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Uncanny Magazine Dinosaur Special Issue Guidelines!

As you may know if you followed the Uncanny Magazine Year 4 Kickstarter, Uncanny Magazine Issue 23 will be a Special Shared-Universe Dinosaur Issue! The planned solicited contributors are:

Do you want to join them? One of the stretch goals was adding two extra unsolicited stories to the issue! We will be open to submissions from March 1- March 15, 2018.

The Dramatic Pitch:

The year is 2069. Rumors of monsters haunt three abandoned islands in the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by dangerous waters from which visitors are warned away, few have dared visit and fewer still have returned to tell the tale. The three islands, linked via now-decrepit tunnels and bridges, were intended to create and experiment on DINOSAURS. Though many of their creations and experiments remain, The Owen Corporation mysteriously disappeared, never getting a chance to show off their work.

A rich ecosystem developed in the absence of the organization—a mixing of abandoned facilities, technology, eccentric people, and amenities with the ancient wilderness of surrounding waters, labyrinthine caves, and highest treetops.

On the largest island sits a shimmering crater filled with mysterious energies, where dinosaurs sometimes wander and often end up elsewhere… or elsewhen. The portal, accidentally created by The Owen Corporation for unknown reasons, is a gateway to other worlds, times, and dimensions, and it is growing. Soon, the experimental dinosaurs may very well overwhelm the entire multiverse.

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Writers are encouraged to play with this island setting, or to simply write a story featuring dinosaurs who wandered through the portal to whatever setting works best for the story (outer space, throughout history, alternate dimensions, etc.).

We are looking for stories that are 750-6000 words. Payment is $.08 per word (including audio rights). We will reject any story that doesn’t follow our guidelines and procedures. You may not resubmit a rejected story. If you aren’t sure if your story counts as unpublished, please query us.

Submission procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We try to respond to all submissions in 30 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 45 days.

Uncanny Is Opening an Internship! POC and Native and Indigenous People HIGHLY Encouraged to Apply!

Fantastic news, Space Unicorns! We’re extremely excited to share that we will be offering an editorial internship position with Uncanny Magazine to which we STRONGLY encourage people of color and Native and Indigenous people to apply! The internship will begin in January and run through the end of December 2018, and will come with a small stipend.

We’re looking for someone with a deep love of science fiction and fantasy, and an interest in editorial work and publishing. The internship will allow opportunities to participate in the daily operations of running a two-time Hugo Award-winning online bimonthly publication in the SF/F field, with a focus on working with the managing editor, Michi Trota, to produce a regular newsletter. While the internship emphasizes editing and production, there may be some opportunities to work with basic graphics and design.

The internship will require roughly 10-15 hrs per month. The internship is not location-dependent; communication and tasks will be done primarily online via email, Slack, and Google Hangout or Skype.

Prior experience in publishing and familiarity with using programs such as Google docs and WordPress is beneficial but not required.

Applications for the internship will be open from December 1st through December 15th. Please submit a short personal statement (up to 300 words) via Uncanny’s contact form with “Uncanny Internship” in the subject line.

Good luck, Space Unicorns!

The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Guidelines

Reading period: January 15th, 2018 to February 15th 2018. Please do not submit anything until January 15th. Emails containing submissions will be deleted. (Uncanny Magazine uses the Moksha submission system.)

 

Who can submit:

We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.

Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.

Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.

Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.

Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time.

Yes, you.

Reading Elsa’s essay “Disabled Enough” from our Kickstarter may help if you have any doubts.

So, if you identify as disabled across any of these definitions or others, we want to hear from you!

 

A Note on Manuscript Guidelines For Fiction and Nonfiction:
14pt font, please. Serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). Double spaced. This is an accommodation for Elsa so she does not have to reformat every submission.

Please let the editors know if you need accommodations as well.

 

Fiction

Fiction Editor: Dominik Parisien

We do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We would certainly love to see a wide range of disabilities explored across a variety of SF settings and scenarios. We’re looking for the stories you’ve been trying to tell your whole life, for the stories that don’t fit elsewhere. We are also looking for a range of stories, for intricate, challenging tales with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.

We want the stories you’ve been yearning to encounter in the world. We want to engage with the characters you want to meet in fiction.

Length: Between 750-6000 words

Payment: $.08 per word

Fiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

 

Nonfiction

Nonfiction Editor: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

We are looking for essays which explore the relationship between disability and SFF. These essays should interrogate or explain some part of the relationship, whether it is about the genre itself, a character, a specific trope or narrative, or even the experience of being a disabled member of the SFF community. Creative nonfiction, academic essay, personal essay, or other non-fiction styles are all welcome. Please complicate the narrative for our readers, we don’t just want easy answers in this issue.

We want to know what frustrates you about the genre, or the industry, but also what brings you joy. If there’s a character you love with a disability, or a story you want to praise – we want to read those as well.

For Nonfiction we will accept either a pitch, or a fully written essay for submissions. If you are submitting a pitch, please make sure that it outlines exactly what you hope to accomplish.

Length: Between 1k-2.5k

Payment: $50 an essay.

Nonfiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your essay or pitch via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All essays should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your essay (if applicable), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

 

Poetry

Poetry Editor: S. Qiouyi Lu

We do not require poetry to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We are looking for strong, emotional poetry with multiple layers of meaning. Clear language can be just as vibrant and powerful as more intricate language. Most of all, we are looking for poetry that has a unique voice and doesn’t shy away from engaging with its core issues and themes.

Length: No line limits

Payment: $30 per poem

Poetry Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your poem(s) via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem(s), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate files through the Moksha system in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.      

4- We try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

 

Fiction Reprints

Reprint Editor: Judith Tarr

As with original fiction submissions, we do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We are looking for diverse, thoughtful, well-written stories that challenge readers to think outside their usual boxes.

Fiction Reprints Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny’s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. HOWEVER, as noted above, please use 14pt serifed font and not the standard 12pt.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, the date and venue of its original publication, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, and please make sure that you have reprint rights for your story.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Length: 750-6000 words

Payment: $.01 per word

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Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 19 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming November 7THE NINETEENTH ISSUE OF the 2016 & 2017 HUGO AWARD-WINNING  UNCANNY MAGAZINE!!!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on December 5.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books and Amazon Kindle, and you can support us on our Patreon!

As you know, there are staff changes at Uncanny Magazine with Issue 19. This is the last issue of the marvelous and phenomenal Julia Rios acting as our Poetry Editor. As we said before, Julia is simply a most excellent human being, and one of the best editors in the industry. (Watch what she does as Fiction Editor at Fireside Magazine!). We greatly miss her already.

As Julia is leaving us, three other amazing people are joining us! As previously announced, this is the first issue for our new Reprint Editor, the Marvelous Mimi Mondal (Mimi takes over as Poetry Editor next issue) and new interviewer the Sensational Shana DuBois! We are so thrilled to have them on the team! They are going to do excellent things.

More great staff news! The Stupendous Stephanie Malia Morris is joining Uncanny Magazine as a regular reader for the Uncanny Magazine Podcast! Stephanie was a guest reader on Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 18A, and we are so excited that she is joining us as a regular member of the Uncanny team.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 19 Table of Contents

Cover

Medusa by Julie Dillon

Editorial
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas (11/7)
“Signing Off the Glittercom” by Julia Rios (11/7)

Fiction
“Making Us Monsters” by Sam J. Miller & Lara Elena Donnelly (11/7)
“The Bone Plain” by Karin Tidbeck (11/7)

“Learning to See Dragons” by Sarah Monette (12/5)
“Pipecleaner Sculptures and Other Necessary Work” by Tina Connolly (12/5)
“Sorrow and Joy, Sunshine and Rain” by Troy L. Wiggins (12/5)
“How to Survive an Epic Journey” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (12/5)

Reprint Fiction
“The First Witch of Damansara” by Zen Cho (11/7)
“Elemental Love” by Rachel Swirsky (11/7)

Nonfiction
“The Shape of the Darkness As It Overtakes Us” by Dimas Ilaw (11/7)
“Would I Lie to You? Creating Alien Cultures” by Tim Pratt (11/7)

“Counting the Stars on One Hand” by Mallory Yu (12/5)
The Secret of NIMH” by Mari Ness (12/5)
“Monitoring My Mind: MST3K and Me” (12/5)

Poetry
“Spice Islands” by Nin Harris (11/7)
“For All My Missing Jiejies and Ayis” by Sharon Hsu (11/7)
“An Announcement” by Sara Cleto & Brittany Warman (11/7)
“The old woman who hands you an apple” by Betsy Aoki (11/7)

“Apathetic Goblin Nightmare Woman” by Cassandra Khaw (12/5)
“Keening” by Valerie Valdes (12/5)
“The Designs of Designer Baby” by Millie Ho (12/5)
“Afternoon with Grandparents” by Dominik Parisien (12/5)

Interviews
Sam J. Miller & Lara Elena Donnelly interviewed by Shana DuBois (11/7)
Tansy Rayner Roberts interviewed by Shana DuBois (12/5)

Podcasts
19A (11/7)
“The Bone Plain” by Karin Tidbeck, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
“An Announcement” by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, as read by Erika Ensign
Shana DuBois Interviews Karin Tidbeck

19B (12/5)
“Pipecleaner Sculptures and Other Necessary Work” by Tina Connolly, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
“How To Survive An Epic Journey” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, as read by Erika Ensign
“Apathetic Goblin Nightmare Woman” by Cassandra Khaw, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Shana DuBois Interviews Tina Connolly

 

Meet New Uncanny Podcast Reader Stephanie Malia Morris!

Wonderful news, Space Unicorns! The talented and amazing Stephanie Malia Morris is joining Uncanny Magazine as a regular reader for the Uncanny Magazine Podcast! Stephanie did a fantastic reading of N. K. Jemisin’s “Henosis” from the Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 18A as a guest reader and we’re thrilled to have her on board as a regular member of the Uncanny team.

Stephanie works in a bookstore by day and a library by night, which gives her access to more books than she will ever be able to read in this lifetime. She is a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Award and a graduate of the 2017 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and her fiction is in the fourth issue of FIYAH. She has narrated short fiction for StarShipSofa, Far Fetched Fables, and all four of the Escape Artists podcasts. You can find her on Twitter at @smaliamorris.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 18 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming September 5THE EIGHTEENTH ISSUE OF 2016 & 2017 HUGO AWARD-WINNING  UNCANNY MAGAZINE!!!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on October 3.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books and Amazon Kindle, and you can support us on our Patreon!

There is an upcoming staff change at Uncanny Magazine. Issue 18 will be Amal El-Mohtar’s last issue as a podcast reader. Amal’s career as a writer and academic has been growing, and she needed to shed some responsibilities to focus on her upcoming projects. Amal has been an extremely important part of Uncanny Magazine since its beginning. Nobody did more to support this dream. We at Uncanny wish her all the best in every future endeavor.

Cover
Ashley Mackenzie- Inspiration

Editorial
The Uncanny Valley

Fiction
N. K. Jemisin- “Henosis” (9/5)
Fran Wilde- “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” (9/5)
C. S. E. Cooney- “Though She Be But Little” (9/5)

Catherynne M. Valente- “Down and Out in R’lyeh” (10/3)
Vina Jie-Min Prasad- “Fandom for Robots” (10/3)
Delia Sherman- “At Cooney’s” (10/3)

Reprint
Malinda Lo- “Ghost Town” (9/5)

Essays
Sophie Aldred – “My Voice-Over Life” (9/5)
Cecilia Tan- “Let Me Tell You” (9/5)

Sarah Kuhn- “I’m Not The Only One: Why Wonder Woman Doesn’t Need to Stand Alone in Order to Stand Tall” (10/3)

Sam J. Miller & Jean Rice- “’Don’t Let Him Catch You With Your Work Undone’—Activism for the Long Haul, Resistance 101, Vol. 4″ (10/3)
Sabrina Vourvoulias- “Changeable Skins, Consummate Catchphrases” (10/3)

Poetry
Jo Walton- “Too Much Dystopia?” (9/5)
Brandon O’Brien- “Birth, Place” (9/5)

Ali Trotta- “A Lovesong From Frankenstein’s Monster” (10/3)
Gwynne Garfinkle- “The Golem of the Gravestones” (10/3)

Interviews
Julia Rios Interviews C. S. E. Conney (9/5)

Julia Rios Interviews Delia Sherman (10/3)

Podcast 18A (9/5)
N. K. Jemisin- “Henosis,” as read by Stephanie Morris
Fran Wilde- “Clearly Lettered with a Mostly Steady Hand,” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
Jo Walton- “Too Much Dystopia?”, as read by Erika Ensign
Julia Rios Interviews Fran Wilde

Podcast 18B (10/3)
Catherynne M. Valente- “Down and Out in R’lyeh,” as read by Heath Miller
Ali Trotta- “A Lovesong From Frankenstein’s Monster,” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
Julia Rios Interviews Catherynne M. Valente

Uncanny Magazine Wins the 2017 Best Semiprozine Hugo Award!

We have wonderful news! Uncanny Magazine won its second Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! We are deeply honored by this Hugo Award. It was a stellar group of finalists.

A magazine is the work of numerous people, so we want to thank our 2016 staff of Michi Trota, Julia Rios, Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky, Amal El-Mohtar, and Deborah Stanish; all of our submissions editors and guest podcast readers; our webmaster Jeremiah Tolbert from Clockpunk Studios; and, of course, our ombudsman and world’s greatest daughter, Caitlin. Thank you to every single member of the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps and all of the Hugo voters. We couldn’t do this without the support of this community.

Once again, congratulations to the two Uncanny Magazine stories which were finalists for the Hugo Awards: “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander for Best Short Story and “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong for Best Novelette.

Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas didn’t win the Best Editor- Short Form Hugo Award, but did come in second, which is phenomenal! Congratulations to the winner, Ellen Datlow!

Finally, “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Uncanny Magazine Podcast Reader Amal El-Mohtar from the Saga Press anthology The Starlit Wood (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, who was also a Hugo finalist for Best Editor- Long Form), which we reprinted in Uncanny Magazine, won the Best Short Story Hugo Award, just like it won the Nebula and Locus Awards! Congratulations Amal!

The Thomases and Bolander’s Story Are World Fantasy Award Finalists and Uncanny Is a British Fantasy Award Finalist!

More excellent award news, Space Unicorns!

The World Fantasy Award Finalists have been announced! Once again, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Special Award, Non-Professional World Fantasy Award for Uncanny Magazine! Also, “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander is a finalist for the Best Short Story World Fantasy Award! Congratulations to Brooke and all of the finalists!

Michael will be at the World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio representing Uncanny.

On top of that, Uncanny Magazine is a British Fantasy Awards- Best Magazine/Periodical Finalist!

We are thrilled and honored. Once again, congratulations to all of the finalists!

Alyssa Wong’s Uncanny Story Wins a Locus Award and Galen Dara’s Issue 10 Cover Wins a Chesley Award!

Huge news, Space Unicorns! TWO pieces of Uncanny Magazine Issue 10 have won awards!

First,  “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong won the Locus Award for Best Novelette! Congratulations, Alyssa!

Uncanny Magazine Co-Publisher and Co-Editor-in-Chief Michael Damian Thomas with Alyssa Wong’s acceptor, Emma Osborne, at the Locus Awards.

Second, Galen Dara’s Uncanny Magazine Issue 10 cover Bubbles and Blast Off won the 2017 Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration: Magazine!  Congratulations, Galen!