We are accepting submissions for Volume 2, Issue 4 of the Kyanite Press!
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Volume 2, Issue 4: Autumn 2020
Coming in August 2020
Theme: Visions of War
Preferred Genres*: Military Science Fiction
Word Count: We are looking for short stories and novelettes ranging from 2,500 to 15,000 words, and poetry of up to 20 pages in length**.
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020
We’re looking for your visions of a war-torn future—from lumbering behemoths slugging it out across the vacuum of space to the muddy boots on the ground. Military science fiction explores life in the future from the perspective of members of the military, postulates on future methods for waging war, and uses the media as a lens to examine the terror of war. There’s also plenty of room for political intrigue, alien invasions, and the old reliable powered armor!
*We hope to ensure that the majority of each issue fits a theme, but will consider other submissions for each issue. Stories in the Preferred Genres will receive primary preference, related genres and or themes will be considered next, and unrelated content will be given tertiary consideration.
** 20 pages in an 8.5″ x 11″ Word doc at 12 pt TNR or Courier, single-spaced with spaces between stanzas.
Please read through this section thoroughly before sending your story! Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may not make it through our initial screening process.
What to Include in the Email
An introduction is always nice. Tell us who you are. Have we met, or did somebody refer you to us? Here is a good place to remind us.
The elevator pitch. In one to three sentences, what’s the selling point for the story? What’s it about? What makes it stand apart?
What are the genre(s), main theme(s), and word count?
The dreaded synopsis. Try to keep this around 300 words or less. We don’t need to know who everybody is or every detail of what happens in the story, just the broad strokes. Give us an idea of what to expect. Think of it like a movie trailer in text!
Please attach your manuscript to the email in standard manuscript format as a Word document (.doc or .docx). This should be double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman or Courier (we prefer Courier) with non-spaced, indented paragraphs. Ensure that your legal name, address, email address, and the word count appears at the top of the first page. If you are not familiar with standard manuscript formats, please review this article.
Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please expect up to thirty days after the submissions deadline to pass before receiving a response. Some stories may not be selected for the issue you submitted it for, but still be retained for future consideration. You will be notified if this is the case. Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to provide critiques on every story. If we notify you that we have declined to publish your story, please do not request a critique.
Our goal is to see that each contributor to the Kyanite Press be fairly compensated for their work. Starting with the first issue of Volume 2 (November 2019), each issue will pay out a royalty pool divided among the contributors on a pro-rata basis calculated on each work’s word count percentage of the total issue’s word count. Due to the compositional nature of poetry, these contributions will be considered at three-times their actual word count (and the total word count of the issue will be increased to reflect this).
In addition, each contributor will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the issue in PDF format. They will also have the opportunity to purchase up to five print copies at 60% off the cover price plus shipping and handling. Finally, each contributor will be listed permanently in our website’s Contributors section with an author photo, bio, links, a short interview, and a bibliography of their contributions to the Kyanite Press.
Legal Mumbo Jumbo: Kyanite Publishing, LLC reserves the right to accept or deny any submission based upon any subjective or objective consideration. All rights and copyright to contributions remain the property of the author. If accepted, a licensing agreement will be offered before any work is published. Terms and other considerations will be negotiated on an individual and confidential basis.