*Red Sun is closed to submissions. Any submissions received after October 31st, 2018 will be deleted without reply. 


Red Sun Magazine publishes science-fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative, and military science fiction. All writers and authors of these genres are welcome to submit their work.


We’ll consider R-rated material but no erotica or anything graphically or sexually explicit.


Word count for fiction is 500 words or more. Pay is capped at 3,000 words. Payment: $.03 a word.


We are also running a cover contest for our fourth issue that pays $.06 a word to the winner. If you are interested in submitting to the contest, details are here.


In addition to fiction, Red Sun publishes interviews, articles, and reviews that are relevant to the genres the magazine publishes, to include role-playing games, comic books, board games, movies, television, etc. Word count: 1,000-2,500 words. Payment: $25.


No poetry.


No multiple submissions. No reprints. Simultaneous submissions are okay. If your submission is accepted elsewhere, let us know.


IMPORTANT: We use an anonymous judging system to choose the work we publish. 


Do not include your name anywhere in the manuscript. In addition to excluding your name from your manuscript, your submission must be double-spaced, written in Courier or Times New Roman, and submitted as an .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX file. 


Red Sun will reject outright any work that has the author’s name in the manuscript, is not double-spaced and written in Courier or Times New Roman, and/or is not submitted as an .RTF, .DOC or DOCX file.


Email your submission as an attachment to


For Non-fiction: In the subject line, type “Non-fiction Submission,” the name of your article, the type of article, and your name. Ex: Non-fiction Submission – Is Fantasy Hocus Without Pocus? – Literary Criticism – Karen M. Smith


For Fiction: In the subject line, type “Fiction Submission,” the name of your story, the genre, and your name. Ex: Fiction Submission – The Forever War – Military Science Fiction – Joe Haldeman.


Use the body of the email as your cover letter to tell us a little bit about yourself.


Response Time: We will try to respond to submissions within 2-4 weeks. However, depending on the volume of submissions we receive, response can take up to 3-4 months. The upside to this is that we allow for simultaneous submissions. You are also welcome to withdraw your submission at any time. If you have not heard back from us after four months, please query. 


Artwork: Red Sun also accepts artwork and comic strips in the genres the magazine publishes. Email us your artwork/comics or links to your gallery. Payment: $75 for digital reprint rights for cover art. $35 for original, unpublished comics.


The magazine will strive to publish on a quarterly schedule, in an e-book format.


What Red Sun is buying:


First Electronic Rights. Exclusive Rights to the author’s work for six months. Exclusive Anthology rights for a year (a “best of” to be negotiated with the authors). Exclusive rights begin at the time of publication.