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180211 | 6¢ | 2K-4K | Robots & Artificial Intelligence

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Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Short Story Submissions: Lost Souls | Robots & Artificial Intelligence

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Lost Souls and Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories

We’re pleased to announce the addition of these two new anthologies to our successful Gothic Fantasy collection. As with the previous books in the series, we’re looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

The Two New Volumes

Lost Souls: Ghouls, ghosts and wandering spirits, trapped inside abandoned dolls and ancient tombs: from the Morrígan of Celtic mythology to Dante’s Purgatorio, humanity’s dark souls have drifted between the worlds to haunt the young and taunt the old. We seek tales of despair and anguish, rage and redemption, for our new chilling collection in the powerful Gothic Fantasy series.

Robots & Artificial Intelligence: The future hurtles ever faster towards us; biomechanical products and automated beings bring both dangers and benefits to humankind. Will we be superceded, assimilated, or enslaved by our creations as they too begin to create more capable versions of themselves? Androids, robots, AI and networks, we’re looking for new short stories for our Gothic Fantasy series about a future that’s already with us.

Formal Call for Submissions (2018)

We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (though we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.

Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range. 

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

Fees, Copyright and Other Terms

  • We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 6 cents per word.
  • We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website flametreepublishing.com for details), although we might choose to pay some early.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 30 working days of the submission deadline.
  • The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.
  • You can submit more than one story, and to each collection.
  • Final submission date is 11 February 2018.

Submit by email only to: 2018@flametreepublishing.com

Selection Panel

The selection will be made by our group of life-long, in-house enthusiasts: Nick Wells (Publisher), Laura Bulbeck (Senior Editor), Josie Mitchell, Gillian Whitaker and Cat Taylor. If required, the final selection will be mediated by our series editors. We try to keep everyone up-to-date as much as possible with occasional email updates.

A Word about the SFWA

To confirm, we are an SFWA qualifying market, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.

About Flame Tree Publishing

Now over 25 years old we started in 1992, covering a wide range of art and culture titles, with a strong vein of highly-illustrated Gothic and Fantasy books, notebooks and art calendars. Our Gothic Dreams books include NecronomiconSteampunkDystopia, our large format titles Gothic ArtFantasy Art and Dragon Art are sumptuous, and we publish gothic fiction reprints by Mary ShelleyH.G. WellsJules Verne, and more, in our Flame Tree 451 imprint. 2017 also saw the publication of a true labour of love: the all-new Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction, with The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror set for release this year.

Our anthologies are designed to be read in print. They look and feel fantastic. You’ll feel proud to hand them to your friends, family, colleagues – so do send us your story!

Thank you, and good luck. We look forward to reading your tales of imagination.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories

For more info, go to: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-lost-soul-robots-and-artificial-intelligence

180211 | 6¢ | 2K-4K | Lost Souls

For more info, go to: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-lost-soul-robots-and-artificial-intelligence

Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Short Story Submissions: Lost Souls | Robots & Artificial Intelligence

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Lost Souls and Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories

We’re pleased to announce the addition of these two new anthologies to our successful Gothic Fantasy collection. As with the previous books in the series, we’re looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

The Two New Volumes

Lost Souls: Ghouls, ghosts and wandering spirits, trapped inside abandoned dolls and ancient tombs: from the Morrígan of Celtic mythology to Dante’s Purgatorio, humanity’s dark souls have drifted between the worlds to haunt the young and taunt the old. We seek tales of despair and anguish, rage and redemption, for our new chilling collection in the powerful Gothic Fantasy series.

Robots & Artificial Intelligence: The future hurtles ever faster towards us; biomechanical products and automated beings bring both dangers and benefits to humankind. Will we be superceded, assimilated, or enslaved by our creations as they too begin to create more capable versions of themselves? Androids, robots, AI and networks, we’re looking for new short stories for our Gothic Fantasy series about a future that’s already with us.

Formal Call for Submissions (2018)

We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (though we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.

Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range. 

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

Fees, Copyright and Other Terms

  • We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 6 cents per word.
  • We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website flametreepublishing.com for details), although we might choose to pay some early.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 30 working days of the submission deadline.
  • The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.
  • You can submit more than one story, and to each collection.
  • Final submission date is 11 February 2018.

Submit by email only to: 2018@flametreepublishing.com

Selection Panel

The selection will be made by our group of life-long, in-house enthusiasts: Nick Wells (Publisher), Laura Bulbeck (Senior Editor), Josie Mitchell, Gillian Whitaker and Cat Taylor. If required, the final selection will be mediated by our series editors. We try to keep everyone up-to-date as much as possible with occasional email updates.

A Word about the SFWA

To confirm, we are an SFWA qualifying market, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.

About Flame Tree Publishing

Now over 25 years old we started in 1992, covering a wide range of art and culture titles, with a strong vein of highly-illustrated Gothic and Fantasy books, notebooks and art calendars. Our Gothic Dreams books include NecronomiconSteampunkDystopia, our large format titles Gothic ArtFantasy Art and Dragon Art are sumptuous, and we publish gothic fiction reprints by Mary ShelleyH.G. WellsJules Verne, and more, in our Flame Tree 451 imprint. 2017 also saw the publication of a true labour of love: the all-new Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction, with The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror set for release this year.

Our anthologies are designed to be read in print. They look and feel fantastic. You’ll feel proud to hand them to your friends, family, colleagues – so do send us your story!

Thank you, and good luck. We look forward to reading your tales of imagination.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories

For more info, go to: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-lost-soul-robots-and-artificial-intelligence

180201 | $250 | 2K-7K | Foreshadow, Issue Zero

For more info, go to: https://foreshadowya.com/#post-25

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology will be published monthly on this site for a single year starting in January 2019 and ending December 2019, and will feature stellar YA stories from established and emerging authors. Each issue will feature three stories, one of which will be from a new voice specially selected by a beloved author. Our debut issue, Issue Zero, will be published in summer 2018 to coincide with our fundraising campaign.

DEADLINE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ISSUE ZERO: FEBRUARY 1, 2018.

 

WHAT WE’RE SEEKING:

We are seeking original YA short stories. Stories should be between 2,000 and 7,000 words.

We especially encourage submissions from underrepresented voices, including Indigenous and people of color; LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse writers; writers with disabilities; and religious, ethnic, and cultural minorities.

NEW VOICES:

Every issue of FORESHADOW will feature a short story from a “new voice”—a writer who is very early in their career, and this story will be selected and introduced by a beloved, established author.

New voices guidelines:

  • Writers being considered as a new voice in our serial anthology cannot have a previously published:
    • A young-adult, middle-grade, or adult book-length work of fiction.
    • A full-length poetry collection.
    • More than a few short stories, whether in print or online—we will look closely at the markets where they’ve been published to decide (e.g., someone with three stories in the New Yorker would not count as a “new voice”).
  • Writers also, at the time of submission, cannot have a YA, middle-grade, or adult book of fiction under contract that will be published before January 2020.
  • Writers who have written picture books or poetry chapbooks can be considered a new voice for our serial anthology, so long as they have published only one of such a book by summer 2018.
  • To be considered for a new voice slot, please include “NEW VOICE” next to your name in the subject line of the email and please mention it in your cover note. Directions on how to submit a story can be found below.

CHOOSE (OR FORESHADOW) YOUR CLUE:

To foreshadow in storytelling is to leave hints and drop clues, so each story in FORESHADOW will be introduced by a single-word title that offers a suggestion of what to expect. To find that title, you might ask yourself this question: If you could distill your story into one word, what would it be? This title will act as a clue to what may be discovered in your story—and the issue. Perhaps the clues in our first issue might be Magic, Invention, and Heartbreak. Or Thrillride, Starstruck, and Canary. It’s your choice—and we’re open to most anything!

When you submit your story, please include your one-word clue. Ideally this will be the title of the story, but if not please still include the clue.

MORE DETAILS:

Your story cannot be previously published. This also means we won’t consider stories published on your personal blog, website, Patreon, or elsewhere.

Excerpts from longer works are okay, so long as they can stand alone and work effectively as short stories without any context for the reader. And so long as the book the excerpt is from will not be published before your story appears on our site in 2019.

Yes, we do accept simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please reach out to us at foreshadowYA@gmail.com to withdraw your submission as soon as possible.

DEADLINE:

To be considered for publication in Issue Zero, which will be showcased during our fundraising campaign this summer, stories must be submitted by February 1, 2018. The deadline to be published in our first issues of 2019 will be September 1, 2018, and by that time fundraising will be complete and the amount we pay per story will be public.

PAYMENT:

It is our goal to pay all short story contributors the same amount, emerging and established alike. To do so, we will be launching a fundraising campaign in summer 2018, and will be showcasing an early debut issue, Issue Zero, to give a taste of what’s to come. Please consider supporting our fundraising effort this summer to help us pay artists for their work!

Contributors to Issue Zero will be paid $250 USD per story, and if more is raised in the fundraising campaign, they will receive the difference after fundraising has closed. Once the fundraising campaign is complete, we will clearly state how much we can pay all contributors and will notify any accepted writers of the amount before publication in Issues #1-12. You are welcome to withdraw your submission if you are not happy with the potential payment (submissions can be withdrawn by emailing foreshadowYA@gmail.com). If you prefer to know exactly how much you would potentially be paid for a story, please wait for our fundraiser to be complete and submit for the September 1 deadline. Payment will be a nominal amount per story—the same amount for all stories we feature—not per word. Please note that we are not a SFWA qualifying market.

AUTHOR RIGHTS:

When you agree to let us publish your work in FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology:

  • You grant us first serial rights. Once we have published your piece, the rights immediately revert back to you.
  • Your work will live on our website permanently.
  • You grant us the non-exclusive right to pull quotations from your work to promote the anthology.
  • After your work appears on our site, you’re free to republish it, or to give others permission to republish it. If you do so, please credit it as first appearing in FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthologyand email us at foreshadowYA@gmail.com to notify us of the publication.
  • You grant us the non-exclusive right to include your work in a future possible print version of the anthology, unless you fill out the opt-out form in the contract or withdraw your story from consideration from us in writing by emailing foreshadowYA@gmail.com. We are not currently planning to collect stories in book form, but may decide to do so at a future date and would work to provide further payment for such a project.
  • If your work is an excerpt from a longer work that will be published in book form, in exact or adapted version, your story must appear exclusively on our site for six (6) months before your book is published. These works are disqualified from appearing in a future printed version of our anthology.

WHEN YOU’LL HEAR FROM US:

We expect to be able to respond to submissions in 3–4 months, depending on the size of our reading staff. However, if your work is being held for further consideration, we may contact you to let you know.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Email foreshadowsubmissions@gmail.com with your name in the subject line. Please note this is a dedicated submission-only email address. Submissions sent to the other email address will be returned unread asking you to submit to the correct email.
  • In the body of the email, include the single-word title, word count, author bio, and any publication credentials.
  • To be considered for a new voice slot, please include “NEW VOICE” next to your name in the subject line, and mention it again in the body of your email.
  • Attach your story as a .PDF or .DOC file. Please don’t paste your story into the body of the email.
  • Documents must be double-spaced with the writer’s name appearing on all pages.

Writers should be aware that we haven’t gathered our readers yet. This means we may not be able to begin responding to story submissions until late spring 2018.

Staff members are disqualified from submitting their work for publication, so if you plan to apply for a staff position, please do not submit a story until after you hear from us about the position.

QUESTIONS?

For any submission-related questions, feel free to email the editors at foreshadowYA@gmail.com.

For more info, go to: https://foreshadowya.com/#post-25

180115 | $200 | 4K-iK | Best of Beyond the Stars

For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/440107622678110/permalink/1666284120060448/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for
*** Best of Beyond the Stars ***

UPDATED as of 12/28/17. Remember that submissions are due January 15, 2018!

Changed in only two respects:

This collection with NOT be part of KU. New stories are required to be exclusive for 90 days, and authors thereafter will be permitted to publish them independently or in other anthologies.

Also… since we will be including as many as seven stories from the original anthologies, we will likely accept only three to five new stories.

Accepting submissions for new, previously unpublished stories for the April, 2018 release of the fifth volume in the acclaimed “Beyond the Stars” space opera anthology series. We define the term space opera broadly. Any story that doesn’t take place exclusively on Earth qualifies.

Title: “Best of Beyond the Stars”

Length: 4,000 – 8,000 words

Pay per original story: Flat fee $200, payable UPON PUBLICATION

Submissions due: January 15, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: January 31, 2018

Projected publication date: April 1, 2018

Patrice Fitzgerald, Producer and Series Editor, will select a few original stories which will appear in this volume alongside outstanding stories from previous volumes.

Editor: Ellen Campbell

Cover Artist: Two-time Hugo Award winner Julie Dillon

This release will NOT be published as part of Kindle Unlimited (KU). After 90 days, authors of stories not previously published will be free to publish their stories independently.

Authors chosen agree to supply one-sentence blurbs about their story, representative photographs of their faces, and a responses for a brief Q&A segment.

Those accepted will be expected to help by promoting the series to the best of their abilities.

For reference, see our latest anthology, BEYOND THE STARS: New Worlds, New Suns. Find it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYJYGCR

Please send submissions to Patrice Fitzgerald at this dedicated address: BeyondTheStarsSeries@gmail.com

Please prepare your submitted stories in Word (.doc or .docx are both fine), Times New Roman, Font size 12. Single spacing, only one space after a period. When you have a scene change, indicate it via a line with three asterisks, centered, with a space in between, like this: * * * Nothing else fancier!

Preface your story with the title, your name, your email address, and the word length. All of this makes your story easier to read and edit, and then quickly format for publication. Points for you if you comply with this and make the story evaluators happy.

Please also, when submitting, tell me any pertinent facts, such as: You’re a New York Times Bestselling author (which would be awesome, but don’t be discouraged if you’re not), you have a big social media presence, a large list of newsletter subscribers, or you’ve lived on Mars.

For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/440107622678110/permalink/1666284120060448/

180207 | 6¢ ($75 cap) | 1.5K-5K | Abyss & Apex

For more info, go to: http://www.abyssapexzine.com/submissions/?mc_cid=44f41e79ab&mc_eid=a05612d711#open

Submissions

Publication Schedule:
Abyss&Apex publishes on a quarterly schedule.

  • January Issue (1st Quarter)
  • April Issue (2nd Quarter)
  • July Issue (3rd Quarter)
  • October Issue (4th Quarter)

Please note this is NOT our Submissions Schedule. Please see fiction reading period schedule here AND PLEASE WHITELIST abyssandapex@gmail.com. Poetry has a different reading period schedule AND POETRY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.

Submissions sent outside our submission periods will be deleted unread.

  • FICTION SUBMISSIONS Will be open the first week of February 2018.
  • Please read the poetry guidelines carefully. Poetry has a different email submissions address and schedule.


    WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
    Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. A&A wants to publish powerful stories with emotions that resonate in our minds and hearts long after a first reading, stories that make us want to read them again and again. We look for the unique: stories that stand out in a genre that pushes the envelope of unusual. We take special delight in detailed world-building: we like slipstream, YA, hypertext fiction, dark fantasy, science fiction puzzle stories, magical realism, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, science fantasy, urban fantasy, military science fiction, ghost stories, space opera, cyberpunk, steampunk . . . there is very little we will not look at, although we have a severe allergy to zombies, elves, retold fairy tales, sports, westerns, vampires, and gratuitous sex and violence. We have no subject/topic preference, beyond a requirement that the work have a speculative element. We are happy to read stories that don’t quite seem to fit elsewhere.

    We will consider dark speculative fiction, but we do not publish horror. We won’t publish extremely graphic violent or sexual content or over-the-top gore either; we are turned off by gratuitous foul language. In other words, if the primary purpose of a story is to scare us or make us queasy, we won’t buy it.


    GENERAL INFORMATION

    • We accept fiction submissions via e-mail only.
    • SHORT FICTION E-mail submissions must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
      • Important: Flash submissions must be copied into the body of the email, with contact info & bio.
    • We do NOT accept simultaneous or multiple submissions, except for poetry (limit, three poems).
    • We NEVER accept unsolicited reprints.
    • We are not currently soliciting artists, book reviewers, or editorial content.
    • We DO NOT serialize novels. Period. Don’t even ask.

     


    FICTION including Flash Fiction:
    We will read your genre short stories at lengths of up to 10,000 words. Higher word count? Query first, but we rarely look at anything of that length unless it’s by an author we’ve already published. We are especially interested in good flash fiction (1,250 words or less). If your story is on the borderline of flash length, consider trimming those extra words and making your short-short story even tighter and stronger.

    Reading Periods:

    The submissions editors at Abyss & Apex read short fiction and flash during designated reading periods ONLY, four times a year. Opening and closing times are in Eastern US time. The four up-coming reading periods are :

    • first week of May 2017 CANCELLED
    • first week of August 2017 CANCELLED
    • first week of November 2017 CANCELLED
    • First week of February 2018 

Formatting:

All short fiction submissions of more than 1,250 words must be in William Shunn Manuscript Format.

Please do NOT summarize your story in your cover letter.

For Fiction submissions of more than 1,250 words in length, please attach your .rtf or .doc or docx to your email. Please be absolutely certain to include your name and contact information on the manuscript itself. We would appreciate it if you would include a brief, two- to three-sentence bio either in the body of your e-mail message or somewhere within your attached manuscript. Please note: Flash fiction (fewer than 1,251 words) must be submitted within the body of your e-mail message. You should at least include contact information, and a bio. Please Note: We will not open or read any submissions that do not have an appropriate subject line. The subject line is important for sorting our mail; mail sent to the submissions address with an incorrect subject line may never reach us. Submit your work to: abyssandapex@gmail.com with the email subject in the following format:

FICTION SUB: “Your title here” or FLASH FICTION SUB: “Your title here”

Our editors try their best to provide feedback on stories that are declined, but may not be able to answer specific questions on the reasons a story was not accepted. We strive to keep our response times reasonable (currently running about three months), but this may change depending on a variety of factors. Feel free to query if you have not received a response in six months.

Contract and Payment:

2018 sample contract at this link. Payment is USD $.06/word (six cents a word) up to 1,250 words, and a flat payment of $75.00 for longer stories. We pay 30 days after publication. We prefer to make author payments via PayPal (especially if you reside outside of the United States). If this is unacceptable please let us know and we will make other arrangements.

POETRY
Abyss & Apex likes to see strong, emotionally resonant, literary-quality poetry with a clear speculative element(fantasy, science fiction, or surrealism in any combination. Although dark poems are encouraged, we DO NOT publish horror. There are no format or length restrictions for poetry, though we prefer lineated free verse or traditional form poetry with at least 9 lines, or prose poems at least 50 words in length, we will publish brilliant shorter work. So wow us with a sestina, or stun us in free verse. We admire poetry that exceeds our expectations in scansion, imagery, emotional impact and creative wordplay. We love language, and we like to see it worked for all it’s worth. Our love of poetry exceeds the space and funds we have to publish it, so we accept only the very best; amaze us! We strongly encourage that you read work in recent past issues and our senior poetry editor’s editorial focus discussed in his introduction.

Poetry Reading Periods:
The poetry editor at Abyss & Apex reads poetry during designated reading periods ONLY, two times a year. The two one-month reading periods are:
• May – ALL MONTH
• November – ALL MONTH
The next scheduled reading periods are:

  • November 2017 OPEN NOW
  • May 2018

Poetry received outside these designated reading periods will be deleted without acknowledgment.
Poetry Submissions Format:
Please use this subject header for your submission email:
POETRY SUB: “Your title here”
Submit your poetry, and cover letter (including a third person bio), as an attached Word document (.doc or .docx only) and NOT in the body of your e-mail message (as had been done in the past) to aandapoetry@gmail.com.
Important: You may submit up to three poems per reading period, each poem beginning on its own page. Understand that editorial suggestions might be made. Note also that loosely associated Haiku loosely or linked Haiku in groups or 3 or 4 Haiku will be treated as a single submission of the three allowed. It might take up to two months, after the reading period ends, to receive a response.

To make submissions review more efficient, please include all the information in a single Word file (.doc or .docx only). Although you may use the body of the email to introduce yourself and the poems, we want all the information in an attachment: the cover letter, all contact information, literary bio and the poems (each beginning on their own page in 12-point Times New Roman with the title not in all caps—unless critical to the poem). Thank you in advance for complying.

Poetry Payment: $5.50 per poem so that if PayPal takes 50 cents you still have a qualifying sale for genre poetry awards.


Small Press Book Reviews

Abyss & Apex is pleased to offer small press book reviews. We leave the reviews up even though the edition they are in is retired. The process for getting a review is as follows:

  • In keeping with the types of short fiction we publish, we will only review Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, anthologies, or collections. We do NOT publish or review Horror.
  • We will only accept books from small press publishers.
  • We will NOT accept self-published works except from authors previously published by Abyss & Apex.
  • We will only accept a maximum of two books per publisher at a time.
  • We understand that shipping and printing are expensive. Books can be in pdf format, sent to A&A’s submissions address with the following text in the subject line: SMALL PRESS REVIEWS: (TITLE, PUBLISHER). 
  • Ebooks, Paper books and ARCs  will be sent to A&A staff reviewers who specialize in subgenres. Please query for the proper mailing address for paperbacks. If the paper book needs to go to a staff reviewer in New York and ends up in South Carolina, you’ve wasted your postage.
  • We especially like to review collections or anthologies of short fiction.

QUERIES 

For Short Fiction and Flash Fiction: Send queries to us at abyssandapex@gmail.com. It’s best to reply to our latest message about a story rather than start a new gmail message thread.

For Poetry: Send queries to us at aandapoetry@gmail.com


We run our magazine as lean as possible, and any monies we receive go directly to purchasing fiction, and web maintenance things like domain names and hosting. If you want to support our authors, please click the button above to donate via PayPal.  $25 donations get a free book. We also have a PatreonThank you!


 

 

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180131 | 10¢ ($250 cap) | 5K | Prairie Fire “Love”

For more info, go to: http://www.prairiefire.ca/submit/submission-guidelines/the-love-issue/

THE “LOVE ISSUE” GUIDELINES

DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

THE COVER LETTER

The cover letter should be typed. Be sure to include the following:

***Please state in your cover letter that you are submitting to “The Love Issue”***

  1. a two- or three-sentence biographical statement;
  2. your full mailing address, e-mail address (if you have one) and phone number;
  3. the title(s) of the piece(s) you are submitting;
  4. the genre of the piece(s) you are submitting (poetry, fiction, non-fiction).
    Let us know if you are just starting to send out your work.

THE MANUSCRIPT

  • Send a maximum of six poems OR one story per submission and send only one submission at a time.
  • Maximum length for fiction and creative non-fiction: 5000 words.
  • Prairie Fire does not accept previously published work.
  • We ask that you let us know if your work is also submitted elsewhere, and, if it is accepted, to notify us right away.
  • Your submission should be typed (double-spaced) on one side of the page only. Poetry may be single-spaced.
  • Margins of at least 1.5 inches should surround all copy.
  • Each page of poetry must contain your name and address at the top left.
  • For fiction and creative non-fiction, centre the title halfway down on the first page, with your name below it. Include a word count at the top right corner of the first page and your address at the top left corner. Make sure your pages are numbered.

DIGITAL FORMAT

  • E-mailed submissions WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS ISSUE ONLY.
    • Attachments of .doc, .docx or PDF accepted. Please do not send links to Google, Dropbox or other places on the internet.

Email Submissions can be sent to prfire(at)mts.net.

PHYSICAL FORMAT

  • Use 8.5 x 11–inch standard white bond paper.
  • Do not staple the pages together (paper clips are ok).
  • Include an e-mail address for notification, or a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the return of the manuscript or for notification.
  • Submissions from outside Canada must include an e-mail address, international reply coupons, or Canadian postage for notification.

Mail submissions:

Prairie Fire Press, Inc.
423 – 100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3
Ph: (204) 943-9066

 

Please note: We buy First North American Serial Rights and First Digital Publication Rights only. After publication, copyright reverts to the author.

For more info, go to: http://www.prairiefire.ca/submit/submission-guidelines/the-love-issue/

180115 | 3¢ | 500-1.5K & 5K-10K | Helios Quarterly

For more info, go to: http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php/submissions/

Submissions

Helios Quarterly Magazine aims to publish quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art that illuminates the darkness. HQM wants stories and poems that grab ahold of a reader from the opening lines all the way to the finish line. Works that push boundaries, are succinct, and well developed are smiled upon.

READING PERIODS

January 1-15 11:59PM EST (March Issue)

April 1-15 11:59PM EST (June Issue)

July 1-15 11:59PM EST (September Issue)

October 1-15 11:59PM EST (December Issue)

Anything submitted outside of these windows will be deleted unread. Artists and photographers can submit year round.

CURRENT ISSUE

The macabre has always been alluring. Science fiction involves humanity brought to the brink of extinct from rouge technology. The horror genre runs on terrifying ghouls and horrifying bloodshed. Fantasy literature has numerous battlefields littered with the mythical dead. Exquisite Corpse wants stories that are macabre, disjointed, and strange. How is death handled under exceptional circumstances? Why are some ends more powerful than others? Open to submit between January 1- January 15 11:59PM EST.

FICTION, POETRY & NON-FICTION IDEAS

We’d love to see the following but encourage you to not treat these as prompts:

  • Nonfiction narratives that examine death within horror, sci-fi, and fantasy
  • Horror, sci-fi, and fantasy that features non-linear storytelling
  • Stories, poems, and nonfiction involving time travel

TWO GENRE EXAMPLES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THEME CALENDAR

YEAR 3: Body & Mind [2018]

Vol. 3, Issue 001, “Exquisite Corpse” March 2018

Vol. 3, Issue 002, “20/20” June 2018

Vol. 3, Issue 003, “Infinite Regression” Sept. 2018

Vol. 3, Issue 004, “Songs of Yesteryear” Dec. 2018

RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Non-exclusive electronic and print reprint rights
  • Ability to use the art for promotional purposes
  • The option to archive the work online with links to the photographer’s and artist’s galleries

RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR FICTION, POETRY & NON-FICTION

  • Copyright remains with the author at all times
  • Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
  • First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 6 months from the date of publication
  • If your story is selected to be podcast and approved in the future, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights
  • If selected and approved to be republished in an anthology in the future, the piece submitted will be paid in royalties up to $0.01USD per word

Please query if anything listed is of concern. Here is a good explanation of what this entails.

LENGTH & GUIDELINES

COVER ART: To be used in the electronic and print editions, can be art or photography, and is usually solicited.

ARTWORK: Usually solicited. Payment dependent on the artist.

COMICS: Range from 5-25 pages (preferred). Payment is $15 per page (negotiable). Willing to serialize.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Usually solicited. Payment dependent on the photographer.

POETRY: Up to 100 lines. Paid $0.25USD a line.

MICRO FICTION: Drabbles are strictly 100 words. Titles should be no longer than 3 words. Paid $0.06USD per word.

FLASH FICTION: 500 to 1000 words. Paid $0.02USD per word.

SHORT STORIES: 1001 to 1500 words. Paid $0.03USD per word.

SERIAL STORIES: Total word count 5000 to 10000. Needs to be engaging, completed, and last two or four issues. Stories that are action driven/have a pulp feel to them are preferred. Paid $0.03USD per word in segments.

SPOTLIGHT SHORT STORY: 1001 to 1500 words. One story involving the Sun, or a Sun, as a central element alongside the main theme of an issue. Paid $0.03USD or $0.04USD per word.

NON-FICTION ESSAYS, NARRATIVES & ARTICLES: Aimed at a general audience that a). addresses the theme b). deals with SF, F or H c). shows a level of competency about the subject matter at hand. Up to 5000 words. Paid a flat rate of $35USD.

REVIEWS: Send in reviews of SF, F or H or solicit SF, F or H to be reviewed in an issue. Should a). address the theme b). be aimed at a general audience and c). show a level of competency about the subject and medium at hand (ex. science-fiction silent films). Up to 1500 words. Unpaid (soliciting a review) or $15USD (submitting a review).

EOS•QUARTERLY: Up to 2,500 words or 100 lines of poetry. Paid $0.03USD per word for the first 1,500 words and $0.01USD after for short stories, and $0.25USD a line for poetry. Must identify with a marginalized group such as but not limited to race, religion, ability status, or sex.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Unpaid. Have at it!

All payments made through PayPal. Please note that these are not professional rates (aside for the micro-fiction). Fiction can only be resold as a reprint after publication. Decide if you want to take this payment scheme or submit to another market. 

HARD SALES

  • Poorly formatted and edited work
  • Overtly racist, sexist, violent, etc. works without adding value overall
  • Works above the word counts and/or untitled (especially for short stories)

ABSOLUTE NO

  • Fanfiction of any kind
  • Excerpts out of a novel
  • Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases

OF INTEREST 

  • Pushing the boundaries of genre and form
  • People of Color, disabled people, women, LGBTQIA, and other marginalized groups at the forefront
  • Dieselpunk, Solarpunk, Weird Westerns, Cyberpunk, Magic Realism, Gothic Horror, Retrofuturism, Afrofuturism, and other lesser known sub-genres

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Where?

  • Via email (preferred): subs [at] heliosquarterly.com

Email?

  • The subject line for art and photography should read HQSUBMISSION(Art) or HQSUBMISSION(Photos)
  • The subject line should read HQSUBMISSION(ISSUE #): CATEGORY : TITLE (WORD or LINE COUNT) ex). HQSUBMISSION1: SHORT STORIES: Super Story (1001)
  • A short cover letter is required. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, recent publications/awards (if any), and a bio of 50-150 words. A photo of you is optional

Format?

  • Submissions should be attached in the email as a .rtf, .doc or .docx
  • Artists and photographers should send a link to their online gallery and/or the piece as a .PNG or .JPEG

Courtesy?

  • No reprints!
  • Translations into English are welcome.
  • Only one submission in the same category allowed (fiction and non-fiction) for the same issue. We will be more lenient with shorter poetry.
  • Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted! Alert HQM immediately should your work be accepted somewhere else (congrats in advance!)

RESPONSE TIME

Currently around five to eight weeks after submitting. Do not query before three weeks have passed. We do not send out notification that the piece has been received, only when it is accepted or rejected. We will try to answer all submissions with an acceptance or rejection letter.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Any personal information collected (including but not limited to your name, address, email, social media links, and pen name) is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone else unless compelled by law or in the event threats are leveled against the staff.

If a third party contacts HQM interested in an author’s or artist’s work, the author/artist will be contacted first to ask permission to share details.

LEGALESE

By sending us your work you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator and copyright holder of the work submitted;
  2. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive electronic & print rights in English, first world translation rights into English, reprint rights, and/or non-exclusive audio rights to the work;
  3. All information submitted is accurate and truthful; and
  4. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf. Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to add the volume and issue you were published in.

For more info, go to: http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php/submissions/