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Taking Submissions: Triangulation: Parch

April 30, 2014


Deadline: April 30th, 2014
Payment: We pay 1.5 cents per word plus a $100 Editors’ Choice award to each of three stories that most effectively and ambitiously incorporate the theme. Authors will also receive an e-book version of the anthology and wholesale pricing for printed copies (typically 50% of cover price).

Theme:  “PARCH”

Word Count: We will consider fiction up to 10,000 words. There is no minimum word count.

Topics: We are interested in publishing a wide variety of entertaining and literate speculative fiction stories, so the more space a story would take, the more it will need to impress us. We publish science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction.

Compensation: We pay 1.5 cents per word plus a $100 Editors’ Choice award to each of three stories that most effectively and ambitiously incorporate the theme. Authors will also receive an e-book version of the anthology and wholesale pricing for printed copies (typically 50% of cover price).

Rights: We purchase North American Serial Rights, and Electronic Rights for downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: Our focus is on original stories. Please do not send previously published stories, even if they’ve only been published on your blog. Please, no simultaneous submissions (wait for a response from us before submitting elsewhere). We do not publish poetry. Sorry. No hand-written manuscripts. We gotta draw the line somewhere.

We love creative interpretations of our themes. Don’t ask us what it means – tell us what it means with a story that convinces us you’re right.

We will run mature content if we like the story and if the mature content is integral to the story. So make sure there’s an actual story in that mature content.

No fanfic, even if it’s of a fictional universe that has passed into public domain.

No thinly-disguised transcripts of role playing sessions, no settings obviously based on D&D or other such games. Don’t get us wrong, we love to game ourselves, which means our imaginations are probably cluttered with elves and dwarves and orcs and the like as it is.

How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time submitting to a publication that utilizes Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. It’s free.


Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. There’s disagreement on some of the exact details of the “standard”. We’re not testing you to see if you can follow each and every niggling detail, we just want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

  • .doc or .docx (MS Word)
  • .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)
  • .odt (OpenDocument Text — format used by the OpenOffice.org suite)

If you absolutely, positively cannot submit electronically, please send the manuscript (with either a SASE or a return email address) to:

Triangulation 2014
312 N Beaver St.
New Castle PA 16101

Feedback: We are (in)famous for our feedback on submitted stories. We work with writers to improve accepted stories, as well. The results have been strong reviews from places like Tangent Online, and a reputation for consistent quality.

Response: Expect to hear back from us within a month. Please report your response times at Duotrope’s Digest.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or even related to the editorial staff, are permitted to submit to the Triangulation anthology. That doesn’t mean we’ll automatically publish them; just that we’re willing to look at their work. (We’re not worried about nepotism; if our friends writing sucks, we tell them.)

General Information:

We have no interest in getting more specific about the term “speculative fiction.” Science fiction, horror, fantasy, magic realism, alternate history, whatever. If there’s a speculative element vital to your story, we’ll gladly give it a read. We do prefer traditional narrative to experimental technique. Our intent is to provide a strong story experience for our readership.

We publish both new and established writers; the level of experience for the authors gracing our pages has ranged from “first time in print” to “Hugo winner” and “Nebula winner”. The majority of our stories usually wind up being from American authors, but we’ve had a number of international contributions; we’re happy to consider work from anywhere in the world, as long as it’s written in English.

Who We Are:

Triangulation is an annual short fiction anthology produced by PARSEC Ink, the publishing wing of the PARSEC science-fiction association in Pittsburgh, PA.  We publish science fiction, fantasy, horror, and any other speculative fiction that catches the editors’ fancy. Every year since 2003 (save for a brief hiatus in 2006 when we changed over to an international format) we have a new theme. We pay for the work we select and issues are available online at places like Amazon.com. We are a small press but we work hard to produce a quality product.

Triangulation shares an informal relationship with Parsec’s annual short story contest. Note, though, that the Parsec contest and the Triangulation Anthology are two completely different publications and have different requirements and submission guidelines, including eligibility and word length.

Via: Parsec Ink.


April 30, 2014