Thank you for your interest! 

Bracken is currently closed to all submissions.  We will re-open for submissions early in 2018.


The Fine Print

Bracken supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations. 

Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on brackenmagazine.com in an electronic quarterly issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.

Simultaneous submissions are considered. We just ask that you let us know if your piece was accepted elsewhere.

Send all submissions in the body of an email to subs AT brackenmagazine.com. Read on to find out more about what we're looking for. We aim to respond within 30 days, but life often intervenes. If you haven't heard back from us in 2 months, please query.


Fiction

We're seeking lyrical, character-driven stories inspired by old-world storytelling. We lean towards literary, magic realism, and hard-to-classify pieces. Send us your in-between-genre pieces, your heart's tears, your midnight reveries. We'll take good care of them.

Requirements:

  • 2,500 words or fewer
  • original and unpublished
  • no multiple submissions

Include:

  • subject line: Fiction Sub "Your Story Title"
  • a greeting (we are humans-build the connection)
  • your name and contact information
  • the title of your piece and word count
  • a bit about yourself, including brief publication history 
  • your story in the body of the email; no attachments

Payment: we pay $.02/word


Poetry

We consider any style of poetry, although we confess our bias toward the lyrical. We do not call for exclusively speculative or magic-realist verse—poetry is so essentially imaginative that it rises free of such descriptors. We will, however, look for natural-world, and especially arboreal, elements in the poems we receive.

Send us poems through which we rediscover our own nature in the wood’s presences—poems that slip in under our skin and change the light in the room.

Requirements:

  • up to 4 poems per submission
  • no longer than 100 lines (we prefer shorter pieces)
  • original and unpublished
  • no multiple submissions

Include:

  • subject line: Poetry Sub "<A poem title>"
  • greeting (Jed Myers is our Poetry Editor)
  • your name and contact information
  • titles of your poems
  • a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
  • your poems in the body of the email; no attachments

Payment: we pay $15/poem


Artwork

We would love to feature your art on the cover of Bracken or to accompany fiction and poetry pieces. Your artwork should fit our visual and content aesthetic.

Requirements:

  • PNG format
  • At least 1500 px wide; height to scale
  • 72 dpi

Include:

  • subject line: Art Sub
  • your artist bio
  • a link to your online gallery
  • (optional) specific pieces for cover art consideration