Crossed Genres: The magazine of sci-fi and fantasy with a twist.

Come on, you know you wanna. How can you resist? Crossing genres, crossing borders, crossing fantasies with reality. Lots of deadlines and themes, lots of chances to submit.

-cracks her whip-

Go to it! Get writing!


Full guidelines here.

Current Genre

The Current Genre for Issue # 9 (to be released August 1, 2009) is

Alternate History

Alternate History has been around for centuries, and is a staple of Science Fiction/Fantasy. Arguably the most famous Alt-Hist story is Ray Bradbury’s classic tale A Sound of Thunder.

We are looking for all variations of Alternate History – Time Travel, “Trousers of Time”, Parallel Universe, etc. We’re especially interested in Alternate History stories involving non-Western cultures and civilizations.

Remember, the current theme must be combined with some aspect of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. (And you can throw in whatever else you like too!)

Submissions for Issue 9 will be accepted until 11:59 pm US EST on June 30.

Upcoming Genres

We’ve decided to give people a peek ahead at the next couple of genres we’ll be doing, to give more time for writers to produce a story that matches our guidelines.

Do not submit stories to Upcoming Genres! We only accept submissions to the Current genre (above, in big, colorful letters). Submissions to Upcoming genres will be discarded without notice. This is for the sake of efficiency as well as our own sanity. Just hang onto the story until the genre becomes Current.

Coming next:
Child Fiction* (Submissions: July 2009 / Publication: September 2009)
Horror (Submissions: August 2009 / Publication: October 2009)
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender (Submissions: September 2009 / Publication: November 2009)

    * Editor’s Note: “Child Fiction” is a term I’ve used for some time, but I’m not sure if it’s used by anyone else. Child Fiction is not the same as Children’s fiction. Child Fiction refers to stories in which the main character(s) is a child, but the story is written for a more mature audience. Examples of Child Fiction would include Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and the 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth.

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“Q: What do you get when you cross an insomniac, an agnostic, and a dyslexic?

A: Someone who stays up all night wondering if there is a Dog.”

~Groucho Marx