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Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary.
We want it all. Send us your strange, misshapen stories.
Please see our Submissions page for all details.

We will be closing the magazine at the end of 2024. You can read our statement here.
Thank you for the past 7 years of amazing stories, poems, essays, and community!

SHORT FICTION

We are currently CLOSED

We are currently closed to short, speculative fiction between 1k – 5k words but will reopen between August 15-31 for stories based on the theme HARBINGER 

Cover art by Annalise Jensen

POETRY

We are currently CLOSED

We are currently closed to short, speculative poetry but will reopen between August 15-31 for stories based on the theme HARBINGER

Cover art by Annalise Jensen

FLASH FICTION

Currently CLOSED

Open monthly between the 1st-14th to previously unpublished fiction under 1k words based on the monthly prompt.

Our 2024 Flash Fiction Contest theme are all about food! Reminder that all stories MUST be speculative fiction too!

This year, flash is a celebration of all the recipes and meals that shape your worlds, your communities, and your lives. We want rich, unique flavors, vivid stories, and adventurous tastes

June: Family Binding Feasts, inspired by what is traditionally seen as “wedding season” in North America, and the ever changing face of commitment and union

For tips on what we’re looking for in flash, check out this blog by Flash Editor Marie

Countdown to next Quarterly Open Submission Period - August 15-31 for Issue 28 - HARBINGER

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CURRENT ISSUE: ISSUE 26 - MERCURIAL

EDITORIAL

Mercurial Editorial – Jordan Kurella

SHORT FICTION

In the Loams of Hope by Jorja Osha

The Other Sky by Heather Child

Darnsworth Products by RSL

The Sun Never Sets in Our Country by Abhishek Sengupta

POEMS

Hoppers, the Wisest Frog in Space by Seth Wade

silksong::onechild by Marina Cooper

A Record of My Emperor After the Elixir of Life by Arda Mori

Anticaprice / Chemical Engineering Mage by Bogi Takács

fox games by Emily Y. Teng

ESSAYS

Mercurial As Your Skin by Moriam E. Kuye

Banner and Issue 25 Cover art by Annalise Jensen

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