Speculative Fiction News — 6/03/11

Posted by samuel on March 6, 2011 in Speculative Fiction News |

Welcome to this, the second edition of Speculative Fiction News for the 6/03/11. Sunday evening (my time) will be the regular slot for this post. Let’s get into it.

There’s plenty going on about the place right now. It’s awards season, so let’s open up with some links to awards finalists.

In case you missed the January announcement, here are the shortlisted Novels, Stories, Non-Fiction and Art for the British Science Fiction Association 2010 Awards.

Here are the 2010 Bram Stoker Award Finalists (courtesy of SFSignal–couldn’t get the Horror Writers Association website to function properly) finalists

The 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist was also announced this week.

And, the jury for this year’s World Fantasy Awards is out (as in, been announced :D)

Are you after tickets to the Locus Awards in Seattle in June? Details of how to get them here.


That’s enough awards stuff for now. Let’s move on to some publishing house news.

Have you got a great science fiction or fantasy novel, but haven’t yet snared an agent? Well, Angry Robot Books, an imprint of Osprey Publishing, are open all March to unagented subs. Please follow their sub guidelines carefully, as of the first flurry of subs they received this month, they said 15% didn’t follow the guidelines correctly.

Full details here.

In line with that, Pyr, the SFF imprint of Prometheus books, accepts unagented submissions all year round. What’s even better is that they’re not after the typical query letter, either. They want a 1-3 paragraph synopsis of your work in the cover letter, and want the whole mss sent as an RTF or DOC attachment. Awesome, much?

PYR pays a professional level advance and royalties.

Full details here. Also, Rene Sears, the editorial assistant and official slush reader for non-agented subs, has stated she’d love to see more YA manuscripts come across her desk. But, please, as with Angry Robot, follow the submission guidelines to the letter. Anything that doesn’t follow guidelines is an automatic rejection.


Got a hankering for some SFF novel reading? Well, Phoenix Pick has what you want. For free. Every month this year they’re giving away a free e-book. This month’s free e-book is Paul Cook’s Fortress of the Sun. How do you take advantage of this offer, you ask? SF Signal has got you covered. Follow the instructions and you’re away laughing (the Phoenix Pick site isn’t all that user-intuitive, but as long as you follow SF Signal’s instructions you should be okay). If you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll get the free e-book coupon in your email every month.


Are you interested in who readers have picked as the best SFF novels of the last decade? If so, check this Tor.com readers poll out.



This isn’t spec-fic related but here you go anyway: ArtLit Review is a new lit mag launching later this year. They’re currently looking for subs for a Paris-themed issue. 3,000 words max, $30 payment. That puts them in the semi-pro range. Their website is still under development, but you can find sub guidelines here.

Duotrope tells me there are a whole lot of new paying anthologies looking for contributors. These are mainly in the horror genre and range from token to possible pro payment. If you’re a horror writer, click on the linky above and check them out. If that’s not your schtick, then perhaps Pill Hill Press’s Another Wild West Anthology might be up your alley. Alternate history western? Sounds groovy.

At the duotrope linky above you’ll notice a slew of markets have reopened for subs. Too many to list them all here, but these are a few of note:

Big Pulp
Cabinet des Fées
ChiZine (Chiaroscuro)

And, finally, if anybody has been thinking about entering the NextBigAuthor.com contest, you may find this post by Victoria Strauss interesting.

Over and out, peeps!

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