Holdfast print anthology#2 and call for submissions!

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We need your help to print the second holdfast print anthology!

All you creatives out there will understand the importance of being paid for your work, even if it is great to get your work out there on any platform possible. The holdfast magazine anthology will not only be a beautiful paperback, but all profits after printing and postage go directly to the writers and artists that make the magazine possible. As our team edit holdfast in their free time just for the passion, we need to raise funds in order to pay our contributors.

After winning the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine last year, we’re determined to make this issue even better than volume 1, with more fiction, articles and illustrations. The content is ready to go, all we need is YOU to make this happen!

Go check out our awesome perks that include paperbacks, tote bags and art prints!

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And don’t forget the deadline for our Brexitlit fiction supplement is coming up on 15 August! So go over to our submissions page for more details!

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Call for submissions and British Fantasy Society best speculative fiction magazine nomination

hold_fast_largewithtextalt-smallerFiction supplement Brexit edition

 Deadline 15 August 2016

 Holdfast magazine is an award winning speculative fiction magazine, that explores our world, minds, hearts, dreams, (anything really) through the lens of weird and wonderful writing.

We are looking for speculative fiction drawing from all of the themes from issues 5 – 8, but also specifically inspired by the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU. Where can you see this going? Are we headed for dystopia or utopia? What would the ghosts of people that died in our two world wars think? What would a secret supernatural underworld be feeling right now? How would this affect witches, robots, fairies? Is there a terrifying lizard monster wearing a human’s skin and leading a certain political party that really doesn’t like immigrants? Perhaps someone can go back in time to alter the result? Or maybe someone is mind-controlling the population?  We want your most imaginative speculative fiction to explore your thoughts and feelings concerning this historic time.

Please remember this is a speculative magazine, so we only accept fiction which falls under this umbrella – fantasy/horror/science fiction/magic realism etc:

  Themes to hang your Brexit fiction on:

Issue #5 Of Land, Sea and Sky
(think place/borders/ownership/migration/refugees/origins)

 Issue #6 Gods and Monsters
(think politics/manipulation/power)

 Issue #7 Looking Forward Looking Back
(think dystopia/utopia/time travel/origins of EU)

 Issue #8 Love Sex Romance
(think relationship/friendship/heartbreak/ unity)

 The fiction supplement will be published online on the magazine site and sent out as a newsletter to subscribers.

 Please read our submission guidelines before submitting.

 All submissions to: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

We are also excited and very thankful to be shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine again, after we won it last year! (Still super amazed at that)

New issue out, call for submissions, and BFS award!

HOLDFAST_TIME_2Issue#7 of Holdfast, Looking Forward, Looking Back is live!

We are so excited to have Tamora Pierce as our featured author, and talk to her about how her obsession with the Middle Ages as a child inspired her writing, as well as about writing the role models she felt were missing in fantasy. We have some wonderful short stories and poetry by Deborah Walker, Sian Lorna Dawson, Matt Harris, and Nicki Heinen in our fiction section. Find Sonia Mullet’s latest column on out-of-print SFF works, and a look at East Asian visions of the past and future by Lucy in our non-fiction section. And in cross media find our Terminator movie marathon, read about time travel and romance in Lisa Kerrigan’s article, and about TV show Quantum Leap in Time Travelling Without Moving by Tom Riley.

 

British Fantasy Awards

We are so amazed and thrilled to be able to say that we have now won the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine! It’s all thanks to our amazing writers and artists who make holdfast possible. Which leads us on to our next point:

 

Call for Submissions!

Holdfast Anthology 2015–2016

We are now looking for submissions for the next holdfast print anthology! Last year we successfully crowd-funded a print anthology in order to raise funds to pay our wonderful writers and artists for their work. This year’s will contain some of the best fiction, articles and artwork from issues 5–8, but we also want new fiction and articles on the following themes:

Of Land Sea and Sky (landscape, setting and place in SFF)

Gods and Monsters (religion and Politics)

Looking Forward, Looking back (time – from alternative history, fantasy set in the middle ages, through to dystopia and space opera, it’s a pretty broad theme)

Love, Sex, Romance (we are looking for interesting and original fiction and articles examining this theme in speculative fiction) Issue#8 subs are open until Jan 15.

Go to our submissions page for more information and read through our guidelines before submitting. Get writing!

Call for Submissions for issue#8: Love, Sex, Romance

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Space romance opera? Sex and sorcery? The Red (hot) wedding?

Call for Submissions

Deadline 15 Jan 2016

In this issue we’ll be looking at that element of the human experience that levels all barriers and spans all narratives. Desire, attraction, relationships, whether riding a horse across fantastic landscapes or spiralling through space, love almost always has a place in our most beloved speculative fiction. For this issue we want stories that explore this in some way, whether it’s horror, urban fantasy or space opera, sparks will fly. We are particularly interested in stories and articles that contain diverse relationships. Please look through the submissions guidelines for info on how to submit. (Remember we are a speculative fiction mag, so that means fantasy, SF, horror, magic realism, dystopia, and general weird stuff)

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Issue#6 Gods and Monsters is out! Call for submissions for issue#7: Looking Forward Looking Back

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Our latest issue of holdfast magazine,Gods and Monsters“, on the themes of religion and politics in SFF is now live! We recommend opening up the gospel-themed playlist in a new tab and then settling in to take a read of all the amazing stories and articles we have for you.
We are more than thrilled to bring you this issue’s featured author interview; Lucy was lucky enough to interview the amazing Lois McMaster Bujold, author of the Vorkosigan Saga. We also have new stories in the fiction section, essays and articles in the non-fiction and cross media sections and some great book recommendations in the Bookshelf.
Also, submissions are open for issue 7: Looking Forward, Looking Back. Basically, anything that’s in any way influenced by time. This includes science fiction, dystopia, alternative history and fantasy that draws inspiration from the past. So pretty broad! Please go to our submissions page and read through our guidelines before submitting.

Issue#4 of holdfast magazine, Diverse Reflections, is live! Plus call for submissions.

Issue4headerIssue#4 of holdfast magazine, Diverse Reflections: Seeing yourself in speculative fiction, is now live!

We are very proud of this issue, marking a whole year of holdfast! It’s been a very exciting first year, with four issues examining different aspects of speculative fiction.

This issue is an examination of and celebration of diversity in speculative fiction. We speak to featured author Stephanie Saulter about her books, life and thoughts on diversity in our featured author interview. Read about odd, animal growths that affect a lesbian relationship, about a Cameroonian lover’s line magic, and see the preview of a new comic by Carol Hood in our fiction section. In our non fiction section, check out the first installment of a new column Rendezvous with Rare Books, a personal letter to Octavia Butler, an argument for better portrayals of trans folk, and our attempt to convert a new Unbeliever. Read a personal account of the animated series Avatar, an appreciation of the TV programme Sleepy Hollow and our liveblog of the Blade trilogy in the cross media section. And why not listen to our Afrofuturism playlist in another tab (or cosmic plane) and get some great book recommendations from The Bookshelf.
Call for Submissions: Issue#5: Of Land, Sea and Sky

Deadline: January 15 2015

In this issue we will look at the themes of location and landscape in speculative fiction. Interpret this how you wish – it includes urban fantasy, rural epics, alien terrains, creatures of the deep, exploration, psychogeography, eco-apocalypse and anything else where a sense of place, whether in this world or another, is important to the text.

Have a read through our guidelines and email submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

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Holdfast Print Anthology and Call For Submissions!

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Holdfast magazine has launched a fundraising campaign for our first ever print anthology. Click here to visit our fundraiser page and view the awesome prizes on offer, including signed books by Frances Hardinge, Emma Newman and Stephanie Salter, holdfast logo tote bags, and much more.

The holdfast anthology will be a beautiful artefact, comprised of new unpublished fiction, and some of the best articles from our online magazine, all in one, gorgeous volume.

Holdfast is a free, online speculative fiction magazine (that means science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the stuff that falls between) that celebrates and examines these amazing genres.

Read about a time-travelling law enforcer making a difficult choice, a cursed cycling tour that goes hopelessly and hilariously wrong, and what happens when the drugs don’t work on Sleeping Beauty in our fiction section. Discover what shark brains look like (spoiler: a human uterus), find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction, read a thank you letter to Margaret Atwood, and witness our attempts to convert a literary snob over to SFF in our non-fiction section.

Holdfast exists because of the wonderful writers and artists that contribute their time, effort and creativity for free. We want to recognise that writing and illustrating is work, and deserves to be rewarded.

So by supporting our anthology, not only will you be getting awesome stories, fascinating articles and fun prizes, you will also be supporting our wonderful contributors, without whom holdfast would not exist. All profits made will go directly to the writers and illustrators whose hard work and creativity fill the pages of holdfast, split equally for each contribution.

So go to our fundraiser, and become a part of the holdfast team!

We also need your stories for our next issue!

Issue#4 Diverse Reflections: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction

 Deadline for online issue: September 21 2014

 In this issue we will look at people who aren’t represented in speculative fiction as much as they should be. For example, people of colour, lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and people with disabilities. Everyone should be able to see themselves reflected in their world, including SFF fans. It seems, however, that much like other media, this just isn’t the case. We’re looking for submissions on this theme to be included in Issue#4.

Go to our submissions page for further information.

Email submissions@holdfastmagazine.com with ‘Diversity fiction’ in the subject line with your submission. Please take the time to read through our submission guidelines before submitting.