Wizards in Space Literary Magazine

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

For our last several issues, we’ve turned our gaze inward - focusing on survival in difficult times, foraging and gathering what you need to stay alive, putting up walls or reaching out hands to navigate the fraught boundaries of self and world. We’ve found private places and caring communities, wrenching sorrow and cautious hope. We’ve read stories of last resorts, precious treasures, fragile feelings held tight to the chest. There is so much strength in resilience, and Issues 06 and 07 showed us that no matter how fiercely the storm rages, there’s safety and shelter to be found. So what happens when that storm finally breaks and you can finally step outside?

When you can not just survive, but thrive. When you begin to come into yourself as someone powerful, beautiful, ambitious. When you uncurl your fingers and allow your cupped hands to overflow, bringing forth abundance and wealth. These are all ideas associated with the numerology of 8: a digit that stands for power and achievement and good fortune. It’s a number that means hard work finally paying off. The literal and metaphorical fruits of your physical and spiritual labor.

What does it mean to be empowered, to revel in your own strength? How do you take the abundance of yourself and share it freely with others? When have you felt most like dancing and singing? For our eighth issue, we want your power. Your exhalation. We want to know how your Scorpio heart and your August body take up space in this wind-tossed world.

Step forward. Be loud. Let us hear you, show us where you're going and what you'll find there. Tell us what you're building, what you’ll keep for yourself, and what gifts you’ll share with others.

As always, we want to see your political and your personal, your faith, identity, truths and dreams. Even if you are not sure your work fits, we want to hear from you.


GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Wizards in Space seeks writers from all backgrounds, and all writers are encouraged to submit. Voices of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, writers from outside the United States and writers whose first language isn’t English, disabled and neurodivergent writers and artists – we are a safe place for your work. We promise to review every submission with kindness and an open mind.

As you choose what to submit, please keep in mind that we are selective about the themes and images we share with our readers. While we will publish works that contain references to sex or violent scenes, we do not publish erotica and we typically avoid extreme gore and profanity. We will not publish fiction that contains upsetting and graphic images for the sole, explicit purpose of shocking the reader. In works that engage with darkness, we always search for light at its core.

All submissions will be judged anonymously. Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your uploaded document or in the file name to help us with our anonymous submission process.

A note on names: You are welcome to publish your work under whatever name honors you, chosen or given, or you can elect to be published anonymously. You’ll be able to specify during the submission process. (We will still need your info for payment.)

Other notes:

  • Please title all individual pieces.
    • Please use the name of the piece–or in the case of multiple poems or art pieces, the title of the first piece–as the filename.
    • Use discretion about using the names of real people in your work.
    • If your work contains sensitive material, please include content warnings as necessary.

Visual Art Guidelines

  • We will accept art in JPEG, PNG or TIFF formats.
  • Artwork must be 300 dpi and in black and white.
  • All artwork must be at least 4.5’’ x 7’’ to fit in the book, and should fit comfortably on a page of that aspect ratio in portrait orientation.
  • Artists may submit up to four pieces, or a comic or visual story up to four pages in length.
  • Lineart and comics print best in our books - please do not submit photographs, as we cannot accept them!

Written Guidelines

  • We accept submissions in DOC, DOCX, and RTF formats.
  • For poetry, up to four poems, one per page, no more than 40 lines per poem.
  • For fiction and creative nonfiction, up to 3,500 words.

What you’re agreeing to upon submission and acceptance:

Writers keep all rights to their work. We ask that you refrain from posting or publishing your piece between when we accept it and when we publish it as a courtesy. We also ask that, after that point, if you publish online or in another publication that you cite Wizards in Space Literary Magazine as its original home.

We may make minor copy-editing or style alterations to the text of an accepted work (things like fixing minor punctuation, changing to house style, etc.), and the author may not see these minor changes before we publish. However, if there are larger structural edits we’d like to suggest, we would never publish those without your permission. The author may refuse to make our suggested revisions and instead withdraw the piece from consideration, but we hope we can find a happy medium. We also reserve the right to add or modify content warnings as part of our editing process.

Payment

At Wizards in Space, we believe all creators should be paid for their work. For Issue 08, our pay rates are as follows:

  • $40 per original poem or per page of original art.
  • $20 per reprinted poem or per page of reprinted art.
  • $0.04 per word for original prose, based on final published word count.
  • $0.02 per word for reprinted prose, based on final published word count.
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