Quantum Fairy Tales is a nonprofit, all-volunteer, all-donation, quarterly e-zine showcasing art and literature with elements of science fiction, fantasy, and the supernatural, with weekly website articles and author/artist highlights.
The best part about QFT is that real, live gnomies reply with feedback to every submission. By submitting to us, you agree that you have read, understand and agree to the following guidelines.
Special Requests from the Gnomies
- SpecFic Poetry, Poetry, Poetry! We don’t want to read about your breakup, unless it was with an actual goblin, or a necromancer. Now that would be cool.
- We’re looking for generic illustrations to use throughout the web site. We’re also looking for people willing to donate visual art to go with specific stories.
- We really like comics. Either as a single row, a single image, or a multipage format. Refer to Visual Arts guidelines for how to get us to consider a comic
- Want to write a column? Give us some samples using the applicable guidelines for prose fiction.
- Want to write a non-fiction article, interview, book review, or exegesis? If it’s pertinent to the interests of speculative fiction fans, we’ll consider it. Use the applicable guidelines for prose fiction.
If you would like us to consider your work and send feedback, you MUST follow these submission guidelines. Any submissions that do not comply with the following steps will be thrown to the dragons for dinner.
- Your writing & art work must fall in the category of SPECULATIVE FICTION for us to consider it, that is, it must contain elements of science fiction, fantasy or the supernatural.
- Keep it (sorta) clean, there are kids of all ages reading our publication. Think PG13.
- Include a brief professional bio. If your story is published, this bio will be included.
- We do accept reprints.
- We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
- We reserve the right to edit as we see fit.
Prose & Poetry
- Please send all written submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the TITLE, TYPE of submission, and WORD COUNT in the subject line.
(e.g. Beats of Wrath – Poetry – 500 words)
- You must include your NAME, VALID EMAIL ADDRESS, and AGE in the body of each submission – Why do we ask for your age? Because we feature all ages and we want to provide appropriate feedback. We will not publish your age unless you are under 18 years old. We will take your botox secrets to our grave. We no longer accept snail mail submissions. Sorry. If this upsets you, please contact us and we’ll send you a time machine.
- Prose fiction submissions should be 7,000 words or less.
Poetry submissions should be 50 lines or less.
Visual Art Guidelines
- Please send all visual art submissions to email@example.com with the following in the subject line:
- The words “ART SUBMISSION”
- In the body of each submission, you must also include your:
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- SUBMISSION IMAGE: As an attachment. Longest side not to exceed 1000 pixels, at 72 dpi. .JPG or .GIF format only. Please put your name or website ON your image.
- Images using content from other creators must have permission from and credit the original owner–this includes photos used in backgrounds.
We reply to EVERY EMAIL. Here at QFT our mission is to help writers and artists like ourselves improve their work and share it with the world. We respond with feedback to every submission. If you do not hear from us within three months of submitting, please resubmit or send us a gentle nudge. Sometimes emails fall through the cracks of our shack in the woods and the trolls get them before we can.
Please note that you own your work. We do not take any possession of your work.
In the words of every Unix programmer ever, RTFM. Everyone who wants us to consider something should read the General Guidelines, Compensation, and Rights sections. They should also read the other sections applicable to their submission’s content. Yeah, I know, TL;DR. But this information is designed to help you, so please pay attention.We keep a dragon at the center of a black hole to dispose of submissions from people who clearly haven’t read all the applicable material. Given a chance, we’ll throw the submitter in there, too.
- Speculative fiction is the broad super-category that is often called Science Fiction and Fantasy.
- It also includes superheroes and supernatural stories.
- To extrapolate, here’s a partial list of sub-genres that we will consider: hard science fiction, space opera, military science fiction, high fantasy, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, horror, ghost stories, steampunk, cyberpunk, alternate history, paranormal romance, zombie invasion, and Lovecraftian. This list isn’t meant to be definitive or complete.
- On the other hand, we’re not interested in any work that doesn’t have at least some element of speculative fiction in it.
Excessive gore, violence, sexuality, or language puts us off a little. More importantly, such content obligates us to put up content warnings and limit our audience. As a general guideline, think PG-13 (in the United States) or 12A (United Kingdom). If those codes don’t mean anything to you, there are equivalent movie ratings in most countries.