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Abyss & Apex

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction



Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories

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  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    3 months*
    Editor reported data
    19 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Payssee Genres section for details

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 10000 words max

Max words: 10000

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Speculative, Young Adult

Payment: $ 0.08 per word

**They have indicated on their submissions page that they're quite stocked up on fiction submissions at the moment, and will not be accepting more until May 2023 at the earliest.**

Fiction - 1250 words max

Max words: 1250

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Speculative, Young Adult

Payment: $ 0.08 per word


Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 5.5 per piece

We prefer lineated free verse with a limited amount of traditional form poetry with at least 9 lines, or prose poems at least 50 words in length, but we will publish brilliant shorter work.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Include a cover letter with all contact information, a third person lit bio.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    All short fiction submissions of more than 1,000 words must be in William Shunn Manuscript Format. This especially means do not underline instead of using italics. And we’ve a preference for one space after a period, not two.

  • Author's rights

    All rights revert to the poet upon publication, but we ask you cite/acknowledge Abyss & Apex as first place of publication should your work be reprinted or shared in any other media.

  • Additional info

    "We are overstocked with fiction scheduled until mid 2024. Therefore 2022 FICTION SUBMISSIONS will be closed for all of 2022." "Submissions sent outside our submission periods will be deleted unread." Not interested in publishing horror or anything with a political slant. Simultaneous submissions are okay only for poetry submissions. Payment for FICTION: "Payment is USD $.08/word (eight cents a word) up to 1,000 words, and a flat payment of $80.00 for longer stories. We pay 30 days after publication. We prefer to make author payments via PayPal (especially if you reside outside of the United States). If this is unacceptable please let us know and we will make other arrangements." Payment for POETRY: "$5.50 per poem so that if PayPal takes 50 cents you still have a qualifying sale for genre poetry awards."

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

19 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

0 days

Fastest response time

348 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 5426 days, 4899 days

Сhill Subs is able to provide internal statistics because you use our tracker! You're the best!

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

18 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls

    Fiction, Flash Fiction

    Aug 1, 2024 - Aug 7, 2024

    All genres



Hugo-Nominated Magazine of Speculative Fiction.





    Editor Wendy S. Delmater avatar

    Wendy S. Delmater


    Editor Elizabeth Hull avatar

    Elizabeth Hull

    Flash Fiction Editor

    Editor John Mannone avatar

    John Mannone

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Brian C. Thies avatar

    Brian C. Thies

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Kate O'Connor avatar

    Kate O'Connor

    Senior Assistant Fiction Editor

    Editor Joanna Nelius avatar

    Joanna Nelius

    Senior Assistant Fiction Editor

    Editor Sarah Dix avatar

    Sarah Dix

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Derek Wentz avatar

    Derek Wentz

    Assistant Fiction Editor

    Editor Ef Deal avatar

    Ef Deal

    Assistant Fiction Editor

    Editor Bonnie Brunish avatar

    Bonnie Brunish

    Art Director