One Writer’s Journey

June 3, 2014

Call for Manuscripts: Tor.com

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:46 am
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Call for Submissions

If you write speculative fiction , check out Tor.com for your short stories.

Tor.com publishes a wide variety of speculative fiction including SF, fantasy, horror, and alternate history.  They are especially interested in stories under 12,000 words.

Editors include Patrick Nielsen HaydenLiz Gorinsky, Ann VanderMeer, and Ellen Datlow.

Payment is 25 cents a word for the first 5,000 words, 15 cents a word for the next 5,000, and 10 cents a word after that.  Frankly, that says stick as close to 5,000 words as possible which, for me, wouldn’t be all that tricky.  Short is, after all, my gift.

They don’t want queries but submissions sent to (tordotcomsubs)(at)(gmail.com) and by that they mean that the first part is spelled out (“tordotcomsubs,” not “tor.comsubs”).  And you need to make certain that your manuscript is a .doc not a .docx.

You are going to want to check out their full submissions guidelines to read up on the rights they acquire as well as what they want in the subject line of the email.

This is definitely a market worth checking out.

–SueBE

 

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3 Comments »

  1. I have heard that they read everything, but consequently, it may take a very long time for them to get to your manuscript. I have also heard that if you want to do multiple submissions, don’t go with Tor. A very reputable publishing house, but they have some stickler rules

    Comment by bookworm22 — June 3, 2014 @ 2:12 am | Reply

    • Karen,
      I suspect that you mean “simultaneous submissions,” submitting the same piece to more than one publisher. Multiple submissions are when you submit multiple pieces to the same publisher which is the norm for craft publishing, poetry, greeting cards and various short forms in educational publishing. This is how I submit my work to Education.com and Schoolwide.

      I always recommend that you follow the guidelines. If they say no simultaneous, than that is what I recommend for a reasonable time period. While you’re waiting, work on something else and submit other work to other publishers. The more individual pieces you have out the more you will sell.
      –SueBE

      Comment by suebe — June 3, 2014 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

  2. […] is no longer taking submissions, but at least this one is only temporary.  Tor.com, which I blogged about back in June, is closed to submissions from now through the end of September.  They are […]

    Pingback by Call for Manuscripts: Update on Tor.com | One Writer's Journey — July 28, 2014 @ 1:52 am | Reply


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