Deadlines
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2w ago
I have been working on a project with a bunch of tight deadlines this summer. Phew. Deadlines are very challenging! They can cause a writer to prioritize and drop less important tasks. But they can also be great motivators to get things done. We have started working on the awesome August 2024 issue of Electric Spec! The most important deadline for writers is our submission deadline of July 15, 2024. Get those stories in! Good luck ..read more
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Congrats to the winners!
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1M ago
The Science Fiction/Fantasy Association (SFWA) recently announced the winners of the 59th annual NEBULA awards: Nebula Award for Novel: The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera The Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction: To Shape a Dragon's Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose Nebula Award for Novella: "Linghun" by Ai Jiang Nebula Award for Novelette: "The Year Without Sunshine" by Naomi Kritzer Nebula Award for Short Story: "Tantie Merle and the Farmhand 4200" by R.S.A. Garcia Congratulations to all the winners ..read more
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Huzzah!
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1M ago
Huzzah for the marvelous May 2024 issue of Electric Spec! We published five stories (as usual). They are: Beyond Storms of Hurt by Austin Jacques Draconic Academy by Rachel Ayers Gilmore by Caitlin A. Quinn Hatch, Beast, Fly Away by Anna O'Brien Maybe You'll Sleep In by MM Schreier Which is your favorite ..read more
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Marvelous May 2024 Issue Live!
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1M ago
The marvelous May 2024 issue of Electric Spec is live! Thank you, authors! Thank you to our artist! Thank you to the whole Electric Spec team! Thank you, readers! We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did ..read more
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From May Author Ayers
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1M ago
We are pleased the author of "Draconic Academy," Rachel Ayers, in the marvelous May 2024 issue of Electric Spec sent us some comments about the story: I've always loved dragons, ever since I first picked up a copy of Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. At some point I started to develop my own idea of what dragons are - less lizard and more air elemental, great spirits of magic and mystery. These dragons are hoarders, true, but also curators and archivists; their collections are specific and lovingly tended. They are shapeshifters, and choose to be somewhat humanoid in their dealings with humans, as ..read more
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From May Author Quinn
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2M ago
We are pleased the author of "Gilmore," Caitlin Quinn, in the marvelous May 2024 issue of Electric Spec sent us some comments about the story: “Gilmore” is essentially the product of a good prompt gone bad. I was participating in the NYC Midnight 500-word micro-fiction challenge, and the prompt called for a comedy that involved a dozen eggs and washing a dog. I immediately thought of how washing my own dogs is a chore—for all of us—and how, at times, I could swear they time their shaking to get me the most soaked. As a writer who is most comfortable in the speculative world, the idea came to s ..read more
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From the May 2024 cover artist
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2M ago
We're excited about our cover art for the marvelous May 2024 issue of Electric Spec. The artist Barbara Candiotti was kind enough to send us some comments about it: The art piece "The Journey" depicts two riders in a deep desert canyon headed toward a sparkling city. The scene could be on Earth or another planet. Are the riders headed home or visiting, or is the town a mirage? Ultimately, it's up to the viewer to decide. What do you think? If asked to write a story about the scene would it be a fantasy, science fiction or speculative fiction story? Personally, I imagine the scene taking place ..read more
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Tone
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2M ago
We had another successful Electric Spec Production Meeting! Huzzah! The marvelous May 2024 issue is well under way. All authors who submitted have heard, or will soon hear, from us. Lucky authors who got a 'Yay' also got a contract. Please return that ASAP so we can start editing. Thanks! We had an interesting discussion at the meeting about tone. You may or may not have noticed the tone of Electric Spec. If not, feel free to read some of our many FREE stories! The bottom line is: Electric Spec has a specific tone and it is not Grimdark. In fact, it might be the opposite of Grimdark! Anyway, d ..read more
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Phew!
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2M ago
Phew! We Electric Spec Editors finally finished the slush reading for the marvelous May 2024 issue! We got it done just under the wire. This means every author who submitted for this issue should have received an email by now. Said email might be a rejection or it might be we are holding a story for voting. If the former: Sorry! Better luck next time! If the latter: Stay tuned! Good luck! If you didn't hear from us, your story might have gotten lost in cyberspace. This happens every once in a while. I'm not sure why... Next week I'll tell you what happened at the Production Meeting ..read more
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Behind the scenes
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3M ago
The Electric Spec editors are working hard behind the scenes on the marvelous May 2024 issue! We have scheduled the Production meeting for the beginning of May. Food and drink will be involved! We are reading the stories in the slush pile. Different editors have different processes. Some like to read a few stories every week. At the opposite extreme, some like to power through many stories in one sitting. Obviously, in the first scenario each story gets a lot of individual attention. In the second scenario, it's easier to compare stories with one another. In all scenarios your story will have ..read more
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