On publishing:

What do you mean by “YA”?

We only publish young adult (YA) fiction. We want short stories about being a teenager, told from in the moment of being a teenager, aimed at teens and YA readers. (Which means, for example, that we’re not interested in nostalgic stories about being a teenager in the 1990s told from the lens of a forty-year-old adult!)

We don’t accept middle-grade short stories or children’s fiction.

Content: Are curse words and sex scenes allowed in submissions, or are you looking for a “clean” story?

This should be a young adult story, and there is plenty of sex and cursing to be found in that publishing category. Please send us the story the way you feel it needs to be written, and if we are interested in accepting and find that something needs to be dialed back we will be in touch to see how you feel about such edits. (Please note: We are not interested in erotica.)

What genres are you considering?

We are open to all genres as long as the story is YA. Genres of interest include contemporary realistic, mystery, fantasy, horror, paranormal, magical realism, slipstream, speculative, historical, science fiction, thriller, romance, etc. To have a sense of our tastes: We are particularly struck by strong voices, inventive storytelling, and beautiful writing. Both literary and commercial stories are welcome.

We accept stories in verse so long as they meet our word count guidelines, but we do not accept poetry or nonfiction.

If you have a self-published book does that mean you are published and disqualified from a “new voice” slot?

Yes, this is a full-length book. However, we are still happy to consider your story! You just wouldn’t qualify to be selected as a “new voice.”

Do you accept multiple submissions?

We prefer submissions of a single story at a time. However, if you want to show us more than one story, you can send up to three in the same email. Please note there is no guarantee we will read past the first one, but if we see promise in the first story and decide it’s not right for us, we may be curious enough to read the next. Even so, please don’t send three separate emails with three separate submissions at the same time.

Are you open to submissions from international writers?

Yes. We are publishing stories in English, but our contributors can come from anywhere in the world. 

Who is selecting the “new voice” writers who will be featured?

We are now open to submissions from “new voices” to be selected and introduced by beloved, established authors. (Please see our guidelines for what we consider a “new voice.”) Our readers, fiction editors, and editors-in-chief will narrow it down and choose some stories we love from our slush submissions and then send a small batch of finalists to the established author to make the selection. From those stories, it is the author’s choice alone which story to select and introduce in one of our issues. Each issue of FORESHADOW will feature a new voice selected by a different beloved author, giving new writers a magical opportunity to be discovered by many new eyes. We will announce who those featured authors are when we can.

Will all contributors be paid? How about contributors to Issue Zero?

Yes! Contributors to Issue Zero will be paid $250 USD per story, and if more is raised in the fundraising campaign, they will receive the difference after fundraising has closed. Once the fundraising campaign is complete, we will clearly state how much we can pay all contributors and will include the amount in any acceptance letters for Issues #1-12. You are welcome to withdraw your submission if you are not happy with the potential payment (submissions can be withdrawn by emailing foreshadowYA@gmail.com). If you prefer to know exactly how much you would potentially be paid for a story, please wait for our fundraiser to be complete and submit for the September 1 deadline. Payment will be a nominal amount per story—the same amount for all stories we feature—not per word.

Are you a SFWA qualifying market?

We are not.

Will there be physical copies available, or is this an exclusively digital market?

This is an online only project. If for some reason we are approached to turn this into an anthology in perdurable print, we will be in touch about it, and we will absolutely work to provide further payment in such a situation. (Please see the “Author Rights” section under the submission guidelines for more.)

Can there be a title separate from the one-word clue/theme?

If you have an existing title you’re attached to, we can include this as a subtitle. In the table of contents, the story will be introduced via the one-word title.

Can you explain a bit more about what you are looking for regarding comic submissions?

We would be looking for an original YA comic of 5-10 pages. Any additional submission guidelines for comics will be added once we have a comics editor.

Is there a reading fee to submit a story?

There is no reading fee. It doesn’t cost anything, and will always be free no matter how we manage submissions in the future, to submit a story to FORESHADOW.

How is this different from a literary magazine?

We are not an ongoing publication, as a magazine would be. Instead, we are curating a finite number of stories, and sharing them with the world in small chunks, spread out over the course of one year. We will officially begin publishing in January of 2019 and the last stories of the anthology will be published in December of 2019.

Why are you open to submissions before you have raised the money to pay contributors? What happens if your fundraiser fails?

As Issue Zero will be published early to boost our fundraising campaign, we are open to submissions now specifically to seek stories for Issue Zero, and those contributors will all be paid a nominal fee as outlined above, no matter how much is raised. The deadline for consideration for Issue Zero is February 1. We will continue to read submissions as we gather new voices and other stories for consideration for our future 2019 issues, but acceptance letters for slush submissions will not be sent out until after the fundraiser is closed and we can state specifically how much we pay and are assured we can publish all twelve issues. The deadline for consideration for our first few issues in 2019 is September 1, 2018, which is after fundraising will be completed and announced. After February 1, writers who would prefer to wait until they know how much they would be potentially paid for appearing in Issues #1-12 should just keep an eye on that September 1 deadline.

If our fundraiser is not as successful as we hope and no money is raised, we will make a public statement here, on Twitter, and to newsletter subscribers as well as notify all writers who have submitted stories. However, we are being positive that we will raise enough to pay each contributor at least a small nominal fee for being a part of this project, and hopefully more if we meet our stretch goals. To make sure FORESHADOW happens, we hope you will support our efforts in summer 2018!

On applying to be staff:

Will you be paying your staff?

This is contingent upon fundraising. This project’s priority is to pay contributors, and following that we will cover the costs of running the site, and if we reach our stretch goals beyond that, we will happily pay our staff and ourselves.

If I apply for staff position, but am not given a role, can I submit a story after?

Yes! If you’re not selected for a volunteer staff position, you are absolutely welcome to submit a story. It’s only people who end up working on staff who are disqualified from submitting stories.

Will staff members be working remotely?

Yes! You can work from anywhere! All that matters is that you are responsive via email, and able to communicate with the rest of the team on Slack.

If you have further questions for us that aren’t covered here, please feel free to contact us. We will continue to make updates as questions come up!