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When going somewhere dangerous, take a human.
When going somewhere dangerous, take a human.
When going somewhere dangerous, take a human.
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Humans Wanted: Submissions Guidelines!

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Word limit: 3000-6000 words. 

Pay rate: $250/story 

Genre: Science Fiction only (no Fantasy, Steampunk or Horror, although horror elements may be present in the story). 

Language: English (translations are welcome). 

Submissions open: August 1, 2016 

Submissions close: December 31, 2016 

Rights: We claim first world English rights (no reprints). For an excellent break down of what this means, please see Neil Clarke’s post here

When going somewhere dangerous, take a human. Humans are tough. Humans can last days without food. Humans heal so quickly, they pierce holes in themselves or inject ink under their epidermis for fun. Humans will walk for days on broken bones in order to make it to safety. Humans will literally cut off bits of themselves if trapped by a disaster.

You would be amazed what humans will do to survive. Or to ensure the survival of others they feel responsible for. 

That's the other thing. Humans pack-bond, and they spill their pack-bonding instincts everywhere. Sure it's weird when they talk sympathetically to broken spaceships or try to pet every lifeform that scans as non-toxic. It's even a little weird that just existing in the same place as them for long enough seems to make them care about you. 

But if you're hurt, if you're trapped, if you need someone to fetch help? You really want a human. 

(Thanks to Tumblr user iztarshi for the idea and the above copy. Used with permission)

I am looking for stories that show diverse humanity in a positive light, as useful contributors to the universe. I want humans who build relationships and forge new paths, not humans that destroy or devastate those they meet. Submit stories with strong characters in positive stories that portray humans as useful and generally helpful to the universe. Diversity is encouraged. 

Any type of science fiction is acceptable (whether it be “hard” or “soft,” “space opera” or “near-future” etc.). Keep your story PG-13 so many readers can enjoy the anthology. 

Writers of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

Send your stories formatted in Standard Manuscript format attached as a .doc to humanswanted at gmail dot com. Include your name, byline, email address, mailing address, and approximate word count.

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    1. Vivian Caethe 3-time creator on August 7, 2016

      @Rhiannon, please refer to the last paragraph of the submission guidelines above and that should help. Thanks!

    2. Vivian Caethe 3-time creator on August 7, 2016

      @Lydia, we are not accepting reprints and you may reprint the story after the contract terms expire, but for the purposes of first world rights, it will count as a reprint. Hope that helps! Message me if you have any further questions.

    3. Rhiannon
      Superbacker
      on August 7, 2016

      How do we submit our stories?

    4. Lydia Eickstaedt on August 4, 2016

      Clarifying question: "We claim first world English rights (no reprints)" -- does this mean you are not claiming reprints, or that you are extending a clause of exclusivity that means stories printed in this anthology may not be reprinted elsewhere?