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Submission Guidelines (fiction)

DEADLINE: Sept 15, 2018 11:59PM EST

The call for submissions is open! AE welcomes submissions from both established and emerging authors, and we’re especially interested in under represented voices and perspectives. We publish science fiction, though our interpretation of the genre is broad and ‘speculative’ fiction without a sciency feel is welcome. We accept stories from 500 to 3000 words in length.

W hat are we looking for in a story? Check out Over the Transom, an editorial series on the characteristics of a good science fiction story. In particular, take a look at this post, and read a few of the best stories we’ve published. We’re particularly fond of speculative fiction that asks ‘what if’ in a plausible world using an engaging narrative – but in general, write clearly about topics that matter to you, and include both a premise and a conflict/change.

Requirements and details: Submissions must be previously unpublished (in print or online) and should be strong enough to stand alone (i.e., no excerpts from a larger work).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.

AE is proud to offer all fiction authors reimbursement of $0.10 CAD per word, paid within 60 days of acceptance.

Licensing: 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.

Response Time: 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 90 days.

Deadline: The current call for proposals will be open until 15 September 2018 at 11:59PM EST.

How to submit a story: Submit your story online using the form below. Please register an account to help us communicate with you: users can see the status of their submission, make changes, and let us know if they need to withdraw.

If you can’t use the form below, you may email your story to us. Please note the following instructions for email submissions: 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 submissions@aescifi.ca. 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.

Interested in writing something else? We’re also looking for non-fiction contributors and we’d love to hear your idea. Please contact us directly. At this time we cannot reimburse authors for non-fiction contributions. Interested in contributing visual art? 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.

Submission Form
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Please note the approximate wordcount, or click 'count words' to estimate the wordcount.

Please include any comments or notes for the editors who review your submission, including any links to your online presences that you would like to include. This content will not be published and will not be included in the word count.

The name of the author, as it should appear on the website. Pen names can be used.

Please select 'Canada' if you currently reside in Canada, or 'Other' if you reside elsewhere. You may optionally name your country of residence.

We publish a shortly (20-100 word) bio next to each story. Let us know what you'd like to include in yours. This is optional and can be provided after your story is accepted.

The legal name of the author for payment purposes. Required if different from the above.