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Silver Blade Magazine

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction




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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

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  • Offers expedited response

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

Fiction - 20000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 20000

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative

Short Stories 1000 to 7500 words; Novellas 7500 to 20000 words

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 250

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative

Flash 250 to 1000 words;


Max pieces: 5

2 to 5 unpublished poems. We prefer free verse poetry between 10-100 lines with a keen eye on line breaks, prose poems (Robert Bly school) or flash poetry under 500 words, but all of which should strive for impeccable rhythm.


We always seek previously unpublished English translations of literary quality poems with speculative elements that have been previously published in any language except English. We prefer original works from poets other than the translator (but in some cases we will consider poems written and translated by a single author).

How to submit

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  • Additional info

    Cutting edge Science Fiction, Slipstream, Classic and Modern Fantasy. Romance might be accepted, provided it has a strong fantasy element to it. Wow us. We want characters and stories readers will remember long afterward. Payment. For previously unpublished works, Silver Pen pays a flat fee of $15 for novellas, $3 for flash fiction, $8 for short stories, $8 for single poems and $15 for Featured Poets (by invitation only). Silver Pen will pay half of these rates for previously published works. Multiple submissions are welcome, but we will not publish more than one piece by an author in any single issue (exception: Poetry submissions to SB).

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

72 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

50 days

Fastest response time

107 days

Slowest response time

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    Editor Karl Rademacher avatar

    Karl Rademacher


    Editor John C. Mannone avatar

    John C. Mannone

    poetry editor

    Editor Sue Babcock avatar

    Sue Babcock

    fiction editor