The Colored Lens is looking for short stories that shift perspectives of how we see the world. We are specifically seeking stories that cause the reader reflect, not just on the story, but on how it relates to their own world.
We publish all varieties of speculative fiction, from alternate history, to high fantasy, to nuts and bolts hard science fiction, to dark fantasy, so long as it meets the guidelines above. Whatever the genre, the focus should be used to comment on our world and society rather than exclusively to keep the reader turning pages.
A few things to keep in mind when submitting:
Stories should have a plot. Although we want stories that comment on our world and society, stories should also have a hook, rising action, climax, and resolution, although the handling of those elements can be experimental.
Flash fiction is great, but make sure it has a fully developed plot.
Stories must have a speculative element. It can be slight, but must be present.
Present tense will be a harder sell than traditional past tense. We have published stories in the present tense, and undoubtedly will continue to do so, but stories in the past tense tend to have a higher chance of acceptance.
Sex, violence, and related themes are fine, but those elements should not be the main focus of the story.
This statistical information is an aggregation of submission data provided by our members. The more data we have the more accurate our
numbers will be so please be sure to log all of your submissions here and not just your rejections or acceptances.
There are 33 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
0 min | 19.81 mean avg | 4 median | 97 max days
72.72%(95.83% of rejections are personal)
5 pending responses (0 min | 87 mean avg | 17 median | 379 max days waiting) Note: pending statistics may skew high if some users neglect their data. We recommend querying after the time the market suggests to query.