Submitting fiction

By Joe Gray, Fiction Editor

From time to time, we open a window for submissions of English-language eco-fiction to The Ecological Citizen. We publish a small selection of such pieces in each issue.

We are especially keen to be sent plot-driven stories which are set on the Earth that we know, that we knew, or that we might some day experience, and which offer rich descriptions of places and characters, be they human or non-human. Narratives with intrigue and unexpected developments will be looked on favourably, but stories whose only real punch comes from a twist late on will not.

Please note that submissions must be no longer than 1500 words. Authors wishing to challenge themselves with shorter word counts are very much encouraged to do so.

We generally favour stand-alone pieces, but in exceptional circumstances we will consider excerpts from longer works, such as novels. Relatedly, we have a strong preference for new pieces but will occasionally accept republications. In all cases, authors retain the copyright on their work.

Finally, and most importantly, we are looking for pieces that in some way further the ecocentric worldview. This means that while stories that place humans as central characters are welcomed, if they consider ecological issues merely, or mostly, in terms of their implications for that one species, they are unlikely to be accepted.

We are currently open to submissions. To get in touch with the Journal about submitting fiction, please use our contact form.

Topic areas for the Journal

 Biodiversity and bioabundance

 Protection and restoration of wilder habitats

 Animal welfare

 Energy and climate change

 Waste and toxics

 Human overpopulation and overconsumption

 Philosophical aspects of ecocentrism, Deep Ecology and deep green ethics

 Earth-centred law

 Ecological aesthetics and art

 The ecological potential of urban life

 Religious support for protecting the ecosphere

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