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Samovar submission guidelines

We are currently open to submissions.

Last update: 25th September 2017

Samovar is a quarterly magazine of and about speculative fiction in translation, published by Strange Horizons.

This page explains what types of material Samovar publishes, and how to submit. All submissions are considered by the Samovar editors:

  • Sarah Dodd
  • Greg West
  • Laura Friis

Samovar encourages and welcomes submissions from all languages, and by individuals from groups or backgrounds that have historically been marginalized and/or under-represented within speculative fiction. Please don't self-reject; we want to consider your work!

All submissions should be made through our Moksha page, here. Translations submitted to Samovar may also be considered for publication in Strange Horizons. If you're sending us a submission and don't want it forwarding to Strange Horizons, please let us know in your cover letter. Feel free to send any queries to samovar@strangehorizons.com.

Short stories

What we publish

Each quarter, Samovar publishes at least one short story newly translated into English, and one reprint of a previously published translation. In both cases, the English-language versions will be accompanied by the original-language versions.

What we want

We want good speculative fiction stories in translation! If your story doesn't have a speculative element, or strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it's probably not for us. If it is not a translation, it's not for us. We like fiction from or about traditionally under-represented groups, unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives, and stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification.

What we pay and what we buy

For newly translated stories, accompanied by the original-language version, we pay 6 US cents per word to the author, and 6 US cents per word to the translator, up to a maximum word count of 5,000 words. (We can consider longer pieces, but regret that we will have to cap payment at $300 to the translator and $300 to the author). We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language and non-exclusive original language rights (including audio rights for both languages) for six (6) months.

For reprints of translated stories, accompanied by the original-language version, we pay a flat US$100 to the author and US$100 to the translator, regardless of word-count. We do not have a word limit for reprints. We buy non-exclusive English-language and original-language rights (including audio rights for both languages) for six (6) months.

How to submit

For newly translated stories, please submit either:

  • The full translated text (preferred, if available); or
  • Sample pages (if available); or
  • A short synopsis of the story

(Please tell us what language the story is translated from, and whether you are the author or the translator).

For reprinted stories, please submit:

  • The full translated text

If your submission is accepted, we will request the original-language text to be published alongside the translation.

Submissions should be made via Moksha.

(Please make clear in your cover letter whether the submission is an original or a reprint.)

Poetry

What we publish

Each quarter, Samovar publishes one poem newly translated into English, accompanied by the original-language version.

What we want

We're looking for modern, exciting poems that explore the possible and impossible: stories about human and nonhuman experiences, dreams and reality, past and future, the here-and-now and otherwhere-and-elsewhen. We want poems from imaginative and unconventional writers; we want voices from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

We want poems that understand "literary" does not have to equal "boring"; poems that know how to write strange without being senseless; and poems that balance inventiveness with traditional structures. We like mischievous poems, pensive poems, and everything in between.

What we pay and what we buy

We pay $US40 to the author and $US40 to the translator, regardless of length or complexity of the poem.

We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language and non-exclusive original language rights (including audio rights for both languages) for six (6) months.

How to submit

Please submit either:

  • The full translated text of the poem (preferred, if available); or
  • A sample stanza and explanation of why this poem should be considered for Samovar

If your submission is accepted, we will request the original-language text to be published alongside the translation.

Submissions should be made via Moksha.

Non-fiction

Review-essays: we are looking for in-depth critical essays of 2,000 to 3,000 words. These may cover:

  • Works recently translated into English
  • Works that have not been translated but that will be of interest to an English-language audience
  • Critical works focusing on speculative fiction in translation
  • Some combination of the above.

Works can be in any medium; we are interested in discussions of speculative books, stories, poetry, film, TV, and other artistic works.

Interview/conversations: we want to provide authors, artists, poets, critics, and fans from non-Anglophone countries with a space to hold in-depth discussions of speculative fiction in their country, or in general, for an English-language audience. You can see some examples of the format we like in the Strange Horizons archive. Interview/conversations may be conducted in a language other than English and then translated.

What we pay and what we buy

For review-essays, we pay US$40 regardless of final wordcount.

For interview/conversations, we pay each participant US$40 regardless of final wordcount. If the interview/conversation is translated into English, we pay the translator US$40 regardless of final wordcount.

We buy first-printing English-language rights exclusive for six (6) months.

How to submit

For review-essays, please submit either:

  • Your proposal for a review-essay; or
  • The full text of the review-essay

For interview/conversations, please submit your proposal for a conversation. Please do not submit the full text of an interview/conversation unless asked to do so.

Submissions should be made via Moksha.

Our response time

We aim to respond to all submissions within 2 months.