Elphame Realms



Elphame Realms is a brand new digital e-zine that showcases short stories and novelettes of all fantasy and speculative fiction sub-genres. We are enthusiastically seeking short and novelette-length fantasy stories (under 15k words). We also accept submissions of fantasy-themed poetry, sample chapter(s) of your self-published fantasy novel, or a 1-2 page article (cf. a blog post) on writing fantasy.

Please read the following FAQs and Submission Guidelines carefully before submitting your work to us.


What is Elphame Realms? 
Elphame Realms is a subsidiary of Elphame Press, an electronic publishing imprint owned and operated by author C.K. Brooke. Elphame Realms E-Zine will electronically publish fantasy and speculative fiction short stories and novelettes, along with other content, in biannual or quarterly issues (frequency will depend on the amount of submissions and/or interest generated).

What genre(s) does Elphame Realms publish? 
We are interested in every fantasy and speculative fiction sub-genre. We are especially interested in clean romantic fantasy, HEAs, and stories with heart that the reader can connect with emotionally. You may submit short works of dystopia, epic, fairy tale, folklore, myth, royalty, paranormal, urban, sci-fi, magical realism, etc. Content-wise, it must be clean (no gore, erotic content, or extreme profanity) so as to be suitable for both YA as well as NA/adult audiences.

*We do not publish non-fantasy works, children’s and MG (middle-grade); illustrations and graphics/comics; or violent, erotic, or profane content.

What else are you looking for?
Short stories are our priority, but we would also be interested in your:

  • fantasy-themed poetry
  • 1-2 page article on any topic of writing fantasy
  • sample or bonus chapter(s) of your self-published* fantasy novel

Occasionally, we will like to conduct interviews with published fantasy authors as well. Please email the address below to inquire about scheduling an interview.

*We cannot feature samples/excerpts from published works under exclusive contract with a publisher.

Why submit?
Glad you asked! Here are some of the perks of being featured in our e-zine:

  • Get your name & work out there – break through if you’re new, or reach more readers if you’re already established
  • Get paid up front
  • Add to your portfolio, resume & Amazon Author Central profile
  • List under publishing experience when querying agents or publishers on future projects
  • Advertise your self-published novel with sample or bonus material
  • Be in great company with fellow talented fantasy writers!

How to Submit

**Please ensure your work is as free as possible from typos and grammatical errors before submitting to us.** You may email your clean, fantasy short story as a single-spaced, size 12 Times New Roman font, Microsoft Word .doc or .docx attachment to elphamepress@gmail.com. Label the subject line: Elphame Realms Submission. In the body of the email, please introduce yourself and include:

  • type of submission (short story, poem, etc.)
  • fantasy sub-genre(s)
  • title
  • word count
  • publishing experience and author website, if applicable

We do not accept hard copy submissions.

Please allow 1-3 weeks for a reply. We’ll respond only to submissions in which we’re interested. In the meantime, do read the following important information regarding compensation and rights:

Compensation & Rights
If we’d like to feature your story, poem, or article in our e-zine, we’ll offer $0.25 per 1 single-spaced page (size 12, Times New Roman font, MS Word document) in exchange for One-Time Electronic Rights. This means we’ll publish your story one time, in one issue. We don’t have to be the first, as long as your story isn’t currently, and/or will not in the future be, under an exclusive contract with any publisher. We are not owning or buying your work. You will retain 100% of the rights, and may self-publish the work at any time, submit it elsewhere for other One-Time rights usage, or share it online (i.e. on your website, Wattpad, etc). You will not earn a royalty off of e-zine sales, but will be compensated up front at the aforementioned rate for your contribution.

*If your story is related to an under-contract series, please ensure whether your publisher has the right of first refusal to all works in the series before submitting to us. 

All stories in our e-zine will be subject to complimentary editing for standard formatting, grammar, punctuation, etc. Authors will have the chance to review and approve all changes before publication. Major elements of the plot will not be altered.

More questions? Write to elphamepress@gmail.com.