Steel Cities Submissions

Contributor Guidelines for

Triangulation: Steel Cities


We are OPEN to submissions until

March 31, 2013.

(NOTE: Deadline extended from Mar 15)


Triangulation is an annual short fiction anthology that publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and any other speculative fiction that caught the editors' fancy. Every year we have a theme: 2013's theme is "Steel Cities". We pay for the work we select and are available online at places like We're a small outfit but we work hard to produce a quality product;


We will consider fiction up to 7,500 words. We are interested in publishing a wide variety of entertaining and literate stories, so the more space a story would take, the more it will need to impress us. There is no minimum word count. We have no interest in getting more specific about the term "speculative fiction." Science fiction, horror, fantasy, magic realism, alternate history, whatever. If there's a speculative element vital to your story, we'll gladly give it a read. We do prefer traditional narrative to experimental technique. We do purchase the occasional experimental piece, but our intent is to provide a strong story experience for our readership.


We love creative interpretations of our theme, "Steel Cities". Don't ask us what it means -- tell us what it means with a story that convinces us you're right.


We publish both new and established writers; the level of experience for the authors gracing our pages has ranged from "first time in print" to "Hugo winner" and "Nebula winner". The majority of our stories usually wind up being from American authors, but we've had a number of international contributions; we're happy to consider work from anywhere in the world, as long as it's written in English.


We will run mature content if we like the story. So make sure there's an actual story in that mature content.


We will consider reprints, but our focus is on original stories. We are unlikely to accept a reprint that is less than astounding, or one that has appeared in a major market, or is widely available.


We do not publish poetry. Sorry.


No fanfic, even if it's fanfic of a fictional universe that has passed into public domain.


No thinly-disguised transcripts of roleplaying sessions, no settings obviously based on D&D or other such games. Don't get us wrong, we love to game ourselves, which means our imaginations are probably too cluttered with elves and dwarves and orcs and the like as it is.


The submission period is January 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013. All electronic submits must be sent within that period, all snail mail submits must be postmarked by the deadline.




We pay 2 US cents per word (maximum $100), plus a complimentary copy of the electronic edition. The anthology will be published in July 2013. We purchase North American Serial Rights, and Electronic Rights for downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.


How To Submit:


Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submishmash (see SUBMIT link below). If this is your first time submitting to a publication that utilizes Submishmash, you will have to create an account with them. It’s free.


We'll consider stories in the following formats:


  • .doc or .docx (MS Word)
  • .rtf (Rich Text Format -- generic document format that most word processors can create)
  • .odt (OpenDocument Text -- format used by the suite)


Please use industry standard manuscript format. There's disagreement on some of the exact details of the "standard". We're not testing you to see if you can follow each and every niggling detail, we just want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.


We are (in)famous for our feedback on submitted stories. Last year I blogged about each and every submission without including author/story names or plot specifics. We work with writers to improve accepted stories, as well. The results have been strong reviews from places like Tangent Online, and a reputation for consistent quality. This year, because I am busier than ever and because some writers do not desire detailed feedback, and because we're always looking for ways to pay authors more, we offer two levels of submission. You may submit your story without a fee and receive a simple thanks/no thanks response from us, or pay a small fee to receive the full Monty, including specific advice for improving your story.


SUBMIT that story!


Please report your response times at Duotrope's Digest.


If you absolutely positively cannot submit electronically, please send the manuscript (with either a SASE or a return email address) to:


Triangulation 2013
312 N Beaver St.
New Castle PA 16101


No hand-written manuscripts. We gotta draw the line somewhere.


No multiple submissions; only send us one story at a time. No simultaneous submissions. Don't send it to us if someone else is already considering it.




Expect to hear back from us within a month. Feel free to start sending us nagging emails if you haven't heard from us after two months.




All writers, including those who are known or even related to the editorial staff, are permitted to submit to the Triangulation anthology. That doesn't mean we'll automatically publish them; just that we're willing to look at their work. (We're not worried about nepotism; we tell our friends that their writing sucks all the time.)


Who We Are:


Triangulation is an annual anthology produced by PARSEC Ink, the publishing wing of the PARSEC science-fiction association in Pittsburgh, PA. A new edition of Triangulation has been published every year since 2003 (save for a brief hiatus in 2006 when we changed over to an international format).


Triangulation shares an informal relationship with PARSEC's annual short story contest, and in past years Triangulation editors have been recruited as mid-round judges. Authors who do well in the contest may be offered publication in Triangulation solely at the discretion of Triangulation's editors. Note, though, that the PARSEC contest and Triangulation Anthology are two completely different publications; you can submit to one or the other or even both, but be aware that because they are different publications, they have different requirements and submission guidelines, including eligibility and word length.


Thank you for considering Triangulation: Steel Cities as a market for your work; we look forward to reading it.

--Steve Ramey, Editor, Triangulation Anthology Series

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