The Fifth Di... is now open to submissions, but please keep in mind that we are already buying for the December 2018 issue, so if we do accept your story, you will have a long wait to see it in print. We are on Patreon now, and if we can add quite a few patrons, we will be able to start expanding to more stories in each issue. If you'd like to support our Patreon, or if you know someone else that would like to support us, please visit

The Fifth Di... has been an e-zine for many, many years. Starting in 2016, the magazine will now be available in print, as well as in electronic formats. The print format will be a 6X9 perfect bound zine. It's our hope that adding a print zine will eventually allow us to add more stories per issue, hopefully start accepting poetry again, and in the long-term, we're hoping to increase our pay rates as well.


Our current response time is two months...there are no more reading periods for this was just too much work all at once for me. If you change your e-mail address, please let me know. There are always a few submissions that never get responses because the contributor changes their address.


Fiction must be science fiction or fantasy, no horror, no exceptions. Iím looking for stories up to 10,000 words. No reprints will be read, and I also wonít consider simultaneous submissions. Flash fiction is not likely to be successful with me unless it's absolutely brilliant. I'm not a big flash fan, so please keep that in mind when submitting.
To get a feel for what we publish, please pick up a copy of the zine at


Stories up to 1,500 words will receive $5.
Stories between 1,501 and 5,000 words will receive $10.
Stories longer than 5,000 words will receive $15.


We are no longer considering poetry for The Fifth Di... It took a long time to come to this conclusion, but our readers have been asking for more fiction, and less poetry...


We are not currently seeking artwork.


All submissions must be sent as attachments in rtf. Please do not send Word files. I will read submissions that are sent pasted into messages, but I'd prefer attachments. Every submission must contain the word "Submission" in its subjct line, or it will be flushed with all of the spam. I hate to start getting anal, but given the amount of Spam I have to sift through, it just makes my job easier, and a happy editor is always a good thing. Also, all submissions must follow standard ms guidelines...if you don't know what that means, please find out. Your name, byline, and address MUST appear on the submission. All submissions MUST have page numbers. If you want something italicized, please italicize it in the submission. Also, please include a bio with your submission written in the third person. Also, please note that the editor of this zine is J Erwine, not Tyree please address your submissions to J.


Donít send work that is based in other peopleís universes. All works must be original with no threat of copyright infringement. All submissions should be sent to thefifthdi at yahoo dot com.