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. 

For non-reprints, Radon asks for first English digital rights and non-exclusive, indefinite archival rights.

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

For quick processing, please use a submission style similar to the Shunn's Modern Manuscript Format.*

* We don't require that you place your physical address or phone number at the top of your manuscript.

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

Radon pays a semi-professional rate of $10 per original poem accepted and $5 for reprints.

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

For non-reprints, Radon asks for first English digital rights and non-exclusive, indefinite archival rights.

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 unlikely to be accepted. 

Radon is looking for evocative cover art as well as 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 and work featured on our site is $30. 

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

We request digital artwork that is at least 300 DPI to ensure proper formatting.

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.

Radon Journal