Dystopian, Apocalyptic and Survival Short Fiction

Remain magazine consists of the best dystopian, apocalyptic and survival short fiction from all level of authors. The magazine will be published every other month, with the very first issue planned in early 2019.

We invite you to join the email list for the most up-to-date information regarding the next issue; authors, story titles and release dates

About Remain Magazine

I love dystopian/apocalyptic/survival stories. I have read a large number of these types of stories over my lifetime. I also still like to hold and page through a print magazine. When searching around for short stories that I like, I couldn’t find what I was looking for thus the idea for hatching my own magazine was born.  

So far I am going through submissions and preparing in general for that very first issue to be ready to go. 

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What are we looking for?

Focused solely on survival situations; apocalyptic, dystopian or otherwise. Successfully surviving or not..

Character driven stories with mostly plausible survival situations. The more believable the characters, the less plausible the situations need to be.



length and format

Short Stories: Absolute minimum word count of 1000 words and an absolute maximum of 3000 words.

Serial stories: If you have a story longer then 3000 words serialization may be possible. The better the action is written, the better your chances. 

Comics are gladly accepted as well, length negotiable and serialization possible if you have a solid plan for remainder of the story.

payment information

All payments will be paid through Paypal.

Remain magazine is paying the token rate of $10 for each work selected for publication.

All payments will be Upon Publication for now, with the plan being to move to acceptance in the future.

Remain is taking First Print and/or Electronic Publishing rights in English. Be aware that most other publications will not publish reprints.

Selling your First Rights for Token Payment is a choice the author must make, knowing that this limits your future publishing options for this work.

We strive to provide professional payment rates for all works in the future, however we have to build a base in order to attract advertisers and readership to enable that payment.

response expectations and courtesy

If you have not heard back from us after 3 weeks, please email Submissions with “Pending Response” in the subject line and in the body include author name and title.

Reprints are acceptable if they have not been published >/= to 1 year from the date received. 

Simultaneous Submissions are accepted. Please alert us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere in the mean time.

Multiple Submissions: Fiction – No     Art/Comics – Yes

Rights being purchased

Copyright remains with the author at all times

Non-exclusive archival rights for as long as the publication exists online or in print

First World Print and Electronic rights in English for previously unpublished works with exclusivity for 6 months from the print publication date.

(Reprint rights are print and digital exclusivity of 6 months from the publication date)

If your work is chosen for additional publication (podcast,anthology,etc) additional payment will be arranged.

declarations and legal jargon

By submitting your work to Remain Magazine you understand and agree that; 

You are the Creator and Copyright Holder of the submitted work

You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive rights (as previously expressed)

All information is submitted as true and accurate

You (the creator and copyright holder) accept sole responsibility for any false statements or right not disclosed.

The Creator must be 18 years old or older on the date the work is submitted.

If you are accepted and published with Remain Magazine, you would be required to credit the Volume/Issue that you are published in , if ever your work is re-published.

Submission Instructions

SEND YOUR WORK VIA EMAIL TO: Submissions _@_ RemainMagazine _._ com

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In your email subject line include: “Submission / Story Title / Word Count”

In the body of your email include: Author Name or Pen Name and a short author bio (150 words or less) if you want to include your blog or website, please include as an inactive link example: example . com / author

Finally, attach your work as a .DOCX file only, any other extension will be deleted unread

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