|The Colored Lens is looking for short stories that shift perspectives of how we see the world. We are specifically seeking stories that cause the reader reflect, not just on the story, but on how it relates to their own world.
We publish all varieties of speculative fiction, from alternate history, to high fantasy, to nuts and bolts hard science fiction, to dark fantasy, so long as it meets the guidelines above. Whatever the genre, the focus should be used to comment on our world and society rather than exclusively to keep the reader turning pages.
A few things to keep in mind when submitting:
Length & Format
We are willing to consider novella-length graphic novels. If you have a proposal, please contact us at Submissions@TheColoredLens.com
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Submission & Responses
|We are interested in articles on a wide range of topics ranging from science to politics to economics to religion. However, they must have a speculative element. They should analyze “what-if” scenarios or trends in the future, not simply an analysis of the world today. Features, analyses (provided they follow the previous mentioned guidelines), personal essays, and opinion pieces are all valid types of articles – although unlike fiction submissions, anything portrayed as fact rather than opinion must be supported by an authoritative source.
Although topics may be controversial, within reason, the goal should be to show our readers different perspectives, not to incite anger, attack other viewpoints, or build your own soap box. The purpose of non-fiction submissions is ultimately to both provoke thought and inform our readers. When you submit non-fiction articles for publication at The Colored Lens, you agree to follow the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics—though you are by no means required to be a journalist, professional or otherwise, to write for us. Failure to adhere to the Code of Ethics will result in the rejection of your submission, and may prevent you from submitting non-fiction articles in the future.
Our readers are generally knowledgeable and intelligent, but may not be acquainted with your specific area of expertise. Technical jargon should be kept to a minimum, or explained appropriately.
Length & Format
Submission & Responses
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 .
We are also looking for a few “in house” artists to work with our editorial team to meet specific artistic goals of each issue. If you are interested in joining our team in this manner, please contact our art editor at Art@TheColoredLens.com with a statement of interest, an estimation of how long it would take you to produce a piece, and a link to your online portfolio or several of your pieces attached.
Payment & Rights
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. Unless otherwise specified, purchases are for first world electronic and print rights, exclusive for 3 months, and non-exclusive reprint rights. Payments will be made upon publication.
Acceptance of a submission does not guarantee a publication date. Payments will be made via paypal upon publication. Other forms of payment can be arranged if necessary.