We at Three Crows want your stories set in dark, weird, and gritty fantasy, horror, and sci-fi setting, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions. Think of a lovechild of Andjei Sapkowski, Naomi Novik, Joe Abercombie, Geroge R.R. Martin, H.P. Lovecraft, and China Mieville.
All submitted works must be:
previously unpublished stories at a maximum of 4,000 words
In English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and German
in a non-exhausted (think - LotR, GoT, Shannara and etc.) fantasy or sci-fi setting
Slavic folklore and setting are of highest priority
of the highest possible quality (well-written in sense of both drama and grammar)
submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format (no stories in the body of the email)
What we don't want:
Retellings of Christo-Judean mythology in a new setting;
Stories based on your DnD adventures;
Stories where rape/abuse is the sole character development tool;
Demonization of any current political party or political system;
Retellings of 'Omen' series;
No simultaneous and no multiple submissions until the next submission cycle. Send your work to editor (at) threecrowsmagazine (dot) com with the following in the subject line:
Short Fiction Submission: <Story Title>
In the body of the email (address it to Alex), tell us the following:
A 1-2 sentence summary of the story.
A list of works published in any other paid markets (no self-published works).
A 1-2 sentence about yourself for the bio.
We pay $25 (USD) per story.
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Technically we expect artwork to be available in a 300dpi .tif. Portrait 5.5" wide by 8.5 high. Artwork for covers must include a 1/4" bleed.
It shouldn't be outright genre-ish. We prefer 2D digital and traditional painting. No photography or photorealistic paintings. If you're interested - leave a link to a gallery or send your images to editor at threecrowsmagazine dot com and we will evaluate if it is a good fit for the issue and discuss the rates.
We are buying first world-exclusive serial and electronic rights, Ukrainian and Russian translation rights, non-exclusive world anthology and audio rights, from the date the contract is signed and paid for up until 1 year (12 months) after the publication date.
After 1 year (12 months), we’ll retain non-exclusive distribution rights.