About Us

Free Radicals developed as a thought experiment concerning the nature of publishing in the speculative fiction magazine, journal, and zine market. Although Free Radicals won’t accept all submissions that come its way, it will try to help those writers struggling to find their voices and their style. It will also offer a guiding hand when it comes to craft, all the while moving forward to become a serious competitor in the speculative fiction (short-form) market. Free Radicals doesn’t see rejection mills and half-assed interactions with fledgling artists/writers as responsible members of the literary community, and we hope to change that. We are looking for speculative fiction (and nonfiction) that is character-driven, just as much as it is idea-driven. We are looking for plots that are intriguing and those that avoid terrible clichés. We are looking for a better representation of those who have been left behind in mainstream speculative fiction (and nonfiction). We are looking for speculative fiction (and nonfiction) that keeps us on the edge of our seats. We are looking for an experience as well as something that is entertaining. We are looking for the future of speculative writing.

With the upcoming Issue 003, Free Radicals will be shifting some of its focus to include tabletop roleplaying games, especially those games that deal with serious “What if?” questions we’d expect to find in speculative fiction and nonfiction.