Submissions

Please note that:
1: we are open to submissions unless otherwise clearly stated otherwise at the top of this page
2: we’ve recently changed our format from a monthly to a quarterly magazine-type format, the first issue in the new format will come out in the winter
3: our word count maximum is now 3,000 WORDS

Our mission is to publish inspiring and imaginative fantasy stories. We are particularly interested in character-driven works with consistent, inventive worldbuilding. Æther & Ichor publishes a wide range of styles from urban fantasy to twisted fairy tales to swashbuckling adventures. We tend towards darker, slicker, more challenging works with a bit of grit, but if you aren’t sure you’ve got what we’re looking for, send it over and we’ll take a look!

GUIDELINES:
To submit to Æther & Ichor, please send your story in .doc or .docx format to submissions (at) aetherandichor (dot) com, with a short author bio in the body of the email, and links to any social media channels you want us to link to from our site. If your story is over 1,000 words please include a summary of less than 50 words in the body of the email when you submit. We encourage simultaneous submissions, just let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else. We do accept reprints, but please let us know if and where your work was published previously, and where.

We accept short fantasy works between 100 and 3,000 words. This includes flash fiction, but we are looking for work that is structured rather than abstract; it should not just be a collection of motifs. At this time we are not accepting poetry.

What we cannot accept:
-fan fiction or work involving copyrighted material
-sex, violence, and profanity which is written for shock value alone
-bigotry and slurs that do not contribute to the plot
-political or religious diatribes
-your work can be inspired by your personal philosophy but we are not interested in reading your manifesto
-in addition, as many of the stories we publish contain violence and adult language, we do not currently accept children’s fiction

At Æther & Ichor, we respond to every author who submits. If your story is shelf-ready, we are excited to be the ones to publish it. If it has a great soul but needs a little polishing, we are happy to help you iron out the details. If your work simply doesn’t meet our standards, we will tell you exactly where your piece was lacking or deviated from what was solicited.

PAYMENT:
We currently pay our authors at a rate of £5 (or equivalent currency) per 1,000 words, at a minimum of £5. We hope to increase this as time goes on but we’re not a money-making enterprise, so we’ll have to see where this goes!

COPYRIGHT:
If we accept your story, we ask only the right to publish your work as part of one of our quarterly issues, and promote your work on our site. After publication your work will be stored and promoted as part of our backlist, but it can be removed at your request. All other rights remain with the author.