Editors Kate Osias and Elyss Punsalan invite you to submit short fiction for consideration for Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 11.
PSF is a yearly anthology series, showcasing stories that define, explore, and sometimes blur the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things in between. The anthology has been shortlisted for the National Book Award, and multiple stories from each volume have been cited in roundups of the year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.
First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials.
Submissions must be:
1. speculative fiction – i.e., they must contain strong elements and/or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related ‘nonrealist’ genres and subgenres
2. written in English
3. authored by persons of Philippine ethnicity and/or nationality
Submissions are preferred to be:
1. original and unpublished
2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500
3. written for an adult audience
These preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. For previously-published work – if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to provide relevant publication information.
1. All submissions should be sent as MSWord files, and emailed to email@example.com.
2. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., October 10, 2016. We typically answer email within a week – if we haven’t confirmed that we’ve received your story by then, do email again. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.
3. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story, and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you’ve received a letter of regret from us.
1. Please don’t forget to indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but initially, we need to know who we’re talking to.
2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your bio and publishing history, feel free to introduce yourself – but not your story. If it needs explanation, it’s probably not ready for publication.
3. We advise authors to avoid fancy formatting – this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our established house style.
Writers of selected stories will receive a Php500 author’s fee, and a digital copy of the book.
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Kate Osias and Elyss Punsalan, co-editors