youve come to this site because youre already a writer
or you are a fan of speculative fiction that wants to take a crack
at writing some. In either case, it is necessary to carefully
read these guidelines if you plan to submit your work to us for
NOTE: These are guidelines for speculative fiction submissions
to our online division (silverthought.com). For submissions to
our print division (Silverthought Press), see the Publishing
Queries section below. For literary fiction/poetry submissions,
visit our sister site Megan's
Closet. For transgressive fiction submissions, visit our sister
site Offense Mechanisms.
the following with your submission:
This is the name of your submission. Be creative. If your title
contains a spelling/grammar/punctuation error, unless you can
provide a very good reason for the error, expect it to be corrected.
Nobody really wants to read "Teh time The Robotz Conquered
This is your name. Pseudonyms are acceptable, but we encourage
you to use your real name. Few things are as satisfying as being
known for having written a good piece of fiction. Silverthought
is a newcomer to the literary world, but we are known, and you
will be, too. If you choose to use a pseudonym, please provide
the editor with your real name as well. Your real name will
not appear in any form on Silverthought unless you want it to,
but the editor likes to know who he's dealing with.
This is a short plot summary of the submission. Please note:
the editor will use this synopsis to generate the submission
description that appears on the ST front page. Thus, please
refrain from first-person descriptions (I wrote this piece
three years ago...") or generic, cliche descriptions that
have little or nothing to do with the plot ("Mama always
told me there would be days like this.")
This is a short biographical statement. If youre lost
here, a good place to start would be your hometown, education,
non-writing hobbies, or similar points of interest. Tell us
who you are.
These credits may be truncated if they consist of 200 online
publications, but novel-length work, material that has seen
hard-copy print, and publication by our peers in the online
world are definitely of interest.
NOTE: Submissions that do not include the information above will
not be considered for publication.
Include this information in the body of your submission
email or at the top of your attached document. You'd be surprised
by how many submissions come in with no synopsis or even a real
author name. We're not going to publish UNTITLED STORY by COOLKID69LOL@aol.com.
submit to silverthought.com, email Paul Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we accept your submission, you will be notified via email when
it is included in a site update. Because of the volume of submissions
to the online division, we do not send rejection notifications.
If you do not receive a site inclusion notification within six
months of your submission, consider it rejected.
with any resource, particularly in the literary world, it is important
that you know who you are submitting to. Silverthought.com is
a website that was originally intended to showcase the best in
new speculative fiction. We have expanded our thematic coverage
by accepting some horror, some weird-tales, some Twilight Zone-type
material, and other genres. We also have accepted in the past
stories that stray wildly from the accepted hard-boiled sci-fi
having been said, there is a relatively fine line between acceptable
and unacceptable with regards to pieces like this on Silvethought.com.
We encourage you to submit your story ideas and not be afraid
that youre "too out there for us. On the other
hand, qualitatively, you must recognize that the further you deviate
from the accepted traditional storytelling format that sci-fi
and speculative fiction uses, the less likely it is that we will
accept your work. If you want to write an edgy, dark, speculative
poem, we may very well accept it. But it had better be the best
damned edgy, dark speculative poem weve read in a long time
in order for you to have reasonable hope that well publish
please evaluate carefully if your work could be considered speculative.
We receive numerous pieces that are ultimately not published,
and not because they arent good. Theyre just not for
Silverthought. We like to keep an open mind, as discussed above,
but there is value to associating a certain quality with our name.
We want our readers to have at least a vague idea of what to expect
when they log on to our free website. Imagine wanting to read
a space-drama and being greeted with a fairy story. Some things
just arent for us. Fan fiction (Star Trek stories, etc.),
sword and sorcery fantasy, and rehashed imitations of other, better
stories are among these. Were not saying we dont like
that sort of story or that we havent read good fiction in
those categories, we just dont publish that here. Keep in
mind that your submission may be rejected solely because it does
not fit this single criterion.
Please submit all work as plain text in the body of an email
or as an attached .TXT, .DOC or .RTF file. .PDFs are not acceptable.
Submissions in unacceptable formats will be rejected. Please
note that text is sometimes corrupted either in transmission
or in transfer from word processing programs to web design programs.
The editor will make every attempt to present your text as it
appears in the original file.
There are no minimum or maximum length requirements for pieces.
We accept flash fiction, short stories, novellas, serial fiction,
and novel-length works. Silverthought Press (the print division
of Silverthought) accepts short stories and novels as well,
and often the print publications are drawn from the online content.
If you plan to serialize a story, however, plan on finishing
it. If we invest the time in publishing parts 1, 2, 3 and 4
of your story, make sure you have 5, 6, and 7 ready to go. We
appreciate the difficulty involved in finishing a lengthy story,
but it makes us look like a trash-bin for hacks when serial
fiction starts and then disappears when halfway through the
storyline the author runs out of ideas.
There are no content restrictions on submissions. We believe
that censorship has absolutely no place in the art and craft
of writing. If you are easily offended by foul language, sexually
charged content, or descriptions of human beings doing horrid
things, please take a moment to remember that all those four-letter
Wirty Dords eventually spell out freedom.
We can't stress this enough: PROOFREAD YOUR SUBMISSIONS BEFORE
YOU SEND THEM. It can be as simple as running a spell check.
Sometimes we receive submissions where it's painfully obvious
that the writer hasn't actually read the piece even once before
sending it in. That is unacceptable. Word has those squiggly
green and red lines for a reason. Submissions with pervasive
spelling/grammar/or punctuation errors will be rejected, unless
you want to pay the editor $75/hour to gut your work. The editor
has also been known from time to time to publish pieces without
editing them at all, just to showcase to the world that a particular
writer apparently didn't pay attention in third grade English
class. You don't really want that, do you? PROOFREAD YOUR SUBMISSIONS.
You do not have to indent paragraphs. In transferring the text
from the word processing program to the web page editor, your
indentations will be lost and replaced with non-breaking spaces.
The editor will make every attempt to preserve your paragraphing,
but an easy way to ensure that paragraphs are obviously defined
is to use single spacing within paragraphs and double spacing
To signify a section break, please use: * * *. Ornate fleurons
or asterix variants will just be replaced with * * *.
We accept submissions in any font you choose, but all submissions
will appear on the site in Times New Roman 12 with titles in
Arial. The editor prefers to read submissions in Times New Roman
12 or Arial 10. The editor absolutely hates Courier of any size.
Don't ask. If you just can't live without a particular font,
let us know, but there better be a convincing reason that your
submission is stronger in Cooper 72. Keep in mind that we will
not embed fonts on submission pages.
The editor will make every attempt to preserve your emphasized
text (italicized, underlined, bolded). Sometimes he will miss
emphasized text within the submission if he can't see it, so
be sure to denote emphasis consistently and obviously. If you
submit via email and do not have the option to code italics,
underline, or bold, please offset emphasized text with asterisks
(*as such*). Generally, text within submissions that is italicized,
underlined, or bolded will appear as italicized text on the
site, unless the context implies that it should remain simply
underlined or bold. The editor doesn't like shouting, so CAPITALIZED
TEXT will often be replaced with italicized text, unless the
text is an acronym or the context requires capitals. Remember,
CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR AWESOME.
Some writers choose to include illustrations with their submissions.
If you would like an illustration included with your text, please
attach it to your submission email in .JPG or .GIF format. We
can work with almost any graphics file format, but for the sake
of simplicity, JPGs and GIFs are preferred. The editor will
resize illustrations if need be. Only illustrations for which
the writer has clearance will be accepted. In other words, if
it's someone else's work and you don't have permission to use
it, don't bother sending it in.
editor will never change thematic or stylistic elements of your
stories. The editor may, however, occasionally correct obvious
spelling or grammatical errors. That having been said, Silverthought
is not a free editing service. Submissions with significant grammatical
or spelling errors will be rejected until fixed by the author.
If you would like to receive a quote for professional editing
to Silverthought.com remain the sole property of the author, with
all rights intact, including the right to withdraw the piece for
any reason with sufficient notice to the editor. Silverthought
Press operates on a contract basis to buy the rights
to a book. This is typically in the form of a percentage of future
royalties and not up-front advances (a la Doubleday). If you are
invited to participate in Silverthought print publications, further
guidelines will be supplied to you.
of any sort, real or questionable, will not be tolerated. Yes,
we really do mean this, and we have cut authors loose in the past
who have lifted stories from older books. Technology
being what it is these days, spotting plagiarism is almost absurdly
easy, so dont test us. Anyone caught doing this will be
permanently banned from Silverthoughts forums and website,
and is a douchebag.
submissions to Silverthought will be reviewed by our editorial
panel before their inclusion in a site update. If the panel feels
that a submission requires revision before inclusion, the author
will be notified via email, given some suggestions for improving
the piece, and invited to re-submit the piece after revision.
Reasons for rejection may include inappropriate subject matter
for the site, significant spelling/grammatical errors, lack of
originality, etc. The panel may suggest revisions; they may not.
Writers are invited to revise and resubmit a piece as often as
they would like, but keep in mind that the panel might invite
you not to let the door hit your ass on the way out.
whose submissions do not appear in a site update are encouraged
to post their work in The
Clinic, a section of the Silverthought forum in which writers
receive feedback or suggestions for improvement on works in progress.
Please take advantage of this valuable resource. When it comes
to improving a piece, dozens of eyes are better than two.
advice and recommendations:
editorial staff has a few more recommendations for you on how
to successfully join the Silverthought community of writers. No
matter how good a writer you think you are, you would be wise
to follow the advice below.
the Silverthought Forum. Many of the best and most successful
Silverthought writers post there regularly, and a wealth of
information regarding the site can be found there. As writers,
it is easy to become isolated by our own passion. Not all of
us live in big cities. Were spread out over the US, Canada,
Europe and in places all over the globe. The forums are a well-established
place to have a community of people who understand the value
of independent literature and stories not put through the gristmill
of large publishing houses. Also, readers will often log in
to tell us what they think about our work. This sort of feedback
is invaluable. After all, most of the authors are fans of sci-fi
and speculative fiction as well, and will have useful insights
into your work. If you are interested in promoting Silverthought,
becoming a regular reviewer, participating in peer-reviewing
and critique, and meeting the authors whose stories you admire,
this is a terrific resource.
this thread: "Suggestions
for New Submitters." Self-explanatory. Don't make the
mistakes mentioned here.
this thread: Things
You Can Do to Make Your Writing Better and My Life Easier
by editor Paul Hughes. He updates it periodically with helpful
hints to avoid common submission errors in the form of grammatical
or technical mistakes. You will save yourself a lot of rejection
if you know and understand the things that he talks about here.
this thread: Style
Tips That Arent Obvious. In it, a number of
established Silverthought authors talk about stylistic cues
for writing that you wont necessarily find in any Elements
of Style-type manual. Some of us have taken formal writing
classes at the post-secondary level, and some of us just have
a lot of experience crafting entertaining stories. It would
behoove you to check this out and pay close attention.
Statement. This is a clear overview of what we hope to accomplish
as an online and print publishing house. If you are unsure if
Silverthought is for youor vice versathis should
clear up any ambiguity.
10-2007: PLEASE NOTE: Silverthought Press will not be accepting
submissions of manuscripts for publication until January 2009.
At this time we do not anticipate any more openings for our
2008 publication queue.
print publishing division of Silverthought Press seeks submissions
of quality work in the genre of speculative fiction. Literary
fiction/poetry manuscripts will be forwarded to our Megan's
Closet imprint. Transgressive fiction manuscripts will be
forwarded to our Offense
Mechanisms imprint. ST Press will publish 1-3 books/quarter,
but we have a rolling submissions policy. If you would like
to submit your manuscript to Silverthought Press, please first
contact editor Paul
Hughes with your query.
the nature of our digital assembly/production/distribution methods,
we prefer to receive digital submissions. Silverthought does
accept print submissions to the address listed below, but encourages
writers to consider the environmental impact. If you send a
printed manuscript, eventually we will require a digital version.
Times New Roman 12 is preferred; manuscripts in Courier will
most likely be ignored, as will any manuscripts that feature
dragons, vampire slayers, wizards, or unicorns, even though
Paul Hughes loves unicorns.
send printed manuscripts to:
ATTN: Paul Hughes, Editor
32148 State Route 26
Philadelphia, NY 13673
send digital manuscripts to:
the following information with your query:
may send digital manuscripts in .DOC, .RTF, or .TXT (in order
of preference) format. Please send manuscripts with a read receipt
to ensure that we receive the work.
allow 6-9 months for a response. Response time is generally
much shorter, but unforeseen circumstances or consultation among
the editorial staff may necessitate a longer evaluation. Paper
manuscripts will not be returned unless submitted with a SASE.
We read each query and manuscript, but due to the number of
submissions, we do not respond to writers whose manuscripts
do not currently meet our needs. If within 6-9 months you do
not receive a reply to your query, please consider your manuscript
YOUR SUBMISSIONS. Nothing angers a professional editor more
than a manuscript that hasn't at least been put through a
spell check. Some recent submissions exhibit no evidence that
the writer read the manuscript even once before sending it
in. If you require professional editing services, please ask
for a quote here. If we have to spend three months fixing
your writing before publishing your book, chances are we aren't
going to publish it.
of a significant backlog of print submissions, we are no longer
able to respond to writers whose work we reject. We are currently
evaluating manuscripts as fast as possible, but your patience
is appreciated. We apologize for any inconvenience this may
are no longer accepting short story collection queries from
individual writers. Anthologies drawn from multiple writers
will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but we are shifting
focus to ST-branded collection production instead of outside
that do not meet Silverthought's speculative fiction focus will
be forwarded to the editorial staffs of our sister sites, Megan's
Closet and Offense
Mechanisms. This includes all non-fiction, poetry, literary
fiction, transgressive fiction, etc.