For nonfiction submission guidelines, click here.
Submission Guidelines: Fiction
Bee Fiction Submissions are Closed
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We welcome submissions from all professionals who are committed to their craft. We welcome submissions from diverse authors. We encourage individuals to opt to include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo that can be used with the publication when submitting.
*Diverse can refer to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or those that are specially abled
As our awareness and sensitivity grows, we become increasingly mindful of potentially problematic language. We are doing our best to ensure our language is welcoming for all, but if we have presented information or material in a way that may not be respectful, please contact Sandra Ruttan email@example.com
We currently pay $0.05 U.S. per word
We will not publish stories that are donated — all writers must be prepared to receive payment through one of our approved payment methods, which are Paypal or by check (U.S. residents only)
Preferred genres include horror, crime, sci fi, fantasy and YA
Your Document Should
Be 3000 words or less
Be a .doc or .docx file
Use black as the text color
Use Times New Roman or Courier as the font
Conform to general formatting guidelines (this is a good guide for most of the formatting)
- The first line of a paragraph should be indented half an inch from the left margin (not using a tab key or space-space-space-space-space) OR you can opt to have all lines flush left and leave a blank line between paragraphs
- No underlined text
- Use italics when you want text to appear in italics (but use this sparingly — italics is harder to read than regular text and visually straining for readers when used excessively — works that come in with excessive use of italics may not be considered)
- single space after a period
Your Submission Should:
Be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Email Should:
Have a subject line that indicates the name of the submission call, the name of the story, the author’s name, the word count of the story and the genre of the story
Example: Bee Fiction – ‘This is My Story’s Title’ – by Author Name – 2725 words – horror
Be addressed to the editor, Sandra Ruttan
Include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo*
Your bio can indicate if this is an #ownvoices story — we welcome #ownvoices submissions
Provide your verified Paypal address that is registered in your legal name or indicate that you are a U.S. resident who will opt for payment by check
*The reason we ask for this is to minimize processing time later. Writers have taken up to two weeks to acknowledge an acceptance. For some projects this delays website development, as well as editing and art development for the project.
Your Email Should Not:
- Contain a query letter for your short story. I know it hurts to hear this, but we aren’t concerned with where you went to preschool. What matters is words on the page. No note is required at all.
- Be a submission that’s sent as a reply to a rejection — even revise/resubmit opportunities should be sent as a new email. Simply reference the revise/resubmit invitation in your email when you resubmit the story.
We use an auto reply to confirm we have received submissions
You should receive an auto reply that will remind you of the submission guidelines to ensure that your submission will be processed
We will not process submissions that produce a ‘failure to deliver’ message when we send the auto reply (Why? It can indicate the email account is not working. We have sent more than a dozen direct emails about submissions in the past three months that have failed delivery. They continued to fail delivery after repeated attempts. The time spent processing those submissions and attempting correspondence impedes our ability to spend time on serious submissions we could potentially publish.)
We normally review submissions in the order received, with the exception of material lacking the word count or not conforming to the submission guidelines
Suspected troll submissions may be eliminated before submission review begins
Submissions that do not state the word count will not be prioritized for review
Submissions with significant formatting issues that do not follow our guidelines will also not be prioritized for review
Stories that are not prioritized will only be reviewed if space is still available when all other submissions have been reviewed
We are currently reviewing submissions for publication in late winter and early spring 2020
Submissions received before November 23, 2019 will receive a decision by December 20, 2019. Submissions received after November 23, 2019 may not receive a decision until February 2020.
Submissions That Will Not Be Processed
Stories that exceed the word count limit
Submissions of PDF, RTF or other document formats, or that include the story in the body of the email
Submissions sent via DM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform
Submissions addressed to persons other than Sandra Ruttan
Stories with colored text
Are not permitted for this open call
Are not permitted for this open call at this time
Stories that have been rejected cannot be submitted to the same open call. They may be submitted to a different open call with a different editorial team.
More Information About Fiction Submissions
Please refer to the short stories that we have published to get some sense of our interests and refer to our writing and publishing articles and reflections pieces for insights into our editorial preferences.
- A Feast For Small Pieces by Hailey Piper
- Long and Slow and Short and Sharp by R.K. Duncan
- Pinafore Magic by Dorianne Emmerton
- Refuge by Lindy Greaves
- Words For Home by Clint Monette
For more stories, see contents.
Applicable to Fiction and Nonfiction Submissions
Your work must be your own
Your material is exclusive to the Bee for the exclusivity period in our agreement
You must not be profiting from your material in any other way (ie: if we learn a person paid you to review their book we will terminate future contracts)
Reviewers must acknowledge any connection they have to an author they review (ie: acknowledging they are friends, enemies or relatives)
Your Paypal account must be registered in your legal name in your country of residence and must be verified. Failure to provide a Paypal account that meets these requirements may result in payment delays because Paypal may refuse to transfer the money. In these cases, Bronzeville is not responsible for the delay in payment. In the event that we learn an account provided is not registered in the author’s legal name in their country of residence (unless they have an accountant, agent or manager who is legally authorized to receive funds on their behalf) we reserve the right to terminate the contract.
Your Paypal account must be registered in your legal name and set up for the country that you reside in.
Your Paypal account must also be verified.
We have added these requirements to ensure that we do all we can to ensure writers are paid on time. When writers do not supply us with the required information, we are not responsible for a delay in payment.
If we receive a message stating that a payment has not transmitted because the account holder is not verified, we are not responsible for a delay in payment.
We will not deposit to a different person’s account for your services.
All writers are required to fill out the invoice form at the time of contract offer. Failure to provide appropriate data at that time may result in termination of contract; in the event that we learn of issues later it may impact subsequent contract opportunities.
Bronzeville will make one payment attempt in the appropriate pay period using the data provided by the writer. In the event that the data is insufficient to complete the transaction or incorrect or the account is unverified the writer may be required to wait until the next pay period to receive their payment.
No content is guaranteed publication until an agreement is signed by both parties.
Failure to return the signed contract in a timely manner can result in a delay in publication or cancellation of publication
If edits aren’t completed within one week from the time issued it may result in a delay in publication or cancellation of publication
Absolutely no adults having sex with minors, or anyone having sex with animals.
We will not publish works that appear to promote hate towards people based on their religion, race, gender or orientation. While we may publish a story about racism, or that has sexism or bigotry as a component, there’s a line between writing about something and endorsing it. When necessary, we will hire a sensitivity editor to review content.
To clarify, a story touching on racism may require a racist character that makes a racist statement. These should be used sparingly, and carefully. When the narrative is peppered with racist insults the story has gone beyond establishing that a character is racist and may read as a presentation of the author’s views. Anyone who is not prepared to work with a sensitivity reader or have this content addressed in edits should not submit to us.
“While we will consider stories that deal with sexual abuse, the acts should be alluded to but not detailed. We are not interested in publishing stories that would appeal to pedophiles or abusers.” – Sandra Ruttan