Submission Guidelines

Want to See Your Name in Print?

If you’ve never submitted an article before, it’s easier than you think. If you want to contribute, but are unsure what to write about – simply send a letter of comment on any topic (a past issue, some book or show you liked [or hated]). It’s that easy. We only ask that you consider the audience’s interests: we are fans of science fiction and fantasy.

Letters of Comment

Letters of Comment (LoCs) are the fan version of Letters to the Editor – except you can feel free to address directly anyone you want.

Original Writing

We accept fictio, essays, poetry, con reports and interviews. All writing is subject to being edited, but we usually take a very light hand. Any writer chosen for a feature (fiction or non-fiction of more than 900 words) will get 1 full-color printed version of the issue their work graces.


We are always looking for cover art and spot art and amusing doodles and thoughtful ones, too.  We have plenty of space to fill and your art may be just what we are looking for. Any artist selected for a cover will get 1 full-color printed version of the issue their work graces.


You may either submit a review to our official review column: RE: The Review Section, or you can submit your own feature or even include a review in a LoC, if you prefer.



Deadlines for TNFF and Tightbeam are on the 15th day of the month preceding publication. As an example, material intended for the June issue should be in the Editor’s hands by May 15.  If it does not get to us in time, it usually goes in the next issue. Special Publications have deadlines of approximately 45 days before the publication month.

What We Publish

The National Fantasy Fan (TNFF)

The TNFF is the official club newsletter. As a newszine, it publishes official business of the President and Directorate as well as reports from the Bureau Chairs on fan activity. Additionally, we accept news reports that affect fandom in general, such as convention calendars and general fandom news such as death, birth and engagement announcements.

Tightbeam (TB)

Tightbeam is our general fanzine (genzine). It publishes just about everything from fan Letters of Comment (LoCs) on previous issues (or whatever they want to talk about) to Original Writing: fiction (under 2,000 words), poetry, reviews, essays & interviews; Art: covers, cartoons & doodles; and, How-Tos: writing tips, recipes and guides.

Special Publications

Our special publications come in three flavors:

  1. Works of Reference: Fandbooks, Indexes for veteran fans
  2. One-Offs: One-issue-only zines, cookbooks, etc.
  3. Outreach: Educational guides to new fans

Unlike our other pubs, which are timely and have a short production cycle, our Special publications are arranged with the Editorial Cabal months in advance of actual publication date.

Formats We Will Accept

Paper copies mailed to us are accepted, but we prefer electronic formats. The addresses are at the bottom of this article.

Electronic formats:

  • Writing:  We accept documents in  plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf) and simple Word format (.doc – please, no .docx). Better yet, just cut and paste your text into the body of your email.
  • Art: We accept art in JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF formats.

Paper Formats

Please send only copies of your work, whether it is art or text. We do not return submissions made on paper unless the sender includes a SASE with postage fully paid.

Contact Addresses:

Any submission may be sent to the general address or the specialized addresses.

General Submissions

  • U.S. Mail
    George Phillies
    48 Hancock Hill Drive
    Worcester, MA 01609
  • Email: George Phillies (TNFF)
  • Email: David Speakman (Tightbeam)

Reviews for RE: The Reviews Section

  • Email:


  • Email: Sarah Harder


By submitting any material to us, you agree that you claim that you are the original author or creator of this material and have the right to grant us reproduction rights to that work. You also agree your work is to be contributed for one-time use only in an N3F publication in its various print and electronic forms, including our archives, which may be accessible to the public. All other copyrights are retained by you, the contributor.

Last updated: May 17, 2015 at 18:31 pm