The Cockroach Conservatory is a fiction periodical that claims to be founded by the intergalactic traveler Lord Commander Patagonia and his personal servant, Fearbot. They’re seeking speculative fiction—sci fi, horror, and the just plain weird—for their second edition, Glory of Man: The Rise and Fall of the Reality Soldier. The Fearbot writes:
It is time again to open submissions in celebration of our Lord Commander Patagonia! His second volume of holy texts will be titled: Glory of Man: The Rise and Fall of the Reality Soldier.
As always, the naming conventions of our infallible Lord Commander Patagonia enlightens as much as it obfuscates. Allow me, his perfect instrument of perfect judgement, to give some clarifying points.
As you may know, Lord Commander Patagonia was attracted to your puny planet by way of its music. One such song that struck him so was The Minutemen’s Glory of Man.
Themes we are looking for to further entwine the fate of our two planets, Earthagonia and Black Hole Duffel, are:
Submitting to Glory of Man: The Rise and Fall of the Reality Soldier
- Publisher: Cockroach Conservatory
- Publication: Glory of Man: The Rise and Fall of the Reality Soldier
- Publication type: anthology
- Word count: up to 3,000 words for fiction
- Payment: 6¢/word for prose; $10 flat fee for poetry
- Rights the publisher asks for: not specified
- Deadline: Sept 15
- Publication date: not specified
- Response time: not specified
- Format: “No e.e. cummings formatting.” I’m assuming standard manuscript format in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format would be a safe bet.
- Will they take simultaneous submissions? No.
- Will they take multiple submissions? Up to three stories and up to five poems. Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
- Will they take reprints? No.
For further details, including what they don’t want for Fake News and the importance of not naming any of your characters “Reality Soldier,” visit Submission Guidelines for Volume 2 | The Cockroach Conservatory. And don’t forget to tell them you found their submission call here!@racefortheroach wants speculative fiction for its next anthology, Glory of Man: The Rise and Fall of the Reality Soldier. Due Sept 15; pays 6¢/word for prose and $10 for poetry. Click To Tweet