FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology will be published monthly on this site for a single year starting in January 2019 and ending December 2019, and will feature stellar YA stories from established and emerging authors. Each issue will feature three stories, one of which will be from a new voice specially selected by a beloved author.
Next deadline: Nov. 1, 2018.
What We’re Seeking:
We are seeking original YA short stories. Please see our FAQ for what we mean by YA or young adult; stories that are not YA will not be passed along to our team of readers for consideration.
Stories should be between 2,000 and 7,000 words.
We especially encourage submissions from underrepresented voices, including people of color and Indigenous writers; LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse writers; writers with disabilities; and religious, ethnic, and cultural minorities.
Every issue of FORESHADOW will feature a short story from a “new voice”—a writer who is very early in their career, and this story will be selected and introduced by a beloved, established author.
New voices guidelines:
- Writers being considered as a new voice in our serial anthology cannot have a previously published:
- A young-adult, middle-grade, or adult book-length work of fiction.
- A full-length poetry collection.
- More than a few short stories, whether in print or online—we will look closely at the markets where they’ve been published to decide (e.g., someone with three stories in the New Yorker would not count as a “new voice”).
- Writers also, at the time of submission, cannot have a YA, middle-grade, or adult book of fiction under contract that will be published before January 2020.
- Writers who have written picture books or poetry chapbooks can be considered a new voice for our serial anthology, so long as they have published only one of such a book by summer 2018.
- To be considered for a new voice slot, please include “NEW VOICE” next to your name in the subject line of the email and please mention it in your cover note. Directions on how to submit a story can be found below.
Choose (or Foreshadow) Your Clue:
To foreshadow in storytelling is to leave hints and drop clues, so each story in FORESHADOW will be introduced by a single-word title that offers a suggestion of what to expect. To find that title, you might ask yourself this question: If you could distill your story into one word, what would it be? This title will act as a clue to what may be discovered in your story—and the issue. Perhaps the clues in our first issue might be Magic, Invention, and Heartbreak. Or Thrillride, Starstruck, and Canary. It’s your choice—and we’re open to most anything!
When you submit your story, please include your one-word clue. Ideally this will be the title of the story, but if not please still include the clue.
Your story cannot be previously published. This also means we won’t consider stories published on your personal blog, website, Patreon, or elsewhere.
Excerpts from longer works are okay, so long as they can stand alone and work effectively as short stories without any context for the reader. And so long as the book the excerpt is from will not be published before your story appears on our site in 2019.
If we accept your story for publication, we will connect you with one of our editors to help you make your story shine even brighter before it appears in FORESHADOW.
Yes, we do accept simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please reach out to us at foreshadowYA@gmail.com to withdraw your submission as soon as possible.
The next deadline, to be considered for publication in the middle of 2019, is November 1, 2018.
It is our goal to pay all short story contributors the same amount, emerging and established alike. To do so, we have launched an Indiegogo campaign as well as an early debut issue, Issue Zero, to give a taste of what’s to come. Our currently running Indiegogo campaign offers some exciting rewards and opportunities to be a part of this project—please consider supporting our fundraising effort to help us pay artists for their work!
After the fundraising campaign is complete, we will clearly state how much we can pay all contributors and will notify any accepted writers of the amount before publication in Issues #1-12. You are welcome to withdraw your submission if you are not happy with the potential payment (submissions can be withdrawn by emailing foreshadowYA@gmail.com). If you prefer to know exactly how much you would potentially be paid for a story, please wait for our fundraiser to be complete and submit for our next deadline. Payment will be a nominal amount per story—the same amount for all stories we feature—not per word. Please note that we are not a SFWA qualifying market.
When you agree to let us publish your work in FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology:
- You grant us first serial rights. Once we have published your piece, the rights immediately revert back to you.
- Your work will live on our website permanently.
- You grant us the non-exclusive right to pull quotations from your work to promote the anthology.
- After your work appears on our site, you’re free to republish it, or to give others permission to republish it. If you do so, please credit it as first appearing in FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology and email us at foreshadowYA@gmail.com to notify us of the publication.
- You grant us the non-exclusive right to include your work in a future possible print version of the anthology, unless you fill out the opt-out form in the contract or withdraw your story from consideration from us in writing by emailing foreshadowYA@gmail.com. We are not currently planning to collect stories in book form, but may decide to do so at a future date and would work to provide further payment for such a project.
- If your work is an excerpt from a longer work that will be published in book form, in exact or adapted version, your story must appear exclusively on our site for six (6) months before your book is published. These works are disqualified from appearing in a future printed version of our anthology.
When You’ll Hear from Us:
Stories submitted for the November 1 deadline will be responded to in the first few months of 2019. When your work is being held for further consideration, we often contact you to let you know.
How to Submit:
- Email foreshadowsubmissions@gmail.
comwith your name in the subject line. Please note this is a dedicated submission-only email address. Submissions sent to the other email address will be returned unread asking you to submit to the correct email.
- To be considered for a new voice slot, please include “NEW VOICE” next to your name in the subject line.
- Attach your story as a .PDF or .DOC file. Please don’t paste your story into the body of the email.
- Documents must be DOUBLE-SPACED with the writer’s name appearing on all pages. Please use standard manuscript formatting and do not send single-spaced manuscripts.
Copy and paste this form into the body of your email, and fill it out with your details:
Are you a New Voice? (See definition in our submission guidelines.) __________
Single-word story title: __________
Word count: __________
Author bio: ____________________________________________________
(If you’re from a marginalized identity and are comfortable doing so, we invite you to mention your background in your bio. Not required, but it helps us as we sort through submissions.)
Writer’s intention (optional): We invite you to tell us why it was important for you to write this story. _________________________________________________
Previous publication credits: ____________________________________
- REMINDER: If you’re a New Voice, please write that in the subject line to help us label it in our inbox.
Staff members are disqualified from submitting their work for publication.
For any submission-related questions, feel free to email the editors at foreshadowYA@gmail.com.