Tesseracts 14: Canadian Sci-fi/Fantasy Anthology Open for Submissions


Canadian authors of science fiction and fantasy, get your stories ready.  Tesseracts 14, is open for business.







Tesseracts Fourteen:
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS (Sept. 1, 2009 – Nov. 30, 2009)

Submissions are now open (from September 1, 2009 to November 30, 2009) for volume 14 of the Tesseracts anthology. If you are a Canadian author and write speculative fiction, we want to see your stories, poetry, radio plays, flash fiction etc. [SEE GUIDELINES BELOW]

The editors for this antholgy are:

John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory.    




  • This anthology is open to Canadians, landed immigrants, long-time residents, and expatriates.

  • Open to submissions in either English or French. (Francophone stories must be translated into English for publication if accepted.) Canadian authors who write in languages other than French or English are welcome to submit an English translation of their work, provided it otherwise falls within the parameters of this anthology. Please supply details of original publication for any submission that originally appeared in a language other than English.

  • Translation into English is the sole responsibility of the authors.

  • Genres: all the genres of imaginative literature, including but not limited to magic realism, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, slipstream, supernatural horror, weird tales, alternate history, space opera, planetary adventure, surrealism, superheroes, mythic fantasy, etc.

  • The Tesseracts anthology series is open to both short fiction and poetry.

  • Payment is $20 for poetry, $50 for stories under 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $100 for stories of over 5,000 words (longer stories are paid a slightly higher fee, but in order to exceed the word length limit of 7,500 words, the editors must judge a story to be of surpassing excellence.)

  • Deadline: 30 November 2009.

  • Do not query before submitting.

  • Email submissions: tess14@hadespublications.com

  • Emails MUST contain the word “submission” in the subject line, or they will be deleted automatically by the server. Please also include the story title in the subject line.

  • Submissions MUST come as an attachment: RTF is the only acceptable format.

  • Emails MUST contain a cover letter in the body of the email; for security reasons, email attachments with no cover letter will be deleted unread and unanswered.

  • Cover letter: include your name, the title of your story, your full contact information (address, phone, email), and a brief bio. Do not describe or summarize the story.

  • If your address is not within Canada, please indicate in the cover letter your status vis-à-vis Canada.

  • Reprints (stories having previously appeared in English in ANY format, print or electronic, including but not limited to any form of web publication) can be considered but will be a hard sell; reprints must come from a source not easily available in Canada. If your submission is a reprint, please supply full publication history of the story. If your story appeared previously, including but not limited to anywhere on the web, and you do not disclose this information to the editor upon submission, you will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Submission format: no strange formatting, colour fonts, changing fonts, borders, backgrounds, etc. Leave italics in italics, NOT underlined. Put your full contact information on the first page (name, address, email address, phone). No headers, no footers, no page numbering. DO NOT leave a blank line between paragraphs. Indent paragraphs. ALWAYS put a # to indicate scene breaks (a blank line is NOT enough).

  • ALWAYS include your full contact information (name/address/email/phone number) on the first page of the attached submission.

  • Rights: for original fiction, first World English publication, with a two-month exclusive from publication date; for all, non-exclusive anthology rights; all other rights remain with the author. (DO NOT INDICATE WHICH RIGHTS YOU ARE OFFERING; SUBMISSIONS MARKED WITH RESTRICTIVE RIGHTS WILL BE DELETED WITH NO REPLY.)

  • Spelling: please use Canadian spelling, as per the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

  • Response time: initial responses (no / rewrite request / hold for further consideration) will be made within thirty days after the close of submissions. Final responses no later than 31 December 2009.

  • Submit up to three stories at the same time, butUNDER SEPARATE COVER (only one submission per email).

  • Simsubs are not encouraged but are acceptable. Should you receive a “rewrite request” or “hold for further consideration” response, please indicate immediately whether your story is under consideration anywhere else.

  • 9 thoughts on “Tesseracts 14: Canadian Sci-fi/Fantasy Anthology Open for Submissions

    1. jstueart December 1, 2009 / 9:59

      And this competition is closed. There was a furious battle for the last person under the door. Congratulations to David Strachan who gets that honour. Way to go, Buddy! I escaped this great honour, this time, by only 17 minutes.

      It is the thrill of the deadline! If we are able to be IN the anthology, fantastic!, but you can’t escape that thrill of pressure! Woo-hoo!!

    2. Tea January 7, 2010 / 9:59

      I made another last minute entry, but not as late as 17 minutes! Have any of you gotten a response back from the anthology?

      Initial responses should have gone out by Dec 31 but I haven’t gotten anything from them though I know the entry was received. 😉

    3. jstueart January 7, 2010 / 9:59

      Nope, no one I know has gotten any word back from Tesseracts 14. Three of us up here in the Yukon are all asking each other every day…. hehe.

      Good luck! I’ll wait with you on pins and needles until word comes in. Meanwhile, I’m going to submit other stuff to a few more places…just to get my mind off of it.

    4. Tea January 7, 2010 / 9:59

      Whew! OK I feel better knowing I’m not sweating it out alone 😉 I was mostly worried because my entry was so last minute. Good plan though. I should get back to doing some more writing. Thanks!

      From a BC Gal who enjoys your blog.

    5. jstueart January 7, 2010 / 9:59

      Thanks BC gal! It’s nice to know that! Good luck! May we be together on the other side of waiting.

    6. Anita February 8, 2010 / 9:59

      I just wanted to message here to ask if anyone has still not heard from T14? The Edge website continues to say that they’re backlogged but that they’re working through the subs–anyone have any word yet?


    7. jstueart February 8, 2010 / 9:59

      Yep, on another post, I mention that word is out on T14. I think they are slowly contacting folks. They’ll update the website soon with a ToC. But people are hearing and the ToC is finalized, just not public. I googled Tesseracts 14 and got several people saying they’d heard and gotten in. Not sure what that means if you haven’t heard from them… could mean they are contacting people as they go. But until you hear for sure, it’s not over. Cheers and thanks for contacting me.

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