Call for Submissions: Optimistic Sci-Fi  | Due Sept. 1 - (Expired)

For Writers

Retro Future, a quarterly pulp science fiction magazine featuring art, comics, fiction, and essays, wants “diverse, surprising, and progressive” stories for its fourth issue, “Resistance.” Submissions should have a theme of resistance to oppression.

For fiction, they are particularly looking for flash fiction of 250–500 words, but are open to serializing longer works. Payment is a minimum of 6¢/word for first serial rights. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you notify them immediately if you contract to publish the work elsewhere. Due date is Sept. 1.

From Retro Future’s website:

Retro Future is a progressive publication. Subjects such as sexual violence, un-examined racism, and other potentially offensive material are often used as fodder for exposition in genre stories—this is not appropriate for inclusion in Retro Future.

We are looking for forward-looking and optimistic science and science-fiction. Sensitive topics can be part of a good story, but a vision of a future better than our present is the focus of Retro Future. Keep this in mind when submitting. …

You can expect a response up to a month after the deadline date.

We will always meet or exceed SFWA [Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America] minimum compensation guidelines.

You can find details on formatting and where to submit at Retro Future Submissions — Galileo Games & Fiction.


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