Ray Gun Revival is all about space opera and golden age science fiction. We’re looking for fiction of 4000 words or less. (If a story needs to come in a little longer than that but is of sufficient excellence it may win awards, we’ll take a look at it, but let’s keep it under 4k words for most stories.)
Our readership is adult, so children’s stories are unlikely to be accepted unless they are relevant to adults as well. On the other hand, we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence, or pointlessly foul language; edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot and characters.
It ought to go without saying that any story submitted to Ray Gun Revival must be your own unpublished original creation. If you publish a story on a blog, even your own personal blog, it is considered published and therefore inappropriate for our market.
Important: Please look through our Formatting Guidelines and Style Guide before you submit a story. The sanity you save may be your own!
All stories must be submitted through our online form—we cannot accept stories via email or snail mail.
Our target response time is two months, and we will do our best to give you an acceptance or refusal within that time period, or at least provide an update if our decision is delayed.
Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions
Multiple submissions are acceptable; you may have up to three stories in our submission process at any one time. However, please don’t try to upload more than one story at a time into the submission form, each story must be submitted separately.
Unfortunately, simultaneous submissions are not possible: when you submit using our online form, you must grant us the right to publish your story if we select it for Ray Gun Revival, which you cannot do if you have offered that same right elsewhere.
We believe in the importance of being paid for your writing, even if it’s only a token amount. At this time, we are able to offer $0.01-$0.05 per word up to 4k words, to be paid via PayPal, with the option to donate it back to Ray Gun Revival if you are so inclined. In addition, if requested we will set up a free Author Forum for you right here at RGR where you will be able promote your own writing.
More importantly, publication also includes an opportunity to promote your writing beyond Ray Gun Revival. We will gladly provide a link to your blog or website, and if you have a book on Amazon, we can link to that as well.
Terms and Agreements
Due to our publication schedule, you must agree to our terms and agreements as part of the submission process. When you submit your story, a dialog box will pop up containing our contract. You’ll notice that it’s very similar to the standard boilerplate contract available at SFWA.org (that’s where we got it), but we still recommend that you read it carefully. You are then given the option to accept or decline our terms, just as you would when you install software. If you accept, you will be e-mailed to confirm that we’ve received your submission.
We ask for First Rights and specifically First Internet Publication, with an option on First Anthology Rights for 18 months (which, if exercised, nets you another dollar). After publication, the story will remain in our searchable archives unless the author asks us to remove it.
**Though the submission contract asks for your mailing address, we will never send you anything without your permission, nor will we distribute that information to any third-party.
Life is hard. Fiction is easy. Bring some adventure back into your life. It’s time for a little Ray Gun Revival, and we’re packin’ heat.
Submissions have been closed.