Submissions Are Currently Closed
Currently Stelliform Press IS CLOSED to submissions and queries after our open call from September 1 – December 31 2021.
Once we’ve had a chance to read all submissions and plan the years ahead, we will open to queries from BIPOC authors for novellas, novels, short story collections. We are a Canadian press always looking for BIPOC authors living in Canada/Turtle Island. Authors identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQ2S, and/or disabled are especially encouraged to query once our inbox is open again later in the year.
In the meantime please read below for more information on the kinds of stories we’ll be looking for when we open again.
What is a Stelliform story?
We are seeking to publish science fiction, fantasy, quiet horror and literary works with speculative elements, such as novellas (17,500–39,999 words), novels (60,000–100,000 words), and short story collections and non-fiction books/collections (40,000–60,000 words) which build narratives around climate change and its resultant ecological destruction, and acknowledges the work necessary to live within the problems Western lifestyles have created. All manuscripts submitted must have a science fictional or fantastic element; non-fiction must be speculative. Narratives should be interrelational, demonstrating some ways in which the environment changes us (and others) just as we change it. Please see our About the Press page and our blog for more information.
How much do we pay?
Currently, we pay a 2¢ CAD per word advance (up to $2000), plus royalties. These rates are in line with other small Canadian publishers. As a new press, we are working on securing grants and planning fundraising campaigns in order to increase these rates in the future.
What rights are we buying?
Currently we are buying first world English electronic and print rights. As we grow, we will also consider audiobook rights. Our contract includes clauses for rights reversion should the author and/or publisher wish to terminate their relationship.
Manuscript Wish List
The following are some approaches we would love to see in our Inbox:
- Stories written by Indigenous authors which bring Indigenous and Western science into conversation (even if the conversation is difficult and unresolved).
- Stories written by BIPOC authors which fuse specific cultures and/or ways of life rooted to a specific community with a means of ameliorating or coping with life in a climate changed world.
- Stories written by trans and queer authors which fuse specific ways of life rooted to a specific community with a means of ameliorating or coping with life in a climate changed world.
- Stories that embrace the incorporation of far-flung technologies as part of an ecologically relational life; technology CAN be bad, but it can’t be ONLY bad.
- Stories of uneasy allies which get into the complexities of that difficult relation.
- Stories which explore nonviolence while acknowledging the privilege inherent in the nonviolent position; stories which explore unusual ways to mitigate violence.
- Stories set in space that are connected to Earth through myths or legends that tangibly affect the lives of the interstellar characters.
- Stories depicting humans learning to relate to the nonhuman in different ways.
- Stories taking place in non-Western settings.
Fiction Do Not Submits
- Epic/Sword and Sorcery Fantasy – unless a very fresh take focused on environmental issues with obvious links to climate change
- Stories in which the solutions presented are uncritical green consumerism
- Stories depicting monarchies, imperialism, or colonization in an uncritical way
- Gratuitous violence, especially against any marginalized group
- Gore in general is not something we’re excited about, but small doses that are integral to plot/character might be okay
- Porn or erotica; though eroticism in service to the story is definitely okay
- Picture books or Middle Grade novels. This may change in the future. Currently we are only interested in YA that straddles New Adult/Adult territory.
- First books in a series that do not work as standalone, especially from authors we’ve not worked with before.
How to Submit
For Novellas and Novels
Please send a short cover letter which includes:
- not more than 250 words
- information about your manuscript length and genre
- a brief statement about your story’s main conflict, how your story fits Stelliform’s vision, and any MSWL elements included (if applicable)
- a brief bio including your top three publications (if you have them)
- Content Warnings, if applicable. This will help our readers make informed choices as to whether they are the best reader for your piece.
As attachments, please include a 1-2 page synopsis detailing your book’s plot points, and the first 15-20 pages of your manuscript. The document should include your name, contact information, and byline. Send query and sample pages to email@example.com. The subject of your email should read: SUBMISSION: [Your manuscript title].
For Short Story Collections
Please send the same query package as for novellas and novels, plus a table of contents with a one-sentence synopsis for each story. No longer synopsis is required for a short story collection submission. Please also note where each story was previously published or if it is original. We’re looking for collections of mostly previously published material.
For Cover Art
Please submit a link to your online portfolio and a brief introductory letter including information about yourself, your published artworks, your expected rate of compensation for a book cover, and two references (preferably former clients). Letters can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject: ART SUBMISSION: [Your name].
We are particularly interested in art submissions from Canadians or immigrants to Canada from any marginalized community, or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit residing in territories currently occupied by the Canadian state.
Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions
Simultaneous submissions are allowed; but send only one submission at a time. Please let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.