Submission Guidelines


The Abacot Journal is on hiatus after its 7th issue in July, and is not accepting submissions beyond June 10th, 2009. Any submissions sent after June 10th, 2009, will be returned unread.


Please read the entire guidelines before submitting!

The Abacot Journal accepts submissions of prose only. We do not accept poetry or artwork.

Send us your best unpublished strange stories under 2,000 words. We are looking for great magic realism, urban fantasy, and fabulist fiction, along the lines of the short stories of Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, or Joe Hill. If you’ve never read any of these authors, please check them out before you submit. Please send us complete stories, with at least one fantastical element or theme, and a traditional beginning, middle, and end. Bizarre is good, funny is good, dark is good, whimsy is just plain wonderful. We are also open to slipstream, contemporary fantasy, bizarro, dark fairy tales, and anything else that defies genre. Sci-fi and horror tendencies are acceptable, but shouldn’t be the primary theme of the story.

We don’t accept fanfic, unedited first drafts, or stories with extreme sex/violence.

Submit as many stories to us at one time as you like, but please don’t include us on your simultaneous submission list. It’s hard to wait to hear back from one editor at a time on a story, but breaking this rule with us just leads to heartbreak.

The Abacot Journal claims First Electronic Serial Rights for accepted stories, which means we publish the story first and are the only one publishing it for the time the issue is current on the website, around three months. After that, authors are free to submit the story wherever they wish, as long as they cite The Abacot Journal as the first publication. The Abacot Journal is currently a non-paying market, but we hope to change that in the future.

Stories should be sent as a Word-friendly attachment to:

Put the word “Submission” in the subject line, followed by a dash and then your last name. In the email, please include the word count, a short third-person bio with a list of any past publications, and an email address where you can be contacted.

The Abacot Journal is published quarterly, in January, April, July, and October. The deadline for our seventh issue is June 10th, 2009, and writers will hear back by June 21st, 2009.

Published on September 16, 2007 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

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