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Apparition Literary Magazine

Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative fiction that meet our quarterly theme. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. We want it all. Send us your strange, misshapen stories.

We’re increasing our 2019 pay rate for short stories to $0.03 per word and poetry to $15 flat rate. We had incredible contributions from donors and subscribers and we thank you for your support in 2018, into 2019, and beyond. Thank you to every who donated time, money, or just read one of our stories. 

Issue 5: Resistance is now available for purchase!

We are currently CLOSED for poetry and short story (1,000 – 5,000 words) submissions. We will open again February 15-28 for Issue 6: Ambition, which will publish in April 2019.

We are now CLOSED for our monthly flash fiction contest for pieces under 1k words. The winning story for the January challenge, The Bechdel-Wallace Test, will be posted on January 23rd. We will be open again February 1-15, for the February challenge,  The Mako Mori Test, which requires that there must be 1) at least one female character, 2) who gets her own narrative arc, 3) that isn’t about supporting a man’s story. If you’d like to get all the info on our 2019 flash contest challenges, check out this blog post for an in-depth explanation.

Before you submit your work, please check out our submission guidelines for all the details.

Our 2018 issues, Issue 1: Apparition,  Issue 2: Delusion, Issue 3: Vision, and Issue 4: Diversion are also available for purchase

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Banner and Issue 5 Cover art by Crystal Lipsey

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