January 17, 2014
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
--Arthur C. Clarke
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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 is below. Books will be available in a variety of e-formats for all popular reading platforms.
2014 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.
A "mathematical" issue. Stories that involve time and space scales
orders of magnitude apart, the lottery, overcoming great hurdles,
surviving in alien conditions when rescue is impossible, defeating
overwhelming enemies, deviance from the norm (social and/or
statistical). Note: No over-the-top erotica, please.
Reading Period: November 15, 2013 - January 15, 2014 (Submissions are now closed)
Writer Deadline: January 15, 2014
Publication Date: March 15, 2014
Stories could include AIs (you've seen 'her,' right?), the Singularity,
military/industrial/political intelligence, nonhuman/uplifted or
hybrid/human species, extreme thinking (ESP/telekinesis), ethical
Reading Period: February 15 - April 15, 2014 (Submissions are now open)
Writer Deadline: April 15, 2014
Publication Date: June 15, 2014
Short stories with epic themes: Swashbuckles and sorcery, alternate
history (e.g., Napoleonic era magic, steampunk), megalomania,
Frankenstein-type tales, creation myths
Reading Period: July 1 - August 31, 2014
Writer Deadline: August 31, 2014
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
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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