GlitterShip

An LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy podcast

Submission Guidelines

STATUS UPDATE: All fiction sent prior to January 2, 2016 has been responded to!

Short fiction reprints:

Pay: 1c/word ($10 minimum)

Rights: Non-exclusive English language audio & non-exclusive English electronic reprint rights.

Wordcount: 100 – 6000 words

Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, speculative, whatever. It’s an SF/F mag, but if in doubt, send it.

Stories must contain some queer content. I believe in queer as a large umbrella term and specifically include trans, genderqueer, and ace/aro identities in addition to LGB. If your story includes an identity not listed here that you feel is queer, please don’t self-reject.

Attach stories in standard manuscript format .rtf/.doc/.docx format and send to submissions at glittership dot com. Please put REPRINT somewhere in the subject line.

Simultaneous submissions: Fine! I mean, it’s a reprint…

Multiple submissions: Please send no more than 3 at a time. Please send each story in a separate email. Thank you!

Stories will be reprinted in text on the site and read aloud for the podcast. If you are only able to sell audio rights for some reason, feel free to let me know. I’d rather work with you than miss out!

 

Short fiction originals: (Open for subs May 1, 2015.)

Pay: 3c/word ($30 minimum)

Rights: Exclusive English language audio and electronic rights for 6 months after publication, non-exclusive right to keep the story in our archive.

NOTE: GlitterShip will consider fiction produced as rewards for Patreon backers, or on locked/non-public mailing lists and accounts as previously unpublished for our purposes.

Wordcount, submissions email, and genre information is as above.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions are okay, but please do not send more than 3 stories at a time.  Please send each story in a separate email. Thank you!

Please put ORIGINAL somewhere in the subject line.

 

Podcast readers:

Please drop me a line at submissions at glittership dot com.

If you have read fiction for podcasts or audio books in the past, please include your bio, relevant experience, and provide a link or two to your work.

If you do not have any previous experience, that’s okay! Please record yourself reading fiction for 4-5 minutes and have it available to upload or send. (Please don’t send any audio files to the submissions email, however, they’ll probably bounce. I’ll get back to you as soon as I figure out how to get those files from you!)

Non-native speakers, speakers of world Englishes, and speakers with accents are all welcome to apply as well.

Podcast readers will receive a token payment of between $10-$20 per episode recorded.

Authors and readers do not need to identify as LGBTQ or queer, though LGBTQ authors, authors of color, and authors of other marginalized identities, are specifically encouraged to submit.

Also, remember: don’t self-reject.

 

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14 Comments

  1. How long should we wait for a response for submissions?

    • Keffy

      September 1, 2015 at 4:40 am

      Hi Dee!

      This is a much harder question than it should be to answer. I wanted to be much faster with responses than I have been. As it is, I am still working through some May submissions, though I intend on getting more on the ball with my submissions in the next few weeks. Hazards of being a one person show!

      -Keffy

  2. Hi! I am interested in submitting my short stories to your magazine. However, you do not explain your method of payment to writers. Do you use PayPal or can an author request a payment in the forum of a cheque?

    • Keffy

      September 1, 2015 at 4:38 am

      Hi Pauline!

      I primarily use Paypal to pay authors, but I can mail checks if necessary. I am also open to other online/secure payment methods, though I do not currently have them set up.

      -Keffy

  3. Hey Keffy,
    hoping you are finding your way through the possible mountain of subs we swamped you with. Just curious to know which months subs you are now making your way through?
    Hope you enjoy them!

    • Keffy

      October 7, 2015 at 6:31 am

      I thought I was somewhere near the end of May, but then I discovered that the stories people had queried on ended up bumped later. So… all times, really. I did not intend to be so slow, but I am bad at time, apparently. 🙁 -K, as of 10-7-15

  4. Are there any topics, themes that you definitely do not want to see?

    • Keffy

      December 11, 2015 at 8:18 am

      I’m not interested in the typical queer/transphobic clichés, but other than that send whatever.

      I’m not a big fan of superheroes, but I just bought a superhero story. There are any number of SFF tropes and stories that I don’t like, but if it’s really good it can win me over. I’d prefer to keep my options open.

      This is especially the case since many of the people submitting to me are from underrepresented backgrounds and are more likely to self-reject. I’d hate to miss out on an awesome story because someone said to themselves, “Well, I’d try this on GlitterShip, but I know Keffy hates werewolves, so why bother!”

      I will say that I’ve been getting a lot of stories in which the protagonist’s significant other has died, usually before the story. Which isn’t necessarily bad — I’ve bought several! However, this does make it a little harder to sell stories with that element, just because I’d rather GlitterShip didn’t become The Dead Queers Quarterly.

      That said, I allow multiple submissions, so if people send something, and then later have another story that might fit, they do not have to wait for a rejection.

  5. Hello, I submitted a story a year or so ago, and it was rejected here but got picked up somewhere else. I was wondering, could I resubmit it as a reprint, or should I assume that whatever you didn’t like about it before will still apply now? (Sorry if this question is rude, I thought I should ask either way.)
    Also, if I am able to resubmit it as a reprint, I have another, original, story that I’d like to submit as well. Should I send both in one email or do one email for the reprint and one for the original?
    thanks for your time!

    • Keffy

      November 1, 2016 at 4:36 am

      Eris,

      If I rejected the story as an original, it’s unlikely that I will want it as a reprint. In general, please send stories in separate emails — I put the reprint and original submissions in different email folders.

      -Keffy

  6. Hello, What is your policy on sexual content in the stories?

    • Keffy

      November 1, 2016 at 4:33 am

      Jen,

      No real policy, per se. I don’t mind if there is sexual content, but don’t really publish erotica. If unsure, go ahead and send it in. I’ve published a few stories that had sexual content in them.

      -Keffy

  7. Have you ceased publication? The most recent issue seems to be the May 2016 issue. I see nothing for June, July or August.

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