Submissions Guidelines

From the Farther Trees is a bimonthly, print-only magazine of fantasy fiction. We are open to original stories and poetry from all subgenres of fantasy, ranging from fairy tales to science fantasy, weird westerns to romantic fantasy, epic fantasy to urban fantasy, swords & sorcery to quiet character studies, and everything in between. Regardless of setting, stories should be centered on character and emotion (though the occasional thrilling adventure is welcome).

Editor: Rick Hollon (they/them).

We are currently closed to ALL submissions. Poetry and fiction submissions reopen on 1 August 2021.

Content. No racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, fatphobia, ableism, fascism, or any other kind of bigotry or authoritarianism. No exploitative or graphic gore or sex. What makes modern fantasy great is its diversity of perspectives and its challenge to structures of power. From the Farther Trees exists to amplify the voices of new and diverse writers. Works from LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, and similarly marginalized authors are especially encouraged.

We want to help normalize the practice of content warnings. If your submission contains materials that might warrant a content warning, please provide one in your cover email.

Length. Stories should be between 1000 and 15000 words. Poetry can be up to 200 lines.

Language. At this time, sadly, we can only consider stories in English. Translations of stories or poems you originally published in other languages are welcome. Please include the original publication details for translated stories. If you are translating someone else’s work for them, please indicate that you have the permission and legal right to do so.

Formatting. Use the standard short story manuscript format. We find it particularly helpful if you underline, rather than italicize, italics in your text.

Submit through email. Email submissions as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments to Absolutely no compressed folders will be opened. Make your subject line “Title” by Your Name. Please allow up to thirty days for a response, though we generally try to respond within two weeks.

No simultaneous submissions (in other words, do not submit a story or poem here if you’re waiting on a response from another publisher).

Only submit one story or up to three poems at a time. If you receive a rejection, wait at least one week before submitting a different story or poem.

Reprints. If your story or poem was previously published electronically (such as in an e-zine, blog, or ebook) and it is no longer available online, you may submit it here. We do not consider submissions that have been published in English in physical, printed form, such as in magazines or anthologies. We also do not consider works that have been accepted for forthcoming publications. Translations of stories previously published in other languages, regardless of format, are always welcome. All reprint submissions must make clear that they were previously published, and provide details on when and where they were originally published.

Payment. For now, we can only offer token payment. If your story or poem is accepted for publication, you will be paid $10US via Venmo, PayPal, or by mail (your choice). You will also receive one contributor’s copy of the issue in which your story appears. All submissions must include a valid mailing address, unless you choose not to receive your contributor’s copy.

Rights. We ask for one-time non-exclusive serial print rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication.