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!
Who can submit?
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, 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 email@example.com.
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 first submission period will open at midnight Eastern time on October 1, 2020. We will close submissions at 11:59pm on October 31, 2020.
In our first year, we will have the following reading periods:
- January 1-January 31
- April 1-April 30
- July 1-July 30
- October 1-October 31
Fiction submissions are open until October 31!
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.
Please submit stories through our Moksha system, which you can access at this link: https://khoreo.moksha.io/publication/1/1/submit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What we offer
Payment at SFWA pro rates ($0.08/word).
Non-fiction submissions are open until October 31!
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.
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.
Art submissions are open until October 31!
What we want
We commission one piece of cover art per issue. Cover art may be full colour or monotone, and should explore speculative elements in new ways. We kindly request no fan art.
We are also interested in series of black-and-white spots/”doodles” for our digital print issue. Spots should be 5-10 images of black-and-white line art (one additional colour acceptable) drawn on a common theme.
When submitting art, please use our Moksha system at this link: https://khoreo.moksha.io/publication/1/3/submit. In your cover letter, please note a URL to your portfolio (if applicable) and whether you would be interested in creating cover art, spots, or both. Please include up to three samples of your art as one PDF document.
Please note that we will use these submissions as a reference list of artists, and that we will reach out to individual artists to discuss specific commissions for covers.
What we offer
We pay $300 for custom cover art and $100 for cover art drawn from an artist’s existing portfolio. We pay up to $40 for a full series of spots.