The Book Smugglers seeks science fiction and fantasy stories from 1,500 to 17,500 words on the theme of “awakenings.” The editors enjoy subversive “characters, storytelling technique[s], and themes.” They are eager to see speculative fiction that falls into the subgenres of young adult, middle grade, romance, and/or horror, though authors need not be limited by these subgenres. They especially encourage submissions from black writers and other underrepresented voices. They note:
When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes. You, the author, should feel free to take this general theme and interpret it in any way you see fit–from a story about an AI’s first hours of sentience, to magical alternate histories featuring characters discovering how to wield power for the first time, anything goes.
We encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “awakenings” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.
- Publisher: The Book Smugglers
- Publication type: Online magazine
- Word count: 1,500–17,500 words
- Payment: 8¢/word, up to a flat fee of $800 for works longer than 10,000 words (Dale’s note: that makes 13,333 words the breakeven point for the industry-standard professional rate of 6¢/word; anything longer than that qualifies as semi professional payment) for the online magazine. Publication in an e-book would pay 50% net royalties.
- Rights: Exclusive rights for one year, nonexclusive rights following.
- Deadline: December 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Pacific standard Time
- Response time: The editors plan to reply to all authors by February 20, 2018
- Format: Standard manuscript format in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format
- Will they take simultaneous or multiple submissions? They will not take stories being considered by other publishers, but they will consider more than one story from a single author. Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
- Will they take reprints? No.
Read the complete call for submissions at Book Smugglers Publishing: Open Call For Short Stories Submissions (2018, Awakenings)