Submission Guidelines

As of August 6th, 2017 submissions are now open for Weird City Issue No. 2! Submissions will be open until the end of the year (12/31/2017) OR until we have filled our quota for the issue. If you’re interested in submitting a story, read the below guidelines carefully:

What We’re Looking For

WCP is looking for stories to publish in its magazine, Weird City. These stories should:

  1. Fit our theme of “strange things in dense places”. The best way to understand this theme is to read Weird City Issue No. 1.
  2. Be well-written and carefully proofread. Stories with obvious or gratuitous typos or grammatical errors will be disregarded.
  3. Be formatted according to the William Shunn Manuscript Format, including the following:
    1. Font: Courier New or Courier, 12pt.
    2. Spacing: Double-spaced.
    3. Margins: At least 1″ on each side.
    4. Italicized Words: Underline italicized words and remove italics.
    5. File Format: *.doc, *.docx, or equivalent format.
  4. Be original works — no copied works, fanfics, or reinterpretations. We also discourage incorporating distinct elements from other works into yours (e.g. We don’t want to see Cthulhu stories).
  5. Be self-contained, standalone stories. No chapter excerpts please.
  6. Be between 2000 and 10000 words.

In case you’re wondering: YES, we do accept simultaneous submissions.

What We’re NOT Looking For

  1. Multiple submissions. Submit one story at a time, please.
  2. Reprints. We’re buying first publication rights only.
  3. First drafts. Rough stories or those with obvious or gratuitous typos or grammatical errors will be disregarded.
  4. Cliches. We agree that it’s all been done, but we are not looking for stories that rely on cliches or tropes.
  5. Smut. We at WCP have nothing against erotica, smut, or dirty writing, but we’re not looking to publish it.
  6. Offensive material. That includes everything you think it does: racism, bigotry, sexism, etc. Yes, a character in a story may be a racist (for example) but know the difference between this and ideology pushing.
  7. That one story you just couldn’t get published anywhere else. Don’t make us your safety school.

Rates & Rights

At this time, WCP is using a progressive payment scale (listed below) for accepted submissions. This payment is for first publication, English language rights under a limited contract. The scale is as follows:

  • For the first 2000 – 3000 words: 1 cent per word, for a total payment between $20 – $30.
  • For the next 1500 words (word 3001 to 5500): 1.25 cents per word, for a total payment between $30.02 – $48.75.
  • For the next 2000 words (word 5501 to 7500): 1 cent per word, for a total payment between $48.76 – $68.75.
  • For words above 7500 (up to 10000): 0.25 cent per word, for a total payment between: $68.76 to $75.

How To Submit A Story

If you have a story that meets our guidelines above that you would like to submit for consideration in Weird City Issue No. 2, please follow these instructions:

  1. Draft an email to
  2. Set your subject line to: [WCNO2] (YOUR STORY TITLE IN ALL CAPS) by (Your Name)
    • For example, if your story is called “Buttons” and your name is Johnny Smith, your subject line would be: [WCNO2] BUTTONS by Johnny Smith
  3. Include a brief note that mentions:
    1. A 1-2 line summary of your story.
    2. Your story’s word count.
    3. Why you would like your story to be considered for Weird City.
    4. Any accolades or publishing credits you wish to share.
  4. Attach your story as a *.doc, *.docx or equivalent format making sure you have followed the formatting guidelines above.

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