November 1, 2014
--Arthur C. Clarke
Abbreviated Epics is out! See Current Issues tab.
Third Flatiron Publishing is an e-publishing venture 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 2014-15 is below. Books will be available in a variety of e-formats for all popular reading platforms. See the "Current Issues" tab for our latest offerings.
2014-15 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.
Short stories with epic themes: Swashbuckles and sorcery, alternate
history (e.g., Napoleonic era magic, steampunk), megalomania,
Frankenstein-type tales, creation myths, Vikings
Reading Period: July 1 - August 31, 2014
Writer Deadline: August 31, 2014 (Submissions are now closed)
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
"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 open now)
Writer Deadline: December 31, 2014
Publication Date: March 1, 2015
"Only Disconnect" - Presentism as a theme: the pitfalls of
distraction, overstimulation, attention thieves. Too much to do, too
little time, fear of the singularity. Advantages of being bored or
being "in the present." Are we becoming ADD? Should we disconnect--or
connect even further?
Reading Period: February 1 - March 31, 2015
Writer Deadline: March 31, 2015
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
"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
"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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