Space Opera Novella Submissions Open at the Fantasist

The Fantasist is currently open to submissions of space opera novellas. Haris Durrani, a longtime friend of Islam and Sci-Fi- project is the guest editor for the special issue of the Fantasist. Here is the official call for the submission:

Issue 4 – The Special Space Opera Issue is open to submissions. Submissions will close at Midnight CST on May 15th, 2017.
Issue 4 of The Fantasist will focus on the fantastical in space with space opera novellas. It has always been the goal of The Fantasist to encourage a larger concept of what constitutes Fantasy in publishing. We’ve asked for magic in the future, and works that blur the distinctions between science and magic. In Issue 4, we want you to take us into space and to other planets and remind us that there’s magic there too. Think of the Darkover books and the works of Jack Vance, Stanislaw Lem, Celia S. Friedman, Yoon Ha Lee, or Ann Leckie. Think of comic books like Saga, Ursula K. Le Guin’s planet Winter, Dune, or, let’s be honest, Star Wars and Babylon 5. We believe that fantasy is fantasy first because it feels like fantasy.

Issue 4 Submission Guidelines:
Stories Should Be:

1. Stories must be at least 15,000 words and at most 50,000. Work shorter than 15,000 words will be rejected without being read.
2. While this is a space opera issue, we are still a fantasy magazine. Hard and soft science are both welcome, as are innovative scientific ideas but those aren’t likely to be the criteria by which your story is judged.
3. While by no means required, we encourage authors to include an explanation of how their story is fantasy. In fact, we always encourage authors to tell us about their submission and themselves.

The Process
The Fantasist uses email submissions. Please send your novella to
In the email, please include your name, email address, cover letter, story title, word count, genre, and story. Your cover letter should contain your publishing history (if any) and any other relevant information (e.g, if you send us a changeling story and happen to BE the great granddaughter of the Leanansídhe, mention that). All stories should be in standard manuscript format and can be submitted in .DOC, .DOCX, or PDF format. You will earn bonus points with Will if your story is saved at 135% magnification.

Additional details can be found on the official call for submission.

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