Open Call: Startling Sci-Fi [Closed]
We brought you to strange places of the human heart in Southern Gothic and strange places of the human mind in Behind the Yellow Wallpaper. Now, New Lit Salon Press takes you to even stranger places in the third installment of our NEW series:
New Tales of the Beyond
Edited by Casey Ellis
We’re looking for science fiction in the literary, thought-provoking, tradition of authors like George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, and Doris Lessing. Send us your mind-bending efforts in any sci-fi sub-genre. Aliens, robots, time travel, dystopias, and many others are welcome. We’re particularly interested in pieces that, while recognizably science fiction, test the perceived limits of the genre. Genre fiction is often accused of being cliched. While we know that’s not true, there is plenty of sci-fi that confirms that prejudice. Shatter it in your work! For instance, if you include aliens, probe them as serious characters. If you construct a dystopia, work a fresh twist on the usual political metaphors. Plenty of critics have slammed science fiction for always being “juvenile.” Try unconventional narrative techniques! Reach disturbing and unsettling conclusions and include characters we don’t often meet in science fiction. You know the square-jawed, “Captain Kirk” type hero? Draw a moustache on it by using science fiction for satire and humor! Confound expectations and be eclectic but avoid (or radically re-work) the usual suspects of sci-fi, like action adventure and space opera. We want stories that are great reads but have something meaningful and powerful to say.
Please include a brief cover letter telling us a little about yourself, where you’ve published before, etc. But don’t worry if this is your first time out: we still want to hear from you!
Stories should be 1,000 to 3,000 words. If you’re not familiar with manuscript formats, consult William Shunn’s excellent guide (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html).
Art can be in any visual medium (photography, painting, drawing, digital, and beyond). If submitting a photo of a person, you must be able to provide a model release upon acceptance. Files should generally be a minimum of 1,000 pixels on the shortest edge but you must be able to provide print-suitable hi-resolution versions if accepted.
Audio and video submissions are welcome as well. While these pieces may or may not appear in our final e-book anthology, we may publish them online as part of the anthology release.
If you wish to submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, please provide us with complete publication details which must include medium, date, and title, and availability (if known) of publication. NLSP will consider reprinting submission on a case by case basis.
We welcome simultaneous submissions. However, please let us know in your cover letter and notify us in a jiffy if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We will let you know if your work is accepted or declined. If you haven’t heard from us after a couple of months, feel free to send a query.
Upon acceptance, you grant us first serial rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication.
As a new indie press, we are unable to offer payment for acceptance at this time. But we’ll send lots of love your way with links to your website, promotion on our social media, and a free copy of the e-book. Best of all, you’ll be part of the NLSP family!