Sci Fi Anthology: Humans Wanted

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Sci Fi Anthology: Humans Wanted

Postby emilymccosh » Tue Aug 09, 2016 5:27 pm

For all you SF nerds like me out there, I thought you'd like to see this. I'll be submitting sometime in the next few months. I'll have to write a new story, but I love this kind of stuff!

Humans Wanted: A SF Anthology

Word limit: 3000-6000 words.

Pay rate: $250/story

Genre: Science Fiction only (no Fantasy, Steampunk or Horror, although horror elements may be present in the story).

Language: English (translations are welcome).

Submissions open: August 1, 2016

Submissions close: December 31, 2016

Rights: We claim first world English rights (no reprints). For an excellent break down of what this means, please see Neil Clarke’s post here.

When going somewhere dangerous, take a human. Humans are tough. Humans can last days without food. Humans heal so quickly, they pierce holes in themselves or inject ink under their epidermis for fun. Humans will walk for days on broken bones in order to make it to safety. Humans will literally cut off bits of themselves if trapped by a disaster.

You would be amazed what humans will do to survive. Or to ensure the survival of others they feel responsible for.

That's the other thing. Humans pack-bond, and they spill their pack-bonding instincts everywhere. Sure it's weird when they talk sympathetically to broken spaceships or try to pet every lifeform that scans as non-toxic. It's even a little weird that just existing in the same place as them for long enough seems to make them care about you.

But if you're hurt, if you're trapped, if you need someone to fetch help? You really want a human.

(Thanks to Tumblr user iztarshi for the idea and the above copy. Used with permission)

I am looking for stories that show diverse humanity in a positive light, as useful contributors to the universe. I want humans who build relationships and forge new paths, not humans that destroy or devastate those they meet. Submit stories with strong characters in positive stories that portray humans as useful and generally helpful to the universe. Diversity is encouraged.

Any type of science fiction is acceptable (whether it be “hard” or “soft,” “space opera” or “near-future” etc.). Keep your story PG-13 so many readers can enjoy the anthology.
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Re: Sci Fi Anthology: Humans Wanted

Postby Ishmael » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:45 am

Okay. I can do that. I think! wotf011

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Re: Sci Fi Anthology: Humans Wanted

Postby J'nae Rae » Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:36 am

I plan on giving it a try after I get done with the story I'm editing and writing my entry for this quarter. wotf013
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Re: Sci Fi Anthology: Humans Wanted

Postby LDWriter2 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:35 pm

Sounds interesting and I should be able to come up with an idea, if I set my mind to it.
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