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If you have a science fiction or fantasy short story up
to 10,000 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 10 US dollars on acceptance.
We publish four times a year. We try not to include,
for example, more than one dragon story or time travel
story per issue. Check previous issues if you have a
question about what kind of story to submit.
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 500 and 10,000 words
in length. Stories longer than approximately 5,000 words can 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.
Please proofread and spellcheck your manuscript. Any grammatical lapses should only occur 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
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Submissions to 4StarStories and including your RTF
story file as an attachment. If there is 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.
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 four times a year. To be considered for a particular issue, for example the
Winter issue, submit your story two months before the scheduled publication date, that is, October 21.
Publication dates for 2011 are Spring issue, March 20; Summer issue, June 21; Autumn issue, September 23; and Winter issue, December 21.