Brooklyn Centered Speculative Fiction
Speculative Fiction /ˈspɛkjʊlətɪv ˈfɪkʃən/ noun: a super category for all genres that deliberately depart from imitating “consensus reality” of everyday experience including fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but also their derivatives, hybrids, and cognate genres like the gothic, dystopia, weird fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, ghost stories, superhero tales, alternate history, steampunk, slipstream, magic realism, fractured fairy tales, and more. (oxfordre.com)
Brooklyn is variety. It’s a collection of cultures thrown together, growing and interacting among parks and food trucks. Mom and pop shops surviving alongside corporate giants spreading into the brownstones and building crystalline apartment complexes. Identity is central to life in Brooklyn. Where someone’s home can be just as much of an identifier as the food they grew up with.
We want that sense of culture and identity reflected in the stories submitted to us. We’re open to anything under the sun of speculative fiction from whimsical fantasy, alternative histories, pending dystopias, science fiction futures, or magical realism to name a few. Draw inspiration from Asimov, Lethem, or Jemisin—writers who’ve produced stories rooted in Brooklyn. We’ll be looking for characters who are faced with common issues in Brooklyn, from the isolation of city dwellers, to the stresses of immigration and the pressures of assimilation, to the connection between generational lineages and location, or perhaps the tiring work of hustlers, the hidden places known by few, or the social absurdity of kickball gangs. It doesn’t necessarily have to take place there, it doesn't have to be urban fantasy, but the connection to Brooklyn should be in the essence.
Q: What's so special about BSFW? Why should I join?
A: The workshops and community! The whole point of the Kaleidocast is to support the writers in the BSFW community. Original stories are encouraged to go through our critique process where you'll get friendly feedback from people with the same goal as you, to get published. If your story doesn't get accepted, you have the opportunity to edit your story and resubmit a second time. And you can do that with the help of those who'll be making the final call on whether your story will be sent to our voice actors.
Q: How long can my story be?
A: Oh, you ambitious pigeon, you. We like to limit our stories to 5,000 words and will take as few as 500.
Q: Do you accept stories that have been published or sent elsewhere?
A: Yes, but with a caveat. If it has been published elsewhere, there's no re-submission process as mentioned above. That's simply because there's no chance of editing the material. So if you're submitting elsewhere, please let us know because this can be a potential legal issue for us and other publishers. If your work has already been published, it would be considered a secondary market. That all being said, you are still more than welcome to workshop your story with us as a BSFW member.
Q: Will I get paid for my story?
A: Ab-So-Lutely! We offer 8¢ per word for new, unpublished stories. Then $20 for flash fiction reprints and $70 for short story reprints. Flash fiction counts as any story with 1500 words or less.
Q: I still have some questions; where can I contact you?
A: You can find more specific details for submissions on our Submissions Details page. And if that doesn't answer your questions, click here or find our information on our contacts page.
Q: Okay then, how do I submit my story?
A: Right here, friend. Send us the story as a RTF, .DOCX, or DOC (no PDFs) and in the email write a quick cover letter telling us how your story is connected to Brooklyn. Looking forward to reading it!