Fiction and essay submissions are closed for the summer. We'll reopen in October 2017. Comic submissions remain open.


We’re looking for previously unpublished short stories, comics, and non-fiction. We lean toward the speculative, but some of our favorite writers and artists tell realistic stories grounded in strange, fantastical, or science-fictional sensibilities. We read submissions on a rolling basis, and we strongly encourage work from women, people of color, and LGBTQ authors and artists.

We pay $30 per accepted work and buy first English publication rights. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you send only one piece at a time, and restrict submissions to one per month. Your work may be published in the print and ebook editions, online, and via podcast.

We accept submissions only through our online submission system. Brief cover letters are appreciated but not required — let us know the length of the submission as well as any past publications or basic biographical details you'd like to share.

We're a small team, so our response time currently averages to about six months. We aim to respond much more quickly, but if you haven’t heard back from us in over six months, feel free to query here.

Fiction

We’re interested in human connections and unseen worlds. We like quiet relationship stories and adventures, formally traditional narratives and weird experiments, journeys and surprising futures.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 9,000 words. Please submit .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt files in Standard Manuscript Format.

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Comics

Submissions should be standalone comics between about one and ten pages. Speculative sensibilities are a plus. We welcome fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and experimental comics in any and all art styles. Please submit files in .jpg, .png, or .tif format.

Our print edition will be black and white (at least for now), but we'll publish full-color comics online. As a general rule, we will work with you to accommodate accepted work in print. For reference, our printed page dimensions will be 6.75 by 8.5 inches.

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Essays

We’re open to a wide variety of non-fiction, from memoir to literary or pop culture criticism. Broad areas of interest include ecology, social justice, and personal experience related to comics and science fiction. Wordcounts should typically run between 500 and 9,000 words, though that’s flexible at both ends. Submissions should be .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt files.

If you’re unsure about an idea, you’re welcome to pitch us here — this is an especially good idea for reviews or other pieces about newer books.

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If you decide you'd like to submit something to Middle Planet, thanks for trusting us with your work.