ROAR 9 will open to submissions on Sept. 1st, 2017.
We're looking for excellent general audience furry stories on the theme
"RESISTANCE." If you have an excellent
story, but you're not
sure it fits the theme, give it a try. We can be generous in
how we interpret
"resistance," but all stories must be furry. That means an
anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your
story -- it could be anthropomorphic in body or only
intelligence. We'll consider any type of furry fiction from
secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks -- as long as it's
excellent. Though, the editor does have a preference for
stories where the animal nature of the characters matters -- if the
reader can't even remember the species of the characters by the end of
the story, then that's not a good sign.
We are interested in underrepresented voices. If you have
personal experience relevant to your story, feel free to mention it in
your cover letter. For instance, if your story is about a space unicorn
and you are a space unicorn (or a research biologist who studies space
unicorns), let us know. We are not interested in stories that involve
rape in any way.
Please send submissions as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file in
Standard Manuscript Format to ROARanthology(at)gmail.com
with a subject line that reads: SUBMISSION: "Story
Title" - word count.
(For an example of Standard Manuscript Format, see this essay by William Shunn.
For help with writing a cover letter, check out this
excellent advice from Strange
Length -- Between 2,000 and 18,000 words. Query
if longer or
shorter. We tend to prefer stories between 4,000 and 12,000
Multiple submissions -- Keep it reasonable; two or three
stories at a time is probably okay; ten isn't.
-- Yes, but include information about where the story was previously
published. We're more interested in stories that will be new
the majority of our audience.
Simultaneous submissions -- No. If you send a
story to us, please don't send it anywhere else until you
hear back from us.
Response time -- Most final decisions won't
be made until after the deadline, but all stories should receive a
response by March 1st.
Payment -- 1/2 cent per word and one contributor's copy.*
mainstream sf/f/h markets may pay higher rates, 1/2 cent per
word is currently standard in the furry genre. Hopefully, it
possible to increase the standard rate in the future. For
mind that publishing in ROAR does use up a story's first rights;
subsequent publications of the story would only be reprints, which are
not accepted by most markets and often receive lower pay rates when