The Psychopomp Magazine staff is committed to publishing original fiction that dares to redefine traditional storytelling and genre borders. While we like stories that treat the concepts of passages, transitions, and the state of being betwixt and between, we are open to all work regardless of theme. We are generally not looking for traditional realist fiction or pure hard genre. With that said, we are certainly open to publishing more traditional literary work or more hard genre (no fan fiction) so long as it’s really, really good.
To give you an idea of our tastes, here are some writers we admire: Kate Bernheimer, Karen Russell, Alissa Nutting, Kevin Brockmeier, Jonathan Lethem, Jeff Vandermeer, Brian Evenson, Matt Bell, Etgar Keret, Ron Currie, Amelia Gray, Ben Marcus, Pinckney Benedict, Robert Coover, J.G.Ballard, Italo Calvino, Kelly Link, Walter Miller, Alex Shakar, Russell Hoban, Gillian Flynn, Justin Cronin, Peter Straub, Aimee Bender, Steven Millhauser
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please do inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere as soon as possible. We are open to fee-free submissions during our open reading periods in the Fall and Spring, but are always accepting tip-jar submissions. Our annual contest generally runs from Fall to mid-Spring with winners and finalists announced by late Spring.
We are open to free submissions several times a year, but our "tip jar" submissions are open year round. If you opt for a tip jar submission, your fee will go toward the cost of things like maintaining our website, printing anthologies, and paying contest winners. Thank you!
Please only submit one story at a time unless your individual submissions are under 1,000 words in which case you may send up to three pieces in one file. Our response time is within 2-3 months.
Our word limit for general submissions is approximately 5,000 words. If you happen to see a story that is much longer than this limit, it means we solicited it or that it was a contest winner or finalist. Please send .Doc or .PDF formats only.
We acquire First North American serial rights, which return to the author upon publication. This means that we only accept unpublished, original work. We do ask that we be noted in any future re-printings. We do not count sites like Facebook or Myspace as previously published but do ask that if your work is available to the general public (i.e. on a blog) that you remove it or set your privacy settings accordingly prior to submission.