Nature, the international science magazine, wants science fiction shorts for its speculative fiction column Futures. The editors write:
Futures is a venue for very short stories or ‘vignettes’ of between 850 and 950 words. The subject is typically near-future, hard SF, although this can be interpreted liberally. In short, what Futures is looking for is originality. To this end it is advisable to read as many previous Futures as you can, as stories that repeat themes already dealt with extensively are less likely to be considered than those that do something new and different.
Submitting to Futures
- Publisher: Nature
- Publication: Futures sci-fi column
- Publication type: e-magazine
- Word count: 850-950 words
- Payment: £85 or US$130
- Deadline: no deadline
- Response time: within 28 days of submission
- Format: “Please write it in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Include a title and your name and contact details at the top. At the end, please attach an autobiographical squib of no more than around 30 words.”
- Will they take simultaneous submissions? Not specified.
- Will they take multiple submissions? Not specified. Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
- Will they take reprints? No.
- Additional notes: Previous stories that have appeared in Futures are available free to read on the
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