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Submissions are open from April 2 - June 30

Speculative City publishes provocative works that are centered within a cityscape. Although all are welcome to submit, special consideration is given to creators and characters often underrepresented in speculative fiction, such as people of color, queer people, working-class people, and people with disabilities (this list is not exhaustive and acts as an example of the types of voices we wish to hear and show).

We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the theme of the magazine’s upcoming issue (game, see below). Writers published will be paid $20-$75 according to the category and length of their submission. We would be hard-pressed to include submissions with a length exceeding 5500 words.

- All submissions should be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
- We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.
- We do not accept multiple submissions for fiction or essays.
- Please submit word (.doc, .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) files and format your submission according to our format guide (
- Please send all inquiries to info @ speculativecity .com .
- We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days.

Before submitting work, please also be familiar with our contract (



noun, verb | /gām/

Definition of GAME

noun: a rule-based activity one engages in for amusement or competition determined by one’s skill, strength, or luck

verb: to exploit, connive

At Speculative City, a game is not limited to the tabletop or screen. We conceptually play games everyday, whether in our personal relationships, through our work, or within our minds. Every game also has these three distinct qualities: rules, repercussions, and rewards.

Games that excite us:
- Elevator Game (
- The Game (
- The Walrus and the Carpenter (
- Blue Whale Challenge (
- The Left/Right Game (

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