Submission Guidelines

Godzilla eating a trainWe are currently open to submissions.

 

We're looking for fiction and nonfiction between 1,000 and 6,000 words. Send your submission in the body of a plain text email message to our submissions wrangler (who is not the same person as our editor in chief) at submit@daikaijuzine.org. Include the word "Submission" and the title of your submission in your subject line; otherwise, your submission may not make it to our editors. Submissions sent to any other Daikaijuzine address will not be considered. Please read the full guidelines before submitting or before sending inquiries. Daikaijuzine has a blind submissions policy; after you submit your manuscript, all identifying information is stripped so that not even our slush readers know who submitted what, until it's time to send a response.

Don't forget to log your submission on the Submissions Grinder!

NOTE: SUBMISSIONS SENT AS EMAIL ATTACHMENTS OR LEFT AS COMMENTS ON OUR SITE (yes, this has happened) WILL BE DELETED UNREAD AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Or possibly rejected out of hand, depending on our submissions wrangler's mood. Likewise for submissions sent to any address other than submit@daikaijuzine.org.

Your submission should also include a cover letter which includes your name, your pen name, and your contact information, as well as the story's length and publication history.

DIVERSITY

Daikaijuzine welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds, including people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

READING PERIOD

We will be open to submissions beginning June 1, 2019.

WHAT WE WANT

We are eager to accept submissions by new and unpublished writers as well as previously published writers.

Fiction

Length: 1,000 to 6,000 words

Daikaijuzine seeks diversity in content and storytelling. We publish primarily speculative fiction, from horror to hard science fiction to high fantasy to mysteries to magical realism to mainstream, but we have room for other types of fiction as well. If superheroes or zombies or giant monsters are your thing, that's fine too. We want stories that are well told, with strong characters and storylines, demonstrate respect for the reader and the language, and which are fun to read. Challenge us. Stretch our horizons. Make us think. At the very least, give us a good laugh.

Flash Fiction

Length: Up to 1,000 words

Guidelines for fiction, above, also apply to flash fiction. Flash fiction should be up to 1,000 words. More than that, and we call it a short story.

Nonfiction

Length: 1,000 to 6,000 words

We are interested in articles of interest to the speculative fiction community, such as editorials, interviews, biographical pieces, reviews, and whatever else you might take a fancy to. We currently have no specific guidelines. If you think we might be interested, send it to us, and let our nonfiction editor take a look at it. If you're not sure, send a note to us via the Inquiries tab above. We're interested in history, science, natural history, philosophy, anything. We're not a peer-reviewed journal, so bear that in mind if you're trying to get famous and win some research grants here. Nonfiction pieces should cite their references according to the MLA guidelines.

Poetry

Poems should be no more than a page. Subject matter is open, and you may submit up to five poems per submission.

Artwork, Audio, and Other Media

For artwork, music, audio recordings, and other media, please submit an inquiry at the link above.

WHAT WE DON'T WANT

There is some content that we will not consider. These include child abuse, explicit porn for the sake of porn, or anything along those lines. Don't even think about it. We will also not consider fiction that promotes fascism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, or associated putrid ideologies. These may be factors in your story, but please don't use us as a platform for spewing any of that nonsense.

HOW MUCH WE WANT

We plan on purchasing five to ten stories and articles every other month.

REPRINTS, SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS, AND MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS

We are happy to receive stories, poems, and articles which have already been published elsewhere, including your Patreon page. Simultaneous submissions must be indicated as such in a cover letter, and should be withdrawn if accepted at another venue. We do not accept multiple submissions with the exception of poetry (see above).

PAYMENT

We pay $10.00 for each short story or article published, and $5.00 for each poem and flash fiction piece. Payment is through PayPal exclusively, unless other arrangements are made. Payments left unclaimed after one month will be rerouted to pay for hosting and other costs.

LEGAL RIGHTS, COPYRIGHT, ETC.

We purchase Nonexclusive One-Time Electronic (World Wide Web) Publishing Rights, which means that we will publish your work once on our website. All other rights, including the right to reprint material published on Daikaijuzine, revert to the author immediately after publication. All works published on Daikaijuzine are archived indefinitely, though may be removed at the author's request.

Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for  a token payment, is really what you want to do.

Daikaijuzine is published in the United States, and abides by US Copyright Law.

FORMAT

Your submission should be in the body of an email message. In your message, make sure you include your name, your address, your email address, the title of your story, your pen name (if you use one), and your word count. When pasting in the content of your manuscript, please leave a single blank line in between each paragraph of your story, or you will be required to purchase antique weaponry for each member of the staff; it should be in working condition. Make sure you put the word "Submission", followed by the title of your submission in the subject line, e.g., "Submission: The Fox's Wedding". Otherwise your submission runs the risk of being dumped by our spam filters, and we may not even know you've submitted something. Indicate italics by enclosing the phrase to be italicizes in underscores, _like this_. Likewise, indicate bold by enclosing the phrase with asterisks, *like this*.