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General guidelines

We publish a broad range of speculative fiction, which includes science fiction, fantasy, crime, mystery, and horror. We tend to prefer cross-genre works and those that border on the unusual, weird, and bizarre. We want to publish work that bends the lines of genre and makes us think. If you’re submitting to an anthology, be sure to read the submission guidelines for that specific anthology as they change depending on the topic or focus of that anthology.

For all submissions, Constellate prefers the use of:

  • Canadian English
  • series commas
  • Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri 12 point font
  • 1.5 spacing between lines
  • indents (no additional space between paragraphs)
  • .doc or .docx formats.

All submissions should be sent to submissions@constellatepub.ca. Check the specific submissions guidelines below for what to put in the subject line of the email to ensure it’s sorted correctly.

We absolutely do not publish works that encourage or advertise immoral or unethical themes. We also do not publish work with explicit sex scenes or unnecessarily graphic violence. If your work includes any of these themes, but you think it does so in an ethical way, please include a note about it in your cover letter.

E-zine submissions

The Constellate Publishing e-zine is currently open for submissions!

Short stories for the e-zine should be 5,000–10,000 words in length. Slightly above or below those guidelines are okay, but we will work with you to edit your story to fit those guidelines.

Genre, theme, and subject are completely open for the e-zine, keeping in mind the general guidelines listed above.

E-zine guidelines:

  • Be sure your submission follows the general guidelines listed above.
  • Please only include one submission per email.
  • In the body of your email, please include a short cover letter outlining any previously published work you may have.
  • Confirm that you are Canadian by either citizenship, permanent residency, or other connection.
  • Include “E-zine submission” and the genre of your story in the subject line of your email to submissions@constellatepub.ca.

The e-zine only publishes new content—no reprints will be accepted. Multiple submissions are allowed, but please let us know in the original submission email if you are submitting your story elsewhere, and let us know as soon as possible if it’s accepted elsewhere.

The e-zine pays authors a one-time 30% royalty based on subscription numbers at the end of the month the story is published.

Artists:

The Constellate Publishing e-zine is also looking for new artists to work with. Send an email outlining your interest in working with Constellate and a link to your portfolio to ellen@constellatepub.ca.

The e-zine pays artists a one-time 30% royalty based on subscription numbers at the end of the month the story is published.

Interactivity project submissions

Constellate Publishing is interested in finding and developing new ways to tell stories and using platforms in new ways. We are currently seeking authors to collaborate with on two special interactivity projects.

Choose your own adventure: We’re looking for an author with a story idea that will suit a choose your own adventure style.We would prefer a story that hasn’t yet been written, or one that could be substantially changed to fit the platform.

Please contact us for more details if you’re interested in working with us on this project. Use “Choose your own adventure story” in the subject line of your email to submissions@constellatepub.ca.

Serialization: We’re looking for an author to work with on a serialized story with a twist. Specifically, we’re looking for a crime or mystery genre novella that would suit a short-form serialization model.

If you’re interested in more information on this project, contact us using “Serialized novella” in the subject line of your email to submissions@constellatepub.ca. Please include a synopsis of the novella as well as any previously published work you may have.

Anthology submissions

Constellate Publishing currently has no anthology projects accepting submissions. Check back soon for new announcements.

Novel, novella, and series submissions

Constellate Publishing is currently not open for novel submissions. Be sure to check back though, because we hope to open for submissions in 2019.

Still have questions?

If you have any questions about the submission guidelines or any of the projects listed above, please send us a note using the Contact page.

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