Guidelines – Cosmic Crime

Cosmic Crime Anthology
Stories: People have left earth and explored the cosmos. However, they didn’t leave their humanity behind. There’s crime – caused by them on their ships or perhaps by aliens or humans on alien worlds. We are interested in those original stories – mysteries set in space. These can be detective tales, police procedurals, private eye stories, or courtroom dramas. You can make up laws on the alien planets. They don’t have to match any laws on earth. The stories should not be shorter than 3000 words or longer than 10,000 words and be fiction. However, we may consider works longer than 10,000 words.

Please limit blood, gore, organs, and fluids. Crime does not mean a slashfest; crime doesn’t even mean it has to be murder. We want thought-provoking material, not vivisection.

Illustrations: We seek cover and interior artwork. We’ll consider both reprint and original work.

Nonfiction: We also seek articles about the sf/mystery genre and interviews with writers of that genre. Nonfiction should be between 800 and 2000 words.

1. Stories: $25 for original work.
2. Illustrations: $5 for original artwork. $3 for reprints. $20 for cover art
3. Articles: $12 for original articles.
4. Interviews: $7
5. Each contributor will receive one copy of the issue in which that person’s work appears.
Please submit all work to
All submissions must include your snail mail address in order for you to receive payment.
For original work we purchase FNASR.
Submit stories and nonfiction as .doc or .rtf attachments, illustrations as .jpg attachments less than 500KB. Please send only one work at a time for consideration. Be sure to put COSMIC CRIME and the title of your story in the subject line. NB: As we use this address for most of our anthologies now, we need to know which anthology you are submitting to. If we don’t know, we will probably just delete your submission out of hand, without response.
Editors for Cosmic Crime Anthology are Karen Otto, Bill Otto, and Tyree Campbell
Good luck. We look forward to reading your work.