Edited by Deborah Layne and Forrest Aguirre
P.O. Box 1818
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Wheatland Press announces an open reading period for Polyphony 7, the seventh volume in the critically-acclaimed Polyphony anthology series. The publisher and editors are committed to finding outstanding cutting edge fiction from new writers as well as from established writers. We will be looking for stories that stretch (or break) the boundaries of traditional genres. Send us your magic realism, surrealism, literary stories with a genre sensibility, and other hard-to-classify stories with strong literary values, compelling characters, engaging tone and unique voice. If you really want to know what we are looking for, check out the previous volumes of Polyphony, available directly from Wheatland Press, genre booksellers or online booksellers.
We will accept submissions by letter mail only at our P.O. Box, postmarked from December 1, 2007 to January 15, 2008. Manuscripts received with a postmark date outside the designated submission period will be discarded unopened. Email submissions are welcome from overseas contributors. If you live in the United States and feel you must email a submission to us, please query first.
Please follow standard manuscript formatting and submission conventions, especially including no simultaneous or multiple submissions. Word count is open, but our preferred range is 4,000-10,000 words. If you are unfamiliar with standard manuscript formatting, please see the various essays and references under the heading "Manuscript Preparation" at: http://www.sfwa.org/writing/
Some specifics based on prior experience.
1) No reprints.
2) Please use normal manuscript headers.
3) Do not include copyrighted material in your story.
4) No multiple submissions. One story per author, please.
5) By the same token, no simultaneous submissions.
6) If you are submitting by letter mail from overseas with a SASE, please supply AMERICAN stamps or a sufficient number of IRCs. Colorful as they are, foreign stamps are not accepted by the United States Postal Service. Enclosing cash for return postage is not helpful either, because that is another transaction we have to deal with. We will also be happy to reply by email to overseas subs, even those that come by letter mail.
7) If you live outside the U.S., you may send an email submission to:
email@example.com. Please be sure that the subject line includes the phrase “Polyphony 7 Submission.”
It is our intention to respond to all submissions by the end of March 2008. We will pay $0.04 per word for First Print and Electronic World Anthology Rights, to a maximum of $400.00, on acceptance, along with two author's copies on publication. These guidelines may be redistributed freely in their entirety.
We look forward to seeing your best work.
Deborah Layne, Publisher and Editor
Forrest Aguirre, Editor