Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Fantasy and Science Fiction anthology
Kaleidoscope is an anthology of contemporary YA science fiction and fantasy with a focus on diverse perspectives. Alisa Krasnostein (founder of Twelfth Planet Press, and winner of the World Fantasy Award in 2011) and Julia Rios (fiction editor at Strange Horizons, and host of the Outer Alliance Podcast) are co-editing this project, which we hope to fill with a variety of exciting tales, happy and sad, adventurous and meditative. We’re not simply looking for cookie-cutter vampire or urban fantasy stories, but for things that transport us and subvert our expectations.
Stories submitted for this anthology should be between 2,500 and 10,000 words and should feature:
- Protagonists who are characters of color, disabled, neurodiverse, mentally ill, QUILTBAG, people with non-western cultural backgrounds, or otherwise diverse (not the typical straight, white, cisgender, able-bodied, western characters).
- Contemporary settings: modern day Earth life should be part of the story. It’s okay if there is a portal to a fantasy world, but we want characters to have some grounding in this world, too.
- Science fiction or fantasy elements: While we want the setting to be contemporary, we do want each story to have a speculative element (magic, the supernatural, genetic mutations, tech that doesn’t exist yet, etc.).
- Teen protagonists, because this is a YA anthology, after all! Mature themes and content are okay, but we’re not looking for erotica or extreme violence.
Payment will be 5 cents per word (USD) to be paid on publication in late 2014. We’re asking for First World Publication Rights, with an exclusivity period of 12 months (with the exception of Year’s Best reprints).
All submissions must reach us by the 31st of December in order to be considered for the anthology.
Send your submission as an RTF or Doc file to email@example.com with “Kaleidoscope Submission: [your story title]” in the subject line. Please no simultaneous or multiple submissions (that is to say, please send us only one story at a time, and please don’t send that story to any other markets until you have heard back from us). We expect to make our decisions in early 2014.
Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction
Twelfth Planet Press announces a new Year’s Best reprint series, the Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction.
Editors Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely are now reading internationally for the inaugural anthology, and are seeking Young Adult speculative fiction first published in 2013 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 2013. 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 2013). We anticipate a publication date in the first half of 2014.
PUBLISHERS: You are welcome to send e-copy (in Word, PDF and/or Mobi format) or hard copy, at your discretion.
Electronic Submissions should be directed to:
Print Submissions should be directed to:
PO Box 559
Kings Meadows TAS 7249
READERS: We appreciate your recommendations. Please use the subject header Year’s Best YA Recommendation and email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2013 materials: December 31, 2013
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.
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.
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.
How to Submit:
Email your manuscript and a brief synopsis to email@example.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.
Submissions period: We are open to novella submissions.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.