In addition to reviews, The Book Smugglers also publish short stories, novellas, novels, and select works of nonfiction commentary since 2014.
Presenting Book Smugglers Publishing
Since 2008 we have been reading, commenting on, and sharing our thoughts about stories. After the amazing experience of curating Speculative Fiction 2013, we Book Smugglers want to continue to find and publish the best and brightest voices in SFF.
Book Smugglers Publishing looks for English language original speculative fiction and speculative fiction commentary from all around the world.
Our goal is to publish at least three short stories, unified by a central theme, each year.
Past publication seasons include:
Five tales of first encounters, including traditional science fiction, experimental short fiction, historical fantasy, and science fiction romance
Subversive Fairy Tales
Six subversive retellings of fairy tales from diverse international voices, including classic western fables, and folklore from New Zealand, Japan, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
Coming Summer 2016:
The Year of the Superhero
Submissions are officially closed for our Summer 2016 season.
We’re looking for original, English-language novellas from all around the world. Our goal is to publish four novellas in 2017, and each novella will be accompanied by one original piece of artwork from an artist commissioned by us separately.
Submissions are open through May 30, 2016 11:59PM PST. Any submissions received after that date will not be considered for the 2017 period.
More information about the Novella Initiative is available here.
The Book Smugglers’ Quarterly Almanac
Launching in June, The Book Smugglers’ Quarterly Almanac will collect original short fiction and selected reprints, plus original essays, reviews, and other assorted goodies. The Almanac will be available in both print (in a sweet, collectible almanac-sized book) and electronic formats, and will be sold via all the usual online retailers as well as directly from our website.
More information about the Almanac is available here.
Speculative Fiction Series
Speculative Fiction is an annual, not-for-profit, Hugo Award-winning publication that collects the best and most provocative online reviews, essays, and commentary from across SFF fandom. The goal is to feature a new pair of editors each year who will curate the anthology in tandem, and will open for submissions from the general public over the course of the year.
Speculative Fiction 2015, edited by Foz Meadows and Mark Oshiro, is currently closed to submissions and will be on sale July, 2016.
More information about the Speculative Fiction series available here.
What We Look For & Submission Guidelines
- DIVERSITY. We want to read and publish stories that reflect the diverse world we live in, about and from traditionally underrepresented perspectives. It should go without saying that we’d hope for a respectful and responsible approach to creating diverse worlds and characters.
- Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult audience submissions are welcome. Good speculative fiction is ageless!
- Creativity & Subversion. We love subversive stories. We want you to challenge the status quo with your characters, story telling technique, and themes.
Guidelines for Fiction Submissions:
- We are looking for original speculative fiction, between 1,500 and 17,500 words long for short stories, and between 17,500 and 40,000 words long for novellas.
- These SFF offerings must be previously unpublished; we do not accept simultaneous submissions.
- Profanity, sex, and other explicit situations are fine as long as they fit within the context of the story.
Payment and Terms:
We are a small independent publisher, and fund all publications ourselves because we are passionate about finding new and diverse voices in SFF.
For Short Stories, we pay $0.06 per word up to $500 (although we welcome stories from a minimum of 1,500 words and up to a maximum of 17,500 words long).
We typically publish short stories for free in their entirety on thebooksmugglers.com. We also sell these stories in ebook (and possibly limited print editions) at a 50% net royalty, with potential inclusion in future anthologies (royalty to be negotiated). We typically ask for exclusive rights for one year, and non-exclusive rights following that.
For Novellas, we pay a signing bonus not to be held against royalties, plus a net royalty on all sales.
We ask for exclusive print, digital, audio worldwide rights, and we plan on publishing these novellas in both electronic and print formats.
How to Submit:
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check submission windows.
Please attach your full story as a document (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Do not send your story as text in the body of an email; we will ignore any manuscripts that are not attachments.
A cover letter is not strictly necessary but recommended, and we would love to learn a little bit about you and the inspiration behind your work (or anything else you think is relevant to your story submission).
We are happy to answer any of your questions! Email us (email@example.com), and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.