The July/August issue of F&SF turned out well enough that publisher Gordon Van Gelder has asked me to guest edit the fiction again.
Next guest issue: March/April 2015
Reading period: August 1-15, 2014
Online submissions form: http://submissions.ccfinlay.com/fsf/
That’s the nitty-gritty. Here are the details…
All stories for this issue must be submitted through the Moksha online submission system, located at http://submissions.ccfinlay.com/fsf/. Please do not email your submissions. If you want to submit hard copies of your submission, please follow the regular submission guidelines and they’ll be considered for other issues.
The submissions form will ask for your name, email address, cover letter, story title, and story. Cover letters aren’t required, and I usually don’t read them until after I read the story. But I like them! So if you do include one, mention your publishing history (if any) and any other relevant information like related expertise. For example, if you write a hard science fiction story about space travel, and you’re an scientist/astronaut who has actually been on the International Space Station, that would be good to know.
After you submit your story, you’ll get a tracking number and an automated email confirmation. The tracking number will allow you to check on the status of your submission through the website.
F&SF has no formula for fiction and there is no special theme for this issue. I am looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. You know what kind I’m talking about. The SF element may be slight, but it should be present. I prefer character-oriented stories. F&SF receives a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or humor.
For this submissions period, I will consider fiction up to 10,000 words in length. Stories should be attached as .doc or .rtf file. For a good article on standard manuscript preparation, see: www.sfwa.org/2008/11/manuscript-preparation/.
Payment is 7-12 cents per word on acceptance. F&SF buys first North American and foreign serial rights and an option on anthology rights. All other rights are retained by the author.
Although Gordon and I are different editors, F&SF is still the same magazine. So if either Gordon or I previously rejected a story, try sending me something new this time.
Let me know if you have any questions.
I’m looking forward to reading your stories!
The Duirwaigh Gallery is moving, so they’re auctioning off fantasy art by the likes of Amy Brown, the Frouds, and Kinuko Craft at good prices. It looks like a good opportunity to pick up some art. Take a look at www.messagefromthemuse.com/duirwaigh.