Submissions are OPEN from July 1 – August 16, 2023.

Speculative City publishes provocative works that are centered within a cityscape.

We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the theme of the magazine’s upcoming issue–megacity (see below).


Writers published are paid $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission. We do not include submissions with lengths exceeding 5500 words.

  • All submissions should be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
  • We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions for fiction or essays.
  • We accept a maximum of five poems for poetry submissions. Please submit poems in one document.

We DO NOT accept AI generated content.


All submissions should be sent as an attachment to speculativecitysubmissions @ Please submit word (.doc, .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) files and format your submission according to our format guide.

Include the following email subject line: SPECULATIVE CITY SUBMISSION –  [title of your submission]. Also include a short author bio in your submission email.

Before submitting work, please also be familiar with our contract.



noun | me·ga·ci·ty | \ ˈme·gə·si·tē \

  1. A densely settled space with millions of inhabitants

Please send all inquiries to info @ speculativecity .com .

We try to respond to all submissions, but as a small team, we may not always be able to.