Ephemeris Fiction guidelines

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What we’re looking for: We want fiction based in the universe of the Ephemeris Role Playing Game.  All scenarios in the stories must use aspects of the game.  Although we love all kinds of science fiction, for this project, we are only looking for stories that use the rules of the Ephemeris RPG as a guide.

Stories must be 2,000 words or longer and must be actual fiction.  We’re not looking for a recap of your latest Ephemeris gaming session.  Stories must be submitted as attachments in RTF format.

Where to send your stories: All stories should be sent to editor (at) nomadicdeliriumpress (dot) com.

Publication format: Each story will be published as an individual e-story that will be available through a variety of sources, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, DriveThruRPG, DriveThruFiction, and others.  Depending on the lengths of the stories, most will sell as $1.00 downloads.

Payment: Authors will have a choice of one of two payment methods.  They can receive a one-time $10 payment at the time of publication, or they can receive 30% of the profits from sales of their story, paid quarterly.  This will be negotiated individually with each author.  Authors outside of the United States must accept payments via PayPal.  US authors have a choice of receiving payments by PayPal or check.

 

Novels

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What we’re looking for: We prefer science fiction novels.  We will consider fantasy, but it will have to really blow us away. We will definitely not consider horror.  We want adult novels, but other than that, the sub-genre doesn’t really matter to us.  We just want good writing, as long as it’s speculative fiction.

Length: We’re looking for complete novels that are between 70,000 and 120,000 words.

Rights: We acquire first print and first e-book rights.  We’re not looking for reprints.  Even if your book was published through a vanity press, or published on your blog, it has already been printed, and therefore it is not something we want to see.

Payment: At this time, we can’t pay an advance.  We’re hoping to change that, but for now we’re offering 10% royalties on print sales and 40% royalties on e-book sales, paid quarterly.

Response times: We will respond to your submission within three months of submission.  Most of the time it will be much sooner, but if you haven’t heard from us after three months, please query.  Just to let you know, all rejections will be form letters.  It saves time, and it avoids hostile e-mails from upset writers.

Submission Format: We want to see the first two chapters and a 3-5 page synopsis sent as an rtf file in an e-mail attachment.  For now, we are not accepting any snail-mail submissions.

Submission address: Please send all submissions to editor (at) nomadicdeliriumpress (dot) com.  Sorry, no hyperlinks because of the spammers.

Other stuff: We are looking to do two or three novels in the next year.  The books will be published as trade paperbacks, and as e-books through Smashwords.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the above address.

Authors will receive five copies of their novel, and they can order additional copies for 30% off.

Delirious Doubles

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Nomadic Delirium Press is looking for novellas.  We want science fiction stories that range between 15,000 and 40,000 words.  There are no specific themes that we’re looking for, but all novellas must be science fiction.

We will be producing trade paperback editions, which will feature two novellas in each book.  Before publication, we will let you know who we are thinking of teaming you up with, that way you can ask to not be placed with certain authors.  We’d like to think that the science fiction world is a harmonious one, but we know that there are some authors that do not get along with certain other authors, and we want to produce great books…not drama.

Payment: Each author will receive a $25 advance, and once the book starts earning money, each author will receive 25% of the profits from the book, paid quarterly.

In order to submit, please send your novella to deliriousdoubles (at) yahoo (dot) com.  Sorry.  We’re not including a hyperlink because spam just bugs us.

Please submit all novellas as attached rtf files.

If you have any questions, please send them to the above address.

 

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.

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 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.

 

Ephemeris fiction

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What we’re looking for: We want fiction based in the universe of the Ephemeris Role Playing Game.  All scenarios in the stories must use aspects of the game.  Although we love all kinds of science fiction, for this project, we are only looking for stories that use the rules of the Ephemeris RPG as a guide.

Stories must be 2,000 words or longer and must be actual fiction.  We’re not looking for a recap of your latest Ephemeris gaming session.  Stories must be submitted as attachments in RTF format.

Where to send your stories: All stories should be sent to editor (at) nomadicdeliriumpress (dot) com. Please include the word Ephemeris in the subject.

Publication format: Each story will be published as an individual e-story that will be available through a variety of sources, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, DriveThruRPG, DriveThruFiction, and others.  Depending on the lengths of the stories, most will sell as $1.00 downloads.

Payment: Authors will have a choice of one of two payment methods.  They can receive a one-time $10 payment at the time of publication, or they can receive 30% of the profits from sales of their story, paid quarterly.  This will be negotiated individually with each author.  Authors outside of the United States must accept payments via PayPal.  US authors have a choice of receiving payments by PayPal or check.

 

 

Novel submission guidelines

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What we’re looking for: We prefer science fiction novels.  We will consider fantasy, but it will have to really blow us away. We will definitely not consider horror.  We want adult novels, but other than that, the sub-genre doesn’t really matter to us.  We just want good writing, as long as it’s speculative fiction.

Length: We’re looking for complete novels that are between 70,000 and 120,000 words.

Rights: We acquire first print and first e-book rights.  We’re not looking for reprints.  Even if your book was published through a vanity press, or published on your blog, it has already been printed, and therefore it is not something we want to see.

Payment: At this time, we can’t pay an advance.  We’re hoping to change that, but for now we’re offering 10% royalties on print sales and 40% royalties on e-book sales, paid quarterly.

Response times: We will respond to your submission within three months of submission.  Most of the time it will be much sooner, but if you haven’t heard from us after three months, please query.  Just to let you know, all rejections will be form letters.  It saves time, and it avoids hostile e-mails from upset writers.

Submission Format: We want to see the first two chapters and a 3-5 page synopsis sent as an rtf file in an e-mail attachment.  For now, we are not accepting any snail-mail submissions.

Submission address: Please send all submissions to editor (at) nomadicdeliriumpress (dot) com.  Sorry, no hyperlinks because of the spammers.

Other stuff: We are looking to do two or three novels in the next year.  The books will be published as trade paperbacks, and as e-books through Smashwords.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the above address.

Authors will receive five copies of their novel, and they can order additional copies for 30% off.

Delirious Doubles

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Nomadic Delirium Press is looking for novellas.  We want science fiction stories that range between 15,000 and 40,000 words.  There are no specific themes that we’re looking for, but all novellas must be science fiction.

We will be producing trade paperback editions, which will feature two novellas in each book.  Before publication, we will let you know who we are thinking of teaming you up with, that way you can ask to not be placed with certain authors.  We’d like to think that the science fiction world is a harmonious one, but we know that there are some authors that do not get along with certain other authors, and we want to produce great books…not drama.

Payment: Each author will receive a $25 advance, and once the book starts earning money, each author will receive 25% of the profits from the book, paid quarterly.

In order to submit, please send your novella to deliriousdoubles (at) yahoo (dot) com.  Sorry.  We’re not including a hyperlink because spam just bugs us.

Please submit all novellas as attached rtf files.

If you have any questions, please send them to the above address.