Radon is a triannual online journal publishing prose and poetry relating to science fiction, anarchism, transhumanism, and dystopia. Our goal is to amplify leftist speculative writers who see the world differently, who use story and verse to expose injustice and investigate our futures.

We are a semi-professional market paying 1¢/word for fiction and $10 per accepted poem. 

Lastly, we pay $50 for cover art and $30 for art used on our site. 

New issues launch every January, May, and September.

General Submission Guidelines:

  • 3,000 word limit for fiction
  • Up to 5 poems per submission
  • Submissions are open year-round
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Reprints are accepted at half pay-rate
  • For additional help, please see our FAQ
  • No fees, but please consider our Patreon
  • Response time is typically two to four weeks

Flash fiction and short story submissions may be up to 3,000 words. 1¢/word and .5¢/word for reprints. 

Ensure your submission falls into one of our genres (sci-fi, anarchism, dystopian, or transhumanism).

For quick processing, please use a single-spaced style similar to Shunn's Modern Manuscript Format.

Stories most often accepted contain a great story combined with progressive social commentary.

Please submit up to five poems in a single document. There is no line limit. 

We request single-spaced formatting using a 12pt font such as Times New Roman, Calibri, or Lato.

Our poetry editor prefers free verse with narrative elements. Page and spoken word poems welcome.

Label submission "LastName_5 Poems" (you may replace "5" with the number of poems submitted.)

Environmentalism is important praxis, but we're unlikely to accept poems focused exclusively on nature.

Poems containing end rhymes or wildly varying line lengths are less likely to be accepted.

Radon is looking for evocative cover art and images to showcase on our site. Please see our previous covers here for the type of art styles we most enjoy.

Cover art pay is $50, back cover art $30, and art placed our site $20.

We request digital-native artwork that is at least 300 DPI. We are unable to accept camera images of your physical work.

Cover art submissions should resize well into a 5.5 x 8.5 aspect ratio. 

Artists retains all rights to their works. Radon asks for a non-exclusive right to use the work in our issue, website, and social media marketing.

Due to ethical concerns, we currently do not accept AI-created artwork.

Radon Journal