--- Submissions Guidelines ---
Desolate Places.  One of the first things Buzz Aldrin said after setting foot on the
Moon was "Magnificent desolation."  Desolation stirs the imagination.  The land
stretches almost to infinity, unspoiled by humanity.  But does nothing happen there?  
Does a place require human occupation to exhibit wonder?  What about an Earth
that no longer has a human presence?   What happens to what we've done to the
land, air and seas?The
photograph on the cover prototype to the left, by
photographer Erich Hernandez-Baquero, shows a desolate place, but as you can see
something fascinating occurs there (note the rock and the trail it has left).

We are looking for: Science Fiction stories that are set in desolate places.  For this
theme we prefer physical over abstract places.  Desolate places can be anywhere in
the Universe, so stories that are set on Earth as well as off Earth are equally
welcome.  We’re interested in the
eeriness and wonder of a desolate place.  Why are
your character(s) there and how do they react to such a place?  What do they expect
to find?  (Please query if you aren't sure if your idea will fit within the guidelines.  
Email address is below.)

Electronic submissions only:  Send as an attachment to an email message
(address below).  Microsoft Word .doc file is preferred, or .rtf file is okay (nearly all
word processors will allow you to save in rtf format).  Please virus scan your
document before sending.  Generally, the standard format calls for you to include a
heading at the top of each page with your name, story title, page number, etc.  Other
than that, we prefer that you keep your document as simple as possible.  Don’t  
double-space and please don’t do any fancy formatting such as right-justifying, etc.--
leave that to us. Also, please don't hit Enter (or Return) at the end of each line.  Let
your word processor wrap the text.

Please include a short bio of yourself, 100 words or less.

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

Query first
before submitting reprints.

Submission dates:  Closed.

Length: 2000 to 6000 words preferred, but will consider 1000 to 7000.

Payment:  Upon publication or before.  We offer payment in the $25 to $30 range
plus royalties and one copy of the book.  We will purchase First English Language
Anthology Rights.

Other Important items:  Stories will be judged based on merit.  You do not have to
have been published for your story to be accepted, but we strongly recommend that
you have the story critiqued or workshopped and please send good, tight, clean
prose.

No fantasy, horror, military, religious or comedy--just science fiction for this one.

No media tie-ins such as Star Trek (R), etc. (only the studios can authorize those).

We’re not looking for anything beyond mild language unless absolutely crucial to the
plot.  No gratuitous sex or graphic violence.

Where to send your submission:

Email to: subs [at] hadleyrillebooks [dot] com
(You know, substitute an @ for [at] and a . for [dot])

VERY IMPORTANT: In the subject line put: DESOLATE PLACES SUB

Response time:  Up to two months.

Target publish date: Late 2007, Early 2008.
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