Submissions

THREE CROWS MAGAZINE IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

GUIDELINES

WE ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS ONLY THROUGH OLEADA.IO

FICTION:

Three Crows want your stories of dark and weird fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions.

We are looking for sci-fi as hard as Liu Cixin and Peter Watts and as wonderfully poetic as Arkady Martine; fantasy and magical realism in the vein of Andrzej Sapkowski, Naomi Novik, and Marlon James; we want horror and New Weird stories that would challenge our preconceived notions and perception of reality like Mark Z. Danielewski, Thomas Ligotti, and China Mieville.  

What we don’t want:

  • Stories lacking class consciousness
  • Retellings of Christo-Judean or any other religious mythology ‘with a twist’;
  • Stories based around racial slurs;
  • Stories based on your TTRPG adventures;
  • Stories where rape/abuse is the sole character development tool;
  • Revenge fantasies;
  • Rape fantasies;

No multiple submissions, please.  Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you inform us immediately if your work gets published elsewhere
Add your cover letter (Dear Editors is fine):

  • Story Title
  • Word count
  • A 1-2 sentence summary of the story
  • A list of works published in any other paid markets (no self-published works or vanity markets)
  • A 1-2 sentence about yourself for the bio

 All submitted works must be:

  • previously unpublished fantasy, sci-fi, weird, or horror stories from 1000 to 5000 words (no queries regarding stories above or below the limit). 
  • In English/Ukrainian/Polish/Russian/Romanian/German – we do translations.
  • In a non-exhausted setting
  • Of the highest possible quality
  • must be submitted as a .doc, .docx, and/or .pdf file in READABLE FORMATTING (or with proper explanation of why it is formatted one way or the other) Standard Manuscript Format is a guideline, but not a rule.

Any submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

FAILING TO MEET ANY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED CRITERIA IS AN AUTOMATIC REJECTION

It usually takes up to 45 days to respond to the ever-growing volume of submissions. After 45 days – feel free to query on the status of your submissions to any of the emails below:

Please, don’t submit another story for a period of 30 days after receiving a rejection. Don’t re-submit stories that have been rejected. Do not query for permission.

NON-FICTION:

Three Crows are looking for articles of interest to readers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We are looking for a wide range of types of article including, but not limited to: discussions of the genre publishing business, essays on the writing process and the reading experience, literary criticism, book, film, and video game reviews.

Submit no more than two pieces. They should not exceed a maximum word count of 1,000. Your submission(s) should be uploaded as a doc/docx/pdf. All submissions must be previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you inform us immediately if your work gets published elsewhere. All rights revert to the author upon publication. We do not require a cover letter. 

ART:

Each Three Crows Magazine issue features a single piece of artwork that will serve as the cover all editions of that issue. Our rights are restricted to the covers and marketing materials for that specific issue. All other rights remain with the artist. Payment is $50 and the ebook of the issue. Artist’s bio and link to their online portfolio will be included in the issue featuring their art. Guidelines

  1. Artwork must be available in a 300dpi .tif. Portrait 8″x10″. Artwork for covers must include a 1/4″ bleed. Landscape artwork is not required, but welcome. Submit a preview in png/jpg/pdf
  2. We can’t consider artwork that has been previously used for magazine or book cover.
  3. We prefer 2D art, digital or traditional painting. Photography and photo-realistic styles are not typically used for our covers, check the covers we have used in previous issues to get a taste of the visual direction that we prefer.

PAYMENT

We pay 0.01$/word (USD) via paypal for fiction.

We pay 0.01$/word up to $50 per piece for nonfiction.

We pay 50$ flat fee for art.

We are buying first world-exclusive serial and electronic rights, translation rights, non-exclusive world anthology and audio rights, from the date the contract is signed and paid for up until 1 year (12 months) after the publication date.

After 1 year (12 months), we’ll retain non-exclusive distribution rights.