Submitting to Fireside

Current Submissions Status

Fireside is currently closed to submissions. During open submissions periods, there will be information on this page about how long we’re open for and what the current guest editor is looking for from submissions. There will also be a form available on this page for you to use to submit your work. Our submissions guidelines are available to read below at all times.

We have no upcoming submissions dates to announce at this time, but you can expect an announcement about the next submissions period soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to be the first to find out about future submissions dates.

Prior Submissions Periods

If you submitted your work in July 2021 under guest editor Hal Y. Zhang, first-round responses were sent out on August 30, 2021, and final responses to higher-round considerations were sent on September 20, 2021.

If you submitted your work in September 2021 under guest editor L. M. Davis, first-round responses were sent out on October 17, 2021, and you can expect final responses to higher-round considerations in early December 2021. If there are any significant delays to this schedule, we’ll make an announcement and update this page.

All submissions from prior to July 2021 were sent final responses. If you should have received a response but did not, feel free to inquire by emailing us at [email protected] so we can look into it.


General Guidelines

Fireside opens for submissions approximately every three months and operates on a guest editor model, where each submissions period is under a new guest editor. What each guest editor is looking for may vary in both form (short fiction only, or short fiction and poetry) and content (such as a specific theme, in which case we’ll provide a brief). We welcome previously unpublished work (where “published” includes work posted on Patreon or on a blog) in English from all writers anywhere in the world. We are 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.

If you have any questions about how to submit, please email us at: [email protected]. (Any submissions sent via email will be deleted unread.)

Accessibility

We use an online form to gather submissions, but we understand that this may not be 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 should not include a submission.

Any submissions sent via email will be deleted unread.


Short Stories

When we are open for short story submissions, we accept stories up to 3,000 words. Our budget allows us to pay for up to 7,000 words per monthly issue of Fireside Magazine, which means we are always going to buy more shorter fiction than longer stories.

Please submit:

  • Stories in English.
  • Stories that have never been published before.
  • Short stories up to 3,000 words.
  • Stories of any genre.
  • Submissions from anywhere in the world, from all kinds of voices.
  • One Docx file set in a comfortably sized, legible font.
  • Cover letters are optional, but they are great places to tell us about your connection to the material, personal background, or identity, and to include content notes if your story deals with difficult subject matter.
  • Only one story per author — no multiple submissions. (But it is fine to resubmit a story you’ve submitted to us previously; just because it wasn’t right for a previous guest editor doesn’t mean it won’t be right for another one. If a particular submissions period includes poetry, which isn’t always the case, then it’s also fine to submit both a short story and a poem, as long as it’s still only one of each.)
  • Sending your story to other venues (simultaneous submissions) is okay, but we ask that you please withdraw immediately if you take another offer by emailing [email protected].

Please don’t send us:

  • Stories that promote fascism, racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, etc.
  • Stories longer than 3,000 words. (Please don’t email to ask if you’re the special exception — you’re not.)
  • PDF files.
  • Submissions via email. Emailed submissions will be deleted unread. Please use the submissions form that will be available on this page when submissions are open.
  • Stories that use intellectual property that is under copyright. (We enjoy fanfic, but we don’t publish it.)

What to expect from us:

  • Fireside acquires English language rights in print and digital 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 approximately 30 days from the end of the submissions period, and a final decision on second-round holds approximately 60 days after that. If there’s any major delay to this timing, we’ll let you know.
  • Payment of USD 12.5 cents per word for accepted stories.

Poetry

When we are open for poetry submissions, we do not cap poem word counts, but other guidelines still apply.

Please submit:

  • Poems in English.
  • Poems that have never been published before.
  • Poems of any genre.
  • Submissions from anywhere in the world, from all kinds of voices.
  • One Docx file set in a comfortably sized, legible font.
  • Cover letters are optional, but they are great places to tell us about your connection to the material, personal background, or identity, and to include content warnings if your story deals with difficult subject matter.
  • Only one poem per author — no multiple submissions. (But it is fine to resubmit a poem you’ve submitted to us previously; just because it wasn’t right for a previous guest editor doesn’t mean it won’t be right for another one. It’s also fine to submit both a short story and a poem, as long as it’s still only one of each.)
  • Sending your poem to other venues (simultaneous submissions) is okay, but we ask that you please withdraw immediately if you take another offer by emailing [email protected].

Please don’t send us:

  • Poems that promote fascism, racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, etc.
  • PDF files.
  • Submissions via email. Emailed submissions will be deleted unread. Please use the submissions form that will be available on this page when submissions are open.
  • Stories that use intellectual property that is under copyright. (We enjoy fanfic, but we don’t publish it.)

What to expect from us:

  • Fireside acquires English language rights in print and digital formats. Please see our Poem Contract Boilerplate for the full text of our contract.
  • First responses (either a rejection or a second-round notice) within approximately 30 days from the end of the submissions period, and a final decision on second-round holds approximately 60 days after that. If there’s any major delay to this timing, we’ll let you know.
  • Flat payment of USD $100 for accepted poems.

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.

Non-Fiction

Fireside is indefinitely closed to submissions for nonfiction. We do not have any upcoming submission periods for nonfiction at this time.


Novels and Novellas

Fireside is indefinitely closed to submissions for novels and novellas. We do not have any upcoming submission periods for novels or novellas at this time.