Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Earn $450 for Fantasy Short Stories
Beneath Ceaseless Skies is seeking original submissions of adventure fantasy short stories. The editors prefer fictional stories set in a secondary-world setting with a classic fantasy feel.
Stories should be set on Earth, but one that is different to our world, such as set in an alternate history, or a ‘weird west’ setting, or using steampunk technology, or sorcery or magic as technology.
Ideally, the inhabitants of the secondary-world setting should have developed their own unique culture. However, the plot should be strongly character-focused.
Maximum word count for submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words.
Payment is 6 cents US per word, so a 7,500 word story should earn $450.
The editors do not accept multiple submissions, preferring authors wait until they have a response on the first submission before sending another. They will allow simultaneous submissions, but only if they are notified that the piece has been submitted elsewhere as well.
The average response times for submissions are between 2 and 4 weeks. If you haven’t heard from the editors in that time, please feel free to send a query.
Please take the time to read the writer’s guidelines carefully before submitting any short stories. Details for formatting and submitting short stories are listed clearly, along with the editor’s story preferences and dislikes.
You can view the full writer’s guidelines here: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/
It’s also advised to read previous issues of the magazine to get a feel for what tone and style the editors prefer. You can download previous issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies here: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/issues/