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.

2016 Submission Deadlines Winter Issue: January 22nd, Spring Issue: April 15th, Summer Issue: July 15th, Fall Issue: October 15th

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 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 with the following in the subject line:
    • The words “ART SUBMISSION”
    • TITLE
  • In the body of each submission, you must also include your:
    • NAME
    • AGE
    • 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.
We’re not prude, but we have limits.
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.
Currently, Quantum Fairy Tales is an all volunteer, all-donation operation. The only compensation we offer is “publication” kudos. We realize this makes many writers hesitate. And it should. However, there’s no subscription fee to QFT and we don’t even run ads. So none of us are making money on anything you created. However, we will also provide personal, written comments about your submission. So, if nothing else, you can get a fair, disinterested response from good readers. These comments are designed to help you improve your work in general. When and if we move to a model that makes money, we will begin monetary compensation to submitters.
OK, the most important thing to know here is that you retain copyright and ownership of anything you send us. The only thing we get is rights to put it on our web site with credit to you.”Rights to put it on our web site” implies a couple things we want to make explicit. It means we are allowed to make copies of your submission, but only for the purposes of the editorial process and presentation on the QFT web site and in downloadable compilation PDFs. It also means we are allowed to use short excerpts to advertise Quantum Fairy Tales, either on or on advertisements in other venues or in other media. These rights are perpetual, and accepting our offer to publish your work means you agree to these conditions.On the other hand, it specifically excludes other things. We are not allowed to sell your work to other web sites, magazines, other publications, or even our own readers. If QFT ever moves to any model that requires payment, any work you provided to us for free must always remain free (at least from us).It also means you own your story. You have every right to do anything you want to it, and we would encourage you to shop it around to magazines and publishers. Be aware, however, that many magazines like to purchase what is known as “first North American serial rights” (or first serial rights in other regions). First serial rights means they are the first to publish your story in a magazine in the specified region. Many, if not most, such magazines will probably consider Quantum Fairy Tales to be a publication, meaning they won’t be “first.” Accepting an offer to publish your visual art means you agree to let us crop or resize your image as needed in addition to the rights mentioned above.

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