Parsec Ink is coordinating submissions to both the Parsec Short Story Contest and Triangulation: Dark Skies. 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.
Triangulation is open for submissions. We are Parsec Ink's speculative fiction annual, now in our 15th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror--from new and established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we won't forget.
Theme: Triangulation: Dark Skies is a celebration of the natural beauty of the night sky. We are looking for speculative tales that feature a sky full of stars as a meaningful element of the story. Take us to other times and other worlds, or show us our own place in the universe and explore our ability, as sentient beings, to see out into the depths of space. If you dare, explore what it might mean to lose that ability. This year, we are joining forces with the International Dark-Sky Association, a group dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of light pollution.
Submissions Open: December 1, 2018
Submissions Close: February 28, 2019
Word Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 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: 4 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, audio 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.
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 22nd ANNUAL PARSEC SF/FANTASY/HORROR SHORT STORY CONTEST
The theme for the 2018 contest is: NOIR. This can be conveyed in the setting, plot, characters, dialogue…the only limit is your imagination. The theme must be integral to the story in some way and not just mentioned in passing.
Contest opens January 1, 2019 and closes April 15, 2019. There is no fee to enter and all entrants will be notified of the results by June 15th.
Word count for all entries: No more than 3500 words.
Stories must be original, unpublished, and unsold to any other market. Manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format, double-spaced, and written in either Courier or Times New Roman font. Acceptable formats include .doc, .docx, and .rtf. For an example of standard manuscript format, see: https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
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 2019 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.
Michael A. Arnzen (http://gorelets.com) teaches full-time at Seton Hill University, home of the country’s only MFA degree in Writing Popular Fiction. To date he has won four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Critics Guild Award for his often funny, always disturbing horror fiction and poetry, which includes such book-length titles as Grave Markings, Play Dead, Freakcidents, and Proverbs for Monsters. Alongside Heidi Ruby Miller, Arnzen also co-edited Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction — a large how-to guide for authors of speculative fiction and other genres. Arnzen continues to write horror and criticism while teaching the zombie populations near Pittsburgh, PA. Follow Mike at http://michaelarnzen.com
David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor 2017) and Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Tor 2018), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award winning collection Space Magic.
How to Submit:
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