Deep Magic E-zine founder, Jeff Wheeler, and our Managing Editor, Brendon Taylor announce Deep Magic’s closure.

We have loved working on every single issue. A big thank you to our Board of Directors and our First Readers and, of course, our *readers* and the amazing authors whom we have had the pleasure of working with! We appreciate you all so very much. Jeff and Brendon talk more about the decision why and share insights on what to expect. (hint: The 2nd anthology and summer issue are still in the works!).

Deep Magic has been a labor of love, so it’s a sad day for us. But we love our fans and wanted to let you know what’s going on.

For a more detailed explanation, please see the video Jeff and Brendon made.

We currently pay for short fiction work only and do so at the following rates:

Payment Terms

For first world-wide rights, we pay $.08 per word for the first 7,499 words, with payment capped at $599.92 for stories longer than 7,499 words. For re-printed stories that are not currently available elsewhere on the internet for free, we pay $.02 per word for the first 10,000 words, with payment capped at $200 for stories longer than 10,000 words. We use Paypal for our authors.

Additional Guidelines

Word Count Limits: 1,000 to 40,000; but note that we cap payment at 7,499 for new fiction and at 10,000 words for reprints. Format: We accept submissions in standard manuscript format, saved as .docx, .doc, or .rtf files. Information to Include: At the top of your submission, state your name (and pseudonym if you wish to be published under one), email address, mailing address, the story title, and word count. Response Time: We strive to respond to submissions within ten to twelve weeks, but our times may fluctuate. Please do not inquire within the first six months. Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions: No and No. Please only submit one story to us at a time; and we do not accept simultaneous submissions. We Do Not Publish the Following
  • Stories with graphic violence
  • Stories with mature sexual themes
  • Stories with profanity or vulgarity. We want a broad, family-friendly audience; think original Lord of the Rings trilogy or Star Wars.
  • Stories featuring or glorifying illegal drug use
  • Stories with graphic child abuse or glorifying child abuse in any way
  • Stories not within the Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres. It’s got to have some magic or cool technology in it!
  • Poorly written stories


We keep private all submissions and author information and require all of our staff to safeguard the stories you submit and your personal information. We will not share your name, email address, or any other personal information with any other entity except to the extent we publish your story in our e-zine.