written by David Steffen For most of its existence, Diabolical Plots has had one person, me, behind the curtain, with the occasional nonfiction contributor and of course the fiction writers. In the last couple of years we have started to shift that policy and have taken on first readers (aka slushreaders) who help out during … Continue reading Announcement: Diabolical Plots Has an Assistant Editor!
written by David Steffen Diabolical Plots was open for submissions once again for the month of July, to solicit stories to buy for the fourth year of fiction publication. 1432 submissions came in from 1066 different writers, of which 122 stories were held for the final round, and 24 stories were accepted. Now that all … Continue reading The Diabolical Plots Year Six Lineup
The newest anthology from Diabolical Plots, Diabolical Plots Year Three, is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Kobo (other vendors to follow). Pre-ordering is a great way to help ebook vendor algorithms promote it more, so if you think you would like a copy anyway pre-ordering is a big help.
written by David Steffen Diabolical Plots was open for submissions once again for the month of July, to solicit stories to buy for the fourth year of fiction publication. 1003 submissions came in from 720 different writers, of which 25 stories were accepted. Now that all of the contracts are in hand I am very … Continue reading Announcing the Diabolical Plots Year Four Fiction Lineup!
Just the briefest of notes: fiction sales to Diabolical Plots bow count as qualifications for writers toward joining the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America(SFWA). Very excited by this news!
Diabolical Plots is open for submissions!
See the guidelines for more details.
Science Fiction, fantasy, speculative horror. 8 cents/word, 2 stories/writer, up to 3500 words, open through end of July.
I know some people don’t like award eligibility posts, thinking that they’re desperate pleas for attention. As a reader, I like them because if I am behind on my reading they are a good place to catch up on the year’s published stories of another author, and as a writer to look back at my own. I don’t have any illusions that anyone is going to nominate me, and that’s fine–there are so many amazing people doing incredible work every year. But I still think an award eligibility post is worthwhile, and if you don’t think so, well, you don’t have to read it, do you?
This year, especially since I started selecting and editing fiction for Diabolical Plots, I’ll list the Diabolical Plots work first and then my fiction writing as a separate section. For the purposes of this list I am thinking of the Hugo and Nebula Award categories because those are the awards I’m most familiar with. Other awards have other categories that might be suitable.
written by David Steffen Diabolical Plots opened for fiction submissions for the month of July, one story per writer for the submission window. During that month 425 valid submissions arrived in the slushpile. 59 stories were held for a second look. 13 stories were purchased. Both rounds of the process were judged entirely by me, … Continue reading Diabolical Plots Fiction Lineup (Year Two)
I have twelve short story contracts in hand, signed by the authors of twelve stories. That means that I can announce the lineup of stories for Diabolical Plots first year of publishing fiction. All of these were chosen with the author names hidden so all of them made it on the merit of the story, regardless of how well the author is known or their publishing histroies.
For anyone who hasn’t been following along, Diabolical Plots was open for fiction submissions for the first time in December 2014 to pick 12 stories to publish one per month for a year as our first fiction offerings. This is my first time editing fiction or handling a slushpile of my own (as opposed to being a slushreader for a magazine run by someone else).