NOTE TO SHORT STORY WRITERS:
Due to an avalanche of submissions for short ficiton and prose, we are temporarily closing this porthole. We apologize, but we've simply been buried by the number of submissions. Please check back in a few weeks. We will open it again, as it has proven to be enormously fruitful. The quality of writing is truly amazing, and we will be buying again.
Right now, we are not accepting submissions for comic book ideas. Please check back. At some point, that will change.
Ahoy Short Fiction Submission Guidelines
At Ahoy, we believe our sacred duty is to find new voices and let them scream at the world. Thus, each Ahoy Comics magazine will include at least one piece of short fiction or social commentary. We seek smart, weird, funny articles or stories, which run between 500 and 1,600 words.
Mostly, we want short fiction for mature readers, pieces that uphold the story-telling legacy of comics. It could be a delirious rant, a personal anecdote, a tale of horror or even poetry. It can be about anything, but we have a soft spot for submissions with a dash of humor.
These stories can be political, but they must not be based on events that might be outdated by the time we publish. Whatever the subject, it must still be relevant a year from now. Also, the 1,600-word maximum is pretty much carved into stone. We don’t plan to go above that limit. Our ideal length is about 650 words, give or take.
We will pay $200 per story. Writers will retain full rights to their works. We will want the right to publish on this site and to reprint the story in a trade compilation or anthology. If we decide to reprint it, we will pay another 25 percent of the original fee.
We believe this is an opportunity for serious writers to reach the most voracious readers of fiction on this planet: the people who buy comics. We will do our best to promote our writers and their works.
For submissions, we don’t suggest pitches. These pieces are simply too short. We ask writers to upload their work through the porthole below. It will take a few weeks for us to reply, but we will.
We want to build a reputation for quality writing, and for treating our contributors respectfully, the way we’d want to be treated. If you don’t hear from us in three weeks after a submission, something slipped between the cracks. Please send us a reminder.
At times, we will close this submissions porthole. Check back regularly.
Now is a great time to connect with AHOY and send us your short fiction. We want to hear from you. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.