Some commonly asked questions
- How often is Wicked Words published and in what formats?
- What genre of stories will be accepted on Wicked Words?
- What word length of story is Wicked Words looking for?
- How many stories can I submit at once to Wicked Words?
- Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
- Once I’ve submitted a story to Wicked Words what response time should I expect?
- Does Wicked Words pay for the story that is being published? If so how much?
- Does Wicked Words accept reprints?
- What rights does Wicked Words want to have when publishing my story?
- Who am I sending my stories to?
- What are the dates of publication and the submission cut-off dates for each issue?
1. How often is Wicked Words published and in what formats?
Initially Wicked Words is going to be published quarterly in .pdf and .epu. There are plans to expand this to print on demand, but I will be building up to that by initially using Blurb‘s print-on-demand service for anyone who wants the bound version. If Wicked Words becomes successful it may also increase the frequency of publication.
2. What genre of stories will be accepted on Wicked Words?
The main types of story that I want to publish in Wicked Words are based in the science fiction, fantasy or horror genres. It would be great if these stories had a twist in the tale. I will look at other genres as long as there is a twist in the tale, but the story would really have to grip me to get through the selection process if it hadn’t any science fiction, fantasy or horror themes to it.
3. What word length of story is Wicked Words looking for?
Each issue Wicked Words is looking to publish several pieces of flash fiction of up to 750 words each and several short stories of between 1,000 and 7,500 words each. Once a year in the Winter issue we will accept a Novella of between 7,500 and 15,000 words.
4. How many stories can I submit at once to Wicked Words?
Wicked Words will accept up to one story from each word length category, so one flash fiction piece and one short story in the normal editions and if it is the Winter edition, a Novella. Therefore a maximum of three pieces at any one time.
5. Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
At Wicked Words we do accept simultaneous submissions, but do ask that you let us know as soon as you are accepted for another publication so that we don’t spend too much time on your story.
6. Once I’ve submitted a story to Wicked Words what response time should I expect?
You can expect a response from the editor within 24 hours to say that Wicked Words has received your story. If you haven’t received this response within 24 hours please contact the editor using the contact form. Once the story has been received there will normally be a response on its suitability within 60 days from receiving the story.
7. Does Wicked Words pay for the story that is being published? If so how much?
Wicked Words does pay for stories it publishes. The rate will be £0.01 per word up to a maximum of £50. There will also be a royalty sharing scheme. If the edition that your story has been published in makes a net profit all contributors will receive a share of 50% of those profits shared proportionally. This royalty will be payed annually.
8. Does Wicked Words accept reprints?
Wicked Words will not accept reprints for the quarterly publication as we are looking for well written original stories with a twist.
We will accept reprints for publishing on the website but these will not have any payments and the author has to ensure that they have all the rights to publish in this format. This reprint will include biographical and contact details for the author to help promote their other works.
9. What rights does Wicked Words want to have when publishing my story?
The author must agree that the story is previously unpublished and once accepted agree not to allow publication in another periodical or anthology from acceptance until 6 months after the publication of the issue the story was in.
Wicked Words requires First Print and Electronic Publishing rights. Copyright is retained by the author who grants permission for Wicked Words to publish the story world-wide on electronic media and in a print-on-demand edition. This permission covers one issue of Wicked Words in perpetuity. Any re-publication in another issue or other form will be re-negotiated between Wicked Words and the author. It is requested that reprints in other print or electronic magazines or anthologies be delayed for six months after the Wicked Words publication date.
If the story is a reprint the author will give Wicked Words permission to use it on their website (www.wickedwords.co.uk) to promote the authors other works. If the author wishes to remove the work from the Wicked Words website 48 hours notice is required.
10. Who am I sending my stories to?
Wicked Words has been set up by Stephen Baird, an old sci-fi, horror and fantasy reader who used to run a photocopied zine back in early 80s full of angst-ridden elf lords. This zine, thankfully, didn’t have a distribution past his D&D friends who probably used it for making in-game notes. Stephen has always held a dream of publishing tightly written words and since his own are anything but he thought he would live vicariously through the skills of others by setting up a Quarterly magazine.
11. What are the dates of publication and the submission cut-off dates for each issue?
As Wicked Words is a quarterly there are 4 issues annually. The dates for these are:
Spring – Published on the 1st of March each year. Cut off for submissions is the 1st of January.
Summer – Published on the 1st of June each year. Cut off for submissions is the 1st of April.
Autumn – Published on the 1st of September each year. Cut off for submissions is the 1st of July.
Winter – Published on the 1st of December each year. Cut off for submissions is the 1st of October.