OPEN - Welcome to Digital Science Fiction. We are excited to announce our first open call for reprint short stories in the science fiction genre. These stories will be published as stand-alone short stories and as part of an anthology of ten short stories under the Digital Science Fiction imprint, by the publisher, Digital Fiction Publishing Corp.
We are looking for reprint short stories that have appeared in professional or semi-professional books, magazines, collections, or anthologies, and that are available to be re-licensed by Digital Science Fiction and published through Amazon as Kindle edition short stories as a stand-alone title and in an anthology of ten stories. We are not looking for (and will not license) self published stories (in any format/venue), stories that have been published and are available to download online (free or paid) as stand alone stories (in collections and anthologies is fine), or stories that are available free on-line in any form (magazine, archive, blog etc, but podcasts that have not been made available in print also are fine). Basically, if we search for your story on-line and find it, in writing, by title or content, and it's free in any format or for sale as a stand-alone story, then we won't license it - no exceptions.
Reprint short stories must have a length of between 3,500 and 7,500 words to be considered.
The following is a
general, non-binding, statement of the terms under which Digital Science
Fiction publishes submissions but is superseded by the Publishing Agreement and DFP League terms and conditions that will be provided for review and agreement prior to publication and payment.
are paid one (1) cent per word in United States dollars ($0.01 USD) based on final proofread word count. Accepted submissions
are paid 100% on final proofreading, regardless of actual or proposed publication date. Payment is via PayPal. There are no fees, charges, or
expenses of any kind charged to the author by the publisher; however, transaction, exchange rate, or banking fees charged by PayPal or third party banks are the responsibility of the author.
exclusive second world rights to a stand-alone short story and one anthology, in the English language and any
electronic, audio, and print format, with a twelve (12) month no new use clause. (You must agree not to reuse or republish the selected
Work for a period of 12 months from first payment; but existing publications [excluding stand-alone digital/on-line versions free or paid] are fine but subject to disclosure.) Rights apply only to a specific
short story release and one anthology, not general use of a work. The publishing agreement also allows for publication of the work in an established and recognized "best of" anthology at any time with notice to Digital of the same.
is initially published digitally exclusively for Amazon e-books and subsequently in a collection of stories as a digital and print anthology via Amazon Create Space. We provide proofreading and formatting at our
cost. No additional (or very light) editing will be performed on your work
prior to publication. You may be provided with a copy of the
proofreading changes prior to publication, but your consent is not required. However, no
substantive/content changes will be made without the consent of the Author.
Authors must warrant, state, represent, and agree that the author
has full and unrestricted right to re-license the work to
Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. for publication in accordance with
the Publishing Agreement, and that the author is the owner of the copyright
to the work, without material encumbrance. Author shall be required
to fully indemnify and save harmless the publisher for any failure to abide by these
requirements. (Please do not license us something you don't own or can't license as intended. Digital Science Fiction is relying on, exclusively, the representations of the author in this regard.)
Additionally, if your story otherwise qualifies and is selected for publication, we require that no self-published or other versions of the stand alone story remain or be made available on-line (any country any written format) for a period of twelve months from the date of first payment. That is, if your otherwise qualifying story was ever published by you or a third party on-line as a stand-alone story, then you must agree to remove or have removed the story from on-line publication for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of payment. If you don't have control over your on-line content we will not license your work - sorry.
Digital Science Fiction is a science fiction imprint of Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. and we want science fiction stories. We will not consider fantasy stories or general fiction for publication by Digital Science Fiction. Please consider our fantasy imprint if you have a qualifying fantasy story for our consideration.
We want stories for a young adult to adult (not children) audience. Content should be PG to R rated. No erotica, pornography, or gratuitously offensive content will be accepted. Please don’t submit anything that fits these categories as it's a waste of your time and ours, thank you.
According to Wikipedia, the source of all that is correct in the Universe (really?): “Science Fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with the impact of imagined innovations in science or technology, often in a futuristic setting... its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation).” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fiction)
We take the “scientifically postulated laws of nature” and “imaginative speculation” ideas pretty loosely here at Digital Science Fiction, so we’re just fine with aliens, alternative realities, death rays, clever time travel, and exceeding 299,792,458 meters per second. If forced into the debate, we would probably have to admit that we like the ‘fiction‘ just as much as the ‘science‘.
Thank you for considering Digital Science Fiction and Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Please do not submit your story and tie up our Readers if your stand-alone story has been published and is available to download on-line (free or paid), or your story is available free on-line in any written form (magazine, archive, blog etc), and you can't immediately take it down or have it taken down. We will not license it if it's on-line for free.