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After The Storm

This is a publication for stories that describe a world beyond our current oppressive society. We want to tell stories that span beyond white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, imperialism, capitalism, and so much more. We operate under the assumption that to reach a place, you first have to imagine it.

What do those stories even look like?

What constraints do you as a writer have in constructing such a world?

What sacrifices or gains would have to be made for that world to be reached?

We do not have a set future in mind but rather want to be a platform that debates that vision openly and enthusiastically.

Keep in mind that we are not asking you to construct a narrative devoid of tension and problems. You can still write about epic space operas or funny love stories, but a core system of oppression must have been reduced in your story far more significantly than in our present society.

For example, if you write a detective story, perhaps you can set it inside a post-patriarchal world. What does that look like? How does that impact your setting and characters? What standard detective tropes that exist in our world would not exist in yours, and vice versa? Would the stereotype of a grizzled detective even be present? Why or why not?

Telling a story where one system of oppression is significantly reduced; however, it does not mean that all of them have to be gone in your story. It’s perfectly possible in your detective story for there to be gender equality, in whatever way you define it, but for other pressing problems like climate change to also exist. In fact, the tension concerning who does and does not receive such equality can make for a richer story.

We are not asking you to solve all the world’s problems (that would be a lot), but to imagine a story where we have started to move past some of them.

Market Genres
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
Short Story
1000 to 2000 words
1 cent/word Advance + Royalties

Short Story
2000 to 5000 words
Less than 1 cent/word Advance + Royalties

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: No
Reprints/Originals?: Both
Translations: Original Language Only

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Listing added: 29 November 2021

Last officially checked: 29 November 2022

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