Submissions Guide

Issue 4: Spring 2017 submissions now open!

Issue 4 Submissions Close: March 1, 2017
Issue 4 Publication Date: March 21, 2017

What are we looking for?

Between Worlds is seeking short stories and flash fiction of an otherworldly nature for our fourth issue, to be published spring 2017. Stories must in some way feature the idea of portals between alternate worlds.

Fantasy and sci-fi fiction is often somewhat concerned with worlds that are slightly different to our own: perhaps it’s a world much like ours, but the government weeds out crime by feeding its citizens mind-altering drugs. Perhaps dragons roam the streets alongside their human owners, or some kids are born with magical abilities and are shipped off to specialised institutions to learn to control them.

But what of the doors that lead to these worlds? Science suggests that our universe is one of many separated by a membrane as thin as tissue paper. Folklore speaks of the worlds beyond our own, the domains of faeries and spirits, and if one stumbles into these places one can never go home. We want these stories; we want tales of wayward travellers, strangers in strange lands, whether they tumbled down a rabbit hole or tore a doorway through dimensions by the power of science. What new sights and laws of nature await them? What trouble do they encounter? Do they ever find their way home?

It is important to keep in mind that doorways may not always be physical. Doorways can exist in the mind just as they can exist in the physical world.

What genres do we accept?

So long as the story includes an aspect of portals or doorways between worlds, we accept all genres and sub-genres with a depiction of the fantastical, including fantasy, horror and sci-fi, but are particularly interested in steampunk, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, alternate history, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, Lovecraftian, and dystopian. That is to say, please don’t feel confined to these genres. Stories that redefine genres are particularly sought after.

What genres don’t we accept?

We do not accept erotica or stories with explicit sexual content, stories that do not depict the fantastical in some way, or stories that do not in some way include a portal or transition between worlds/universes/realities.

Lengths

Flash Fiction: 500-1499 words

Short Stories:  1500-5000 words

How many submissions do we feature?

Between Worlds aims to publish 5 short stories per quarter and an unspecified number of flash fiction stories.

Payment

Between Worlds pays a token payment of £5 per short story. Payment will be made via PayPal upon publication. We unfortunately cannot pay for flash fiction stories at this time.

Still want to submit?

So, do you have a story that fits the bill? Then please don’t hesitate to get in touch at submit@betweenworldszine.com by the date listed at the top of this article, with the story attached as an .rtf or .doc file, following the guidelines below.

  • Your subject line should read SUBMISSION: STORY TITLE (word count).
  • Stories should follow a standard submission format, which you can read more about here.
  • Please include a cover letter, a short synopsis with your submission, plus a list of your publishing credits if applicable.
  • Submissions must be emailed by the closing date listed at the top of this article. Submissions received after that time will not be considered for that quarter, but may still be considered for the following quarter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed (that is, stories that are currently submitted to another market) though we please ask that you inform us immediately at hello@betweenworldszine.com if your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are not currently accepted. If you submit more than one piece to us, we will only consider your first submission. If we have rejected your first submission, you may then send another for consideration.
  • All work must be your own.
  • Work must be edited before submission, taking special care with grammar and minor edits such as typographical errors. Stories submitted with sub-par editing will not be considered for publication.
  • We publish only originals (stories that have never previously appeared anywhere in print or online.) We do not consider reprints (stories that have previously appeared anywhere in print or online.)
  • Please do not query until 45 days have passed.
  • For short stories, we buy First Serial and Electronic rights i.e the right to be the first place to publish that story. Flash fiction is not currently subject to such rights.
Between Worlds Zine

Between Worlds Zine

Between Worlds Zine is a quarterly short fiction magazine, publishing fantasy, horror and sci-fi tales of alternate worlds and the doorways that lead there.
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