Submissions - Fiction
We are looking for highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd. Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We're looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal.
We want character. For us, stories live and die by their characters. We’re looking for fully drawn characters who surprise us with their honesty, complexity, and contradictions.
We want mysterious. We’re looking for stories that grab the reader, make them ask, “what the hell is going on?” and then deliver on the tease.
We want ideas and we want action. We love exploring big, philosophical ideas, but we revel in suspenseful plotting. If you’re adept at blending these elements, we can't wait to read your work.
We want fresh voices and exciting prose. We want to be surprised. We want to be inspired. We want to find stories that we can’t wait to publish, promote, and evangelize.
Check out J.J. Abrams' TEDTalk, Mystery Box. If you find that the sensibilities he describes in this video shape your own work, we want to see your stories. But watch the video. We're not looking for J.J. Abrams imitators. Don't "rip off the wrong stuff."
Some books that surprised and delighted us:
- The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
- Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
- The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
- Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
- John Dies at the End by David Wong
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
- Number9Dream by David Mitchell
- Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
- Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen
- The Gunslinger by Stephen King
- Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem
- Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
- Illium by Dan Simmons
- Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Payment: 1¢ / word
Length: 2000 - 7500 words
Email formatted submissions as an attached .doc, docx, or .rtf file to email@example.com. Use the body of the email for your cover letter.
Response time is between one and three months. We are not considering reprints or excerpts at this time.
We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.
Author's rights: Use of the author’s work by Bourbon Penn entails the assignment of first world English rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world. Bourbon Penn may use the author’s work only in the above-mentioned publication—paperback, web, and electronic editions—and re-printings of it.