Submissions

What We Are Looking For

Fiction

As most magazines will tell you, the best way to know what we are looking for is to read an issue of our magazine. Of course, as we have yet to publish our first issue, that might be a little tough, short of you inventing a time machine. In light of that, I’ll just say that we are looking for science fiction and fantasy short stories and any genre in-between. Stories should have a dark/strange/twisted slant to them and should be original ideas, or have such a twist to them that they redefine the genre.

We like authors with an original voice. That being said, we like Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Neil Gaiman, A. Lee Martinez, Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker. Movies and tv shows that inspire us include Lost, The Matrix, Fight Club, 3:10 to Yuma, Dark City, Sixth Sense, X-Files, and Super 8.

We currently do not offer payment, though we plan to in the future if all goes well. This is a labor of love, and although we currently do not pay, we expect nothing but your best.

Short stories can range from 500 words to 15,000. We require First Electronic Publishing Rights.

Note: Please keep in mind that most magazines do not like to publish reprints, so if you place your story with us, it limits your ability to place it elsewhere (and thereby limits the pay rate you can receive from it). It is up to you to decide if giving up First Publishing Rights for no payment – aside from exposure – is really what you want to do.

 A month after your story is published, it will be added to our archives and you are free to sell it elsewhere.

Reviews

We are also seeking book, movie, and comic book reviews and news, slanted towards the science fiction and fantasy genres. Word count: 500-3,000 words.

Magic the Gathering

We accept original card reviews, decks, and card strategies (card combos).

Response Time, Formatting, and Other Nit-pickiness

We will try to respond personally and within a month to all serious inquiries. We prefer .doc format for stories, though we can accept OpenOffice formats as well. Simulaltaneous submissions are allowed, but please no multiple submissions.

To submit, you can send your story in .doc format to jamesrobertpayne@yahoo.com or editor@garbledtransmission.com with the subect line: Garbled Transmissions Submission.

About the Author

James Payne was born in Augusta, Georgia and has been writing since the age of 6. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Developer Shed, Inc and Garbled Transmissions. His work has appeared in print and on the web 400+ times and his first book, Beginning Python: Using Python 2.6 and 3.1, was recently published by John Wiley and Sons.