Fiction Submission Guidelines

Fantasy Scroll Magazine is currently closed for submissions

open for submissionsTo submit fiction to Fantasy Scroll Mag, please read the instructions below. Once you are familiar with these guidelines you can jump to our story submission form.


Other Guidelines:

What Are We Looking For?

Fantasy Scroll Mag is seeking original science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories, regardless of sub-genre. We want great stories and grand characters!

Here are the lengths we currently accept:

  • Microfiction: < 500 words
  • Flash Fiction: 500 – 1500 words
  • Short Stories: 1500 – 5000 words

At this point we are not accepting any stories longer than 5,000 words, so please only submit word counts within the specified limits.


We do accept reprints as long as the rights have currently reverted to the author. Please specify if your work is a reprint and provide us with the information about the original publisher. We do not accept reprints that are currently available for free online. However, on a case by case basis, we might request reprints that are available online directly from authors.

Simultaneous Submissions

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your story is accepted elsewhere, please do us the courtesy and let us know right away.

Multiple Submissions

We do not accept multiple submissions. Please wait until we respond to one piece before you send another. Do not re-submit the same piece, unless we specifically ask for it.


Fantasy Scroll Mag pays 1 cent per word for original fiction, with a minimum $5 for microfiction and $10 for flash fiction and short stories, respectively. Our goal for the future is to become a pro market and provide pro payments. At this point we are running a Kickstarter Campaign to help bridge that dream (information to follow). For reprints, we pay 1 cent per word with no minimums.


We accept stories formatted in the standard manuscript format. Summary:

  • Font: Times New Roman or Courier New, 12 pt
  • Paragraph: Indented, double spaced
  • Margins: 1 inch all around

We are not extremely strict on the format, but please, please: no more double space after the period. It’s not needed.

Make sure you include your contact information in the header of the story. If your story is a reprint or a simultaneous submission, please include that information in the cover letter.


To submit your story, we will ask for your name, email, story title, word count, story genre (fantasy, science fiction, horror, other), the story file, and an optional cover letter. We accept files in the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt. We strongly recommend you to name your file as follows: [Name]_[Title].doc. We prefer .doc and .docx files, because we use Track Changes to do our edits. The cover letter is optional, but if you do include one, add a short bio (up to 200 words). If your story is accepted we will create an author page for you where the bio will be displayed. To submit the story (after you read everything else below!) go to our story submission form.

Response Times

We are doing our best to respond to everyone within 60 days. Most likely we will respond much faster. When you submit a story you will receive a receipt confirmation to your email. If you do not receive a confirmation within 48 hours please send us an email right away at queries (at) fantasyscrollmag (dot) com. If 60 days had passed and you haven’t heard from us, please query us at the same email address.

What we do NOT publish

Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but Fantasy Scroll Mag is not a market for erotica, so use your judgment.

We accept horror stories, but we will not publish anything of a particularly high gory nature, especially for no apparent reason.

No stories about child abuse and/or child sexual abuse.

Watch the language: we are not prudes, but a story filled with curse words just for the shock effect is not something we are looking for. Again, use your judgment.

No “vignettes” or slice-of-life type of stories. Whereas we understand their value, we do not want to publish them. Make sure your stories have a plot.

No poetry.


We purchase one-time, non-exclusive electronic rights for the stories (the “Work”) we accept. If your story is a reprint, we purchase non-exclusive electronic reprint rights. We do not claim serial rights; related stories are not considered serials. However, serials, once begun, must continue to completion.

“Electronic rights” include permanent archival rights. Contributors are sometimes obliged to withdraw archived works in order to fulfill contractual obligations with print publishers. That’s perfectly okay. However, we make withdrawals only after the fact; we probably will not agree to limited archival rights, e.g. a week, month, year or whatever.

The Author grants the Publisher non-exclusive worldwide English Anthology rights to republish the Work or cause the Work to be republished in any book or anthology consisting of material at least 80% of which previously appeared in Fantasy Scroll Mag, and which includes works by more than three contributors. Publication in this anthology is not guaranteed. Authors may withdraw their Work from the anthology if their refusal is given in writing within 30 days of being notified of acceptance in the anthology.

All Works published in Fantasy Scroll Mag remain the property of the original author(s). All work bought must be published within one year, or all rights revert to the author.

Contract Template: (sample contract)

Additional Notes

Do not query for stories, just send them to us and you will receive an answer.
Before sending us your story, make sure it is in the best shape. There’s nothing that turns us off faster than tipoez… See what I mean?

If you got down here, you are one of the good ones. Now you can safely go to our story submission form and amaze us with your stories!

Good Luck!

Iulian Ionescu
Fantasy Scroll Mag
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