December Theme: Crones!
Crones, beldams, old women, senior citizens. Elderly women are often cast as the villian, the witch, the evil hag. Sometimes, though, they’re also the wise woman, the old seer, the kindly woman who you want as your grandmother.
Strong and powerful, weak and frail, somewhere in between, we want to read about them! In this, our first themed issue, we’re looking exclusively for stories that bring women-identified characters in their golden years to the front and center.
Leave the young adventurers aside for now. Those who are just blossoming into adulthood can wait until next time. Give us your best of those who’ve gathered enough trophies to fill a great hall and enough wisdom to know when to leave the treasure be for the next foolhardy soul.
All the usual submission guidelines apply, just now with more grey hair.
NOTE: Stories that do not reflect the theme will be rejected
Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. We want to show the world the awesome characters and really cool stories you write. We will consider stories submitted by any woman-identified writer, regardless of experience or writing resume. If you consider yourself on the woman end of the gender spectrum in any significant capacity, you’re welcome here!
Stuff we want:
- Science Fiction
- Space Opera
- New Fairy Tales (not retellings)
- Some creepiness
- Stories that explore the nooks and crannies of an original world
- Big events from the everyman perspective
- Unique settings and storytelling forms
- Well written stories with strong characters
Stuff we don't want:
- Anything biased toward any religion, race or moral preference
- Bizarro fiction
- Extreme gore or sexual content, in particular no explicit rape or sexual assault. (everything in moderation)
- Fan Fiction (original stories only, please)
- Bad grammar/punctuation (please proofread and watch your sentence structure!)
Format and Details
Stories should be 500 to 7000 words in length. We may publish longer or shorter works, but the greater your story is above or below limit, the less likely we are to publish it. No poetry please.
We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
A Note on File Format
Send your submissions to us (via our submission form) as an RTF, DOC, DOCX, or ODT attachment. All other attachments will not be read. Standard Manuscript Format required. Make your files neat and tidy and include Title and Author on the first page! Your submission must be in Standard Manuscript Format before your story will be considered.
Reprints & Multiple submissions
We prefer original works, but will consider reprints. Authors should be sure they have the right to sell reprints. If your work is a reprint, include any necessary reprint information at the bottom of the work, such as "First appeared in XYZ Magazine, May 2011."
Submit only one story per submission period. We do not accept multiple submissions.
December 1st June 15th – August 15th
Our response time varies, but we will try to reply to you by three weeks after the end of the submission period for each issue. Feel free to contact us (via the contact form) if we do not acknowledge your submission within three weeks of the end of the submission deadline.
If you want to ask about something you have submitted, it is extremely important to use the contact form) and include the date when you sent the submission.
If your story is accepted, you will receive an email that includes the publication date and a short, simple contract. This must be returned before publication or your story will not be published.
Copyright remains yours at all times. We simply ask for the right to publish your story on our website, and also add it to the ebook (epub, mobi, pdf) and print versions. All stories will be archived indefinitely on our website. If you want us to remove a story from our archive or the downloadables, please write us via the contact form to let us know.
Anthology rights: to be determined later. If ever such a thing comes to pass, authors will be contacted to work out terms.
Luna Station Quarterly pays $5 USD for each story, payment made via Paypal. In addition, authors receive a lifetime subscription to the ebook version of the magazine. We also provide a profile page for all authors which may be used to link to a homepage, display contact information, and list other publication credits.
We reserve the right to change the submission process between issues. If you have any further questions regarding this process, please use the contact form to get in touch.