Fiction Vortex only accepts speculative fiction. We want sci-fi, fantasy, horror, supernatural, alternate history, alternate realities, etc.
We want strong characters and stories that explore and explain elements of our world with the employ of the otherworldly. Answer the ordinary with the extraordinary. We want original, stand-on-their-own stories that make people use their imaginations.
Maybe this means hard space pirate sci-fi or sword and sorcery tales that would make Tolkien shed tears of joy. But it also might mean a story about a fairly normal person in Everytown, USA that happens to have a third eye, or a super sniffer, or a ghost for a friend. The possibilities are endless. Well, not endless. If your story has even a whiff of vampire love triangles or sprinting zombies, we’ll probably laugh at you.
Length: Prefers under 5,000 words. Max 7,500 words.
Payment: Pays $10 a story. Additionally, the Editor's Choice story will be awarded $30 and Reader's Choice $20.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.fictionvortex.com/submissions/submit-a-short-story/