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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. 

All of these guidelines are just suggestions. We encourage you to take risks. 

We are currently reading for our eighth issue, which will be published online in Fall 2023. We pay $20 for each accepted story. Payments can be done via Venmo, Cash App, and PayPal.


Specific Fiction Guidelines:

  • Use standard formatting: double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman or similar font, and a page number and last name somewhere on each page
  • Submit as a .doc or .docx file
  • Only submit previously unpublished work
  • Only submit one piece, up to 3,000 words, at a time 
  • 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
  • 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. 


Donation and Merchandise Information:

Please consider donating and/or buying a sticker with your submission. Here is a link to what the stickers look like: https://twitter.com/alienlitmag/status/1362117722327437312/photo/1. Also, please note we can only ship stickers within the United States and refunds cannot be offered. All proceeds go to the upkeep of our accounts. If we do happen to go over our goal, we donate the excess funds to different causes each month. You can follow our Twitter account to track which fund we donate to.

Without donations and sticker purchases, Alien couldn't happen.

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