May 1, 2013
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
--Arthur C. Clarke
The "Universe Horribilis" anthology 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’re looking for 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.
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 2013 is below. Books will be available in a variety of e-formats for all popular reading platforms.
2013 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.
Universe Horribilis - Uncaring or Hostile Universe
This can be Cthulhu mythos, cosmic irony, Nature abhors intelligence, etc. You tell us.
Reading Period: October 1 - December 31, 2012
Writer deadline has passed! The anthology is now available online!
Publication Date: March 1, 2013
Playing with Fire
Fires and backfires from inventions (Greek fire?), culture clashes, climate change, comets and meteors, Hephaestus, and so forth.
Reading Period: January 1 - March 31, 2013
Writer deadline has passed!
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Give us dinosaurs, planets and pyramids, paranormal, space opera ...
Reading Period: May 1 - June 30, 2013 Submit now!
Writer Deadline: June 30, 2013
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
We like things Martian: the Red Planet, H.G. Wells, Bradbury, Robinson, Burroughs, Roman God of War, Yellowknife Bay, Marvin ...
Reading Period: August 1 - September 30, 2013
Writer Deadline: September 30, 2013
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
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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