Let me just start by repeating myself: Fantasy Scroll Mag is a market for speculative fiction, specifically for fantasy, science-fiction, and horror.
When we talk about science fiction, even though we try to be wide open to most sub-genres, we are looking for futuristic settings, science and technology, and extraterrestrial life. We also love a good space travel story, time travel as well as alternate history stories.
We particularly love hard SF and well-written time travel stories. Apocalyptic and dystopian future stories have been a bit overcrowding the arena lately, but we won’t say no to them, as long as they show things from a fresh perspective.
We are not a fan-fiction magazine, so please do not submit any stories based on existing characters, books, movies, or games. To read more about our science-fiction interest, see our SF specialist’s profile: Xycoon Ra.
For fantasy stories, we are looking for a strong presence of supernatural phenomena. It doesn’t have to be magic necessarily, but it has to be something supernatural. If you write about something that looks supernatural, but later on can be explained in a scientific manner, your story is probably science fiction.
We love good epic fantasy stories, sword and sorcery, hero stories, and mythical creatures. We enjoy medieval themes as well as fairy tale themes.
On the other hand, we are also big fans of urban fiction. We won’t say no to vampire, werewolves and (even) zombies, as long as the stories are fresh and interesting. For more on fantasy, see the profile of our specialist, Harlan the Great.
Horror fiction stories could stand on their own, or they could be combined with the above two genres. In other words, there could be an aspect of horror in a science fiction story or in a fantasy story.
We expect the horror stories to make us shiver in our pajamas when we read them late night with a dim light. We expect to jump at a crack in the floor and quiver with expectation. However, we do not expect to get nauseous to the point of vomiting.
Therefore, please do not send us two pages of description about how blood flows out of someone’s neck. That’s just unnecessary. Remember, horror in writing is done well when it has a psychological aspect to it. Yes, we all cringe when we read a news story about a man cut in half by an elevator, but that information in itself doesn’t constitute a horror story worth for a reader. We have enough of those on the news.
With a horror story you must really create an atmosphere of fear and danger, combined with suspense and mystery.
What We Don’t Want
We are open to most sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but we do draw a few lines in the sand:
- Maintain graphic sex and violence at the level of an R-rated movie.
- No abuse or sexual abuse on children.
- Profanity – limited. In our experience adding curse words won’t make a bad story better.
Also, to increase the chances for your story, we suggest you study this list of stories seen way to often, put together by the good folks at Strange Horizons:
What Do We Read?
If you want to know the kind of short literature we read, here’s a list of our favorite markets:
- Daily Science Fiction
- Flash Fiction Online
- Stupefying Stories
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- Bewildering Stories
- Asimov’s Science Fiction
- Analog Science Fiction & Fact
If you read so far, you probably feel comfortable that your story is compliant with our submission guidelines, you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions, and you have a amazing story to share with us. So, wait no more!
We can’t wait to read your stories!
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