Since 2019, Landing Zone has been committed to publishing the best science fiction and fantasy on the internet. Landing Zone was founded and is currently managed by Miranda Williams and Nathaniel Buckingham, all out of their love for magic, technology that may as well be magic, and everything fantastical in between.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR


We want fantasy that exists out behind the famous tavern, out in the strange twists of woods that no one has traveled through before, and no one will again; fantasy that blends the magical and the real and anything in between, that’s brutal and honest to the characters. We want science fiction that’s original and nuanced, that throws you into the glitching areas lurking between the gears, that sends you soaring to breathtaking skylines, or the deepest pits of the WiFi dark zones. We want poetry that explodes from the page like a star fighter battle, glitches out, reads like a lonely robot powering down at the end of the world.

In other words, Landing Zone seeks narrative with fantastical elements or genre fiction within the realms of fantasy, dark fantasy, afrofuturism, high fantasy, paranormal, magical realism, science fiction, steampunk, and anything in between. Please send us work that contains some form of genre elements, or experiments with subject matter like it. Basically, if it's otherworldly or impossible in any way, we'd love to read it.

Payment is $15 through PayPal (if you don’t have PayPal, we can work something else out on a case-by-case basis) for online only features, and $15 and one copy of the issue for print publications. If we accept you, we'll let you know where we'll place you depending on how full up we are on print spots for each issue. We're hoping (and planning) to pay more than that in the future.

If you want to know what we like to read, check out the wonderful, fantastical content we have posted for free on our site. Reading what we've published before is the best way to know what we'd publish in the future, although we're always looking for writing that opens up portals to new places, forms, and genres we haven't seen.

We're especially interested in writing by individuals who are:

- BIPOC and LGBTQIA+

- unestablished, undergraduate, and underrepresented

- neurodiverse

- incarcerated, houseless, or in other ways affected by the horrors of capitalism

If you identify as one those, let us know in your cover letter.


For additional inspiration, check out:

"Seasons of Glass and Iron" - Amal El-Mohtar - Uncanny Magazine

"Dirty Wifi" - Porpentine Charity Heartscape - Strange Horizons

"26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" - Kij Johnson - Clarkesworld Magazine

"Cat Pictures Please" - Naomi Kritzer - Clarkesworld Magazine

A few other magazines we love: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Metamorphosis, Coffin Bell, Ghost Parachute, Uncharted, Asimov's, Black Warrior, Stardust, FracturedLit, Last Resort, Ember Chasm, Button Eye, Fatal Flaw, Booth, Room, Carve, Split Lip, Luna Station Quarterly, Rust+Moth.

There are many more we're fans of, but to list them all would likely exceed our website space limits.

​MECHANICAL GUIDELINES

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins, with the exception of poetry.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Submissions should be one fiction piece no longer that 7,500 words or five poems all in one document.
  • We are happy to review both short stories and novel excerpts.
  • If you're accepted elsewhere, congratulations! Please just withdraw your work on Submittable.
  • Please use .doc, .docx, .pdf file formats.
  • We're a small magazine, so please refrain from contacting us about the status of your submission unless it exceeds six months. We're trying to sharpen our processes to a one-to-two month response, but if your work is still in progress, it's likely still being considered by our magazine. For expedited responses, please submit through our other Quick Response form, and we'll respond within a week, usually much less.


If you have any other questions that aren't answered by our guidelines, please contact us through email: staff@landingzonemagazine.com.

Thank you, readers and writers. You power our engines, and we appreciate you endlessly for doing so.

Sincerely,

Nathaniel & Miranda

Editors-in-Chief

Landing Zone Magazine

While we deliberate on submissions to our first flash fiction contest, Landing Zone is pleased to open our second flash fiction contest opportunity. We are open to reviewing submissions of all genres—literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, dark fantasy, young adult, urban fantasy, dystopian, horror, gothic—but are looking for something that feels fantastical, weird, or other-worldly, however you wish to interpret that.

Of course, we most want to read flash fiction that, well, flashes. We want writing that electrifies, that explodes like a ritual gone wrong, that tosses us into a magical whirlpool and throws us out irreversibly changed. Give us worlds we've never seen, magic we didn't know existed, prose that hums with power, characters that are flawed and shattered and troubled.

More specifically, consider the concept of reinvention and exploration. Give us fiction and poetry that takes something old, like seven-league boots, and reinvents it, as V.E Schwab does in A Darker Shade of Magic when she gives her protagonist a coat that turns inside out seven times as he traverses each alternate reality/world of London. Or Amal El-Mohtar when she decided to try a different honey for thirty days, and create a fantastical poem or flash fiction around the taste, texture, and smell of each honey.

Fantasy and science fiction have always felt like source of comfort to us, and we like that feeling, but we also want to experience fresh experiences within the comfortable, too.

Yet, as always, as a final say: take our hand and lead us into somewhere magical, somewhere we can get lost in. That's ultimately what we want.

For additional inspiration, and to glimpse inside what we the editors like to read, check out: Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake), Martha Wells (Murderbot Series), Kij Johnson (26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss), V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Ursula K. Le Guin (Left Hand of Darkness), Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice), Nnedi Okorafor (Lagoon, Noor), Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive), Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month, This Is How You Lose the Time War).

A few other magazines we love: Strange Horizons, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,  Metamorphosis, Coffin Bell, Ghost Parachute, Uncharted, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Black Warrior, Stardust, FracturedLit, Last Resort, Ember Chasm, Button Eye, Fatal Flaw, Booth, Room, Carve, Split Lip, Luna Station Quarterly, Rust+Moth.

There will be two writers in each category awarded for our contest. The prizes are as follows:

First Place: $150, print publication, and interview with Landing Zone.

Runner up: $50, print publication, and interview with Landing Zone.

Guidelines:

  • We judge submissions on a monthly basis (so you don't have to wait four months to submit your writing elsewhere if it isn't the right fit for us). Works that are still in progress advanced to the next round, so if you haven't heard from us, that's a good sign. In April, we'll deliberate between the in-progress works to decide a winner and a runner-up.
  • Submissions should be one fiction piece no longer that 7,500 words or five poems, all in one document.
  • Accepted works will be published in print in our print issue, tentatively releasing in April.
  • We are happy to review both short stories and novel excerpts.
  • Formatting is up to you but please use .doc or .docx file formats.

We look forward to reading your work!

Our guidelines:

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins unless it is a poetry submission.
  • You may submit up to THREE pieces of short fiction as long as the total word count of the document is under 3,000 words.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document as we read blind.
  • If you submitted to our previous flash contest, please feel free to submit to this one as well. We only ask that you submit a different piece of flash or a significantly edited version of the flash you already submitted. 
  • Submissions should be unpublished flash fiction under 1,000 words each.
  • Please use .doc, .docx, or .pdf file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.
  • We are happy to review simultaneous submissions. Just let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

If there are any questions, please email staff@landingzonemagazine.com. We look forward to reading your work.

Landing Zone Magazine seeks fiction with fantastical elements or genre fiction within the realms of fantasy, dark fantasy, afrofuturism, high fantasy, paranormal, magical realism, science fiction, steampunk, and anything in between. We want poetry that roars and glitches out. Please send us work that contains some form of genre elements, or experiments with subject matter like it. We like themes associated with fantasy, science fiction, magical realism. Basically, if it's otherworldly, we'd love to read it.

For expedited responses, we respond within a week, usually much less.

Payment is $15 through PayPal (if you don’t have PayPal, we can work something else out on a case-by-case basis) for online only features, and $15 and one copy of the issue for print publications. If we accept you, we'll let you know where we'll place you depending on how full up we are on print spots for each issue. We're hoping (and planning) to pay more than that in the future.

If you want to know what we like to read, check out the wonderful, fantastical content we have posted for free on our site here. Reading what we've published before is the best way to know what we'd publish in the future, although we're always looking for writing that opens up portals to new places, forms, and genres we haven't seen. We're especially interested in writing by unestablished, undergraduate, and underrepresented authors.

For additional inspiration, and to glimpse inside what we the editors like to read, check out: Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake), Martha Wells (Murderbot Series), Kij Johnson (26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss), V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Ursula K. Le Guin (Left Hand of Darkness), Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice), Nnedi Okorafor (Lagoon, Noor), Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive), Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month, This Is How You Lose the Time War).

A few other magazines we love: Strange Horizons, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,  Metamorphosis, Coffin Bell, Ghost Parachute, Uncharted, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Black Warrior, Stardust, FracturedLit, Last Resort, Ember Chasm, Button Eye, Fatal Flaw, Booth, Room, Carve, Split Lip, Luna Station Quarterly, Rust+Moth.

There are many more publications we love, but to list them all would likely exceed Submittable's guideline space limits.

Guidelines:

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins, with the exception of poetry.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Submissions should be one fiction piece no longer that 7,500 words or five poems all in one document.
  • We are happy to review both short stories and novel excerpts.
  • If you're accepted elsewhere, congratulations! Please just withdraw your work on Submittable.
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. PDF's are difficult to format on our website.
  • We're a very small review, so please refrain from contacting us about the status of your submission unless it exceeds six months. We're trying to sharpen our processes to a two month response, but if your work is still in progress, it's likely still being considered by our magazine.

We look forward to reading your work!

Landing Zone Magazine seeks fantastical fiction and poetry for our print anthology titled "Magic."


Mag·ic. /ˈmajik/. noun. "the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces."


While the definition above can be used as a general guide for your submission, we think "magic" can have a myriad of additional definitions, especially in fiction and poetry. Seven-league boots, hyperdrives, murderous robots that attain sentience and just want to watch soap operas, bridge boys and stormlight, women who create different faces, a coat that turns inside out seven times, monkeys that disappear inside a bathtub performance on stage, a girl that can taste feelings in cake—all of these are wonderful examples of what we'd like to see. But beyond them, consider mystery, the element of power, how magic can pump through a story in smaller ways, like a child discovering a creek for the first time, or the way prose can make the mundane magical or find the magic inside the everyday. 


In other words, define magic however you wish. We want to read the weird, the unexplored, the unheard of and untraveled sides of the word "magic." So take the reigns, writer—lead us into your definition. We'd be very excited to see what worlds you take us to. And, we're always especially interested in the submissions of unpublished, undergraduate, or underrepresented authors. 


Payment is $15 and a print copy of the issue

Check out the cover for our previous anthology here.


We hope (and plan) to offer higher (and better) payments in the future.


For additional inspiration, and to glimpse inside what we the editors like to read, check out: Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake), Martha Wells (Murderbot Series), Kij Johnson (26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss), V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Ursula K. Le Guin (Left Hand of Darkness), Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice), Nnedi Okorafor (Lagoon, Noor), Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive), Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month, This Is How You Lose the Time War).

A few other magazines we love: Strange Horizons, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,  Metamorphosis, Coffin Bell, Ghost Parachute, Uncharted, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Black Warrior, Stardust, FracturedLit, Last Resort, Ember Chasm, Button Eye, Fatal Flaw, Booth, Room, Carve, Split Lip, Luna Station Quarterly, Rust+Moth.


Guidelines:

  • Submissions should be one fiction piece no longer that 7,500 words or five poems, all in one document.
  • Accepted works will be published in print in our anthology.
  • We are happy to review both short stories and novel excerpts.
  • Formatting is up to you but please use .doc or .docx file formats.
  • We will close for submissions on May 5th, but we judge the submissions on a rolling basis—if you haven't heard from us, your work is likely still under consideration.


We look forward to reading your work!

While we deliberate on submissions to our second contest, Landing Zone is pleased to open our third poetry and fiction contest opportunity. We are open to reviewing submissions of all genres—literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, dark fantasy, young adult, urban fantasy, dystopian, horror, gothic—but are looking for something that feels fantastical, weird, or other-worldly, however you wish to interpret that.

More specifically, consider the concept of reinvention and exploration. Give us fiction and poetry that takes something old, like seven-league boots, and reinvents it, as V.E Schwab does in A Darker Shade of Magic when she gives her protagonist a coat that turns inside out seven times as he traverses each alternate reality/world of London. Or Amal El-Mohtar when she decided to try a different honey for thirty days, and create a fantastical poem or flash fiction around the taste, texture, and smell of each honey.

Fantasy and science fiction have always felt like source of comfort to us, and we like that feeling, but we also want to experience fresh experiences within the comfortable, too. 

Yet, as always, as a final say: take our hand and lead us into somewhere magical, somewhere we can get lost in. That's ultimately what we want.

For additional inspiration, and to glimpse inside what we the editors like to read, check out: Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake), Martha Wells (Murderbot Series), Kij Johnson (26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss), V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Ursula K. Le Guin (Left Hand of Darkness), Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice), Nnedi Okorafor (Lagoon, Noor), Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive), Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month, This Is How You Lose the Time War). 

A few other magazines we love: Strange Horizons, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,  Metamorphosis, Coffin Bell, Ghost Parachute, Uncharted, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Black Warrior, Stardust, FracturedLit, Last Resort, Ember Chasm, Button Eye, Fatal Flaw, Booth, Room, Carve, Split Lip, Luna Station Quarterly, Rust+Moth.

There will be two writers in each category awarded for our contest. The prizes are as follows:

First Place: $150, print publication, and interview with Landing Zone.

Runner up: $50, print publication and interview with Landing Zone.

Guidelines:

  • We judge submissions on a monthly basis (so you don't have to wait four months to submit your writing elsewhere if it isn't the right fit for us). Works that are still in progress advanced to the next round, so if you haven't heard from us, that's a good sign. In April, we'll deliberate between the in-progress works to decide a winner and a runner-up.
  • Submissions should be one fiction piece no longer that 7,500 words or five poems, all in one document.
  • Accepted works will be published in print in our print issue, tentatively releasing in April.
  • We are happy to review both short stories and novel excerpts.
  • Formatting is up to you but please use .doc or .docx file formats.

If you have any questions, please email staff@landingzonemagazine.com

We look forward to reading your work!

Landing Zone Magazine is looking for visual art for our issue covers, and to accompany our short stories and poems. We prefer something that contains fantasy or science fiction elements, especially whimsical digital landscape creations, however we're happy to review art of any sort, style, form, and subject, and all will be considered equally for potential cover feature.

  • We’re happy to review: photography, digital art, drawings/paintings, mixed media, and photos of larger art such as sculptures, tapestries, textiles etc. If you have something that isn’t any of that, still send it over! We’ll take a look. 
  • Payment is $50 and one print contributor copy if accepted for the cover, and $10 and one print contributor copy if accepted to accompany fiction and poetry submissions.
  • You may submit up to five images per submission.
  • Please submit images in .jpg or .png format, under 5mb.
  •  We may contact you for a higher-quality file if your work is accepted.
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Landing Zone seeks fiction with fantastical elements or genre fiction within the realms of fantasy, dark fantasy, afrofuturism, high fantasy, paranormal, magical realism, science fiction, steampunk, and anything in between. We want poetry that roars and glitches out. Please send us work that contains some form of genre elements, or experiments with subject matter like it. We like themes associated with fantasy, science fiction, magical realism. Basically, if it's otherworldly, we'd love to read it.


Payment is $15 through PayPal (if you don’t have PayPal, we can work something else out on a case-by-case basis) for online only features, and $15 and one copy of the issue for print publications. If we accept you, we'll let you know where we'll place you depending on how full up we are on print spots for each issue. We're hoping (and planning) to pay more than that in the future.


If you want to know what we like to read, check out the wonderful, fantastical content we have posted for free on our site here. Reading what we've published before is the best way to know what we'd publish in the future, although we're always looking for writing that opens up portals to new places, forms, and genres we haven't seen. We're especially interested in writing by unestablished, undergraduate, and underrepresented authors. 


For additional inspiration, and to glimpse inside what we the editors like to read, check out: Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake), Martha Wells (Murderbot Series), Kij Johnson (26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss), V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Ursula K. Le Guin (Left Hand of Darkness), Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice), Nnedi Okorafor (Lagoon, Noor), Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive), Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month, This Is How You Lose the Time War).


A few other magazines we love: Strange Horizons, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,  Metamorphosis, Coffin Bell, Ghost Parachute, Uncharted, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Black Warrior, Stardust, FracturedLit, Last Resort, Ember Chasm, Button Eye, Fatal Flaw, Booth, Room, Carve, Split Lip, Luna Station Quarterly, Rust+Moth. 


There are many more publications we love, but to list them all would likely exceed Submittable's guideline space limits.
Guidelines:


  • Manuscripts should be in an easily readable font, size, and format with standard one-inch margins, with the exception of poetry. 
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Submissions should be one fiction piece no longer that 7,500 words or five poems all in one document.
  • We are happy to review both short stories and novel excerpts. 
  • If you're accepted elsewhere, congratulations! Please just withdraw your work on Submittable. 
  • Please use .doc, .docx, or .pdf file formats.
  • We're a very small review, so please refrain from contacting us about the status of your submission unless it exceeds six months. We're trying to sharpen our processes to a two month response, but if your work is still in progress, it's likely still being considered by our magazine. For expedited responses, please submit through our other Quick Response form, and we'll respond within a week, usually much less.

We look forward to reading your work.

Landing Zone Magazine