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.
A maximum of 6,000 words.
11th-14th March – General submissions
4th-14th April – Special issue: science fiction fairy tales
13th June – 28th August – flash fiction competition – theme to be announced
11th-14th September – General submissions
What we Offer and Rights
We offer £40/1000 words.
This is an increase for 2022 with thanks to funding support from Creative Scotland.
We retain the right to continue selling back issues of Shoreline of Infinity and Shoreline anthologies containing your story (a reprint fee is 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 after 9 months of original publication (digital or print), 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.
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 receive a large number of submissions, so please be patient.
Poets: The poetry submission window is open all year round.