Wizards in Space is a printed literary journal aimed to create safe and inclusive publishing spaces in print and IRL for writers to share their magic. For Issue 03, we seek impactful fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art (black and white) that orbit the charged and current conversations of our world, writings that tell authentic stories just waiting to lift off. 

We’re particularly interested in themes of healing and reclaiming, family and found family, communities and support systems, and quite plainly, love. We invite you to invent, reinvent, experiment, and bend or break the rules. Give us your big and your small, your subtle poetry and your speculative fiction, your political and your personal, your faith, identity, love, loss, and humanity. Our previous issues have featured works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that grapple with harsh realities of everything from social media to systemic oppression and inspire us to fight against these barriers.

All writers with pieces accepted will be rewarded $30 and will retain rights to their works. Wizards in Space seeks writers from all backgrounds, and all writers are encouraged to submit. Voices of color, nonbinary genders, the LGBTQ+ community–we are a safe place for your work. If it’s your original writing, submit it! Even if you're not sure which category it fits into, or if it's our style, or if it's any good at all, submit your work! We promise to read every submission with kindness and an open mind.

The best way to get a sense of what we’re looking for is to read through Issues 01 and 02, which you can order HERE

The nitty gritty:

  • Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your submission or in the file name to help us comply with our anonymous submission process.

  • No cover letters, please. You’ll have the chance to write a couple sentences about yourself when you submit.

  • Previously published work is a-okay, as are simultaneous submissions. Just let us know where a piece has been published before, and we’ll be sure to credit it.

  • Fiction, nonfiction, and cross-genre: one piece, up to 5000 words. Poetry: up to five pages. (Only one poem per page, please.)

  • Typed, numbered, double-spaced pages are best.

  • Please title all your pieces.

  • We accept .doc and .docx file formats. If those formats are not accessible to you, we will accept pdf.

  • Due to the personal nature of creative nonfiction, use discretion about using the names of real people in your work.

  • If your work contains sensitive material, please include content warnings as necessary. We reserve the right to add or modify content warnings as part of our editing process.

Now, give us all you've got!


Please submit up to five pages of poetry, with no more than one poem per page.

We're looking for raw, real, authentic poetry, poetry that utilizes language cleverly, poetry that has a point, poetry that makes us snap our fingers and nod. Poetry written to be spoken word is fine, but do keep in mind that this is a print publication.
  • Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your submission or in the file name to help us comply with our anonymous submission process.

  • No cover letters, please. You’ll have the chance to write a couple sentences about yourself when you submit.

  • Previously published work is a-okay, as are simultaneous submissions. Just let us know where a piece has been published before, and we’ll be sure to credit it.

  • Typed, numbered, single-spaced pages are best.

  • Please title all your pieces.

  • We accept .doc and .docx file formats. If those formats are not accessible to you, we will accept pdf.

  • If your work contains sensitive material, please include content warnings as necessary. We reserve the right to add or modify content warnings as part of our editing process.
Please submit one piece of fiction, up to 5000 words. That doesn't mean that your piece must be that long -- in fact, pieces that are shorter and snappier are more likely to make it into the book. We welcome flash fiction, short fiction, experimental fiction, and anything else you can come up with. Excerpts from larger works are fine by us, as long as they stand on their own.

We're looking for interesting, original fiction like we've never seen before, fiction that makes us feel things, fiction that compels us. Genre fiction is great, but try to keep it accessible to a wide audience. We're not looking for fanfiction, erotica, extreme profanity, or graphic depictions of violence.

  • Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your submission or in the file name to help us comply with our anonymous submission process.

  • No cover letters, please. You’ll have the chance to write a couple sentences about yourself when you submit.

  • Previously published work is a-okay, as are simultaneous submissions. Just let us know where a piece has been published before, and we’ll be sure to credit it.

  • Typed, numbered, double-spaced pages are best.

  • Please title your piece.

  • We accept .doc and .docx file formats. If those formats are not accessible to you, we will accept pdf.

  • If your work contains sensitive material, please include content warnings as necessary. We reserve the right to add or modify content warnings as part of our editing process.

Please submit one piece of creative nonfiction, up to 5000 words. That doesn't mean that your piece must be that long -- in fact, pieces that are shorter and snappier are more likely to make it into the book. We welcome flash prose, short prose, experimental prose, poetic prose, and anything else you can come up with. Wrote an awesome memoir for NaNoWriMo and want to send us an excerpt? Go for it, as long as it stands on its own as a whole piece.

We're looking for creative nonfiction, pieces that tell a story, pieces that tug on our heartstrings or make us laugh. We're not looking for academic nonfiction or anything that requires a cited source. We're also not looking for gratuitous violence, erotica, or extreme profanity.
  • Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your submission or in the file name to help us comply with our anonymous submission process.

  • No cover letters, please. You’ll have the chance to write a couple sentences about yourself when you submit.

  • Previously published work is a-okay, as are simultaneous submissions. Just let us know where a piece has been published before, and we’ll be sure to credit it.

  • Typed, numbered, double-spaced pages are best.

  • Please title your piece.

  • We accept .doc and .docx file formats. If those formats are not accessible to you, we will accept pdf.

  • Due to the personal nature of creative nonfiction, use discretion about using the names of real people in your work.

  • If your work contains sensitive material, please include content warnings as necessary. We reserve the right to add or modify content warnings as part of our editing process.

Art
Please submit up to three pieces of black and white art. 

We're looking for interesting, original work like we've never seen before, art that makes us feel things, art that compels us, art that experiments with and tests the boundaries of art itself. Give us all you've got!
  • Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your submission or in the file name to help us comply with our anonymous submission process. (If you've signed your art, that's fine.)

  • No cover letters, please. You’ll have the chance to write a couple sentences about yourself when you submit.

  • Previously published work is a-okay, as are simultaneous submissions. Just let us know where a piece has been published before, and we’ll be sure to credit it.

  • Please title all your pieces.

  • Must be 4.5'' x 7'' to fit our specs.

  • We accept PDF, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, and SVG file formats. If none of those work for you, shoot us an email. Send us your art in its highest quality possible (300 dpi or above).

  • If your work contains sensitive material, please include content warnings as necessary. We reserve the right to add or modify content warnings as part of our editing process.