|If you have a science fiction or fantasy short story up
to 7500 words in length that excites the imagination
and/or challenges the mind or the genre, we would like
to consider it for publication in 4 Star Stories. We pay
20 US dollars on publication.
We publish up to four times a year. Check previous
issues if you have a question about what kind of story
Additional submission guidelines and instructions
Submission Guidelines and Format:
We intend to publish original, entertaining and thought-provoking science fiction and fantasy short stories for our readers.
We accept the following: science fiction and fantasy
stories between 1500 and 7500 words in length. Stories
longer than approximately 5,000 words may be serialized.
Format: We prefer stories in 12 pt Courier New font.
Format your story so that your name and the page number appear at either the top or bottom of each page. We print out the stories before reading, and in the event of an accident, we would like to be able to put the pages back in their proper order.
Provide an accurate word count, and indicate the end of
your story, for example, "The End", "Finis" or "".
Please proofread and spell check your manuscript. Any grammatical lapses should occur
only in conversation contained in direct quotes.
Please submit your story as a RTF file. If you need help saving
your story as an RTF file, please click
Web Master for instructions
Submission Instructions: Send us an email with
the story title in the Subject Line by clicking on
Submissions to 4StarStories and include your RTF
story file as an attachment. If you have additional
information about yourself or your story you would like
to tell us, please include that in the body of the
email. We will try to get back to you concerning your
submission as soon as possible. If you have not heard back from us concerning your submission after a month, it is acceptable to enquire about its status.
We do not accept the following:
Explicit Horror -- Horror intended to shock or offend the reader will not be accepted.
Gratuitous sex and/or violence -- Explicit sex and/or violence designed to shock or offend the reader will not be accepted.
Stories Based on Copyrighted Characters or Material -- This is a science fiction/fantasy publication, not a fanzine. Satire will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Stories Based on Living Persons -- Stories based on living persons will not be accepted.
Four Star Stories publishes four stories and a Bonus Story a maximum of
four times a year. A Short Short Story issue is published one or more times a year. Enquire about submission guidelines and rates.