Each issue usually contains 3-4 fiction stories, 3-4 creative non-fiction articles, and 2-3 poems. These are not rigid rules, though.
We are looking for short stories, non-fiction articles, poems, and manga/comics excerpts by authors with East Asian or Southeast Asian descent. Eighty (80%) percent of the issue's content should be authored by Canadians. All content should be in English. If content was originally written in another language, send us the English version.
Short stories: stories can be of any of the speculative fiction genres, i.e., science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternative history. Stories should have an East or Southeast Asian aspect to them, which can include immigrant and diaspora themes. Stories should be previously unpublished and not already sold for publication to another magazine or anthology.
We do not intend to buy a story that lacks an Asian aspect, even if it's written by an author of East/Southeast Asian descent. The only exception we'll make is if none of the characters are human, but your story better be worthy of an Aurora, Hugo or Nebula nomination if you go that route. No overly political content. Of course, no racist content. Sexual content is usually fine.
Maximum word length for short stories is 6,000 words.
About novel excerpts: the editors are not adverse to novel excerpts, but be advised that we will give preference to original short stories. We know that you’re proud of your novel and wish to preview it. However, your novel will be published and available soon; the short stories, on the other hand, rely on magazines for their first publication, and we can best serve the speculative fiction community by using this magazine space to showcase new short fiction. Please do not submit a novel excerpt without inquiring with the guest editors. Please do not argue or debate our preference for short stories with us.
Non-fiction articles: also known as creative non-fiction in Ricepaper, these should be related to science fiction, fantasy, or speculative fiction genres. They can be of various forms, including interviews with authors, an essay on the genre or the state of the art, or an author's reminiscence on the influences and inspirations on his/her writing. Maximum word length: 6,000 words.
Poems: poems should be in the speculative fiction genres. Poems must have an East Asian/Southeast Asian aspect. Maximum length: half a page each.
Manga/comics: Ricepaper occasionally publishes excerpts from manga or comics. Excerpts are 1 to 5 pages long. For this issue, we'll also consider an original comics story if it's 1 to 2 pages long. Stories must have an East Asian/Southeast Asian aspect and be of a speculative genre.
Use standard manuscript format, but with emphasized words in italics (not underlined), and leave one space between sentences, e.g., between the period and the start of the next sentence.
Please submit your submission as a Microsoft Word file to firstname.lastname@example.org . In the subject line, please put “Submission: [Title of your Story]”.
Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time.
Payment is $50-$250 for short stories and articles (depending on length), $50-$75 for poems, upon publication. Ricepaper will acquire world first North American English serial rights.