Apparition Lit

is creating an online quarterly speculative fiction magazine

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Larva Barnacle

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You're just the cutest little baby arthropod we ever did see, yes you are. We shall raise you as our own.

Thank you! You'll be included in the credits for each issue, since you helped bring it about (unless you don't want your name/alias listed)! You'll also automatically get an email subscription of our magazine. 

Acorn Barnacle

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Let's take this symbiotic/semi-parasitic relationship to the next level.

You get access to our private Slack channel, where we discuss books, TV, and other media!  Plus you get everything a Larva Barnacle gets! 

Crusty Fouler

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 Not even the most powerful enchanted pressure washer could pry you from our hull. 

Your chitin is looking a little naked. How about a sticker? 

Annnnd, how about another perk? You get four Hall Passes to use throughout the year! These Hall Passes have magical powers. Each individual Hall Pass gives you an extra day in the submission periods, meaning you can submit a day early or late. OR you can combine the powers of the Hall Pass to create a Resubmission Ticket. If we’ve rejected a story but you think it still fits a theme, use the four Hall Passes to resend a revised manuscript. Plus everything from the lower tiers!  




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About Apparition Lit

Apparition Lit is a toddler-aged speculative fiction magazine. Each quarter we open for submissions based on a chosen theme and curate stories and poems that meet, or challenge, that theme. We love speculative fiction. It’s weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary-- all those good things that make life a little more special and magical.

We want to bring you the best stories possible and pay livable wages. If you can’t afford to donate to our Patreon or become a yearly subscriber, you can support us by following our social media accounts or purchasing individual issues. Every little bit helps. All donated funds go toward the maintenance of the website and paying our featured authors and artists.

A little more about us

When we launched our magazine we were immediately astounded by the support we received and the quality of the work we’ve published. Our authors and artists are like family to us.

From the very beginning, we wanted to treat authors the way that we wish magazines had treated us. This meant an open and transparent submissions process (you can read up on the stats of each submission call in our newsletter or on our Patreon), on-time contracts and payments, and a loyal hype-machine.

Although we ask for non-simultaneous submissions, Apparition Lit has a quick turnaround time, earning us a listing on Duotrope’s Top 100 Fastest to Respond for both short stories and poetry. We generally take 2-4 days to respond with a yay or nay, leaving you plenty of time to polish your manuscript or resend out on the submission train.

For each story and poem we publish, we create an image featuring a line from the work. We spread love and hype for our authors on Twitter and Facebook. We want to give professional attention to our authors, even if we’re not yet able to pay them professional rates.

What our goals are

We've been steadily increasing our payment rates since 2019 directly because of the support of our donors and subscribers. We now pay out $0.03/word for both short stories and flash fiction, as well as $30 flat for poetry. Thanks to the contributions from our Patreon members, we have been able to contract Guest Editors for issues.

Apparition Lit has always tried to maintain a personal policy of openness and accountability, especially in regard to the management of our magazine. Below are our anticipated fees for 2021, which set the minimum support we need to keep the magazine afloat without editor payments buoying us.

Although we love our magazine and are always ready to chip in, our ultimate goal is to see Apparition Lit stand on its own feet (however many limbs it needs), so that there will come a time that new editors could step forward without the obligation of deep pockets.

We want to pay you before we stop paying in.

Overall goals

  • Once we hit $290 month the magazine will be fully self-sufficient (barring Editor payments for site maintenance, business expenses, and Guest Editor payment)
  • Once we hit $486 a month, we will can raise our rates to $0.05/word and $50 for poetry
  • Once we hit $516 a month, the magazine can fully cover all production and Guest Editor payments (barring Editor payments for site maintenance and business expenses)
  • Once we hit $770 a month, we'll become a pro-rate magazine!
$212.42 of $290 per month
Apparition Lit is able to cover all author and artists fees (set at $0.03/word for short fiction, $30 for poetry, $60 for Guest Essay, and $150 for commissioned artwork). Editor payments cover Guest Editor fees, maintenance and business related expenses.
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