Planet Magazine

Submission Guidelines
for Writers and Artists

Writers and Poets:

GENERAL GUIDELINES:
Read a recent issue of Planet Magazine to get a sense of what we want.

Planet Magazine accepts original, unpublished, and complete short science fiction and fantasy stories and poems from any adult writer. Accepted stories will be proofread and minor changes (on the level of punctuation corrections) may be made. For any higher-level changes, a rewrite or an update will be requested.

We reserve the right to reject any story for any reason. Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot always critique rejected stories.

No multiple or simultaneous submissions.

Poems and stories must have SF or fantasy themes.

  • We want hard SF, retro SF, weird SF, sword-and-sorcery, and weird fantasy.
  • We do not want horror stories, fairy tales, magical realism, or science fantasy (with impossible science). Straight fiction and love poems will be rejected without comment, as will stories that have been published in other zines.

We will not publish anything we judge to be pornographic, gory, ultra-violent, perverse, or in violation (as far as we are able to tell) of any copyrights. For example, any story containing Klingons, Jedi, Fox Mulder, or Dr. Who, to name a few, will be immediately rejected -- even though they are all a bunch of great guys, once you get to know them.

FORMAT OF SUBMISSIONS:
Send submissions as plain, unformatted text-only files (either as an e-mail attachment or, if it fits, in the body of an e-mail message) to editor@planetmag.com. Two submissions max at a time, please. Put the name of the story or poem into the Subject line of the e-mail.

INFORMATION TO INCLUDE:
We need your first and last name, the title(s) of your work(s), a brief bio (preferably lighthearted) with any Web links, and a working e-mail address. Keep in mind that if we publish your work, we will use this info for your author's bio.

PAY:
None. Since Planet is free and carries no advertising, we can't pay anything except the spirit-sustaining currency of free publicity and the life-enhancing good vibes you get from being in good company. No one on the staff of Planet, including the editor, receives any compensation for producing Planet Magazine. Many writers have started with Planet Magazine and gone on to paid markets and book publishing.

Artists:

NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS:
No more than two images per story (to keep page-loading times to a minimum), or per blind submission. We reserve the right to reject submissions for any reason. Sometimes we use previously created artwork if it fits well with a story, but we always prefer to assign stories to be illustrated.

INFORMATION TO INCLUDE:
Please include your name, the title(s) of your artwork(s), a brief bio (preferably lighthearted) with any Web links, and a working e-mail address. Keep in mind that if we publish your work, we will use this info for your artist's bio.

FILE FORMATS:
Art should be Web-ready and submitted in JPEG or GIF formats. JPEG set at high resolution is preferred.

SUBMISSION DIMENSIONS:
Minimum 400 pixels wide. Maximum 1024 pixels wide.
Minimum 300 pixels tall. Maximum 768 pixels tall.

IF WE ACCEPT YOUR ARTWORK:
Planet Mag will present your work in one or two ways:

1) Planet will present a cropped and/or scaled version that will be immediately visible to the user when they go to the story page, and/or

2) The image itself will be hyperlinked to the full-size, original image. The full-size, original image will, as much as possible, be kept intact. For server space considerations, we may have to scale it such that the full image doesn't exceed 600 pixels wide or doesn't exceed 400 pixels tall.

Note: We may be forced to reduce the image resolution for both versions so that the images will load in a timely manner.

ARTIST'S RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL
If there are any differences over presentation, we will attempt to resolve them to the satisfaction of both the artist and Planet Magazine. We want to present both the author's story and the artist's work in the best possible light, but without taxing the format of Planet Magazine or burdening the readers (or their Internet connections).

PAY:
None. Since Planet is free and carries no advertising, we can't pay anything except the spirit-sustaining currency of free publicity and the life-enhancing good vibes you get from being in good company. No one on the staff of Planet, including the editor, receives any compensation for producing Planet Magazine. Some Planet artists have gone on to produce work for mainstream, paying publications.




A NOTE ABOUT COPYRIGHTS:
If Planet Magazine accepts a story, poem, illustration, or other work from you, you are granting us the right to publish it on the Web (keeping in mind that many people print out Planet to read it offline). The copyright otherwise remains with the author, poet, or artist. You should be aware that issues of Planet remain online indefinitely, so you must notify us via e-mail at editor@planetmag.com if you ever want your work removed from an issue of Planet Magazine.

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