Story Submission Guidelines

Story Submission Guidelines

If you’re planning to submit short stories to Antagonist Games, Inc. please read the following guidelines.

How to submit short stories

All short story submissions should be made through our contact email with the subject “Short Story Submission – “ and then the project you are submitting for. For example “Short Story Submission – Midnight Velvet”. Submitting to any other email in any other format will be ignored or not get to us correctly. Please do not drop submissions to us in person at public events, these will also be ignored.

What we’re looking for

We are open for general short story submissions throughout the year, and run a series of themed submission calls. To find out what’s happening at the moment, please see our social media sites (listed below).

Antagonist Games Anthologies may contain a range of short stories from both new and established authors. We strongly recommend reading one of our settings guides before submitting: Our settings have some very specific features, and if you take the time to discover what they contain, you’ll find it much easier to decide what to send us. 

One other thing to note is that we’re looking for stories about people and places, rather than about writing itself. If the most important thing about your story is its quirky narrative structure, or if the protagonist is a writer who’s writing a short story about the challenges of writing a short story about the challenges of being a writer, then it may not be for us.

Word count and Formatting

We are able to consider stories that are between 1,000 and 10,000 words in length; please do not send anything longer or shorter than this. (Most of the stories we publish are between about 2,000 and 7,000 words.)

Please format the short story in accordance to the guidelines found here: https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

How much we pay

We are currently paying $10 per thousand words for stories that we publish (for example, $20 for a 2,000 word story, or $100 for a 10,000 word story) or you can opt for a flat 5% royalties off of sales through our Drive-Thru RPG sales. Contributors also receive two complimentary paperback copies. 

Deadlines and when to submit

We have no deadlines for standard acceptances, and deadlines for Anthologies will be posted with the announcement for that Anthology.

International submissions and translations

We accept short story submissions from authors all over the English-speaking world. We currently don’t have the staff to translate works so they must be done in English.

Rights

We ask for first serial rights on any story we publish. This means that the story should not have appeared anywhere else, either in print or online. (This includes publication on an author’s own website.) When we publish a story, we ask for a brief period of exclusivity (usually six months), and the right to keep the story in print as part of the anthology. We don’t ask for website/online rights, or place any limits on what you can do with your story after the exclusivity period.

File formats

If possible, please submit your short story in .docx, .doc, or .pdf format. We also accept Google Docs pages which can be shared with our contact email address. However, please avoid Microsoft Works or Apple Pages documents as we aren’t always able to open these. 

Submission fee

We charge a $5 submission fee for each story submitted to us. This helps with our running costs and allows us to devote more time and attention to the submissions we receive. It also enables us to work a little faster: we aim to respond to all submissions within two weeks. Our form now includes an option to purchase one of our anthologies instead of paying the fee. Payment can be made at the time of submission, via PayPal (paypal.me/AntagonistGames).

Multiple and simultaneous submissions

It’s fine to send us more than one story at a time. In fact, we prefer to see two. Please don’t send more than three, though, and please send them in separate emails.

Our response times

We aim to reply to all submissions within two weeks, although we will sometimes go slightly over this during busy periods or holidays.

If you’re waiting for a reply from us, please keep an eye on your junk mail folder, as our replies do sometimes make their way there. If you submitted more than three weeks ago, and have not heard back from us, please check your junk mail folder again. If you do night find a response from us after that please email us at our contact email address.