Submitting fiction

We are currently accepting short works of eco-fiction. The submission process is handled by email exchange. To initiate this, please get in touch with the Fiction Editor using our contact form.

We are especially keen to be sent stories which have a plot (i.e. some causal inter-relation between goings-on), 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 non-human or human.

Within these bounds, we have a preference for stories in which the concerns of non-human actors are conveyed without imposing a human perception and understanding of the world on them. The genuine interests of these agents, in all cases, should be more than sufficient to merit the empathy of readers.

Please note that submissions must be no longer than 2000 words. Authors wishing to challenge themselves with shorter word counts are very much encouraged to do so. 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.

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.

Joe Gray, Fiction Editor

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