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Submission Guidelines

What we are looking for:

Scribal Tales seeks original creations in the following categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror and Hybrid tales. Essentially, we are looking for authors who can "tell an interesting tale."


Notice: Officially, as of December 2005, all cash payments have been temporarily suspended. All other terms are in full force and effect.

Scribal Tales will pay $1.00 per thousand words with a 10,000-word limit and a minimum of 1000 words. See schedule below for other considerations. Special consideration will be made for completed novels or serialized work.

Should your work be featured in Scribal Tales' magazine and/or anthology, you will receive, in addition to the original fee of ten dollars, an additional fee of ten dollars, plus two contributor copies.

All fees are paid upon publication.

You are selling to Scribal Tales, its publisher and editor, the right to publish your submission in Scribal Tales' E-zine, magazine and anthology.


Payment upon publication for first North American publication and serial rights.

Manuscripts are to be published within one year after acceptance. All rights will revert to you after the one-year period should Scribal Tales fail to publish your submission.

Payment Schedule:

1,000 - 10,000-words: Payment of $1.00 per thousand words.

Scribal Tales pays no fees for poetry or for contributions to the shared-world writing project, but will award two contributor copies should your poetry and/or shared-world tale be published in our monthly magazine and/or anthology.

All cash payments shall be made within three months after publication.

Story Format:

All submissions shall be single-spaced, Courier 12-point type, electronically produced. Save your work as ASCII text and/or place in an e-mail.

If you prefer to submit a paper version, include a 3.5 floppy disk, saved in the above format. Please e-mail Scribal Tales for our mailing address.

The author may waive any cash fees for his or her submitted work and choose to receive four contributor copies of a published magazine or anthology concerning Scribal Tales.

You will receive a formal electronic acceptance or rejection statement concerning your submitted work.

Formatting Guide:

Set the font for Times New Roman 12pt.

Use the underscore _ to mark italicized passages.
Example: "I am a published author." would look like "_I am a published author._"

Use brackets [ ] to indicate centered text.

"I am a published author."

would look like ["I am a published author."]

Use the backslash / to indicate underlined text.
Example: "I am a published author." would look like "/I am a published author./"

Do not indent paragraphs. Meaning, don't bother using the tab key. They all disappear when you paste them into a web page. Instead, to break up paragraphs, use two (2) carriage returns. In other words, just hit Enter twice.

Twice is very important. It's the different between:

Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1
Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2


Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1

Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2

The first way is unclear if the paragraph has changed. The second is unmistakable.

All authors should use the correct form for a copyright notice, which is: "Copyright {dates} by {Author/owner.}"


All characters in Scribal Tales are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Scribal Tales - A fantasy, science fiction, horror and hybrid e-zine featuring short stories, artwork and much more.


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