The great James Tiptree Jr was born sometime in 1967, a little over forty-eight years ago. Fifty-two years earlier Tiptree’s alter-ego, the talented, resourceful and fascinating Alice B. Sheldon was born. And somewhere in there, about forty years ago, poet Racoona Sheldon showed up.

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Sheldon’s birth, and in recognition of the enormous influence of both Tiptree and Sheldon on the field, Twelfth Planet Press is publishing a selection of letters written by science fiction and fantasy’s writers, editors, critics and fans to celebrate her, to recognise her work, and maybe in some cases to finish conversations set aside nearly thirty years ago.

LETTERS TO TIPTREE will be a collection of letters written to Alice Sheldon, James Tiptree or Racoon Sheldon; a set of thoughtful pieces on the ways her contribution to the genre has affected (or not) its current writers, readers, editors and critics.

Edited by Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein, we are looking for two types of submissions.

Firstly, letters that are between 1000 and 2000 words, exploring personal and/or literary reflections on Tiptree/Sheldon.

Secondly, briefer responses addressing questions such as:
Does it make a difference, reading James Tiptree Jr’s work, knowing that Tiptree was Alice Sheldon?
Who is James Tiptree Jr to you?
Why do you care about James Tiptree Jr?
What impact has reading James Tiptree Jr’s fiction had on you?

We are paying 5cpw up to $USD100 to be paid on publication. We are looking for World First Publication in all languages, and exclusivity for twelve months. LETTERS TO TIPTREE will be published in August 2015.

Submissions are open between May 18 and June 8.

Please send your essay to contact@twelfthplanetpress.com


Twelfth Planet Press announces a new Year’s Best reprint series, the Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction will be published under new imprint Kaleidoscope. Volume 1 is available here.

Editors Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios are now reading internationally for the second and third volumes of this anthology, and are seeking Young Adult speculative fiction first published in 2014 and 2015 for consideration.

Our goal is to uncover the best young adult short fiction of the year published in the anthologies dedicated to the form, the occasional special edition of a magazine, and individual pieces appearing in otherwise “adult” anthologies and magazines, and bring them together in one accessible collection. So many young readers are avidly reading speculative fiction in novel form; we want to introduce them to the delight that can be found in the short story as well.

What is YA? We define the Young Adult arena of speculative fiction as being multi-faceted. 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. We consider Young Adult to be a subset of adult fiction rather than children’s fiction.

This is a REPRINT anthology. We are only reading material first published during the calendar year of 2014 and 2015. Reprint submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, in the English language (we are more than happy to consider translations of works appearing for the first time in 2014 or 2015). We anticipate a publication date in mid 2015 for Volume 2 and early 2016 for Volume 3.

PUBLISHERS: Please send e-copies (in Word, PDF and/or Mobi format) or hard copies, at your discretion.

Electronic Submissions should be directed to:

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

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

If your publication appears on the Web only, please make us aware of it at the email address above.

WRITERS: Please ask your publisher to send copies of their publications. Please do not send your individual story or stories unless we request such from you.

DEADLINE for 2015 materials: December 31, 2015

Novella series

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 manuscripts@twelfthplanetpress.com 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: manuscripts@twelfthplanetpress.com

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.