BROADSWORDS AND BLASTERS is looking for quality submissions in the pulp magazine tradition. What does that mean?
- Sword and sorcery
- Westerns (Weird or otherwise)
- Horror (Cosmic, Southern Gothic, visceral, and psychological)
- Detective tales
- Two-fisted action
- Retro science fiction
Despite having great action, detailed settings, and iconic characters, much of old-school pulp is unfortunately emblematic of limited cultural ideals that we have no interest in propagating. As such, we encourage diverse characters and welcome stories that subvert the standard pulp formula.
We prefer clear descriptions. While we appreciate poetic prose, the reader has to be able to understand what is happening.
Word count: Submissions must be between 2,000 to 5,000 words. Anything outside these limits will be rejected.
Please submit stories in either .rtf, .doc, or .docx. Please use standard submission format. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html.
We do not accept reprints.We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit only one story at a time.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please tell us in the body of the email that you are submitting to more than one publication. If the story is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible.
Payment and terms
We pay a flat $15.00 per story upon publication. All payments will be made through paypal.
How to Submit
- Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Use the subject line Submission: (the title of your story)
- Include a short cover letter in the body of your email. Mention the title of your story.
The cover letter should also include a short biography (100 words or less).
Don’t forget to mention any social media accounts (Facebook, twitter, etc) you would like to have included with your bio.4.
Our goal is to reply within 2-4 weeks of submission. If you haven’t heard from us after 30 days, please send a query to email@example.com. Please include the title of the story you are querying about.