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General Neon Hemlock Submission Notes:

  • Unless the editors are otherwise specified, you can address cover letters to “Dear editors” or “Dear dave.”  Please avoid “Dear Mr. Ring.”
  • Please submit your story in .doc or .docx file, formatted in something approaching Standard Manuscript Format.  One of the editors has a slight aversion to Courier and a fondness for Georgia.
  • Please include a cover/query letter with the title, length, and a brief bio.  You may include links to your website/social media, and previous publications if any.  Please don’t stress about this cover letter, if we have additional questions about your submission, we’ll ask them.
  • Simultaneous submissions are always fine; please withdraw immediately if you take another offer. Stories should be previously unpublished.
  • Please no multiple submissions.  If you receive a rejection within the submission window, you may submit another story.  
  • If you joke about how straight white men are underrepresented in speculative fiction, it will not win you any points.
  • Thanks for thinking of Neon Hemlock for your work.
  • Please don't self-reject!

Neon Hemlock's next anthology will be called Luminescent Machinations, co-edited by Rhiannon Rasmussen and dave ring. The anthology will include queer stories of dark speculative fiction across genres featuring mechas and mechs of all stripes. 

The compensation level for this anthology will be $0.08/word.  We’re looking for stories under 6,000 words. 1-4,000 words is probably the sweet spot.

More information about Neon Hemlock Press can be found here:  www.neonhemlock.com

THE CONCEPT

Speculative stories focusing on queerness in the darker side of science-fiction, fantasy and horror: mechs, mecha and cybernetics as both extensions and perversions of humanity.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE

Starships, piloted and unpiloted machines of war or industry, the occasional cyborg… mecha are a representation of war, of power and resistance, of transcending human limits, a representation of extension of the body itself. We are looking for stories about these machines and the people who interface with them through a queer lens, in the most inclusive definition of queer. Queer, trans, undefinable. We welcome a broad interpretation of speculative genres; give us living metal and hand-seeded starships and knights in magic-powered armor (although we emphasized science-fiction above, we love genre elements from fantasy, horror and science fiction). Throughout, we’re looking for rich, varied and nuanced understandings of gender, family and ethnicity.

WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO SEE

We're not interested in stories about technology being solely, irredeemably bad, but rather how it can be used both for benefit and for harm. We’re also not interested in work which focuses on unexamined bigotry or sexual violence. While this is a darker-themed anthology, we intend to handle these subjects with care.

Neon Hemlock