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  • All submissions are currently: CLOSED*

* Empyreome is on hiatus until May 2018, at which time flash and regular submissions will reopen. Please check back periodically or subscribe to email news for updates.

What we want and don't want

Empyreome is seeking original works of short fiction with up to 10,000 words (<7,000 preferred). Stories with 1,000 words or fewer will be considered for our Weekly Flash series.

We prefer science fiction and fantasy, but we will consider any story with a speculative element, including slipstream and well-written horror.

We like stories in which interesting people do interesting things and make interesting things happen. We do not like stories in which flat characters are merely acted upon by forces beyond their control, and nothing interesting happens.

If your story includes profanity, sexual situations, or violence, these elements should be essential to the story. Please do not send stories that glorify violence, use profanity without purpose, or depict graphic sexual scenes.

In general, if the stories in Empyreome were films rated by the MPAA, they would receive a rating of PG-13 or younger.

For more tips, see our Tips for Authors page.

What we're paying

Empyreome currently offers a token payment for stories up to 10,000 words. Payments are in U.S. dollars payable via PayPal within 15 business days after publication.

For initial publication, we pay $0.0025 (one quarter of one cent) U.S. per word for stories up to 10,000 words. For stories below 400 words, we pay a flat rate of $1.00 U.S. per story.

At the time of contract, you will have the option of donating your token payment back to the magazine to help keep us running.

All published stories will be considered for inclusion in our annual "Best Of" eBook anthology. Stories selected for the anthology will receive an additional payment to be determined.

What we're paying for

By allowing us to publish your story, you grant us First World English Rights and First Electronic Rights, after which time all rights revert to you, the author. You also grant us the nonexclusive right to archive your story on our website in perpetuity or until such time as we choose to remove it.

What we don't accept

We do not accept simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, or reprints.

How to submit your work

Send your submissions to empyreome@gmail.com with subject line SUBMISSION: STORY TITLE (WORD COUNT).

In the body of your email, provide a brief cover letter that includes:

  • Your name (and pseudonym, if applicable) and contact information
  • Your story title and word count
  • A short author bio (optional; 150 words or fewer)

Attach your story as an .rtf, .doc, or .docx. No other file formats will be accepted.

Your submission must be in standard manuscript format (see Shunn). Submissions that do not adhere to this format may be rejected unread and without explanation.

Our response time

During open submission periods, we usually respond within 2 weeks, but it can sometimes take longer, especially for longer stories. If we are holding your story for consideration, we will let you know as soon as possible (we usually make final decisions within 1-2 months). To learn about our editorial responses, click here.

Please do not query for at least 4 weeks after submitting. Send queries to empyreome@gmail.com with subject line QUERY: STORY TITLE.

If we accept your story

We will contact you by email with contract terms. See an example contract here.

Best wishes and happy submitting!