Trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming writers – call for science fiction short stories!

Our Submissions Portal for this special issue will be open from 11th - 13th May 2021

This is a submissions call for science fiction short stories by trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming authors.

(Please note, we’d originally planned for this call to be open to all LGBTQ+ people, but have decided we want to focus on trans & GNC writers for this issue – an all-LGBTQ+ call will come at a later date!)

What are you looking for?

I am looking for works of short fiction up to 6,000 words, that constitute complete stories in and of themselves (so, no novel excerpts unless they can stand on their own as satisfying stories). Shoreline of Infinity pays £10/1,000 words.

I’m open to all subgenres of science fiction, from hard, sciency SF (think The Expanse, Goldilocks or the works of Ted Chiang) to space opera (i.e. Ancillary Justice and the works of Becky Chambers), to science fantasy (in the vein of Gideon The Ninth & sequels). I especially love political sci fi, stories set in worlds with alternative social structures, and aliens that are super alien/non-humanoid.

I also love stories that have a strong emotional core, and an inspiring, hopeful tone (though I’m not super interested in whimsy: stories can be hopeful while still engaging with dark themes!)

It’s not necessary that the stories submitted feature trans/nonbinary themes and characters, but it’s great if they do. I’d especially love to see stories that engage with gender transgression and subversion to show us radically different futures, or to suggest possibilities for combating current-day problems like climate collapse or the legacies of colonialism and imperialism.  

Who can submit?

I want to see work from people belonging to all types of gender and sex minorities: transgender, nonbinary and genderqueer people, and people belonging to culturally-specific minority gender categories (for example Hijra or two-spirit) as well as intersex people.

Don’t self-reject! If you are gender-nonconforming in some way, go ahead and submit.

Submission Details

To get an idea of what Shoreline of Infinity is looking for, please consider purchasing and reading previous issues of Shoreline of Infinity. It is available in printed and digital versions. Shoreline of Infinity 20 is available for free download.

If you want to read another issue but are experiencing financial hardship – just use our contact form to request a copy of another issue, and we’ll email you a digital version with no questions asked.

The special issue will be published in digital format in September 2021, but the submission window for this issue is:

11th – 13th May 2021 – put this date in your calendar.

Full information, and the link to the window is in our Submissions page

We look forward to see what you send us.


Eris Young
Guest Editor for Shoreline of Infinity