Submissions open August 21, 2019 for Issue 05!


Wizards in Space believes that all writers and artists deserve compensation for their work. In line with this belief, all creators with pieces accepted will be paid $40 and retain rights to their work.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

For Wizards in Space’s golden fifth orbit, we’re reflecting on what it means to come full circle: the journeys that propel us toward growth, the endings that loop into beginnings, the reliable chaos of moving from winter to spring to summer to fall. 

We invite you to share your words & art that explore the contrast between light and dark, struggle and triumph, illusion and reality. We want your stories of what it means to pass into shadow and burst out the other side brighter, fiercer, more luminous than before. How do you break free from cycles that are holding you back? What moments leave you gasping for air? In what fires have you been reborn? We want to see your political and your personal, your faith, identity, love and loss, truths and dreams. Even if you are not sure your work fits, we want to hear from you.

All submissions will be judged anonymously. 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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Wizards in Space seeks writers from all backgrounds, and all writers are encouraged to submit. Voices of color, nonbinary genders, the LGBTQ+ community, disabled and neurodivergent writers and artists – we are a safe place for your work. 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! We promise to review every submission with kindness and an open mind.

A note on art: we love to see your work! Our book is printed in black and white on 5” x 7” paper. Comics and lineart have worked best with this format in the past, but don’t let that limit you! We’re looking for art that gives us a window into a story, opens our eyes, or expresses a feeling. Take a look at our website, our twitter, and our instagram to get a feel for the sort of work we love!

Is there anything we’re not looking for?

  • fanfiction

  • extreme profanity

  • explicit sexual content

  • gratuitous violence against marginalized people


GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION

All submissions will be judged anonymously. 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.

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:

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

  • 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.

  • Artists may submit up to four pieces, or a comic or visual story up to four pages in length.

Written Guidelines

  • We accept submissions in DOC, DOCX, and RTF formats.

  • For poetry, up to four poems, one per page

  • For fiction and creative nonfiction, up to 5,000 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 if your piece has yet to be published online or in other publication that you cite Wizards in Space Literary Magazine as its original home, but you should be able to post and repost your beautiful stories and experiences as much as you want.

You may see photos of your printed work in our promotional materials. We may also ask to re-post your work on our website and our social media to showcase the kind of work we love.

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.

Any questions or concerns about our submission process? Feel free to drop us a line.

Good luck, and thank you for trusting us with your words.