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Third Flatiron Anthologies

December 1, 2017                                                                                          

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

--Arthur C. Clarke

 Third Flatiron wins honorable mention at WSFA Awards (see News tab).

Our Fall anthology, Strange Beasties, is out!

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Hilarious new podcast of "Beast of the Month" by Wulf Moon is up now (free!)

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We are open for submissions.

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed 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.

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.

Care to try a sampler of our most popular stories? Third Flatiron Best of 2017 is available in ebook from Amazon.

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

Our publishing schedule for 2018 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.

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 stories should be 3,000 words or less. Flash humor pieces (<=1,000 words) can be on any theme. We aim to be inclusive and encourage submissions from all creators. Please submit during the reading periods.

Spring 2018


monster_graffiti100.jpg  "Monstrosities"  - Humor (SF/Fantasy/Horror). Things that are just too big or that don't scale. Whether it's the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or somebody who's way too big for his britches, we all have had to deal with humongous blunders. Get it off your chest--share with us your favorite monstrosities. (Photo by Juanbobadilla - Own work, commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading period: December 1 - December 31, 2017
Writer Deadline: December 31, 2017
Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Summer 2018

Galileo_burn100.jpg  "Galileo's Theme Park" -   Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter's moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists. Suggested reading: "The Old Astronomer" by Sarah Williams (Art: Galileo during IUS burn. NASA. http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/images/artwork.html)

Reading Period: March 1 - April 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: April 15, 2018
Publication Date: June 15, 2018

Fall 2018 - Double issue!

Initial_T100.jpg  "Terra! Tara! Terror!" - SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we'd like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic's golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we're PG-13). (Image: The initial letter of the fairy tale "Guleesh" created by John D. Batten for Joseph Jacob's collection, Celtic Fairy Tales. 1892. commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading Period: June 15 - July 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: July 15, 2018
Publication Date: September 20, 2018

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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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