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Vol.14 - Collisions

Accepting submissions of Short Stories
In genres:
Closes Monday 30th August 2021 at 23:59
What you'll need to send:
Cover letter
For short stories:
1 story no more than 3500 words
Accepted formats:
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Usual response time: 3 months


In 2017, researchers announced that two stars in the Cygnus constellation would collide in 2022, causing an explosion so bright that it would be visible from Earth with the naked eye. In 2018, researchers elsewhere noted an inconsistency in the calculations that resulted in part from an unfortunate typo. The stars, it turned out, were maintaining their mutual orbits and any collision would be many years, or lifetimes, away.

For volume 14, Riptide invites short stories that take their inspiration from collisions minute and stellar. Narratives might animate clashes, crashes, conflicts, revisions, calculations, near misses, or shared interests and atmospheres. A collision could be an eventuality of error and errantry; it could be a beginning.

Whatever your approach, and on whatever conceptual scale you wish to work, Riptide welcomes your submissions.

Please submit short stories of up to 3500 words by 30 August 2021 with a brief bio (ca. 100 words). Submissions must be in Microsoft Word and sent as an attachment. We will consider only one story per author. The issue will appear in early 2022.

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