Residential Aliens is a zine of
spiritually infused speculative fiction.
ResAliens harkens back to the days of fanzines, chapbooks, and underground newsletters. We’re relaunching after a 10 year hiatus to bring readers and writers of indie spec-fic back together. We’ve got 6 new issues planned for 2023.
(By the way, all 5 back issues and two anthologies are still available for purchase as well - see our bookstore tab.)
Want to submit a story? Here's what we're looking for.
We publish speculative fiction that taps the ethereal, reaches for the beyond, and touches on the eternal. Bottom line: We want short stories with a spiritual thread, anywhere from 1,500 to 3,500 words. Open to serials, episodes, and longer stories, too! Book reviews, articles, and interviews welcome.
Spiritual… Do we mean religious?
Not necessarily. Most spec-fic has a spiritual underpinning already. Meaning, there’s often an unspoken acknowledgment in speculative stories that there’s more to this world than meets the eye. ResAliens recognizes that reality and publishes stories that embrace the otherworldly. Some tales will be overtly spiritual, others less so. We are open to almost anything that points to the supernatural.
What we don’t want…
Although we like and accept religious spec-fic, we don’t want religious pamphlets disguised as stories. Tales with a theological bent, sure, but this is a non-sectarian zine. Stories do not have to conform to a Christian belief system; however, we don’t want submissions that are anti-Christian. Writers of all faith traditions or no faith tradition are welcome regardless of background or beliefs.*
Payment & Venues
We’re working cheap at the moment. For our bi-monthly print & digital issues (i.e., published every two months), we’ll pay $20 for original, never-before published stories; $15 for non-fiction articles, reviews and interviews (1,500 word min); and $10 for reprints – plus a print & digital contributor copy. Or, you can donate your payment to the cause and receive alternative perks instead.
BTW, stories in these issues will not be posted online for free reading. Issues will be available for purchase by the general public directly from our storefront or from one's favorite e-retailer. Writers whose stories, reviews, articles, or interviews don’t make it into the print & digital zine will have the option to appear in a free PDF & online edition of ResAliens. Payment for these contributions is $5.
Authors retain copyright of their story. With a one-time payment (a non-royalty agreement), Residential Aliens is purchasing a non-exclusive license for stories and articles, etc., in order to create a magazine to be sold to the public. Six months after publication, the author is free to self-publish or license his or her story to another venue.
Submit Your Story
Send your story in standard fiction manuscript format to me, Lyndon Perry at TuleFogPress at gmail dot com with the following subject line: RA Sub – Story Title by Author Name. Simultaneous subs are fine; reprints are fine - just be clear in your short cover letter. Include a brief bio and website as well.
Advertise Your Project
All authors can place a free ad for a personal project or self-published title in the issue in which they appear (subject to approval). Others may place ads in our print & digital issues for $20 per issue (multiple issue discounts available).
* Note: As the editor and publisher of ResAliens, I adhere to orthodox Christian morality and doctrine. I hold a traditional biblical belief system and reject 'progressive' theology/politics. This is just FYI as some writers don't want to be associated with a conservative editor. As mentioned, I'll work with any writer because I'm interested in the story, not one's background. I'll state again: all writers (regardless of theological or political perspectives) are welcome to submit stories to my zine for consideration.