Submissions for fiction are now closed. We’ll be getting back to everyone who submitted by February 15th. Be patient and thanks for writing! We’ll probably open submissions again sometime in the summer.
We’re looking for two kinds of fiction right now: flash fiction and short stories.
Flash fiction is quick, dirty, and a lot of fun. 1,000 words and under. These tend to be written with lighter tones.
Short stories are between 1,000 and 7,500 words. These tend to have well developed characters and more complex storylines.
What makes Spectacle unique is that we comission illustrations for every story we decide to publish and also try to find non-fiction content to pair it with, so keep that in mind when submitting work to us. Stories that lend themselves to interesting visuals and are relevant to current life get lots of bonus points. We pay a flat rate for fiction we decide to publish. $100 for flash fiction. $500 for short stories.
Like and Don’t Like
Speculative fiction is essentially limitless. Feel free to get WEIRD. Space cowboys with a flair for ballet, bored zombies with 9-5 jobs, an alternate history where Hitler and Gandhi switch places. This is our jam.
No poems or screenplays. Please try not to be genre blind. Excerpts from novels and simultaneous submissions are okay. Multiple submissions also okay, but don’t go nuts. We don’t really want work published previously, though. We love writing with a sense of humor.
We like to think that we give some of the most fun and interesting assignments to work on at Spectacle. World building is the best and like our fiction counterparts, we like work that winks at the viewer. If you have a playful, witty quality to your artwork, we’ll get along just fine.
Ding dang! We’ve been delighted to be overwhelmed by submissions! Unfortunately, it’s just the two of us, so our intial one week turnaround is not going to work especially since we’ve also been finishing the first issue. Our plan is to get back to everyone by February 15th. Due to our size, we won’t be able to give detailed feedback to rejected submissions.