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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Writing - anthology market - Noir science fiction short story

Coffin Hop Press are looking for stories in the 4,000-8,000 word range in the very specific niche of SCIENCE FICTION NOIR (Tech-Noir, whatever you want to call it) for an anthology to debut in August 2016.

As with previous anthologies, please send an inquiry with a story proposal before sending a finished story. They will not accept unsolicited submissions. – subject line: SCI-FI NOIR/

Payment terms and details will be discussed once a proposal has been reviewed.

Proposal deadline: March 31, 2016

Final manuscript deadline: May 30, 2016

This is a very specific call for specially tailored stories. As they say, 'Just because your protagonist is a detective, or someone wears a fedora in the year 2095, or a female character is described as having gams is not enough to qualify a story as Noir. Please ensure that your idea, and subsequent story, adhere to the spirit of the genre: Dark, nihilist, psychologically complicated. Characters should be possessed of questionable morals. Institutions should be corrupt and malevolent. Sexual dalliances should always end in convoluted doom... We’re looking for Jim Thompson in Space, not Buck Rogers with spats.

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and you need to read the item 'Writing from the shadows - an exploration of noir' before proposing your story.

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