This is the Journal of Unlikely Entomology Archaeological Site.
Issue 6, published August 2013, is available at our new site: http://www.unlikely-story.com
The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography
[Submissions Open July 1 - November 1, 2013.]
The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography is an unlikely offspring of The Journal of Unlikely Entomology. This will be an annual issue of fiction published under the Unlikely Story umbrella. It's nominally (but not exclusively, because we're not really good at drawing straight genre-delineating lines) a cyberpunk-flavored magazine, with a (non-exclusive) focus on stories involving cryptography.
What we're doing:
Unlikely Story publishes three themed issues a year: The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, and The Journal of Whatever Tickles Our Fancy This Year. We reserve the right to put out an indeterminate number of further sub-themed mini-issues on an irregular basis, if we feel like it.
What we’re looking for:
Beautifully-written fiction, characters that grab us by the throats and refuse to let go, worlds that draw us in and demand to be explored…and buildings. Genre isn’t particularly important to us—speculative, mainstream, slipstream, and the unclassifiable tales in between—we’ll read anything; all we ask is that the stories feature Information Technology as a prominent element of the tale. The focus of the magazine is Cryptography, so we'll give preference to stories that involve cryptography (of course), ciphers, data privacy, surveillance, hacking/cracking, and so on. We're interested in stories that demonstrate an understanding of the real technology, rather than pseudo-magical uses of information technologies which substitute "hacker" for "mage" and "source code" for "incantation." We're also interested in the wildly fantastical and surrealistic. Which is to say, we're interested in almost everything except for the way Hollywood does it.
There are no barriers as to levels of profanity, gore, or sexuality allowed, but be sure to use them well if you do use them. There is no requirement for bugs in your story for The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography; neither is there a prohibition against them.
We’ll consider stories up to 8000 words, but strongly prefer stories of 5000 words or less. We’re open to flash fiction and fiction in non-traditional formats, but we do not publish poetry or non-fiction.
Mini-issues: Stories should be between 100-1500 words, with a hard cap at 2000 words.
We pay 5¢ per word for original fiction and 1¢ per word for reprints. Payment is made upon publication.
Submissions open July 1st, 2013 - November 1st, 2013. Publication date for the first issue is not set in stone, but will be January or February 2014.
We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language rights for six months after publication, and non-exclusive electronic rights for twelve months after publication. We hope (but do not require) that you'll allow us to post the story in our archives indefinitely, but you have the right to ask us to remove your story from the archives at any time after twelve months. We also buy the option to non-exclusive anthology rights related to the magazine, as collected issues and/or a best-of anthology. Should we choose to include your story in a print and/or ebook anthology, you will receive a copy of the anthology.
We will consider reprints, but original fiction is strongly preferred. If you are submitting a story that has been published elsewhere, please tell us in your cover letter when and where the story previously appeared. Our general rule of thumb is that if the story has appeared only in print, we want at least a year to have passed since first publication; if the story has appeared online, we want at least 2 years since first publication. We will use a maximum of one reprint per issue.
Standard Manuscript Format, basically:
Variances from traditional manuscript format:
- 12 point courier font
- double spaced
- standard 1" margins
- top left of first page: name, contact info, word count
- header: last name, title, page number
How to Submit:
[This will change as we get the Unlikely Story site online, but this will work for now.]
Electronic submissions only. Send your story as a .doc or .rtf attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of the email should be:
"CRYPTOGRAPHY SUBMISSION - [last-name] - [title]."
Please include a brief cover letter in the body of the email with your name, contact information, story title, and word count.
We will send an acknowledgement of receipt within 72 hours. If you do not receive this, please query. Average response time is fairly quick, but we'll definitely get back to you within 4 weeks to let you know whether we wish to hold the story for further consideration or not. If you haven’t heard from us after 4 weeks, please send a brief query email with your name, title of your story, and the date your work was submitted to email@example.com.
The subject of any query email should be: "QUERY - [last name] - [title].
Proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar are a must. Don’t send us a revised version of a story we’ve already rejected unless we specifically request it. Keep an eye on our blog and our twitter and facebook feeds for news about the magazine, and submissions status updates.
For the most part, once we select stories for an issue, we search online for art that fits to serve as an illustration. Artists who wish to bring their work to our attention can submit their work to us (see below), and we review these first. Illustrations may be previously published, as long as it is not under contract that would preclude any of the rights requested below.
In some cases, we will solicit original illustrations from artists who have indicated they would are interested. Artists will have 3-4 weeks from receipt of the story to submit a final illustration.
If you would like us to consider your work, please submit three samples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org, either attached as moderate resolution jpgs (max of 500 KB each), or as links to your work online.
- use bold, italics and underline as they are to appear in the story
So if Jane Doe submits a piece titled "Larva In Waiting," the file will be
- The subject of your email should be: "ART SUBMISSION - [Artist's Name]."
- Include your name, address, email and phone number in your cover letter, as well
as the filenames of the images.
- Files should be named according to the following format: [last-name]-[title].jpg.
Doe-Larva-In-Waiting.jpg. Anything sent with a filename like IMG0148.JPG will inevitably be misplaced.
Pay: We pay $10 for existing art and $25 for original art that is produced to illustrate a specific story. If your piece is chosen as the cover art, you will receive an additional $10.
Rights: We ask for non-exclusive electronic rights to use the image as an illustration for the story, including a thumbnailed version for indexes, and in a gallery of illustrations associated with the Journal of Unlikely Cryptography and other Unlikely Story publications. We ask for a non-exclusive option to use the image in print and ebook collections and anthologies in conjunction with the story to which it is attached. You will receive a copy of any issue or anthology in which your work appears. We ask for the right to use the image in conjunction with advertising or promotion for the story, and for the issue and/or anthology in which the story appears.
You retain all other rights.