Launching Takwin – A magazine of Islamicate Science Fiction

The Islam and Science Fiction has been around since 2005. As we are entering out 14th year soon, we are launching a project that we have been thinking about many years – The world’s first magazine focused on publishing Science Fiction inspired by Islamic civilizations and ethos. It will be a quarterly magazine focused on Islamicate Science Fiction.


The magazine will be published online quarterly, with the first issue being released on January 1, 2019. We are looking for original works of Sci-Fi in English with great characters, inspired by Islamic history, Islamic theology and Islamic cultures. The Science in the stories need not be hard but it needs to have godd characters. Anything that can be construed as offensive according to Islamic ethos will not be accepted. In terms of content, here is what we are looking for:


Short stories: 1000 – 5000 words ($20 per story)
Micro-Fiction: 2 – 5 sentences ($1 per micro story)
Graphic Designs: $7 per design
Illustrated Short Stories: $10-$50 depending upon the length
Poem: $3 per poem
Reviews: $7 per book review (be sure to email us in advance to gauge interest)
$10 per essay  (be sure to email us in advance to gauge interest)

We are just starting out with this project and hope to increase the payment rate as we get more sponsors and contributions from the community. I implore you to share this far and wide in your respective communities. The magazine will be published in the digital magazine format as well as on the Islam and Sci-Fi website.

How to submit: Send your submissions to with Takwin Submission as the subject line
Submission Format: Microsoft word, PDF or simple text file format
Submission Window: October 30, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Rights: We retain the right to publish your story online and elsewhere under The Islam and Sci-Fi and/or Takwin name. We do not exclusively retain the right. You are free to resell.

Thanks for your interest! We look forward to reading your work!


  1. “construed as offensive according to Islamic ethos”

    Could you expand on this please? Does this perhaps mean that we can’t have positively depicted gay muslim characters? Or the neutral depiction of drug use? Would idiosyncratic or heretical interpretations of Islam in sci fi and fantastical settings also count as offensive?

    I’m very excited for this magazine, but my excitement will be significantly blunted if this will only be a space for moralistic, normative, and conservative takes on the Muslim experience.

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