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Ongoing Submissions: New Maps

Payment: Contributor’s copy and a token payment
Theme: Fiction that takes into account the effects of resource depletion and environmental damage on the future of the world, and the existence of hard limits to what humankind can do to mitigate these effects. This also must follow the same rules as our Earth

New Maps accepts submissions, year-round, of short stories falling within the genre of deindustrial fiction. Before you submit your story, please read through these guidelines to make sure you’re submitting to the right place. If you have any questions about anything on this page, please feel free to contact us.

Suitability

As mentioned, New Maps is primarily a magazine of deindustrial fiction. (We also publish occasional essays and book reviews; to inquire about the possibility of having such a piece published, please email the editor.) Deindustrial fiction shares some aspects with a few other genres, but is distinct from them in other ways. To understand how we define the genre, the best reference is our About page. Here we will mention a few things we are and are not looking for in submissions.

As New Maps uses the term, deindustrial fiction is:

  • Fiction that takes into account the effects of resource depletion and environmental damage on the future of the world, and the existence of hard limits to what humankind can do to mitigate these effects.
  • Fiction that takes place in the world that you and I live in: that is, an Earth that obeys the same physical laws as the real Earth.
    • Stories may include elements of the metaphysical, supernatural, or paranormal, but only to the extent that you, the author, find it plausible that these things may actually happen in our world as you understand it.

And it is not:

  • Simply generic speculative fiction. While deindustrial fiction may be considered a kind of speculative fiction, it is more specific, in the ways mentioned above.
  • The same as dystopian or utopian fiction. Real, unadulterated utopias and dystopias are absent from the historical record, and we consider their existence incompatible with human nature. Even in the most idyllic society there are significant problems, whether at the level of the culture or of the individual. Likewise, even in the most brutal dictatorship, there is at least some room for people to experience little everyday joys.
  • Coterminous with postindustrial fiction. While there is significant overlap between the two, there are important differences.
    • Perhaps most saliently, the two differ in the understood cause of the decline and fall of civilization, and which civilization. With postindustrial fiction, nearly any cause will do, from resource depletion all the way to wayward meteors and nanobots, and the setting may be on a totally invented world. Deindustrial fiction narrows focus to what happens during and after the winding down of our current fossil-fueled industrial age, due to resource depletion and its consequences—although against that background, some places may certainly experience declines (and ascents) from unrelated causes that pop up, as these things do.
    • A postindustrial story may (or may not) take its setting to be a lull during which a civilization rebuilds. But in deindustrial fiction, civilization just isn’t coming back the way it was: civilizations may certainly still arise, but they will have to find ways to make do with less energy than we currently use, will not look just like ours, and will definitely not arise from the ashes to colonize space.
    • As well, postindustrial fiction is often understood to take place after the collapse of civilization has reached its rock bottom and perhaps stabilized, whereas deindustrial fiction may take place at any point on the downslope, including the very near future, and often finds valuable stories to tell in the instabilities that come from decline.
  • The same as postapocalyptic fiction. The decline of the current global civilization will be long and ragged, not sudden and cataclysmic, except possibly in isolated pockets. Even then, if a single catastrophe brought down a vast society, that society very probably had termites in the framework to start with, and this should be acknowledged.
  • Traditional spacefaring sci-fi. While space operas and deindustrial fiction are both often set in the future, they share very few other commonalities, and stories featuring travel to other planets will almost certainly be rejected.

Technical

  • Most digital document formats are accepted (.odt, .doc/.docx, and anything else readable by pandoc). A standard layout such as Shunn’s Modern Manuscript Format is encouraged.
  • There is no hard minimum or maximum story length, but we will probably publish only a limited number of stories longer than 10,000 words. Very long (novella-sized) short stories, if outstanding, may be considered for serialization. If you have a novel, seek a publisher who’ll publish it as a novel!
  • Submissions are open year-round on a rolling basis: submissions received too late for one issue are automatically considered for the following issue.
  • Stories should be previously unpublished, except those published on small personal websites or other venues with very limited exposure. If your story was previously published in such a way, please tell us the details in your letter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed; please inform us if the story is being considered in another venue. If your story is accepted for publication elsewhere, please inform us as soon as possible.
  • Send your story to [email protected], with subject line “Story Submission: [Story title].” In the body of the email please include
    • the name you would like the story to appear under,
    • the story’s title and word count,
    • your contact information,
    • and any other relevant information as outlined above or as you consider pertinent.

    We will confirm submission of the story as soon as possible.

Compensation

  • Accepted authors will be compensated on a per-word basis, and will also receive one free copy of the issue in which their story appears, with the option to request up to ten more at cost. The current per-word compensation is $0.00¼ USD.
  • Payment is made upon publication.

Via: New Maps.

Ongoing Submissions: Fresh Ink – Reprints

Payment: 1 cent per word

fresh.ink magazine combines highly-rated work from the fresh.ink beta reader feedback platform with some of the best stories published elsewhere.

fresh.ink is a digital magazine accessed via our iOS and Android apps. It’s due to launch early October 2019.

Ahead of our launch, we’re accepting submissions for fiction reprints of any length at 1c per word for non-exclusive rights. Our guidelines are listed below, but if you have any questions, drop us an email at [email protected].

fresh.ink magazine features the highest-rated writing from our fresh.ink critique platform combined with some of the best fiction from literary magazines across the US.

We’re looking for fiction work of any length. In order to qualify, work must have been published in a reputable literary magazine or publisher. We’re not currently accepting unpublished, self-published or vanity press work.

Any fiction genre is welcome except erotica, fan-fiction or overly graphic/explicit work.

We require submissions to be in US English.

You must ensure your work is no longer bound by contractual obligations to the original publisher. Check your original contract to ensure any exclusivity periods have expired. If your original publisher requires a mention on reprints, that’s no problem, but you must let us know in the submission description field.

There is no submission fee.

We pay $0.01 (USD) per word for accepted submissions.

Our submissions are open and ongoing as our digital library is updated weekly.

Because we’re only accepting reprints, and we’re not purchasing exclusive rights, simultaneous submissions are allowed.

You may submit multiple times providing all submissions have been published by reputable magazines or publishers.

All work must be a complete, independent story. Flash fiction is acceptable. Previews, series and excerpts are not allowed.

Please remove all author identifying information from the submitted document, we’ll collect these via Submittable. Ensure there is no personally identifiable information within the document. We accept Word documents, PDFs, Apple Pages, rich text and plain text files.

Via: Fresh Ink.

Rolling Ongoing Submissions: Typewriter Emergencies

Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: This magazine opens and closes without dates. They’re open at the time of scheduling but ho knows when they’ll close and re-open next?

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. 

Typewriter Emergencies is an online only literary journal. We do not print issues upon publication. All issues of Typewriter Emergencies can be read for free through ISSUU or a downloadable PDF, or a Kindle/Nook version can be purchased for $0.99.

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.

 

 

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. 

Poetry Guidelines:

  • We accept poetry of no more than 2 pages single spaced.

  • Poems must be “furry” either by using anthropomorphic animals or by focusing on your experiences with the furry fandom.

  • We have no restrictions on styles

  • If accepted, poets received $5 per poem accepted.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

Story Guidelines:

  • Max word count is 2000 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.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

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.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

We accept submissions through Submittable only. Emailed submissions will not be read. Our submittable link can be seen below when we are open. 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. 

Via: Typewriter Emergencies.

Ongoing Submissions: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

Payment: Short Fiction: 1 cent/word (AUD) with an AUD$20 minimum and $100 maximum per piece. Poetry, and Flash Fiction (under 1000 words): AUD$10 per piece. Non-fiction: AUD$10 per article under 1000 words. Artwork: AUD$100 per cover and AUD$20 per internal piece.

Note: The window for submissions opens and closes without any apparent warning.

Please remember that we only accept science fictionfantasy and horror works.
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Ongoing Submissions: Every Day Fiction

Payment: $3
Theme: All genres accepted

Every Day Fiction is looking for very short (flash) fiction, of up to 1000 words. There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job in 50 words, have at it! — but our readers prefer pieces that tell or at least hint at a complete story (some sort of action or tension rising to a moment of climax, and at least a clue toward a resolution, though it doesn’t have to be all spelled out).

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Ongoing Submissions: We Will Remember Freedom

Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: Reprints welcome

We are looking for short fiction between 2,000 and 7,000 words in length. All stories must meet at least one of the following three criteria:

  • by an author who identifies as an anarchist or with another political tradition that opposes state authority, capitalism, and other oppressive hierarchies
  • takes place in a society without state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies
  • involves struggle against state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies

 

One of our goals is to publish fiction that offers imaginative answers to our world’s problems. One of our other goals is to publish fiction that is entertaining and well-written. We have no strong feelings about genre. We are open to fantasy, science fiction, horror, or stories with no speculative elements whatsoever. We are open to submissions from authors of all class backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and genders, though we are particularly excited about work that explores the experiences of people whose identities are marginalized by this society. While we are aiming this podcast at a primarily anarchist audience, we are actively excited about publishing work from other political traditions that share an antiauthoritarian, pro-community worldview.

Payment

We pay $.01USD per word upon acceptance. This is not a professional rate, and we are therefore primarily a reprint market. While we will consider fiction that has not appeared elsewhere, we suggest that if your story is good enough for us, it is probably good enough for someone who will pay you at least 8 cents per word and we encourage you to try submitting to those markets first. Authors should be paid for their labor. Once your work is out of exclusivity, or if you can’t find a better-paying home for it, send it on to us!

How to Submit

Send your story in standard manuscript format, as either an .rtf or .docx attachment, to the editor at [email protected] In the body of the email, please include a cover letter that indicates which of the three criteria your story meets as well as any prior publications of the story and/or where other work of yours has appeared.

Send only one story at a time. If you do not hear a response from us within six weeks, please consider your story rejected with our apologies.

What We Ask for

We ask for nonexclusive audio rights for the podcast, nonexclusive digital print rights to include the text on our website, and nonexclusive print rights to include your story in a potential forthcoming publication aimed at an incarcerated audience. If we accept your story, we would also like to interview you about the story, which we will air alongside your story.

What is This Anarchist Thing?

An anarchist is someone who opposes the state, capitalism, racism, colonialism, patriarchy, and all the various and intersecting ways by which groups of people exert power over other people. Anarchism also references a specific political tradition that dates to the mid-19th century and has had millions of adherents around the world. Or, to quote one of our favorite anarchist fiction writers, Ursula le Guin, “What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.”

Via: We Will Remember Freedom.

Ongoing Submissions: Leading Edge Magazine

Payment: 1 cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum. Poetry/Nonfiction are discussed at time of acceptance. Art payment depends on the number of pieces contracted, but generally does not exceed $275.00 maximum.

As with any publication, Leading Edge will not tolerate plagiarism in any form. If you submit plagiarized work, your work will be rejected and your name and email will be flagged for any future submissions. In addition, Leading Edge does not accept previously published pieces.

Leading Edge is affiliated with and run through Brigham Young University; written and visual submissions must conform with the BYU Honor Code. This includes no nudity, sex, profanity, excessive violence, belittlement of traditional family values or religion, or drug use. More specifics can be found on the Honor Code website. Please note that while we may tolerate a small quantity of this content in the submission stage because it can be taken out in the editing stage, excessive disregard for the Honor Code in a submission will send your work to the rejection pile. To get a feel for the work we accept, please purchase a copy of Leading Edge to survey.

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Ongoing Submissions: Flash Fiction Podcast

Payment: half cent per word with a minimum payment of three dollars (USD).
Note: Reprints allowed.

Submissions are open for Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast. We are currently reading for Season 3, which will run from Jan to Nov 2018, and include approximately 45 stories.

The Flash Fiction Podcast is just what it sounds like. Most weeks, a new short-short story is put out in podcast form by Manawaker Studio, produced and hosted by CB Droege.

At the end of each season, the episodes are compiled into an audiobook to be made available through Audible. The episodes will also be archived indefinitely on the Manawaker site.

The podcast is supported by Manawaker’s patrons on Patreon.

THE STORIES

There is no requirement of submitted stories other than length. The ideal length is around 800 words, but stories as short as 250 or as long as 1500 may be considered. All genres will be considered, but the story must remain accessible to all ages, which mostly means no erotica or gore-horror.

Currently, we are particularly low on genre subs, so if you are trying to decide which flash to send, and one of them is a sci-fi, fantasy, or detective story, send that one.

SUBMITTING

Submitters may submit up to three works in the body of an e-mail.

Previously published work is okay, as long as you let us know where it was published previously, so we can credit them in the podcast. It’s the submitter’s responsibility to ensure they have the rights to their work before submitting.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, just make sure you tell us right away if the non-exclusive audio rights to your work are no longer available at any point, and please do so in a reply to your original submission, so that it’s easier to find.

If your work is accepted, you will grant Manawaker Studio the right to edit and produce the work non-exclusively as part of the weekly podcast (which is posted on the Manawaker website, iTunes podcast store, Google Music, and several other aggregators which pull content from those services.) and in an audiobook collection, which may remain ‘in print’ indefinitely. The work or parts of it may also be used for promotional purposes by Manawaker Studio.

At no point will Manawaker studio require any sort of exclusive rights to any story, and the original creator will retain all copyrights.

Compensation for the use of an accepted work will be a token payment of a half cent per word with a minimum payment of three dollars (USD).

A sample contract sits here, if you are interested.

All submissions should be sent to [email protected] with ‘FFP Submission’ and your last name in the subject line. Include a brief cover letter and third-person bio (65 words max) (for the contributors page on the website) in the body of the e-mail. If you’d like a URL for an online portfolio or blog included, give that as well.

Response times will vary ranging from a couple weeks to a few months.

Note: all submissions received before 2 February 2018 have been read and responded to. If you sent something in before that, and have not heard back, then something went wrong. Please query, so that we can figure out what happened to your submission.

Further note: Due to a providence of sharing for the call, I received an absolute bounty of subs in Dec and Jan, and it’s taking longer than usual to get through this tall pile. Sorry for the delay, hopefully I’ll be through it soon, and back to more normal turn around times.

There is no deadline for submissions, as this is an ongoing project.

Any questions about the project or these guidelines (or any queries after submissions) should be sent to [email protected]

Via: Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast.