Unréal: Upcoming call for short fiction submissions

We’re back, with the first in a series of special AE editions: Unréal, a collection of weird and fantastical tales exploring the past, present, and future of this island we call both Montréal and Tiohtià:ke.

We’re back, with the first in a series of special AE editions: Unréal, a collection of weird and fantastical tales exploring the past, present, and future of this island we call both Montréal and Tiohtià:ke.

With the arrival of spring, the North stirs from her slumber. Green shoots aspire anew from soil, songbirds return from unknowable pilgrimages, and we all hope—as we do every year—that no ancient and hungry evil emerges from aeons-long hibernation beneath the ice.

But something has awoken on l’Île de Montréal. You might see it walking the streets of St. Henri with wide-eyed recognition. You might see it perched atop belvédère Kondiaronk, scribbling ciphers into a notebook. And, in the right light, from Parc des Rapides, you might see it haunting the rocky copses of Les Sept-Sœurs, drawing strength from the great rapids that birthed this city.

This thing is not evil. And it is less ancient than it seems. But, make no mistake, it is hungry. It is AE.

Unréal is to be a print and digital anthology, featuring stories in both French and English, in which authors share visions of Montréal as seen through uncommon lenses. This city is an in-between place, a meeting place, a place with incredible history . Unréal will explore what makes Montréal and its diverse residents so unique, so compelling, through short stories in genres ranging from science fiction to urban fantasy to gothic horror. 

Writers, this is a call to action! Soon, our official call for submissions will be going live. We will seek short fiction and poetry, in any fantastical genre, exploring any aspect of Montréal. We will accept works in both French and English, from authors of any nationality whose life has been touched by this island. Stories by Canadian and/or Indigenous writers will, however, be unapologetically prioritized.

We will read poems of any length and short stories between 1000 and 5000 words (a limited number of longer works may be solicited in a later round). Payment will beSFWA professional rates of 0.12 CAD per word or 50 CAD per poem (longer poems will be bought at the per word rate if this would result in a larger payment). Illustrations and cover art will  be commissioned at a later stage.

Watch this space for further details and the official call for submissions. And get writing!

COMMENTS


  1. Commented on June 18, 2024 by Gregg Chamberlain

    Will you send out an email notice when you are open for submissions?

    • Commented on June 27, 2024 by AEscifi.ca

      We sure will! Thanks for your interest – we’ll make sure you get the call 🙂

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