Bullet Points publishes speculative military fiction that is sensitive to the complexity, tragedy, and hope of warfare and violence in human (and nonhuman) society. The editor considers fiction stories from any author. Original stories run between 100 and 5,000 words, although reprints can deviate from this guideline. Authors retain all rights not specified in the publication agreement (signed only upon acceptance for publication). Payment is $30 for original stories and $20 for reprints, upon digital publication, via PayPal.
Bullet Points takes nonexclusive print and electronic publishing rights. Please bear in mind that most outlets will not publish pieces that have been published in print or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after a story is published in Bullet Points it can only be marketed as a reprint. This severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. We welcome submission of reprints for this reason. It is up to authors to decide if publishing a previously unpublished story and giving up first publication rights for a token payment is really what they want to do.
Stories may appear in an annual anthology that is professionally typeset and made available as a print-on-demand paperback. If a story is chosen for the anthology, additional royalties are paid out based on sales of the anthology. Royalties, paid annually beginning one year after print publication, are capped at the lesser of $0.10 per word or $500 (in US dollars), and are calculated after production, marketing, and distribution costs.
Note: Bullet Points does not publish fan fiction or erotica, either on the blog or in the anthology. The blog also does not publish content that would be considered rated R in a movie, although this restriction is relaxed for the print anthology. Stories accepted for publication may have to undergo minimal editing to meet this requirement.