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Fission #3: Call for submissions opening soon!

Editors Eugen Bacon and Gene Rowe are delighted to announce that submissions for Fission #3 are opening soon. 

The submissions window will open at midnight on 13 February, and closes at 11:59 pm on 1 March 2023. Please submit to and put “Fission #3 submission” in the subject header.

We invite original science fiction stories (genre-bending stories welcome!) up to 5,000 words, and offer a contributor payment rate of 2 pence per word. We may consider exceptional stories to 6,000 words, but payment will be capped at 5,000 words.

You don’t need to be a BSFA member to submit. You’re also welcome to send in surprising science fiction submissions for cover art.

***We do not accept any work created or altered by artificial intelligence programs such as, but not limited to, Midjourney and ChatGPT.

Fission #2 Volume 1

After two intense months of reading over 230 submissions, we’re pleased to announce that we very much enjoyed the stories, and will be publishing two volumes of Fission #2, edited by Eugen Bacon and Gene Rowe.

Thank you for submitting your entries, we’re sorry we could not take more.

Congratulations to the following authors whose science fiction kept us enthralled, now available in Vol. 1:

  • Ron Hardwick, ‘Sage and the Resurrection of Doctor Chronos’
  • Aleksandra Hill, ‘Words of Advice at the End of the World’
  • David Tallerman, ‘Face the Inevitable’
  • Caroline Misner, ‘The Epsilon Requirement’
  • Andrew Darlington, ‘Buffalo Soldiers’
  • Peter Medeiros, ‘Bad Architecture’
  • Tim O’Neal, ‘Otherworldly Jellyfish’
  • Mary Soon Lee, ‘Truth Conquers All’
  • Clare Turner, ‘In Person’
  • Chinaza Eziaghighala, ‘Osimiri’
  • Phil Nicholls, ‘Missy Hood Tweets’
  • Maddison Stoff, ‘Zombie Harold Holt Returns to Parliament’
  • K. C. Grifant, ‘Cynscout’
  • Michael Noonan, ‘All the Time in the World’
  • Ellen Denton, ‘The Portal’
  • Ian Whates, ‘The FenZone’
  • Jeffrey Somers, ‘Free from Want’
  • Patricia GarcĂ­a-Rojo, ‘The Fifth Awakening’ (CELSIUS, Translator: Mike Lucas)

Congratulations to everyone chosen!

Fission #2 Volume 2

We are pleased to announce the line up for the second volume of Fission #2, edited by Gene Rowe and Eugen Bacon. As before, thanks to all who submitted stories for consideration, we’re truly sorry we couldn't take more. Look out for our next call – for Fission #3 – which we’ve tentatively pencilled in for February/ March 2023.

Congratulations to the following authors whose stories are out into the wild in Vol. 2 soon.

  • Rob Nisbet, ‘A Brief History’
  • David Gullen, ‘Bluebell Apocalypse’
  • Nina Shepardson, ‘The First Contact Cookbook’
  • Michael James, ‘Short Turn Memory’
  • Redfern Jon Barrett, ‘The Past Made Flesh’
  • Matt McHugh, ‘The Heart Knows Only That It Wants’
  • Mark Thomas, ‘Mittens Aurelius: Meowditations’
  • James Edward O’Brien, ‘Postmortem Mandy’
  • Ray Daley, ‘I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs and Polystyrene Rocks’
  • Bruce Golden, ‘Rite of Passage’
  • Melissa Ferguson, ‘Deliquescence’
  • Jason J. McCuiston, ‘An Enemy’s Wake’
  • Peter Glazebrook, ‘Enturing Love’
  • Fiona Moore, ‘The Little Friend’
  • Matt Cahill, ‘Somewhere in a Dead Field’
  • Ian C. Douglas, ‘Charles Darwin and the South Seas Monster’.

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Fission #1

New in 2021, Fission is our annual anthology of SFF fiction. Edited by Allen Stroud, and launched in collaboration with Spain's Celsius 232, Fission aspires to grow to connect SFF communities around the world. 

The stories included for 2021 are:

'The Aminals Marched in Two By Two' by Syeda Fatima Muhammad
'A Pall of Moondust' by Nick Wood
'Lyonesses' by So Mayer
'The Lego Calf' by Jon Bilbao
'The Witch and the Elderman' by Peter Haynes
'The Trip' by Michael Crouch
'Etaerio' by Rosie Oliver
'The First and Last Safe Place' by C. John Arthur
'Here' by Gene Rowe
'The Blood Between Us' by Katherine Franklin
'Wanderlust' by Eugen Bacon & E. Don Harp
'Time Keep' by Elad Haber
'Power of Attorney' by Louis Evans
'I Love Google Maps/Death to Google Part 1' by Paul Beacon

The story chosen to be published in Celsius is 'Lyonesses' by So Mayer.

Fission #1 is now available for BSFA members in the 'Members Publication' area of the website. Login (top right) and then the webpage will be added to the 'Publications' section.

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