Strange Horizons has an open reading period for Samovar, a new quarterly magazine presenting speculative fiction and poetry in their original language and in English translation while honoring both writers and translators who are making this genre more accessible to the masses. The first issue debuted in March 2017.
The editors are open to submissions from all languages, especially works by marginalized or underrepresented writers and translators of diverse backgrounds.
Each issue will showcase an original fiction story with its translation. Submit a compelling story with speculative elements. Samovar defines “speculative fiction” to encompass science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and various genres that contain speculative elements. The editors like fiction from or about historically underrepresented groups; they especially look for stories that deal with political and social issues in intricate and refined ways. Word length: up to 5K words. Payment: 6 cents/word paid each to the writer and the translator. Payment is capped at $600 ($300 to the writer; $300 to the translator) if story is above max. word length.
Samovar also publishes a previously-published story with its translation, so reprints are welcome. Payment is a flat rate of $100 each to the writer and translator, irrespective of word count.
Savor will feature one original poem with its newly translated text. The editors enjoy contemporary, intriguing poems that probe the conceivable and inconceivable. Line count: open. Payment: a flat rate of $40/poem.
The editors also welcome critical review essays of speculative fiction stories, novels, film, TV, etc., as well as interviews. Word length: open. Payment: flat rate of $40/essay or interview.
Reading period: open until further notice. Read submission guidelines at Samovar’s website.