Trysts of Fate

Trysts of Fate [Paranormal Romance] Guidelines


Trysts of Fate is a biannual magazine edited by L.A. Story Sikora and published by Alban Lake Publishing in February and August. The first issue will be released in February 2014. The format is perfect-bound digest, 6 by 9, color cover and b&w interior. Cover price is $8.00 unless it is a special double issue. Subscriptions are $15 for one year, $28 for two years. Magazines and subscriptions are available in our bookstore.

Trysts of Fate publishes original paranormal romance short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews. Preferred are fantasy/dark fantasy/horror ROMANCE stories, but we will not turn away a good scifi tale if the love story is compelling. For us, romantic love stories can certainly be sensual but NO erotica or gratuitous sex scenes. True romances emphasize powerful emotions. Stories must have the following: characters the reader cares about, plots and subplots, and settings that draw the reader into them. We want romance with an alluring, paranormal twist – even if it’s tragic. Love comes in many flavors – create a new flavor and serve us up a warm feast.

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 “Poetry Submission.”] E.g., “Submission: Moorcock Elric.”

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.

Stories: Trysts of Fate 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: Trysts of Fate 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: Trysts of Fate 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.

Articles: Trysts of Fate considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with romance/love stories in science fiction, horror, or fantasy. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic–science fiction, 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 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.