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Frivolous Comma

Literary Magazine






Collecting all things speculative fiction and orbiting subjects.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    8 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    148 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Payssee Genres section for details

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  • 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 - 4000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Speculative

Payment: £ 0.08 per word

Nonfiction - 3500 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 3500

Max pieces: 1

Payment: £ 75 per piece

Non-Fiction Essays or Columns. For essays you may send queries first.


Max pieces: 5

Payment: £ 40 per piece

Science fiction, speculative, and slipstream poetry. Up to 5 poems or 5 pages of poems, which ever is shorter.


Payment: £100-200

Frivolous Comma publishes original art alongside each story. This artwork will be commissioned or selected by the fiction editors to accompany the story's tone and content. We're looking for full color work with depth, texture, and thoughtful composition.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    LGBTQ+ creatorsAll marginalized creators

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    We’re looking for science fiction, fantasy, horror, the uncanny, or any work (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) that orbit this genre, with a particular focus on characters in some type of transition: political (as in migration stories); personal (such as across culture or identities), biological, linguistic, geographic, or other forms of being in-between. Academics would call these stories about “intersectionality.” Frivolous Comma exists to spotlight and elevate diverse writers of speculative fiction, particularly writers who are underrepresented (BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+) as well as writers who come from, or currently reside in, markets where English is not the first language. No multiple submissions. We accept a limited number of reprints. If you submit work that's been published elsewhere - please include where with a link. Short Fiction: $0.08/word with $100 minimum; Non-Fiction Essays or Columns: $75 per article; Poetry: $40 per poem; Art: $200 for original work; $100 for work from artist's existing portfolio; We pay $25 per work for reprints.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

148 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

66 days

Fastest response time

167 days

Slowest response time

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

149 days

12-month average response time

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    Chirag Richards-Desai