Non-fiction submissions are currently open!
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 original personal or critical & analytical essays that examine speculative fiction, especially from a perspective of migration. We will also consider reprints, but request that this be noted in your cover letter. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Explorations of sub-genres of speculative fiction that address some aspect of migration
- Personal reflections on writing speculative fiction and identity
- Opinion pieces on recent developments in speculative fiction
- Reviews/book round-ups through a personal/memoir lens (note: we prefer reviews that focus on positive aspects of books; that is, “who this is for” rather than “who this isn’t for”)
We are looking for essays up to 5,000 words. Please submit through our Moksha system at this link: https://khoreo.moksha.io/publication/1/2/submit.
What we offer
We pay $100 for original essays and $40 for essay reprints.