Electric Athenaeum is a Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine publishing short fiction, articles, poetry, and interviews. Each issue features an accompanying theme, and is available for free to readers.

We are currently OPEN for submissions until 30 June 2019!

Our current theme is:

INHUMANITY

What is it like inside the mind of a being that is not–and never has been–human? How might morality and conscience change with different biologies and non-human societies? How does the binary thought of Artificial Intelligence differ from our own? If a society of beings are obligate carnivores, what impact might that have on the morals developed by their culture?

The Inhumanity issue of Electric Athenaeum seeks to explore these and other questions, and, in the process, question those aspects of the human experience that we may take for granted. Challenge the assumptions we hold about what it means to be human. This issue seeks to explore what it is to NOT be human, and, by extension and contrast, what that perspective can offer to our thoughts on what it means to be human.

Show us alien societies grounded in truly different thought processes. Take us inside the dreams of an artificial intelligence. Explore the deepest implications of an immortal elvish society, or the courting rituals of a polyamorous orcish culture.

Show us what it means to be (in)human.

Fiction Guidelines

Word Limit: 3,000 words minimum, 10,000 words maximum

Pay Rate: 50GBP per story

Genre: We are open to any genre of speculative fiction, so long as the story contains a strong imaginative thread.

Theme: Inhumanity (more detail above)

Language: English (translations are welcome, as are submissions from authors worldwide)

Rights: We purchase first world electronic text rights.

Next Theme: TBD

Submissions Process: Please submit stories to us at electricathenaeum@gmail.com, using the Subject Line: Fiction: [Insert Story Title Here]. Please include a cover letter clearly listing your name, email address, story title, genre, and word count. The cover letter should also include publishing history (as applicable) and any other relevant information (for example, if you write interstellar fiction and also are a literal rocket scientist). Please use standard manuscript format and attach stories to the email as a .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX file. No simultaneous submissions, please.

Queries and Response Times: We aim to respond to all submissions within 4-6 weeks. Please do not query us before that time.

Nonfiction Guidelines

What We’re Looking For: Articulate, well-written articles on a variety of subjects of interest to the SFF community that fit with out current theme. We are particularly interested in articles that explore the intersections between current science and fiction (be that hard science or social), examinations of genre history (for example, how different authors used/approached inhuman characters in their work), and essays on the writing or reading experience.

What We’re Not Interested In: At this time, we are not looking for reviews, interviews, or reprints of articles published elsewhere (particularly online). While we may print reviews or interviews, they will be handled in-house or directly commissioned to fit the theme of each issue. In addition, we have no interest in clickbait, pieces designed just to elicit an anger response or to denigrate a given work or group, or listicles.

Word Limit: 3,000 word maximum

Pay Rate: 50GBP per article

Submissions Process: Please Query First! Email queries to us at electricathenaeum@gmail.com using the Subject Line: Nonfiction: [Insert Proposed Article Title Here]. Please include a paragraph outlining the proposed article, and a list of your relevant qualifications or experience. If the article proposed seems a good fit, we will ask to see a full version. Please bear in mind that our request to see a full version of the article is not a guarantee of publication.

Poetry Guidelines

What We’re Looking For: Poetry of all forms, structures, and kinds that fits with our current theme. We are currently open to a wide variety of lengths, but it’s probably best to stick to no more than one page per poem.

Pay Rate: 10GBP per poem

Submission Process: Email submissions to us at electricathenaeum@gmail.com using the Subject Line: Poetry Submission. Please include a cover letter clearly listing your name, email address, poem title(s), and genres. The cover letter should also include publishing history (as applicable) and any other relevant information. Please use standard manuscript format and attach poems in a single document to the email as a .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX file.

Visual Art Guidelines – CLOSED

What We’re Looking For: We’re looking for science fiction or fantasy artwork that fits with our current theme. We are open to all experience levels, and original or reprint artwork.

Pay Rate: 75GBP for cover art

Submission Process: Please Query! Email queries to us at electricathenaeum@gmail.com using the Subject Line: Artwork Query. Please include a link to a gallery of your work or the proposed piece specifically (if reprint), and a list of your relevant qualifications or experience.

Thank you to everyone considering submitting to Electric Athenaeum!