Parsec Ink is coordinating submissions to both the Parsec Short Story Contest and Triangulation: Appetites. Please be sure you know which entity you are submitting to. The Parsec Short Story Contest is curated by the Parsec program branch and Triangulation is curated by Parsec Ink.

Theme, word count, and deadlines are different for each.
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Triangulation is open for submissions. This year's theme: "Appetites". We are Parsec Ink's speculative fiction annual, now in our 13th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, and horror--from new and established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we won't forget.

Theme:  "Appetites"

Submissions Open: December 1, 2016

Submissions Close: February 28, 2017

Word Count: We consider fiction up to 6,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count.

Genre: We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror--and enjoy intelligent blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be considered.

Compensation: Pay is semi-pro: 2 cents a word. Authors will receive an e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (typically 50% off the cover price).

Rights: We purchase North American serial rights, and electronic rights for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: We are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry list of accomplishments. But it's going to be the story that wins us over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the ride of our lives... but get us back on the ground safely and home in time for dinner.

"Appetites" is our theme. Make us hungry, make us beg... then feed us until our eyes cross. Or you can go beyond the dinner table. People hunger for vengeance. Lust for power. Some have drives for the unimaginable. P.S. We know Soylent Green is people, but if you’re going to send us a cannibalism story, make sure it knocks our socks off. :)

We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period, feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

We do not accept fanfic, even if it's based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.

Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We're not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

  • .doc or .docx (MS Word)
  • .rtf (Rich Text Format -- generic document format that most word processors can create)

Editorial Process: We aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn't work for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isn't quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most, we hold on to for further consideration, but we won't keep you guessing: you'll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out amongst themselves until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are sent out. It's sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn't mean they'll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.

THE 21st ANNUAL PARSEC SF/FANTASY/HORROR SHORT STORY CONTEST

The theme for the 2017 contest is: A HIDDEN, UNDERLYING TRUTH. This may be used literally, metaphorically, etc. Your interpretation of the theme must be integral to the story and not just mentioned in passing.

Contest opens January 1, 2017 and closes March 31, 2017. There is no fee to enter and all entrants will be notified of the results by June 15th.

Word count for all entries: No minimum, no more than 3500 words.

All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror genres. Stories must be original, unpublished, and unsold to any other market. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and written in Courier or Times New Roman font. Acceptable formats include .doc, .docx, and .rtf.

Prizes and Eligibility: The contest is open to non-professional writers (those who have not met eligibility requirements for SFWA or equivalent: sale of a novel or sale of 3 stories to a large-circulation publication (http://www.sfwa.org/about/join-us/sfwa-membership-requirements/)

Previous first-place winners and current contest coordinators are ineligible to enter.

The winning story will be the one that most effectively uses the contest theme as a key element. First-place receives $200 and publication in the 2017 Confluence program book (http://parsec-sff.org/confluence/). Second-place receives $100 and third-place receives $50.

Submission to the contest implies consent for publication, but all rights revert immediately to the author upon publication. Coordinators/Readers screen the entries and the ten best submissions are then read by the judges. Decisions of the judges and coordinators are final.

A maximum of 2 submissions is allowed. Submit each one separately.


Judges for the 2017 Contest:

JOSHUA BELLIN – Author of the YA SF duology, Survival Colony Nine and Scavenger of Souls.

MICHELLE MARKEY-BUTLER – Author of the historical fantasy, Homegoing.

THOMAS SWETERLITSCH– Author of the near-future SF thriller, Tomorrow and Tomorrow.


How to Submit:

Electronic submissions will be accepted through Submittable:

If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create a FREE account with them. Instructions for this will appear after you hit the submit link. It’s easy and quick.

Send snail mail entries to:

Larry Ivkovich
Confluence Short Story Contest Coordinator
2035 Ewings Mill Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108

Any questions, email Larry at inkfish1@verizon.net.