Update - Fanatical is currently closed to sumissions. We will re-open early 2023. Until then, please check out our submission info below.

is currently CLOSED to submissions, but when we re-open in early 2023, we will be looking for science-fiction and fantasy stories (horror and mystery too if fantastical enough) of between 2,000 and 6,000 words.
We are looking for original, unpublished stories.
Please only submit one story at a time.

These stories should be inspired by tabletop games - roleplaying games, board games, miniature wargames - but not necessarily be set in those exact worlds or feature particular characters or places.

Fanatical may take it's name from the concept of fan fiction, but we are not looking for any unauthorised fan fiction content. We're not trying to get sued here.

  • A story about an adventuring party consisting of a dwarf, an elf, a human and a halfling going into a dungeon to fight a dragon is fine. A story specifically set in a copyright protected world of Dungeons & Dragons, with reference to its locations and characters is not.
  • A story about a genetically engineered super-soldier in power armour fighting aliens in the far future is fine. A story about a Space Marine fighting Xenos in the grimdark universe of Warhammer 40,000 is not.

Authors should be able to clearly point to which game inspired their story as it will be included in the Suggested Playing section included in each issue. We appreciate that some might be able to stretch the definition of "inspired by" but please don't try and hammer a square peg into a round hole.

Fanatical will pay £20 per accepted story, paid upon publication. We pay via Paypal.
Upon acceptance, authors retain rights to the story but we ask they don't publish/submit it anywhere else before it is published in Fanatical.

Submissions should be submitted in the form of a Word document, size 12 Times New Roman, double spaced, standard margins with pages numbered. Please include your name (and pen name if applicable), contact email, brief writer's bio (no more than 100 words), what game inspired the submission and word count. Please see the example below.

Submissions can be sent to the following email: