Calling all writers! We have a very short submissions opening period on right now!
For this period we are specifically looking for
- Science Fiction. We like all forms of spec fic, from alternate history to space opera. But it’s been a while since we’ve had much good old fashioned hard SF come through the inbox. Send us your best!
- Mystery. We’re always well-served with the cozy Stella Rymans and the time-travelling Seven Swans, but we’d also like to see some shorter whodunits. Have you got an intriguing and original mystery that’s 5000 words or under? Send it in.
- Stories by Indigenous Canadians. Since most of us in BC are guests on First Nations’ territories, we’d love to print more stories by the descendants of Canada’s first people.
Please note that due to the large number of submissions we receive we can’t reply personally to every submission. If you submitted in a previous opening period and haven’t heard from us, we are unable to take the story. If we have contacted you to say its still under consideration, be patient. Sometimes it takes well over a year to find the right issue for a story we like.
The recent US elections revealed an ugly underbelly of fear and bigotry that surprised the world and has terrified many marginalized groups across the country. We here at Pulp Literature feel for our American friends, most of whom are not racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, or anti-immigration. And while we can’t open Canada’s borders for you, we can open submissions.
To balance the rhetoric coming from south of the border, we are calling specifically for stories that give voice to the rest: to queers, women, immigrants, indigenous people, disabled people, and people of colour. We want stories by and about humans of all shapes and sizes: feminist, LGBTQIA, people of colour, Métis, First Nations, differently-abled … any and all segments of the population historically lacking representation in the mainstream.
But what if you happen to be a straight white dude? We’ll still read your stuff, but it will help to have a character with at least one of the above attributes, and who is convincingly portrayed. Don’t think it can be done? Read Bob Thurber’s ‘Wager’, PE Bolivar’s ‘The Lament for iCarus’ and Rob Taylor’s ‘Here I Lay Down My Heart’. They’re all astoundingly beautiful stories by white North American men writing outside their own experiences.
Submissions will be open from November 15th – 30th. Writers, poets, artists, send us your best and most diverse works. We invite you to self-identify if you like. We’ll look forward to your voices!
Submissions Guidelines here.
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