We are now accepting fiction submissions for our Southeastern USA Special issue, guest edited by me and a co-editor to be selected from among the many wonderful applications we received!

This will be a special issue of Strange Horizons published at the end of July 2018, and it will focus on the work of writers who are black, indigenous, and/or people of color from the Southeastern USA, which is a region that we think tends to be underserved and underrepresented in speculative fiction.

Please note: this call for submissions is completely independent of regular Strange Horizons submissions; this is a different queue with a different schedule and read by different editors. Only the details on this page apply.

This issue focuses specifically on the work of writers who:

  • are black, indigenous, and/or people of color.
  • are from or have roots in the Southeastern USA. Southeastern states traditionally include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia; however, if you're from Arkansas or Louisiana—two Southern states that are west of the Mississippi River—then you are welcome to apply as well.

So please do submit to this issue only if that description fits you! If not, please check out the regular SH submission guidelines from the main menu above.

Genre: speculative fiction, broadly defined, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, surrealism, weird, interstitial, etc.. There is no theme.

Word limits: 1,500 to 7,500 words.

Format: Please send only RTF, DOC or DOCX files and try to stick to standard manuscript format as much as possible.

Multiple submissions: You can submit up to two stories at a time, but please submit them independently as separate files.

Simultaneous submissions: No. Response times will be relatively short (you should hear from us by the end of June at the latest.)

Reprints: Yes, but please indicate clearly in your cover letter if a story is a reprint and where it was previously published.

Pay rate: 0.08 USD per word.

Deadline: May 31st 2018

No email submissions. All stories should be submitted using this form: https://strangehorizons.moksha.io/publication/1/16/submit

Cover letter: In your cover letter, please do briefly tell us your background and where you're from or where your roots are, so we have some idea of your relationship with the region that this special issue is focused on.

If you have any questions at all, please email us at seusa@strangehorizons.com.



Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” List and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review) and Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems. She is the editor of the groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award) and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (winner of the 2005 World Fantasy Award). Her speculative stories and poems also appear in Apex Magazine, Harvard’s Transition, Smith’s Meridians, NYU’s Black Renaissance Noire, Callaloo, ESSENCE, So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & FantasyMythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, Revise the Psalm: Writers Celebrate the Work of Gwendolyn Brooks, The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassifiables, Jalada Afrofuture(s), Afrofuturo(s), Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, Inks Crawl, Memphis NoirMojo Rising: Contemporary Writers, and the black women’s horror anthology, Sycorax’s Daughters. Her work has been translated in French, Urdu, and Spanish and her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times and other publications. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Thomas is the Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. Find her on Instagram @shereereneethomas and on Twitter @blackpotmojo.
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