The Fabulist publishes "Fables, Yarns and Tales," and loves all sorts of genre, folklore, myth, fairy-story and magic realism in service to great storytelling and outstanding narrative. Our focus, broadly, is on fantastical fiction, and no particular genre is necessary for publication. 

The Fabulist will also be announcing new calls for poetry and visual art in the near future; refer back to this page for details, or subscribe to The Fabulist's email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/geb8Wv 

At present we are accepting submissions of 3,000 words or less, and are always looking for work that extends literary and storytelling opportunities into new terrain. 

NO MULTIPLE FICTION SUBMISSIONS. Please submit only one (1) short story at a time and wait until you've heard back on that submission before submitting again.

Response time and simultaneous submissions: Our response time can be six months or more. Simultaneous submissions are for this reason welcome. If you have not heard back from The Fabulist, your work is still under consideration. 

The idea of "fables, yarns and tales" should comfortably include the spectrum of world myth, folklore, and diverse interpretations and extrapolations, including genre (science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, mystery, historical, romantic), contemporary and literary fiction, and experimental and historic narratives. 

The follow characteristics may apply to some but not all successful submissions: 

  • Fables can reveal moral or ethical consequences, outcomes, and entanglements, and technically should include a talking animal, though human beings may qualify. 
  • Yarns include tall tales and humorous narratives, though Mark Twain's observation that the humorous story is the most difficult kind to write has borne out in The Fabulist's slush pile. 
  • Tales, most broadly of all, encompass the previous two, and also in some way remind us or connect us with some numinous, magical or unknowable quality of human experience.

Genre is a literary love affair  If you write in a genre, transcend its norms so as to glorify it. We love all forms of fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, horror, mythology, planetary romance, sea adventure, western noir, historical divergence, magic realism, folklore, fairy tale, noir, lucid dream, and fanciful recombinations thereof. 

The Fabulist cannot abide cliche but notes that a great literary work can still be pulpy AF. 

Publishing Details

  • We regret that at this time The Fabulist is not a paying market, and is produced and published entirely by volunteers.
  • Works of fiction and poetry may be published with an accompanying work of original art or illustration commissioned by The Fabulist.
  • The Fabulist requests first serial rights, and anthology/archival rights in print and electronic formats in perpetuity. Authors and artists are otherwise the exclusive owners of their work. 
  • Some works will be selected for The Fabulist's print anthologies and chapbooks, which are published infrequently. 
  • Any profits from future ebook and print sales will be shared 50/50 between the author and The Fabulist.