THE WAN now available

“Inventive and enerwan front covergetic, with a truly unique SF premise. A promising debut from one of my favorite publishers.” – Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy

“A near-perfect blending of fantasy and science fiction, THE WAN takes a crazy biological idea and pushes it to its limit.” – Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex

From the back cover:  In a far future, on a faraway planet, humans have become infected by the alien Wan, creatures that communicate by feeding each other poems composed of their own flesh. Obsessed alien and former human biologist Ing infects Frog, a barren slave girl, and Firdaus, deposed ruler of the human settlement, with the alien fungus.

When a once-in-a-millennium Wan reproductive event threatens to destroy all human life on the planet, Frog and Firdaus must choose between transforming their loved ones into cadaverous toadstools and surviving – or watching them all die in a planetary holocaust.

Unless Frog can come up with a third solution – with the help of her greatest enemy.

Available in trade paperback and e-book.

ISBN: 978-1-939056-10-8


Overstock Sale

All Pink Narcissus Press titles are now $10 plus shipping. While supplies last!

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Call for submissions

(Gender) Queered Space is an anthology of speculative fiction focused on characters who defy, transgress, toy with, subvert, or who reject or just plain don’t fit into the gender binary of cisgender (non-transgender) man or woman. Got a space opera starring a trans woman and her non-binary lover? A steampunk story with a genderfluid protagonist? A retelling of Snow White with a bigender Snow White? Show us! Characters can be any sexual orientation as long as their gender identity isn’t (at least primarily) cis male or cis female.

Although we are particularly interested in stories by transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid, and non-binary authors, and all other authors who don’t fit into the male-female gender binary, authors of any gender identity are welcome and encouraged to submit.

We are particularly interested in reading submissions about characters who are underrepresented in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres. These include but are not limited to: people of color (particularly those who live in countries other than the US), disabled/neuroatypical people, working-class people, non-Christian people, immigrants, and people who live outside the US.

Our interest in diversity also extends to authors. We are particularly interested in stories by writers of color, disabled/neuroatypical writers, working-class writers, non-US writers, non-Christian writers, immigrant writers, and writers whose primary language is not English but who have translated their stories into English.

Stories should be 2,000 – 10,000 words long and should be sent as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or Open Office attachments to steamthologies@gmail.com. If you work on a Mac and are not sure how to convert, let us know. Standard manuscript format preferred.

We are not interested in the following:

  • Stories that denigrate transgender and genderqueer/genderfluid identities. This should go without saying, of course.
  • Stories that denigrate any race, ethnicity, culture, sex, gender identity, sexuality, nationality, religion, class, or other group, or that appropriate or exotify any identity. Look up “cultural appropriation” for an idea of what we mean.
  • Stories where a protagonist saves a backward alien race—or even a human culture—that can’t possibly save itself. No Avatar remakes, please!
  • “Issue” stories that only serve to teach the main character how not to be transphobic/racist/homophobic/some other form of prejudiced.
  • Stories where the sole explanation for the antagonist’s behavior is that they are “crazy.” Seriously, do NOT do this.
  • Fanfiction (stories that use characters the author doesn’t hold a copyright to)
  • And, this should go without saying: stories that feature a transgender or non-binary person prominently but are really about a man—especially those where a woman is his prize for doing something well.

Submissions open May 26 and close September 26.

Please send submissions to editor JoSelle Vanderhooft at steamthologies@gmail.com with the following subject line:
Gender Queered Space: Submission: (Your Last Name): (Title of Your Story)


Call for novella / novel submissions

logoThe editors at Pink Narcissus Press are currently considering longer works (around 50,000 words and up) for future publication. In particular, we are interested in fiction novels that are well-written but may have been passed over by the larger publishing houses because they do not neatly fit into a specific genre or are just not “commercial” enough. If you have such a novel, then Pink Narc might be the home for your work. Although we will consider most types of speculative fiction, preference will be given to novellas and novels with strong elements of fantasy and/or sci-fi.

We will not consider unfinished manuscripts, unsolicited short story collections, or non-fiction. No simultaneous submissions.

Please submit the entire manuscript. A synopsis (of any length) or outline of the work is appreciated.

More detailed submission guidelines here.

Already familiar with our guidelines? Go to Submittable to submit.

Questions? Please write to us at pinknarcissuspress@gmail.com


ELEMENTARI RISING named “Debut of the Month” by Library Journal

ImageWarmth for winter, and fire for darkness. Though the earth feeds us, now it has awakened, with an quenchable hunger. – Nancy Hightower, Elementari Rising

From the back cover:

Winter is a predator, taking villages one at a time, leaving the people either half mad or dead.

For thousands of years, the Elementarí—spirits of the elements— have slept peacefully under the watchful eye of the Terakhein, a guardian tribe that protects them. But now that the Elementarí have started to awaken, the Terakhein are nowhere to be found.

In Gaelastad, where the trees never die, eighteen-year-old Jonathan is haunted by dreams of a little girl: the last of the Terakhein. Fleeing from enemies across treacherous lands, Jonathan must survive and find the girl. Fortunately, help comes in the form of Bryn, a terrible fire spirit, and Morgan, the most beautiful—and deadly—of water spirits. But are they strong enough to give him the time he needs to find the missing girl and stop the tide of destruction?

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Illustration for ELEMENTARI RISING by Galen Dara

*STARRED REVIEW* “Interesting characters and an unusual world of deathless trees and common folk who are more than they seem make this a winner for fans of epic fantasy. With elements that should appeal to readers who enjoy Terry Brooks’s ‘Shannara’ series and fans of weird fantasy.” – Library Journal 

“Nancy Hightower has created a vivid and compelling world where Nature is fighting back against humanity’s transgressions. Elementarí Rising is a story about sacrifice, friendship, and self-discovery; and I loved getting entangled in its magic.” – Valya Dudycz Lupescu, author of The Silence of Trees

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Illustration by Galen Dara

About the author:

Nancy Hightower is a speculative fiction author and poet. She has co-authored, along with Carrie Ann Baade, the Cute and Creepy exhibition catalogue, an art book of contemporary macabre and surrealist works.

She has a PhD in literature (creative writing) from the University of Denver, and previously taught the rhetorics of the fantastic, uncanny, and grotesque in art and literature at the University of Colorado.

Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, such as Word Riot, The New York Quarterly, storySouth, Strange Horizons, Bourbon Penn, Prick of the Spindle, Prime Number Magazine, and Danse Macabre, among others. She now resides in New York City.

More information can be found about Nancy on her website.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Pink Narcissus Press and other places where books are sold.


IMPOSSIBLE FUTURES anthology now available

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“From Mike Resnick’s tongue-in-cheek homage to H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau (‘The Enhancement’) to Allen M. Steele’s elegy to the ‘bygone’ era of space trains (‘Locomotive Joe and the Wreck of Space Train No. 4’), the 13 stories in this imaginative collection are inspired by predicted sf futures that never came to pass. VERDICT This themed anthology will make a good addition to the collections of short story lovers and fans of classic sf.” Library Journal

“This wholly satisfying collection delivers an entertaining, engrossing, even exhilarating reading experience.” ForeWord Reviews

Thanks to everyone who supported our recent Kickstarter project, Impossible Futures is now an actual thing. And we finally paid our art director, Duncan, for the work he’s done for us over the past year, including the cool, retro cover for Impossible Futures.

Edited by Judith K. Dial and Thomas Easton, Impossible Futures includes stories by Rev DiCerto, Paul Di Filippo, Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, Duncan Eagleson, Jeff Hecht, Edward M. Lerner, Shariann Lewitt, Jack McDevitt, James Morrow, Mike Resnick, Sarah Smith & Justus Perry, Allen M. Steele, and Fran Wilde.

Available wherever books are sold:


Kickstarter for sci-fi anthology IMPOSSIBLE FUTURES

IF coverDo you like science fiction? Are you a fan of small presses? Then please consider backing our very first Kickstarter project, Impossible Futures, edited by Judith K. Dial & Tom Easton.

An astonishing amount of the science and technology in vintage science fiction has come to pass. But an awful lot has not. Where’s your anti-gravity car? Your food replicator? Your very own personal robot assistant?

But those old, never-happened ideas are still fun. For a fresh take on those old ideas, try Impossible Futures! 

We have a great mix of all original stories by new writers as well as by several Nebula and Hugo Award winning authors:

  • Locomotive Joe and the Wreck of Space Train No.4  by Allen M. Steele
  • A Singular Love by Rev DiCerto
  • Private Shrines by Sarah Smith and Justus Perry
  • Searching for Oz by Jack McDevitt
  • Common Ground by Shariann Lewitt
  • City of Beauty, City of Scars by Paul Di Filippo
  • A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed by Fran Wilde
  • Tour de Force by Edward M. Lerner
  • The Chatter of the Beams by Jeff Hecht
  • According to the Rule by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
  • Against Powers, Against Principalities by Duncan Eagleson
  • The Enhancement by Mike Resnick
  • The Amazing Transparent Man by James Morrow
Sandman #38, illustrated by Duncan Eagleson

Sandman #38, illustrated by Duncan Eagleson

The fancy reward is that artist Duncan Eagleson (Sandman, The Witching Hour, Shade the Changing Man) will draw an original illustration of a story of your choice from the anthology.

For the past three years, the costs of running Pink Narcissus have come out of the publisher’s pocket. Since then, the publisher has had some financial difficulties due to a long stint of unemployment. All funds raised will be crucial in keeping the press running. We truly appreciate your support!

Take me to the Kickstarter now!