The Time Traveler’s Almanac–Call for Submissions


Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, coeditors of the World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award winning anthology The Weird, are pleased to announce a call for submissions for a new mega-reprint anthology.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac will function as its own time machine: the ultimate treasury of time travel stories, presented in an imaginative way, with illustrations and some nonfiction in addition to the stories. The anthology will cover millions of years of Earth’s history—from the age of the dinosaurs to strange and fascinating futures, through to the end of Time itself. The Time Traveler’s Almanac will reacquaint readers with beloved classics and introduce them to thrilling contemporary examples of the time travel genre. The UK publisher is Head of Zeus and our editor Nic Cheetham, who also was our editor on the award-winning The Weird. The US publisher will be announced soon.

Although we already material in mind we also know that we can’t see everything so we are asking for submissions as well as suggestions. If in doubt, send it. We will read submissions between January 15, 2013 and February 28, 2013. Any English-language story (or translation into English) previously published on a website, non-self-published ebook anthology, or in a print publication is eligible for consideration. Looking for REPRINTS ONLY (standard reprint rates apply). No nonfiction. Prefer works under 10,000 words. Willing to look at all kinds of Time Travel fiction, but mainly interested in work that pushes the boundaries, that is truly unique to the genre. FANTASY AND HORROR incorporating time travel are just as welcome as pure science fiction. Surreal isn’t bad either.

Submissions up to 10,000 words should be sent in a Word or RTF document attachment to Please cut-and-paste the first three paragraphs into the body of your email and include prior publication information, but no need to include any biographical information about yourself. If you prefer, use snail mail by sending your work to POB 38190, Tallahassee, FL 32315, USA. Snail mail submissions should be marked on the outside of the envelope as for The Time Traveler’s Almanac consideration. No SASE is required if you prefer email response. All submissions will be responded to no later than May 1, 2013; please do not query about a submission prior to that date. Those sending in their suggestions—thanks so much, and thanks for understanding that we will not have time to reply.

Please limit the number of unique submissions per writer to 3 stories. If you plan to send more than one, make sure we see the top, best 3 stories that fit this theme, thanks! And if you have already sent us stories due to solicitation, there is no need to re-send. We’ve got them and that will just confuse us.

The rather awesome Tessa Kum and Dominik Parisien will serve as assistant editors on this anthology and will be reading and responding to your stories.

19 comments on “The Time Traveler’s Almanac–Call for Submissions

  1. I suggest William Tenn’s The Brooklyn Project. I can probably find a copy if you don’t have one. I will send along a story or two of mine in the near future.

  2. I’m trying to submit a story but my emails to are bouncing with the following message. Anyone else having this problem?
    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
    Delivery to the following recipients was aborted after 1 second(s):

  3. What are standard reprint rates?

  4. jeff vandermeer says:

    Usually one cent a word against a share of royalties.

  5. Richard J. Dowling says:

    I have a story which has been accepted for publication, but I’m not sure will be published before your deadline. So, technically, I’m not sure if it can be considered for a reprint anthology. Can I still submit it?

  6. Richard J. Dowling says:

    Of course, this is a Time Travel anthology we’re talking about… ;)

  7. I have a story that’s published now (at Cosmos Online), but I can resell it as a reprint after 3 months. Is your anthology going to be published after April 11th?

  8. jeff vandermeer says:

    Our anthology will be published in December 2013.

  9. Buzz says:

    You need to get the original short version of Moorcock’s ‘Behold the Man’.

  10. Corinne says:

    I submitted a time travel story originally published at Strange Horizons for the feminist anthology. Since you’ve already considered the story previously (and recently!), is it worth resending?

  11. Mark Glosser says:

    I would like to make some revisions to my previously published time travel story. Is this permitted?

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  14. Joel Richards says:

    Hi Jeff–

    Haven’t heard from you re. “Where the Deer and the Irish Elk Play,” published in COSMOS under the alternate title, “Endangered Species”, and sent you in early February or late January.

    Trust you received it. Any news on whether you filled the anthology, with or without it?


    Joel Richards

  15. jeff vandermeer says:

    We’re checking into this–thanks.

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