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What We Publish

Afterburn SF is home to original short fiction.  We publish SciFi, Horror and Fantasy fiction of under 5,000 words.

We are also interested in original artwork for these genres as well.

In addition, we also publish book, film and podcast reviews to help our readers find great sources of entertainment in both mainstream and not-so-mainstream venues.

We prefer an action element to all of our fiction.  Heart pounding, edge of your seat adventures should be the type of stories you are aiming for.

We want our readers to feel like they just experienced an intense cardio workout but at the same time, just read a GREAT story.  Don’t neglect character or plot just for the sake of action.  

Heroes and anti-heroes alike are welcome.

Science Fiction

Adventures made possible only through technology beyond the reach of modern standards.  It doesn’t have to be FAR beyond current technology but it has to be significant enough to make the reader say, “Wow!” or even “Whoa!”

Imagine what could be possible.  Tell us a story of how your characters interact with the technology around them either to embrace it or thwart it and how they get from point Alpha to point Zulu.

We want our readers to see the future in your story and lose themselves in it while they read.

What do you think is possible?  Tell us THAT story!

 

Horror

Scare the CRAP out of us!  Plain and simple Horror submissions should be adrenaline inducing panic attacks on paper.

This does NOT mean over the top gruesome or gore fests.  The story just needs to induce fear in the reader.  

This might be as simple as the creepy neighbor peering out from an attic window at odd hours of the night or as complex as Cthullu gradually taking over our reality through the nightmares of the criminally insane.

Make the hair on the backs of our necks stand up and you are on the right track.

Fantasy

Did you grow up rolling mult-sided dice and exploring dank, monster infested dungeons in search of meager amounts of treasure locked within booby trapped chests?  At least in your imagination?

We did.  Pen and paper games filled many a weekend.

Those are the experiences we are hoping to share through the fantasy stories we publish.  Tell us a tale of fantastic lands, intriguing characters and adventures to raid a dungeon or escort a prisoner/noble/spy to their ultimate destination.

Set challenges of goblins, orcs, dragons, and uncrossable chasms before us.  

These are the types of stories and themes we want to publish for our readers.

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Reviews

We think that letting our readers know about books, films and podcasts within the genres we publish is one of the best ways to help them find what they will enjoy and what to avoid.

We are looking for reviews of up to fifteen hundred words that summarize and offer recommendations or advisories on books, films, and podcasts.

Published reviews are paid for their contributions.

The Rules

So now that you know what we want here’s a few hard rules for submitting your work.  Your adherence to these rules is appreciated.

  • Your work must be shared as a Google document with Nat@AfterburnSF.com.  This allows us to collaborate with you on the live document and prevents “Lost” emails.
  • Your submission must include the submission information in our summary template <- (this is a link).  Include this information at the begging of your google document followed by your submission.
  • Submissions must be at least 2500 words and no more than 5000 words.
  • No previously published works.  We are only interested in publishing new fiction.
  • Only one submission at a time please. Once your work has been accepted for publication or rejected you are free to submit another.
  • No simultaneous submissions.  If your work is actively submitted in another market please wait until it is no longer being considered before submitting to Afterburn SF.
  • We require exclusive one year online and print publication rights.
  • Works will continue to be published on the site until such time as the author requests their removal, minimum one year from publication date required before author may request removal.
  • Afterburn SF reserves the right to remove any published work from the website for any reason and without notice or consent from the author.
  • Allow thirty days following submission before inquiry on status.

What We Pay

This information is a guideline of our payment ranges.  These are NOT a contract.  Exact payment rates will be explicitly noted in the contract for publication between the author and Afterburn SF.

  • Short Fiction – $25 per published work
  • Reviews – $15 per published work
  • Original Art – $5 per published work

 

 

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Afterburn SF

Afterburn SF is home to original short fiction.  We publish SciFi, Horror and Fantasy fiction of under 5,000 words.

We are also interested in original artwork for these genres as well.

In addition, we also publish book, film and podcast reviews to help our readers find great sources of entertainment in both mainstream and not-so-mainstream venues.

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