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tdotSpec Magazine: Toronto's magazine of speculative fiction

3 issues of a new magazine published by tdotSpec, showcasing SF, fantasy, and horror stories by authors from Toronto and abroad

tdotSpec Magazine: Toronto's magazine of speculative fiction

3 issues of a new magazine published by tdotSpec, showcasing SF, fantasy, and horror stories by authors from Toronto and abroad

CA$ 1,568
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37
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40days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, December 31 2019 7:44 PM UTC +00:00.

About

We are producing three issues of tdotSpec Magazine, an exciting new magazine of science fiction, fantasy, and horror!

Buckle up, speculative fiction fans! Coming off of a series of successful anthologies, tdotSpec Inc, a celebrated Toronto publisher, is primed and ready to create our first ever speculative fiction magazine of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror! Our aim? To publish three editions of high-quality, mind-expanding, page-turning speculative fiction that's as diverse, as energetic, and as exciting as the city we live in.

Our primary goals are to create a high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking magazine; to foster a long-lasting community of diverse voices in speculative fiction; to connect fans with authors; to share great stories; and to provide continuing opportunities for writers to get paid for their hard work. The magazine will also include articles and reviews, and other content for fans of speculative literature.

tdotSpec Magazine features

 Who we are:

tdotSpec Magazine is a joint effort between volunteers from the Toronto Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the Toronto Horror Writers, and will be published by tdotSpec Inc. We focus on Toronto and Canadian voices while also seeking authors from abroad.

The tdotSpec Magazine team is made of approximately twenty volunteers from the Toronto Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and Toronto Horror Writers.

Writers from the Toronto Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers group and the Toronto Horror Writers group at various writing events

The magazine will be published by tdotSpec, an established, Toronto-based publisher with a series of successful anthology publications. To date, tdotSpec Inc has published five Amazon #1 Bestselling titles and over one hundred stories, including first time authors and established writers across the English-speaking world. Living up to their motto, "we publish cool $#!t", tdotSpec publishes high-quality, entertaining, imaginative, and innovative content. They look for stories that are "fresh", "fun", and "cool"—page-turners with original premises that you want to share with friends and talk about at parties.

Previous tdotSpec publications:

previous tdotSpec publications

Why a Magazine?

Producing anthologies is great fun, but they tend to exist as single, isolated products. The reason for a magazine is to create a continued presence, so that we can promote, celebrate, and enjoy speculative literature in a virtual literary space with an ongoing presence. Our larger goals are to create a long-lasting community of diverse voices in speculative fiction, to connect fans with authors, to share stories, and to provide continuing opportunities for writers to get paid for their hard work. We feel that the best way to create this kind of sustainable and supportive community of writers is through a magazine.

Why Speculative Fiction?

It is the unique strength of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and speculative horror) to envision and explore new worlds. The immense popularity of the genre is in part because of its power to imagine different ways things could be, and through its stories to help us better understand ourselves and our own increasingly strange world. Previously dismissed by academic elites as just mindless entertainment, speculative fiction is now more widely recognized as a literature of ideas, and its massive popularity is taken not as a sign of "low status art" but rather an indicator of its ability to speak to essential human concerns. Speculative fiction offers powerful symbols for understanding the human condition, and imaginative lenses through which to reconsider our world and our future.

And of all the genres, it's the most fun!

Mission and Values

tdotSpec Magazine celebrates the diverse and talented speculative fiction community of Toronto, building on its strengths while also promoting up-and-coming Toronto authors, and connecting readers and writers across the English-speaking world. For readers and fans of speculative literature, tdotSpec Magazine is a place to find great stories, discover new authors, and be part of an active and vibrant community. For writers, it is an opportunity to publish their work, a platform to be discovered by new fans, and a community dedicated to their continued success as authors of speculative literature.

Toronto is a proudly multicultural city, and Canada is an officially multicultural nation according to our constitution. This open, accepting, and diverse environment is ideal for the plurality of voices that makes for great speculative fiction. tdotSpec Magazine is committed to publishing diverse voices, in particular from backgrounds or perspectives that have been traditionally underrepresented. We believe it is critical that our stories reflect diverse identities—whether it is in race, religion, culture, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ability, neurotype, or any other dimension that affects our lived experience. Diversity enriches our stories, and it enriches our lives.

Although we focus on Toronto and Canadian authors and values, we also accept submissions from abroad, as part of our mission to support writers and to form a diverse and wide-ranging community of voices in speculative fiction; tdotSpec Magazine has a local focus and an international scope.

How to Support our Mission:

Besides choosing a backer reward, getting the word out would really help. If you like what we're trying to build with tdotSpec Magazine, and want to help us create this community, probably the best thing you could do would be to tell friends and family, or share the word on social media, by linking this page from Twitter or FaceBook. These kind of signal boosts really help for fundraising. Thanks for your support!

Contents

We aim to include in every issue:

  • 40,000+ words of content for fans of speculative fiction
  • at least one Toronto author and two Canadian authors
  • at least one story in each of the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror
  • at least two stories which are the author's first paid publication
  • 30,000+ words of speculative fiction
  • at least two stories by authors who self-identify as writing from a historically discriminated, marginalized, or underrepresented perspective or identity*
  • non-fiction articles and extra content, such as editorials, writing craft, and discussion for writers
  • interviews with "rising star" authors in Toronto

*we do not require that the stories told by underrepresented voices in any way reflect their life experience; we assume that different life experiences may affect people's writing in different ways, profound or subtle or perhaps not at all; in any case, placing a restriction or limitation on story content is not, in our view, the best way to give underrepresented authors a platform; how an author tells their stories, and what about, should be entirely their call. We also do not expressly identify authors as belonging to traditionally underrepresented perspectives, except insofar as the author chooses to do so; it is always up to individual authors to decide how they want to present themselves, and which aspects of their identity to mention in relation to their work. Diversity enriches and enhances storytelling through varied perspectives, experiences, and voices, and this is manifest in the stories themselves, without the need for paratext.

Non-Profit Funding Commitment

We are committed to putting all funds in the hands of writers and creators. After essential production and fulfillment costs, such as printing and delivery, all funds go to writers and creators, including authors, artists, poets, and other creators.

The editorial team is comprised of volunteers. Any funds raised beyond our initial goal will go towards additional content.

Stretch Goals

For every $600 above our initial funding goal, we will produce an additional issue of tdotSpec Magazine! An eBook pre-release of each of these additional issues will be given to all project backers at the CAD $20 level or above! (For those outside of Canada, this is the "3x Electric SPECtacular + 3 anthos" reward tier or above).

$2400 - we will produce a fourth issue of tdotSpec Magazine, and distribute it to all project backers at the CAD $20 level ("3x Electric SPECtacular + 3 anthos") or above as a pre-release eBook!

$3000 - we will produce a fifth issue of tdotSpec Magazine, and distribute it to all project backers at the CAD $20 level or above as a pre-release eBook!

$3600 - we will produce a sixth issue of tdotSpec Magazine, and distribute it to all project backers at the CAD $20 level or above as a pre-release eBook!

...

$8,842,800 - we will produce a 14,738th issue of tdotSpec Magazine, and distribute it to all project backers at the CAD $20 level or above as a pre-release eBook!*

*If there really is an insane surplus that can't reasonably be produced into issues of the magazine, we will raise author rates. We are committed to breaking even with our production costs, putting as much money as possible into the hands of creators.

Editorial Process:

Stories submitted to our editorial team are first reviewed by the front-line of submission editors, who asses the overall quality of the submission and its suitability for the magazine. We are proud to have been able to provide 100% personalized feedback to all submitting authors to our latest anthology, and hope to maintain this level of responsiveness in the future, as part of our goal of supporting authors. We have found that authors really appreciate personalized feedback, and it is thanks to our large and hard-working team of volunteer submissions editors that we are able to offer this to authors.

Stories that pass through the first stage are "short-listed" and read by a larger team, including all lead editors, who vote on the story. Votes from editors are combined to generate a tentative list of stories for publication. At our "editorial round-table", all editors meet to discuss the stories and determine which ones will be accepted for publication. Feedback from this meeting is passed on to authors.

Accepted authors of original works are given an option to respond to editorial feedback during structural/developmental editing. Once the final version of the story is set, it is copy-edited to ensure a professional polish.

Call for Submissions:

We are seeking exciting, entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-written speculative fiction (broadly defined), without limitation on content or theme, in the range of 100 to 10,000 words. Stories in the range of 2 to 5 thousand words are preferred. We offer a semi-professional rate of CAD 1.5c/word for original fiction (CAD $15/1000 words).

We accept reprints at a reduced rate of CAD .4c/word (CAD $4/1000 words).

We believe there are many ways to write a good story, so we won't try to limit what we're asking for. In general, a good story keeps you turning pages until the end, and a great story keeps you thinking about it long after that. Of course it's subjective, and our editors represent diverse tastes, so the best thing to do is to submit and see if we like it. Aside from being a good story, with all that entails, some things that might earn you extra points include: innovative stories that grapple with important issues; diverse perspectives; complex or intellectually-stimulating ideas conveyed in a compelling way; stories that resist simple paraphrase and make the reader think; stories that have cool or exciting premises that readers want to share after reading.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed for original works only, but please limit this to three submissions at any one time; do not submit multiple reprint stories for consideration. Do not resubmit stories that we have already made a decision on; you get one chance per story, so make sure it is polished before you submit.

Use standard manuscript format, or something close to it. Your document should be double-spaced in TNR or courier font. We accept .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt file types. Don't submit .pdf or .pages.

Rights purchased: for original works, we ask for worldwide first-publication rights for print and digital formats of tdotSpec Magazine and the tdotSpec website, and one-month exclusivity from the time of publication; for reprints, we ask for a non-exclusive license for print and digital format of tdotSpec Magazine and the tdotSpec website.

We accept submissions every Monday, Eastern time, through our online submission form. We do not accept submissions outside of this period.

Other works:

  • Poetry. Yes, we are interested in speculative poetry. We pay CAD 25c/line for original poetry, to a maximum of $10; we pay CAD 5c/line for reprint poetry, to a maximum of $5. We prefer shorter poetry and modern forms.
  • Comics, panel strips, and other graphic format stories. Yes, we're interested in black-and-white panel strips or other forms of graphic speculative fiction suitable for the interior of a magazine. Images should fit within a 6" x 9" page. Compensation for this medium is flexible; consider CAD $1.50/panel as an approximate starting point.
  • Artwork. Yes, we're interested in speculative artwork, provided it is a black-and-white line illustration suitable for the interior of a magazine. Images should fit within a 6" x 9" page.  Compensation for this medium is flexible; consider CAD $6/image as an approximate starting point.
  • Reviews and non-fiction articles. Yes, we're interested in neutral/unbiased reviews and non-fiction articles. Neutral/unbiased means we don't want reviews written by anyone with personal or professional connections to the author whose work is being reviewed. These are non-paying.
  • Novellas and Serialization. Yes, we are interested in serializing your longer works (paid at the same rate as short fiction), up to 40k words, provided (a) it is fully completed when it is submitted, (b) it is original (previously unpublished; no reprints for serialized works) and (c) you have clearly indicated breaks between serialized sections, such that each section is fewer than 10,000 words (preferably around 5k words) and breaks at a natural and effective point. This is to ensure that serializations are well structured and that stories that start strong do not go awry in future installments. For serialized works in particular, we require gripping stories with strong, memorable characters that the reader cares about, engaged in conflicts with high tension that maintain narrative momentum—enough to carry readers to the next issue.

Final Words

We are all excited to see tdotSpec Magazine come to life, and looking forward to the fantastic stories and vibrant exchange of ideas in this new literary space. If you've made it this far, you're the kind of person that appreciates and cares about speculative fiction, and we hope you'll help support us in building this community through our magazine. Whether you're a writer or a reader, the best way to help us in our mission right now is to continue to be a fan and supporter of speculative fiction, and to share our excitement about what we are building. This is a community, and it's made of people like you. If you have a minute, please head to social media and share your excitement! All of us at tdotSpec greatly appreciate your involvement and support! Thanks!

Risks and challenges

Producing a magazine requires a lot of people working in coordination through various stages of development. There is the open submission period, acquisition of stories, several rounds of edits, compilation and formatting, cover design, printing, and shipping. Occasionally, there can be delays in production that affect the timeline for delivery. We have done our best to create a reasonable timeline that takes into consideration potential delays at various stages. Since we have produced six anthologies so far, we are confident in our ability to meet our deadlines. Of course, there is always the possibility of something unexpected cropping up.

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