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Inner Worlds

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Inner Worlds is a quarterly digital zine of speculative stories about our inner lives; our thoughts, our emotions, our perceptions, our dreams.

We aim to publish works which use elements from science fiction, fantasy, or horror to illuminate the different ways that we experience our selves and our world.

That might mean finding a metaphor to express a feeling, or a setting which reflects how your brain works sometimes, or turning a trope on its head to explore a different perspective.

We have a specific interest in sharing:

stories of neurodiversity
experiences of psychological struggle or distress, madness, and extreme states
the voices and perspectives of marginalised groups.
We'll walk with you in the dark places. But we want your humour, joy, and wonder too.

Science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror prose that has a strong emotional or psychological focus.

This market is temporarily closed.

Market Submission Schedule
  • Limited Demographic Submission Window: members of marginalized groups - Oct 1, 2023 thru Oct 14, 2023 (Begins 4 days from now)
  • Submission Window - Oct 15, 2023 thru Oct 31, 2023 (Begins 18 days from now)
  • Limited Demographic Submission Window: members of marginalized groups - Jan 1, 2024 thru Jan 14, 2024 (Begins 96 days from now)
  • Submission Window - Jan 15, 2024 thru Jan 31, 2024 (Begins 110 days from now)
  • Limited Demographic Submission Window: members of marginalized groups - Apr 1, 2024 thru Apr 14, 2024 (Begins 187 days from now)
  • Submission Window - Apr 15, 2024 thru Apr 30, 2024 (Begins 201 days from now)
  • Limited Demographic Submission Window: members of marginalized groups - Jul 1, 2024 thru Jul 14, 2024 (Begins 278 days from now)
  • Submission Window - Jul 15, 2024 thru Jul 31, 2024 (Begins 292 days from now)

Market Genres
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
500 to 1000 words
1 cent/word

Short Story
1000 to 2500 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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Listing added: 18 September 2023

Last officially checked: 20 September 2023

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