Submissions Policies

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Current open calls

There are no open calls at this time. See below for general submissions policies.

General Submissions Policies

• Submissions are only accepted through Submittable during open calls, or by invitation of the editors.
• Do not email submission; you will not receive a response.

Evaluation process & response time

Submissions are reviewed by committee through several evaluation phases that last from three weeks to six months or more.

If you have submitted using Submittable or, previously, Green Submissions, and haven’t received a decision after six months (or more), feel free to send a letter to the editors for a status check.

Rights, fees & publishing details

We never charge reading fees. We regret that The Fabulist is not at this time a paying market.

The Fabulist requests first serial rights for 6 (six) months, non-exclusive electronic archival rights on our website in perpetuity, and an option on anthology and print rights. Authors, poets and artists are otherwise the exclusive owners of their work.

Net proceeds from any future ebook and/or print publications by The Fabulist will be shared 50/50 between the author and The Fabulist, or pro-rated for anthologies with other creators.

Simultaneous Submissions

Sure, that’s fine, but please let us know promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere.


The Fabulist accepts submissions of poetry, short fiction, visual art, and nonfiction (reviews, essays, articles, interviews), by invitation only or during periodic open calls.


Poetry submissions are at this time by invitation only.

Short Fiction

The Fabulist typically seeks short (up to 3,000 words) works of fantastical and genre fiction. We don’t get nearly enough science fiction, plus pure fantasy and horror. Crime, mystery, romance, thrillers, sea adventure, Gothic, etc., are also welcome, so long as it’s anchored by some element of the fantastic. We do get lots of dreamy, magic-realist, mythic and folkloric stories, and publish the best of ’em. 

We value:

• Great writing (attention to sentence construction, an awareness of the poetry inherent in prose)
• Coherent (though not necessarily tidy) plots in which people, places and situations progress through meaningful transitions large and small
• Fascinating and compelling characters, places, things and phenomena
• Revelations of the self and the world we live in
• Sensitivity and alertness to the significant issues of our times
• Escapism

Visual Art

The Fabulist publishes art with a fantastical inclination, and welcomes flavors of the absurd, surreal, magic realist, and strange/bizarre. Artworks can invoke dreams, fantasy and science fiction, myth, folklore/fairy-stories, and comics; and can explore symbolism, human nature, identity, horror, mystery and the unknown/unknowable. Regardless of the foregoing, some fantastical element is what makes the difference.


• Reprints
• Sublimated (or overt) misogyny/racism/bigotry played out in wretched attempts at literary or artistic sophistication


• Zombies, zombie apocalypse
• Teenage vampirism/lycanthropy + romance
• Splatter/gore/brutality
• Virtual-reality visitations with the beloved deceased
• “Another Friday Night at the Elftown Police Station”
• “And then she/he/they woke up” (which includes not just it-was-all-a-dream but also we’re-all-living-in-a-giant-simulation)