What we don't want:
- beautiful writing showing
- engaging characters in
- science fiction or fantasy settings.
- 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?
Unless you've done something really unusual with the concept, no vampires, werewolves, zombies, military SF, or time travel.
Vegan bonus points
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.
Follow an anonymized version of 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.
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.
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.