From: Glover Wright
Location: New York, NY
I am writing to introduce Science Fiction Quarterly, a new online magazine of science and speculative fiction located at www.sfquarterly.net, and to invite you to submit new or unpublished work for publication.
The original Science Fiction Quarterly, edited first by Charles D. Hornig and then by Robert W. Lowndes, was published in two separate runs, from Summer 1940 to Spring 1943 and from Spring 1951 to Winter 1958.
The magazine, which never cost more than 38 cents, published 10 issues in its first run and 28 in its second. Its history was short, its influence more or less forgotten.
Our present magazine -- which currently is published exclusively online -- bears no relation, aside from its general spirit, to its printed historical predecessor. But our choice of title is by no means an arbitrary one. The science fiction genre was born, learned to walk, and occasionally even proved transcendent in the story-filled pulpy pages of periodicals like the original Science Fiction Quarterly -- the kinds of magazines which we have been told grown men yearned to write for while young boys hid them between their mattresses and bedsprings, away from the watchful eyes of those who might know better.
Those early magazines, and the stories they published, were admittedly often silly and even more often poorly written and edited -- and we gesture here more toward the amateur fanzines, not John Campbell's Astounding or H.L. Gold's Galaxy. But what was shared amongst the science fiction magazines, good and bad -- and we will ask you to forgive us if in our nostalgia we generalize too greatly -- was a shared moral sentiment, a sense of right and wrong articulated through man's interaction with and mastery of technology in the face of danger, adventure, risk, and romance.
We believe that in the last several decades, science fiction has fallen astray from its short story roots; and while we cannot ourselves resurrect them, we can at least provide an outlet in which they may be explored. And while certainly there remain great and storied science fiction publications -- Locus, Analog and Asimov's, among others -- we believe not only that there is room for more, but also that there is room for difference, for something that simply is new rather than old.
In keeping with our focus on the short story tradition, we bring an intense dedication to editing, to getting stories right by working directly with our authors until together we agree that a story has been written as best as it possibly can be. We intend to look for new authors who we may introduce to the world in our pages, as well as older, more recognizable names who have long worked within (and without) the conventions of the science and speculative fiction genres.
Theodore Sturgeon, in our estimation the greatest science fiction short story writer to have lived -- and no stranger himself to the pulps -- once famously said that "a science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content." We see our mission here at Science Fiction Quarterly within the framework of Sturgeon's claim. We want, first and foremost, to publish the best collection of science fiction essays and stories that we possibly can every three months; but additionally we want to publish work that in exploring the possibilities of technology retains a human -- and, dare we say, a moral -- core.
If we've successfully captured your interest thus far, please find below instructions on how to submit your work.
Science Fiction Quarterly welcomes all submissions of short fiction and other artwork rooted in the genres of science and speculative fiction, as well as essays and reviews of science fiction books, films, and television shows. In particular, in addition to fiction, we are interested in publishing "think pieces" related to topics in science fiction, both as a genre and as a craft; we are also interested in profiles of science fiction writers and editors. We accept all written submissions of up to 60 pages, with room for negotiation if we feel the submission is exceptionally strong. We do not accept work that previously has been published elsewhere.
We will aggressively promote all stories accepted for publication and in some cases will launch tailored publicity campaigns focusing on one or more stories.
Please note that since we publish on a quarterly basis, in the magazine we prefer to publish reviews of past work -- especially classics and overlooked contributions to the genre -- rather than coming attractions. On the blog, however, we do publish reviews of current and upcoming work.
We do not currently pay specific rates for published work, nor do we have any plans to do so in the immediate future. However, authors may choose to receive some compensation based on how much revenue is generated by the advertisements -- placed contextually by Google Adsense -- displayed to the sides of their stories.
More importantly, though -- we believe -- if your submission is accepted for publication, we will work closely with you in the editing process to ensure that your work will be published in its best possible form. And all of our authors retain the copyright to their work, so once a piece has been edited and published, they are free to submit it elsewhere in its polished form.
All written submissions should be fully paginated and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font and should include the author's name and e-mail address on the first two lines. To submit work, you may either send a reply to this e-mail and include your submission as an attachment, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "submission" in your subject line.
Thanks very much for reading, and whether or not you choose to submit work, we hope that we can count you as a reader in the months ahead. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reply to this message, or call me at +1 646 789 4174.
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From: Greg Bear
Sorry to post this so late, Glover! Good luck with the submissions. Right now, I'm in the middle of committing novel... may not have time to write much short fiction!