Dark fiction is currently in vogue. With the popularity of The Walking Dead, post-apocalypse storytelling is especially widespread.
Being the contrary lot that we are, the editorial staff at PFM are rebelling against the apocalypse. We invite you to join us … and get published and paid to do so.
Show us a future that is bright, not bleak.
At first blush, this may sound like a theme that excludes fantasy and horror. Not so, we assure you. What would a bright future look like to ancient Rome, or to a tribe of goblins? Can a society’s utopia be a threat to others, or what nightmare might threaten the blessed civilization’s existence? This is what speculative fiction is all about. We know you can do it. Now prove us right!
Just remember that conflict is the soul of a thrilling story. Seek out the conflicts that can occur in an anti-apocalypse setting. Trust us, seek and ye shall find.
Today, I step into a new arena. And I do not enter it alone.
Molly N. Moss–my good friend and fellow slusher–and I are co-editing a special issue of Plasma Frequency. We’ll be accepting submissions from today until January 15th, 2015. We’re looking for anti-apocalyptic tales–stories of bright futures, as the excerpt above (taken from our submission guidelines, found here) explains.
It’s an exciting time for the both of us. We’re eager to read the stories that come our way, to fish out the truly delightful ones that fit our vision for this special issue, and finally to present them to the world. I’ve been writing short fiction for four years now, and I’ve been reading submissions for different magazines (Niteblade, Plasma Frequency, Bastion) for two years. I’m extremely grateful to our editor-in-chief, Richard Flores IV, for entrusting his wonderful magazine to us.
So please, if you’re a writer, check out our guidelines. If you’ve got anything that you think fits the bill, send it our way! And if you don’t, maybe consider writing something new. I was initially somewhat daunted by the idea of anti-apocalyptic stories; if you know me, you know I love my fiction bleak and dark and depressing. But I think something really good can come of stories that focus on brighter things, more hopeful futures. And as weird as it sounds, I’m still hoping to find some ‘optimistically gritty’ stories. And I may or may not also be hoping for at least one good robot/AI/cyborg tale that fits with our theme.
But enough of my chatter. Check out the guidelines, share with your writing friends–get writing and send something our way!