Outposts of Beyond

Science, space, stars, and beyond…

Robots. Cyborgs. Aliens. Starships that journey between the stars. Desolate planets where life is a dangerous prospect. Strange life-forms from beyond our dimension. Enhanced human experiments leading to super soldiers and maybe even the Gods themselves. The human spirit – even in alien species – examined, pushed, purified into its finest form until we understand exactly what it is to be alive. These are the things one will find in the pages of Outposts of Beyond.

What We Want

Outposts of Beyond publishes original science fiction and fantasy short stories, poems, articles, and art. We’re looking for stories that invite the reader to join them on a journey to other worlds and to explore what it is to be human, to be alive, the differences between species and more. We would prefer space operas, their magical counterparts, as well as adventure stories. We want strong plots and subplots if you need them, and great descriptives that draw the reader into the world you’ve created, as well as characters we care about and want to see win, even if they don’t always make in the end.

Publishing Details

Edited by Tyree Campbell, this is a quarterly digest published in January, April, July, and October.

Its format is perfect-bound trade paperback, 6×9, color cover and b&w interior.

We recommend you check out our previous publications to get a better idea of what we’re looking for.

You can pick up cheaper, older issues here:

Submission Details

  • Stories
  • Outposts of Beyond considers stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words long. We pay $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.

  • Poems
  • Outposts of Beyond considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue. We do not consider scifaiku or related forms.

  • Art
  • Outposts of Beyond considers color cover art and interior art (interior art will be published in b&w). We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. If you have a gallery we can browse just send us the link and we’ll check it out and get back to you.

  • Articles
  • Outposts of Beyond 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 – science, fantasy, movie, book, or person (interview) – and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples. If you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair but be accurate. Reviews of movies do need to be timely.

    We consider articles between 1,500 and 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.

    In addition to the above payments, each contributor also receives one contributor’s copy of the issue in which their work appears.

    How to Submit

    Submit your work to outpostsbeyond@yahoo.com

    In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission, your last name, and the title of the work submitted. If you’ve submitted poems instead of stories, simply put POEMS where the title of a story would go instead.

    Here’s an example: “Submission, Michaels, Coffee and Psions”

    Submit your story as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment.

    Submit poems either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment.

    Submit art as a jpeg or png attachment.

    Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.

    Contact information example:

    Kira Jontra Word Count: 2327
    1 Rocket Road
    Hawthorne, CA 90250
    mindmovergirl@gmail.com
    paypal [if any]: muchloot@wallet.com

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

    Please, do not put any fancy formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing.

    An example of what we don’t want:

    Story story story story. “Story, story?”

    Author Name / Story Title / Page Number

    Story. Story story story story.

    It is important to note that style is much different than the above, and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable.

    It takes a great deal of time to read and edit things properly, so if we see things like this Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.