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:
- Sam J. Miller
- Brooke Bolander
- Mari Ness
- A. Merc Rustad & Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
- JY Yang
- K.M. Szpara
- Nicasio Andres Reed
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.
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 If you aren’t sure if your story counts as unpublished, please query us.
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.