Abyss & Apex 231

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Audience

Country of Publication

Open to a broad Audience. United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. We want to publish powerful stories with emotion that resonates in our minds and hearts long after the first reading and makes us want to read them again and again. We look for the unique: stories that stand out in a genre that pushes the envelope of unusual. We take special delight in detailed world-building, and we enjoy reading about the realms and inhabitants of your imagination. We have no subject/topic preference, beyond a requirement that the work have a speculative element. We are happy to read high fantasy, magic realism, hard science fiction, sword and sorcery, and genrebending stories that don't quite seem to fit elsewhere. Our tastes span the gamut from classic Golden-Age SF to modern nontraditional formats.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Heroic Fantasy, Magic Realism, Sword & Sorcery.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Hard Science Fiction.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
S to P Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) per piece.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No NoText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Temp Closed

We like to see strong, emotionally resonant, literary-quality poetry with a clear speculative element, as well as scifaiku and what some call "science poetry" or "astronomy poetry." Both traditional and modern or nontraditional formats are encouraged, and we have no length restrictions for poetry. Wow us with a sestina, or stun us in free verse. We admire poetry that exceeds our expectations in scansion, imagery, emotional impact and creative wordplay. We love language, and we like to see it worked for all it's worth. Our love of poetry exceeds the space and funds we have to publish it, so we accept only the very best; amaze us!

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 November 2017 (127.3 days from now) through 30 November 2017. 0
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Heroic Fantasy, Magic Realism, Sword & Sorcery.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Hard Science Fiction.
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms, including: Formal verse, Free verse, Haiku (or related), Hybrid form, Invented/Nonce form, Sestina.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
S Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) per piece.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No NoText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Date Added:
29 Jul 2005
Last Updated:
31 May 2017