Wednesday, December 15, 2010

PSF6 Update: Letters are out

Let me know if you haven't received anything from us. :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

PSF 6: And so it begins...

To all those who submitted to PSF6: I have begun but have not yet finished writing those letters so don't panic if you haven't received one yet. I have an internal quota (yeah, I'm really an auditor) but hopefully, I will be done by December 15. And no, there is no rhyme or reason in the way I'm going about the letters (really, lol).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Philippine Speculative Fiction 6: Deadline Today

Hello everyone. First of all, thanks to everyone who have submitted. Nikki and I are deeply touched with all the hard work people have put into writing their stories, with some submitting their stories in between call center calls, while others sent theirs in between meetings outside the country. It’s really incredible to see how much story affects so many of us that despite the demands of our careers and families; despite the limitations of finances or time; despite the distractions that abound, so many still found ways and means to explore their imagination. What’s even more incredible is that so many took the time to write them.

For those still in the process of editing, writing, trimming, adding, deducting, dividing and bullying your stories into place, take heart. You still have several hours left to pacify your stories and submit. :)

Now, for some business.

I personally have tried to respond to everyone who submitted within (roughly) 24 hours. There are a number of reasons why you may have not received an email from me confirming the receipt of your submission:

1) Gmail failed. Hard to believe, but I hear it happens. Your email or my response may have been lost in the fiery underbellies of the Internet where all viagra-related spam should be.

2) I failed. I am, of course, merely human with a predisposition for coke zero. While high on the said beverage, I may have deleted or erroneously categorized your submission. I tend to believe I’m fairly organized, so chances are, I logged in your submission but have not responded to you because of my sugarless high.

3) You failed. I use Gmail’s filtering functionality to keep your submissions out of my spam folder. This means that your subject heading is extremely important. While I do catch the occasional recalcitrant submitter and transfer them safely into the submissions folder, I cannot be certain I’ve caught all.

Whatever the reason, the safest thing to do is to simply re-send your submission to me (kate.osias at gmail). Don't worry if you've forgotten whether I've responded or not. Just send again to be on the safe side, and let me figure out how to work out our submissions inventory.

Again, thank you for all the hard work people. Looking forward to reading your submissions! :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Philippine Speculative Fiction 6!

I am honored to be co-editors with Nikki this year! Read the invite below :)


Editors Nikki Alfar and Kate Aton-Osias invite you to submit short fiction for consideration for Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 6.

Philippine Speculative Fiction is a yearly anthology series, which collects a wide range of stories that define, explore, and sometimes blur the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things in between. The anthology has been shortlisted for the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, and multiple stories from each volume have been cited in roundups of the year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.

First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials any time.

Submissions must be:

1. speculative fiction—i.e., they must contain strong elements or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related ‘nonrealist’ genres and subgenres

2. written in English

3. authored by Filipinos or those of Philippine ancestry

Submissions are preferred to be:

1. original and unpublished

2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500

3. written for an adult audience

In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of previously-published work—if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to provide relevant publication information.

Submission details:

1. No multiple submissions—only one story will be considered per author.

2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved under the file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to, with the subject line ‘PSF6 submission’.

3. The deadline for submissions is midnight, Manila time, November 15, 2010. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.

Editors’ notes:

1. Please don’t forget to indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but this can be discussed upon story acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.

2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s probably not ready to be published.

3. We advise authors to avoid fancy formatting—this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our established house style.

Compensation for selected stories is, alas, currently up in the air. In previous years, we’ve provided contributor copies of the book, as well as small royalty shares—but we don’t want to make guarantees just yet, as we are presently exploring alternative publishing avenues. Rest assured, though, that Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 6 will see publication by the first half of 2011, in a form that will be accessible to the general reading public.

Please help spread the word! We’d really appreciate it if you’d publish this invitation on your blog, e-group, etc.


Nikki Alfar & Kate Aton-Osias, co-editors

Dean Alfar, publisher