Third Flatiron Anthologies

February 15, 2015                                                                                          

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

--Arthur C. Clarke

Time_cvr_100.jpg "The Time It Happened" is out! See Current Issues tab.

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado. We are looking for submissions to our quarterly themed online anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

See the "Submissions" tab for preferred formats, etc.

For each anthology, we will also accept  a few very short humor pieces on the order of the "Shouts and Murmurs" feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

Our publishing schedule for 2015 is below.  Books will be available in a variety of e-formats for all popular reading platforms. Paperbacks too. See the "Current Issues" tab for our latest offerings.

2015 Themes and Schedules

Continuing with Third Flatiron's quarterly themed anthologies, we will be soliciting SF/Fantasy/Horror short stories with the following themes. Themes are designed to be open-ended, allowing authors considerable leeway. We appreciate short, imaginative tales, preferring those that work with the theme in some way. Short humor pieces can be on any theme. Please submit during the reading periods.

Spring 2015
astronaut_moon100.jpg"The Time It Happened..." World-altering events. It should be the kind
of thing everyone has a memory of. A time travel story or two may be
okay under this theme.

"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.

"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times."

Reading Period: November 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014   (Submissions are now closed)
Writer Deadline: December 31, 2014
Publication Date: March 1, 2015

Summer 2015
Dick_Tracy100.jpg"Only Disconnect" - Presentism as a theme: the pitfalls of
distraction, overstimulation, attention thieves. Too much to do, too
little time, headlong into the singularity. Advantages of being bored or
being "in the present."  Connecting with the Earth rather than Bluetooth (gardeners, here's your chance).

Are we becoming ADD? Should we disconnect--or connect even further? Recommended reading for those who wish to consider the latter: "Reality Is Broken" by Jane McGonigal

Reading Period: February 1 - March 31, 2015  (Submit now!)
Writer Deadline: March 31, 2015
Publication Date: June 1, 2015

Fall 2015
black_cat100.jpg"Ain't Superstitious" - Theme involving superstition, e.g., luck,
prophecy, magic, rational and irrational thinking, Spinoza, dark
times, black cats, Orpheus, the Flying Dutchman, Sleepy Hollow, Tam
O'Shanter, astrology, witchcraft, etc.

Reading Period: May 1 - June 30, 2015
Writer Deadline: June 30, 2015
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Winter 2015
eyes100.jpg"It's Come to Our Attention" or "Scratching the Surface" - Under
the radar: things that are happening quietly, without a lot of
fanfare, that may still be extremely significant or make a big

Reading Period: August 1 - September 30, 2015
Writer Deadline: September 30, 2015
Publication Date: December 1, 2015

If you’re interested in having your work read and getting paid a little something for it, then submit your story today.

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