Deadline: 31 March 2013
Phantom Drift is one of the
few literary journals in the United States focused on fabulist writing.
We aim to nurture the literature of fabulism, the fantastic, and the
surreal by publishing an appealing, top-quality literary journal
featuring only the best fiction and poetry from the U.S. and abroad. Our
support for writers takes the form of not only providing a showcase for
their works, but offering payment, a practice that both assures us the
best of writers' work and supports literature as a whole.
are looking for fabulist flash fiction and short stories. We like
stories that favor the unusual over the usual; we like stories that
create a milieu where anything can happen. Stories can take the form of
myth or fable. They can invent or suggest an unreal ambience or describe
a realistic landscape gripped by a surreal or unexplained event.
are fond of Calvino, South American Magical Realism, and Talmudic
legends. Kafka and Orwell now and will forever totally rock. Some
contemporary favorite reads you might have missed include “Flying Leap”
by Judy Budnitz, “Carmen Dog” by Carol Emshwiller, “Jealous Husband
Returns in Form of Parrot” by Robert Olen Butler, “Wild Life” by Molly
Gloss, “Serial Killer Days” by David Prill, “The Djinn in the
Nightingale’s Eye” by A.S. Byatt, “ Riding the Red” by Nalo Hopkinson,
“The Child Garden” by Geoff Ryman, and the “Interfictions” and
“Polyphony” anthologies. The list of writers of stories we enjoy numbers
in the thousands.
We accept simultaneous submissions
if so noted, but request that you inform us immediately if your piece is
accepted elsewhere. As a general rule we do not read previously
published work, including work that appears on the web or in electronic
format. Please send one fiction submission during each submission
period, and we ask that writers wait for several weeks beyond the end of
the reading period before querying about the status of your submission,
though I will do my best to read and respond to work as quickly as
We request first North American Serial Rights
and exclusive rights for six months following publication. We request
permission to publish an excerpt of your story on our website. We pay on
publication ($10-25 for flash fiction to 2000 words and $50 for fiction
2001-6500 words), plus 1 contributor copy and additional contributor
copies at a 55% discount.
Upload your story in RTF or Word by clicking SUBMIT button on our website and following instructions.
prefer poetry composed in the new fabulist tradition. Phantom Drift
exists because its editors wish to found a journal devoted to work that
shatters or valuably distorts reality, whether this means surrealism,
magical realism, fantastique, or bizarrerie. We value writing whose
imagination is unafraid to shift shape, writing that generates unique
alternatives to and uncharted voyages away from conventional realism. As
poetry editor, I welcome your submissions and tend to favor poetry of a
sinister bent, but am open to work readers might label new weird,
slipstream, and/or fantastic. Poetry that demonstrates what Roger
Caillois has referred to as “the impression of irreducible strangeness,”
and that inspires what Franco-Bulgarian structuralist critic Tzevetan
Todorov characterized as a “duration of uncertainty’’ between strange
and marvelous explanations in the mind of the reader will be especially
Apart from these considerations, content,
language, and form remain quite wide open. Submit sonnet, abcedarius,
prose poem, or lipogram. Send gothic, supernatural, steam punk, or
science fiction. If you possess unabashedly strange, unpublished work
which shows such unusual tendencies as these, Phantom Drift wants to see
it. Send us your weirdest verse in submissions of 3-5 poems. Our
submission period is January 1 - March 31, and submission can be made
on-line through the Phantom Drift website.
There are no fees for submissions.
Payment is $10 per poem and 1 contributor copy. Additional contributor copies will be available for 55% discount.
queries:Leslie What, Fiction Co-Editor, at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Martha Bayless, Fiction Co-Editor, at
email@example.com, or Matt Schumacher, poetry editor, at
For queries/ submissions: via Submittable