I cant swallow anymore. I can barely suck in a breath through airways that are clogged with comb. I feel movement everywhere, little legs, tiny wings that long to beat in the air. When I open my mouth, bees fly out and in. I cant sit still. I buzz wherever I go.
I refuse to be quieted by what quiets my thirst.
some sweet taboo silhouetted against red temptation
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We will reopen to submissions in 2022. This page will be updated with a schedule once its finalized.
Speculative fiction, broadly defined.
Up to 10,000 words (under 5000 preferred).
here, via ourMoksha submissions system
No simultaneous or multiple submissions; no re-submissions.
Please send only RTF, DOC or DOCX files and try to stick tostandard manuscript formatas much as possible. Along with your name and contact information in the upper left, you may also add your pronouns (optional).
Previously unpublished in Englishwe buy first English rights, including audio.
specializes in translations: we encourage you tosubmit all translations therefirst.
have independent submissions queues and different editors, and submissions to either magazine are only read for that magazine.
Payment of 10/word USD, within 60 days of contract.
If you have any questions, write ith the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line.
Everything else on this page is intended to clarify, explain, or provide insight into the above guidelines.If youve submitted to us before or feel confident that your story meets our guidelines, feel free to skip the rest of this page. If youre uncertain on any point, youll find more detailed discussion below.
We want good speculative fiction. If your story doesnt have a speculative element, or strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, its probably not for us.
Some particular things we love, or are interested in:
Fiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position.
Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.
Stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification.
Hypertext fiction, interactive fiction, and other stories that explore and exploit the forms available to us. If you have a work of this type that you think might be a good fit for Strange Horizons, please query us to discuss how to submit it.
Profanity is fine. Use whatever words are appropriate for your story.
Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore.
We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world, and British spellings are fine.
We will consider stories which have previously appeared in another language, but have never been published in English.
We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.
Stories above 10,000 words, including serialized novels or novellas.
Partial or incomplete stories. Please dont send us part of a story and ask us to request the rest of it if were interested.
Unsolicited reprints of works previously published in English.
Multiple stories at once from the same author.
Submissions sent to us and another venue simultaneously.
Poetry or nonfiction; were thewrong departmentfor those.
We prefer stories under 5,000 words, but we consider stories up to 10,000 words. Note, however, that the longer the story is, the less likely we are to be interested. Our wordcount limit is not absolutely inflexible, but we cant consider stories much over the limit, not even as serials. However, we have no minimum wordcount requirement; we consider short-short stories. We determine story length by taking the word-processor wordcount and rounding up to the next highest 100 words.
We pay 10/word (USD), with a minimum payment of $60.SFWAofficially considers us a professional market. We pay by check or PayPal, according to the authors preference.
We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language rights (including audio rights) for six (6) months. After that period, you are free to republish the story elsewhere. We hope youll allow us to leave the story in our archives indefinitely after its rotated off the main table of contents, but you have the right to remove your story from the archives at any time after one (1) year.
Check the top of this page to see if were open to submissions, and if were open, upload a file using our submission gateway. In order to track stories correctly, we can only consider stories submitted through that formno email or paper mail submissions.
Your cover letter can be minimal: generally, these should be short and list just a few of your most recent or most relevant publications or workshops. If youve got life experience relevant to your story (e.g. your story takes place on a submarine, and you served on a submarine), please do mention that. Cover letters shouldnt include plot synopses or pitches. If you are still concerned, please take a look at oursample cover letters page.
If youre having trouble submitting, or have any other questions, please send an e-mail with a subject line of QUERY: Your Question Topic .
We send an autoresponder message in response to every submission we receive. If you havent received an autoresponse within 24 hours after submitting, please query immediately. Missing an autoresponse usually means we have an incorrect email address for you, and wont be able to contact you when we make a decision on your fiction.
Please query if youre concerned your submission has gone astray.
After you submit a story, we strongly prefer you dont withdraw it. If you withdraw a story, we wont consider any version of that story in the future. However, if you do need to withdraw a story, please send an e-mail telling us that you need to withdraw, and let us know why.
To contact us for any reason, write ith the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line. Add a few words to the subject line to indicate what youre querying about.
None of this is required reading, but if youre curious about how we do things, you may find the following links interesting:
Stories we see too often: This list was made by the previous editing team, and has since been reposted and referenced by various people whove found it useful. Though there is some good advice here, we offer it as a curio rather than as a prescription.
Why we dont want authors to withdraw stories: This is a post by previous senior fiction editor, Jed Hartman. We agree with his reasoning.
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