Taking Submissions: Solar Flare

Deadline: December 31st, 2022
Payment: 0.08 USD / word plus royalties
Theme: Stories in the future where humanity has embraced the Earth and learned to co-exist with it

Imagine a Solarpunk future where societies value cooperation over consumerism, where technology solves ecological challenges rather than creating them. SOLAR FLARE will envision a future where humanity has embraced the Earth and learned to co-exist with it, not simply on it, where sustainability is a way of life, not merely a catch phrase. Join us as these stellar authors share their visions of a hopeful tomorrow.

Edited by Patricia Bray & Joshua Palmatier, SOLAR FLARE will contain approximately fourteen stories with an average length of 6,000 words each.  Anchor authors include:

  • Chaz Brenchley,
  • Nicole Givens Kurtz,
  • Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,
  • Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin,
  • Kristine Smith, and
  • Lauren C. Teffeau

SOLAR FLARE: Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC will accept submissions to its anthology, SOLAR FLARE, from the moment the Kickstarter funds until December 31st, 2022. This is a one-time open call; there will be no follow-up open calls. Follow us on Twitter (@ZNBLLC) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/zombiesneedbrainsllc) to keep track of the Kickstarter and the open call. Stories must be submitted in electronic format through the submissions management system Moksha here: http://zombiesneedbrains.moksha.io.

  • Word count: up to 7500 words. No exceptions.
  • Pay rate: 0.08 USD / word (SFWA professional rate), plus royalties for anthologies (see below)
  • Simultaneous submissions: No.
  • Multiple submissions: Up to three per open call period; please submit each separately. You do not need to wait for one to be rejected before submitting another. “Bonus” submissions will be deleted unread.
  • Reprints: No.
  • If a story has been previously rejected by the online magazine ZNB Presents, it is permitted to submit that story to a ZNB Anthology call, like SOLAR FLARE (if the story is on theme).
  • If a story has been previously rejected for one (or several) ZNB Anthologies, it is permitted to submit that story to SOLAR FLARE (if the story is on theme).



Manuscripts should be in Modern Shunn format [https://www.shunn.net/format/story/], meaning: double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom, and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, email, word count, and byline, if different from the author’s name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.


SOLAR FLARE is to feature science fiction stories where the story satisfies the “solar punk” subgenre ideals. As always, we are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.



Decisions on stories will be made by the end of February 2023. You will receive a receipt email from Moksha and will be able to keep track of your submission through Moksha. Rejections and acceptances will be sent through Moksha no later than the end of March 2023. If you have not received notification of submission, please query after one week; if you have not received a rejection or acceptance notification, please query after March 2023. Send queries to [email protected].



If your story is selected, you should expect a revision letter, followed by a copy edit phase. A formal acceptance and contract will follow after completion of copy edits. Afterwards, there will be a page proof phrase. Advances would be immediately earned out upon publication of the anthology. Royalties on additional sales of the anthology (not including Kickstarter editions) will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) among the authors in and editors of the anthology.

A sample contract can be found at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/71710311

Stories will be published in the GAME ON! anthology by August 2023. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to [email protected]. Thank you.

Via: Zombies Need Brains.

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