The following guidelines outline how to submit fiction or non-fiction articles/blog posts to Tor.com. If you’re interested in writing for Tor.com or submitting your fiction for consideration, please read the following.
Last updated May 1, 2018
As of January 7, Tor.com is closed to unsolicited short fiction submissions on an indefinite basis. Please check here for more information. Our readers and editors will respond to each story that has been submitted to us. If you have questions about the status of your story, or wish to withdraw your story from our consideration to submit it elsewhere, please email [email protected]
Tor.com Novella Submissions are currently open.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen are reading and evaluating original novellas from May 1 around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00) to May 15 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00).
This open period is intended for authors who have completed works ready or close to ready for submission. We will reopen slush a second time in July 2018 for authors who are actively working on (or beginning) something that would fit our list. In other words, don’t panic if you’re not ready to submit in May! We would rather see a polished novella in July than a rushed one in May.
Until the end of this open period, Tor.com Publishing will be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words in both the science fiction and fantasy genres. If it’s speculative and fits the bill, we want to take a look at it.
Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen all actively request submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class and physical or mental ability. We believe that good science fiction and fantasy reflects the incredible diversity and potential of the human species, and hope our catalog will reflect that.
In addition to reviewing the guidelines, we also encourage you to take a look at our existing list to get a sense of the work our current authors are producing and Tor.com Publishing’s vision and tastes. Good luck—we look forward to reading your work.
WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:
Tor.com does not accept works that have been previously published elsewhere, in any venue. This includes all forms of digital self-publishing.
We do not accept works that are not identifiable as fantasy or science fiction, or do not fit the genre we are currently soliciting. This includes, but is not limited to, non-science-fictional thrillers, and all kinds of non-fiction and memoirs.
We are not currently interested in tie-in fiction. This includes fiction that exists within worlds established in previously published novels, or that relies upon a knowledge of previously published novels.
We do not accept multiple submissions. If you have more than one novella, you may only submit one at a time. You may submit another once we have responded to your first submission.
We prefer that you not simultaneously submit your story to Tor.com and other venues. If you do, however, and your novella is accepted by a different venue, please immediately withdraw your submission from Tor.com
What we pay: We offer an advance against royalties, the size of which will depend on a number of factors, including you, the length of your story and how commercial we think it is. We also offer a royalty-only option, but if we decide to make you an offer, you will be free to choose between the two.
What rights does that give you? Our contract covers the right to publish the story in print, audio and ebook formats, worldwide, in English. Most of our print books will be published as p.o.d., though we may choose to publish other print editions.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Please submit your novellas through the form at https://tor.moksha.io/publication/tornovellas. Once you’ve registered there you can also use that portal to check the status of your submission.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive during our open periods, we won’t be able to respond to all submissions within 6 months of receipt, though we will respond. Do not be concerned if your story doesn’t seem to be moving up the queue, as we don’t usually read in order of submission. If you’ve received a confirmation email, your story has been received and there is no need to contact us to check. Please do not send your work until you feel it is ready to be read. We will not be accepting “updated” versions of the same work once submitted.
What we’re looking for: We are most interested in pitches for essays, think pieces, list posts, reaction pieces, and reviews in the 1000-2000 word range. If possible, please include 2-3 writing samples and links to your published work on other sites.
We do not encourage articles on spec—please send us clear, thoroughly outlined pitches on specific topics. Suggested areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Author appreciations
- Essays on classic or overlooked works of SF/F
- SF/Fantasy in translation (international SF/F)
- Nostalgia-driven looks at older film/TV
- Manga and Anime
- Internet/Geek culture
- Science and technology
We are not currently interested in Q&A-style interviews, video blogging, Kickstarter projects, or promotional/marketing materials. If you are a publicist with a project that you think our readers will appreciate, please contact our Publicity Coordinator, Molly Templeton.
Tor.com is a publisher neutral fan community; we are pro-author and pro-fandom, and generally do our best to promote civil and respectful discourse about science fiction, fantasy, and related topics. This includes opinion pieces and reviews—in terms of tone, posts should be grounded in balanced, constructive criticism. Humor is, of course, welcome—mockery and ridicule are not. In the interest of promoting greater diversity within our community, we encourage submissions by writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and ability, in the hopes that our site will provide an outlet for a rich variety of opinions, experiences, beliefs, and perspectives.
How to submit: Submissions should be emailed to (blogsubmissions)(at)(tor.com). We’re a small staff, and the day to day running of the site keeps us pretty busy, so we may not be able to respond to your pitch immediately, but if we are able to accommodate extra content and your proposed article sounds like a good fit, we will try to do so within a two week period. Unfortunately, we are not currently in a position to respond to every submission, but we always appreciate hearing from potential bloggers, and may follow up on individual pitches at a later date.
If your pitch is accepted: We pay for original blog content—payment rates, paperwork, and invoicing details will be forwarded to you along with our posting instructions. Upon publication, contributors receive a byline, a short bio at the end of each published post, and are listed on the Tor.com contributors roll.
A note on editing: We may request rewrites before publishing your post. We will not make significant edits or changes to an article’s content without permission, but please be aware that we may lightly edit your post for grammar, spelling, and general clarity; if necessary, we may change the title in the interest of reaching a wider audience. We may also add in relevant links and images.
Comics: Sorry, we’re not considering new comics submissions at this time.
Visual Art: Irene Gallo is the art director of both Tor and Tor.com. If you want to make sure she’s aware of your work, please follow the guidelines for submitting art on the Tor.com FAQ.