Welcome to Aura Speculative Fiction, the newest imprint of Aspen Mountain Press!
Aura intends to be the Great Read source for speculative fiction. We will happily snap up your dark visions of fantastic genius and stellar spires of art...on one condition: We must believe it will delight someone who is tired, had a rough day at work, and who hungers for a fun, memorable read. Why?
Because, frankly, we suspect most of our readers are tired, had rough days, and are so hungry for a great read they're starving--for all the flavors of speculative fiction, from creep-you-out horror, to Neo-Silver-Age, to the most mecha-mad Steampunk rhapsodies. Fun. Fast. Adventurous.
We are interested in new material and debut authors: we dream you will send us novels, novellas, and short stories to satisfy this generation, and get the incoming YA generation hooked on SF. If you are a pro with a backlist, and you own your rights, we are also very interested in both new works and reprints. Aura can serve as a happy medium between finding an Old Media Publisher, and self-publishing. We provide a way of keeping your writing available, generating interest and income. Your works will get new artwork, new proofing and editing (if you wish) and get to an audience of new spec fic fans. Why do all the work yourself when we will do it for you?
We are actively seeking: science fiction, both hard and soft; fantasy, from epic to urban and in between; horror, all types; Steampunk; cyberpunk; dystopian stories and anything else that falls beneath the wide SF umbrella.
What we are NOT seeking: SF erotica. Romantic subplots are fine, but cannot comprise the majority of the storyline.
We are accepting stories of all lengths—from short stories for the Aura Flash line ( up to 20K words) to epics of 100k. We will accept stories that are above the upper limit if the story is sufficiently well-developed to justify the pages. Stand-alone stories and serial stories alike are equally welcome.
Send all submissions to aurasubmissions(AT)auraspecfic(DOT)com, following the AMP submission guidelines below. And keep an eye out for our website, blog and social networking sites - all coming to you in October 2011!