Call for Submissions: FISH EATS LION



Math Paper Press and editor Jason Erik Lundberg are looking for new and innovative short fiction for an original anthology of speculative fiction (which includes science fiction and fantasy, as well as any associated subgenres, such as magic realism, space opera, steampunk, post-apocalypse, etc.) with a Singaporean flavor.

Anchor contributors for this groundbreaking anthology include Cyril Wong, Isa Kamari, Alvin Pang, Dave Chua, Jeffrey Lim, and Stephanie Ye.

In terms of what makes a “Singaporean” speculative short story, we’d like to see at least one of the following:

  • Your protagonist is Singaporean (i.e. born in Singapore)
  • Your protagonist (Singaporean or not) is living in Singapore at the time of your story (i.e. Singapore is the setting)
  • Your story’s themes are inspired by life in Singapore

As long as your narrative contains at least one of the above elements, you’re encouraged to write whatever story you choose. Please do not limit yourself to just writing about our current era; challenge yourself to write a story set in Singapore’s recent or distant past, or in the near or far future. The fantastical or science-fictional element must also be integral to your story (i.e. the story wouldn’t make any sense if you took it out). A good list of clichéd SF story premises to avoid can be found at online magazine Strange Horizons’ guidelines for “Stories We’ve Seen Too Often.”

We are hoping to have a print-on-demand version of the book available outside of Singapore in addition to the paperback being published here, so please consider that you are writing for an international audience. If the story is too all-inclusive, you risk alienating a reader unfamiliar with Singaporean culture. It’s a fine line to walk, with authenticity on one side and accessibility on the other, but it is quite possible to do both.

You need not be a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident to submit to this anthology, but you should have intimate, first-hand knowledge of life in Singapore; if your details ring false or shallow, we will be able to tell.


Stories are recommended to be between 2,000 and 5,000 words; we may consider stories that go above the upper word limit provided that they’re not egregious in length. Also, the keyword here is “new.” Even if you have previously published fiction that might fit this theme, Math Paper Press wants to emphasize that these are new stories, not reprints. You don’t have to write a story especially for the anthology (although we hope you’ll take up that challenge), but your submission must be previously unpublished in any form.


In terms of compensation, we are offering five (5) contributor copies of the published anthology, and a 40% author discount on further copies, as well as the pride of contributing to Singapore’s first anthology of original speculative fiction! In return, we’re buying First Worldwide Print rights to your story.

You may notice that we’re unable to offer monetary payment this time around. Sorry about that. We’re hoping that for future speculative fiction projects we’ll be able to pay in something other than copies, but right now, that’s all we have to offer (plus the author discount). So if we buy your piece, and if you’re hoping to sell your story to another venue afterward, it’ll count as a reprint, which means the pay rate will be less than it would have been if the venue was buying “first rights” to your story. If you understand this and are cool with it, we’d love to see your fiction.


The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2012. Please consult William Shunn’s article on Proper Manuscript Format. Send your story in RTF format as an attachment, along with cover letter, to; submissions sent in other formats, or in the body of the email, will be deleted unread.


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16 responses to “Call for Submissions: FISH EATS LION

  1. I’ve just updated this entry to reflect the rights that we are buying for each submission we accept.

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  4. Weetee

    Hi jason.
    Are you guys open to a style bordering on extreme colloquialism ( not sure if there’s this word but there.) ?
    not extreme but treading on the border.
    Thanks much.

    • It’s hard for me to respond without seeing what you’re referring to. Do you mean something like the use of Nadsat in Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange? I might be quite interested in seeing something like that, but with a Singaporean flavor, just as long as I, and any other readers not indigenous to this area, can parse what is happening through the lens of your “extreme colloquialism.”

      The best thing for me to say is to go ahead and do it and send it my way, and we’ll go from there.

  5. Weetee

    Your last sentence is the best reply anyone could ask for.
    Thanks, Jason.

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  7. yuenkitmun

    (Sorry if this is a double post but my first post seem to have been lost.)

    I used Yahoo mail to send an email to and received an error message:

    Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.
    No MX or A records for

    Should I email my short story submission to instead?

    Yuen Kit Mun

    • Hi Kit Mun,

      I’m not exactly sure why you received that error message, as I’ve been able to get emails on that account just today. Do me a favor and try to send it to the address again; if it doesn’t work this time, go ahead and send it


  8. yuenkitmun

    I tried a second time and it failed too. So I sent to on Wednesday night and there was no error message. Hope you received it.

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  10. NC

    I got the same error message. I’m thinking it may be because I just clicked on the address in the original email calling for submissions, and it opened my email window automatically. When I resent the next day and actually typed the email address in, I did not get the error message. So hope it went in.

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