Futures is the award-winning science-fiction section of Nature, now currently running in Nature‘s monthly sister title, Nature Physics.
Futures is returning to Nature this week, in the 5 July 2007 issue, as a weekly back-page feature, as well as continuing each month in Nature Physics. The Futures column in each journal will forge its own identity: a story in one journal will not be reprinted in the other, although authors are free to express a preference and choose for which journal their story should be considered.
Although contributions are sometimes commissioned, unsolicited stories are welcome for both journals. Each story should be an entirely fictional, original, self-contained piece between 850-950 words in length, and the genre should, broadly speaking, be ’hard’ (that is, ‘scientific’ SF) rather than, say, outright fantasy, slipstream or horror.
Each item should be sent as a Word (.doc) attachment to email@example.com, giving full contact details along with a brief (approximately 30-word) autobiographical squib that could be appended to the story if published. Unsolicited artwork is not considered. Presubmission enquiries are discouraged: instead, prospective authors are advised to read earlier Futures stories in Nature, Nature Physics and selected examples available here for free. Please do not send multiple submissions. Reprints of stories published elsewhere are not considered.