Submissions are currently closed
They will reopen on Probably mid May or early June, 2017
To steal a joke, StoryHack Magazine will publish both kinds of fiction – action and adventure.
To be more clear, by action I mean that there should be characters actively engaged with an antagonist who represents imminent physical danger. Fistfights, car chases, vine swinging (alligators or spikes below), jungle insects, all that. But the protagonist must have an active role in it, rather than just having stuff happen at him/her.
By adventure, I mean the character does awesome things (is proactive) in a exotic (not mundane) situation. Heroics often enter in. The protagonist can be in a cool time period, a fantasy world, or have a bizarre profession, something about his/her situation should transport me, the reader, out of the mundane world. After reading, I should be able to say a main character “had an adventure.”
I’m open to any genre, as long as there’s action and adventure. And I’m serious when I say any genre. Space opera, sword & sorcery, lost world, high-seas swashbuckling, occult detective, treasure hunt / explorer, western, technothriller, you’re limited only by your imagination. As to style, think Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, Leigh Brackett, Doc E. E. Smith, Kenneth Robinson. Think fun and energetic. I’m not partial to mopey emo fiction.
You should know that StoryHack will not be publishing erotica or extreme gore. Also, I’m not likely to accept a story that has tons of cursing.
A little humor is good, but I’m not looking for farce or screwball comedy. More Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, less Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean.
Length-wise I’m looking for short stories and novelettes. 2,000 – 17,500 words. The sweet spot for me right now is probably 7.5k – 11k.
For Issue #1 I’ll pay $0.01 / word for worldwide 1st print and ebook rights with 3 months exclusivity. I can pay via check or paypal. I’ll make a sample contract available if you ask nicely.
I’m loosening up the actually formatting requirements a bit.
Attach your story in an email to submissions at storyhack dot com, subject line should read “StoryHack Submission: [name of your title].” If you cut and paste your submission in the body of your email, I will reject your story and mock you privately.
Stories simultaneously submitted elsewhere are fine. Multiple stories submitted at once, no.