NOTE: Fantasy Magazine has merged with its sister-magazine, Lightspeed. If you want to submit a story, please submit any fantasy submissions to Lightspeed. (Unless you want to submit to our special issue, in which case see below.)
WOMEN DESTROY FANTASY! Special Issue
As a result of Lightspeed’s successful Women Destroy Science Fiction! Kickstarter campaign, we’re reviving Fantasy Magazine for a single special issue, which will be published this fall.
WOMEN DESTROY FANTASY! will be a special one-off, guest-edited by former Fantasy Magazine editor Cat Rambo. The issue will contain 8 pieces of fiction (twice the size of a regular issue of an issue of Fantasy back before it was merged into Lightspeed), consisting of 4 original stories and 4 reprints. Cat Rambo will select all 4 of the original stories, and long-time editor of the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Terri Windling, will select the 4 fantasy reprints. Everything submitted to the Women Destroy Fantasy! issue will also be considered for publication in Lightspeed.
- Who can submit stories for consideration for the special issue? Women.
- How do you define “woman”? A woman is any human being who identifies as one, to whatever degree that they do so.
- What can women submit? Original fantasy short stories, 1500-7500 words. Dark fantasy (which normally would be OK to submit to Nightmare, should go here instead for this issue).
- When is the submissions period? Submissions open March 15, 2014, and will close at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern on March 31, 2014.
- What rights will you be buying? Please see the Lightspeed standard contract templates (originals | reprints) for details; this issue will use that same contract template.
- Pay rate? 8 cents/word.
- Response time? Up to 45 days
- Note: Stories submitted to the Women Destroy Fantasy! special issue will also be considered regular issues of Lightspeed as well, if they are not selected for the special issue.
- When will the issue be published? October 2014.
- How do I submit? Submit via the following submissions portal: submissions.johnjosephadams.com/women-destroy-fantasy
- What the heck is this about? What do you mean by “destroy”? Read this and just substitute “fantasy” any time it says “science fiction” (more or less).
- Can I submit reprints? No, sorry; all of the reprints for this issue will be solicited. Given Terri Windling read every fantasy story published for about two decades when she was selecting the stories for the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, she’s got it covered.
Some additional thoughts from guest editor Cat Rambo:
- I want fantasy that showcases the amazing emotional range of the genre and the spectrum of forms it can take.
- I’ll want at least one tearjerker and one humorous piece.
- I’ll want something that draws on fairytale or myth, but which does so in an amazing, interesting, and fresh way, and I’m hoping to find something that feels urban fantasy-ish as well, also in a fresh and interesting way.
- Fantasy that often hits well with me: superheroes, non-cutesy talking animals, linguistic-related, the weird.
- I like language: make yours wonderful, but never at the cost of the story.
- Your character should make me care about their fate (and for this issue, probably a female protagonist is, quite frankly, probably going to be a better fit).
- I’ll want at least one piece with an utterly amazing landscape, that immerses me in a fantasy world that delights my heart.
- Diversity does matter to me. It doesn’t trump quality, but when you’re going to be up against the very best, score your points where you can.
- I don’t want retellings of D&D adventures. Or pirates. I really don’t like pirates and I’m not particularly fond of zombies. Typos are another big turn-off: proofread your work.
- This is not a time to go for the low-hanging fruit or play it safe. I have four, count ‘em, four slots. Send me something — but make it the very best you have, something that is unique to your voice, something that you and only you could write.