Guidelines FrostFire

Guidelines for FrostFire Worlds

We’ll keep it simple.

FrostFire Worlds is a quarterly magazine for younger readers, edited by Karen Otto and published by Alban Lake Publishing in February, May, August, and November. The first issue was released on 1 August 2013. The format is perfect-bound digest, 6 by 9, color cover and b&w interior. Cover price is $7.00 unless it is a special double issue. Subscriptions are $24 for one year, $44 for two years. Magazines and subscriptions are available in our bookstore.

FrostFire Worlds publishes original science fiction and fantasy short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews. Preferred are adventure stories, space opera, and magic opera [like space opera, but fantasy]. Also preferred are stories that take place on other worlds. Stories must have the following: characters the reader cares about, plots and subplots, and settings that draw the reader into them. Must have.

Remember, FrostFire Worlds is intended for younger readers, from ages 8-17 and up. Therefore, the magazine will not publish work that has bad language or adult themes in it. Period.

Submit your work to In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission plus your last name and the title of the work submitted [if poems, just put “poems.”] E.g., “Submission: Asimov Nightfall.” Submit your story or article as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment. Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment. Submit art as a jpeg attachment.

Note: Put your contact information in the upper left corner of your manuscript AND in your e-mail. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript. Contact information example is:

Edgar Montrose
1101 Kaboom Street
Mushroom, NY 12117

paypal [if any]:

Note: If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

FrostFire Worlds considers stories between 1,500 and 6,000 words long. We pay $15 for original stories, $8 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.

FrostFire Worlds considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $3.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue. We do not consider scifaiku or related forms.

FrostFire Worlds considers color cover art and interior art. We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. It’s often best if the artist has a gallery we can browse; just send us the link, and we’ll check it out and get back to you.

FrostFire Worlds considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with science, science fiction, or fantasy. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic–sciencey, or fantasy, or movie, or book, or person [interview]–and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples. Note: if you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair, but be accurate. Also note: reviews of movies need to be timely.

We consider articles between 1,500 and 4,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.

There you have it. Again, we must insist on guideline compliance. Now, let’s see whatcha got.

5 thoughts on “Guidelines FrostFire

  1. “We consider articles between 1,500 and 4,000 words long.”

    No less? That seems a bit long for an 8-year-old.

    • Hi, Robert. I suppose that is long for the average 8-year-old, but our readership tends more toward 12-14. Still, some material in FrostFire Worlds is suitable for that age. And we do hope that parents will read to their children.

  2. Hi folks, just wondering what response time is? I sent in a submission at the end of August, maybe first of September, but hadn’t heard back and was wondering if I should query. Thanks very much!

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