2016 Reading Season is Over


Gallery of Curiosities is a biweekly speculative fiction anthology podcast, biweekly being a goal, not a mandate. We all have day jobs. The Gallery is a  paying amateur market catering to the steampunk and retro-futurist niche. 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 with SUBMISSION: Your Story Title in the subject line. We don’t like long cover letters. We are amused by five word pitches. And haiku.

Manuscripts will be sent as docx or rtf attachments that are formatted without headers, text that can be cut&pasted out of your email, or Google Documents set with open editing permissions. If you submit a Google Document you might get some free line editing as you’ll be able to look over our shoulders.

Kevin the mail room boy will send you a quick “Got it!” reply to let you know it did not get lost, then strips all identifying information from your manuscript before logging it and sending it on to the slush pile. If you use Google Documents for your draft, make sure all commentary has been removed from your document before you convert it to Word, as it will (surprise!) persist when we convert it back into a Google Document file.

We have taken to addressing folks by first name rather than guessing the wrong title in an increasingly international and gender-fluid environment. We hope you don’t find that too gauche.

What we’re looking for:
We want short stories with strong narratives up to 7500 words. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was. We like weird tales, retro-futurism,  vintage horror, mad science, amazing cities, monsters, machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, unexpected surprises, weird westerns, things that shouldn’t work. Most of us watched way too many cheesy Hammer Films on the local channel’s Creature Feature movie as kids.

What we don’t want:
Serialized novels. Novel excerpts. Stories longer than 7500 words. Fan fiction. Sherlockians. Vulgar language used as punctuation. That really depressing nihilistic stuff that was popular in the 1970s.

What’s a hard sell:
Mundane or contemporary settings (we are puffy shirt people thank you very much). Slipstream. Excessive splatter. Precious little things being twee. Horror based in domestic violence or sexual perversion. Futuristic settings that do not have an appropriate level of technology to a retro-futurist genre. Space opera. Stories that are thinly veiled platforms for your pedantry. Stories that feel like they are part of a larger body of work.

At present time we are offering a penny and a half for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints. We know, these are not pro rates. Someday…

How do I get paid?

What about Rights?
We are purchasing one-time, non-exclusive, audio and archiving rights to your short story. You retain all other rights. The podcasts will be archived online for perpetual free download under a Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution NonCommercial No-Derivs license.

Is there a contract?
After we are both satisfied with the terms of the contract, it will be sent for electronic signature via Digisigner.

Are you going to publish a print anthology or post my story for online reading?
No, but we might publish a ‘best of’ audiobook in the future. Details are in the contract.

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. Part of being a writer is learning how to deal with rejection, so 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.

I have more questions!