AZRider wrote:Rench, you need to write for a larger audience. Seriously. I hack shit together and magazines print it. You write the most awe-inspiring tours of the brain and balls of a man living his life that I have ever read.
Bigshankhank wrote:The world is a fucking wreck, but there is still sunshine in some places. Go outside and look for it.
DerGolgo wrote:AZRider wrote:Rench, you need to write for a larger audience. Seriously. I hack shit together and magazines print it. You write the most awe-inspiring tours of the brain and balls of a man living his life that I have ever read.
I agree, entirely.
Fireside will be open to submissions of flash fiction and short stories from June 1 through June 30th (11:59pm Eastern time). The address to send stories to will be posted here on the 1st. Please DO NOT send us stories before then; they will be deleted unread.
We plan to be open to submissions several times a year going forward. We’re currently planning to be open in September and January.
Lengths and payment
Fireside is seeking original, previously unpublished flash fiction of 1,000 words or less and original, previously unpublished short stories of 1,000 to 4,000 words. (Firm limit.) We pay 12.5 cents per word, with payment on completion of edits. We buy first world publication rights and six-month exclusivity, as well as the right to reprint the story once, non-exclusively, in a Fireside anthology.
What we are looking for
Fireside’s goal is to publish great storytelling, regardless of genre. What do we mean by great storytelling? We want stories that go somewhere, with plot and a beginning, middle, and end. We’re not looking for character studies or metafiction or hallucinatory visions. (We LIKE those things; it’s just not what we publish in Fireside.)
I’ll let Neil Gaiman say it again, as I have in our Kickstarters. This is from his introduction to his “Stories” anthology, writing of his response to a question about what quote he would want inscribed on the wall of the kids’ section in a public library. He captured the reason why we love good stories in his response:
I’m not sure I’d put a quote up, if it was me, and I had a library wall to deface. I think I’d just remind people of the power of stories, of why they exist in the first place. I’d put up the four words that anyone telling a story wants to hear. The ones that show it’s working, and that pages will be turned:
“and then what happened?”
And yes, we seriously mean any genre. We have published sci-fi, horror, romance, crime, fantasy, Westerns, near-future, and modern non-speculative fiction. The stories were all terrific, and we are looking for more of those and from all the many genres we haven’t explored. Just tell us a good story.
Vague? A little. But we think it’s exciting, too. No two issues of Fireside have the same feel, and we hope that makes every issue a little more surprising. If you’re not quite sure if your story fits, please send it and our editors can decide.
If you want to get an idea of what we’re looking for, Issues One, Two, Three, and Four are available for free. (Issue Four was the first issue in our current format, featuring flash and short stories, along with a serial.)
Fireside wants to reflect the endless array of diversity in the world. We welcome stories from all writers, and we are especially interested in stories including (but not limited to) the lives, experiences, and viewpoints of women, people of color, QUILTBAG people, people with disablities, members of religious minorities, and people outside the United States. We strongly encourage submissions from people of those backgrounds, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded.
What about sex, violence, and profanity?
Sexual content is ok, but we are not a market for erotica. We are also fine with profanity and violence. We’re not looking for gratuitous violence, though. And stories containing sexual violence will be an extremely hard sell; think hard about whether it’s something your story needs to have, and if you need to show the violent act.
What we aren’t looking for
Comics. Poetry. Non-fiction. Fan fiction. Simultaneous submissions (stories that you have sent to other publications and have not gotten a response on). Multiple submissions (please send us no more than one story for each category, flash and short stories).
How this works, and response times
We have a team of readers looking at stories as they are submitted, and they pass the stories they like on to editor Brian White for final consideration. Because of the crowdfunded nature of Fireside, any stories sent on to Brian have the names removed.
We are aiming to respond to all submissions within 30 days of receiving them.
If there’s something I haven’t addressed here, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please do NOT send submissions here. Any stories sent to this address will be deleted unread.)
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