Submissions

Welcome to the Silver Pen Writers Association group of publications. From this web page, you will have an opportunity to submit your work to these fine venues:

  • Fabula Argentea (FA) is open to all genres as well as literary fiction.
  • Youth Imagination (YI) is particularly interested in creative fiction stories by teens, but will also accept YA stories by adult authors.
  • Silver Blade (SB) publishes cutting edge science fiction, slipstream, and classic and modern fantasy.
  • Liquid Imagination (LI) specializes in dark speculative fiction and awe inspiring literary stories.

General guidelines common to all of our publications:

Give us something unexpected and well written.  Technique, voice, characterization, and language will all play a part in our decision to publish.  Amaze us with your writing, use of language, sense of story, and memorable characters.  Give us a story readers will not be able to forget and will eagerly recommend to others. 

If you want us to take your work seriously, please edit and proofread carefully prior to submission.  Manuscripts with significant typographical, spelling, or grammatical errors—where we feel compelled to grab a red pen after reading the first couple of pages—will likely be rejected outright without being read further.  The following are “hard sells” here:

  • Stories possessing several of the cliché elements listed here.
  • Fan Fiction
  • Anthropomorphism (Please query prior to submitting a story about a talking cat, or bird, or dog, or whatever)
  • Porn (Tasteful erotica may be considered by FA, but you must inquire first).

Our editorial policies respect the artistic license of our authors.  However, there are occasions when changes are needed that go beyond basic spelling, grammar, and punctuation corrections. In any case, the author will always be given final approval, prior to publication, over substantial edits made by our staff. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in this regard.

Format and Deadlines

All submissions should…

  • Have 1 inch margins, single spaced lines, with extra space between paragraphs
  • Refrain from using fancy headers or footers, text effects, background colors or images.
  • Use a standard font (Arial, Calibri, Times Roman, Courier) in 10, 11 or 12 point size.

Three of our publications come out once a quarter, in the first week of the months below:

  • Silver Blade:  February, May, August, and November
  • Fabula Argentea:  January, April, July, and October
  • Liquid Imagination: March, June, September and December

We have one publication that is published monthly:

  • Youth Imagination is published on the 21st of every month.

Submissions for upcoming issues cut off roughly a month before the publication date. We read submissions continuously and all works that arrive after a cut-off date will remain in the queue for the following issue. We try to respond within two months of receiving a submission. Please inquire on status after 60 days if you have not received a response from us.

Rights and Royalties (revised January 27, 2014)

Silver Pen pays a flat fee of $8 for short stories and poems, $3 for flash, $15 to $25 for Longer Stories (7500 to 20,000 words), and $25 for Featured Poets (invitation only). A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal (which shall be the assumed payment method unless you specifically state otherwise). Note: Only authors in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom have the option of receiving a mailed, hand written check. Everyone else MUST use PayPal or forfeit payment.

In exchange, we require:

For previously unpublished WORK

The AUTHOR grants First World Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Anthology Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER

For previously published WORK

The AUTHOR grants World Reprint Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Non-exclusive Anthology Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER

  • Assurance that submitted work is not currently published elsewhere (including freely accessibly “public” Internet sites);
  • Authors must warrant that they are the sole author of the work, that the work is original, and that no other entity has reserved the rights required by Silver Pen for publication;
  • Authors must warrant that the work does not contain libelous material or material copyrighted by another party.

Other important Points

  • Pieces posted for critique on a controlled-access website (user ID and password required to access) do not count as “published.”
  • submissions –at— silverpen.org is used solely for author communication and inquiries. Writers are strongly encouraged to add it to their trusted sender email address list.
  • All submissions must be submitted through our Submittable web page. Works sent to submissions –at— silverpen.org will be deleted without reading them.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We are an all-volunteer organization and our time is limited.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but we will not publish more than one piece by an author in any single issue (exception: Poetry submissions to SB). 
  • If you use Duotrope, please remember to report your responses. It helps keep us honest.

Now, click one of the buttons below to submit your work!

  • Fabula Argentea General Submissions

    Flash fiction: up to 1,000 words

    Short stories: 1,000 to 10,000 words

    Writers of quality fiction are invited to submit their works for possible publication in Fabula Argentea. We plan to publish only 5-6 stories per quarterly issue, so we're looking for the very best.  Give us something unexpected and well written.  Technique, voice, characterization, and language will all play a part in our decision to publish.  Amaze us with your writing, use of language, sense of story, and memorable characters.  Give us a story readers will not be able to forget and will eagerly recommend to others.  We love humor, including offbeat and satire.  If you want to know the type of creative humor we especially appreciate, read anything by Christopher Moore.

    FA prefers fiction under 6000 words, but we will consider exceptional pieces up to 10,000 words.  However, we plan to publish no more than one or two such longer pieces per year.

     

    Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, txt, rtf
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  • Youth Imagination

    Short Story Size limit: 1000 to 4000 words (We will consider longer stories, but they must be extraordinary)

    Serial Size limit: 20,000 to 40,000 words (we only accept one or two serials per year)

    Youth Imagination is interested in creative fiction stories by teens as well as by adult authors. Make the stories awesome, inspiring and engaging. Our goal is to publish the best writing for and by teens. We particular love stories exploring the issues, such as bullying, drugs, romance, school, parental issues, teacher issues, etc., as well as about the grit and character of teens and young adults.

    We accept most genres of fiction, including modern, urban or classical fantasy, as well as sci-fi, slipstream, literary, action-adventure or suspense.



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  • Silver Blade Fiction or Article

    Story Size range: 7,500 to 20,000 words

    Writers of cutting edge Science Fiction, Slipstream, Classic and Modern Fantasy are invited to submit their works here. Romance might be accepted, provided it has a strong fantasy element to it. Wow us. We are looking for stories beyond great, we want amazing stories. We want fantastic creatures and impossible worlds. We want characters and stories readers will remember long afterward.

    Submit only one (1) story per file, and upload only one file at a time. Make sure to note in your cover message whether your submission is intended as a Short Story or a Serial. This will make a difference on editorial assignments.

    Feature Article Size limit: 1,500 words.

    Articles about all aspects of writing are always welcomed. The goal is to be helpful to your fellow writers in some fashion. Got something? Send it! We’d love to see it. This is also an opportunity to become a staff writer for Silver Pen.

    Accepted Document Types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpf, odt
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  • Silver Blade Speculative Poetry in Translation

    Silver Blade Magazine is featuring Speculative Poetry in Translation for its special winter 2014/2015 issue (tentative publication date early March 2015). We are seeking previously unpublished English translations (unless you can submit a sufficiently fresh translation) of literary quality poems with speculative elements that have been previously published in any language except English.

    (1) Submit up to three poems of any style or length (up to 500 word each in English) in one Word file, plus a PDF file for the poem in its native language to ensure proper accents and characters are preserved. Please use our submission manager, Submittable, through our website. We are now open for submissions for this special issue until January 15, 2015.

    (2) English translations of either the work of classical poets of that country’s culture or its modern/contemporary poets are welcome, provided you secure permission* to reproduce that poem in its native tongue (both text and audio) if it is copyright protected.

    (3) Include a profile of the poet, translation notes and a lit bio of the translating poet with the submission, a citation of the work and a pdf of that poem as it is published. (Although the translator might also be the author of the piece, we highly discourage it.)

    (4) For accepted work, plan to submit an audio recording of the poem in its native language only (by you or any native reader of your choice, whichever renders the audio a delight to listen)

    (5) We pay $10 per poem (via PayPal) and ask for one-time World publication rights, permission to indefinitely archive the translation, and attribution to Silver Blade if your translation is reprinted. Queries may be addressed to the poetry editor.

    *It is the burden of the translator to identify the copyright holder and secure confirmation that translation rights are available before submitting
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  • Silver Blade Poetry

    Silver Blade Poetry

    Size limit: 1000

    Send 2 to 5 unpublished poems in a single Word (doc) file (Please, no docx) via our online submission manager— Submittable. We publish literary poetry with speculative elements. We prefer free verse poetry between 10-100 lines and prose poems or flash poetry under 500 words and we will consider a limited amount of traditional and experimental poetry, as well as bilingual submissions. Please submit your poems in a single Word file. Include a cover letter and bio in the same Word file. Before submitting, it is highly recommended you read several recent issues and comments on our editorial focus (see the poetry editor’s 2011 interview on Six Questions For… ). Optional MP3 files of accepted poems will be published along with the text. (By invitation only, we promote Featured Poets with an interview and 3-5 poems.)

    Accepted Document Types: doc
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  • All Magazines: Art and Illustrations

    Size limit: 2 MB file

    We would love to see your art. We are always on the look-out for illustrators and artists who would either like to work with us on an on-going basis, or would like to submit an individual piece for consideration. While we cannot offer pro-market pay rates, we can offer exposure far above competitive outlets. Our magazines collectively enjoy over 1 million hits and 30 thousand human visits a month. Staff illustrators receive a per-issue stipend.

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