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Submission Guidelines

General Guidelines

Story: 2000 to 7000 words.

Genre: Science fiction or fantasy, all sub genres except for dark and erotica. (We want to keep our issues at a rating of PG-13 or less)

Original work. 

Please, no reprints, multiple pieces or simultaneous submissions.

Include your submission in the body of an e-mail.

If you cannot, or will not, submit in the body of an email, please submit the document in .rtf format with the following:

     1) A title page separate from the body of the text, with your Name, word count, story title and contact information in the top left corner. You may include a synopsis of your story, but it is not required.

     2) Make a page break (<ctrl><enter>)

     3) Then the body of your text with the title at the top and centered.

Use industry standard manuscript formatting. (See the examples page for more details)

Email all submissions to flagship@flyingislandpress.com

What we are looking for in a story -

FlagShip is looking for the sort of science fiction and fantasy that we grew up on. We’re looking for thrills and chills. We’re on a quest for heroes and villains. We want narrow escapes, races against time and worlds in the balance. We’re seeking to instill a sense of wonder and optimism that we loved so much in our classic science fiction. 

We also want to have a purpose beyond mere entertainment. We want to bring our readers more than the literary equivalent of cotton candy. Stories can teach us important lessons about life, the universe, and everything. From science fiction we get the great cautionary tales of Bradbury, and Orwell. From fantasy we get the social commentary of Johnathan Swift and the great sweeping themes of Tolkien.

FlagShip is looking for stories with a positive spin. We’re not Utopians. We realize that bad stuff happens, and not everyone that wears a white hat is a good guy. But science fiction and fantasy are primarily forms of escapism. We’re looking for places we’d like to escape TO. Consider us the modern equivalent of Astounding Stories circa 1950. Please realize that audiences have grown substantially more sophisticated in the interim. Write accordingly.  

We prefer stories that are uplifting and generally optimistic in their outlook and portrayal of humanity (if present in your story) or of intelligent life in general.  While we recognize that violence and sex are a part of life, gratuitous use of either is grounds for rejection. We do not publish erotica.

We need stories between 2000 and 7000 words, other than that, the sky’s the limit.

What We Buy - 

FlagShip purchases exclusive electronic text and audio rights for 90 days, and a non-exclusive perpetual license thereafter. What that means is, FlagShip gets to be the only place your story is appearing online for 90 days from the first date of publication, and after that if you want to post it anywhere else, or sell it to anyone else, you're free to do so. We aren't buying any print rights at this time.

Audio Versions

If your story is accepted for publication, we will give you the option of recording your own story for inclusion in the audio version, or allowing one of our staff to perform the story for you. If you have no experience recording audio, or you’re not comfortable reading your own story for publication, don’t worry. We’ll find a voice for your story, and take care of the recording and inclusion on our end.


FlagShip pays $25.00 per accepted story. We pay via PayPal on the date of publication.

Questions about audio formatting? Check out our file Specifications here

Don’t know how to record your story or not sure that you want to?  We have a staff that will gladly help you out.  Just Contact us here.

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