Submission Guidelines

What to submit

We want your blood… I mean fiction. The best way to get an idea of what we like is to read the fiction we publish. Since our magazine is completely free, the only cost to you is your time. Go read now!

Each issue follows a theme. Submissions must contain elements of one of the themes.

Submissions for a specific issue close one month before publication. You can submit for any issue throughout the year. (Except one month before it’s due to be published).

Each issue is published on the first weekend of:

  • March
  • June
  • September
  • December

Themes for 2011 here.

We accept fiction up to 15,000 words.

Poetry will be considered under the same guidelines as fiction. It has to match the theme. There are no limits on length.

We accept nonfiction articles, reviews, interviews, and anything else which we deem cool. Any nonfiction also needs to contain elements of the specific theme. Any nonfiction has to be between 700 – 4000 words.

We accept reprints. Hey, we’re non-paying at the moment so we can’t be picky. However, we only accept material as long as it meets the fiction guidelines.

If you submit a reprint, let us know, and mention when and where it was previously published.

Schlock Magazine is open to all types of art submissions, photos, collages, comics, original paintings, drawings, etc. Any art that can grace our covers, spice up our stories, or as standalone stories. Color or B&W is fine. Again, the art needs to match a specific theme.

Send your samples as scanned images at high resolution (300dpi) and no larger than A4 size. (You can send multiple pages).

Schlock Magazine is a non-paying market, for now. We’re an open venue for aspiring writers, artists, and other creative people. But we’re aiming to become a paying market as soon as we can.

If we publish your piece you will be giving us First Electronic Publishing Rights. Keep in mind that most magazines might not publish work that has already been published on the web. (Each magazine is different so make sure to check their guidelines). This means that if we publish your work, it can only be marketed as a reprint, which limits the number of markets that will accept it, and reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work on our web site, giving up your First Publishing Rights for no payment other than exposure, is really what you want to do.

How to submit

E-mail all submissions to

No Simultaneous Submissions & ONE Submission at a time, please!

We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world but all stories must be in English, unless we have a special foreign language issue.

Submissions should be attached as RTF or DOC. Please don’t send DOCX files. We do not accept submissions via snail mail.

The subject header should include “<TYPE OF SUBMISSION> <THEME>: Title.” For example, if you submitted fiction for our space pulp issue then your header would have looked like this:

FICTION SPACE PULP: The Gorilla in the Gasbag

The email body can include a short covering letter, if you wish. It’s not essential. Advice on how to write a covering letter.

All submissions must be in standard manuscript format, but without a separate title page. Please include full contact details, including email. We will contact you via email about your submission, so if you don’t include one then we can’t get back to you.

Address all submissions to Schlock.