Submissions are currently CLOSED. They will re-open in the first week of March 2020. Submissions received during this period will be respectfully declined.
Thinking of submitting to Trouble Among The Stars? Please read these guidelines first:
We publish speculative short fiction and poetry, with an emphasis on science fiction and works related to science. We do not publish novel excerpts, non-fiction or serialized anything. For fiction, we will review anything between 300-6000 words, and for poetry we will review anything under 1000 words.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, but you must notify us immediately if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work.
We do our best to be very welcoming towards new writers – if you have little or no previous publishing credentials, please feel comfortable submitting to us regardless. We are meant to be by the weirdos and for the weirdos, and we would love to read your newest and strangest work.
We pay CAD $0.01/word (i.e. CAD $50 for a 5000 word story), with a minimum payment of CAD $5 for accepted work. Payments are made via paypal upon publication. We ask for one-time non-exclusive rights to publish your work.
To submit, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your work as an attached document. Please include a brief cover letter in the body of the email. Please send a total of one (1) short story or up to two (2) poems (exceptions will sometimes be made for suites of poems). Size 12 Times New Roman font is preferred for submissions, with fiction submissions being double-spaced. Please submit only once per reading period.
Please allow us up to three weeks to respond to your submission (though in most cases it should be quicker). If four weeks have gone by and you haven’t heard from us, please feel free to send an email query. We look forward to reading your work, and we wish you the best!