Fireside’s goal is to publish great storytelling, regardless of genre. What do we mean by great storytelling? We want stories that go somewhere, that keep readers asking, as Neil Gaiman put it in the introduction to his Stories anthology: “… and then what happened?”
We’re not looking for character studies or metafiction or hallucinatory visions. (We LIKE those things; it’s just not what we publish in Fireside.)
And yes, we seriously mean any genre. We have published sci-fi, horror, crime, near-future, and straight modern non-speculative fiction. The stories have all been terrific, and we are looking for more of those genres and from the many genres we haven’t explored. Just tell us a good story.
Vague? A little. But we think it’s exciting, too. No two issues of Fireside will have the same feel, and we hope that makes every issue a little more surprising. If you’re not quite sure if your story fits, please send it and our editors can decide.
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There are 451 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
20 min | 50.96 mean avg | 52 median | 126 max days
4.43% - avg 70 days
93.56% - avg 50 days(6.16% of rejections are personal)
88 pending responses (46 min | 63 mean avg | 49 median | 805 max days waiting) Note: pending statistics may skew high if some users neglect their data. We recommend querying after the time the market suggests to query.