September 26, 2016
--Arthur C. Clarke
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We will reopen for submissions on November 1. Watch this space for the 2017 themes.
Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our 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.
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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.
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.
Fall/Winter 2015 - Available now!
"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
Care to try a sampler of our most popular stories? Third Flatiron's Best of 2015 is available in ebook from Amazon.
Free to Kindle Unlimited readers.
Spring 2016 - Available now!
"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. Like, what's going on with those bees. Maybe a little "Tragedy of the Commons" would work under this theme.
Reading Period: October 15 - December 15, 2015 (Submissions are now closed)
Writer Deadline: December 15, 2015
Publication Date: February 20, 2016
Summer 2016 - Available now!
"Hyperpowers"- Space opera and military fiction. Plato invented naval
superpower Atlantis. Iain M. Banks imagined a future dominant galactic civilization in his Culture series. With all of space and time to choose from, this is your chance to show us your world-building
chops. Likable characters optional. Art: Orion battle spaceship by Cronus Caelestis (Wikimedia Commons). Guest Editor: Bascomb James
Reading Period: January 15 - March 15, 2016 (Submissions are now closed)
Writer Deadline: March 15, 2016
Publication Date: May 15, 2016
Fall/Winter 2016 - Available now!
"Keystone Chronicles" - A keystone is a central stone at the summit of
an arch locking the whole together. It's something on which other things depend for support, the heart or core of something, the crux, or central principle. Anything keystone is fine, be it keystone
species, pipelines, cops, beer, or ski resorts, as long as it's speculative fiction. Photo: Keystone with profile of man, Palazzo Giusti, Verona, Italy, by Paolo Villa (Wikimedia Commons).
Reading Period: April 15 - June 15, 2016 Submissions are now closed!
Writer Deadline: June 15, 2016
Publication Date: August 20, 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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