Submission Guidelines

All Submissions

Ares seeks original fiction, non-fiction, art, and games.

Preferred Genres

  • Science Fiction
  • Alternative History
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Mythology
  • Pulp Adventure

We are particularly interested in stories with an Action-Adventure bent, but all subgenres of the above genres are welcome.

Fiction Submissions

Please note: We are not currently accepting new fiction submissions. Our database is so full of amazing stories, it just can’t eat another bite. We will notify the planet when we’ve cleared out our backlog and can again accept new fiction submissions.

When Ares is open to fiction submissions, we are looking for stories in the genres listed above.

Ares is not a market for fiction based upon the copyright-protected works of others. We will review fiction based upon the work of others, provided that the work is no longer copyrighted. 

Ares is not a market for poetry or for erotica. Real life includes poetic and erotic elements, so your story can as well, if it supports the plot.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Please do not submit works that are under consideration elsewhere.

We do not accept multiple submissions. Please wait for a resolution of one submission before making the next.

You may not submit another story for a period of seven days after receiving a rejection.

  • Minimum Fiction Length: 1,000 Words
  • Maximum Fiction Length: 10,000 Words
  • Preferred Fiction Length: 4,000 to 6,000 Words

Our standard rate for the first digital and print publishing rights is $0.06 per word for original fiction.

Our standard rate for reprints is $0.02 per word. However, we are only interested in considering stories for reprint that are not available online or in any currently-purchasable form.

Nonfiction Submissions

Non-fiction should be related to any of our preferred genres, with a preference toward forward-looking articles that focus on the future and its implications.

Desired length: 1,500 to 6,000 words.

Our rates for unpublished non-fiction are the same as for fiction. We do not republish non-fiction.

If you include professional-quality diagrams and art, we will pay an additional $1 per published square inch (about 6.25 square cm) for any that we use.

Game Submissions

Each game submission is evaluated individually for completeness, quality, and designer’s pedigree. Contract prices typically range from $1,000 to $2,000 based primarily upon these considerations.

We expect game designs to be complete, developed, and playtested before submission.

As for content, we expect to allocate one letter-size sheet of die-cut playing pieces, one 17” x 22” map, and eight to sixteen pages for rules. There is some flexibility here – ask us if you have a design with somewhat different requirements.

Game Expansion, Modification, and Scenario Submissions

Ares includes a limited amount of game scenario material for use with previously published games. One Small Step Games must possess the rights to publish this material. If these can’t be easily acquired, we will have to reject the submission.

Art Submissions

If you wish to have your art considered for Ares, please send an inquiry, along with a link to an online gallery, if possible. We generally only purchase pre-existing pieces of art. We will contact you if we wish to commission original art.

We pay $300 or more for quality cover art (full-page) and up to $30 per page for interior art. Smaller pieces pay proportionally.


Destination and Requirements

Include your email address in the body of your email.

For art submissions, include the artwork’s name and its pixel definition in the body of your email.

For game submissions, include the game’s name, a one sentence description, and a required component list in the body of your email.

For game expansions, modifications, and scenarios, include the name of the base game and a brief description of the submission in the body of your email.

File Types

You may submit fiction, rules, and other text-based content in .doc, .docx, .txt, and .rtf formats.

Please submit graphic files in .pdf, .ai, .psd, .tiff, and .jpg formats.

Files larger than a couple of megabytes may not properly transfer. We may need to make arrangements for transferring such files using a system other than email.

Rejections & Response Times

For everything except fiction, we will email you within a week to confirm receipt of your submission. For fiction, you will receive an automatic response (sent to the email you provide on the form). If you do not receive a confirmation, check your spam folder. If you don’t find a response in your spam folder, please contact us at the email you sent your submission to; for fiction submissions, email

We cannot offer personalized feedback on each submission. Please do not resubmit a rejected item.

For everything except fiction, we make every effort to respond with an acceptance or rejection within four weeks of receipt. For fiction, our average evaluation time is eight weeks (and may be longer if your piece is shortlisted for the “under consideration” pile). Your patience is appreciated.


All accepted submissions are paid on publication.


  1. I see by your guidelines that you accept stories in the fantasy genre. But do you publish fantasy/comedy stories? I have written one and would very much like to submit it. Thank you.

    • Each genre includes any and all sub-genres. Action/adventure stories do get preferential treatment, but any of the genres mentioned in the Guidelines are invited, as are all of their relatives.

  2. If you feel that your story meets our preferred genres, more or less, please submit it through normal channels ( We’ll review it over the course of the next couple of weeks.

  3. Greetings,
    What is the revised projected response time for submissions? I ask as I’m wondering if the one-to-several weeks has changed in light of the emphasize on adventure submissions. I fear my horror story sent Nov. 3rd may no longer be considered though I have yet to receive a response, rejection or otherwise.
    Thank you.

  4. Where on the website do we go to check on the status of our fiction submissions?

  5. Are submissions still being considered even though the Kickstarter goal has yet to be met?

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