NEXT SUBMISSION PERIOD IS FEB. 1-28, 2018.
SUBMISSIONS OUTSIDE OF READING PERIODS WILL BE TRASHED.
Gallery of Curiosities is a speculative fiction anthology podcast and magazine. The Gallery is a paying amateur market for steampunk, dreadpunk, and other vintage style stories. This is not an exclusive preference, but it is a very specific type of story we are looking for. About 2/3 of submissions are rejected for “Bad Fit.”
How do I submit?
Send your story in an email or email attachment to email@example.com with SUBMISSION: Your Story Title in the subject line, because that is how we search for things. Always send a new story after a rejection with a new subject line. Continuing a thread is a good way to get the next one lost.
Manuscripts will be sent as docx or rtf attachments that are formatted without headers. To protect your privacy, put your personal details in the cover letter, not the manuscript. Make sure all commentary has been removed from your document before send it, as it will (surprise!) persist when we convert it into a Google Document file, which is the format in which we read.
We think long cover letters are unnecessary for this format. We are amused by haiku, and will reciprocate. If the story is a reprint, tell us where it has been.
You’ll get a quick “Got it!” reply to let you know it did not get lost, then any identifying information will be stripped from your manuscript before it is logged and sent on to the readers.
What we’re looking for:
As an audio venue, we want short stories that entertain. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was, be it steampunk, gaslamp, weird tales, dreadpunk, vintage horror, mad science, fantastic cities (please!), monsters, impossible machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, unexpected surprises, weird westerns, and things that shouldn’t work. Most of us stayed up late to watch cheesy monster movies on the local channel’s Creature Feature when we were kids.
What we don’t want:
Serialized novels. Novel excerpts. Stories longer than 7500 words. Fan fiction. Sherlockians. Vulgar language used as punctuation. Cutters. Stories that spend most of the word count telling us all the little details of the contemporary protag’s contemporary lifestyle before getting to the horror. JFK theories. Mainstream SF “Space!” stories. Anything that has been on a podcast within the past year.
What’s a hard sell:
Slipstream. Excessive splatter. Horror based in domestic violence or sexual perversion. Anything set after the 1950’s.
3 cents a word USD for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints, with a minimum of $10 USD for stories less than 1000 words.
How do I get paid?
If you like Lindens, we can also do Lindens.
What about Rights?
We are purchasing non-exclusive audio, print and archiving rights to your short story. You retain all other rights. The podcasts will be archived online for perpetual download under a Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution NonCommercial No-Derivs license. Older episodes may go behind a paywall if our storage and retrieval system becomes prohibitively expensive, but we don’t anticipate that happening any time in the near future.
Are you going to publish a print magazine or post my story for online reading?
Selected stories will be collected into a thrice-annual zine which will be available to fundraising supporters and as a retail ebook and print on demand book. This show is expensive to produce and we need something that can help keep the war-chest filled. We will not be posting the text of your story where it could be freely available online.
How long will it take to get my story to air?
It can take as long as a year, or even more, which is why we don’t ask for exclusivity. If we don’t make it happen within 24 months, the rights expire.
Is there a contract?
After we are both satisfied with the terms of the contract, it will be sent for electronic signature via Digisigner.
What about simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but do tell us if you sold it somewhere that would not want us to produce it after they bought it so we don’t waste our time.
My story has already been published. Can I still submit it?
Yes, as long as you are not violating any terms of your previous contract. We do want to know if it is a reprint, and where it has been. Say so in your cover letter.
You rejected my story. Can I submit another one?
Absolutely! We rejected your story, not you. Be persistent!
You rejected my story. Can I work on it some more and resubmit it?
Only if we said that we would read it again in the rejection letter.
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