CG Magazine 2.0
- Word count: 1000-6000 (FIRM)
- Multiple submissions: Maximum of two (2) per month
- No simultaneous submissions
- No reprints.
- We do not publish poetry at this time.
Submit stories in DOC, DOCX or RTF format. Standard Manuscript Format is strongly preferred. Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial, in 12 pt. (Note: Courier is evil.)
Turnaround time for responses is one month following the end of your submission month. (e.g. if you submit during September, we’ll respond no later than October 31.) Turnaround is usually faster than this. If you haven’t received a response by the end of the following month, please query.
Pay rate & Rights
We pay 5¢ per word for fiction. Authors will also receive a gratis print and ebook copy of the anthology in which their story appears.
Crossed Genres takes first world ebook and print rights, and non-exclusive anthology rights for CG Magazine’s biannual anthologies. We also take non-exclusive online rights to publish and archive your story on our website.
Each month CG Magazine has a new genre or theme. Short story submissions must combine elements of either Science Fiction and/or Fantasy with the current theme. Do not send submissions to upcoming themes, they will be rejected without consideration!
Current theme (December 2013):
16: Runaway (Submissions: December 1-31. Publication: April 2014)
Runaway kids, runaway trains, runaway pets, runaway mouths, runaway thoughts. Though escaping can be a factor, so is self-determination, accident or whimsy. (Runaway projects are great, but please don’t make science the villain.)
Not to be confused with “runway”. Though runaway planes are fair game.
17: Food (Submissions: January 1-31. Publication: May 2014)
Okay, let’s get this out of the way. Yes, we will consider erotic uses of food for this issue.
However, food isn’t all sexy-fun-times. Food can be delicious and disgusting, scarce, comforting, strange, daring, dangerous, junky or nutty-crunchy, 3d-printed or home grown. Eating can be a social activity, a ritual, a response to greed, guilt, shame, joy, even wonder. And remember: Food can be enjoyed with more senses than just taste.
18: Music (Submissions: February 1-28. Publication: June 2014)
GUEST EDITOR: Daniel José Older
From the afrofuturisitic jams of Parliament Funkadelic and Janelle Monáe to the conjure songs of Andrea Hairston’s Redwood and Wildfire, music and speculative fiction have plenty to say to each other. How can rhythm and melody interact on an even deeper level with our literature of the fantastic? What lost histories of music and music-makers can be unearthed through critical reimaginings? What will music be like after the zombie/ werewolf/ volcano/ nuclear apocalypse that everyone’s always talking about? For this issue of Crossed Genres we will be exploring the power of music within speculative fiction.
19: Flash Fiction Free-For-All (Submissions: March 1-31. Publication: July 2014)
This month only, we’re looking for stories between 300 and 1000 words. (We’ll be accepting more than the usual 3 stories for this issue.) So long as they contain elements of science fiction and/or fantasy, any genre goes!
DESCRIPTIONS COMING SOON!
20: Time Travel (Submissions: April 1-30. Publication: August 2014)
21: Typical (Submissions: May 1-31. Publication: September 2014)
22: Robots, Androids & Cyborgs (Submissions: June 1-30. Publication: October 2014)
23: School (Submissions: July 1-31. Publication: November 2014)
24: Destruction (Submissions: August 1-31. Publication: December 2014)
What are we looking for?
We tend to favor character-driven stories, but that doesn’t mean we won’t appreciate a strong action piece. Any story which follows the above guidelines will be considered.
Things we want to see MORE of:
- Queer characters
- Characters of Color
- Women MCs, especially in stories where romantic love, protecting a child, or rape/threat of rape are not her driving motivation.
- Disabled characters
- Science saves the day!
- Far future
- Stories set outside North America
Crossed Genres strongly encourages submissions from writers who identify as people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. It is our desire and intent to have diverse representation amongst our contributors and within our content. Please don’t wait for us to ask for them in a theme – we want diverse representation every month!
What do we not want? These things will be VERY hard sells:
- Stories based off the assumption that any particular religion’s beliefs are real
- Weak women being rescued by macho guys
- Vampires, zombies or werewolves
- Arthurian retellings
- Eurocentric faeries
- Time travel
- Ghost stories
CG Magazine reserves one story slot each month for an author who has never had a professional-rate sale* before. This is to ensure that CG Magazine will always be a welcoming and open market to new/unestablished authors.
In addition to publication, an author selected for our New Author Spotlight will be interviewed by Crossed Genres, with the interview featured on our website.
If you’re eligible for our New Author Spotlight, please check “Yes” on the submission form.
NOTE: The New Author Spotlight doesn’t mean we ONLY publish one story from a new author each month – we’re happy to fill an entire issue with new authors! The Spotlight is to guarantee that unestablished authors are never excluded from CG Magazine.
* “Professional” refers to any short fiction or poetry sale which paid at least 5¢ per word, or any novel sale which paid at least $2,000.
If you still have questions on how to submit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do NOT send submissions via email! Use the submissions form below.
* Only submit a story to the current genre/theme! *
(For the now out-of-date guidelines from the original CG Magazine, go here)