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Please check back to this page for the latest information on submission guidelines and submission dates there may be changes.



If you are looking for more publications to submit to, here are some sites that run publisher listings:

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NEO-OPSIS Submission Guidelines


Art Guidelines:
Accepting new art submissions throughout the year.


We are interested in professional-level, mostly realistic work that has not been previously published or linked to a product. Full colour work for covers, and black & white for interiors. If interested, send an email to neoopsis@shaw.ca. The email should include the artist's contact information and a link or website address where examples of the artist's work may be viewed. The artist may include image attachments of specific pieces available for consideration, or example works if they do not have a website. If attaching art to your email, please let us know if the work is unpublished, or give a brief publishing history per piece. If you are only interested in doing covers, and not illustrations, please mention that in your email. If an artist is chosen, they will be sent a story to illustrate. There is also the chance that if a submitted illustration is of interesting to us, and hasn't been previously published, that we may publish it as a stand-alone piece between stories, or as a cover.


Payment: (upon publication)

If we accept a black & white illustration, the artist will receive one copy of the issue that their work appears in and $30 dollars Canadian. If we accept a full colour piece for the cover of Neo-opsis, the artist will receive two copies of that issue and $100 dollars Canadian.


Email: neoopsis@shaw.ca


Written Submission Guidelines:

The next submission period has not yet been set.


Neo-opsis will consider material submitted by any writer, professional or amateur. It is our intention to not set down a lot of ground rules for these stories. We don’t want to miss something that we would really like just because it doesn’t fit our rules, but we are more likely to publish stories that are less than 6000 words and fit a science fiction or fantasy theme. We tend not to publish horror.

The kind of poem that is more likely to be accepted, for publication in Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, would be science fiction or fantasy related.

If emailed: Each submission should be sent separately (including poems), attached to the email as a MS Word .doc file, .docx file, or .rtf file, but we will not refuse a story that is included within the body of an email. An easy to read format is best, font size 12 or 14, and double-spaced. Submissions should be sent to neoopsis@shaw.ca. (If you have a SPAM filter, be sure that our response can make it back to you.) The subject line of your email should include the word Submission, the title of your submission, and if possible the word count. Be sure to include your email address in your contact information at the top of your manuscript. (Your contact information will be kept in the strictest confidence and not sold or spammed.) All emailed submissions will receive an auto reply email usually within a week of it being sent. If an emailed submission does not get the auto reply it is likely the submission was not received or “submission” was not in the subject line. The first stage of consideration may take up to eight weeks. Submissions that make it into the second stage of consideration may take longer. Please, no simultaneous submissions and no previously published works.

If mailed: (we actually prefer emailed, but if you must) manuscripts must be in an easy to read format; font size 12 or 14, single sided, double-spaced. The Author’s name and address as well as a page count should be on the first page of the manuscript. All pages should be numbered. If you wish your manuscript(s) returned or acknowledged by mail, please include a self-addressed envelope, stamped, if in Canada, or include an international reply coupon if the address is outside of Canada. If you do not need your submission(s) returned, please consider including an email address for our response to your submission(s). Submissions that do not include a return email address, or a self addressed envelope with Canadian stamps or an international reply coupon, will be disposed of without reply. No simultaneous submissions please and no previously published works.


(A simultaneous submission is a submission that is sent to several publishers at the same time. Most magazine publishers accept single submissions only, meaning each story/submission is sent to a single publisher. The story/submission is not sent to the next publisher until the first has rejected it. Publishers, especially small press, have very limited budgets, and often cannot afford the expense of time and money to consider and prepare to publish a submission that then turns out to have already been accepted by another publisher only the day or week before.)

Payment: (upon publication)

First North American serial rights for accepted stories and poems are purchased at 2.5 cents (Canadian) per word, to a maximum of $125.00. Contributors will also receive one copy of the issue their contribution appears in. Contributors may also purchase extra copies of their issue at a contributor discount, as long as their issue is still in stock. Discount varies depending on cost of publishing and cost of mailing.


Mailing Address:

Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine

4129 Carey Road

Victoria, BC, Canada V8Z 4G5


These Guidelines were updated on October 6, 2021. If you have any questions email us at neoopsis@shaw.ca.


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