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Hearth Stories - Fiction (Go to Poetry)

Hearth Stories is a twice yearly speculative fiction magazine. We publish speculative fiction that explores connection, family, relationships, comfort, and the natural world. The stories often take shape as slice of life fiction in a fantasy or science-fiction setting. Our stories are meant to be cozy, quiet, and largely devoid of fast action and high tech settings. We like magic, new worlds, deep forests, and stories of home, hearth, and companionship.

Some things we like:

Cozy, sweet, cute, kind, hopeful stories
Caregiving, parenting, friendship, relationship, and partnership stories
Rural/pastoral life and less technologically advanced settings
Works that take place in nature
Stories involving food and cooking (we are vegan, stories that feature animal products will result in a pass or a request for removal of the animal products)
Stories involving hermits, issolated places, or wandering in the woods
Bonus points for stories backed by vegan, anarchist, eco-conscious, and anti-capitalist themes (while still fitting the above)
You may notice that none of those things have anything to do with science fiction or fantasy. We would like speculative stories with the above themes and settings. We are very into slice of life stories, the ruralism of Richard Jefferies (ruralism in general, extending to so-called “cottagecore”), and stories in general that take place in wooded places. We like witches and magic, new world stories (usually terraformed planets), alien worlds, and the small adventures of daily life.

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Market Submission Schedule
  • Submission Window - Sep 1, 2024 thru Sep 30, 2024 (Begins 129 days from now)
  • Submission Window - Mar 1, 2025 thru Mar 31, 2025 (Begins 310 days from now)

Market Genres
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
Short Story
1000 to 7500 words
1 cent/word

7500 to 10000 words
1 cent/word

Market Submission Types
AI Submissions?: Not Allowed
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: Yes
Translations: Original Language Only

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Min: 0 | Average: 6.19 | Median: 4 | Max: 44
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93.92% - avg 5 days (11.17% of rejections are personal)
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Listing added: 7 August 2023

Last officially checked: 27 September 2023

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