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ROF Fiction: Update: Guidelines

  • Apr. 22nd, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Since our new website is still in its infancy, Shawna has given me the thumbs up to post our fiction guidelines here, as we've done with the art guidelines.  We're posting them now to hopefully spare ourselves having to deal with some questions/queries that might arise before we open our doors to fiction subs.  Again, when we do open to fiction subs I'll let you know about it asap.  The guidelines are basically the same as before, although there are some new tidbits that have been included (most of which will make my life easier when dealing with the slush).

International authors, please take note that we now include in the guidelines our willingness to respond to your submissions via email.  I will honor those submissions with IRCs in the slush that were sent our way before these updated guidelines were posted.  But after these, unless you provide IRCs for the return of your manuscript, I am done with IRCs.  It is a pain for me to go to the post office, so this policy makes both of our lives easier.  And since all you have to do is read the guidelines--something there is no excuse for not doing--you're out of excuses.*  If there is an email address with your IRC, I'll still consider your submission.  But I will discard your IRC and simply respond to you via email.  Consider this fair warning.  

*Here's a fun exception: Send me your manuscript with the necessary IRCs enclosed for a response.  Use a typewriter to write the submission and make sure those lines are neat and not smudged.  DO NOT include an email address but make sure you include a phone #.  Point all of this out to me in the cover letter and kindly ask if I'll make an exception under the circumstances, because you simply do not have access to a computer.  Be certain to explain how exactly you learned about this exception without having access to a computer, because I'll be rather curious.  If you're just starting out as a writer, I in turn will wonder how in the hell you're getting by without an email address, and will then consider honoring your request (assuming you meet the rest of our guidelines).



Editorial Guidelines


Realms of Fantasy, a bimonthly magazine, is a professional market for the best in fantastic short fiction. Stories should be no longer than 10,000 words, and can address any area in the realms of fantasy: heroic, contemporary, traditional, feminist, dark, light, and the ever-popular "unclassifiable." What we do not want to see is standard SF (this means no alien worlds, no hard-edged technology, no FTL drives, etc.)  Additionally, ROF is not a market for poetry.  What we do want to see is the very best in the field--Realms of Fantasy is a highly competitive market.

For stories under 7,500 words, rates begin at 6 cents per word for new writers and move upward as a writer gains recognition. For stories over 7,500 words, the rates break at 7,500 to 4 cents a word. Thus, a 10,000-word story by a newcomer would pay $550. Again, for established writers, the rates will be proportionally higher.

All submissions must be typed in a 12 pt. serif font such as Courier or Times Roman, double-spaced, and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope large enough to hold your manuscript.  Manuscripts not typed and double-spaced will not be considered.  Manuscripts without return postage will not be returned.  If you wish us to discard the ms. and reply only by letter, you need only enclose a letter-size (#10) envelope and mark your ms. DISPOSABLE.  Your name, address, email address and phone number should appear on the first page of the text, not on a cover sheet, as cover sheets can easily get separated from the rest of the ms.

International authors must still submit hardcopies of their stories but we will respond via email rather than regular mail, assuming that you do not require your ms. to be returned to you.  We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions.  Response time is ordinarily 8 to 12 weeks.  We regret that the majority of our responses must be in the form of pretyped letters.  This in no way reflects on your work, only on our time and work load.

Thank you for your interest in Realms of Fantasy, and we look forward to seeing your work in our pages.

Shawna McCarthy 

Editorial Address: Realms of Fantasy P.O. Box 527 Rumson, NJ 07760



wendigomountain wrote:
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
So does this mean you really are open for submissions?

Ouch! Hey! I'm just kidding!
samhenderson wrote:
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Obviously your rules don't apply to me, so I will submit my 30K fanfic and you can send me the money now. Also, will you go to my site and pick out the other stories you want?
douglascohen wrote:
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
We're going to take all of them and change the magazine's name to Realms of Samantha. :)
samhenderson wrote:
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
weathermagegrey wrote:
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
It's been five months
Just wondering, since I haven't been able to look up Realms for over six months and a friend wanted to submit his work, if your submissions were open again yet? The last piece of information that I have been able to gather was this one, and it seems that the last comment and everything was several months ago, so I was wondering if things have changed since then? It would be great if you could update that.
douglascohen wrote:
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Re: It's been five months
See the last sentence that's all in caps.

And this: http://douglascohen.livejournal.com/194647.html
gilmoid wrote:
Oct. 17th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
My God! You actually take typewritten manuscripts? You don't run a paperless office? HOO-RAY!! Now if only your office were in a corner of the plant where the mag is printed...(Like John W. Campbell's).
bradrtorgersen wrote:
Oct. 26th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
On word: YAY!

Thanks for putting out the word, and e-publishing the guidelines.
douglascohen wrote:
Oct. 26th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: YAY!
You're welcome. :)
siobhann_grey wrote:
Nov. 9th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Sub Question
What's the policy on simultaneous submissions?
douglascohen wrote:
Nov. 9th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: Sub Question
It's in the guidelines above. We don't accept them.


Douglas Cohen

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