Submissions – fiction

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Come on you writers, you seers of visions, send us your stories and shine!

Shoreline of Infinity is based in Scotland, traditionally a country that is welcoming to everyone. We are no different here at Shoreline of Infinity HQ.

For this call we are emphasising our ongoing search for stories from around the world, from different cultures, different viewpoints — perspectives that are new to us.

Wherever you are on this planet (or elsewhere? we can hope), if you’ve got a stunning science fictional or speculative tale which pushes the imagination onwards and outwards, we want to see it. We want to welcome it, give it a place to be.

Translated stories are warmly welcomed if not published in English.

What we are looking for

First, we strongly suggest you read a copy of Shoreline of Infinity to see the kind of stories our readers like. You can download a copy or order a print copy from the Shoreline Shop.

 We are looking for an engaging science fiction or fantasy story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose – an idea that makes us stop and think.

But more than that, we want your story to be populated with characters we want to meet and have a drink with or from whom we want to run screaming away; we want characters to hug to ease the pain; we want to read the stories of heroes; we want to be your character.

Make us want to nudge our sleeping partners at 3am in the morning and say: “you should read this!”

Broaden our horizons – look beyond the Shoreline.

We told you, we’re looking for a good story.

If you can include all that in one tale as seen through the powerful lens of science fiction, so much the better.

 Length

A maximum of 6,000 words.

Submissions windows

Open to 7th June for a general call, and then re-open for our flash fiction competition from 15th June to 5th September for our annual flash-fiction call.
 

 

 

What we Offer and Rights

We offer £10/1000 word.

We retain the right to continue selling back issues of Shoreline of Infinity and Shoreline anthologies containing your story (royalties are paid for republishing in collections).

For original stories, or for reprints published in another language, we buy first digital, print and audio world rights in English, but your rights are returned to you after 6 months of original publication (digital or print), and you are free to publish how or wherever you like. However, it would be splendid if you could acknowledge first publication in Shoreline of Infinity. We also ask for audio rights.

What to Submit

We accept simultaneous submissions, but do tell us immediately if you want to withdraw a submission. Submit a neatly formatted manuscript set in Times 12 point and double spaced in Microsoft Word format ( doc/docx). Please use the submission process here – emailed manuscripts will be ignored.

Submit only one story.

Response Time

We will reply as soon as we can after your submission, but do contact us if you have not heard within 3 months. We know what it’s like to be kept waiting, but we are only human (mostly).

We received a large number of submissions in the last call, so please be patient!


Extended to 7th June Hey! More time to polish that story.


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