Issue 7 Spotlight: Oscar Windsor-Smith

There’s a story behind Oscar Windsor-Smith’s Issue 7 story.  In Oscar’s own words:

‘Wings of Nemesis’ is a short story about the rehabilitation of a military drone pilot suffering posttraumatic mental breakdown.  The story began life as an entry for a multi-round international literary competition, where it achieved joint first place in its round.  But there’s a sting in tail, which led me into the most surreal situation of my writing life thus far.

A writer friend, who also happens to be a scientist, suggested he knew of a suitable home for ‘Wings of Nemesis’ in what he described as an anthology. This led to my submitting the story to a scientist friend of his at a well-known UK university.  I duly received an email telling me that ‘Wings of Nemesis’ had “been accepted for development into a full paper submission for…” [A scientific journal concerned with technological forecasting].  The email went on: “…from a very competitive field you have been selected… This is a very commendable achievement and we acknowledge your talents and skills in this newly emerging research area.”  So far, so bizarre, but it got even stranger.

I received detailed instructions as to how, when and in what form my “paper” should be submitted, under the overall title: “Creative science prototyping [truncated title]…” My story was further elevated to the status, variously, of an “extended abstract”, a “creative prototype” and a “vignette”, none of which made the slightest sense to me. What did become clear was:  in order to bring my humble, under 3000 word, story up to these lofty standards, I was expected to write at very least another 7500 words, at most 17,500.

Issue 7 coverResearch into the T&Cs of the scientific journal’s publisher revealed that, if published, I would lose my copyright and I would receive no payment, although the journal and articles it contained would be exorbitantly priced.  I declined this opportunity of unpaid scientific glory.

Which is why ‘Wings of Nemesis’ was available to take up its present happy home in Issue 7 of Pulp Literature, complemented by superb illustrations and surrounded by other excellent stories.

My experience of publication in Pulp Literature was very positive.  They’re a friendly and cooperative team to work with.  Oh, and they do pay – promptly.

Oscar Windsor SmithSounds surreal, eh? Don’t forget to pick up your own copy of Pulp Literature Issue 7, to read ‘Wings of Nemesis’ for yourself!  For more from Oscar see Nighthawks a Fable of New York, in The View from Here, Trumpet Volunteer, in Flash Fiction Online and No Alligators in Virginia, in Everyday Fiction. Or visit his blog at 

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