A B O U T S I L V E R T H O U G H T :
Welcome to Silverthought, an independent publisher of speculative fiction. In the years since Paul Hughes founded the site in 2001, Silverthought has evolved from a modest single-page website showcasing
a handful of works-in-progress to an expansive and respected player
in the world of independent publishing with both online and print divisions and a thriving literary community.
The online division of Silverthought has featured over five
hundred works of fiction. Updated quarterly with flash, short, and serialized
fiction, ST Online offers a venue in which emerging and established writers can
showcase their talent to a worldwide audience.
the debut of its print division in 2005, Silverthought Press and its Offense Mechanisms and Elm Ridge Books imprints have released over thirty print novels and
collections of short fiction and poetry in jacketed hardcover and trade paperback editions. Silverthought's
critically acclaimed publications have been honored by competitions such as the Independent
Publisher Book Awards, the DIY Book Festival Awards, and the New York
Book Festival Awards. Visit ST Print to learn more about
our books and writers, read sample chapters, and purchase selections
from our catalog.
Our goal is to offer a community that
provides a venue for writers on the cutting edge of creative, intelligent, speculative fiction and intellectual discourse. We don't apologize for the fact that we challenge the creative mainstream and demand more from our writers—and our readers. Our
mission is to provide writers, fans, and critics a place to explore
a genre of fiction that is often watered down by politically-correct corporate publishing houses. We seek the best in speculative talent;
we take chances on unorthodox writers. Speculative fiction demands that we consider what could be, and Silverthought is on the bleeding edge of that contemplation of where we are and where we are going.
you are a young writer with an emerging talent or a seasoned author with an established writing practice, we encourage you to submit your work to Silverthought and become a part of the next big
thing in speculative fiction.
T A F F :
Paul Evan Hughes is the seven-time Independent Publisher Book Award-winning writer and executive editor of Silverthought Press. His work includes the experimental speculative/transgressive novels Enemy, An End, and Broken: A Plague Journal, the short fiction collection Certain Devastations, and the upcoming horror novel The Mills. He lives in Evans Mills, NY with his wife and two sons.
Mark R. Brand is the author of the novels The Damnation of Memory, Life After Sleep, and Red Ivy Afternoon. He was named a Chicago author Favorite of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune for editing the collection Thank You, Death Robot, and in 2012, CBS Chicago named him one of 5 Chicago Authors and Publishers to Watch Out For. Red Ivy Afternoon and Thank You, Death Robot received medals at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2006 and 2009 respectively. His short stories have appeared in various print collections including Upstart Crows II: True Stories, Silverthought: Ignition, Alien Light: A Science Fiction Anthology, and To Wound the Autumnal City, as well as numerous online fiction websites. Brand was born in northern New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2001. He currently lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and son.
addition to Paul and Mark, the Silverthought Staff has included the editors emeriti Becci Noblit Goodall and Russell Lutz, former forum administrator Anders Laughton, and cover designer Len Nicholas. We periodically outsource work
such as cover and interior design, layout, and photography to a number of visual artists. If you are interested in working
with Silverthought, please send a query and a link to your portfolio to Paul Hughes. We'll inform you of any upcoming design opportunities that we feel potentially match your talents.
W A R D S | H O N O R S :
— Thank You, Death Robot, edited by Mark R. Brand: Silver Medal, 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award for Fantasy/Science Fiction
— A Dark and
Deadly Valley, edited by Mike Heffernan: Bronze Medal, 2008 Independent
Publisher Book Award for Horror
Cycle by Russell Lutz: Honorable Mention, 2007 New York Book Festival
Ivy Afternoon by Mark R. Brand: Bronze Medal, 2007 Independent
Publisher Book Award for Fantasy/Science Fiction
Cycle by Russell Lutz: First Place, 2006 DIY Book Festival Award for
Ignition, edited by Paul Hughes: Bronze Medal,
2006 Independent Publisher Book Award for Fantasy/Science Fiction
A Plague Journal by Paul Hughes: Silver Medal, 2006 Independent Publisher
Book Award for Fantasy/Science Fiction
End by Paul Hughes: Gold Medal, 2003 Independent Publisher Book Award
for Fantasy/Science Fiction
— Enemy by Paul Hughes: Winner, 2002 Booksurge Editors' Choice Award