Thursday, May 19, 2011

Allegory on-line magazine seeks science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and quirky fiction

Allegory (http://www.allegoryezine.com/mainpage.htm) is a not-for-profit, tri-annual online publication of fiction and nonfiction. Here's what the editors have to say for themselves:

We're looking for good, solid fiction. We specialize in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. We will consider other genres, such as humor or general interest, provided that the work possesses an original, "quirky" slant in the Northern Exposure, Ally McBeal vein.

Here are some basic "do's" and "don'ts".
DO give us strong characters and good plotting. DO put clever, but logical twists on the end of your tales. DO experiment with new ideas and unusual writing styles, but without falling into traps of contrivance and cliché.
DON'T submit any stories based on movies, television or any printed media not your own. DON'T submit reprints without including the name of the publication in which the work first appeared, along with the date of publication. DON'T send more than one story in the same submission.

We pay a flat rate of $15 (U.S. dollars) for each story.

Nonfiction Guidelines
We publish one or two articles an issue. The subject matter must involve the art or business of writing. Research, editing, characterization, narrative style, query letters, cover letters, dealing with editors, agents or publishers - virtually any topic that concerns writing is fair game.

The maximum length for non-fiction is 2000 words. We pay a $15 (U.S. dollars) flat rate.

Book Reviews
No more than six reviews will appear in any one issue. The reviews must be of a sci/fi, fantasy or horror novel or anthology (if fiction), or a writer's self-help book (if nonfiction). Reviews should be no more than 200 words. We are not offering compensation for book reviews at this time.

General Stuff
We publish tri-annually, on the first of January, May and September. The order in which stories and articles appear on the site is solely arbitrary and should not be construed in any other way. All works that are accepted for publication remain on the site for the full four months. With the publication of the subsequent issue, all rights to the works previously displayed revert to the author. We buy First World Rights and World Reprint Rights. Bylines are most certainly given.

To submit, see the detailed guidelines here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, Woodstock, London, Orangeville, Barrie, Kingston, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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