Open Call Submissions

Moving Across the Landscape in Search of an Idea

We are seeking stories for an anthology to be titled Moving Across the Landscape in Search of an Idea.

We are looking for stories with 1500 words divided as follows: long titles (minimum 250 words [though we know this might be difficult so, as long as it is an obnoxiously long title, we'll be ok]), concise narratives (minimum 250 words, maximum 800 words) and copious footnotes, endnotes, marginalia, indices and glossaries (minimum 250 words, maximum 800 words).

Authors are welcome to shift word counts between these three parts of their submission, but they must stay within a range of 1500 words for the total submission (ex. a 500 word title, a 600 word narrative, and 400 words of footnotes.). Stories are welcome to be submitted in any genre. If you have questions we encourage you to email us or DM us on Twitter or Mastodon.

Authors may explore any genre with their stories (yes poetry too!) and we encourage a wide variety of ideas and interpretations.

Submission Dates
Submissions open: February 1st, 2024
Submissions close: March 31st, 2024
Reading/Review begins: April 1, 2024
Reading/Review ends: May 31st, 2024
All authors will be contacted by: June 15, 2024

Download the complete OC submission PDF here.

Our Dust Earth

We are seeking submissions for an anthology to be titled Our Dust Earth which will collect stories that take place within the Our Dust Earth mini-RPG (see the RPG section after Submission Guidelines in the linked PDF) world. This anthology is to be published in early summer of 2025 by the Air and Nothingness Press.

Stories will be based upon the RPG - Our Dust Earth, which is a "Dying Earth" era game. Please see the attached RPG pages for details on the world, types of characters and classes of beings, along with a small map of cities and areas encountered by players. The RPG will be published in the anthology as well.

We would prefer Science Fiction genre stories for this anthology, though if you are familiar with Jack Vance's Dying Earth, M. John Harrison's The Pastel City, or Matthew Hughes's Archonate Series, you may know there is a thin line between SF and Fantasy in those narratives. All stories are requested to be between 1000 and 3000 words in length.

Submission Dates
Submissions open: November 1st, 2024
Submissions close: December 31st, 2024
Reading/Review begins: January 1, 2025
Reading/Review ends: February 28th, 2025
All authors will be contacted by: April 15, 2025

Download the complete OC submission PDF here.

General Submission Information

We like to seek out new authors and book ideas ourselves rather than be contacted directly because we are a small, self-funded press, and only publish 4-5 books a year. We usually offer open call submissions on anthologies we decide to do, or we contact authors directly if we have particular needs.

We pay $0.08/word for the stories we publish. Most of our books are limited editions of between 100 and 200 copies and we prefer to print physical books over creating ebooks.

The Air and Nothingness Press is interested only in publishing works created by the individual, creative efforts of human authors.

We are not completely opposed to the use of AI as a tool to develop art or writing, rather we are opposed to the use of it in place of art or writing. If you "wrote" a story by supplying an AI with a prompt, we are not interested.

Stories by authors who have employed any AI text-generation software, apps, services, or any other computer-assisted service or program in the writing of their submissions, including plot generators, human-machine "collaboration," titling, outlining, or any other form of computer driven influence on their creative process other than spelling and grammar checking will not be considered.

All potential book slots are currently filled for 2024.