FMAM considers itself a stepping stone for
many younger writers as well as a magazine with tremendous variety
and creative power for seasoned writers and artists. Please consider
that many proudly show their family the content and use appropriate
language. When in doubt, feel free to inquire. We nominate for the
Pushcart Prize Award each year and are honored to do so; profanity
will exclude a Pushcart nomination by their own rules.
We accept submissions via email *only*.
Save your story in PLAIN TEXT, CLOSE the file, RE-OPEN it (to strip
away any word processor formatting gremlins) and then COPY AND PASTE
it into the body of your email message.
Do not use attachments - often they cannot be opened at
Please get into the habit of checking back here for any new guidelines
or just to refresh yourself. Keep in mind that even if you have
been featured in FMAM we expect all the information *each* time.
FMAM will consider stories 500 to 10,000 words - send the entire
story. Pays $5.00 on publication.
SEE FULL GUIDELINES BELOW:
FOR ALL WORK Submitted: FMAM is only interested in FIRST
TIME RIGHTS. Previously published stories are eligible for most
of our contests however!
Be sure to tell us if your story is a simultaneous submission.
Also, if this is your first published story be sure we know this,
1. All submissions must be in PLAIN TEXT (meaning not html
or rich text but always PLAIN TEXT), pasted into the body of an
email. NO EMAIL ATTACHMENTS will be accepted. Don't rely on your
spellchecker; proofread your work!
NOTE: The Subject Header of your email message for submissions
MUST read: FMAM submission: "The Title
of Your Story" (or you risk getting deleted as spam.)
2. At the top of your email list the following:
genre or subgenre
A brief tagline (twenty words or less) to entice a reader into
your story. e.g., Can Inspector Popinjay find the real murderer
before an innocent man is executed? Its a race against time.
3. Beneath the title of the story, insert author name as
you would like it to appear in print. i.e., your real name or a
pen name if youre using one.
4. Your story, formatted as explained below. Type THE END
at the end of your story. This enables us to verify that the entire
manuscript has been received.
5. Follow the story with a 50-word (or less) bio. The bio
is a flash synopsis of your writing career. For example: "Mary
Writer teaches Physics at Arizona State University and writes mystery
tales in her spare time. Her stories have been printed in many prestigious
6. Use single spaced lines. After each paragraph, SKIP ONE
LINE. Insert three asterisks *** to indicate a SCENE break.
7. To indicate italics, use three asterisks around the italicized
word(s), thus: ***word/sentence***.
Again, use plain text, no underlining, bold print, accent marks,
etc. in your submission. Remember to SAVE AS your file as TXT, then
CLOSE it and RE-OPEN it before copying and pasting.
8. Send the entire story. We publish up to 10,000 words.
9. Proofread your story carefully for spelling, punctuation,
and formatting before your submit it! If your work is accepted,
it will be sent to our Copy Editor for final proofing.
At this point we cannot incorporate any further changes.
Always read at least one copy before you submit
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Mystery fiction published in FMAM is eligible for the Edgar Award,
given by Mystery Writers of America. You will find a
list of stories that we have submitted for their consideration,
and please, if your story was published with us, and you do not
see that it was included, DO submit it yourself to the committee.
In addition, everything published in FMAM is eligible for the annual
FMAM 'Fire to Fly' awards, (not to be confused with our fire
to fly annual CONTEST!) The winner of our FTF contest will
be included in our new, annual DIME anthology, in paperback and
audio. We have been invited for a number of years now to nominate
six stories from our yearly issues for the prestigious Pushcart
Prize (Futures is noted in the PUSHCART PRIZE AWARD Contributing
Editors Index, available at Public, University and College Libraries).
We have recently been invited by Otto Penzler to submit your mysteries
for consideration in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES. We will also
submit to Best American Short Stories.
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