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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — FUTURES

Radix Media is proud to present the next project in our publishing program: Futures, a series of short stories that will explore critical contemporary issues and their human ramifications in a science fiction setting.

What would climate change look like in the future? What about policing? Labor issues? Immigration? The human cost of technology?

By using science fiction as a means through which to unpack these issues, we hope that the stories will allow for a better understanding of our world and give us more tools in our struggle to make it better.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We are looking for unpublished short stories that could be described as “literary science fiction.” The work should be about more than just rayguns and spaceships. (But there’s nothing wrong with those things!) They should explore the human element of science fiction, ask tough questions, and examine what it would mean to be alive in a future that is yet unwritten. We believe that good science fiction reflects the dreams and nightmares of the present day.

Pieces should adhere to the following guidelines:

Cover Letter

Please submit a cover letter with your submission to submissions@radixmedia.org, listing:

  • Your contact information
  • The title, word count, and a summary of the submission
  • If you have been published in any major publications or won any awards
  • Any association or relationship with a worker at Radix Media or a guest editor

Manuscript Guidelines

  • Between 5,000 and 10,000 words
  • Typed, double-spaced pages
  • Numbered pages
  • Attach your submission as a .DOCX file. No .DOC or PDF files. Deadline is September 1, 2018.

CONTRIBUTORS & PAYMENT

Contributors to Futures will be paid at the rate of $0.06 per word. Payment for finished pieces will be issued within 30 days of publication.

If you are a person of color, queer, trans, disabled, or any combination of these, we would especially love to hear from you.

Please submit your story to submissions@radixmedia.org by September 1, 2018.

PRODUCTION

Radix Media is no ordinary publisher; we print all of our titles ourselves at our commercial print shop in Brooklyn, New York. Our intimate knowledge of the printing process means that we make choices based on what’s right for the project, not what’s cheapest. This ensures that the aesthetic is perfectly aligned with the content. We often combine offset lithography, letterpress printing, and foil stamping in our books, making each copy an object of art that has passed through our fingers at every stage of its life.

The stories featured in the Futures chapbook series will be treated in the exact same manner, and will be wonderful sights to behold as well as to read. Additionally, we will collect the first five stories into a beautiful boxed set volume with the same care and attention given to each individual chapbook.

ABOUT US

We are New York City’s only worker-owned, union print shop and publisher. The first title in our publishing program, AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief, was published in April 2018 and received five stars from Foreword Reviews.

Our name comes from the Latin root of the word radical, meaning to get to the root. We stay true to this concept by publishing stories that get to the root of the human experience.

Radix Media publishes stories that reflect our varied experiences. We build a platform for voices that often go unheard, and share work that explores the nuances of life and asks readers to step outside of their own perspective. Because of our commitment to building a more just world, we prioritize the voices of marginalized communities.

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  • Tiffany Meuret
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    I have a short story that I feel fits this open call extremely well, but it is only 4000 words. Is your 5000 word guideline a firm word count? I understand if so, but I figured I would ask, just in case!

    Thanks!

    • admin
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      Hi Tiffany, thanks for your interest! The stories we select will each be released as an individual chapbook, so a count of 5,000 words just doesn’t translate to enough pages for us to do what we need to for production. So in this case we have to be pretty firm about it. Sorry! Hopefully you have something else you can submit.

      • Tiffany Meuret
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        Totally understand! Thanks for the fast response!

  • Adam Knight
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    Hi,

    I have a story that I would like to submit. It was previously published in an anthology several years ago, but the anthology is now out of print, the story is not available online, and I own all rights to it. Is it eligible to send to Futures?
    Thanks!

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi Adam. Thanks for your interest in the project. We are only looking for unpublished stories at this time.

  • Sara A Codair
    Reply

    Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi, Sara. Yes, we do accept simultaneous submissions. We just ask that you let us know right away if the piece has been accepted elsewhere. Thanks for your interest in the project!

      • Sara A Codair
        Reply

        I just sent my story and will definitely let you know if it is accepted elsewhere. Thanks!

  • Aeryn Rudel
    Reply

    Looks like an interesting anthology. What rights are you looking to acquire for the stories?

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi Aeryn, thanks for your interest. We’d get first serial rights for publication, exclusive for one year. We’ll of course outline the details in the contract to writers whose stories are accepted.

      • Aeryn Rudel
        Reply

        Thanks! Much appreciated.

  • Stephen S Power
    Reply

    I was wondering: what’s your timeline for responding to submissions, and how many stories do you see accepting: five? Thanks.

    • admin
      Reply

      Hey Stephen, thanks for your interest. We hope to be in touch with folks in the next 4-6 weeks as we go through all of the submissions. The first five or so (but could be more) will be bundled together as a box set for release next year but if the project is successful, we would love to do more of those, in which case we would be publishing many more than five.

  • CMR
    Reply

    I emailed a piece over by the deadline, should I expect a confirmation of receipt via email?

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi there, thanks for your interest in the project. Due to the volume of submissions, it’s unfortunately not possible for us to send confirmation receipts. We are going through submissions and will be sending out email updates to contributors in the next few weeks.

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