SUBMISSIONS

Seeking Literary Outliers.

Before man could fly, some writer dreamed of it. In a time when midwives were burned as witches, space remained unexplored and fantasy was frowned upon, forward thinkers dared to have bigger thoughts and preserve them in ink. We seek those words. 

Here at Space and Time we open our pages to those that can see beyond the horizons into our future. We welcome poetry, art and fiction that bend rules, transcend genre and break stereotypes. We accept the unacceptable—as long as it’s well written, submitted in standard electronic manuscript format and polished to a high gloss. We hope to find the unexpected. We have the space, and the time, to seek it.

“Why do we write? Every writer has their own reasons. My own reasons aren’t bizarre. I write because it helps me sort my thoughts. If I sort the world into symbols of ink, I can make sense of it—the good and evil. Without the ability to release what’s in my mind and trap it on paper, I’m certain I would be mad.

Why do I publish? Because words, and writers, are the most important element of humanity. Without writers there would be no continuity for man and womankind—no history, no future. We would exist in ignorance full of voiceless dreams that evaporate into nothingness against the stars. We need writers that sacrifice sunny days for scribbling in a closet. We need writers that give life to the story that wells up inside them in spite of it all.

To work on a magazine is to hunt for literary treasure. We seek the Tolkiens, Rowlings, Le Guins and Kings on their way to the top so we can touch greatness, unedited and raw—so that we can help another voice to sing on paper. To stand in the unrefined light of a new Poe and read that first submission… to help fine words come to light… this is the dream.”

— Angela Yuriko Smith
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Space and Time Magazine

The benefits to publishing in Space and Time: Space and Time magazine is produced as print, digital and audio editions quarterly. Beginning in 2021 we will send every contributor a PDF copy of their work in the magazine suitable for awards submissions. We send news of current award opportunities out in our monthly newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.

Whenever possible, we consider and submit your works for nomination to the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, PEN/O’Henry Prize, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Small Fictions, Poetry Daily, Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s Eglin and Rhysling Awards, Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award® and Verse Daily. We try to nominate from each publication every year. 

Closed for Submissions until March 20, 2021

We seek: Broken boundaries, blown minds and new horizons. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, magical realism—we look for work with a speculative element. Creative hybrids welcome. If you can combine horror, science fiction and fantasy into one compelling plot, you’ve caught our attention. If your story has the power to shake some perspectives, we are interested.

You send: We prefer stories up to 5,000 words but will consider a maximum word count of 10k submitted in standard Shunn electronic manuscript format. All fiction submissions are to be sent electronically. Please include complete contact details on the document. Simultaneous submissions welcome, just please notify us if your work was accepted elsewhere and withdraw your submission on Duotrope.

We pay: Payment of a penny-per-word is made upon acceptance for fiction, plus $10 to purchase a contributor copy at your convenience. We buy first print, electronic and audio rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the author.

We use Duotrope’s Duosuma Submissions Manager. You may log into your Duotrope account at any time to view your status. Accepted submissions will be posted on our social media and notified. If your work is not selected, you will also be notified. If you haven’t heard from us within 60 days, your work is no longer under consideration and we thank you for sharing it with us.

Closed for Submissions until March 20, 2021

We seek: Stories in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian that break boundaries, blow minds and create new horizons. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, magical realism—we look for work with a speculative element. Creative hybrids welcome. If you can combine horror, science fiction and fantasy into one compelling plot, you’ve caught our attention. If your story has the power to shake some perspectives, we are interested.

You send: We prefer stories up to 5,000 words but will consider a maximum word count of 10k submitted in standard Shunn electronic manuscript format. All fiction submissions are to be sent electronically. Please include complete contact details on the document. Simultaneous submissions welcome, just please notify us if your work was accepted elsewhere and withdraw your submission on Duotrope.

We pay: Payment of a penny-per-word is made upon acceptance for fiction, plus $10 to purchase a contributor copy at your convenience. We buy first print, electronic and audio rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the author.

We use Duotrope’s Duosuma Submissions Manager. You may log into your Duotrope account at any time to view your status. Accepted submissions will be posted on our social media and notified. If your work is not selected, you will also be notified. If you haven’t heard from us within 60 days, your work is no longer under consideration and we thank you for sharing it with us.

Closed for Submissions until March 20, 2021

We seek: Poetry as a Word or rtf. document no longer than a single, standard 8.5 by 11 inch page with 11 point standard font. Please limit poetry submissions to three poems and include complete contact details on the document. 

You send: Poetry as a Word or rtf. document no longer than a single, standard 8.5 by 11 inch page with 11 point standard font. Please limit poetry submissions to three poems and include complete contact details on the document.    

We pay: Payment of $5 per poem is made upon acceptance, plus $10 to purchase a contributor copy at your convenience. We buy first print, electronic and audio rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the author. 

We use Duotrope’s Duosuma Submissions Manager. You may log into your Duotrope account at any time to view your status. Accepted submissions will be posted on our social media and notified. If your work is not selected, you will also be notified. If you haven’t heard from us within 60 days, your work is no longer under consideration and we thank you for sharing it with us.

Open for Submissions Year-Round

We seek: Original art with elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, magical realism—we look for work with a speculative element. Original art, illustrations and graphic shorts welcome

You send: Samples of your work, either by email or online link. All artwork in S&T is assigned by our art editor. You may also send physical samples of your work (non-returnable) to:

Space and Time Magazine
Submissions Department
P.O. Box 214
Independence, MO 64051 

We pay: $10 for interior illustrations, $25 for cover upon acceptance, plus $10 to purchase a contributor copy at your convenience. We buy first print and electronic rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the artist.

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