Send us your dead doves, your blorbos, your plinkos, your wretched meow meows yearning to be free; that thing you wrote that made you think, “I don’t know where this belongs”; the stuff you’d never show anyone you know IRL. Give us your shameless, self-indulgent smut; the manuscript to the video essay you dictated to your YouTube subscribers in your head; your thoughtful explorations of trauma and identity; your Pepe Silvia wall; your sci-fi, your fantasy, your romance, your realism. We want anything and everything. As long as you identify as a fan, we want to read your work.
We are currently looking for
- Short fiction (only 1 piece at a time, max 15k words; if flash [under 1k], you may submit up to 5 pieces in one document)
- Nonfiction (personal essays, articles, or meta, max 15k words)
- Your work cannot be published or posted anywhere else. If you’ve posted a work on any social platform, even if you take it down, for legal reasons, we cannot accept it. This means you can’t delete a work from AO3 and file off the serial numbers to send to us.
- Your work must stand on its own as an original piece, although we of course welcome common fanfiction tropes (or the subversion thereof), and works that feel fanfiction-y but contain original characters and worlds. Again, legal reasons.
- You must include some information about your relationship to fandom in your cover letter. This is a magazine for publishing the original work of fans. If you don't identify as a fan, we can't accept your work.
- We don't need content warnings, but if you'd prefer to offer them, you can do so in the cover letter.
- Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accept all work or reply personally to all submissions.
- Submit only once per issue. If your work has been accepted in a previous issue, please wait at least a year before submitting again.
- We welcome simultaneous submissions. This means you’re free to submit to other magazines, but please withdraw your piece as soon as possible if your work gets accepted elsewhere.
- We take first North American serial rights. This means we can’t accept work that has been previously published in any way.
- You must be 18 or older to submit.
- We are able to offer our contributors a small honorarium in USD and a free copy of the issue.
If you have questions or would like clarification on any of the above, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us an ask.
We publish original fiction written by people who participate in transformative fandom. Unfortunately we receive many submissions from people who don't know what that means, and we spend a not insignificant amount of time reading submissions of writers who don't understand OFIC's mission. That said, we would like our submissions to remain free for fanpeople. For a fee waiver, please email us (email@example.com) a fanfic rec or link us to fanart or a fanvid you enjoy. All funds go to OFIC's operational costs.
The Fanauthor Workshop is a biannual Zoom course for writers of fanfiction. My goal is to create a supportive space for fanauthors to receive constructive feedback on fanfiction, original fiction, or creative nonfiction. If desired, I also provide guidance on moving outside of fan spheres to traditional publishing or other creative writing programs such as MFAs.
Participants of the workshop receive:
- Attendance in an 8 week Zoom course during which you’ll provide feedback to your peers and workshop one piece of your own work, up to 6,000 words.
- Access to the Fanauthor Workshop Discord server.
- Invitation to community events such as ongoing weekly accountability check-ins over Zoom where we talk about goals and whatever else. I'll be working on rolling out new events and community benefits throughout the year.
- A one-hour consultation with me to go over your workshop feedback, come up with a plan for revision and/or publication, or anything else you’d like to discuss regarding your writing.
To apply, please provide a cover letter and a brief (500-1000 words) sample of your writing.
Please address the following in your cover letter:
- Your history with workshopping and giving feedback, and/or your writing/fandom history. If you are not a writer/reader of fanfiction, this is not the workshop for you.
- Your interest in the Fanauthor Workshop and what you hope to get out of it, and/or your goals as a writer.
- Whether you plan to submit fanfiction or original fiction for your workshop submission (this is what you want feedback on; it is not the same as your writing sample). If fanfiction, what fandom and/or pairing? If you don't know yet, you can skip this question.
- Anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your work.
For your writing sample, you may provide:
- An original short story or an excerpt of something longer, or
- Fanfiction of any kind, a one-shot or excerpt of something longer
No trigger warnings needed. Your work may be published/posted elsewhere. It should be what you consider the work that most closely aligns with your creative ideals.
For more information, please see my website.