Free Radicals is a speculative fiction magazine that is published, in print and in eBook/PDF form, on a quarterly basis. We welcome all kinds of speculative fictions (with literary bents), including, but not limited to, horror, science fantasy, fantasy, science-fiction, hard science-fiction, social science-fiction, space opera, grimdark fantasy, urban fantasy, cyberpunk/post-cyberpunk, solar/hope punk, etc. It is our hope that we can build this into a magazine that offers professional-rate payments to writers. However, until that happens, we will be providing two (2) print copies to each contributor, with the hope of building this into something better and something that does more than providing artists/writers with exposure.
Free Radicals publishes under two (2) ISSNs assigned by the U.S. ISSN Center at the Library of Congress:
Online ISSN: 2767-5769
Print ISSN: 2767-5750
Submission System (Powered by Submit.as & E-mail)
Our magazine uses the Submit.as platform to accept individual submissions from authors/artists interested in submitting to Free Radicals. For those who wish to submit their artwork/writing via e-mail, you can do so by sending all submissions to Free Radicals' Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you experience any problems, in sending your submission (either via Submit.as or e-mail), please feel free to reach out to our Editor-in-Chief, G. Michael Rapp, at email@example.com.
Free Radicals is looking for speculative fictions (with literary twists). At the heart of speculative fiction is often a “What if?” question. The numerous sub-genres that meet this need include, but aren't limited to horror, science fantasy, fantasy, science-fiction, hard science-fiction, social science-fiction, space opera, grimdark fantasy, urban fantasy, cyberpunk/post-cyberpunk, solar/hope punk, etc.
Free Radicals is open to submissions from all artists and authors. Submissions are published on the basis of talent, content, and editorial needs for Free Radicals.
Guidelines. We are always looking for speculative fictions (short-form) that are between 500 and 20,000 words in length. We are also looking for speculative fiction-theme artwork/photography for each issue.
Submission Checklist. The following list is meant to help ensure your submission is taken seriously and properly understood by our editorial staff.
Send your best (i.e., polished) work.
For those submitting fiction pieces, please use the industry-standard formatting as seen on William Shunn's Official Website.
For those submitting artwork/photography, please ensure your pictures are print-quality. That means images/artwork need to be 300 dpi.
Make sure you include a readable (and professional) cover letter, introducing yourself, your submission(s), and your experiences. The cover letter should include contact information, including a mailing address. This information will be used to send your contributor copies if you are accepted for publication.
Offer a fifty-word biography in third-person. Keep it short and engaging.
Send polished work to our Submit.as submissions system or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a page on Duotrope's Duosuma, which can be used for submissions.
Free Radicals serves as a creative outlet for speculative fiction authors and artists. Consequently, the views expressed in Free Radicals do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints and/or opinions of Free Radicals’ staff as a whole.
Limitations. The Scope of These Submission Terms. All rights not expressly granted by the Artist/Author reside exclusively with the Artist/Author. Any rights may be developed in the future shall reside with the Author/Artist. Further, the Artist/Author does not transfer any rights in the Work(s) (i.e., their submission) to the Publisher (i.e., Free Radicals) except what is specifically set forth in these submission terms. These terms do not transfer the copyright of the Submission(s)/Work(s) in question.
Rights. All artists/authors, along with Free Radicals, have guaranteed rights outlined in this section of the Submission Terms. Upon accepting Free Radicals’ offer to publish submitted work, Free Radicals acquires: 1) worldwide rights to publish an artist’s/author’s accepted contribution (i.e., artwork, flash fiction, short story, etc.) in an upcoming print, eBook/PDF, and/or Web edition of Free Radicals and any Free Radicals-affiliated media; 2) exclusive worldwide rights, for print, eBook/PDF, and/or Web editions, for a period of 180 business days from the date of Free Radicals’ first publication of the submission(s) in question; 3) non-exclusive perpetual rights to republish, store, syndicate, and/or distribute the submission(s) or portions of the submission(s) in English; AND 4) the right to use the contributor’s name and likeness in a fair and dignified manner and to publish information about the contributor in connection with the advertising and promotion of Free Radicals and of the submission(s) in question. 5) When exclusive rights expire after 180 business days, the artist/author is free to seek publication elsewhere, but Free Radicals requests that is be credited in all subsequent publications of the submission(s) in question. 6) All rights granted by this agreement are granted in perpetuity and applicable in all media, including, but not limited to, all electronic media, Internet, wireless or mobile platforms, whether now known or hereafter created. 7) If an artist/author wishes to withdraw their submission from Free Radicals they can do so within sixty (60) business days prior to the publication of the applicable issue of Free Radicals. Requests to withdraw content can be directed to the Editor-in-Chief, G. Michael Rapp, at email@example.com. 8) Artists/Authors retain the copyrights of their respective submissions to Free Radicals. 9) For the avoidance of doubt, the rights granted to the Publisher under this paragraph are rights only to the publication or dissemination of an electronic replica of the Work as it is incorporated in the Magazine in its Web-based and/or eBook/PDF form, and not to any other publication, dissemination or use of the submissions(s). 10) The Artist/Author agrees not to publish or permit others to publish the submission(s) in the English language in the United States prior to its initial publication in Free Radicals and throughout the exclusivity period granted to the Publisher thereafter without the prior written permission of the Publisher. If the Work is selected for a “best of the year” or an awards anthology, the Publisher agrees to waive this clause, provided the Artist/Author gives the Publisher prior written notice of the selection by such an anthology. 11) The Artist/Author warrants that, as of the date of executing this agreement, they are the sole creator/author of the submission(s); that they are the owner of all the rights granted to the Publisher (i.e., Free Radicals) hereunder and have full power to enter into this agreement and to make the grants herein contained; that the submission(s) is/are original and any prior publication of the submission(s) in whole or in part has been fully disclosed to the Publisher and that to the best of the Artist’s/Author’s knowledge the Work does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other proprietary or personal right of any person, firm or corporation. 12) Free Radicals will make no alterations to the submission(s) without the Artist’s/Author’s written approval in e-mail or hardcopy. Artist/Author will be provided with the Free Radicals’ proposed version of the work prior to publication and given sufficient time to review text. Free Radicals reserves the right to make minor copyediting changes to conform the style of the text to its customary form and usage.
Audio Rights. Where applicable, the Author grants to the Publisher worldwide non-exclusive audio rights to the Work, solely for use in Free Radicals’ audio/podcasting program, provided that those rights are exercised within six months of publication of the Work in Free Radicals. The grant of rights to the Publisher in the previous sentence is subject, however, to the following limitation: after one (1) year from the date of initial publication, the Author may terminate the grant of non-exclusive audio rights and ask the Publisher to remove the Work from the magazine’s audio archives found on https://freeradicalsmagazine.com (and/or other electronic archives associated with Free Radicals Magazine), and the Publisher agrees that it will comply within 30 days of such request.
Contributor Copies. All contributors are to be given two (2) contributor copies before, on, or after the applicable publication date. Contributor copies serve as compensation for work submitted to Free Radicals Magazine. Additional contributor copies can be requested via e-mail request. These copies are free for the contributor, i.e., the Author, so long as the Author does not request an excessive number of copies. Subsequent contributor copies must be postmarked within sixty (60) days of the e-mail request submitted by the Artist/Author.
Magazine Closure. If Free Radicals ceases operations, the Publisher must inform the Author via e-mail or via a publicly displayed Website and/or social media posting. These announcements must come within ten (10) business days of the magazine ceasing all operations.
All questions pertaining to publishing rights should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment. Free Radicals does not pay contributors for submissions of any kind, at this time. This is likely to change in the future. All contributors receive two (2) free copies of Free Radicals. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Free Radicals’ Editor-in-Chief at email@example.com.
Simultaneous Submissions. Free Radicals gladly accepts simultaneous submissions in the fiction and photograph/art categories. We simply ask that you inform the Editor-in-Chief, G. Michael Rapp (firstname.lastname@example.org) in a timely manner if any of your pieces have been accepted elsewhere, so that they may be removed from consideration.
Artist’s/Author’s Biography. When entering a submission, please include a fifty-word biography to be printed alongside your piece in the event that it is accepted for publication.
Submission Periods. We accept submissions at any time.
Deadlines. We read submission all year round. For print consideration, we have the following (rough) deadlines:
- July/Summer – June 10
- October/Fall – September 10
- January/Winter – December 10
- April/Spring – March 10
Response Times. If you have not received a personal response from our staff within ninety (90) business days, please send a query e-mail to Free Radicals’ Editor-in-Chief, G. Michael Rapp, at email@example.com.
Publication Cycle. Free Radicals is published (in print and eBook/PDF form) four times per year. Publication on our Website will occur one every month to once every two months.