Apex Magazine welcomes guest editor Sheree Renée Thomas!

January 31, 2018

call for submissions

Tonight will see the year’s first Total Lunar Eclipse and a rare Super Blue Blood Moon.

This summer, award-winning author and editor Sheree Renée Thomas (“Aunt Dissy’s Policy Dream Book,” Apex Magazine, Volume 95 April 2017 and Volume 101 October 2017, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, Shotgun Lullabies, and the Dark Matter anthologies) will guest edit a special Zodiac-themed issue. Sheree seeks short stories that explore the heavenly cosmos and unveil mysteries, tales that reimagine Zodiacal archetypes and/or throw them on their heads.

As the stars align themselves above, write bold, fun, weird, scary, sensual stories that heal, frighten, intrigue, amuse.


Length: 1500-5000 words

Genres: Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, etc.

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Email submissions to: sheree.apexmag@gmail.com

Payment: Original fiction $.06/word; Solicited Reprint fiction: $.01/word; Podcast $.01/word

(SFWA-certified professional market)

No simultaneous submissions. No multi-submissions for short fiction.
Please use standard manuscript formatting when submitting your work.


Sheree is also looking for poetry that fits the theme. Payment is $5 per poem.

Publication: August 2018, www.apex-magazine.com

Photo by: Gabby Rodriguez and Wisdom Dewberry, NYC Lower East Side Girls Club (January, 2018)

Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” List and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review) and Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems. She is the editor of the groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award) and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (winner of the 2005 World Fantasy Award).

Her speculative stories and poems also appear in Apex Magazine, Harvard’s Transition, Smith’s Meridians, NYU’s Black Renaissance Noire, Callaloo, ESSENCE, So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, Revise the Psalm: Writers Celebrate the Work of Gwendolyn Brooks, The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassiafiables, Jalada Afrofuture(s), Afrofuturo(s), Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, Inks Crawl, Memphis Noir, Mojo Rising: Contemporary Writers, and the black women’s horror anthology, Sycorax’s Daughters.

Her work has been translated in French, Urdu, and Spanish and her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times and other publications. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Thomas is the Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora.

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  1. Donald

    Is the theme limited to the European understanding of the Zodiac, or are other traditions included (eg, the Chinese Zodiac)?


    • Jason Sizemore

      Hey Donald, I don’t know if Sheree checks this post for questions. I would suggest emailing her at the submissions address.

    • Sheree Renée Thomas

      Non-Western is welcome! Zodiac writers, try to make sure readers have an entry into the mythology you are exploring and that when we read the story, we know somehow it is a zodiac-themed story. I’ll leave the imagination and nuance on how to do that to all of you! Good luck and thanks for your interest.

  2. Dawson Balencia

    Been needing to say this, I just didn’t want to clutter you inbox.

    Sorry about the cover letter on my submission, I should’ve made it better but by the time I realized that I couldn’t correct it. Sorry.


    • Dawson Balencia

      Aaaand there’s a typo in that comment. Carp.

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