Coffee Grinder logo with caption: The Grinder, brewing your submissions into something useful

Parenting Stories Gone Speculative
Alternating Current Press

Note: this publication may close early for submissions if they reach a submission quota; these early closures will not be tracked in this listing.

You know those personal parenting essays you read in The New York Times? We don’t want those. We want your short, short parenting stories—CNF or fiction—that incorporate the weird, the surreal, or the speculative into the parenting narrative in some way. We want ghosts and robots and Children of the Corn. We want angry shouts into the void. We want deep love that withstands tidal waves. We want small, everyday moments that turn inside out. We want to be disturbed, to laugh, to whimper, to gasp at the audacity of a parent telling us THAT. Are you not a parent, but you are or were put into a parent-like role and something unexpected and/or creepy and/or mystical happened? We want to read your story, too. We want exceptional writing. We want purposeful prose. We want you and your words!

This listing is permanently closed for submissions. This may mean one of several things:
  • It was always planned to be a limited-time project, such as a one-time anthology, and the limited-time submission window has ended.
  • The publisher has stated that they are permanently closed, or on hiatus with wording that makes it sound permanent.
  • The publication website is down in a way that appears to be permanent, and we haven't been able to find a new website for them.
  • The publication website is not down, but it appears to have been inactive for more than a year.

Market Genres
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
0 to 750 words

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

Market-Provided Data

This section can be updated by a representative of the publication. To add a representative, the publication should contact us to request it (no cost).

Market Response Data
View recent responses from this market
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 0 completed reports in the past 12 months.

There are 0 pending responses.

Click and drag within chart (make a box, not a line) to zoom in. Double click chart to zoom back out.
Registered users can customize graph colors in profile settings.

Listing added: 20 July 2021

Last officially checked: 23 March 2022

The Submission Grinder is brought to you by Diabolical Plots, 4149204F7665726C6F7264, James A. Miller, and many others!
Copyright © 2022 Diabolical Plots, LLC, All Rights Reserved.