Call for Stories: SUBMIT to Philippine Speculative Fiction 11

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 11 - 2016

 

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 original and unpublished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.
Submission details:
1. All submissions should be sent as MSWord files, and emailed to phspecfic.11@gmail.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.
Editors’ notes:
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.
Please help spread the word! Copy this and paste it anywhere that happens to be legal. :)
Thanks,
Kate Osias and Elyss Punsalan, co-editors

Table of Contents: Philippine Speculative Fiction X

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 29 - 2015

With the acceptance and rejection letters all sent out, co-editor Dean Alfar has announced the contents of volume 10 of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology (via his Facebook):

Philippine Speculative Fiction X
edited by Dean Francis Alfar & Nikki Alfar
Table of Contents

A Long Walk Home – Alexander M. Osias
A Report – Sarge Lacuesta
A Small Hope – Gabriela Lee
For Sale: Big Ass Sword – Kenneth G. Yu
Children of the Stars – Francis Gabriel Concepcion
Fisher of Men – Razel Tomacder
Hunger – Lakan Umali
IT Girl – AJ Elicaño
Lamat – Noel Tio
Marvin and the Jinni – Raymund Reyes
Mechanical Failures – Jose Elvin Bueno
Mene, Thecel, Phares – Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
Night Predators – Joseph Montecillo
Oblation – Richard Cornelio
Santos de Sampaguita – Alyssa Wong
Soulless – EK Gonzales
The Dollmaker – Joel Pablo Salud
The Last God of Cavite – Andrew Drilon
The Owl and the Hoopoe – Renz Torres
The Run to Grand Maharlika Station – Vincent Michael Simbulan
The Target – Eliza Victoria
Thunderstorm – Cyan Abad-Jugo
When the Gods Left – Kate Osias

Congratulations to all the contributors! PSF10 will be available later this year.

Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction X (Volume 10)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 7 - 2015

It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year — if you’re a Filipino spec fic writer that is! Have at it you guys!

Call for Submissions: ‘Philippine Speculative Fiction 10′ – your atTENtion, please!

‘Philippine Speculative Fiction’ is turning ten this 2015! Yes, it’s been X years of eXtolling, eXploring, and eXpanding what Filipino writers have done, are doing, and can do in the realms of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things betwiXt, between, and beyond.

Editors Dean Francis and Nikki Alfar would love for you to be a part of this year’s landmark volume of this trailblazing annual anthology, which has repeatedly been shortlisted for the National Book Award, and multiple stories from which have frequently 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 any time.

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 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
In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of 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.

Submission details:
1. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story, and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you have received a letter of regret from us. But we don’t mind if you submit to contests.
2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved under file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to philippinespecfic@gmail.com, with the subject line ‘PSF 10 submission’.
3. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.

Editors’ notes:
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 this can be discussed upon story acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.
2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s probably not ready to be published.
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.

Authors of selected stories will receive PhP500 compensation, as well as digital copies of the book.

Please help spread the word! Feel free to copy this and paste it anywhere you see fit that happens to be legal.

Thanks,
Dean Francis and Nikki Alfar, co-editors

Libraries: 10 reasons to carry Philippine Spec Fic

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 30 - 2014

A report from last month’s library-and-spec-fic panel at the Philippine Literary Festival, is up over at GMA News: 10 reasons why libraries should carry local speculative fiction. Alternative Alamat’s print cover makes an appearance in the article, hooray! Here’s an excerpt:

3. It provides hope and escape from the mundane.

“Do not look at the word ‘escapist’ as a negative term. We all need to escape from reality from time to time—why? Because we’re not animals,” said Dean. “We can have physical cages whether we are political prisoners or held in cages by our politicians in some other way—but we can escape these with our dreams and imaginations of change. And then we make the change and watch reality come to pass.”

4. It reflects the human condition.

Spec fic can comment on what it means to be human, or to be Filipino, just as well as any other piece of literature can.

5. It has didactic and educational aspects.

There are stories and books specifically for this purpose, but Dean stressed that one can take any story and use it to teach. He cited classic examples from Philippine mythology and folklore.

6. It offers alternate ways and different perspectives of seeing the world.

Spec fic can give marginalized persons—such as LGBT, women, persons with disabilities, indigenous cultures—a voice for their concerns. If one is in a position of privilege, Dean said, one should consider themselves lucky and take up the burden of helping voice those concerns or give voice to those who do not have any.

Philippine Speculative Fiction 9: Now Available

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 9 - 2014



Co-editor Andrew Drilon brings word that the flagship book of local spec fic, still going strong. Congrats to Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan, Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar, and all the contributors! Lots of new names here, always a good thing:


A young tikbalang auditions at the country’s largest TV station; a priest travels the universe to officiate sacraments in outer space; a murdered girl returns unscathed to the home of her perpetrators. The Philippine Speculative Fiction series showcases the rich variety of Philippine literature. Between these covers you will find magic realism next to science fiction, traditional fantasy beside slipstream, and imaginary worlds rubbing shoulders with alternate Philippine history—demonstrating that the literature of the fantastic is alive and well in the Philippines.

Stories from this series have been included in the Honorable Mentions list from The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant.

I’ll update this post as more links become available, but you can already pick up your copy at the following places:

Massive thanks to David Ong and the rest of Flipside Publishing for helping us put the book together!

Charles and I are so proud of the quality of the stories in this volume, and we’re very excited for people to finally read it. We are planning a book launch to get all the amazing authors in together in one place, so stay tuned for details on that.

In the meantime, please enjoy the book! We hope that it thrills, frightens, amuses, saddens, endears and entertains you!

“A Secret Map of Shanghai” by Victor Ocampo, on Strange Horizons

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 19 - 2013

Getting fiction published in the acclaimed magazine, Strange Horizons, is quite the feat, and today Victor Ocampo joins the other Filipino authors who have made the cut. Victor’s new story, ”A Secret Map of Shanghai“, is now up on the Strange Horizons website. Victor says:

“Its about a May-Dec affair between a young Chinese City God and his Imperialist Western teacher. The story uses poetry as a motif, contrasting imagery from Classic Tang Dynasty Poetry with Rudyard Kipling’s “A White Man’s Burden”. By the way, its very sexual, R-16, so the language may be inappropriate for younger readers.”

 

Two horror anthologies are launching at the end of November. “Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults”, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Kenneth Yu, and a print edition of “Demons of the New Year”, edited by Karl de Mesa and Joseph Nacino, both launch officially at5PM on November 29, 2013 at the West Wing Gallery of the Vargas Museum in UP Diliman. Drop by if you have the chance!

New Release: The Lost Amulets (The Amulets of Panagaea)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 23 - 2013

A speculative fiction book by a Filipino-Canadian author, which uses elements of Philippine folklore, was recently brought to my attention — because how could I ignore artwork by Usok artist K. Lapeña? So here’s a synopsis of The Lost Amulets (Kindle link here) by  Cindy Lapeña:

Four children are recruited to join a party of Littlefolk to search for the High King and are thrown instead into an adventure where they travel by land, sea and air all over the islands of Dapit-Adlaw to find three magical items that have to be restored to their rightful places. Their mission is conveyed to them by a spirit seer who gives them only a cryptic rhyme:

“Nine Kingseekers seek more than a King

Nine lives to save one

Nine nights by three tokens
Nine and nine and nine and three
or what there is will no longer be.”
Their only other information on what they must fulfill is to return “to the night the breeze, to the sky the bridge of colours, and to the hunter his magic spear.
Armed with only this information, the party of nine sets off to save Dapit-Adlaw and the High King.

 

New(ish) Release: Mouths to Speak, Voices to Sing – Stories by Kenneth Yu

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 23 - 2013

I missed plugging this when it came out in August, so time to rectify that: Kenneth Yu, the man behind Philippine Genre Stories, (finally) has a collection of his short stories out. It’s called “Mouths to Speak, Voices to Sing” Stories by Kenneth Yu, and if that title sounds familiar, it’s because that’s the name of Kyu’s story in our first issue of Usok, which is also a part of this collection.It also includes the disturbing short, “Cherry Clubbing” which took 3rd place in the 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards.

Here’s the list of stories:

  • Mouths to Speak, Voices to Sing
  • The Sparrows of Climaco Avenue
  • The Kiddie Pool
  • When You Let It Go
  • House 1.0
  • Cricket
  • Oplan: Bleach
  • Cherry Clubbing
  • The Concierto of Senor Lorenzo
  • Spider Hunt
  • Little Hands, Little Feet
  • Controller 13
  • All That We May See
  • One Morning at the Bank
  • Lost for Words
  • Beats

And here are the stores where you can buy your digital copy:

New Fiction from Mia Tijam at “Bewildering Stories”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 18 - 2013

Our friend Mia Tijam has a new piece of Speculative Fiction out on Bewildering Stories. Entitled “Quartered in the Sunset“, it may be particularly interesting to people in the call center/ BPO industry. After you read the story, go on and see the discussion between Don Webb and Mia in the same issue.

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