Welcome to SFWP's Submittable page. From here you can submit to the SFWP Quarterly, our online journal.

We are also accepting entries for the 2017 Literary Awards Program, judged by Benjamin Percy, and the 2040 Books Awards Program, judged by Mat Johnson.

For our publishing wing, we are currently seeking sci-fi and fantasy manuscripts as well as all general fiction and nonfiction work. Please note that our publication calendar is booked up through 2018.
 



Ends on March 31, 2017
Recently, we successfully launched the first in an exciting new fantasy trilogy. It's long been my dream to publish fantasy, so that was pretty awesome.

I've also dreamed of publishing sci-fi. So let's see what you all have! The guidelines below may or may not come from a crazy man: 

Guidelines:

What to send me:
  • Send me a file that starts with a cover letter explaining your story and what you, as an author, bring to the table in terms of contacts, social media presence, etc. Our goal is to sell 1000 units of each title. That's harder than you think, and it means you'll have to beat the street and be willing to do events, bookfairs, and on and on. I want a picture of how you can help market your own work.  You need to answer all this for me.
  • After that, include the first 20 pages of the first chapter of your manuscript. If there's a prelude or something like that, it won't count towards those 20 pages. I'm not going to be a stickler about that page limit, so don't knock yourself out trying to make it exactly 20. But that isn't an excuse to send me 1000 pages.
  • Your manuscript should be finished! At least a first draft. If I ask for the whole manuscript, I want to see a completed manuscript. 
  • Standalone books are fine. A series is fine, as well. It's okay if only the first book in the series is done.
  • I don't care about formatting.  Just don't be messy.

My response:

  • I'll respond within 30 days, depending on my workload. At worst, it'll be 90 days. I won't have the time to provide feedback or suggestions. I'll either ask to see more or I'll just say sorry, it's not for me. Remember that this judgement will be based totally off of personal taste. Speaking of which:

What I'm looking for:

I'm not saying conform exactly to all this stuff. My hope here is to describe what I enjoy in my sci-fi so you can figure out if I'm the right publisher for you.
  • No YA.
  • My favorite sci-fi author is Iain Banks, and Ann Leckie has won a place in my heart. Recent authors who blew me away: Charlie Jane Anders, Ian MacDonald (Luna is the sort of world-building I like to see), Neal Stephenson's Seveneves took a trope (the generation ship) and turned it upside down. Very nicely done.
  • I love post-apocalypse stories, but am very sensitive, from the publisher POV, of the "haven't we seen this a million times before...just this week?" syndrome at the moment. (So zombies are probably a bad idea.)
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet did some amazing character building but failed to tell a story, which I feel was a mistake. I want the best of all worlds -- characters and world building and a story!
  • I love The Expanse series
  • I think the BSG reboot started out awesome and then fell apart. Mysticism is fine, but I don't want the modern equivalent of a journey into the Monolith.
  • I love the first season of Space: 1999. I liked the idea that our heroes weren't really in control of their fate. 
  • I like anti-heroes like Avon in Blake's 7.
  • I'm a classic Doctor Who fan. I think the Doctor should be a mysterious fugitive with a heart of gold (i.e., a pseudo-anti-hero) and not an angry "lonely god" as he became after his 7th Regeneration (and especially in NuWho).
  • Ranked best to worst: TOS, DS9, TNG, VOY, ENT (A sci-fi Myers-Briggs!)

Publication:

  • If I select your story, you'll be offered a competitive publishing contract.
  • The book will probably come out in late 2018, more likely early 2019, as a full-market frontlist trade paperback release.
  • We're distributed worldwide, in print and ebook formats, by the Independent Publishers Group. Books are available through every vendor, online and off.
  • I ask questions on the submission form that I will ask you to fill out if I accept your work. So when I say give me three comparable titles, don't respond with: Nothing compares to me. You will have to answer that question eventually.



Ends on July 22, 2017$30.00
$30.00
This year's judge is Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands and Red Moon.

We are looking for fiction and creative nonfiction of any length, genre, and subject matter. 

  • The grand prize is $1,500, and two runner-ups will receive $1,000 each
  • Authors retain all rights to their work
  • Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There’s no obligation to sign this contract.
  • There is a $30 reading fee
Please visit our page for Guidelines, FAQs, and more!
Ends on July 7, 2017$25.00
$25.00
This year's judge is Mat Johnson, author of author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, Hunting Harlem, and the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot.

We are looking for fiction and creative nonfiction of any length, genre, and subject matter. This contest is open only to authors of ethnic background. For more details about the 2040 Books mission, please visit this page. We are also hosting the general SFWP Awards Program, which is open to all authors over the age of 18.

  • The grand prize is $1,000, and one runner up will receive $500
  • Authors retain all rights to their work
  • Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There’s no obligation to sign this contract.
  • There is a $25 reading fee
Please visit our page for Guidelines, FAQs, and more!

This is the form for all fiction submissions to The SFWP Quarterly

When you submit your work for consideration, you should:

  • Let us know if the piece has been published elsewhere, including online (previously published work is OK — just let us know, please).
  • Include a short author biography (50-75 words), including publishing credits.

Ideally, your entry will be around 2500 - 3000 words in length. We like to keep it short for the internet audience. However, we will go to 5000 words, and we have published longer work in the past. If your entry exceeds 5000 words, then please contact us first with more details and a synopsis.

Multiple entries are accepted. All genres are considered. Rolling deadlines.


This is the form for all nonfiction submissions to The SFWP Quarterly

Ideally, your entry will be around 2500 - 3000 words in length. We like to keep it short for the internet audience. However, we will go to 5000 words, and we have published longer work in the past. If your entry exceeds 5000 words, then please contact us first with more details and a synopsis.

Multiple entries are accepted. All genres are considered. Rolling deadlines.

When you submit your work for consideration, you should:

  • Let us know if the piece has been published elsewhere, including online (previously published work is OK — just let us know, please).
  • Include a short author biography (50-75 words), including publishing credits.

This is the form for all book review submissions to The SFWP Quarterly

Multiple entries are accepted. We're looking for a word count of 600 - 100 words. Rolling deadlines.

When you submit your work for consideration, you should:

  • Let us know if the piece has been published elsewhere, including online (previously published work is OK — just let us know, please).
  • Include a short author biography (50-75 words), including publishing credits.
  • If the book review is unsolicited, then please include details on the book - publisher, synopsis, and any relevant links to the author's blog or the publisher, if applicable. 
We are always looking for great work from new authors, and from veteran authors who have gone out of print.

SFWP's titles are eclectic. We're open to just about any genre or style, and we don't believe in sticking with a catalog or pursuing the current literary fads. SFWP's mission is to recognize excellence in writing. Before you submit, you may want to review our current titles to see if we're a good fit for your work. 

We ask that your submission include a cover letter and a brief synopsis. In your cover letter, we want to know what you bring to the table. How can you help us market your book? Why should we consider your work for publication? 

As we are a small press, our options are very limited. We publish 3-4 books per year, and have to be highly selective. There are only a few staff members, and we tend to be very busy with ongoing projects. It may take us 4-6 months to review your entry, and, if we decide not to accept your work, we may not be able to provide much feedback, if any.

Please note that our 2016 and 2017 publishing seasons are fully booked. We will only be considering for 2018 and 2019.