The Pedestal Magazine does not accept previously published work, unless specifically requested; however, we will accept simultaneous submissions, if so noted. Please inform us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Also, we do not accept submissions by direct mail. Neither do we accept direct email submissions. Please use the submission form. If you send us work, please wait for a response to your first submission before you submit again.
We will be publishing six issues per year, as has been the case for many years; however, we will now be publishing four issues per year of ONLY poetry (April, June, October, and December). We will continue to feature speculative poetry exclusively in our June issue. The February and August issues will be dedicated entirely to fiction (the February issue will be entirely dedicated to speculative fiction; the August issue will vary according to guidelines).
We will feature speculative poetry in each June issue (reading cycle April 28-June 13): Speculative includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, surreal, and experimental. No restrictions on length. No non-speculative submissions. While we are open to receiving speculative work during other reading cycles, please do not submit speculative work intended to be considered for the "speculative feature" prior to April 28. Pay Rate: $40 per poem
THE ADVENTURES OF MARK NIPPLE
Pedestal 71 Brings You...The Adventures of Mark Nipple! All stories MUST be about Mark Nipple. Mark Nipple grew up in New England in the 1970s, where he was an aspiring musician. He was in a punk band and fantasized a recording career. This did not happen. He married during the first year of the Clinton administration and has two children, a son and a daughter. He and his wife Anita live in Pittsburgh, and Mark makes his living as a graphic artist. His son, Aubrey, is similarly an aspiring musician. His daughter Samantha lives in California. Mark does not believe in UFOs but he does have “lucky numbers” that he keeps to himself; not even Anita knows what they are. Stories can be humorous, tragic, or otherwise but must include Mark Nipple as a character in such a way that we get a glimpse into his personality and a better understanding of who he is. Please do not submit work intended to be considered for the August 2012 issue prior to June 28, 2012. Maximum length = 1,500 words. Pay Rate: $.05 per word
- June: dedicated entirely to speculative poetry. Reading cycle: April 28-June 13.
- August: dedicated entirely to fiction. See guidelines below for details. Reading cycle: June 28-August 13.
- October: open poetry. Reading cycle: August 28-October 13.
- December: open poetry. Reading cycle: October 28-December 13.
CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS DURING THE FOLLOWING DATES
- January 12 - 18
- February 14 - 27
- March 12 - 18
- April 14 - 27
- May 12 - 18
- June 14 - 27
- July 12 - 18
- August 14 - 27
- September 12 - 18
- October 14 - 27
- November 12 - 18
- December 14 - 27
For inquiries: queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
For submissions: submit online here