Submissions Guidelines


Submissions for issue #4 are now closed.  We will re-open for submissions soon!

webaphone-copyWhat We’re Looking For

  • Previously unpublished short fiction that doesn’t lean heavily on genre tropes.
  • Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain.
  • Speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, glitterlit, analogpunk.

Basically anything that pleases Scummy, our megaphone-toting slime buddy, will be considered for entry into the interstellar archive aboard Scummy’s saucer.

How to Submit

Include submissions as an .RTF or .DOC attachment sent to along with a brief cover letter in the email body. Please attach only your story (no images).

Stories, or collections of flash fiction, should be 1000-7500 words in length, and submitted in standard manuscript format. Use the subject line “Planet Scumm Submission” followed by your story title.

Submit only one short story or flash collection. We will not accept multiple submissions from the same author in one reading period.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, as long as you promptly withdraw a story accepted elsewhere. Submissions that are too long or short will be rejected immediately, as will those that are incorrectly formatted. In addition, submissions covering the topics below aren’t likely to play well with our slush readers.

The No-No List

  • Zombies, vampires, werewolves, pirates, ninjas
  • Cthuloid/Mythos tales
  • Straight horror without a clear speculative element
  • Erotica
  • Fan fiction
  • Sword-and-spell fantasy
  • Steampunk
  • Anthropomorphic animals
  • Stories that end with “It was all a dream” or “Turns out they were in a simulation”

Use With Caution

  • Time travel
  • Political allegory
  • Satire/Comedy
  • Lasers (pew-pew handheld ones, and big blue planet-killers)
  • FTL travel

Schedule, Rights and Payment

Accepted authors are paid minimum payment of $20. Half the profits from the issue will be re-invested in the magazine, the other half are split among all contributors.

Issue #3 will be released January 31, 2017 as an e-book, audiobook and print magazine. Most accepted stories will also be published on our website. For accepted stories, we’re asking for first world English print and electronic publishing rights for six months and non-exclusive rights thereafter.

Authors will receive their first payment within 6 months of their issue’s release date, and an annual residuals check. Contributors will also receive a free digital copy of the issue.