There are a number of short stories in anthologies and collections that deserve to get in front of more readers. We want to shine more light across our community and widen our circle to make room for more writers and readers. We and our audience love short fiction, and we never have enough space to run everything we want in a year, so we want to get samples of entire books of short fiction in front of our audience. In specific, PseudoPod has penciled out space in a large portion of November and December 2022 to support this effort. Want to know what this might look and sound like? Check out the showcase we did in November and December 2020 starting with “The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter” by Elaine Cuyegkeng from the anthology Black Cranes. The 2021 Showcase started off with “Sleep Hygiene” by Gemma Files from the collection In That Endlessness, Our End.
Publishers, please send us your collections and anthologies, specifically those that have been or will be published in 2022.
Authors, ask your publisher to send us the book; if they’re not interested, we still want you to submit your story here — just include the collection or anthology title in the cover letter for your individual story.
Our preferred format is a MOBI, followed by EPUB then Word Doc. We will also accept PDF’s, but please understand that PDF’s provide more barriers for consideration (they are less friendly to a wide array of reading devices.)
We will be purchasing non-exclusive reprint rights. Please let us know if there is an exclusivity period for which we will need to request a waiver.
PseudoPod will be reading during the spring and summer to allow for reading the books and scheduling the stories.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do I submit?
Right here on Moksha: https://escapeartists.moksha.io/publication/pseudopod
What kind of stories are you looking for?
What should I include in the cover letter?
If you’re submitting a whole book, let us know the month of publication and identify any original stories. Also identify any stories you think would be a particularly good fit to help focus the team’s efforts. If you’re submitting individual stories, identify the publication that it is coming from and the month of its publication.
Will you accept multiple submissions?
For our regular submissions, we restrict submission to one story at a time per author. However, since we’re accepting collections, for this call we do not have a restriction on multiple submissions. That includes if you have something in an anthology (or two) as well as a collection release. We’re happy to receive complete books as well as individual stories.
How much are you paying?
These stories will be purchased from the author at our standard $100 reprint rate.
How do we handle exclusivity periods?
If there’s a story in a book that has an exclusivity period, we’ll ask the publisher very nicely if they will waive the exclusivity period. We think there’s a definite advantage, as due to the nature of this project, we will be specifically and explicitly talking about the anthology or collection the stories was published in. If no waiver is granted by the publisher, then we will consider the story for a reprint once the exclusivity period has expired.
Does it have to be an original story to the anthology or collection?
The book should be a 2022 publication. We’re happy to consider any story from that book if we think it will provide and excellent audio presentation and/or it highlights the book it was in. It would be nice if stories that are originally published in 2022 are identified in the cover letter.
What if my anthology or collection is coming out later this year?
Submit an Advanced Reader Copy. We have enough flexibility in our schedule that we commit to not impacting the book’s original publication credit. The intent is for a rising tide to raise all ships – we’re interested in amplifying the message, not making it about us.
What if the book is self-published?
We’ve been publishing for 15 years outside a Legacy Publishing structure, so please send us books that are outside one as well. Just make sure it’s from 2022, please.
What about re-releasing a previous publication in a new format (trade paperback, new digital edition, etc.)?
We debated this internally and we ultimately fell on the side of “no.” These are stories we encourage you send us during normal submission periods, and we want to focus our energies for this call on 2022 publications.
I don’t have an upcoming story in an anthology or collection in 2022. Can I submit anyway?
Sorry, no. Those stories will be declined unconsidered, as we want to focus our energies for this call on 2022 publications. Our 2022 publication schedule is set through Halloween. We’ll be open for general submissions in August. Send us your best then.
More questions will be added as we receive them.