The Short Story Club is currently accepting science fiction short stories of between 5,000 and 7,500 words. That’s a hard limit, so please don’t send anything longer than that. I’m looking for character-oriented stories that teach us something about life, existence, the human condition, all that fun stuff.
That being said, sometimes we just need a great, escapist story. Send those too! Not every story has to have a deep meaning behind it. Some are just fun! But remember, all stories must be well-written and carefully thought out, which means character development, story arcs and world-building. No first drafts or strings of scenes, please.
(Though be ready to go through some rounds of editing with yours truly.)
**Now, I’m all for exploring the dark side of life, but I will not accept stories that include gratuitous and blatant violence, sexual violence, racism, homophobia, you get the idea. And this isn’t the place for erotica either. I’m not saying that your story can’t include these themes at all, simply that it can’t promote or sensationalize them. We’re trying to make the world a better place here, people. One story at a time!**
Also, I do not accept simultaneous submissions or stories that have already been published elsewhere.
I welcome stories from all writers, published or not. My goal is to promote and get new sci-fi out there, so don’t worry if you’ve never been published before!
PAYMENT & RIGHTS
I currently pay $100 CAD per story. However, I will most definitely increase this as soon as I can.
The Short Story Club is for both readers and writers. My goal is to pay writers fairly for their work. It just might take a little longer as I get started.
I buy first world publication rights and six-month exclusivity, as well as the right to reprint the story once, non-exclusively, in an anthology.
All stories must be in standard manuscript format and submitted as a Word file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to andrea at thescifinovel dot com.
Please include your name and the title of your story in the subject line.
Here are two examples of standard manuscript format:
Thanks so much for your interest. I look forward to reading your sci-fi story!