Submissions OPEN UNTIL January 31st


  • Previously unpublished short fiction that doesn’t lean heavily on genre tropes.

  • Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain.

  • Speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream

  • Basically anything that pleases Scummy, our megaphone-toting slime buddy, will be considered for entry to the interstellar archive aboard Scummy’s saucer.


  • Include submissions as an .RTF or .DOC attachment sent to along with a brief cover letter in the email body. Please attach only your story (no images).

  • Stories, or collections of flash fiction, should be 1000 – 7000 words in length, and submitted in standard manuscript format.

  • Use the subject line “Planet Scumm Submission” followed by your story title.

  • Submit only one short story or flash collection. We will not accept multiple submissions from the same author in one reading period.

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, as long as you promptly withdraw a story accepted elsewhere. Submissions that are too long or short will be rejected immediately, as will those that are incorrectly formatted. In addition, submissions covering the topics below aren’t likely to play well with our slush readers.


  • If you’re interested in taking on a cover or a set of spot illustrations for a future issue of Planet Scumm, send us a brief cover letter and your portfolio as a link to your website and/or a .PDF with 3-5 images that you feel best represent your art style. All inquiries should be sent to

  • Use the subject line “Planet Scumm Illustration Submission” followed by your name.

  • We typically pair artists with featured stories for illustrations, however, we would be open to running with an existing illustration if it happens to be on theme. This is a discussion that will take place on an artist to artist basis after initial contact.


Accepted authors and illustrators receive a flat payment of $30 and a 3% share of the issue’s profits, plus one contributor copy.

  • Our publication operates in print, e-book, and audiobook. Some accepted stories will also be published on our website. We purchase exclusive English language print and electronic publishing rights for six months, with non-exclusive rights thereafter.

  • Authors will receive their first payment within 3 months of their issue’s release date, as well as an annual residuals check. Contributors will also receive a printed contributor copy and digital copy of the issue.