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For fiction we want your best. We are open to all types of stories. 

However, as a guideline, we are especially interested in pieces that explore non-traditional narratives, though we still enjoy traditional ones that have a bit of a twist. We also enjoy stories where characters learn a life lesson and where the plot has a greater context of the world at-large. 

However, all of these guidelines are just suggestions. We encourage you to take risks. 

We are currently reading for our fourth issue, which will be published online in Spring 2021.

Specific Fiction Guidelines:

  • Please wait until you receive a response for your submission before submitting again. You are free to submit multiple times, but only one at a time
  • Use standard formatting: 5,000 words max, double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman or similar font (aka nothing insane), put your page number and last name somewhere on each page
  • If you are submitting flash, you are able to submit as many pieces as you wish, just as long as the total word-count of your submission does not exceed 5,000
  • Submit as a .doc or .docx file
  • Only submit previously unpublished work
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as it’s accepted elsewhere

*Alien Magazine reserves the right to reject your work unread if these basic guidelines aren’t followed. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.