We want
  • beautiful writing showing
  • engaging characters in
  • science fiction or fantasy settings.
What we don't want:
  • isms - We want stories with a modern perspective, not worlds that recreate historical mistakes. If your story is about gender relations, by all means have subservient women (or subservient men, or subservient gender neutrals) if it's relevant. If that's not what your story's about, we're not interested in a standard medieval model where men are in charge because they're men, or a distant future world where skin color (or sexual orientation, or ...) works just like it does today. Dream bigger.
  • retreads - we don't mind if the concept of your story is something the world has seen before, so long as you do something new with it. But don't send us Tolkien and Clarke with the names changed and a fresh coat of paint.

Read these guidelines

Really. Read them. They tell you what we want, and why would you send us something we don't want?

Hard sell

Unless you've done something really unusual with the concept, no vampires, werewolves, zombies, military SF, or time travel.

Vegan bonus points

You'll get bonus points if your world is vegan. We're not looking for manifestos; we don't want them, and if your world isn't vegan, we won't hold it against you. If your story doesn't say anything one way or the other, we'll count it as vegan.

How many bonus points?  
Some. Not a lot. The first criterion is a good story; without that, you don't stand a chance.

What's a vegan?  
Here's one definition. Quick check: if your characters eat meat, wear leather, or ride horses, they're not vegan.

Format

Follow the industry standard format defined by William Shunn. He has templates available, or you can use ours. We prefer a proportional, serif font like Cambria or Caladea. Use italics for emphasis, not underlining. Use smart/curly quotes. Do not include your name anywhere in the document.If you do, the story will be rejected, and you'll have to wait a week to submit it again.

Your story should be in one of the following file formats: ODT, DOC, DOCX.

Format

If you're submitting an ODT, please add a few blank lines at the bottom. Otherwise Submittable's presentation manager will cut off the last line of your story.

Anonymous

Make doubly sure your document doesn't contain your name, address, email, or other identifying information. If it does, we'll reject it.

Legal name

Make sure your Submittable account shows your legal name and address. If it doesn't, and we accept your story, it will lead to confusion and delay.

That's it

All we need to know about you for the moment is on the form. There's no cover letter. Please don't try to shoehorn one in somewhere else. Don't worry; when we need more info, we'll ask for it.


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