49th Parallels: Alternative Canadian Histories and Futures We will open for submissions to a new science fiction short story anthology on December 15th, 2016 (Close – February 14, 2017 at 11:59p.m EST)
Please do not submit prior to the opening date – stories will be deleted without reading.
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Bundoran Press Publishing House will publish an anthology of short science fiction, entitled 49th Parallels: Alternative Canadian Histories and Futures. Stories will be sought from across Canada and around the world exploring what might have been – or what might yet be. The anthology will be edited by two-time Aurora winning editor, Hayden Trenholm. Publication is planned for October 2017.
As always, 49th Parallels only seeks science fiction (no supernatural creatures or events of any kind) but for this anthology, it might include steam or diesel punk. Stories must be set in Canada or involve Canada and Canadians as the principal subject operating in the larger world (or beyond). Stories may be historical (back to 1867) or futuristic, but whatever creates the alternative past or possible future must take place prior to 2017. The causal factor may be scientific, technological or as a result of major political or social change. We look forward to seeing how both Canadian and non-Canadian writers explore this question.
We are seeking original English language stories (first world rights - print and digital) between 1500 and 7000 words. Reprints will ONLY be considered for English translations of stories originally published in FRENCH. A limited number of short poems (less than 100 lines) may be accepted.We are particularly interested in indigenous and multi-cultural voices. Payment rates will be five cents (Canadian) per word for original short stories and poems (minimum $10 per poem). Reprints will be paid a flat rate of $100. Payment on publication.
Please submit in .rtf, .doc or .docx format. In the title line of e-mail put: SUBMISSION 49th:"Title of your story." Include a brief cover letter in the body of your e-mail giving us the title and word length of your story and any writing credits you wish to share with us. Do not summarize your story.
Email your attached document to: email@example.com
WE ARE CLOSED TO NOVEL SUBMISSIONS.
We are seeking science fiction novels only. This includes both hard and soft SF, social or political SF, space opera, cyber- or biopunk, and SF mysteries. Steampunk with a strong scientific basis will be considered. Military SF and Zombie novels are likely to be a tough sell unless they have a different twist.
Preferred length is 60,000 to 100,000 words but we will consider longer or shorter if exceptional.
We are not accepting single author short story collections or external anthologies. We do not not accept submissions that have been previously published, including self-published. Generally we are interested in stand-alone novels only; series will only be considered from authors with significant publication experience.
We are not accepting fantasy, horror or other genres.
We are accepting electronic submissions only. With such a high number of submissions, a great deal of paper is being saved.
Please include the following:
- - Cover letter with a short biography, story genre, total word count and your contact information.
- - Synopsis, up to three pages.
- - First three chapters of your manuscript. Rich Text Format (rtf) email attachments only.
- Please format your text with the Times or Times New Roman font, at 12pt size.
- Single paragraph spacing.
- Single text spacing.
- If this manuscript is part of a series, please include a short synopsis for each of the remaining books but only provide sample chapters from the first book.
Email your attached rtf document to firstname.lastname@example.org