There’s a long-standing belief that genre stories aren’t as good as purely literary fare. We want you to prove that mindset wrong (not just wrong, but a steaming pile of griffin dung wrong) with every story you submit. It’s almost like we’re saying, “I do not bite my thumb at you, literary snobs, but I do bite my thumb,” but in a completely polite and non-confrontational way. Basically, we want imaginative stories that are well written, but not full of supercilious floridity.

What We Want

Fiction Vortex™ is seeking all genre fiction (No Erotica) that we can turn into serial/episodic fiction within an existing StoryVerse™, or develop into a new StoryVerse™. We want sci-fi, fantasy, horror, supernatural, alternate history, alternate realities, romance, western, teen, young adult, middle grade, etc.

We want people who are willing to work with other authors, editors, and our cover artists. We are pretty easy going. We love to work with writers at all stages of the game who are willing to step into this crazy (not-so-new) world of collaborative fiction (our legal counsel has advised against calling it a cult).

What is a StoryVerse™?

Excellent question. A StoryVerse™ is a vast multi-author story world (universe, planet, galaxy, glacier, city, neighborhood, witch coven, small bunker where a cult hides from the government, the scale is up to you). Popular examples parallel in movie franchises like the Marvel-verse, the DC-Verse (which we wouldn’t have even mentioned if Wonder Woman hadn’t picked up the slack) and Star Wars (we grudgingly recognize Episodes 1-3). By creating together, you get a better product and faster production (yes, you can create and follow deadlines without dying, barely). Readers can trust that the StoryVerse™ they dive into will continue to provide quality fiction they will enjoy. Writers gain the experience and imaginative superpower of a creative environment powered by other living beings instead of the vacuum of space so many of us are used to creating in. (I see you shaking your head at me, insisting you always create with beta-readers and your mom’s quick red pen. That’s a wonderful starting place, but it’s time to grow up and join the Vortexical Revolution!)

Submitting to an Established StoryVerse™

We want to see what you can do. With writing. Your weird toe talents aren’t something we can market… yet. In all seriousness (at the behest of our legal counsel), our submission process is somewhat more involved than a standard process you might find elsewhere.

Here are the main steps:

  1. Read all of the guidelines. Seriously. Our slush-monkeys have low tolerance for deviation. Let’s keep the feces-flinging, on both sides, to a minimum.

  2. Educate yourself on the Fiction Vortex episodic/serial publishing format. It’s not hard--if you watch Netflix, your brain is fairly molded to the model already. Plus, there are a lot of free examples on our app, Fictionite™ (currently out on IOS and soon to drop in the Android store).

  3. Make sure you understand what a StoryVerse™ is and what your role could potentially be. (Guess what? There are examples on the website, www.fictionvortex.com, and our app, Fictionite.)

  4. Look at the StoryVerses™ that are live and accepting. They are listed in the Fiction Vortex Submittable Page. Be inspired by one of the StoryVerses™, or adapt your work to one (this is common, but requires prolonged flexibility).

  5. Write a pilot episode, 3500 words or less, for your proposed series. We will be looking for the four following things.

    1. Adherence (zealot-like) to the guidelines.

    2. Writing and storytelling talent (yes, they are two separate things).

    3. World and character development.

    4. The ability to create a full story arc (not a scene, not a chapter) in short format.

  6. Submit through our Submittable portal.

Submitting a new StoryVerse™ Platform

I’m yelling this because it is just that important: WE WANT THE WORLD THAT YOUR STORY COMES FROM (we like to put them next to our collection of mid-twentieth century toupees).

We want original story-worlds, be it a whole multi-verse or a single city block. Size is only a relative matter–content is where the ju-ju is. You have one short story to give us a glimpse of your world,  sort of like a TV pilot.

But that isn’t all (queue dramatic drum music).

We want strong characters and stories that explore and explain elements of our world with the employ of the fictional and/or otherworldly. Answer the ordinary with the extraordinary. We want original stories that make people use their imaginations.

The possibilities are endless. Well, not endless. If your story has even a whiff of vampire love triangles, we’ll probably laugh at you. (But if you can do it better than anyone else, go for it!)

Here are the main steps:

  1. Read all of the guidelines. Seriously. Our slush-monkeys have low tolerance for deviation. Let’s keep the feces-flinging, on both sides, to a minimum.

  2. Educate yourself on the Fiction Vortex episodic/serial publishing format. It’s not hard--if you watch Netflix, your brain is fairly molded to the model already. Plus, there are a lot of free examples on our app, Fictionite (currently out on IOS and soon to drop in the Android store).

  3. Make sure you understand what a StoryVerse™ is and what your role could potentially be. (Guess what? There are examples on the website, www.fictionvortex.com, and our app, Fictionite.)

  4. Write a pilot episode, 3500 words or less, for your proposed StoryVerse™. We will be looking for the five following things.

    1. Adherence (zealot-like) to the guidelines.

    2. Writing and storytelling talent (yes, they are two separate things).

    3. World and character development.

    4. The ability to create a full story arc (not a scene, not a chapter) in short format.

    5. The room for world and story expansion (this is crucial).

  5. Submit through our Submittable Portal

In addition, we will be looking for, and expecting you to have, certain imperative qualities for running, managing, and sustaining a StoryVerse™:

  1. You know how to play nice with others, and more so, lead and inspire others. There is an ‘i’ in team--it’s the negative space of the ‘A’, otherwise known as the a-hole. Don’t be the a-hole.

  2. Dedication - you will be expected to be prompt with communication between yourself and Fiction Vortex and/or the authors writing within your StoryVerse™. Do you have the time and bandwidth to manage and write? We have no way of gaging this from your submission, but we hope you will understand the scope of your commitment before you submit a StoryVerse™

  3. An understanding that you are submitting your world for at least three authors to write and collaborate in. You can’t cradle your baby, alone, in a dark room, forever. As it has been from the moment you said “I do” to the love of your life, gained a sibling, or made a friend, collaboration changes things, hopefully for the better.  

What We DON’T Want

Fiction Vortex is not a pulpit for preachy stories. While we want stories that address current issues and concerns in the world, we will not accept personal sermons that are vaguely veiled in narrative. This means you, Aunt Berenice. We all have opinions; for instance, we happen to think that the full Windsor knot is infinitely superior to the half Windsor, and that LOLdogs are funnier than LOLcats, but that doesn’t mean we won’t subject you to a story about the Final Battle between the LOLdogs of Windsor against the evil LOLcats of Halfwin. Actually, that sounds kind of cool. But the point is that just like some other things we all have (like weird moles), it’s better to keep some opinions to ourselves.

We want Fiction Vortex to appeal to a broad range of ages and personalities, so we will not accept anything containing unnecessary or graphic violence, language, and sexual content. We want strong stories not stories that rely on shock factor or sensationalism.

We will not accept multi-part or partial stories. You are submitting a pilot manuscript to us, we need a strong feel for your world, your writing skills, and your ability to complete a story arc. This initial story must stand on its own.

No work that has been officially published through any other press will be accepted. We will be asking first rights. That means even work on your own blog or community site (Wattpad and such) won’t be accepted. However, that only applies to the story you submit to us, not the world it comes from. We want well-developed worlds, not pubescent half-man planets that really need to shave but are too proud of their three new face whiskers to do so.

Fiction Vortex and its staff reserves the right to reject any story for any reason. We also reserve the right to let out evil cackles when doing so.

Acceptance/Rejection Process

If your submission is rejected, we are not rejecting you, just your submission. There could be many reasons, and we won’t be able to give everyone a detailed rejection. Yep, we form reject. Deal with it.

If your submission makes it past the slush monkeys, we will contact you, through email, with further inquiries. This does not mean the submission is accepted, but has made it through to the next level of our sentries (the quality pandas may seem nice, but really their world is quite black and white).


Welcome to our Epic Fantasy StoryVerse! Of Metal and Magic accepts Young Adult+ submissions. 

Dragons Vs. Unicorns! This forgotten and yet epic rivalry is being brought back to life in this StoryVerse where humans are the ancestors of elves and dwarves and all sorts of fantastical and mythological beasts.

Epic Fantasy, folklore and magic rule this world. Write during the history before elves and dwarves emerged. Write during the time of the dragons and unicorns. Or write during the age of human mutation just before the final epic showdown that allows elves and dwarves to rise to power while the remaining humans are put on the back burner. 

Kharn accepts Young Adult+ submissions. 

Read 'Mercenary', the pilot for Kharn

The gods are dead, the corpses of immortals litter the heavens, and demons have risen. An army of the dead gathers at the gates of the last city. A demon named Render and his mercenary companion lead them, and a trickster god works from the shadows in a silent war to lord over all. Still, there are those who fight. In the last city in a dying world, there is hope. It has to be enough.


Ash Falls accepts Young Adult+ submissions. 

Read the Inheritance pilot

 Ash Falls is the city your mother warned you about. Supernatural creatures run the underworld. Spirits stalk the streets. Dark magic kills more people than firearms.

Located beneath a mysterious evil vortex that first peoples flatly referred to as “the hole in the sky,” Ash Falls remains off-the-map as far as most modern earth-dwellers are concerned. But for those unfortunate souls who have found themselves pulled in by its dark forces, Ash Falls is not only home, it’s a living nightmare where evil never sleeps.


Rift League accepts submissions for all age groups. 

Read episode one of Gridiron 2029

In the year 2029, the Ocular RIFT tech company transforms sports with a virtual-reality gaming system so real it promises a bright, new future for football, hockey, auto-racing, and more. RIFT leagues spring up almost overnight and spread into every popular sport.

A more vivid spectacle for fans, a safer profession for players, and more money for owners leaves few people questioning the lack of clinical research and absence of human trials. Others do whatever it takes to hide the negative side-effects that players experience. As the new RIFT technology unleashes corruption across the sporting world, a small team of unlikely heroes risks everything to save the games they love.


Chaos Gate accepts Middle Grade and Young Adult submissions. 

Read episode one of In-Mortals

Please submit a 3500 word episode with a full story arc. 

The gods have been ignored for too long, trapped within the divine realms as a result of their own choices and a spell older than modern civilization. They aim to fix that. Can the earth handle their presence? Can the magical community unify long enough to protect their home and the humans while keeping their powers a secret? Or will the humans finally become privy to the reality that isn’t so far removed from myth as some would hope?

Chaos Gate is a vast StoryVerse full of magic, gods, monsters and heroes, and humans that remain oblivious to all of it. Feel free to retell your favorite myth, reimagine ancient gods interacting in our modern world, or dive into the life of a fairy, magic user, or shape-shifter. The possibilities are endless… as long as you don’t break the world…

Schism 8 accepts submissions for all ages. 

From secret histories to alternate futures, paranoid thriller to pulp western and dystopian fantasy, Schism 8 pieces together a vast reality that eventually pits its central characters against each other as they each attempt to assert their personal views of reality as the correct ones.

Only those who envision the Schism will comprehend the truth and control the Restoration. In the end, whose image will the universe reflect?

Space Age accepts Middle Grade and Young Adult submissions. 

Your rocketship is your gateway to adventure. Your ray gun, your wits, and your trusty sidekick are all you need. Upon every planet, asteroid, and space station a new treasure awaits, a new monster lurks, and a new mission calls. You’re a spacer now, and the galaxy is your home.

Wizards in Space accepts submissions for all ages. 

Read the pilot episode!

Past, present, and future collide in Wizards in Space, a satirical mash-up of sci-fi and fantasy tropes. WiS tales are filled with humor, adventure, and imagination, as space-faring wizards navigate the galaxy, politics, and their own messy lives amidst the medieval trappings of their enchanted starships. It’s a universe that is both surreal and instantly recognizable, where wonders and conveniences are powered not by technology, but by magic.

1913 accepts Middle Grade and Young Adult submissions. 

Read Episode 1 of 'Cosmo and Chancho'

The world gears up for the Great War. Wicked and power-hungry individuals fan the flames of greed and hatred. Out of dark times, hope shines brightest in the young souls who believe that good will triumph over evil and magic has a place in the modern world.

As one century crashes into another, revolution spans all of North and Central America. Amidst the chaos, youth from all walks of life emerge as the heroes of tomorrow.

1913 is historical fiction with an element of wonder. 

This is where you can submit your StoryVerse Idea. Before you do, please ask yourself a few questions: 

Did I read all of the guidelines? (If not, it's not too late. Go back. Read them. If my cold shoulder gets any colder I'll still be alive in three hundred years without cryogenic storage.) 

Am I willing to let other authors play in my story world? (If not, then we are not the right platform for you. Or maybe you should pick an existing StoryVerse™ to write in so that you can figure out our platform before submitting your own StoryVerse™ idea.) 

Am I submitting in the New StoryVerse Section only because my story fits nowhere else and I desperately want to submit to Fiction Vortex? (If any part of you answers "yes" to this question, please save us all some time and back out now.)