2023 Retrospective and Award Eligibility

written by David Steffen In 2023 Diabolical Plots published our second guest-edited themed issue, this time for the “Diabolical Thoughts” telepathy theme, guest-edited by assistant editor Ziv Wities. We have been publishing the annual Long List Anthology since 2015. In 2021 there was a hiccup in the schedule due to WorldCon timing that pushed that … Continue reading 2023 Retrospective and Award Eligibility

MOVIE ANALYSIS: Elemental (Pixar), a Movie About the Dangers of Government Incompetence

written by David Steffen Elemental is a CG animated film published in general release in June 2023 by Pixar. It takes place in Element City, which is populated entirely by people who each are elementals: creatures of the four classical elements of air, earth, water, and fire. It is, broadly speaking, a star-crossed romance story … Continue reading MOVIE ANALYSIS: Elemental (Pixar), a Movie About the Dangers of Government Incompetence

Diabolical Plots Lineup Announcement! (from July 2023 Window)

written by David Steffen Hello! I am here to announce the original stories that were chosen from the general submission window that ran in July 2023. First, some stats:# of Stories Submitted: 1451# Rejected (First Round): 1350# Rejected (Final Round): 40# Withdrawn: 32# Disqualified: 2# Rewrite Requests: 2# Accepted: 25 This is not quite the … Continue reading Diabolical Plots Lineup Announcement! (from July 2023 Window)

Submission Window Update: First Story Announcement and Schedule Info

written by David Steffen Hello! I’m here to give an update on the general submission window where we were taking submissions from July 17-31. We received 1451 stories for the submission window. The first round is complete, so everyone should have received an initial response of either a rejection or a hold notice. If you … Continue reading Submission Window Update: First Story Announcement and Schedule Info

Announcement: New Assistant Editor! (Part 2)

written by David Steffen Hello! I am here today to announce another new Diabolical Plots staff member: Hal Y Zhang! Hal Y. Zhang is a lapsed physicist and international transplant who splits her time between the east coast of the United States and the Internet, where she can be found at¬†halyzhang.com. In addition to being … Continue reading Announcement: New Assistant Editor! (Part 2)

Announcement: New Assistant Editor!

written by David Steffen Hello! I am here today to announce a new Diabolical Plots staff member: Chelle Parker! Chelle Parker is a disabled Canadian queerdo with over fifteen years of editing experience, including five at the recently-closed Fireside Magazine. Projects they’ve worked on have been finalists for the Hugo, Locus, Eisner, and Norma K. … Continue reading Announcement: New Assistant Editor!

DP Submission Window, and “AI” Writing Policy

written by David Steffen Hello! I know it has been a long time since we were open for submissions, but we are now ready to announce the next submission window. This one will be an unthemed general submission window, and will run for 2 weeks, from July 17-31st, 2023. Rules and terms are generally the … Continue reading DP Submission Window, and “AI” Writing Policy

2022 Retrospective and Award Eligibility

written by David Steffen It has been a very eventful year, both for Diabolical Plots and for me specifically. A Diabolical Plots story was a Nebula finalist for the second time: “For Lack of a Bed” by John Wiswell. In the longer list of Hugo Award nominations, Diabolical Plots was on the longer list of … Continue reading 2022 Retrospective and Award Eligibility

The Fall of the House of Madrigal: An Encanto Science Fiction Headcanon

written by David Steffen Encanto has been very popular since it was released by Disney in November 2021, for its catchy toe-tapping songs, interesting characters, and its themes revolving around immigrant families.¬† Everyone seems to think of Mirabel as the protagonist of the story, and that makes sense according to most classical conventions, but the … Continue reading The Fall of the House of Madrigal: An Encanto Science Fiction Headcanon

Short Story Lineup Announcement!

written by David Steffen Hello! I am here to announce the original stories that were chosen from the general submission window that ran in July 2022. First, some stats:Submissions received: 1126Disqualified: 5Withdrawn: 2Rejected First Round: 1025Rejected Final Round: 82Accepted: 12 In addition to the 12 stories selected from the general submission window, we also added … Continue reading Short Story Lineup Announcement!