Alternative Holidays

Submission Guidelines

Alternative Holidays is currently Open to Submissions.
Prose Currently Open to Submissions
Poetry Currently Open to Submissions

Tell us Holiday stories.

Write us Holiday poems.

Holidays as seen through the lens of Speculative Fiction.

Edited by Alicia Hilton and Bob Brown


 This book is edited by Alicia Hilton and Bob Brown 

We are looking for good writing, novel and imaginitive scenarios, and a good bit of humor in stories, essays or poetry.

This book will be part of the best-selling Alternatives series.  We will be accepting stories, poetry, and essays from now through March 30, 2022.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However, we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance. 

Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number. Please let us know about prior publication (reprints) on submission (Moksha has an indicator), not after acceptance (that makes us cranky).

Multiple submissions are accepted.

Simultaneous submissions are tolerated.

Publication date anticipated August 2022.

Pays $.03 a word upon publication, plus a share of the profits.

As always, a share will go to the  ACLU.

Submissions need to include your name, e-mail, wordcount and address on the submission. 

If in doubt, SFWA guidelines for short fiction is a great guide:

It’s always good to make an editor happy. Adherence to guidelines makes Debora happy.

Poetry should be formatted as you wish it to appear. EACH POEM SHOULD BE SUBMITTED SEPARATELY.