Ongoing Submissions: Anathema
Payment: $150 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction, $75 (CAD) for poetry, $300 (CAD) for cover art.
Theme: Must have some speculative fiction content, however slight. No restriction on genre.
Note: You must be a queer/two-spirit person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit
Who Can Submit?
You must be both queer/two-spirit and a person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit to Anathema.
Windows and Response Times
Anathema is open to unsolicited submissions year round.
Our first round response time is usually under 8 weeks (currently closer to 12 weeks owing mostly to dealing with the pandemic); please query after 8 weeks if you haven’t heard from us.
Please note that we are no longer open to non-fiction submissions.
Fiction and Poetry
Fiction: 1,500-6,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original fiction only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight. No restriction on genre.
Poetry: Under 100 lines, any form — traditional, free, and/or experimental. (Prose poetry may exceed this stated limit). Original content only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight.
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes. Please do notify us if you sell your sub somewhere else so we can remove it from consideration.
Multiple Submissions: No for fiction/non-fiction. Yes for poetry (maximum two), included in same email.
Payment: $150 (CAD) for fiction, $75 (CAD) for poetry. Paid on publication. We pay primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.
Rights: First Electronic Rights (Online and eBook). 4 Months exclusivity from date of publication, archiving unless requested to remove the content by the author(s). An exemption to the exclusivity period above is granted for reprinting of work in Year’s Best and other annuals and related volumes, author collections, and as otherwise agreed upon by both the publisher and the author.
Process and Queries (Fiction, Poetry)
Submissions: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use the Subject line “Submission: [Your Story/Poem Title(s)]”. Please attach your manuscript file as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf only. We ask that you use Standard Manuscript Formatting when preparing your file.
Queries: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. If sending a general query, please use the Subject Line “Query: [Your Question]”. If querying about the status of a fiction/poetry submission, please use the Subject line “Query: [Your Submission Title]”. We try and keep all responses under eight weeks, but sometimes subs go into our spam, and sometimes our responses apparently get eaten by spam filters on the other end. So if we’re late sending you a response don’t hesitate to query.
Cover Letters: It’s easiest just to address us as either “Dear Editors” or “Dear Michael, Andrew, and Chinelo.” Please include your name and the pronouns you’d like us to refer to you by, the length of your story (word count), and a note on how you self-identify for inclusion in Anathema. Full bio and/or publication history (if any, and you don’t need to be published already to submit anything to us) are optional.
Format: Portfolio previews/links thereto preferred, rather than single piece submissions.
Original/Reprint: We are open to both original and reprint art for use as cover art for our issues. We consider it fairer to purchase reprint art given our pay rate, but are always happy to consider original art if you’re comfortable with that rate.
Payment: $300 (CAD) for cover art, paid at time of purchase of use. We pay primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.
Rights: Electronic Rights (Online and eBook).
Process and Queries (Cover Art)
Submissions: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use the Subject line “Submission: [Cover Art], [Your Name]”. If including images in your submission please use thumbnails with links to larger work or portfolios.
Queries: If you need to query about cover art for any reason and are not submitting art for consideration, please use the Subject line “Query: [Re Cover Art – Your Question]”.
Cover Letters: It’s easiest just to address us as either “Dear Editors” or “Dear Michael, Andrew, and Chinelo.” Please include your name and the pronouns you’d like us to refer to you by, and a note on how you self-identify for inclusion in Anathema. You do not need to have sold any of your art previously in order to submit work for consideration.
* We’re using the above phrasing for brevity’s sake, but we’re open to submissions from people anywhere along the LGBT/LGBTQ/LGBTQIA2 spectrum (including Two Spirit, pan, poly, ace, aro, nonbinary, genderfluid, genderqueer, and other queer orientations not covered here) who are also people of colour, biracial, multiracial, Indigenous, Aboriginal, or otherwise non-white.
We are open to international submissions, and are especially interested in submissions from all marginalized groups. As long as you fall under the broad spectrum of our mandate we want to see your work, so please don’t self-reject.
All of our content is free to read online. In order to support the magazine we sell eBooks of each issue individually and sell subscriptions.
We are open to any form of genre or speculative content. We talk about what we do as “SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more,” elsewhere on the site. But we are not limited to those genres. Use them as a starting point and send whatever you want: as long as it’s got some kind of speculative content we’ll consider it. And we are also interested in seeing work that has been difficult to place because of content or perspective.
We can only accept fiction and poetry submissions in English at this time. Also, as we only accept original fiction and poetry, we apologize that we can’t consider work previously published in another language and submitted in English translation.
If you have a question not covered anywhere here, please do not hesitate to query us at the e-mail address above.
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