Story Call for a Sci-Fi Anthology
Build a ‘Verse of the highest thoughts, where everything and nothing is as it ought:
Tech and science, alien and ‘bot, of these you must create the lot.
Advanced civilizations, barbarically new, built from minds of brilliance true.
Create Starships and crews to explore worlds old and new; this is what’s required of you.
Please do not use or reference stories, characters etc that are already established and/or property of someone else, and DEFINITELY NOT copyrighted materials. We are looking for original work with original characters and plot should be original as well. Please, NO fan fiction. Please keep stories relatively clean as we are looking to make this available to all ages. Therefore in keeping with the Intergalactic Code of Integrity, profanity, gratuitous violence, sexual themes and the like will be deemed as unsuitable for this work.
This is going to call for a high level of skill to keep your story fast paced and interesting without falling back on those particular crutches to carry the plot along. We are looking forward to some high quality, entertaining reading. . We are looking for short stories between 2500 and 8000 words. Any submission with EXCESSIVE formatting, spelling, grammatical or editing issues will be disqualified as soon as the errors are evident.
Submission Guidelines are as follows:
Theme: Science Fiction(one or all)
Story Word Count: 2,500 minimum – 8,000 maximum, (not including information for cover page)
Authors Biography: 250 maximum words
Story Synopsis: 350 maximum words
File Format: Microsoft Word document (either .doc or .docx) or rtf only. Submissions may also be sent in the body of an e-mail.
Submission Limit: Five stories per author. If you are submitting more than one story, please submit each story as a separate submission or e-mail.
Payment: $25.00, plus digital and trade paperback copy upon distribution. Payment will be made upon selection. Royalty payment will be confirmed after the numbers of submitted stories are determined.
Selected stories will appear in New Legends: Science Fiction Anthology, while some may appear on our website or blog.
Art and Photography: Unlimited submission limit. We are looking for art and photography that captures the theme Science Fiction Anthology (one or all) to be used.
Artwork and photographs submitted must be saved in high-resolution format (300 dpi or higher) and saved as a jpg/jpeg file. Be sure to supply the title of the piece, the artist/photographer name, the medium used in creation, and the dimensions of the original piece.
First and Last Name
Pseudonym, if applicable
Story Word Count
Times New Roman, 12 point font.
1-inch margins on all sides.
0.5-inch indentation at the beginning of each paragraph.
Letter format (not A4 or international).
Pages consecutively numbered throughout.
Numbering begins on the cover page in the upper right corner.
Header on every page containing title, page number, author name and e-mail.
No footnotes or endnotes in your manuscript.
All electronic comments (track changes) and corrections between authors have been removed (not just turned off).
Proofread your paper carefully before submission.
Please keep in mind when developing your character(s)
These characters should be characters that would fit within the Science Fiction genre. For example characters can have any number of abilities and appearances and some have human characteristics. Your characters can be alien or humanoid. They live in an imaginary universe set in any number of different worlds. Characters are typically on an adventure or exploration. World building will be slightly more complex because multiple worlds may be involved. But that is not necessary and the story may be contained in a singular world.
Notice of Copyright:
By submitting your work, you agree that Visual Adjectives acquires first serial rights to publish the piece both electronically and in print. In addition, Visual Adjectives may reserve non-exclusive publication rights to reprint a piece in a “best of” issue or anthology.
Submissions may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the SUBMISSION MANAGER form and uploading your document.
When submitting by e-mail, your Subject Line must include Author Name and Story Title.
Contributors will be notified of acceptance status via e-mail.