Submissions Guidelines

We welcome previously unpublished work (‘published’ includes work posted on Patreon or on a blog) in English or Spanish from all writers, and we are especially interested in seeing work from people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, members of religious minorities, and people outside the United States. We strongly encourage submissions from people of those backgrounds, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded.

Below you will find our submissions dates and guidelines for:

If you have any questions about how to submit please email us at: [email protected].

Accessibility

We use a simple form to gather submissions, but we understand that this is not universally accessible to disabled people. If you have questions related to accessibility, please email us at [email protected] with the subject line: ‘Accessibility Query.’ Accessibility Queries should only contain a request to submit by alternate means, and not be a submission.

Any submissions sent via email will be deleted unread.


Short Stories

Fireside is currently closed to submissions for short stories. We don’t have upcoming dates to announce just yet, but when we open again, there will be a link to our submissions form here.

Please submit:

  • Stories in English or Spanish
  • Stories that have never been published before (translations are okay!).
  • Short stories up to 2,500 words.
  • Stories of any genre with a strong beginning/middle/end plot arc.
  • Submissions from anywhere in the world, from all kinds of voices.
  • Double spaced Doc, Docx, or RTF files set in a 14 point serif font like Times New Roman.
  • Cover letters are optional, but they are great places to tell us about your connection the material, personal background or identity, and to include content warnings if your story deals with difficult subject matter.
  • Only one story — no multiple submissions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay for stories, but we ask that you please withdraw immediately if you take another offer.

Please don’t send us:

  • Stories that promote fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc.
  • Stories longer than 2,500 words (please don’t email to ask if you’re the special exception — you’re not).
  • PDF files
  • Stories attached to or pasted into the body of an email. Submissions sent via email will be deleted unread.
  • Stories that use intellectual property that is under copyright (we like reading fan fiction, but we don’t publish it).

What to expect from us:

  • Fireside acquires first-world English and/or Spanish language rights in print, digital, and audio formats. Please see our Story Contract Boilerplate for the full text of our contract.
  • First responses (either a rejection or a second round notice) within one month of the end of our reading period.
  • Payment of 12.5 cents per word
Currently Closed

Poetry

Fireside is currently closed to submissions for poetry. We don’t have upcoming dates to announce just yet, but when we open again, there will be a link to our submissions form here.

Please Submit:

  • Poems up to 100 lines, of any genre, and of any form (free verse or formal verse are both fine!).
  • Up to three poems at a time, all in one document. We do not accept multiple document submissions.
  • The poetry only you can write, that comes from your perspective and heart. We are especially interested in poems that complement and challenge the issues and themes Fireside tends to engage with. For more on that, see our Values page.
  • Doc, Docx, or RTF files. Poetry can be formatted in whatever way feels best to you. We don’t require double spacing for this kind of submission.
  • For poetry only, PDF files are also acceptable.
  • Poems that have never been published in English before (translations are okay!).
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay for poems, but we ask that you please withdraw immediately if you take another offer.

Please don’t send us:

  • Poems that promote fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc.
  • Poems attached to or pasted into the body of an email. Submissions sent via email will be deleted unread.

What to expect from us:

  • Fireside acquires first-world English and/or Spanish language rights in print, digital, and audio formats.
  • Responses within 30 days of the end of our submissions period.
  • Payment of $100 per poem.
Currently Closed

Non-Fiction

Fireside is currently closed to submissions for nonfiction. We don’t have upcoming dates to announce just yet, but when we open again, there will be a link to our submissions form here.

Please submit:

  • Pitches of no more than 300 words in English or Spanish, for essays of around 1,000 words, directly into the form field provided.
  • Submissions from anywhere in the world, from all kinds of voices, in Spanish or English
  • Cover letters are optional, but they are great places to tell us about your connection the material, personal background or identity, and to include content warnings if your story deals with difficult subject matter.

Please don’t send us:

  • Essays that promote fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc.
  • Submissions attached to or pasted into the body of an email. Submissions sent via email will be deleted unread.

What to expect from us:

  • Fireside acquires first-world English and/or Spanish language rights in print, digital, and audio formats. Please see our Nonfiction Contract Boilerplate for the full text of our contract.
  • First responses (either a rejection or a second round notice) within one month of the end of our reading period.
  • Payment of $125.00 per essay
Currently Closed

Novels and Novellas

Fireside is currently closed to submissions for novels and novellas. We don’t have upcoming dates to announce, but when we open again, there will be a link to our submissions form here.

Please submit:

  • Your completed novel or novella (20,000-120,000 words). We are open to any genre as long as the story transports us.
  • Work that has never been published in the English language before (translations are okay!)
  • A query letter with the title, genre, length, a short pitch of the concept, and a short bio.
  • A synopsis, up to 2,000 words (but shorter is definitely okay!) consisting of a detailed outline of your story, including any major plot twists and the ending.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay for novels and novellas, but we ask that you please withdraw immediately if you take another offer.

Please don’t send us:

  • Work that promotes fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc.
  • Novels longer than 120,000 words.
  • PDF files.
  • Submissions attached to or pasted into the body of an email. Submissions sent via email will be deleted unread.
  • Work that uses intellectual property that is under copyright (we don’t want to get sued).

What to expect from us:

  • While we don’t pay advances, Fireside offers royalties on sales of all books, so our authors start seeing money from their work as soon as it’s published. We negotiate rights purchased and compensation on a case by case basis, so we don’t have one standard boilerplate novel and novella contract, but we are committed to treating creators fairly.
  • Responses within 2 months of the end of our submissions period.
Currently Closed

Artwork

Fireside commissions original artwork for specific stories. If you send us a link to your portfolio using this form, we will be happy to add it to our roster, and if a story comes up for which we think you’d be a good fit, we’ll be in touch.

What to expect from us:

  • Fireside acquires worldwide rights in print and digital formats, and ownership of all original art remains with the Artist. Please see our Illustration Contract Boilerplate for the full text of our contract.