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An anthology of optimistic, near future SF

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A Quick Note

A quick note to say that I am indeed back from China (where I couldn’t access Twitter, Facebook and the Shine blog), and that I am reading Shine submissions like crazy.

Also, I will read anything that comes in over the weekend (Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2). I’ll have to draw my final line in the sand at Monday August 3: then I have to pack for Anticipation (Montréal SF WorldCon), to which I’ll fly on Tuesday August 4.

Schedule for that will be posted here tomorrow (it’s after midnight again, and the day job calls early in the morning).

So I’ll repeat that anything that hits my gmail inbox over the weekend (say, until Monday noon my time) will be OK. Anything after that will get a friendly form reject. And I’ll read the deadline crush entries probably on my trip to Montréal.

Keep writing, and send me those stories!

Extension of SHINE submission deadline

After receiving a great amount of pledges and requests, I have decided to extend the deadline for submitting stories to SHINE to August 1.

The guidelines have been adjusted accordingly.

Looking forward to the (hopefully) great stories coming in!

SHINE Anthology Guidelines

SHINE is an anthology of optimistic near-future SF, edited by Jetse de Vries, published by Solaris Books, and is planned for an early 2010 release.


Convincing and optimistic: Imagine that we are the biggest skeptics on the planet, then show us how things can change for the better, and persuade us.

Near-future: from now until 50 years later.

SF: we’re not going to define it. Write what you think is SF, and convince us with the story.

The Gritty:

Length: up to 10k words (not hard, but anything longer than 10k should be mind-blowingly superb).

Payment: 5 cents a word, on publication (and probably a pro rata share of the anthologist’s earnings: I’m working on that)

Genres: science fiction only. I greatly prefer original stories, but I will — like Baen’s Universe — look at stories that have been published in markets that are not professional by SFWA standards, or markets with a relatively small reach. I also consider Interzone, Black Static, Postscripts, Futurismic, Apex Digest and Flurb to be either professional markets or markets with a wide reach (or both), so don’t want to see stories published by them, either.

Rights: First World English Rights, non-exclusive world anthology rights, non-exclusive audio anthology rights, and further subsidiary rights specified in my boilerplate [author-anthologist contract], which I’ll put up after I return from World Fantasy. NOTE: obviously, for eventual reprints the first world rights will become anthology rights, first if possible.

Reading Period: May, June and July 2009

Response Time: Most rejections will be sent out quickly, while I will hold over stories that I like until July 31, when a final decision is made. No multiple submissions, please: only one story per author, and only submit a second one if I expressly ask for it. Simultaneous submissions: at your own discretion, but keep in mind that I will not fight over a story, that is, if it’s with another publisher I will drop it like a ton of bricks.

Submissions Instructions: send your story, preferably single-spaced and in rich text format (RTF) to Put Submission: “Title of your story” in the email’s subject line.