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. If the story is a reprint, tell us where it has been.

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.

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. 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, which is the format in which we read.

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:
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 weird tales, retro-futurism,  vintage horror, mad science, amazing cities, monsters, mad scientists, machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, unexpected surprises, weird westerns, and/or 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. That really depressing nihilistic stuff that was popular in the 1970s.

What’s a hard sell:
Mundane settings. 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 and need some explanation to stand alone.

For the 2017 reading season we will be offering 3 cents a word USD for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints.

How do I get paid?
If you like Lindens, we can also do Lindens.

What about Rights?
We are purchasing non-exclusive, audio, archiving, and anthology 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 someday 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 anthology or post my story for online reading?
Selected stories will be collected into an anthology which will be available to fundraising supporters and as a retail ebook and print on demand book. We will not be posting the text of your story online. We will not be doing an audio anthology because ACX does not like having material that is freely available elsewhere in the store.  Details are in the contract.

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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