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Monday, July 29, 2019

Æther & Ichor submission guidelines

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During ODD-NUMBERED MONTHS (i.e. January, March, May, July, September, November) we are OPEN.

During EVEN-NUMBERED MONTHS (i.e. February, April, June, August, October, December) we are CLOSED.

We’re now receiving more submissions than ever before! This has meant that even though we’ve got a bigger staff of lovely volunteer readers than ever, we’re still labouring under a backlog of submissions. Our current leadtime on getting feedback to people is still at least 1 month – feel free to query your submission after this point! – but we are actively trying to lower this time.

Please also note that we’ve changed our SUBMISSIONS EMAIL to aetherandichor (at) outlook (dot) com! We’ve been having some problems with submissions going into the spam folder and then getting deleted without us knowing (sorry if this has happened to your submission! If you query and we find out this is the case, we’ll invite you to resubmit even if we’re in a “closed” month)

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!

To submit to Æther & Ichor, please send your story (between 100 and 3,000 words) in .doc or .docx format to aetherandichor (at) outlook (dot) com, with word count, 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 should we decide to publish you. 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, so long as the rights to the story belong to you, but please let us know if and where your work was published previously, and where. At the moment we are only able to look at one story per author at a time. If you’ve got more than one thing you’d like to send us, please wait until we’ve given you a decision on your first submission before sending another.

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.

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!

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.