SRSF
SRSF
The Seattle Review of Speculative Fiction

Speculative Fiction Reviews

Submission Guidelines

  • Your review should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

  • Use the DOCX file format for submitting your review. Attach this file to your email submission. Do not put the text of your review into the body of the email.

  • Use the Times New Roman font for submitting your review (or an equally legible serif font of your choice).

  • Your review should have an original title. “A Review of New Novel by Mary Smith” will be added as a subtitle to your review, so your review must have an original title in addition.

  • Include a cover letter in your submission. Your cover letter should include a summary of why you are interested in this particular work and why it merits more attention in the speculative fiction community. The cover letter may be in the body of your email or in an attached document.

  • Priority will be given to works published within six months of the publication date of the next issue of SRSF, however, you may still submit reviews of works published within five years of that date. For older works, see the “Essays on Speculative Fiction Classics” section.

  • Email your review to submissions@seattlereviewsf.org with the title “Review Submission.”

  • We accept queries for submissions. Send your cover letter to submissions@seattlereviewsf.org with the title “Review Query.”

The Seattle Review of Speculative Fiction reviews works of SF published recently, usually within the three months prior to the issue’s release. Often it is necessary to dig a little deeper, but we won’t stray back more than five years.

We primarily review novels, but we are open to reviews of works in other media, particularly film.

We are looking for reviews that are both discerning and clearly written. We want reviews that really dig into a work and reveal its inner character, that are unafraid to hold it accountable for both its merits and flaws, and to share a clear view of what those are.

Novels of Interest

We are particularly interested in receiving review submissions for the following novels for Volume 1, Issue 1 (deadline March 1, 2019):

  • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

  • The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

  • The Smoke by Simon Ings

  • Golden State by Ben Winters

Essays on Speculative Fiction Classics

Submission Guidelines

  • Your essay should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

  • Use the DOCX file format for submitting your essay. Attach this file to your email submission. Do not put the text of your essay into the body of the email.

  • Use the Times New Roman font for submitting your essay (or an equally legible serif font of your choice).

  • Your essay should have an original title. “Thoughts on New Novel by Mary Smith” will be added as a subtitle to your essay, so your essay must have an original title in addition.

  • Include a cover letter in your submission. Your cover letter should include a summary of why you are interested in this particular work and why it should be considered a classic in the genre. The cover letter may be in the body of your email or in an attached document.

  • The subject of your essay must have an original publication date that more than five years prior to the publication date of the next issue of SRSF. (If a work that was originally published in 1970 and was reprinted in 2010, the date of 1970 is the original publication date.)

  • Email your review to submissions@seattlereviewsf.org with the title “Classics Essay Submission.”

  • We accept queries for submissions. Send your cover letter to submissions@seattlereviewsf.org with the title “Classics Essay Query.”

The Seattle Review of Speculative Fiction publishes essays that explore classics in the genre. These are not quite the same thing as reviews, where the goal is to determine how well a work achieves what it set out to achieve, and whether or not those ambitions are laudable. Rather, for this classification of writing, it is presumed that the work in question already is a classic, and it is now the essayist’s job to unearth something interesting about that classic, which we can only see thanks to the passage of years.

We are primarily interested in novels, but we are open to essays about works in other media as well, particularly film.

Essays, like reviews, should be both discerning and clearly written, and like reviews, should be unabashed in holding the work accountable for its merits and flaws.

Essays on the Speculative Fiction Genre

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Your essay should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

  • Use the DOCX file format for submitting your essay. Attach this file to your email submission. Do not put the text of your essay into the body of the email.

  • Use the Times New Roman font for submitting your essay (or an equally legible serif font of your choice).

  • Your essay should include an original title.

  • Include a cover letter in your submission. Your cover letter should include a summary of why you are interested in this topic and how it is relevant to SF studies.

  • Email your review to submissions@seattlereviewsf.org with the title “Genre Essay Submission”.

  • We accept queries for submissions. Send your cover letter to submissions@seattlereviewsf.org with the title “Genre Essay Query.”

The Seattle Review of Speculative Fiction publishes essays that explore the genre as a whole. There is a wide range of literary scholarship with a focus on SF literature, but those publications are largely inaccessible to average readers. Despite this fact, SF is a genre that yearns to understand itself, from the average reader to the professional academic. The SRSF aims to bridge that gap.

We seek to publish essays that elucidate complex topics in genre studies and SF literary criticism in clear and simple prose. We want essays that tackle big issues and break them up into digestible units. We want essays that will help our readers really understand SF, why it’s both enjoyable and important.