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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Parsec Short Story Contest

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Deadline on February 29, 2020  

Triangulation  is open for submissions. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction  anthology, now in our 16th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy,  science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and  established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we  won’t forget.

Theme: Triangulation: Extinction.

Every  day, another species creeps closer to extinction, often brought on by  things out of their control. The world changes every time an insect, a  rhino, a macaw ceases to exist. These changes are tangible. Tell us  about them. Bring us stories of imposing threats, extraordinary  creatures brought low, stories of those warriors who fight tooth and  nail for their survival. What does extinction mean to you? We like our  stories to be profound, relatable, poignant yet familiar. Tell a tale  for the ages.

While we appreciate and value creative freedom, please note that this issue of Triangulation  has a strict theme. We don’t want to read a hundred stories about  dinosaurs and asteroids; we want gritty commentaries and hopeful  ruminations. Last year’s issue, Dark Skies, wrestled with light pollution, and similarly, this issue addresses an equally as challenging—and real—topic. Let’s do it justice.

Submission Requirements:

Submissions Open: December 1, 2019

Submissions Close: February 29, 2020

Word  Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is  3,000. There is no minimum word count. Stories over 5000 words will be  rejected unread.

Genre:  We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent  blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be  considered.

We  do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous  submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period,  feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.

Manuscript  Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not  testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a  manuscript that is easy for us to read. We reserve the right to reject a  story because it did not adhere to our formatting guidelines.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

    .doc or .docx (MS Word)

    .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

How We Choose:

We  are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry  list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us  over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the  ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time  for dinner.

 We  aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work  for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but  isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most,  we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing:  you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out among themselves  until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are  sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.

If Your Story Is Accepted:

Compensation: We will pay 3 cents per word for original fiction, via PayPal or check.   

Rights:  We purchase North American serial rights, audio and electronic rights  for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication. 

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