We’re looking for your finest short science fiction story

Shoreline of Infinity, the newest British science fiction magazine,  is currently open for submissions until 3oth November 2016. We’re looking for stories up to 5,000 words.

We’re a quarterly magazine, and is available in print and digital formats – and we pay for stories.

We’re  looking for a good science fiction story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think. But don’t forget your characters: all the best stories are seen through the eyes of characters your readers believe in.

The best advice is to read a Shoreline of Infinity for yourself to see the kind of stories we like.

Full details and submissions instructions are available on our submissions page.

PS We’re a little bit short of science fiction stories with steampunkian tendencies, and we’re becoming more open to the fantasy end of science fiction, if you follow me.

PPS We re-open for submission in the New Year.

Advertisements

Join us in The Twilight Zone on Sunday Oct 23rd

smallscifiWriters Unchained are all set for their next Story Sunday event which is part of this year’s Bristol Festival of Literature and will feature some great sci-fi and spec-fic stories. The response to our call for submissions has been the best yet and the  line-up includes not only popular local writer/performers but also newcomers to the Bristol live-lit scene.

What can you expect if you decide to come along?

  •  Anne Corlett‘s award-winning story about space-travel
  • Philip Douch with sci-fi at its most hilarious
  • cosmic shenanigans from Jonty Levine, Barney Barret and Julie Hayman
  • an alien with a roving eye from  John Holland
  • an edgy take on time travel from  Alex Bridge

bristollitfest16If you feel the need for something more familiar, Mark Lewis offers boiled sweets (but not as you know them) and you can share an apocalyptic cigarette with Kevlin Henney. Or if far out really is your thing, we have D. S. Ketleby with an avian family saga.

We hope we have you hooked!

 

You can join us in the Twilight Zone NEXT SUNDAY October 23rd at Southbank Club, Bristol, BS3 1DB, 6 – 8 pm for what promises to be quite an evening.

Tickets £5 on the door.

 

flyer2_twilightzone

 

Story Sunday (Scifi, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction): call for submissions

Let us tell you another story…

Writers Unchained of Bristol are delighted to announce the next Story Sunday event on October 23rd will be part of the 2016 Bristol Literature Festival (October 21 – 29th) an event famous for its nurturing of grassroots writing and performing talent.

shutterstock_322984532Our theme this time is The Twilight Zone so we’re calling for stories in the genres of scifi, fantasy and speculative fiction.

  • wordcount 500 – 1500
  • stories can be published or unpublished as long as you have the right to read it out.
  • deadline midnight Friday October 7th 2016
  •  only submit if you can read on Sunday October 23rd between 6 and 8 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB.

There’s more detailed information on how to submit on our website.

Don’t forget this is also an event for those who just enjoy listening!

Tickets for ‘non-readers’ will be £5 on the door.

twilightflyer

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!

Shoreline of Infinity is open for submissions

Shoreline Issue 2 Cover 513x800Shoreline of Infinity, the newest British science fiction magazine,  is open for submissions until 31st March 2016. We’re looking for stories up to 5,000 words.

We’re  looking for a good science fiction story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think. But don’t forget your characters: all the best stories are seen through the eyes of characters your readers believe in.

The best advice though is to read a Shoreline of Infinity for yourself to see the kind of stories we like.

Full details and submissions instructions are available on our submissions page.

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

hold_fast_textLove, Sex, Romance

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)

holdfast_godsandmonsters_lowres