As we move forward into the age of information, what happens to our ideas of detection and crime? How do you handle it when your smart car blackmails you or you need to murder the downloaded personality of your enemy? What acts to enforce society's norms and catch those violating them in the future? Will our definitions of crime — or punishment — change, and what new forms of either might appear?
This is our open call for short stories with those topics. Writers of color, QUILTBAG writers, writers with disabilities, and neuro-diverse writers are actively encouraged to apply, as are writers from outside the United States.
Please click "View Submission Guidelines" above this verbage, and read it, before you click into this portal and make your submission.
Among the stories we hope to see:
Updated tropes like but not limited to the hardboiled detective, the police procedural, or the locked room mystery.
Kidnapped AIs, stolen memories and identities, virtual crimes vs physical ones.
What constitutes murder when the victim's got a backup? What if you accidentally unplug someone's server?
Stories that experiment, astonish, and entertain.
Open for submissions: November 15th, 2021 through January 15, 2022. All submissions should be submitted through our Moksha portal. Please remove identifying information from the manuscript, but otherwise use standard manuscript format. In the cover letter, list your full author name, the title of your work, and the word count.
Length: 1500-5000 words (5k is going to be a tough sell)
Buying: Original fiction; exclusive rights for 18 months with standard "best of" anthology exceptions.
Paying: 8 cents a word (SFWA pro rates)
No multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are okay but you must notify us immediately if the story sells elsewhere.
Submissions open November 15, 2021 and close January 15, 2022
The first round of reading will run February 1 through April 1. All submissions will be informed by May 1 whether or not they are being held for further consideration. If you have not heard anything by June 1, please email us.
The book will be published in 2023 by by CAEZIK SF & Fantasy, an imprint of Arc Manor Publishers.