SUBMISSIONS

Submissions are open from October 1 – December 15

Speculative City publishes provocative works that are centered within a cityscape. Although all are welcome to submit, special consideration is given to creators and characters often underrepresented in speculative fiction, such as people of color, queer people, working-class people, and people with disabilities (this list is not exhaustive and acts as an example of the types of voices we wish to hear and show).

We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the theme of the magazine’s upcoming issue (the grotesque, see below). Writers published will be paid $20-$75 according to the category and length of their submission. We would be hard-pressed to include submissions with a length exceeding 7500 words.

  • All submissions should be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
  • We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions for any category of work.
  • Please send any questions to info @ speculativecity.com .
  • We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days.

All submissions should be sent through Green Submissions. Green Submissions requires users to create an account. Please see link to sign up and submit at https://greensubmissions.com/1024/speculative-city/index.php.

Before submitting work, please also be familiar with our contract.

Theme:

grotesque

noun, adjective | gro tesque | \grō-tesk\

Definition of GROTESQUE

noun

  • a figure distorted to a level of impropriety; a caricature

adjective

  • removed from the ordinary/typical; malformed

In literature, the grotesque is a creative trope that focuses on the body, biological or structural, aiming to distort and deform it through the macabre, the taboo, and the horrifying to create absurd or unexpected outcomes.