Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is a quarterly magazine dedicated to publishing heroic fantasy — in both prose and poetry.
They are unrepentant in their goal of elevating unapologetic sword and sorcery to a rightful high place.
- The fiction word limit is a soft 10,000 words, although they are willing to serialize at a maximum of 50,000 words over four issues.
- We do not accept multiple submissions for fictions, although you can submit up the three poems with a cumulative maximum of 30 pages.
- Please do not send simultaneous submissions.
- They prefer stories with historical settings.
- They accept submissions by email only. Their email address is: [email protected].
- Make sure the subject line of your email follows this formula:
Submission – [fiction or poetry] – [title] – [your last name].
For example: Submission – Fiction – Red Nails – Howard
- You can address your submission “HFQ Editors” or “Editors”, they are not too particular about that.
- Do not send attachments unless they ask for them. Paste the first 10 pages of your story or poems into the body of your email.
- It is optional to include a paragraph introducing yourself and detailing your publishing history, and anything you think they need to know about your story. What they really care about is the quality of your story.
- You have about five paragraphs to hook them and 10 pages to impress them, use them wisely.
- Their response time is about 60 days.
- If they like your story they’ll contact you through your email to ask for the rest of your work which they’ll want as an RTF or Word attachment.
- If you’re curious as to what level of violence, sex and/or nudity is too much, just follow what you’d expect to see in movie ratings. An “R” rating is a suitable upper limit.
- They consider reprints by invitation only. Their invitation, not yours.
What They Don’t Want?
- No fan fiction. No thinly-veiled fan fiction. No thinly-veiled real-life revenge fantasies.
- No AI generated content.
- Witty banter usually isn’t.
- Stories that start in an inn are usually out.
- They are not all that interested in stories with vampires, zombies or pirates.
- Keep the backstory under control and reasonable.
- When taking your novel and making a short story out of part of it, try to make it look like it wasn’t clearly cut out of a novel. Your tale must stand on its own.
31st August, 2023.
$25-100 for fiction.
$12.5-25 for short poems, more for longer poems.