Frequency is looking for literate, strongly plotted, original
stories, primarily in the Science Fiction genre but we will also
look at fantasy and horror. We're willing to consider mystery
as long as there is an element of SF/Fantasy/Horror.
excerpts, swords & sorcery, media tie-ins, parody. Poetry
by invitation only. We are primarily looking for NEW material
-- reprints will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Our primary interest (read: your best bet to sell to us) is stories
of 2,000 words or less. We'll consider up to 5,000 words. Short-shorts
of under 1,000 words are especially needed.
Since our listeners won't want to hit the rewind button every
twenty seconds, clear syntax and non-experimental structures are
mandatory. Long passages in colorful alien dialect will also be
problematical. Strong science is good; strong characters are better;
both together would be best. And let's emphasize one more time:
strong plotting is the foundation. "Slice of life" stories,
even really cool alien life, are not what we're looking for. And
for you horror writers: "Slice of Death" stories are
also out. If I get one more story that's just "Boy meets
girl, boy kills girl", with no SF or fantastical element,
I may have to... no, I'm not going there. And you shouldn't either.
Send me something original.
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Frequency pays 3 cents per word for exclusive AUDIO rights. In
addition, stories are sold as MP3 downloads through the website
at approximately $1 per story. Authors receive a 20 percent royalty
on those internet sales.
Electronic submissions are preferred, to submissions@FrequencyPublishing.com.
Please send in Word, text or rich text, in professional format:
typed, double-spaced, one side of the page, include word count
AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE STORY. This may
seem obvious, but experience has taught me that it's not, and
I can't reply if I don't have your email address ON THE MANUSCRIPT.
Hardcopy submissions to: PO Box 2711, Venice CA 90294. Please
feel free to send several stories at a time.
We will happily respond by email; for regular mail, please
include an appropriately sized, self-addressed, stamped envelope
(SASE). (Contributors residing outside the United States should
use international reply coupons.) Even if you do not want your
manuscript returned, we require a letter-size SASE for a surface-mail
response; manuscripts without an SASE will not be returned.
Frequency's top 12 reasons
- The protagonist doesn't drive
- The protagonist doesn't have
anything at stake in the action
- There is no action, only ideas
- There is only action,
- The protagonist doesn't change
by the end
- Nothing has changed
by the end.
- Good ideas, but the characters
- Good characters, but nothing
happens outside of their particular interaction (nothing bigger
is at stake)
- Nothing happens
- Too much (clumsy or intrusive)
- Does your main female character
have to be a redhead?
- There's no fantastic
or speculative element.
For cover art,
Frequency is looking for professional-level realistic artwork.
(Some abstract may be appropriate; try us on a case-by-case basis.)
We'd also like to get some really cool computer-generated images.
Like everyone, we're looking for dramatic imagery that will hook
the reader. Frequency pays professional rates.
What to send:
Send four to ten samples of your best work. DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS.
Color copies, slides, transparencies, or tearsheats are acceptable.
Art submissions - Frequency, PO Box 2711, Venice CA 90294.
As we will want
to keep submissions on file for reference, they will not be returned
unless specifically requested by the artist (in which case SASE
must be included). Electronic submissions are also acceptable,
but ONLY after first querying to: email@example.com.