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Astronaut on Alien Planet

Open Anthology Calls

This is where you will find the submission details for any open anthology calls. Please read all of the information fully to ensure your piece fits the stated theme, thoroughly edit and format your work before submitting, and kindly adhere to our stated guidelines.

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THEME: COMEDIC ALIEN STORIES.

SCHEDULED FOR PUBLICATION IN 2025.​

We will accept short story submissions for this anthology call between August 1, 2024, and August 31, 2024. 

 

Theme Description:

Comical alien stories. Some examples of this include first contact stories, abductions, interactions or curiosities, love, bumbling or blundering aliens, secret missions, capers, attacks (whether successful or foiled), and any other inter-alien or inter-species situations. Touches of dark humour are okay, but we don’t want full on horror comedies. No sexual assault (brief mentions are fine if necessary to further the story), and no animal or child abuse depicted within the story (brief mentions of past incidents are okay only if they serve the story). Do not send body “probing” stories unless the act of probing is mentioned briefly for comedic effect only. No erotica. Violence is fine as long as it is befitting a comedic tale and not excessively graphic. 

 

Stories can be set on Earth, other planets, a ship, or elsewhere in space. Be as creative as you like. We’re looking for all things lighthearted, rollicking, action-filled, sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek, quirky, cute, unique, twisty, romantic, oddball, unexpected, and just plain fun. 

Guidelines:

Decisions will be made within six months of the call’s closing date. Original stories are preferred. However, we will consider reprints if they haven’t been published within two years and aren’t currently under contract. No multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us immediately if your work gets accepted elsewhere for publication.

 

Tales using artificial intelligence (AI) of any kind are not permitted. 

Ensure that you’ve thoroughly edited your story prior to submitting, and format your story using the standard William Shunn format (12pt, TNR font, double spaced). If you’re not familiar with this style, review it here. 

 

Send your submissions to submissions.ptp@gmail.com. Please include a brief author bio in your cover letter. Doc/Docx file types preferred. 

 

Payment:

We are a teeny indie press working our way up the ladder, so in truth, we can’t afford to pay much yet. That said, we are dedicated to always paying something, as we believe artists should be compensated for their craft.

Stories 2500-4500 pay $10 CAD + free ebook.

Stories 4501-6500 pay $15 CAD + free ebook.

Reprints will be paid at half rate.

 

Discounted paperback copies (50% off + shipping) will be available for all contributing authors to order. We look forward to reading your stories.

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When submitting, use the email stated in the call details. For general inquires or for an update about a story you've already sent in, please email us here:

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