Editors Dean and Nikki Alfar invite you to submit short fiction for consideration for Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 8.
Philippine Speculative Fiction is a yearly anthology series, which
collects a wide range of stories that define, explore, and sometimes
blur the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things
in between. The anthology has been
shortlisted for the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, and
multiple stories from each volume have been cited in roundups of the
year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.
First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials any time.
Submissions must be:
1. speculative fiction—i.e., they must contain strong elements and/or
sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism,
alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related ‘nonrealist’
genres and subgenres
2. written in English
3. authored by persons of Philippine ethnicity and/or nationality
Submissions are preferred to be:
1. original and unpublished
2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500
3. written for an adult audience
In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by
exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of previously-published
work—if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to
reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to
provide relevant publication information.
1. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story,
and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you
have received a letter of regret from us. We don’t mind if you submit to
2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved
under the file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to email@example.com,
with the subject line ‘PSF8 submission’.
3. The deadline for
submissions is 11 p.m., Manila time, September 15, 2012. Letters of
acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the
1. Please don’t forget to
indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write
under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but this can be discussed upon story
acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.
If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and
publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce
yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s
probably not ready to be published.
3. We advise authors to avoid
fancy formatting—this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since
we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our
established house style.
Authors of selected stories will receive Php500 pesos in compensation, as well as digital copies of the book.
Please help spread the word! Feel free to copy this and paste it anywhere you see fit that happens to be legal. :)
Dean and Nikki Alfar, co-editors