World Literature Today
Science Fiction Issue:
Call for Papers and Creative Work

Science fiction scholars, do you have a great article about SF from around the world? Authors, do you have a fantastic SF story or poem you'd like to share? Artists, do you want to be part of this cool project?

World Literature Today is publishing a special science fiction issue in May 2010. This is a great opportunity to help introduce the literary reader to our genre!

Now in its ninth decade of publication, WLT has been recognized by the Nobel Prize committee as one of the "best edited and most informative literary publications" in the world, and was recently called "an excellent source of writings from around the globe by authors who write as if their lives depend on it" (Utne Reader). WLT has received a dozen national publishing awards in the past ten years.

UPDATE: We are also looking for a few works by North American (including US) authors and about same. But hurry! The revised deadline for the print version of the magazine was January 29, 2010. To be considered for exclusive Web content, the deadline is March 19, 2010.

We are also looking for fantastic artists for the cover and for internal art. Recommendations? Send them to Chris McKitterick:


Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews... the full spectrum!

Some article topics I would still like to see:

  • Hard science fiction
  • North American SF
  • Central and South American SF
  • Non-US, Anglo SF (from England, Australia, and so forth)
  • Non-Anglo European SF
  • Russian SF

Feel free to focus on trends, specific authors, ideas, or whatever else interests you most.

I'm looking for a few great stories poems, preferably from diverse sources, and reviews of world SF in literature and film - but please limit Hollywood content, except by contrast!

Length: For print content, shorter is better. Prefer 1000 - 2000 words, 5000 max. unless we work it out in advance. For website content, we will consider any length.


Send electronic files only (.doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf file types) in English to Chris McKitterick at

If submitting a foreign-language story or poem, please provide a translation.


World Literature Today normally pays $200 - $300 for short stories and essays, $100 per poem. If needed, WLT can pay translators $100 - $150 per essay or story, $50 per poem. Payments are upon acceptance, early February, 2010, with 3-4 weeks between signing contract and arrival of the check.


January 29, 2010 for the print issue. Final decisions on acceptance for print content are being made now.

March 19, 2010 for exclusive online content. Final decisions on acceptance will be made by the end of March.

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