Fiction submissions are currently closed.
khōréō is a quarterly publication of stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. We’re especially interested in writing and art that explores the impact of human or cultural migration, whether voluntary or forced. Examples include themes of immigration, diaspora, and anti-colonialism, as well as more metaphorical interpretations of the term. Most importantly, we’re a new magazine and we’re still finding our identity: therefore, please don’t self-reject because you’re not sure if your work is a good fit. We won’t know until we see it, so please give us a chance to look!
khōréō is dedicated to diversity and amplifying the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors and artists. We welcome, but do not require, a brief description of the author’s/artist’s identity in their cover letter.
We invite you to submit if you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work.
When reading submissions, we take in good faith that you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora as described above. If you still aren’t sure if you should submit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We kindly request individuals who do not identify as such to support the magazine by reading our stories, subscribing, and helping spread the word instead.
Our next submission period starts at midnight Eastern time on January 1, 2021. We will close submissions at 11:59pm Eastern on January 31, 2021.
In our first year, we will have the following reading periods for fiction and non-fiction:
- January 1-January 31
- April 1-April 30
- July 1-July 30
- October 1-October 31 (themed issue)
What we want
We are looking for short fiction under 5,000 words. Because we are a new journal, we have a stricter budget and therefore prefer stories under 3,500 words. Anything over 5,000 words will be rejected without being read.
Stories must contain a speculative element in order to be considered; if there isn’t some element of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc. in the story, it’s not for us.
Please format your story using the Shunn modern manuscript format (details at this link: https://www.shunn.net/format/story/). Authors are not expected to provide their mailing address until acceptance.
NEW: Please include the general genre of the piece in your cover letter (fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.); this makes it easier for us to assign it to our First Readers according to their preferences. Submissions that omit this won’t be penalized — it’s just a little more convenient for us. 🙂
Please note simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we request that you note this in your cover letter and withdraw the story from our consideration if it is accepted elsewhere.
Our last issue of the year is focused on food. We’re looking for stories and essays that explore food as a vehicle for identity, culture, discovery, change, and any other facets of migration or diaspora.
Submissions will be open July 1-31 for publication in November 2021.
If your story requires a content warning, please include a brief description below the title of your piece as well as in your cover letter. In addition, please check the box indicating that your story has content warnings on the submission form. This does not affect your chances of getting accepted; it’s just for the awareness of our First Readers and Editors.
While the list is not exhaustive, please refer to the below for a general list of content warnings for a quick check of which might apply to your story.
- Sexual Assault
- Child abuse/pedophilia/incest
- Animal cruelty or animal death
- Self-harm and suicide
- Eating disorders, body hatred, and fatphobia
- Violence (specifying graphic, against children, domestic violence, etc. is helpful)
- Pornographic content
- Kidnapping and abduction
- Death or dying
- Illness (e.g., cancer, seizures)
- Mental illness and ableism
- Racism and racial slurs
- Sexism and misogyny
- Hateful language directed at religious groups (e.g., Islamophobia, antisemitism)
- Transphobia and transmisogyny
- Homophobia and heterosexism
What we don't want
Please do not send us stories with gratuitous gore or violence; fridging (where a character dies or undergoes pain in service of the protagonist’s story or to serve as character development); racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc. elements; clichés; “it was all a dream” endings; stories where a person from a non-marginalized group experiences life as someone from a marginalized background.
We are currently not accepting novelettes or novellas, but hope to expand in the future. We may also consider serialized stories one day.
We do not accept multiple submissions, unsolicited resubmissions, or reprints.
Please do not withdraw and resubmit the same story in one submission window; stories that are caught doing this will be rejected. A high queue position doesn’t mean that your story hasn’t been read already — stories are assigned to first readers at least once per day and usually read quite quickly.
Stories over 5,000 words will be rejected without being read. Please don’t try to “trick” us.
Each story is assigned to a first reader, who reads the piece in its entirety before scoring it and providing an initial recommendation (reject or pass up to editors). This step is usually complete within a couple of days.
Regardless of score, an editor reviews each story before finalizing the decision. While most stories have their first read complete within a couple of days, this second step tends to be our bottleneck, since there’s just three people reading the Fiction stories, and we usually get ~200/window.
Therefore, having a high queue number does not mean your story hasn’t been read already. For this reason, please do not withdraw and resubmit the same story in one submission window; stories that are found doing this will be rejected.
If you made a truly horrific mistake (like, you submitted the wrong file), reach out to email@example.com when you make the discovery and we’ll figure out if there’s a way to make things right.
A typo does not count as a horrific mistake; we haven’t rejected a single story because of a typo. Realizing you could have rewritten a few sentences or added/killed a paragraph does not count as a horrific mistake; please make sure your story is ready and final before submitting it.
What we offer
Payment at SFWA pro rates ($0.08/word).
What we ask for
We are finalizing our boilerplate contracts, which will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Until then, at a high level, we ask for:
- Non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferrable first-world English-language rights to publish in digital, ebook, and print
- Right to republish in an anthology of stories that have previously appeared in the magazine within 24 months of initial publication in our magazine
- Nonexclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable license to archive the story on our website for at least 36 months
- Nonexclusive right to record audio and share it on our website for at least 36 months
Any rights not granted explicitly to us by the contract are retained by the author.