We don’t often talk about alternate history here on NAF, but it too is a form of speculative fiction. Alternate history stories are set in a world where some watershed event in history turned out differently than in our world, and the story examines the ramifications of that difference. A couple of examples: Bring the Jubilee (in which the South won the Civil War) and The Man in the High Castle (in which the Axis won World War II).
Alternate history needn’t be about warfare, though. The pivotal incident could be an election (what if Dewey had defeated Truman?) or a scientific discovery (how would the world be different without a vaccine for measles?).
UK-based publisher e-bShop is looking for alternate history short stories for an anthology to be published this summer. The anthology will be published to Kindle, and contributors will be paid on a profit-sharing basis.
“The story must be centred on a plot which depends on that altered world. Preference will be given to stories which depict the human culture and morality of the changed timeline in an interesting and realistic way.”
The submission deadline is March 31. Get full details at the publisher’s website.
For more about the alternate history genre, check out the Sidewise Awards.