The Fabulist

Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction
Online, Digital, Print
Reading Periods: 
Apr 1 to Apr 8
May 7 to May 13
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
One per week, a new story 50 weeks per year
Issues per Year: 
1,000 to 2,500

Editorial Focus

The Fabulist seeks short (up to 3,000 words) works of fantastical and speculative fiction, and defines this expansively. Literary loves include science fiction, fantasy, intelligent horror, speculative fiction, literary fabulism, magic realism, mythic/folkloric works, near-future speculations, solarpunk/cli-fi, hopepunk, and genre subversions (crime, mystery, romance, westerns, thrillers, sea adventures, gothic, and quasi-realist works) that are anchored by some element of the fantastic.

Tips From the Editor

We value

• Great writing (attention to sentence construction, an awareness of the poetry inherent in prose)
• Vivid settings that influence and engage the plot and character arcs
• Revelations of the self and the world we live in
• Sensitivity and alertness to the significant issues of our times
• Escapism
• Endings that are not punchlines

Contact Information

Joshua Wilson, Editor and Publisher
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Last updated: Feb 27, 2023