Taking Submissions: The Trouble With Time (Summer Window)

Submissoin Window: June 1st – July 31st, 2024
Payment: $10
Theme: Speculative fiction that deals with time travel

THREE COUSINS PUBLISHING, an imprint of WEST MESA PRESS, will be accepting submissions for its next anthology, THE TROUBLE WITH TIME, from June 1, 2024 until midnight July 31, 2024. Stories submitted before or after the submission period will not be considered.

This is a Themed Anthology and we’re looking for stories that fit the anthology theme. Submissions must have something to do with time travel. Horror, humor, fantasy, science fiction, or even some entertaining, but bizarre mashup of genres that we haven’t considered are welcome. Your characters may be young or old and the time frame may be from the dawn of mankind to the far future. Here’s the short list of guidelines. Pay attention, please. These are important.

1, Stories should be submitted in standard format. Here’s a link: https://www.writersdigest.com/improve-my-writing/how-to-submit-short-stories-formatting-basics

  1. Double spaced, no tabs, use the indent function in ‘paragraph,’ no extra spaces between paragraphs, and Times New Roman 12 point font. 
  2. Signal scene breaks by ***.

4 If you want italics, use them.

  1. Stories must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. No slack. Rewrite and edit to fit before submitting. Longer or shorter submissions will be deleted unread. 
  2. No reprints, but simultaneous submissions are fine, as they always should be, but let us know if your story is accepted elsewhere.
  3. Put your contact information on the first page and your 150 word bio and bibliography in your cover letter. Submissions must be in the form of an attachment, doc, docx, or rtf. No pdfs.
  4. Email the submission to [email protected]. Put “Submission, your story title, and your name in the subject line, otherwise the gremlins might send your story into time purgatory where it will languish unread and unloved until the end of time.

PAYMENT: $10.00 US as an Amazon gift card where available and will be made prior to publication. 

WHAT WE’RE BUYING:  The anthology will be published in four formats, hardcover, paperback, and EBook and audio. THE AUDIO FORMAT MAY BE AI GENERATED. We’re buying first worldwide publication rights for those formats and the NON-EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to keep the book in print and available in audio format as long as we choose to do so. The writer agrees not to publish the story elsewhere until 90 days after THE TROUBLE WITH TIME is released.

THINGS TO AVOID: Don’t hurt or abuse any pets. Profanity is fine, even by children. Kids curse, just not in front of adults, at least, not the clever ones. No extreme erotica or violence. 

Via: West Mesa Press’s Facebook.

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