Call for Submissions – Planetary Anthology – Uranus

Theme: rebirth and new beginnings

Superversive Press is looking for contributions to the Uranus edition of the Planetary Anthology. Stories should be between 3,000 and 7,500 words. Stories should center on themes of rebirth and new beginnings in the broadest sense possible. Interpretations can range from rebirth of a character or a new beginning on a new world, to spiritual, philosophical, and theological ideas. These themes need not be specifically part of the plot, just part of the story.

Science fiction and fantasy in any of the traditional forms will be considered. I am looking for stories that speak to heroic aspects of man. I’m looking for stories of man as he can be, not as he all too often is. We were meant for more than office work, paying bills, and Facebook posts. Make your stories speak to the reader’s soul. Make the reader yearn for the life that he ought to live. Make him see reality through the lens of the beautiful.

Cut off date for submissions is February 1, 2018. The date may be extended depending on quality of submissions.

Send submissions to: [email protected]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Submissions Open for Saturn Anthology!

Saturn. The most beautiful of the wandering stars, surrounded by a mysterious and remarkable series of rings, crowning the planet in glory.

Jupiter may be the king of the planets, but Saturn is the progenitor, named for the powerful and terrible Titan that fathered the gods themselves. Saturn is the lord of Time, Age, and Endings. And when everything else disperses into a heat death and the cosmos is an empty void, it is Time that will rule over all.

The frame story of Saturn will be set in John C. Wright’s City Beyond Time universe! Don’t know what that is? Read the book, it’s awesome.

Stories do not need to be set in that universe.

However, they can be.

One last thing. If you have already sent in a story, resend it. I probably have it, but can make no guarantees.

Bullet point form:

  • Word count is 500-10,000
  • Poems will be accepted
  • Reprints will be accepted
  • Simultaneous submissions will be accepted
  • Stories can be about the actual planet Saturn, time, age, and endings. The Titan Saturn may also feature, and stories may be set in the City Beyond Time universe.
  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format, though please italicize instead of underline when appropriate. If the story is not in standard manuscript format, it may be rejected without being read. Seriously. I’m not kidding here. For that matter, ditto if the stories are under 500 words or over 10,000.
  • The subject line should look like this: SATURN SUBMISSION/Story Title/Author Last Name
  • The deadline is December 1, 2017. After that, you’re out of luck.
  • Please resend your submissions if you have already sent something in. I PROBABLY have it, but as they say, better safe than sorry!

The submission e-mail is [email protected]

The editors are Anthony and Mariel Marchetta, known for their work in the critically acclaimed anthology “God, Robot” and the recently released “Tales of the Once and Future King”.

Good luck!

Submission call for “To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity”

If you are sick of today’s portrayals of men as bumbling idiots, of fathers as incompetents, of masculinity as “toxic” then I invite you to send us your best story featuring men at their best.

We want…

  • Stories showing the masculine virtues in a positive light.
  • Stories that introduce or reintroduce young men to the manly virtues.
  • Stories that pay homage to men and masculinity.

Well-crafted, immersive stories (no present tense) in all genres (except horror) are welcome, but the manly virtue can’t depend on a speculative element, i.e. magic or superpowers do not make the man. You can have magic. You can have a superhero. But that’s not what makes him a man. It’s not what defines masculinity. Contact me at [email protected] if you’re not sure.

Submission deadline: Feb. 14, 2018

Short Story Formatting Checklist

Reprints by invitation only; no multiple or simultaneous submissions.

Send submissions to [email protected] with the subject line: Manly Antho – YourStoryTitle.

Rates: Royalties from the first copy sold (whether eBook or print).

UPDATE: The most frequent question I’m getting on this is one of word count. It’s open for a reason, and here is why:

I don’t have a limit on it because of genre. The more speculative the genre, the more words you need to world-build. Anything within the realm of short form is fine, as long as every word is needed to drive the plot, develop the character, show (not tell) the setting, etc. Having said that, don’t send me your 40K word novella or your 50K word novel.

I’m of the firm belief that an enjoyable well-written piece of 20K words feels as short as a poorly-written 6K word piece that’s barely readable and must be endured. Grab me with your characters and story. Make it clear what aspect of masculinity is being celebrated. If you can do it in 2K words, great. If you need 12K, that’s fine too. Please DO NOT send me a list story (where people are telling each other what masculinity is) or a manifesto. And don’t send me a guy’s obituary about how much of a man he was. Those things are not stories.

Hope this helps. If you have a specific word count that you’re worried about, let me know the genre and what you’re trying to do with it. But in general, I hope the above, answers any questions related to how word count affects your particular story.


After a year of unrelenting pessimistic, almost dystopian-like wails from the media, it was nice to read a selection of short stories that take an optimistic view of what has happened, and what will continue to occur.” ~ Amazon Reviewer

Planetary Anthologies Update & Call For Submissions

Back in March, we announced a new series of anthologies Superversive Press was working on. The Planetary Anthologies are moving along nicely. Keep an eye on this blog for publication dates and other announcements.

If you’re interested in submitting to one of the anthologies, check out the themes below. Submit your stories for the anthologies to: [email protected]
unless noted below. Include which planet you’re submitting to so that it gets to the right editor. Any questions? Put them in the comments and we’ll try to answer them.

**UPDATED** 10/15/2017

Mercury (journeys and messengers) and Mars (conflict and war) are closed for submissions. Thanks to everyone who sent in a story.

Venus (love and romance) is closed for submissions.

Earth (Discovery and daring deeds) is open through December 15th

I will be the editor for the Earth Anthology. Send me your best story of exploration and/or daring deed.

I’m partial to pulpy type stories of action and adventure, but willing to look at anything that fits the theme. The only rule is that it’s science fiction. How much or how little is up to you.

Even though humans have been on this planet for thousands of years, there are many parts still unexplored. Show me what lies in the vast depths of the Marianas trench or the darkest jungles of Africa. Take me on a wild ride through the mind of an alien psychopath exiled here by his own people. Dazzle me with the coolest tech toys not yet on the market.

You’re writers, be creative.

Okay, so there are two rules for the Earth Anthology. 1) must be science fiction/fantasy or have elements thereof

Jupiter (power, authority and leadership) is open until January, 2018
Please send submissions for Jupiter to [email protected]

Saturn (time, age and endings) Details are HERE

Uranus (New beginnings and creation) is open through February 1, 2018

Neptune (High seas and knowledge) Deadline to be determined

Pluto (Wealth and death)  Deadline: Feb 1, 2018

Stories of futuristic incredible wealth, amazing stories that deal with death – the two themes associated with the Pluto volume – or stories that take place on, or are centered around, the ninth planet of our solar system.

I’ll start accepting submissions on October 1st and all the way through to Feb. 1, 2018. You can submit your stories to [email protected] and remember to include that you’re submitting to Pluto so that it gets to me.

Only rules: It has to be sci-fi/fantasy or with elements thereof and word counts between 5k and 8k preferred.

Luna (Madness and despair /isolation /loneliness) NOT open to submissions

Sol (Nobility and righteousness) NOT open to submissions