Submissions Guidelines

From the Farther Trees is a bimonthly, print and electronic 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).

Please read the separate guidelines for our recurring anthologies: Queer Blades and Mesozoic Reader.

Editor: Rick Hollon (they/them or fey/fem). Read my bio here!

Submissions currently closed!

Halloween Special: Submissions open on 1 August 2021. We’re looking for dark fantasy and horror fiction and poetry for our special Halloween issue, to be released mid-October. This sub window will close on 15 September 2021, or when the issue has been filled. Please check our Twitter for current updates.

All other submissions guidelines apply!

Content. No racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, fatphobia, ableism, fascism, or any other kind of bigotry or authoritarianism. Gore and sex aren’t dealbreakers, but neither should be exploitative in nature.

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.

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, as well as indefinite electronic archival rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Length. Stories should be between 1000 and 15000 words. Poetry can be up to 100 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.

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

Reprints. If your story or poem was published more than twelve months before the submission window, and you have reprint rights, send it in! If your piece was previously published in an online market that has since disappeared, send it in! All reprint submissions must make clear that they were previously published, and provide details on when and where they were originally published.

Submit through email. Email submissions as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments to farthertrees@gmail.com. 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.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. If your story or poem is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible so we may remove it from consideration.

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 (unless specifically told otherwise).

Response time will vary. For now, Farther Trees is a one-person operation, and life events or mental health might delay responses. I try to respond within a week, but sometimes responses have taken three months. All submissions will receive a response. If you haven’t received a response within 30 days, please feel free to query.

Rejections. The vast majority of rejections will be form rejections. I’m sadly unable to provide feedback, due to the volume of submissions I receive.