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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 12k words; if flash [under 1k], you may submit up to 5 pieces in one document)
  • Nonfiction (personal essays, articles, or meta, max 12k words)
  • Cover art for the issue (6.25x9.25 for just the front cover or preferably 12.75x9.25 to do a wrap-around cover, this includes a quarter inch bleed on all sides, 300 res/dpi)

Guidelines:

  • 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.
  • We have a hard maximum 12k word limit, but given the constraints of physical print, we prefer under 10k. If you have a longer piece you’d like to submit, hold onto it, because we plan to begin accepting novels/novellas for our upcoming press.
  • 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.
  • Do not submit more than once per issue. If your work has been accepted in a previous issue, please wait at least six months 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 oficmagazine@gmail.com or send us an ask.

For our fifth issue, which is our 1-year anniversary, we're accepting pieces on fandom origins, which is to say, stories about how you found fandom/fanfiction/fanart (or your experiences thereof) and what it means to you. You can interpret this prompt in any way you want, but we would prefer they be true stories, not fiction. We're opening this submission portal early so those interested have time to write and revise their pieces. We're also accepting cover art submissions around this theme.

Guidelines:

  • Maximum 12k words.
  • Only one submission per writer.
  • Art guidelines: 6.25x9.25 for just the front cover or preferably 12.75x9.25 to do a wrap-around cover (this includes a quarter inch bleed on all sides), 300 res/dpi 
  • 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 oficmagazine@gmail.com or send us an ask.