprint, it must not have been published within the past year and must not be available for sale.
Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits.

Please Note: We no longer offer critiques upon request.  We understand this was popular and much appreciated, but with so many requests the time involved became too much, and we need to concentrate on the magazine itself.  If a story almost works for us we may comment but that is all. very briefly.

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

We prefer text in .docx Times New Roman 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 at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com and submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com
to your address list may solve this problem.  If it doesn’t, you can email 
submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com  and we will manually input you into the system. 

 

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

We get a large number of submissions, 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 if a reprint when it was last published.  Do not include a resume — we will judge the story solely on its own merits.

 

  Submissions Schedule:
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

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 for Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, you can read about the process here:

 Becoming a Reader