Ideomancer publishes speculative fiction and poetry that explores the edges of ideas; stories that subvert, refute and push the limits. We want unique pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional narratives and take chances with tone, structure and execution, balance ideas and character, emotion and ruthlessness. We also have an eye for more traditional tales told with excellence.

We are especially interested in non-traditional formats, hyperfiction, and work that explores the boundaries not just of its situation but of the internet-as-page. We are also especially interested in diverse work and the work of diverse authors, and actively welcome submissions from writers of all racial or religious backgrounds, gender identities, national affiliations, and sexual orientations; from neuroatypical writers and writers with disabilities.

We are open to submissions during December-January, March-April, June-July, September-October. Any stories or poems submitted to us during the months of November, February, May, and August will be deleted unread.

Ideomancer does not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.

Submissions will be replied to inside 30 days. If you haven’t heard from us in 30 days, please send a query with the subject line “Query: Your Story Title“.

f i c t i o n

Stories should be e-mailed to us at fiction @ with “Submission: Your Story Title” in the subject line.

All submissions should use Standard Manuscript Format and be attached to your e-mail as an .rtf file. Please include a short cover letter in your email with your name, story title, genre, and word count.

Fiction submissions should be no longer than 7000 words.

p o e t r y

Ideomancer also publishes poetry. All poetry must have a speculative element, whether fantasy, mythic, horror or science fiction. Please send only one poem at a time. There is no line limit on poetry, but make sure to send writing that is conducive to webzine publication (no book-length projects, please). We only publish four poems per quarter, sixteen poems per year, so send us your very best.

All poems submitted MUST be sent as an RTF attachment to poetry @; query first before submitting visual poetry or poetry that otherwise requires the use of an alternate file format. Please put “Poetry Submission: Your poem title” in the header of your email.

r e p r i n t s, a r t i c l e s, a r t

Ideomancer accepts only those reprints we have solicited; no unsolicited reprints will be considered.

As well, all non-fiction pieces and art are generated in-house. We do not solicit articles from the public, nor do we accept art submissions.

r e v i e w s

To have your book or project considered for review, contact us at reviews @

r i g h t s a n d p a y m e n t

Ideomancer pays 3 cents a word USD (our word processor count — Microsoft Word) up to a maximum of US$40. Poetry payment is a flat US$6 per poem. Payment is upon publication.

We buy First Worldwide Electronic Rights, with exclusive rights required for three months. The story will be archived unless requested otherwise by the author. All rights revert to the author if the story has not been published within two years of acceptance.

11 Responses to “Submissions”

  1. Sandra Odell says:

    The site changes are very nice. Well done!


  2. Have sent a Querie about two short stories (Ravenclaw on 1/21/11, and The Moleskin Cap on 1/31/11) but it came back as no address could be found. Would like to hear from you on this please.

    M. R. Williamson

  3. Sally Kuntz says:

    I have a hyperfiction story I’d like to submit, but have no idea how to format it.

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