Spaceports & Spidersilk

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GUIDELINES FOR SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK

Spaceports & Spidersilk is an online magazine for younger readers [8 to 17 and beyond].  Formerly it was called KidVisions.  Spaceports & Spidersilk features short stories, poems, and art, as well as brief essays on science and the environment, interviews, quizzes, contests, [and, quite frankly, anything else that is genre-oriented and will help encourage the younger generation to read…and to dream, especially about going to the stars].  We at Nomadic Delirium Press hope that younger writers and artists, as well as adults, will submit their work.

The genres for Spaceports & Spidersilk include fantasy, science fiction, and a category we are going to define as ‘shadow stories’.  Shadow stories are mild horror.  We want spooky, not terrifying.  Most of all, we want ADVENTURES!  And especially SF or fantasy adventures.

Also, we are looking for works set in a speculative genre, rather than about a speculative genre. In other words, we want stories where the fantasy or science fiction is real within the piece, not pieces where those elements turn out to be a dream, or even a daydream.
While we believe that adult readers can and will enjoy good stories aimed at kids, we still want stories which are aimed at kids.  Generally, kids (especially in the 8-14 range ) prefer to read about other kids. Stories about middle-aged couples seldom appeal.
No reader, young or old, wants to be force fed a moral. Too often stories written for kids seem to be all about the lesson the reader is meant to learn, and few things are as likely to make readers run screaming. Give us a good story, one that entertains and connects with emotions. If that story causes the readers to rethink something, or proves an interesting point, great, but in the end it has to be something they enjoy reading.

The guidelines for submissions to Spaceports & Spidersilk are simple and straightforward.  Here they are:

What we want:

Spaceports & Spidersilk will consider—

          genre stories of up to 3000 words. 

          poetry of up to 25 lines.

          art, in color or black-and-white

          essays of up to 800 words.

          interviews and articles of up to 800 words

Spaceports & Spidersilk will accept reprints, provided they are identified as such, provided you have the rights to the work, and provided you tell us where and when the submission was first published.

What we DO NOT want:

          NO “bad language”.  This includes cussing, swearing, and those wonderful hyphenated words you use when you whack your thumb with a hammer.  You know what they are.  I don’t have to tell you.  Also, no racial epithets.  You know what those are, too.

          NO sex.  Your characters may kiss, or fall in love, or get married, but that’s all.

What we ALMOST DO NOT want:

          NO drugs, unless there are severe and very clear consequences to the character involved with them. 

          NO sexist language.  I said ‘almost’.  It is quite typical of boys of a certain age to say things like, “She can’t do that, she’s just a girl.”  Usually, in real life, such statements are preludes to valuable and sometimes painful lessons learned.  So it must be in the fiction you submit to Spaceports & Spidersilk.

Effective 01/01/2008, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is the editor of Spaceports & Spidersilk.

Payment–Effective the issue of March 2008, the following payments apply:

          Spaceports & Spidersilk will pay $6.00 for each accepted original story; $2.00 for each accepted story reprint; $2.00 for each accepted poem; and 10.00 for the door art.  These rates are effective with the December 2011 issue.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:

          Please submit stories and essays [and articles, etc] as RTF attachments to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com.  You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course.  Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.

          Please submit poems in the body of the e-mail to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com.  You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course.  Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.

          Please submit art as a jpeg attachment to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com.  You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course.  Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.

If  Spaceports & Spidersilk accepts your submission, we will ask for your mailing address so that we may send your payment.  We will also ask for a brief bio of the writer or artist.

If you have any questions about this, or about Spaceports & Spidersilk, please e-mail them to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com.  Again, you will have to convert this to a usable address.

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The Fifth Di…

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RESPONSE TIMES

Our current response time is two months…there are no more reading periods for this zine…it was just too much work all at once for me. If you change your e-mail address, please let me know. There are always a few submissions that never get responses because the contributor changes their address.

FICTION

Fiction must be science fiction or fantasy, no horror, no exceptions. I’m looking for stories up to 7,500 words, although I will consider queries for longer stories. Payment will be $10 per story on publication, buying first rights. No reprints will be read, and I also won’t consider simultaneous submissions. Flash fiction is not likely to be successful with me unless it’s absolutely brilliant. I’m not a big flash fan, so please keep that in mind when submitting.

POETRY

For poetry, it’s the same thing. Poems must fall into the science fiction or fantasy genres. NO HORROR. Payment will be $5 per poem, on publication for first rights. Again, no reprints or simultaneous submissions. Longer poems have a better chance. Haiku and other short forms aren’t likely to get picked up here. That’s not to say it can’t happen…as evidenced by past issues, but they are a harder sell.

ART

We are not currently seeking artwork.

FORMATS

All submissions must be sent as attachments in rtf. Please do not send Word files. I will read submissions that are sent pasted into messages, but I’d prefer attachments. Every submission must contain the word “Submission” in its subjct line, or it will be flushed with all of the spam. I hate to start getting anal, but given the amount of Spam I have to sift through, it just makes my job easier, and a happy editor is always a good thing. Also, all submissions must follow standard ms guidelines…if you don’t know what that means, please find out. Your name, byline, and address MUST appear on the submission. All submissions MUST have page numbers. If you want something italicized, please italicize it in the submission. Also, please include a bio with your submission written in the third person.

FINAL NOTES

Don’t send work that is based in other people’s universes. All works must be original with no threat of copyright infringement. All submissions should be sent to thefifthdi at yahoo dot com.

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector 13 (Culthan Space)

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The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector 13 (Culthan Space) is now available.  You can find it at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/ephemeris-encyclopedia-galactica-sector-13-culthan-space or at http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/125624.

The Culthan are known as the mad race in the Ephemeris universe. Now you can learn about their sector of space. Learn about the planets they’ve colonized, the systems they battle to try to control, and the systems that even they fear to enter.  You’ll also learn about just how far their madness has taken them, in good ways and bad ways.

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica will be a multi-volume collection looking at each sector of space.  The Encyclopedia continues with Sector Thirteen (Culthan Space).

The Martian Wave

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The Martian Wave publishes science fiction works that center around the exploration and colonization of outer space, with an emphasis on our solar system. We prefer stories set around that theme, but we will also accept stories that are set in that timeframe.  If it doesn’t fit that description, then it’s not right for TMW.

RESPONSE TIMES

All submissions will receive a response within three months of being submitted. It’s usually a lot quicker, but as we’ve all learned recently, things sometimes happen that are beyond our control…so we will endeavor to respond quicker than two months, but we won’t guarantee it. Time permitting, we may comment on rejected manuscripts.

FICTION

Fiction must revolve around the zine’s theme, no exceptions. Stories set in our solar system will be our priority, but we will certainly accept stories set outside of our solar system…but please stick to the zines’ theme.

We’re looking for stories up to 7,500 words. We will still not read simultaneous submissions, nor will we be reading reprints for the new print zine. Payment for first rights will be ½ cent per word for First Rights.

POETRY

For poetry, it’s the same thing. Poems must revolve around the idea of the colonization and exploration of space. Payment will be $5 per poem, on publication for first rights. No reprints or simultaneous submissions.

ART

At this time we are not looking for art submissions.

FORMATS

All submissions must use standard manuscript formatting.  Please send all submissions as attachments in rtf. We are no longer reading Word submissions. I will read poetry submissions that are sent pasted into messages, but I’d prefer attachments. Please also include a brief third person authors’ bio.

FINAL NOTES

Don’t send work that is based in other people’s universes. All works must be original with no threat of copyright infringement. All submissions should be sent to themartianwave at yahoo dot com. The Matian Wave DOES NOT accept snail-mail submissions. We’re not including the e-mail address as a hyperlink because of spammers, but we’re confident you can figure out what to do with that address…

 

A Robot, a Cyborg, and a Martian Walk into a Space Bar…

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As you might be able to guess, or at least we hope you can guess, this is an anthology of comedic science fiction.  So, if you think you can tickle our funny bone with your SF story, we want to see it…

Response times

All stories will be responded to within two months.  It will usually be quicker, but life has a way of putting pranks in our paths that make it difficult to do what we want, but it will not be longer than two months.  In general, we will not critique rejected responses.  Humor is so subjective, it’s hard to say what will tickle us and what will make us groan.

Lengths and payments

Stories must be at least 1,500 words.  We will consider reprints, but preference will be given to non-reprints. Advance payment will be $10 for each story.  Once the book has earned out our initial investment, all authors will receive an equal share of 50% of the profits the book has made, and these royalties will be paid quarterly.

Other important stuff

All submissions should be sent to editor (at) nomadicdeliriumpress (dot) com.  All submissions should be sent as rtf files attached to the e-mail. The subject line of your submission should be “Space Bar submission.”

We’re shooting for a mid-2014 release date, but if the anthology fills up fast enough, we’ll release the book earlier.

 

Marionettes on the Moon

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Do Humans control their destiny, or are they merely victims of the circumstances that surround them?

A new collection of short stories from prize winning SF author J Alan Erwine examines whether we have freedom of choice, or are merely puppets on strings subject to the whims of the universe. Marionettes on the Moon features 13 short stories, including the never before published title novelette.

Order from us: http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/marionettes-on-the-moon-and-other-stories/

Order the e-book version: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/16865

 

The Opium of the People

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This book was originally released by ProMart Publishing, but has been revised and updated with new content and new cover art.

The American government has been overthrown! After a near-miss of a giant comet, the American people fall under the control of a radical right-wing fundamentalist Christian government, ruled by the Grand Patriarchs, that slowly strips away their freedoms and establishes a rule of law that even the dictatorships of the 20th Century couldn’t have dreamed up.

Forced into virtual seclusion, Edward Silverberg, a former English Lit professor, finds himself on a path that will lead to either his destruction, or the destruction of the Grand Patriarchs…or maybe both.

Order from us: http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/opium-of-the-people-the/

Order from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1419625888

Order the e-book version: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/16609