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Call for Short Story Submissions

Flunk Magazine is currently accepting short story submissions for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

Science Fiction Short Story Submission Guidelines:

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Greetings, earth friends. I am Glorb, the Mortified. Science Fiction short stories must have technology that makes Glorb think "Hmmm, that doesn't exist yet." This technology should have a meaningful impact on humans, and be logically coherent, so that Glorb is convinced by the proposed result of the technological advancement. Remember, technology is nothing without the earth friends who wield it. Hence, science fiction must have humans with hearts that battle against, or with, this "technology" (loosely defined though it may be) to achieve a change, for better or worse, that is measurable and dramatic, or so Glorb thinks.

  • Scifi short story submissions for Flunk Magazine should be no more than 5000 words long

  • All speculative fiction must be the author's own original unpublished work, no cheating

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Fantasy Short Story Submission Guidelines:

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Fantasy short stories should give Glorb a feeling of awe and wonder. It should make Glorb go "Wow, amazing!" This is usually achieved through the use of magic: magical people, creatures, objects, etc. The world, or setting, is of great importance, so extra care must be excreted when building one for a fantasy story. Glorb is old fashioned, and likes a heroic protagonist, evil villains, quests, mentors, royalty, mysterious rogues that wear hoods and smoke pipes in dark corners. Glorb is sad, that not many people submit Fantasy Short Stories, and he wishes to read more of them.

  • Fantasy short story submissions for Flunk Magazine should be no more than 5000 words long

  • All Fantasy submissions must be the author's own original unpublished work, no cheating

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Horror Short Story Submission Guidlines:

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Horror short stories, as a rule, must be sufficiently horrifying so as to give Glorb nightmares. This may begin with elements of the uncanny or the unfamiliar: a sense of strangeness that causes fear, accompanied by an overall miasma of suspense and terror. Other elements often used are gore, interminable violence, death, monsters, and supernatural beings like vampires. Glorb hates vampires. It may also be a purely psychological phenomenon, delving into the darker psyche of earth friends, exploring guilt, insanity, or existential dread. The earth friends in these stories must confront these varied and horrifying elements and emerge changed, for better or worse... Quite often the worse, or so Glorb thinks.   

  • Horror short story submissions for Flunk Magazine should be no more than 5000 words long

  • All Horror submissions must be the author's own original unpublished work, no cheating

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FAQs

1. Does Flunk Magazine pay for short story submissions?

Yes! Flunk Magazine currently pays a $50.00 flat fee for all published short stories 

2. Do you accept submissions for other forms of Genre Fiction?

Yes! We are also interested in Crime, Mystery, and Gothic fiction. We are no longer interested in creative non-fiction and essays

3. Do you create custom artwork for all short stories?

Yes! Our in-house artist Matt Weismantel creates a one of a kind, hand-painted illustration for every short story submission.

4. Why should I submit my short story to Flunk Magazine?

Simply put, there aren't that many literary magazines that pay for Genre Fiction. Also, as a smaller publication we get a smaller volume of submissions, meaning you have a great chance to get your work published with us. It's a no brainer really.

Send your submissions to flunkmagazine@gmail.com in DocX or PDF format. 12pt font and double spacing

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