@58 Our slush readers should be able to read a PDF, and as long as they can read it your story will be considered properly. If they can't read the document you will be contacted in due course.
@56 The system currently accepts doc, docx, rtf, and pdf formats.
Due to a recent update to the Moksha system we use for submissions, a number of things about the system changed without us realizing. Among these is the link to submissions. The new submission link is https://tor.moksha.io/publication/tornovellas. I'm endeavoring to discover which file formats we can accept, but in the mean time we know that we can receive .doc, and can probably receive .docx.
@51 We've received enough submissions that we will need to close on January 12th to assess them in a timely fashion. I recommend meeting this deadline, but if that is not possible, there may be a chance for your novella at a later time. We may reopen using these same criteria, and if not there will eventually be an open period that accepts a broad range of genre works.
@47 Yes, as long as it's inspired by Aboriginal culture.
@48 It's fine to submit the first book in what could be a series as long as it stands on its own as a complete story. If it relies on later texts to be satisfying we're unlikely to want to buy it.
@45 It's too early to say whether we'll want to extend the deadline. The chance exists, but until we officially extend the deadline I recommend striving for the current date.
@41 We'd prefer you keep your submissions within the word count requirements.
@37 Wuxia inspired stuff could definitely fit what we're looking for.
@35 We'll consider anything that fits our guidelines, from anyone. We make these explicit calls because we want to see more submissions from authors from underrepresented populations, but that doesn't mean we don't want submissions from those who were already going to submit.
@33 We're looking for adult fiction, and aren't open to NA, YA, or MG.
@30 That sounds very interesting, but science fiction is indeed out of scope for this submission period. I expect it might fit some future submission period, though.
@26 There's already a sizable body of Byzantine-inspired Fantasy on the market, so we may not be as excited by a Byzantine submission, but as it's a toss-up you can feel free to submit.
@24 This sounds like a fantasy set in a non-European inspired world, so it fits our guidelines perfectly.
@22 I'd classify Islamic Al-Andalus as non-European for our purposes, as it was a cultural model that existed in opposition to the European cultural models of the time.
@18 We'd love to see fiction inspired by Pacific cultures. I've edited the post to reflect this. Thank you, I'm happy to have covered that gap.
@16 That's exactly what we're looking for.
@13 If it has the adventuresome spirit of the band of fantasy we're discussing here, then historical fantasy could fit our genre requirements.
@14 I believe we could look at work previously published in another language.
@11 We're only looking for Sword & Sorcery/Epic/Quest/High fantasy at the moment, so urban fantasy wouldn't be eligible. If you write one of those sub-genres with a contemporary technology level and a societal model that isn't Western Civilization-dominated, that may be acceptable. It'll present a judgment call for our readers, so please also exercise your own best judgment before submitting.
@9 We would consider Eastern Europe, including Romania, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic to be European, but would consider Turkey to be non-European.
@7 We don't accept unsolicited novels or previously self-published works, as set out in our guidelines.
@5 No, this is unrelated to in-progress short fiction submissions.
@3 A successful submission doesn't need to track closely to an Earth-based culture, but it's very difficult to craft a world that doesn't take any inspiration from existing cultural models. In order to avoid the European models that are deeply-embedded in the fantasy genre, we recommend looking elsewhere for inspiration. However, please keep in mind that every encounter between an author and a submissions reader involves a large number of judgment calls on the part of the reader. We'll have to use our best judgment to determine whether each novella is in line with our guidelines.
@1 Authors who wish to self-identify are free to do so in their cover letter.
Due to technical complications, Tor.com will be staying open an extra day. We will now close at the end of January 7th, around midnight PST, rather than at the beginning.
Hello everyone. I'll try to answer your questions as best I can.
For those asking about how we'll be finding stories now (@7, @11, @12), our primary consulting editors are Ann VanderMeer and Ellen Datlow. Both Ellen and Ann have long and storied careers as editors and anthologists, and have been discovering and nurturing new talent for many years. They've provided the plurality of our short fiction for the last few years, including a large chunk of the new and debut authors we've been proud to showcase, such as Kai Ashante Wilson, Kelly Robson, Priya Sharma, and Veronica Schanoes, despite not being active in our unsolicited submissions system.
For those seeking specificity on when we'll close: On January 6th, Tor.com will be open. On January 7th, Tor.com will be closed. We'll aim to close down the system after midnight following January 6th.
@20, This does not affect our multiple-submission policy.
@9 Clearly "A Colder War" was taken. XP
Thank you're! We're aware of the typo, and it will be fixed in the final version.
I miss you, severed head.
We are still reading submissions. If you wish to withdraw your novella, though, we'll understand. Email us at submissions AT tor DOT com before sending your submission anywhere else, please.
@6 I've been meaning to figure out what's up with Wyatt and Harper and all them anyway, so I might be learning more about Daniel Bryan soon. Bray Wyatt is mesmerizing.
I'm saving Seth Rollins for some kind of X-men casting post, because he's already dressed like an X-man. (PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE NO INTENTION OF DOING AN X-MEN CASTING POST)
@4 I never knew the glory of the attitude era, but you might want to check out Summerslam! There's going to be a massive rematch between The Undertaker and Lesnar, to revenge the indignity of Lesnar breaking Taker's Wrestlemania streak.
@1 I'm so NXT focused that I haven't actually seen Daniel Bryan wrestle yet, but what I understand of him makes that plausible. I really wanted to establish the Zayn/Owens dynamic, though.
Highly recommend checking out the direct-to-DVD sequel to the Dungeons & Dragons movie, Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God. Bruce Payne returns!
@26. We will be closing tomorrow around 9:00 AM EST. You can address your submission to me, but you don't have to.
@24. We ask that you not simultaneously submit.
@2 I agree! However, in this case you're in luck. Infomocracy will be available in bookstores.
@15 We're not really looking for paranormal romance right now, sorry.
@13 How soon we reopen will depend on how much slush we get during this open period. We'll keep our status up to date in the portal and in the guidelines.
@9 Steampunk is some combination of fantasy and science fiction, I'd say. You can send it.
@6 If it's in the novella range (18k and up), you can go ahead and submit it to the novella program. We will be considering novella-length projects that excite us, even if they don't strictly comply to our conditions of highest preference.
@3: Yes, the short fiction program is also open. You can find it at http://submissions.tor.com/tororiginals/
@5 STOP TRYING TO MAKE ME SHIP IT
We are currently closed to unsolicited, unagented submissions as we work on refining the novellas we've already acquired, but we'll announce new submissions guidelines when we reopen later this year.
@2 Good catch on Chanarach's gemstone! Trading Light for heat is also solid speculation. I'd been assuming that Kaladin could see through because he was becoming accustomed to Stormlight, but I think I like this better.
@8 grumble mumble typo jumble FIXED
@16 I don't totally remember. I thought the father killed the guy, but I could be totally wrong.
@12 In this chapter Shallan's dad is on the verge of tearful breakdown. I don't think he's being so calculating as all that. He really loves her and wants to protect her, and he locked the Shardblade away and tried to make sure she never used it, so I don't think he's thinking of her as a threat or a resource.
@10 I am sadly the absolute pits when it comes to taking photos on vacation. All my pictures are from the British Museum, and have no bearing on LonCon. I didn't run into any of the benches, but they sound amazing.
The boat is dead. Long live the boat.
@9 Thanks! I thought that was the case, but wasn't sure at the time.
@1 Pattern and Syl are reconstructing their personhoods in very different ways, and Pattern is more of a scholar than a guide. It is very possible that Pattern wants to be given identity by Shallan, while Syl wants to give Kaladin purpose.
@17, Not that I'm aware of at this time.
@15. I will not be addressing the Best Related Works category. It would be a vast stretch for me to sell myself as any kind of expert in that subject.
@14 Possibly, although what we're told many times in the series is actually that predicting the future is heretical in Vorinism. I think that might be becuase of the events of the Hierocracy? Not sure.
@1: True, we don't know enough about Adonalsium to make that kind of definitive statement. Thanks to everyone for correcting my Radiant misclassification.
@6: Fortnight = fourteen nights, right?
@26 YES FINALLY! www.soundcloud.com/backinthefield
@4 We measured the spine of the book by me pressing it up against an internet ruler.
Calculations might be suspect.
@66 That's the name I got from the wiki where I go to look up the symbols. I mostly think of him as Nalan, but when a guy has that many names he's going to have to deal with people using the wrong one sometimes.
@64 Oh no oh storms no it's Revenge of the Jam THE JAM KABSAL I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEEEAAAAD
@62 My personal headcanon is that Jasnah is either a lesbian or asexual, yeah. I don't see the Alethi construction of masculinity having much to offer her romantically, basically.
@51 No guns here, but plenty of witty comebacks.
Saying swear words is witty, right?
(You guys can just call me Carl.)
@33 It's possible that there are some worldhopper at this dinner that I missed, but to the best of my knowledge no one here is from anywhere except Roshar. We've decided to keep Heralds in the Heraldic Symbolism section.
@14 Use of "bulge" suspect. 26 points. See me after class.
@22 Good analysis, but overstates opinion of father. 132 points. Shows improvement.
Points can be redeemed for value and/or prestige at approved vendors.
Time in Shadesmar: How does it even work?
@16 We will sometimes talk about other Cosmere books, as they become relevant in our minds. I'll try to mark my spoilers for really major plot events beforehand, though.
As for those calling for more summary -- I, at least, can try to be less coy about what's going on in the book, but we're not planning to go back to multiple long paragraphs of summation.
@7 Amasnah? Jasnam? Meridanah?
All ship names unwieldy. True love impossible.
@5 Not at all what I was trying to imply. I probably treated that quotation a tad too abruptly; I saw in that scene a loving father of a precocious but unruly daughter, who nevertheless felt the need to reign her back a little for decorum's sake. That's why I see a similarity between how Gavilar treats Jasnah and how Jasnah treats Shallan.
Some things got RAFO'd, and were not included. (Such as WetlanderNW's question. IT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US)
We have the answers in and will be posting them this week, in preparation for the launch of the Words of Radiance reread.
@30 Thank you so much for considering "The Litany of Earth" for production, but we already have a plan in place to exercise the audio rights to the story.
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