Please use Submittable to send us your submissions. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, below are our general guidelines. We also have several “special issues” planned and have outlined a specific call for submissions for these issues.
We seek exciting stories that our readers will speed through. Our main goal is always to entice our readers to pick up the next issue of SERIAL. We accept all genres, however we specialize in genre fiction like action-adventure, science-fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, thriller, romance, and westerns. While “exciting”, “entertaining,” and “fun” are the main qualifications for a SERIAL story, we also appreciate stories that manage to communicate a positive message as well. We want stories that make readers feel good…even if they’re a little dramatic, crazy or suspenseful.
The reading level for your story can be whatever you see fit, however the content of your story must be suitable for young adult audiences. We will not accept submissions that have explicit sex scenes or use known racial or LGBTQIA+ slurs. If your sci-fi or fantasy story is an allegory for issues surrounding these minority groups though and you’ve made up your own unique slurs, then send it in and we’ll see if it’s a good fit!
If your submitted work has been published before, please let us know where. We accept previously published work, however we want to make sure that we’re truly helping you gain more exposure. SERIAL stories are published under a non-exclusive publishing agreement. We do not require copyright transfer, exclusivity, or first rights. Because of this, we accept simultaneous submissions.
We also accept stories on a rolling basis. It is better to submit as early as possible because it may take quite some time for us to read and publish your story.
We accept short stories that are 500-10,000 words.
Novellas, Novels, Serialized Fiction
We publish serialized fiction. The word count for each installment or chapter of fiction must be 7,500 - 10,000 words. There’s some wiggle room there, but that’s what you should be aiming towards. In order to be accepted, we require that you submit two installments of the story and an outline of the remaining story with an estimate of how many installments remain. We ask that serial fiction writers commit to publishing at least one installment a month. We also ask that writers keep in mind that each installment should end on a mild to extreme cliffhanger.
Please double space your submission. We receive quite a few submissions and our readers find double spacing to be easier on the eyes.
Please include an e-mail address in the Word file that you send us. We don’t archive all of our e-mail correspondence, but we do file all submissions in case we decide we want to publish it at a later date. We’ll need a way to reach you!
Genre Specific Guidelines
Below are a couple notes to keep in mind for specific genres.
Serial Mystery, Horror, AND Thriller
For these genres in particular, please make your outline extremely thorough. Include every red herring, scare, and twist you plan. The more, the better. We want to know exactly how you’re going to keep the suspense going.
It’s said that romance can’t be romance without a Happily Ever After ending, but we’re totally okay with you blowing that idea up. We love unexpected endings, romances that dip into melodrama, or even romances that completely switch genres midway through. Romance-horror anyone? Traditional romances will be accepted too of course, but if you want to have fun with the genre, you are welcome here.
Illustrations and Comics
We also accept black and white illustrations and comics that fit within our genres. We have a preference for the aesthetic of vintage pulp fiction magazines.
What to Expect
Once you’ve completed your submission, here’s what you can expect.