The purpose of fiction in Calliope
is to entertain its
readers, most of whom are writers, or trying to be.
is open to any genre of short fiction, including science fiction,
fantasy, horror, mystery, and all their
sub-genres. Mixed genre stories and experimental forms are also
welcome. Mainstream/literary stories will
be considered if they are in some way out of the ordinary. Humor and
satire are greatly appreciated.
is basically a writers’ newsletter offering
tips on writing, market and contest news, and
reviews, space for fiction is limited. Stories should be under 3,000
words in length. Occasionally, a longer
story will be published.
Editorial focus will be on originality, characterization, emotional
content, and imagery. Sex, gore, and strong
language, while not forbidden, must be used with discretion and be
an integral part of the story. Don’t beat
the reader over the head with them; same goes for political/social
points of view.
Take chances; challenge the readership but don’t, in the process,
forget to tell a good story. Avoid literary
clichés and trite endings.
Follow good manuscript mechanics. Neatness does count.
1. One-inch margins all around.
2. Name, address and phone number in the upper left-hand
corner; word count (to nearest 25
words) in the upper right. Double space, but don’t
double-double space between paragraphs.
On subsequent pages, put last name and page number in the
3. If typing or using a dot-matrix printer, use a clean ribbon.
Clear, photocopies/ disposable
manuscripts are preferred; handwritten manuscripts
4. E-mail submission is fine but please contact me before you
send your work, and please make
: submission info" the subject line of
your e-mail query. We accept Word .doc (no .docx)
and .rtf attachments only.
5. Proof read and spell-check before mailing.
6. Cover letter required; we want to know about you. Provide a
brief bio with a few of your most
interesting credits. If you don’t have any credits yet, let
us know that, too.
7. No response without a SASE. If you want your manuscript
back, enclose proper size envelope
with sufficient postage.
8. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if stated on the
front page of the manuscript below
the word count. Two short stories (less than 1,500 words
each) can be submitted in the same
will give publishing preference to members of the
Writers’ SIG. We will also try to feature at
least one new writer per issue. Members are encouraged to comment
on the stories presented.
Allow one month for a response. One-time rights purchased--copy