Last updated 16 April 2012
AE welcomes submissions from both established and emerging authors. We publish exclusively science fiction, though our interpretation of the genre can be quite inclusive. We are interested in stories from 500 to 3000 words in length. We are not soliciting poetry or screenplays at this time.
Please include a brief cover letter and the full text of your story (preferably in plain text) in the body of an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not open any attachments.
The very first thing in your subject line should be "CDN Sub" if you are a Canadian citizen or current Canadian resident, otherwise your subject line should begin with "INT Sub." This is very important, especially if you are Canadian. We publish a limited number of international stories. The subject line must also contain both the title and approximate word count of your piece, like this: "CDN Sub: 'Title of Story' (1300 words)." The cover letter should include your name, byline (if different) and a brief (50 words, at most) biography. We will contact you at the same email from which you sent your submission.
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Submissions must be previously unpublished (in print or online) and should be strong enough to stand alone (i.e., no excerpts from a larger work). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication in another venue. Please submit no more than one story at a time. We buy First Serial and First Electronic rights and non-exclusive Audio rights.
Each author will receive $0.06 CAD per word, paid within 30 days of acceptance, for all stories we publish.
AE commissions a limited number of non-fiction pieces on subjects related to Canadian science fiction. We are particularly interested in author profiles for our AE Bookshelf series and book reviews, as well as longer-form interviews with Canadian authors. Non-fiction contributors do not have to be Canadian. If you are interested in writing non-fiction for AE, please query Helen Michaud at email@example.com. Include in your query a brief biography, list of non-fiction writing credits (including links or samples if available) and what kind of articles you propose to write (the more specific the better). Do not submit unsolicited non-fiction.
Payment for non-fiction is a flat fee depending on length and content. We pay $7 CAD for capsule reviews (100-300 words), $20 for articles (including reviews and AE Bookshelf profiles) of 700-1200 words and $30 for interviews of up to 2000 words.
We are interested in receiving submissions of single or recurring comics by Canadian artists. AE buys first rights or reprint rights and pays a flat $20 per comic. Please send individual comics (or 3-5 sample comics in the case of a series) to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
We buy art primarily on contract for our specific needs. AE buys first rights and pays between $20 and $100 CAD per illustration depending upon size and intended use. We are not currently soliciting art submissions, but please feel free to send a portfolio of work to email@example.com to be considered for future illustration contracts.
All content in AE is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivatives license upon publication. We believe strongly in the Creative Commons mission and feel that it benefits both authors and their readers by allowing creators to reach the widest possible audience.
Note that the use of the Creative Commons license has no effect on the ability or right of the author to sell reprint rights, film rights or other secondary rights in the future. Copyright remains at all times with the author.
We aim to respond to all queries and submissions promptly. Please feel free to send a follow-up query if you have not heard from us within 45 days.