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Uncanny Preparing to Receive Submissions

The moment many of you have been waiting for is almost here: Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy is nearly ready to open for unsolicited submissions! We’re proud to announce that Uncanny has now filled its slots of Submissions Editors! Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply to be a Submissions Editor for Uncanny. We were overwhelmed by the number of responses and the enthusiasm of applicants for the limited number of slots available.

Now that we’ve chosen Submissions Editors, this means we need to start giving them something to read. And that means… we need YOUR submissions! Uncanny will officially begin accepting FICTION and POETRY submissions on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014. 

We will have a blog post up tomorrow with further details and instructions, including more about the submissions guidelines. So get your fiction and poetry ready, Space Unicorns! We can’t wait to see it!

Uncanny Is Looking for Submissions Editors!

Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy is currently seeking to add Submissions Editors (often called slush readers). Uncanny is an online magazine that publishes Science Fiction and Fantasy and pays $.08 per word for new fiction. Our submission guidelines are here:

We will ask Submissions Editors to select unique and provocative, diverse, well-written stories from our unsolicited submissions for the Editors-in-Chief to consider for publication. Each Submission Editor will be responsible for reading about 30-60 stories per month (we try to respond within 10 days to submissions). This is an unpaid volunteer position, and you will be unable to submit to Uncanny if you are chosen. If you’re curious about how that works, here is an excellent post by Sigrid Ellis on the subject.

If you’re interested in joining Team Space Unicorn, please fill out our Submission Editor application form. We will be accepting applications until September 2 at 11:59 PM CDT.


Upcoming Uncanny Staff Appearances

Several of the Uncanny editorial staff will be making appearances at upcoming greater Chicago area events this summer and fall.

Wizard World Chicago (August 21-24, 2014, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL) – Michi Trota will be on two panels at the convention, both on Saturday, August 23:

  • Yellow Fever, Yellow Peril and the Yellow Ranger: Asian Americans in Geek Culture & History (1:30-2:15pm, Room 6) – “From otaku fan culture to the myth of the “model minority,” there’s a rising interest, enthusiasm, and host of assumptions about Asian Americans in geek culture today. But how have Asian Americans been represented in popular culture and what effect does this have on creators and fans? How does one’s ethnic identity affect the art we create and the way we consume it? Join Asian American comic writers, geek enthusiasts, bloggers, and musicians for an interactive discussion on Asian Americans in geek culture and history!” Panelists: Dawn Xiana Moon (producer/director Raks Geek), Kat Tanaka Okopnik, Brad Sun (SunBros Studios), Wesley Sun (SunBros Studios), and Michi Trota (Chicago Nerd Social Club). 
  • Glass Ceilings, Missing Stairs and Gatekeepers: Geeks Still Deal with Sexism (Part Deux) (4:30-5:15pm, Room 6) – “We’ve established that yes, women can be geeks, so what gives? Con harassment is still a problem, we still haven’t gotten a Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel movie and geeky women continue to face barriers in geek spaces. Find out why talking about sexism and fighting for geeky gender equality is still needed and what we can do to create more inclusive geek spaces. A Q&A session will follow discussion with the panelists. Panel sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.” Panelists: Sooshe Bot: science writer/communicator (moderator); Laura Koroski: blogger Challenge by Geek; Carlye Frank: comics artist; Kate Lansky: writer, gamer; Dawn Xiana Moon; Erin Tipton: nerdy knitter; and Michi Trota.

THE GEEK SHOW: A Nerdy Variety Talky Thing (September 5, 2014, 8:00pm, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL) – Michi will be a featured guest in this showcase celebrating the Chicago geek/nerd community. 

Chicago Humanities Festival: Journeys (October 25-November 9, 2014) – Lynne and Michi will join Mary Robinette Kowal and Ruth Ann Stern (moderator) to talk about Doctor Who at the “Chicks Dig Time Lords” event (Saturday, November 1, 2014, 1:30-2:30pm, School of the Art Institute Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL). “Don’t blink, Doctor Who fans! As the show enters its 51st year and introduces a new doctor, we are convening with Lynne Thomas, host of the podcasts SF Squeecast and Verity! and coeditor of Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It. To be discussed: Who is the best Doctor? How does Capaldi compare? And what are the best ways for fans to pay homage to the show?” Ticketed event: $9 (CHF members); $12 (general public); $5 (students & teachers)

WindyCon 41 – Grimms Tales (November 14-16, 2014, Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL) – Lynne  and Michael Thomas are attending with members of the SF Squeecast (with Elizabeth Bear, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente) as WindyCon’s Social Media Guests of Honor. Michi will also be attending.

Chicago TARDIS (November 28-30, 2014, Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL) – Michael will be attending as a Guest of the convention. Lynne will also be attending.

Welcome to Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Three-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine, Chicks Dig Time Lords, Glitter & Mayhem) and three-time Hugo Award nominee Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords) are launching year one of a new professional online SF/F magazine: Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Click here to support our Kickstarter!

Each issue will contain new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.

Our Philosophy:
We are geeks who have spent the past several years creating and sharing work that gets us excited.

Whether it’s sharing true, personal stories of how the community that loves Doctor Who changes lives in Chicks Dig Time Lords and Queers Dig Time Lords or examining humanity at its worst through the horrific stories in Apex Magazine, or throwing a massive, Kickstarter-funded science fictional party through Glitter & Mayhem‘s stories of the dark side of night life and roller derby (because what is more awesome than aliens and roller derby?), we’ve done our best to bring you stories and images that stay with you, because they feel like they were made just for you.

We think that the best science fiction and fantasy literature combines astonishing ideas, strong characterization, excellent, gorgeous writing, and distinctive, diverse points of view from around the world.

We particularly love the stories that we can’t stop thinking about, and talking about, because of how they made us feel.  We sought out these kinds of stories constantly–they feel as rare as unicorns, and getting to share them with our readers is awesome like a space unicorn (hence our new mascot).

We want to take our experiences producing bestselling, award-winning nonfiction anthologies, and two years of a highly popular, award-nominated magazine, and combine them to create a new online magazine, that reflects what we’ve learned, and takes it even further.

Space unicorns for everyone!

We’re calling it Uncanny, because we want to produce a sensational magazine that feels like you’ve been here before, in the best way possible. Uncanny will have stories, prose, poetry and cover art that make you feel, and stays with you after you’ve read the issue.

Here’s a preview of some of our cover art, in this case, by Tran Nguyen:

A Sentimental Swallow by Tran Nguyen
A Sentimental Swallow by Tran Nguyen. (This is available as postcards and prints for some Kickstarter backers).

Year One Contributors: (So far)…
For year one, we have solicited original short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winning and nominated authors including:

L-R: (row 1) Amal El-Mohtar, Sofia Samatar (photo credit: Adauto Araujo), Charlie Jane Anders, Liz Argall, Rachel Swirsky; (row 2) Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary Robinette Kowal, Neil Gaiman (photo credit: Kimberly Butler), Scott Lynch; (row 3) Catherynne M. Valente, Paul Cornell, Ken Liu, Kat Howard, Hao Jingfang, E. Lily Yu.
L-R: (row 1) Amal El-Mohtar, Sofia Samatar (photo credit: Adauto Araujo), Charlie Jane Anders, Liz Argall, Rachel Swirsky; (row 2) Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary Robinette Kowal, Neil Gaiman (photo credit: Kimberly Butler), Scott Lynch; (row 3) Catherynne M. Valente, Paul Cornell, Ken Liu, Kat Howard, Hao Jingfang, E. Lily Yu.

We plan to showcase original poetry by

… and essays by

Uncanny will also feature cover art by Carrie Ann Baade, Julie Dillon, Galen Dara,Tran Nguyen, and Matthew Dow Smith.

More preview art, this time by Julie Dillon!

Fortune's Favored, by Julie Dillon  (This is available as postcards and prints for some Kickstarter backers).
Fortune’s Favored, by Julie Dillon. (This is available as postcards and prints for some Kickstarter backers).

There will also be slots for unsolicited submissions. We are deeply committed to finding and showcasing new voices in our genre from around the world.

How You Can Get Uncanny:
Uncanny issues will be published as eBooks (mobi, pdf, epub) bimonthly on the first Tuesday of that month through all of the major online eBook stores. Each issue will contain 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews, at minimum. We are currently working on providing additional exclusive content just for subscribers.

Subscribers and those purchasing single issues get each issue (ex: Nov/Dec 2014 is our first planned issue) in its entirety up front, no waiting.

Those reading online for free will have to wait a week for the first half of the issue, and a month for the second half, to appear on the second Tuesday of each month (of November and December, respectively in our example).

We will also be producing a monthly fiction podcast.

How are we funding Uncanny?
We are fundraising through Kickstarter to cover the start up costs for launching a professional online magazine. We intend to pay our writers $ .08 per word for original fiction, our poets $30 per poem, and our essayists $50 per essay, and our artists $60 per reprinted artwork. In addition to paying our contributors, our budget includes hiring Clockpunk Studios to set up, design and host a robust website; podcast production and hosting costs; and covering backer rewards and Kickstarter fees.

Help us bring the Uncanny to life by backing our Kickstarter! Fundraising will run July 29 – August 28, 2014.