5 Cents per Word for Speculative Fiction

Memory of the Future (by Raul Cruz)Feel like writing good speculative fiction? This is for you, then. Founded in September 2000, Strange Horizons is a weekly web-based magazine of and about speculative fiction. The term “speculative fiction” refers to what is more commonly known as sci-fi, but which properly embraces science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, slipstream, and a host of sub-genres. They want:

  • Stories that have some literary depth but aren’t boring.
  • Styles that are unusual yet readable.
  • Structures that balance inventiveness with traditional narrative.
  • Characters we can care about.
  • Settings and cultures that we don’t see all the time in speculative fiction.
  • Stories that address political issues in complex and sensitive ways. Continue Reading →

FAQ (Frequently Accused-Questions) to Fiction Writers

Evil judgeHave you, as a fiction author, ever been asked by people pretended to know everything about work of writing and publishing? Were you boxed into a corner by those questions? I was. I have ever faced few “judges” like that. But I never give a damn, ha-ha. I have a list of what did my friends negatively say about work of fiction. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to translate those into English. But I bet you already knew things like: all fiction writers are liar, a words waster, ones who live in imagination without seeing the real world, blah. Insignificant accusations that can be easily countered. Continue Reading →