Taking Submissions: Afrofuturism

Deadline: September 30th, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word

Afrocentric Books is taking submissions for a futurism anthology.

Futurism is a broad umbrella, encompassing many elements of science fiction and fantasy. For this anthology, we are most interested in science fiction. Time travel, space travel, cultures far advanced from our own. This world, other worlds, space stations, the setting doesn’t matter.

We want adult science fiction stories in diverse settings, featuring diverse people. The “in the future all people are a uniform color of café au lait” trope does not interest us. While it is not necessary for you to describe the physical features of all your characters, we do want to know that one of your main characters is of indigenous African descent. Please read our general submission guidelines prior to submitting.

1,000-7,500 words, although we’ll consider pieces that fall outside those parameters on a case-by-case basis. Multiple and simultaneous submissions ok. No reprints.

If accepted, pay is 1 cent per word. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2017.

 

Submit here.

Via: Afrocentric Books.

Ongoing Submissions: Not One Of Us

Payment: ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum) and a contributor’s copy. For poems, $5 and a contributor’s copy

Not One of Us is about people (or things) out of place in their surroundings, outsiders, social misfits, aliens in the SF sense—anyone excluded from society for whatever the reason. We’d like Not One of Us to consider the problem of “otherness” from every possible fictional angle: horror, SF, fantasy, noir, slipstream, Western, mainstream, whatever.

The editorial philosophy of the magazine reflects my own personal taste in genre fiction. To me the scariest and most deeply moving horror stories are not about monsters or about good vs. evil, but rather about the reader’s own fears and discomforts. Similarly, for Not One of Us, fantasy isn’t about pseudo-medieval worlds, science fiction isn’t about space opera or funny-sounding names, Westerns are not about gunfights. In our magazine, it’s all about the characters.

We crave characters (human or otherwise) who are different and who act the way they do out of plausible (if occasionally insane) motives. All the wondrous settings and complex plots in the world will fail to convince me if at the center of the tale there isn’t a protagonist with whom I can somehow empathize. I don’t have to like that character: heaven knows we’ve had some pretty nasty protagonists, and empathy is not the same as excuse-making. But I want to get some insight into the character, and vicariously into myself. Also, I like stories, and characters, with edge.

Themes to avoid: vampires, alcoholic villains without any understanding of their motives, tales about writers, sword and sorcery, deals with the devil, and revenge stories that have no other point, especially if the punishment far exceeds the crime.

Because we’re a digest-sized (5.5 x 8.5 inch, 52-page) publication, we prefer stories of 6000 words or less. While we’re willing to read stories up to 7500 words long, they are a harder sell because of the size limitation of our format. We prefer poems of 40 lines or less, although we’re willing to read longer poems. Just not ones of epic length.

We assume first serial rights, with rights reverting to the author/poet upon publication. Payment is ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum), payable upon publication, plus one contributor’s copy for stories; $5 plus one copy for poems.

Artwork takes the form of story illustrations plus theme-related front and back covers. Typical payment ranges from $8 to $15. Query with samples.

Send electronic submissions from the contact page. We prefer Word or RTF attachments (do not send submissions in PDF), but it’s OK to embed submissions. All hardcopy correspondence should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please send only one story or up to three poems at a time.

John Benson, Editor
12 Curtis Road
Natick, MA 01760

Via: Not One of Us.

Taking Submissions: Typewriter Emergencies: A Journal of Furry Lit #2

Deadline: September 8th, 2017
Payment: $0.01 per word

Typewriter Emergencies is seeking works featuring furry characters. We’re looking for stories, book reviews, articles, and any other form of furry material. The journal accepts work that is considered rated R or Less. You can throw in the word “fuck” around a few times, but no excessive sex, blood, and guts pretty much. Typewriter Emergencies publishes under the philosophy of degenerate literature. We’re not here to be proper, we’re here to make art. We don’t have a specific theme for our issues, therefore it’s free reign. Themes may be implemented in the future.

We plan on publishing at least twice a year. If we feel we can take on a heavier load, we’ll open up for more issues. Our Schedule is as follows:

Issue 2 release – December 2017 – Submissions must be received by September 8, 2017.

Payment is $0.01 per word.

All rights revert back to the author. We simply ask for the right to publish the story for the period this journal is active.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. It is your responsibility to notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Story Guidelines:

  • Max word count is 2500 words. Anything over this will not be accepted.

  • Reprints will be reviewed, but we will prefer previously unpublished work.

  • Each issue is expected to have a small amount of material, 3-5 stories at most.

Articles & Reviews

  • Max word count 1000 words. Anything considered a book review or article that is over 1000 words will not be considered.

  • Articles/Book reviews must be predominantly furry in nature.

  • Reviews must not contain spoilers.

  • We will not accept reviews that are overly negative.

  • As for articles, familiarize yourself with [adjective][species] or Dogpatch Press, and related furry websites.

We accept submissions through Submittable only. Emailed submissions will not be read. Our submittable link can be seen below. All works must be submitted in DOC or DOCX format. Will not accept any other file types. Double-Spaced, Times New Roman preferred, 12pt. font.

Payments are made through Paypal. If another format is needed, it can be discussed.

Submit: https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit/72286/typewriter-emergencies-a-journal-of-furry-lit

http://hitchingpoets.wix.com/typewriteremergency

Via: Weasel Press.

Taking Submissions: Garden Of Earthly Delights (Title TBD)

Deadline: January 31st, 2018
Payment: half cent a word with a $5.00 minimum

We are seeking new and original work inspired by the famed Bosch triptych, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Pieces can be accounts of scenes occurring within the painting; further adventures of the denizens of the painting; bizarre odes to the painting itself; some conglomerate of the above; or something entirely different. Push limits of plot, structure, and form. Those familiar with our catalogue know we prefer the surreal, absurd, gut-wrenching. Pieces dependent on comedy will be less likely to find a home here. Please, for our sanity, do not send any pieces about the bird king eating and shitting humans out.

We will consider fiction, poetry, plays, and pretty much any other formats you can think of. (Creative non-fiction is encouraged but pitch your concept beforehand.) Word count has a soft cap of 7K: if your submission is longer (or is expected to be), pitch us the concept beforehand. Payment is half cent a word with a $5.00 minimum. No simultaneous submissions, but multiple submissions are allowed. If multiple pieces are accepted, payment will be based on total word count of all pieces.

Deadline is January 31st, 2018. We will try to be prompt with responses, but pieces that are potential acceptances may need to wait until after the deadline for final confirmation. We are seeking six month exclusivity from date of publication.

Submissions can be sent to carrionblue555 [at] gmail.com as .doc or .docx files. Include “GARDEN” and author name in the email title. Please format your file as you wish it to see print (italicize for italics, underline for underline, etc.)

May your efforts bear strange fruits.

Via: Carrion Blue 555.

Ongoing Submissions: SciFan

Payment: $2.00 per 1,000 words, up to a maximum of $20.00 per short story (10,000 or more words)

We are accepting Short Stories and Sample Previews in the Science Fantasy genre for our monthly digital magazine! Please read the submission rules and requirements below prior to submission.


Genre Requirements

All content must fall into one of the science fantasy sub-genres below. This includes short story, preview and related content.

Visit this post for detailed information about the following subgenres:

  • Alternate History
  • Dystopian
  • LitRPG
  • Myths & Legends
  • Paranormal
  • Portal Fiction
  • Space Opera
  • Steampunk
  • Superhero
  • Urban Fantasy

Content Categories:

  1. Short Stories
    1. Must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words.
    2. Must be a complete short story with beginning, middle and end.
  2. Previews
    1. Must be 10% or less of the finished product or less than 15,000 words, whichever is less.
    2. Complete title must be available for pre-order or sale at the time of submission or submitter must specify when it will be available for pre-order (must be prior to publication of the issue).
  3. Related Content
    1. Must be greater than 300 words but less than 5,000 words.
    2. Must be related to science fantasy.
    3. Can fall into any of the following sub-categories:
      1. Book reviews (either print or audio)
      2. Movie reviews
      3. Television series reviews (not individual episodes – season review or greater)
      4. Video game reviews
      5. Author interviews

Submitter Bio

Submitter must submit a biography in third person that will be placed at the end of their submission if it is accepted for publication. It should include a brief introduction to the submitter and one or two links to where the submitter can be found on the Internet.

Please keep biographies under 300 words.


Submission Review Process

SciFan™ Magazine will review all submissions received. Please allow a 3-6 week reading period before inquiring.

SciFan™ Magazine reserves the right to reject any and all content received and makes no guarantees whatsoever regarding automatic acceptance of content. However, below are general guidelines the editors at SciFan™ Magazine use:

For Short Stories and Sample Previews:

Each entry will be judged according to the following levels. Level 1 takes precedent over Level 2 and Level 3, but is not the only factor.

  1. Enlightened SciFan™: Magical or paranormal properties are fused with technology in order to manipulate and magnify the magic.
  2. Standard SciFan™: Magic is fused with technology, but not necessarily in a coherent sense.
  3. Soft SciFan™: Magic and Technology are merely present in the same realm.

In addition to the level of fusion of magic and technology, the editors of SciFan™ Magazine look for the following things:

  • Should jump right into the middle of a scene to grab reader attention
  • Should be fast-paced to keep reader attention.
  • No opening backstory. These are meant to be short stories.
  • Must be engaging. It needs to be able to engage readers.

Short Stories in The SciFan™ Universe

Each issue of the SciFan™ Magazine will also feature an exclusive Short Story from The SciFan™ Universe that will be included in our annual anthology. If interested in this exclusive opportunity, find out more details here.

For Related Content:

  • Reviews should be engaging and informative but without blatant spoilers.
  • Author interviews should be conducted in a professional manner.

Formatting & Editing

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or a Microsoft Word-compatible document type. The content should be double spaced in 12 point or larger font of a serif (like Times New Roman) font type.

Submissions should be self-edited and generally error-free. The prose should be tight and the plot intriguing. SciFan™ Magazine reserves the right to perform edits of grammar and spelling upon acceptance but will not materially change the content of submissions.


Simultaneous Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are accepted however please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere


Exclusivity

Submitters of short stories certify their content is exclusive (never before published online or no longer available online). Once accepted, SciFan™ Magazine will publish the short story in an issue of SciFan™ Magazine within one year of the date of acceptance (see Publishing Rights below). Once the short story is published in SciFan™ Magazine, SciFan™ Magazine obtains six months exclusivity from date of publication on Amazon.com.


Publishing Rights

By submitting to SciFan™ Magazine, submitters grant permission for their short story to be, if accepted, included in an upcoming issue of SciFan™ Magazine up to one year after date of acceptance. SciFan™ Magazine also retains the right to include the submitter’s short story in future anthologies or collections of SciFan™ Magazine issues into a larger compilation.

Submitters retain all legal rights to their content. SciFan™ Magazine does not take ownership of publishing rights by accepting submissions.


Payouts

SciFan™ Magazine is pleased to offer payment for accepted Short Stories. The payment schedule is as follows: $2.00 per 1,000 words, up to a maximum of $20.00 per short story (10,000 or more words). Payment is made through PayPal at the time a submission is accepted.

*Disclaimer: Sample Previews and Related Content will not receive any payouts, but will receive exclusive exposure.


Via: SciFan.

Ongoing Submissions: Perihelion

Payment: one cent per word, up to a maximum of $75 per story. We pay a minimum rate of $12 per story.

WE ARE LOOKING for well-written, original science fiction, that is, science fiction with a solid plot, a beginning, a middle, and an end (but not necessarily in that order). Nofantasy. No horror. No fan fiction. No poetry. Alternate history, not entirely taboo, is a difficult sale. Stories do not necessarily have to restrict themselves to robots, rocket ships, and extraterrestrials. However, the science and/or technology must be integral to the story; if you remove the science, the story falls apart, or disappears altogether. If the plot can be easily reconstituted as a western, a swashbuckler, or a bodice-ripper, it is probably not for us, either. We aren’t fixated on political correctness. We don’t object to explicit language, violence, or sexual situations, as long as it is necessary to the plot. We like humor and satire. We really don’t care if you are a minority, transgendered, or purple; the story is the focus and not the author. Stories should run from 2,500 words to around 7,000 words. We also accept Shorter Stories. We consider Shorter Stories to be from 800 words to 2,000 words. Less than 800 words is probably an anecdote, not a story, not for us. Currently we are paying one cent per word, up to a maximum of $75 per story. We pay a minimum rate of $12 per story. Payment is usually within 30 days prior to publication. Our rates will undoubtedly grow as we do. These specifications are firm. Please do not send us your latest novel. We don’t publish installments, so please do not send us Part 1 as a story.

Articles

We want carefully researched articles discussing or explaining new and interesting discoveries in science with which most people are probably not already familiar. The writing must also be entertaining. We do not want to see your term papers. This is not an assignment. It helps if the author has some kind of credentials in the subject being written about, but that is not a requirement. For example, absolutely do not research widely available information about photosynthesis and send us a Wikipedia-like article on how photosynthesis works. On the other hand, if you have information about or are involved in photosynthesis being used to create a new breed of human, we may be interested in that. Keep in mind that we want articles, not news. This is not a newspaper. Payment is one cent per word up to a maximum of $75 per article, within 30 days prior to publication. Articles should be anywhere from 2,500 words to around 7,000 words in length.

Reviews

We are no longer accepting unsolicited reviews of books, movies, and video games. However, there is still a large assortment of science fiction media that would interest us: TV shows, comics, theater, even operas if they exist. The reviews must be analytic. Simply reiterating the plot and saying you liked or disliked the work is not a proper review. You must explain why you liked or disliked the work. Reviews must be timely—if the TV series has recently been released on DVD, it should be reviewed as a DVD. And whereas Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles,” if you have just read it, may be new to you, it is not. Reviews should be up to 1,200 words. Payment is a minimum $12 per review, within 30 days prior to publication. Query first.

Artwork

Currently we are looking for full-color cover art and comic strips only, either illustration or photography. The cover art does not correspond to any story or article, so it has to stand by itself. In fact, we prefer that the cover tells its own little story. A spaceship in orbit around a planet is a nice image, albeit trite. If the message “Elect Zerbek For President” is seen on the side of the spaceship, however, that is intriguing, even funny, and we’d probably buy it. We prefer that artwork be optimized for the Web, submitted in either GIF or JPEG or PNG format, in as small a file size as you can render without compromising the quality of the image. Our cover specs are 520 pixels wide by 1000 pixels high. R-rated images are okay, but no erotica or raw nudity. Payment is $60 per image, within 30 days prior to publication. Please query in advance before submitting comic strips.

How to Submit Material

Email us the manuscript in RTF or DOC format. Please conform to proper manuscript format as best as you can. If we have trouble opening your manuscript we will reject it out of hand. RTF is preferred because it is universally accessible by all kinds of software on all kinds of platforms. Attach the manuscript in RTF or DOC format or artwork in JPEG or PNG format, to an email sent to editor-at-perihelionsf-dot-com, with “Perihelion Submission,” or words to that effect, in the subject line, along with a brief cover letter telling us something about yourself. It is not necessary to tell us about the story or article or artwork because we will see it ourselves. Every effort will be made to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a day or two. Please wait at least 48 hours before contacting us if you did not hear back. Generally, it then takes from one to three months to decide whether or not to accept the submission. Do not simultaneously submit anything to Perihelion Science Fiction. While it is in our possession, your manuscript should be exclusively for consideration only by us. Perihelion buys Exclusive First World Rights for a period of six months. After that, the copyright reverts to the original author.

All this aside, there are always exceptions to every rule, but it is best not to test us. Good luck!

Via: Perihelion.

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