Taking Submissions: Eye to the Telescope 25: Garbage

Deadline: June 15th, 2017
Payment: Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.

ye to the Telescope 25, Garbage, will be edited by John Reinhart.

Garbage, trash, refuse, junk, detritus, waste, rubbish. It’s that stuff on the curb, orbiting our planet, jammed into that drawer in the kitchen that always requires an extra shimmy before it’ll close.

The human relationship with waste is a close one. It’s also one where perspective is vital. One multidimensional being’s waste byproduct may be another less mobile humanoid extraterrestrial’s valued possession, or however that saying goes. What are the stories aged space debris tells their newer members? How do the outer worlds deal with the issue of garbage? Who are the people who deal with trash?

I am interested in poetry that addresses all aspects of garbage in the speculative realm. I’ve been a garbage man, a dumpster diver, and a treasure walker. Although I am not likely to sing Oscar the Grouch’s “I Love Trash,” I have an affinity for the overlooked, the discarded, the junk of modern life—and I want to know what the future holds.

Submission Guidelines

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Payment and rights

  • Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.
  • The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association normally uses PayPal to pay poets, but can also send checks.
  • Eye to the Telescope is an online publication. Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original unpublished poems) are being sought.

Who can submit?

Anyone writing speculative poetry.


What is Speculative Poetry?

Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.

A good starting point is “About Science Fiction Poetry” by Suzette Haden Elgin, the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Despite its title, this article is applicable all forms of speculative poetry.

Tim Jones, editor of Issue 2, had a go at defining science fiction poetry on his blog, in two parts (These blog posts date from 2009, and the Voyagersanthology has since been published. These posts do refer specifically to science fiction poetry, rather than the broader field of speculative poetry.):

timjonesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-is-science-fiction-poetry-part-1.html

timjonesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-is-science-fiction-poetry-part-2.html


What Is the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA)?

As the SFPA says on its website at sfpoetry.com, “The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry. What is sf poetry? You know what they say about definitions—everybody has one. To be sure, it is poetry (we’ll leave that definition to you), but it’s poetry with some element of speculation—usually science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Some folks include surrealism, some straight science.”

See the SFPA site for lots more information—and please consider joining.

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Interested in editing an issue of Eye to the Telescope? See the Editors’ Guidelines for information and requirements.

Via: Eye of the Telescope.

Taking Submissions: More Alternative Truths

Deadline: July 15th, 2017
Payment: $0.03 cents per word plus royalties

More Alternative Truths, the follow-up to the best selling Alternative Truths, is announcing an open call for stories and maybe even (gasp) poetry.
We are looking for Fiction with a message about the impact of the election, the current policies in the country, and how people, HUMAN BEINGS, are affected. Payment is $0.03 cents per word plus royalties. To see what we are looking for, I advise you to read Alternative Truths, available on Amazon.
The stories must make us think, stimulate discussion, and show visions of the future. This can be done in many ways, with humor, with zombies, with horror, but above all, with feeling.
As with Alternative Truths, approximately 10% of the royalties will go to the ACLU of Washington. Stories in the first book ran an average of 2300 words with the shortest at 200 words and the longest at 7000 words. The reading period will be open from May 15 to July 15. Publication is anticipated in November. The book will be published by B Cubed Press and Edited by Bob Brown, Phyllis Irene Radford, and Rebecca McFarland Kyle. For more information see our Facebook Group, Alternative Truths. USE MANUSCRIPT FORMAT. Submit in Word or RTF to [email protected]

Ongoing Submissions: Dreams & Nightmares

Payment: Payment in US is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies, outside of US is 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies.

I print primarily poetry, but also publish a small amount of short short fiction. The genres of fantasy and SF are preferred. I am interested in experimental formats and content, and prefer fantastic horror a la Lovecraft or Blackwood to the blood and gore type. Any SF or fantasy is appropriate if it isn’t sappy or trite. If your poem rhymes, be sure that the rhymes are not forced, and that the meter is consistent.

The magazine consists of 20 digest-sized pages with card-stock cover. Publication is thrice yearly, issues are numbered sequentially. Issue #1 was published in January of 1986. Print run 200. Most-recent issue is #85. DN is distributed free to interested libraries.

Poetry & Fiction

Maximum length for poetry or fiction is 2 single-spaced typed pages, but I prefer less than one page. I prefer e-submissions in the body of the message. Send up to five manuscripts with SASE from the US. From other countries use an IRC or US stamps. Submissions lacking sufficient return postage or equivalent will be discarded. Cover letter not required. PLEASE put your name and address on each poem you submit!

I print 15-20 poems per issue. Buying 1st N.Am. serial rights unless state otherwise. Payment is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies. Contributors outside North America can instead receive a 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies. DN is a tough market because of the high volume of poetry submissions I receive. Fewer than 5% of submissions are accepted. Response time is commonly 4-8 weeks. Sample copy for $5.

 

Artwork

Artwork should be line drawings; no half-tones. Good photocopies OK, but I prefer to receive JPEG’s as e-mail attachments. Art should be no larger than 4 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, but I can reduce it. Payment $12 on acceptance plus 2 copies. I always need covers, and small filler illustrations. Filler illos that are the right size and shape to fill up the bottom of a page are particularly useful. Payment for covers includes an extra copy of the issue.

Send submissions to: [email protected]

If you must send snail-mail submissions:

Dreams & Nightmares, 1300 Kicker Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

Please address all other correspondence to the e-mail address given above. I will respond promptly to e-mail messages.

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

 

Via: Dreams & Nightmares.

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: Spooky Isles Book of Horror

Deadline: July 31st, 2017
Payment: 4 contributor’s copies

We’re looking for short stories and non-fiction articles for the Spooky Isles Book of Horror anthology, to be published later in 2017 in both paperback and digital formats. ANDREW GARVEY tells you want we want…

The Spooky Isles Book of Horror will be a collection of short fiction, paired with their real-life inspirations. Read on to discover how you can be part of this terrifying journey into the macabre!

We are after 2000 to 3000 words for short stories and 1000 words for non-fiction articles. We are quite flexible about word counts but please, no 14,000 word epics and no 200 word flash fiction.

What kind of horror are we looking for?

The Spooky Isles is concerned with British and Irish horror. You could send us the best wendigo or Chinese hopping vampire story ever written and it won’t be published. Keep it British and Irish. If you have a story you want to tell but aren’t certain it quite fits the guidelines, just email and enquire.

We want short stories paired with a non-fiction piece on the ‘real-life’ inspiration behind your story.

Real life here may not be the most helpful term but… let’s say you’ve sent us a short story on the myth of Herne the Hunter.

Your accompanying non-fiction article should discuss the origins of the legend, the basic facts or characteristics of it and a brief discussion of how you’ve been inspired by it or adapted it.

Basically, someone who has never heard of Herne should be able to read your article and get the basics of the story. Look at the articles on www.spookyisles.com for an idea of the kind of non-fiction we want – straightforward, accessible reads, basically – just a bit longer than we usually have online.

Actual real life historical events – if they’ve gone down in British or Irish folklore – are fine too. The obvious example here would be Jack the Ripper, the Pendle witches or Dick Turpin. But be careful, this is not a Jack the Ripper anthology. If you’re going to base your story on such an obvious/infamous figure it will need to be exceptionally good and/or original to stand out.

Remember, this is a horror anthology and our expected audience is an adult one. Your stories need to be horrifying, scary, disturbing, creepy etc. but we aren’t particularly looking for extreme gore, detailed sexual violence or anything that graphically victimises children and animals.

You must submit a short story and an accompanying article to be considered.

What is the deadline?

The deadline is Midnight, Monday 31st July 2017 UK time (but please try not to leave it to absolutely the last minute, eh?)

Please use the contact form on this page to send your submission.

Please send stories and articles together, in one attached document (any kind of Word .doc should be fine).

Use the contact form for any questions about what you’re thinking of submitting..

Payment and copyright information

Contributors will receive four copies of the paperback edition of The Spooky Isles Book of Horror for their efforts.

All work you submit, whether non-fiction or fiction must be your own. Your non-fiction pieces must be at least somewhat referenced. If you lean heavily on a particular source/s for your article then say so. You retain copyright of anything you send us and, once these books are published you are free to re-use your stories and/or articles in any way you see fit.

No fan fiction. No thinly disguised fan fiction, either. That includes characters/stories that have fallen into the public domain. Vampires are fine but only rooted in British/Irish folklore.

Multiple Submissions are fine. Just don’t try and swamp us with mediocre stories/articles in the hopes one sneaks through. Quality, not quantity is always your best option.

We’re not too fussy about formatting, just make sure your story and article are double-spaced, in a clear, legible font. Arial, Calibri and Helvetica make us happy. Oh, and don’t bother with italics, bold, underlining. Just keep everything nice and clean and clear.

Check your spelling and basic grammar too. Everyone makes mistakes now and again but repeated, blatantly obvious misspellings and shocking grammatical errors won’t help your case.

We will acknowledge all submissions. We will also try to give useful feedback if your work is not successful but please note, that may not be possible if we are overwhelmed with entries. It also may take some time. Please be patient.

Your work, if chosen, will be edited. We are more than happy to discuss revisions but please remember, the editor isn’t just thinking about your work, there are other authors to consider, too. If things seem to be taking a while, again, please be patient.

Thanks and good luck.
Note: Contact form is at the bottom of the link below!

Via: Spooky Isles.

Taking Submissions: Still Waters

Deadline: July 1st, 2017.
Payment: Royalties and contributor’s copy

Details:

  • Stories can be 2500 words to 10,000 words.
  • The anthology will be published in ebook and paperback formats.
  • We pay shared royalties (royalty split info available upon acceptance of story and before signing of contract). Authors will receive the e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies. This is considered token payment.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • We are seeking twelve months of exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights and non-exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights in perpetuity.
  • Multiple submissions are fine, but simultaneous submissions are discouraged. Please don’t re-submit a rejected story unless we request revisions.
  • We hope to have responded to everyone within one month of the submission window’s closing. Feel free to query if it’s been longer than two months.
  • Stories must be double spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font (or something similar). Do not submit in Courier. The story title, your byline, a word count, and contact information should appear on the first page, and your last name, story title, and page number should appear in the header information of all other pages. We’re not particular about whether you use italics or underlining for emphasis, how many spaces are after the period, or whether you use straight or smart quotes.
  • Submissions may be sent to the email address: Submit your stories via email as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. The subject of your email should be SUBMISSION: <story title> by <byline>. The email body should contain a short list of your publishing credits and any pertinent biographical details.
  • The submission period ends July 1, 2017.

 

Theme guidelines

  • The story must have a fantasy/speculative element. Science fantasy is ok, but we’re aiming for fantasy rather than straight science fiction. We prefer “clean” stories and strongly prefer noblebright stories. For more on noblebright, please see noblebright.org.
  • The story must address the “Still Waters” theme in some way. Creative interpretation of the theme is encouraged. Some ideas are:
    • Still waters run deep.
    • He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. -Psalm 23:2
    • Water creatures (mermaids, naiads, kraken) and their environment.

Via: Spring Song Press.

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