Is Phobos a paying market?
Yes. We pay five cents per word for fiction, which tragically qualifies as a pro rate, and either five cents per word or a flat twenty bucks for poems, whichever is greater.
We will also pay for thematically appropriate cover art and interior illustrations. If you have an idea that both suits the theme of the upcoming issue and has a local connection, please send us a summary and we'll discuss rates. Please bear in mind that we not only want the image, we want the original work sent to us for keeps, so that we may frame it and hang it on the endlessly shifting walls of Tower Phobos, so please factor this into your rate.
Will I still own my work?
Yes. We get first printing rights, but you can submit your work elsewhere, provided you inform the next publisher that your work is a reprint.
We are paying for First World Anthology rights (first printing), possible inclusion in a future "best of" collection, and non-exclusive archive rights (so we can print excerpts, in part or whole, on our site). You retain all other rights and can reprint your story elsewhere (120 days after first publication with us).
What kind of submissions do you want?
Short Pulp Fiction, work that could've fit between Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft in an issue of Weird Tales back in 1927. We plan on running a few short stories - up to 2,500 words - and a few poems per issue, but flash stories under 1,000 words have a much greater chance of being accepted.
The short answer, though, is we simply want great stories.
Do you accept submissions from anyone?
Yes. We will accept excellent fiction from anyone, anywhere.
However, because we want to stage a number of promotional events, and because writing is a strange and solitary business and we want to put faces to bylines and potentially have fancy dinner parties, or at least shared beer specials during happy hour at a dive bar, submissions from writers who live in or near Philadelphia will be given first consideration.
What's a Phobos?
It's a moon of Mars. And the name of the Greek god of Fear & Terror, child of Aphrodite & Ares, also known as Venus & Mars. And, of course, a semiannual print and electronic weird fiction magazine published in Philadelphia.
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