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The Colored Lens was created to showcase stories that shift our perspective on the world, through the far-reaching genre of speculative fiction. However, the fundamentals of good storytelling always come first.


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  • Response time:
    a few days*
    Editor reported data
    2 days*
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Pays$20 per piece

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 - 20000 words max

Max words: 20000

Max pieces: 5

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Speculative

Payment: $ 20 per piece

Speculative Fiction. We publish stories up to 10,000 words, although we prefer stories in the 500-5000 word range. We also publish novellas up to 20,000 words, serialized over multiple issues.


Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 20 per piece

We are accepting artwork within a speculative fiction element and that casts the world, either the real one or a fantastical one, in a different light than we see every day. Artwork should be submitted in digital format. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces at once, but please wait for a response from us before sending more. Artwork may be resized, but will not be cropped or otherwise altered without the artist’s permission. Please send us artwork that will still look good when resized or reformatted. Artwork may be submitted using our Graphic Art Submissions page .

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Short stories should be in standard manuscript format ( ,) and submitted using our online submission system. Please upload your story as a doc, docx, or rtf file.

  • Author's rights

    Unless otherwise specified, payment is in exchange for first world electronic and print rights, exclusive for 3 months, and non-exclusive reprint rights. Payments will be made upon publication.

  • Additional info

    We pay $20 per short story, article, or piece of artwork, and $10 for flash. For novellas, we pay $20 for the first 10,000 words, and $1 per 1000 words after that.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

2 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

0 days

Fastest response time

10 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 42 days, 54 days, 63 days, 126 days, 676 days

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12-month average acceptance rate

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12-month average response time

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The goal of speculative fiction has always been to examine the real world through the lens of the imaginary. By considering what could be, we gain a better understanding of what is. The Colored Lens strives to do exactly that. By publishing four to five short stories and serialized novellas a quart...

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    Editor Dawn Lloyd avatar

    Dawn Lloyd


    Editor Daniel Scott avatar

    Daniel Scott

    Executive Editor

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    Henry Fields

    Senior Editor