July 1, 2015
--Arthur C. Clarke
"Only Disconnect" is out! See Current Issues tab.
We are temporarily closed for submissions.
Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. 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. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.
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 2015-16 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.
2015-16 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.
Summer 2015 - Available Now!
"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
Writer Deadline: March 31, 2015 (Submissions are closed)
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Fall/Winter 2015 - Coming Soon!
"Ain't Superstitious" (Double Issue) - 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 (Submissions are now closed)
Writer Deadline: June 30, 2015
Publication Date: September 15, 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
difference. Maybe a little "Tragedy of the Commons" would work under this theme.
Reading Period: October 15 - December 15, 2015
Writer Deadline: December 15, 2015
Publication Date: February 15, 2016
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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