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Guidelines – Ceased Publication

Ceased Publication:

Electric Velocipede has ceased publication. Issue #27 was its last issue. This page exists for historical purposes only.

Process for Submissions:

We have the good fortune to use Neil Clarke’s (of Clarkesworld Magazine) submission engine. Now, instead of e-mailing a story to us, you can go to the new Submissions Page and submit your story there. You’ll also be able to log in to the system and check the status of your story. See the end of this page for more detail.

Fiction & Poetry:

We look at short stories/novelettes/novellas up to 40,000 words in length. We will not look at anything longer than 40,000 words, no exceptions. We prefer stories in the 5,000 – 8,000 word range. There is a good possibility that novellas will get broken across two or more issues.

Do not submit more than one story at a time. The new submission engine (see more below) will not allow you to have more than one open submission in the system at one time. Also, please do not use alternate emails to thwart the one week wait before sending in a subsequent submission. That will result in you getting banned.

Similarly, where poetry is concerned, we will not accept anything longer than 100 lines. Most poems (other than haikus) that are published in Electric Velocipede tend to run around 15 or 20 lines.

Please do not send me more than five poems at one time. With the new engine, you will have to send them in a single document instead as individually. When I get ten or twelve (or more) poems from one person at one time, it tends to numb me to their style. I can’t see too much from you all at once. Wait for my response to see if you’re on the right track.

We want to see something different. We want to see something unusual. We want to see stories that are a little weird. If you’ve read the zine, you know what that means. If you recognize the names of the people in the zine, you’ll probably have an idea of what we want. Science fiction is fine; we just don’t care for hardcore nuts and bolts. Fantasy is fine; we’re just not all that comfortable with elves, dwarves, unicorns, etc. Cross-genre is more than fine, and weird is just about perfect.

Things published in Electric Velocipede tend to ride the slippery middle between genre and literary. Too literary for genre magazines, too genre for lit magazines. Just right for us.

We are not looking for horror.

Here are a some names you can keep in mind while trying to decide what to send: Kelly Link, Hal Duncan, Kij Johnson, Jeff VanderMeer, Theodora Goss, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, China Mieville, and Kage Baker.

That’s a wide enough variety of writing styles to give just about anyone a chance to write something we’d publish. And don’t think you have to write in the style of these people to have a chance of getting a submission accepted; we don’t want their clones, we want writers with their originality.

Show us something out of the ordinary.

Show us something different.

PLEASE NOTE: Please put your name and contact information on the first page of your document. You’d be surprised how easy it is to just have your submission and not be able to see/access your submission in our system. I’m constantly amazed at how many people do not put contact information on their submission. To be crystal clear:

Submissions that lack contact information on the first page, not in the header but actually on the page, will be rejected.

Simultaneous Submissions and Reprints

We would prefer that authors not do simultaneous submissions with the story sent in to us. This means submitting your story to multiple markets at the same time. If your story is on submission at another market, please do us the courtesy of telling us. Failure to do so will result in your banning.

If your only mission is to get your story published and you’ll work with whomever is fastest to get back to you, you aren’t interested in being published here.

We do not published reprints. In our minds, this does not include a story that you published on your website; that can be submitted to us. Something that was selected by an editor and published in some sort of periodical (print or otherwise) is not something we want to see.

Non-fiction & Art:

We are not currently looking for nonfiction articles or columns.

We are also not currently looking for artists or artwork.

What We Want to Know About You:

We always get asked what people should put in their cover letters with their submissions. We asked the editor, and he said, “I really want nothing more than:

Here is my short story “Invasion of the Robots” which is 6,500 words long.

Thank you for your time.

A. Writer

There is no need to provide me with more information than that. Feel free to add in sales and other relevant information, but don’t feel obligated to do so.”

Clear enough?


Electric Velocipede submissions should be double-spaced using 12 pt Courier typeface.

Electric Velocipede pays about 1 cent a word for accepted short fiction . This will not be an exact science. Your word count will be rounded, and we typically round up the final dollar value to make a nice number (i.e. $40 instead of $39.62 or $39.15 or even $39). There is a $25 minimum payment for short fiction.

Poems will be paid as follows: $20 for one poem, $35 for two poems, and $50 for three or more poems.

Electric Velocipede acquires First Electronic Serial Rights upon acceptance. All rights revert to the author upon publication of the piece. Ask if you have questions. This is so that we can post the story online as well as sell it via a digital edition at online retailers such as Amazon, B&N, and Weightless.

Spelling, grammar, and formatting errors are distractions from your writing. They make you look amateurish. They make you look like you don’t care about your story.

And if you don’t care about your story, why should we?


Electric Velocipede no longer accepts mailed submissions. We apologize for the inconvenience, but it’s easier for us to keep track of things electronically.

Please go to our Submission Page to submit your story.

Our submissions form asks for your name, email address, cover letter, story title, and story. Your cover letter should contain the length of your story. All stories should be in standard manuscript format and can be submitted in either .RTF, .DOC, or .TXT format. The system will only let you submit one piece at a given time. If you have something on submission, you’ll have to wait for us to respond to that submission before you can send another.

We strongly discourage simultaneous submissions.

If you have questions, concerns or technical issues, please contact the editor via email.

After you have submitted your story, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated email confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this email within 24 hours, please email us. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission through our website, so please don’t lose it.

NOTE: occasionally treats our email as spam, please keep an eye on your spam folder.

Our average response time was less than a month for short fiction, about three days for poetry, but we have occasionally held a submission for as long as two months. We know that there are many markets that turn work around faster than that. We’re hoping to continually improve our response times. Prior to this system, it typically took six months to a year to respond to a submission!

A few things to consider with regards to submissions:

  • Please do not send queries until at least a two-week period has passed. Please check this site for any important announcements first. Use your tracking number to check on the status prior to that.
  • Do not send revisions to a submission unless specifically requested.
  • Do not submit another story for a period of seven days after receiving a rejection.
  • Please do not re-submit stories that have been rejected. Do not query for permission.
  • Please do not argue with rejection slips.

If you are uncertain about anything above, we recommend following the most conservative interpretation.

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