Submission Guidelines

All Submissions

We seek original fiction, non-fiction, art, and games to publish in Ares Magazine. Our primary interest is in action- and adventure-oriented stories in the Preferred Genres, below.

Preferred Genres

  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Mythology
  • Horror
  • Alternative History
  • Pulp Adventure

Fiction Submissions

We have received enough fiction to fill the next several issues. We have temporarily suspended accepting new fiction submissions. We are still hungry for new art and game design submissions. That said…

We are focusing our interest on stories that are distinctly action-oriented. We will give some preference to science fiction stories over the other genres.

  • Minimum Fiction Length: 1,000 Words
  • Maximum Fiction Length: 60,000 Words
  • Preferred Fiction Length: 4,000 to 10,000 Words

Ares is not a market for fiction based upon the copyright-protected works of others. We will review fiction based upon the work of others, provided that the work is no longer copyrighted. 

Ares is not a market for poetry. Ares is not a market for erotica. Real life includes poetic and erotic elements, so your story can as well, if it supports the plot.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Please do not submit works that are under consideration elsewhere.

We do not accept multiple submissions. Please wait for a resolution of one submission before making the next.

You may not submit another story for a period of seven days after receiving a rejection.

Our standard rate for the first digital and print publishing rights is $0.05 per word for original fiction. Other contractual arrangements are possible.

Our standard rate for reprints is $0.01 per word. However, we are only interested in considering stories for reprint that are not available online or in any currently-purchasable form.

Nonfiction Submissions

Our rates for unpublished non-fiction are the same as for fiction. We do not republish non-fiction.

Non-fiction should be related to any of our preferred genres with a preference toward forward looking articles that focus on the future and its implications.

Desired length? 1,500 to 6,000 words. If you include professional-quality diagrams and art, we will pay an additional $1 per published square inch (about 6.25 square cm) for any that we use.

Game Submissions

Each game submission is evaluated individually for completeness, quality, and designer’s pedigree. Contract prices typically range from $1,000 to $2,000 based primarily upon these considerations.

We expect game designs to be complete, developed, and playtested before submission.

As for content, we expect to allocate one letter-size sheet of die-cut playing pieces, one 17” x 22” map, and eight to sixteen pages for rules. There is some flexibility here – ask us if you have a design with somewhat different requirements.

Game Expansion, Modification, and Scenario Submissions

Ares includes a limited amount of game scenario material for use with previously published games. One Small Step Games must possess the rights to publish this material. If these can’t be easily acquired, we will have to reject the submission.

Art Submissions

If you wish to have your art considered for Ares, please send an inquiry, along with a link to an online gallery, if possible. We generally only purchase pre-existing pieces of art. We will contact you if we wish to commission original art.

We will pay $300 or more for quality cover art (full-page) and up to $30 per page for interior art. Smaller pieces pay proportionally.

Process

Destination and Requirements

For fiction and non-fiction submissions, please use the Story Submission Form found under the Submissions tab at the top of the page.

Please email all other submissions to submissions@ossgames.com.

Include your email address in the body of your email.

For art submissions, include the artwork’s name and its pixel definition in the body of your email.

For game submissions, include the game’s name, a one sentence description, and a required component list in the body of your email.

For game expansions, modifications, and scenarios, include the name of the base game and a brief description of the submission in the body of your email.

File Types

You may submit fiction, rules, and other text-based content in .doc, .docx, .txt, and .rtf formats.

Please submit graphic files in .pdf, .ai, .psd, .tiff, and .jpg formats.

Files larger than a couple of megabytes may not properly transfer. We may need to make arrangements for transferring such files using a system other than email.

Rejections & Response Times

We will send you an email confirmation containing your submission number within a few business days of receipt. If you do not receive this, check your spam folder. If you don’t find a response in your spam folder, contact us at submissions@ossgames.com to let us know.

We cannot offer personalized feedback on each submission. Please do not resubmit a rejected item.

The response to our call for fiction was outstanding, and has heavily impacted our fiction review times. The average time to evaluate fiction is eight weeks. Your patience is appreciated.

Please do not respond to rejection letters, even just to thank us for consideration or quick turnaround. We appreciate the thought, but it is unnecessary. This will just clutter up our editorial inbox, and slow the process for everyone else.

Compensation

All accepted submissions are paid on publication.

9 Comments

  1. I see by your guidelines that you accept stories in the fantasy genre. But do you publish fantasy/comedy stories? I have written one and would very much like to submit it. Thank you.

    • Each genre includes any and all sub-genres. Action/adventure stories do get preferential treatment, but any of the genres mentioned in the Guidelines are invited, as are all of their relatives.

  2. If you feel that your story meets our preferred genres, more or less, please submit it through normal channels (submissions@aresmagazine.com). We’ll review it over the course of the next couple of weeks.

  3. Greetings,
    What is the revised projected response time for submissions? I ask as I’m wondering if the one-to-several weeks has changed in light of the emphasize on adventure submissions. I fear my horror story sent Nov. 3rd may no longer be considered though I have yet to receive a response, rejection or otherwise.
    Thank you.

  4. Where on the website do we go to check on the status of our fiction submissions?

  5. Are submissions still being considered even though the Kickstarter goal has yet to be met?

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