Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are you looking for?
A: Fiction. Not poetry. Not plays. Just fiction. We are looking
for science fiction, fantasy or stories with some kind of metaphysical
twist to them. Horror is acceptable, but not one of our main features.
Q: Why can't I submit my story about Xena joining the crew
A: Because we'll send Pat over to hurt you. Seriously, this is not
a fan site. We don't want fan fiction, no matter how well written. Most
of these characters are copyrighted, and we don't feel like getting
sued by the creators of Highlander or Buffy.
Certain characters, such as King Arthur and Robin Hood, are public
domain, and could be used. You will have to do something original to
get that kind of story accepted, but that won't get you rejected out
of hand the way a Babylon Five story will.
Q: Do you accept poetry?
A: Sorry, no. We only like dirty limericks, Springsteen lyrics about
escaping from New Jersey and the liner notes from Clash albums.
Q: How long until I find out if I'm accepted?
A: We try to do this as fast as we can, but it takes time for your story
to go through the peer review process. You should hear within three months.
It may be shorter, but we'll try not to go longer.
Q: Will I get feedback on a rejected story?
A: Yes. While the editors may or may not critique your story, someone
will. With five critiques by different authors, you should get some
idea of why your story didn't make the cut.
Q: Are you hiring?
A: No. We aren't looking to expand at this time. And since Quantum
Muse doesn't make any money, we all work for free anyway.
Q: Are you all as charming, witty and great in the sack as you seem?
A: Yes. Yes we are.
Q: Can I sell my story to somebody else?
A: Sure. We only buy one time rights. If you try to sell elsewhere,
it will be a reprint, which usually pays at a lower rate. We are fine
with it, but you will want to keep the consequences in mind.
Q: Why shouldn't I send a Word attachment?
A: MSWord uses code to represent commas, quotes, etc. If you try
to paste Word into our HTML editor, the code shows up instead of the
"Hey Joe! What's up?"
Will look like this:
&8230;Hey Joe&8200; What&8221;s up&8222: &8231;
Which makes us say
"Hey, Bill Gates! &*@# you, you @$$ &*@#!"
And want to reject your story.
Word Perfect pastes fine into everything else, so it's not like
it has to be difficult. Microsoft just sucks and wants us to use their
lousy HTML editor, which our webgoddess hates, on account of it's just
a bunch of bugs with a line of code wrapped around them.