The only way to submit work to The Fabulist is through the online submissions form.
The Fabulist is currently closed to submissions.
Submitting work to The Fabulist
What we’re looking for
The Fabulist publishes fiction (3,000 words or less), poetry and visual art that in some way uses elements of the fantastic.
Our interests include science fiction, fantasy and genre of all sorts; folklore, myth and fairy-stories; magic realism, dream-narratives, etc.; and diverse recombinations of the foregoing.
• Don’t feel constrained if your work doesn’t land neatly in any given category — we’re interested in a wide range of storytelling styles.
• Our primary focus is on great storytelling and outstanding narrative.
• We value fascinating and compelling characters, places, things and phenomena, and revelatory or transformative emotional and experiential story arcs.
• Whether the narrative arcs are clearly and/or neatly resolved is less important than the quality of the telling.
The Fabulist only accepts work for consideration during periodic open calls; sign up for our email newsletter and follow our social feeds to get the latest open-call announcements.
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• Zombies, zombie apocalypse
• Teenage vampirism/lycanthropy + romance
• Virtual-reality visitations with the beloved deceased
• “Another Friday Night at the Elftown Police Station”
• Sublimated (or overt) misogyny/racism/bigotry played out in wretched attempts at literary sophistry
• “And then she/he/they woke up” (which includes not just it-was-all-a-dream but also we’re-all-living-in-a-giant-simulation)
Publishing Details & Terms
We regret that at this time The Fabulist is not a paying market, and is produced and published entirely by volunteers. We do not run ads or offer subscriptions, and have no revenue stream at this time.
• The Fabulist requests first serial rights for 6 (six) months, non-exclusive electronic archival rights on our website in perpetuity, and an option on anthology and print rights. Authors and artists are otherwise the exclusive owners of their work.
• In the event that any future ebook and print publications generate revenue, proceeds will be shared 50/50 between the author and The Fabulist.
Evaluation process & response time
Stories are reviewed by committee through several evaluation phases that last from three weeks to six months or more.
• The Fabulist has historically accepted three percent (3%) of the works submitted.
• We recognize that as a volunteer-run publication, our response time has been slow, sometimes extraordinarily so. If you have submitted using Submittable or our previous Green Submissions system, and haven’t received a decision — please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an inquiry.