IFP Special Multi-issue: 2010

We’re running a multiethnic issue in 2010 and we want your scary, funny, exciting and plain-bizarre stories with a Lovecraftian twist.


  1. Must have a minority character in a major role. We are trying to produce an issue that showcases diversity in speculative fiction. We get a lot of slush with characters with English backgrounds, and a lot of stuff set in the United States. We are trying to do something different this time around.
  2. Special attention will be paid to writers submitting from outside of the United States, so mention it in your cover letter. ‘Cause we don’t get that many of them and we really, really want to read Filipino Lovecraft.
  3. If you’re a Pakistani-Canadian, we’d like to know it. We’re trying to represent different regions of the world, so this is an important factor.

Send only from August 1, 2009 to October 31 December 15, 2009. Submit to: [email protected], Subject line: Multi-issue, Story Title.Read our usual submission guidelines for pay rates, formatting info and tips. Details on the kind of stuff we’d like to see can be read here.

Please note: we will accept and translate submissions in French and Spanish.

Please also note: There’s a ton of stories set in Latin America in the slush. We don’t have stuff set in Asia or Africa, so we’d like to see some.

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– Q & A –

1 . What do you mean a “major” role?

If the character has only one line, it’s probably not a major role. We don’t just want a token extra walking in the background. We’re not really interested in Wise Native Folk (smug or otherwise), Magical Negroes, Tragic Victims, or other traditional, secondary-player cliches, either. This should be an important character. How you define important is up to you.

2. Does this mean the character must be the protagonist? What if he/she is the antagonist?

We don’t mind. But be careful about your stereotypes (nasty Mexican gang member, child-kidnapping gypsy). We’ve probably already read a dozen stories about the evil gypsies. Maybe some gypsies who save the kid would be nice for a change.

3. So how come you’re having a special multiethnic issue?

We want to increase the variety and types of submissions we get. We also want to see what people from different regions of the world consider Lovecraftian.

We want to feature writers and perspectives which are not often available in English language markets.

4. When is this coming out?

June 2010.

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