Editors Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein of the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction anthology series (from the Kaleidoscope imprint of Twelfth Planet Press) are currently reading for the fourth volume, comprising material published in 2016, to be released in 2017.

We are looking for the best young adult short stories of 2016 in the speculative fiction genre to bring them together in one accessible collection.

What is YA? We define the Young Adult arena of speculative fiction as being multi-faceted. All the stories we choose feature teens, but it’s not just about the age of the protagonist; it’s not just about the generally accepted “coming of age” story; it’s not just stories about young people and the (figurative or literal) journey they are on in life. We’re not afraid of stories that shine a dark light on human nature, if it is relevant to the YA theme being explored. We aren’t scared of things that go bump in the night. We want science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all of the subgenres associated with these. We want to explore diversity in all forms, because young people are diverse, and they want to see themselves and their friends in the stories they read. 

This is a REPRINT anthology so we are only considering material first published in 2016.

Submission deadline for individual stories is 31st December 2016.

We regularly read many anthologies, collections, magazines and webzines that publish speculative fiction (Analog, Asimov’s, Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tor, Uncanny, etc).

PUBLISHERS: Please send e-copies (in Word, PDF and/or Mobi format) or hard copies, at your discretion. If your publication appears on the Web only, please send us the link.

Electronic Submissions should be directed to:

Print Submissions should be directed to:
Alisa Krasnostein
PO Box 3027
Yokine WA 6060

For US print copies, please send a query and we’ll let you know where to direct them. 

Please note we are only able to respond to the successful entries. 

READERS: We appreciate your recommendations. Please use the subject header Year’s Best YA Recommendation and email

WRITERS: Please feel free to let us know if you have a story you believe might interest us, whether it is in a venue we regularly read or not. If we have not already received a copy of it elsewhere, we may ask you to provide one.

Novella series – We are CURRENTLY CLOSED to novella submissions.

Twelfth Planet Press is looking to expand our line of dynamic, original and diverse genre novellas. Twelfth Planet Press novellas push boundaries to question, inspire, engage and challenge. We are specifically looking to acquire material outside that which is typically considered by mainstream publishers. We will consider works between 10 000 and 40 000 words.

This novella line will be digital. We are offering advances of $100-$200 against royalties of 50% net of all digital sales. We will offer an option for print publication after digital in our contract but this will not be guaranteed.

We are looking for science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime. We will consider borderline literary, new weird, steampunk, space opera, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, urban fantasy, cyberpunk, military science fiction, young adult, paranormal romance and everything in between. We are interested in serialised works.

Please note we are not looking for epic fantasy, splatterpunk, poetry, short story collections, previously digitally published material (ie on your blog, self published ebook, etc) and unfinished work. We will not consider multiple or simultaneous submissions. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with our back catalogue to understand the content we look to publish. We are not interested in gratuitous violence, misogyny, gore or sex and rape scenes for shock value.

How to Submit:

Email your manuscript and a brief synopsis to in rtf file format. Include the title and the genre/subgenre in your subject heading for our email management. You will receive an automated email receipt of your submission.

Your synopsis should include a summary of all the characters and plot (including the ending) and a brief discussion of your intended audience, your likely sales market, what other works are similar to yours and why your work is original to the genre.

Include your full contact details, including email address, manuscript title, word count and a brief biography. Manuscripts will be read in the order of their receipt. Depending on volume, we are intending to respond to all submissions within a month of their receipt.

Submission Checklist:

Submissions period:  We are CURRENTLY CLOSED to novella submissions.

Email address:

Subject heading: title and genre/subgenre

Full manuscript, a short synopsis with publicity outline in rtf file.

Include your full contact details, word count and brief biography.


General Guidelines

Submissions must be made via email. Standard rules for formatting are expected; authors should submit manuscripts that are proofread, clean and easy to read. See particular projects for further information.


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