Albedo One & Albedo 2.0—Submission Guidelines for Authors
Albedo One and Albedo 2.0 are open for submissions in four reading windows each year. These are the first month of every quarter, i.e., January, April, July and October. Regrettably, submissions received beyond these months will go unread.
We are always looking for thoughtful, well written fiction. Our definition of what constitutes science fiction, horror and fantasy is extremely broad and we love to see material which pushes at the boundaries or crosses between genres.
All authors receive a complimentary print and pdf copy of the issue their story appears in. Our payment is 6 euro per 1000 words (i.e. 0.6 cents per word), up to 8000 words. We hope to improve our rates gradually in the future, and purchasing the magazine is the way to help us achieve that!
Our preferred length is between 2,500 and 8,000 words. We have published stories above that limit, but only because we thought that they were of exceptional quality. Please also note that we cannot (regretfully) pay for additional words beyond 8000.
Our response time is variable – but we aim to respond between two to four months after submission date.
We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions, nor do we accept previously published stories, the exception being stories that have been published previously in languages other than English (i.e. you may submit stories that have not yet been published in English, but the stories must be translated to English for submission).
We do not count stories that have been posted online in fiction workshops for critique and improvement as having been previously published (i.e. these may also be submitted, but must be removed from the workshop if accepted for publication).
All stories submitted will be considered for publication in either Albedo One magazine, OR in the online Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase series, which aims to publish and showcase online the very best fiction that the Albedo One team can lay their hands on.
For postal submissions: All stories should be typewritten, on A4 paper or US equivalent, double line or 1.5 line spaced, using one side of the paper and leaving at least 1″ margins all round. Electronic version should be available on request.
We do NOT return manuscripts, so disposable manuscripts ONLY please!
Our postal submissions address:
8 Bachelor’s Walk
All submissions must be accompanied by an e-mail address, our preferred method of response, or a SAE with Irish stamps. NO English stamps, NO American stamps please – the Irish Post Office does NOT accept these. International Reply Coupons (IRCs) are unfortunately also not accepted by the Irish Post Office.
For email submissions: Mail your e-mail submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email submissions may be pasted into the body of your email, or may be submitted as an attachment in .rtf format (no .docx please).
Please enter subject line as follows: Fiction Submission: Name of Story
We strongly suggest that potential contributors be familiar with the style and content of Albedo One before submitting, and we advise ordering a copy or minimally reading a low-cost pdf copy before submitting stories.
Story rights: Upon acceptance of a story for publication in Albedo One magazine or the Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase, we claim First World English Rights for Online, Digital and Print mediums. This lets us be the ones to publish your story first, worldwide in the English language, either in the pages of Albedo One, or online on the Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase. As soon as we have published your story, be it in Albedo One magazine or Albedo 2.0, rights revert to the authors. Albedo One NEVER claims any permanent rights to your work.
You might also wish to consider entering our respected horror, fantasy and science fiction writing competition, the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, with a grand prize of €1000 euro (yes, that’s right, €1000!) and publication in Albedo One.
We are also looking for interviews with high profile authors, media personalities and for book reviews.
Albedo One – Guidelines to Artists
Please submit a sample of your work. We currently require cover artwork only. Artwork may be commissioned on the basis of your initial sample submission. We pay €20 for artwork, on publication.
8 Bachelor’s Walk
Aeon Press—Guidelines for Authors
Aeon Press is the book publishing arm of Albedo One. You can see a selection of our recent Aeon Press titles here.
Aeon Press is currently closed to submissions, but you may still submit your short fiction to Albedo One magazine, as per the guidelines further above.