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Submission Call

Jayhenge Publishing, whom I have worked with on several occasions, has put out a story submission call. I highly encourage you to work with Jayhenge–the editor, Jessica, is amazing and will help you develop as a writer.

Hey, all you women writers out there! Let your pioneering spirits soar! Whether exploring new vistas or encountering ancient ones, the call of unknown places and unseen sights is strong in many of us. Our planet has so many wild places—jungles, deserts, mountains, and more, and the cultures that go with them—the type of “wild” that you might have found on the steppes of Mongolia, the dusty heat of India, the blowing sands of the Sahara. Imagine all that wild, difficult nature wrapped up in speculative fiction. Then consider generational ships, as well, bringing life not only into the world as women, but spreading it across the galaxies as well; that’s also pioneering. And what about the wild “west” surface of Mars? Gene Roddenberry once described Star Trek as “wagon train to the stars” and so much has come from the imagining of those potential frontiers; where will your imagination take you? Show us!

Payment for stories will be $5 USD per 1000 words

We’re looking for speculative fiction across all anthologies (unless otherwise specified). That includes everything from high fantasy to hard scifi and anything in between.

We do accept reprints, simultaneous submissions, and multiple submissions, though these will slow down our response time.

Story lengths should be anywhere from flash-length to about 20k words, but we have at times made exceptions. We know a story is complete when it’s complete, and arbitrary word count requirements are not always helpful. If you have an amazing story that exceeds 20k words, let us know. We may be able to make special accommodations. 🙂

With regard to copyright, we request the non-exclusive right to publish your story in the anthology to which it was accepted. You retain the rights to your individual story to do with as you wish. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Formatting a manuscript for submission is a pain. Every publication has its own rules–headers, spacing, font, file format, required information, and so on and so forth.

The truth is, it’s just a means of separating those authors who are genuinely serious from those who are just inundating publications with their as-yet unappreciated epic.

We want to make it simple. Our submission guidelines are:

Send a short query describing your work to:

editor@jayhenge.com

If we like what we read, we’ll ask for more info. If we don’t, we won’t.

Just keep the following in mind:

  • Make it clear. You’re a writer, so that’s the easy part, right? 🙂
  • Include your name. (You’d be surprised how many forget.)
  • A “short query” is probably fewer than 500 words, but use your best judgment.
  • A full plot summary (including the ending) is helpful. Please don’t send marketing copy.
  • Word count is also helpful.

We won’t/can’t read anything in a format we can’t open or a language we can’t read.

Microsoft Word doc files are always a safe bet, and Apple’s Pages is also good. If you’re an Open Office user, please save as a Rich Text File or similar.

We reserve the right to reject a manuscript or query for any reason, including but not limited to criminal neglect of creativity, first degree murder of the English language, adverbial abuse, possession of cliché with intent to distribute, and pathological telegraphing.

Usually, however, it’s just that we didn’t think your work was a good fit, and that’s all. Nothing sinister.

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