A Shared-World of Heroes and Villains

Submissions for the 6th SFFWorld.com anthology are

Once again, we are inviting submissions from the world at large! WELCOME TO PACIFIC CITY is a sort-of shared world project: we name the place, you bring it to life through the mediums of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Stories should be set in our fictionalised Pacific City, and a key element should be heroism and/or villainy, be it “super” or otherwise. You can check here for an inspirational guide to the city, or download the short Pacific City Manifesto for other useful information.

However, although this is primarily a speculative fiction project, we are also open to stories that help make Pacific City feel like a real place. Not every inspiring (or insidious) story demands the out of the ordinary for impact — but if a masked avenger wanders by while you’re bringing us down to earth, well, that won’t do your chances any harm…

Although we can only offer a nominal fee up front, all contributors will also receive a physical copy of the collection. In addition, we plan to run a Kickstarter campaign prior to publication in an attempt to raise funds for increased author fees. The editor has previously organised two successful fiction-related campaigns, including one for our 2015 anthology — this is no guarantee of future success, but it bodes well!

Submission Guidelines:
  • Maximum Word Count: 7,500.
    • This is a very firm limit. Pieces between 2,500 and 5,000 words preferred. Flash fiction will be considered, but the longer a story the more it needs to impress.
  • Submission Deadline: November 30th, 2017.
  • Minimum Compensation: USD$15 on acceptance of contract, plus one contributor’s copy of the print-on-demand paperback on publication.
  • All submissions must be the original work of the author — we will not accept any story incorporating copyrighted characters or material, fan fiction, etc.
  • We require First Print and Digital rights, plus a six month period of exclusivity from the date of publication. All other rights remain entirely with the authors.
  • While this anthology is intended for an adult readership, this is not a market for pornographic or offensively extreme content. “Artistic justification” is a good (if subjective) argument, and we shall (subjectively) assess each story according to its (subjective) merits.
  • We welcome writers of any and all backgrounds and submissions exploring diverse perspectives, provided they do not seek only to attack or demean those of others.
Formatting Guidelines:
  • Acceptable document types are RTF, DOC or DOCX.
  • Straightforward formatting is preferred for editorial convenience:
    • Please use an easy-reading font (Times New Roman 12pt, etc.).
    • Do not insert empty lines between paragraphs, or first-line indents.
    • Use a single # to represent essential text breaks.
    • Use italics for italics, don’t underline. Smart (“curly”) punctuation is fine.
    • If your manuscript includes any unusual formatting, please alert the editors when submitting and have a really good, story-related reason.

All submissions should be emailed to Andrew at:

andrew [dot] leon [dot] hudson [at] gmail [dot] com

If you can’t figure out how to turn the above into a working email address, please consider this page your form rejection.

If you can, then we look forward to reading your submissions!

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