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Fantastika Journal House Style Guide

MLA 8 Cheat Sheet 

Note that our MLA 8 sheet reflects House Style preferences.


We invite submissions from all areas of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Alternate History, Gothic, Steampunk, Young Adult Dystopic Fiction, or any other radically imaginative narrative space.

Fantastika Journal is an English language publication and all submissions must be submitted in English. The journal does not accept work that is under submission elsewhere and will not print previously published material.


To submit an article for consideration, please send a 5000-7000 word article in .doc or .docx format to 

Please submit a 300 word abstract with a brief (max. 100 words) bionote in separate documents with your submission.

Articles should adhere to the MLA 8 Style Manual and Fantastika House Style. Please note that the word count includes footnotes and works cited list.

All submissions to Fantastika Journal will undergo a two-stage peer review. Articles will initially be reviewed by the editorial board, within two to three weeks, and will then pass on to a second stage of external double blind peer review if the board feel that the submission is suitable to the journal. Authors who reach the second stage should expect to receive an editorial recommendation and copies of the reviewer's reports to be returned within 12 weeks of original submission.

If we accept your article for publication, any images that are included in the article must be submitted in separate image files in .jpg or .png . They must either have a White #FFFFFF background or be transparent. All images should include appropriate alt-text, which will require a descriptive summary of the image and must replicate any information being conveyed so that it is accessible by a screen reader. Please contact the editorial board if you are unsure how to set alt-text for an image or what information should be captured.

All authors are responsible for acquiring copyright permissions for any images used.


If you would like to write a review of a non-fiction academic book, a conference/event report, or a fiction review of a recently released book, film, or television show that fits the Fantastika perimeters, please contact the Reviews Board at  to arrange a review.

All non-fiction reviews are 1500-2000 words.

All fiction reviews are 1000-1500 words.

Reviews must follow MLA 8 and our House Style guide above.

All reviews must be approved by a Reviews Editor before publication. We do not print previously published material.

Conference and Event Reports

If you're organising or attending an exciting Fantastika-related event, we'd love to publish a report of the event!

Please contact the Publicity Officer at to arrange the report.

Reports must follow MLA 8 and our House Style guide above.

All reports must be approved by a General Editor before publication. We do not print previously published material.

Regular Reviewers 

We are always looking for regular volunteers for peer review, fiction and non-fiction reviewing and conference reporting. If you are interested in becoming one of our regular contributors then please get in touch with a short biographic note about yourself and your research interests. All personal information (name, email address and research interests) will be kept securely and can only be accessed by the editorial board. If you wish to remove your information from our database at any time then please email us and we'll action this straight away.