Here are the fiction selections for the Winter issue of Space and Time magazine to be released on December 21, 2019. Remember, no personal rejections will be sent. If your fiction submission is not on this list it was not selected.
This is due to the huge amount of submissions we receive each period. There are only so many hours in a day. We would rather spend more time carefully reading submissions than rushing to send 888 separate rejections.
If you didn’t make it, thank you for your submission and I hope you will consider submitting to us again when our next open reading period begins on December 19. Remember, rejections are not reflections of you or your work. There are many reasons a particular piece is passed over. Here’s my take on that—plus tips.
As always, it was tough to choose just a few pieces. Many, many wonderful pieces came in. We can’t choose on merit alone but also have to consider how the stories fit in with each other. Each issue is a literary family and our job is to get them to work together.
Now that the stories are picked, I’m proud to announce the line up:
“Kirti” by Alessandro Manzetti—when a man’s twisted desires come back to haunt him nothing is wasted. Even sin has purpose.
“Slough” by Glen Hirshberg—nostalgia and mystery come together to create a tale of questions answered… and raised.
“The Feline, the Witch, and the Universe” by Jennifer Shelby—a witty reminder wrapped up in an entertaining and humorous adventure.
“Hands of a Toolmaker” by Eric Del Carlo—revolution is relevant in this chilling vision of what may soon be.
“Flashlight, Knife and Flowered Crown” by Sarah Avery—part two of the saga began last issue where a mother proves she will go to any lengths to save her son. Hell hath no fury like a mother protecting her child.
“Inviting Oldwick” by Moaner T. Lawrence—a drabble demonstrates how getting an invitation isn’t always such a good thing.
Congratulations to selected authors, and a big thank you to everyone who submitted. If we printed every story we loved, we would have a magazine as thick as The Complete Miss Marple by Agatha Christie. Since we can’t afford to print a 4,032 page magazine, we have to make sacrifices.
The biggest thanks go to our wonderful team of associate editors led by Space and Time fiction editor Gerard Houarner. Without them, this would be an impossible task.
Look for poetry selections to be announced soon. Next open reading begins December 19. Details can be found at SpaceandTimeMagazine.com.