On the right-hand side of the "veterans' lit" spectrum, which starts with "personal, expressive writing" and the through the center-mass of "military-specific and -adjacent markets," is "military writing for non-military markets and audiences." For many military writers, breaking into general-interest literary markets with military-themed content is an ultimate objective—a Holy Grail, you might say. A brass ring.
That's why The Aiming Circle is highlighting this particular writing opportunity. One caveat, however: As of this writing, there is an extremely tight window for submissions. Deadline is tomorrow, Sat., Aug. 15, 2020!
Editors at the on-line literary journal Sequestrum—a paying market that has previously proven friendly to military- and war-themed work—have been running a special call for genre fiction for work not more than 12,000 words in length.
For too long, there’s been a barrier between “literary” and “genre” work. In recent years, that line is blurring; genre writing regularly offers complex characters and prose just as literary writing grows increasingly imaginative. That’s where we come in. In short, we want your most engaging writing written in stunning prose. Submit mystery, science fiction, romance, fantasy, comedy, thriller, and everything in-between. As always, wow us. Thrill us. Never bore us. We’re eager to read your best.
Is military-themed short-fiction a genre? We think so. Perhaps the editors of Sequestrum will, too! And if you've got military-flavored mystery, horror, science-fiction, or other genre content? It seems to us that you've got both barrels loaded!
Submissions guidelines for this special theme and general submissions are here. Submissions are made here through Submittable. There is a pay-what-you-can reading fee. Subscribers receive a free submission. Contributors receive a 6-month on-line subscription and a "small cash honorarium."
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