Updates

Participate in our readers’ poll!

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It’s that time of the year again where we start planning our Best of Interstellar Flight Magazine anthology! We select our favorite essays, interviews, and reviews from the last year for inclusion in our print anthology.

2020 has been such a stellar year for us. We hosted some amazing authors as part of our 2020 Alternate Endings story call, which explored killer hornets, time travel, and more from a BIPOC lens. Big thanks to our guest editor, Jamileh Jemison. All of these stories will appear in our anthology.

But we need your help deciding what else to include! Vote for your favorite articles by participating in our reader’s poll! …


For SFF or Literary/Realism Writers

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These days, it might seem superfluous to submit poetry to journals and magazines when you can make a living as an Instapoet instead. But in the world of poetry, having many publications under your belt can be a way to build towards publishing a chapbook or full-length book of poems.

What follows is a step-by-step guide for poets on submitting your work. This is part of a series of articles for new writers who’ve never sent their work out before. …


Submissions

How to Get More Readers for Published Short Pieces

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If you’re a writer of short fiction or poetry, it can sometimes feel like you’re shouting into the void to get your work read. But as an editor, I am here to tell you: I am the void! I keep an ear to the ground for new writers to read and I can’t hear you if you’re not loud enough.

I get it. Self-promotion feels weird. Especially in today’s world, where everything is a blip on the screen. So I wanted to provide some simple ideas on how to market your work, tailored to writers of short fiction and poetry. …


FILM

Lesbian Vampire Films & Re-Examining the Problematic

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May 27, 1968 Paris, France. For the month of May in 1968, Paris was barricaded by a slew of student protests. The protests began when a newly-constructed school reopened, crowding over 12,000 students into a hastily-constructed college. Student protests spiraled into labor strikes as more people took up the call of inequality. Businesses shut down and the city went quiet until May 27, when the Grenelle Agreements concluded, guaranteeing a rise in the minimum wage.

On that same date, audiences crowded into theatres to see the only film released during the chaos — Le Viol du Vampire (The Rape of the Vampire). The titillating name of the film, which was marketed as erotic horror, promised fans of the popular fantastique genre a thrilling romp. …


Announcements

A polyamorous space opera that’s a fast-paced, action-packed story with a lot of heart

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We are very pleased to announce the publication dates for Local Star by Aimee Ogden, forthcoming April 5, 2021 and now available for pre-order from Interstellar Flight Press (available on Netgalley in November 2020). This is our first novella, so we are very thrilled to be working with Ogden, who is well-known for her outstanding short fiction pieces like“A Song for the Leadwood Tree” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and “Seb Dreams of Reincarnation” in Escape Pod.

Local Star is a polyamorous space opera with a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that’s sure to punch you in the feels. It follows guttergirl Triz as she saves her hub from invaders from the Cyberbionautic Alliance, all the while negotiating her rekindled romance with Kalo, her ex who’s returned from battle and won’t stop hanging around the wrenchworks. …


News

Popular articles from Interstellar Flight Magazine

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Dearest of space crusaders,

We’re heading into October with a very fantastic lineup of Halloween-themed articles coming your way! Look for these essays this month:

  • The Spectre of Trauma: How Ghost Stories Reflect Humanity’s Struggle with Mental Health
  • In Defense of Bad Horror Movies: Lesbian Vampire Films & Re-Examining the Problematic
  • Final Girl: A Life in Horror: Growing Up in Singapore, Battling Personal Struggles, and Reinventing Myself through Horror
  • The Blair Witch Project and The Terror of The Unknown
    Why a Fake Documentary from the 90s Still Captivates Audiences Today

Did you know that we are an entirely volunteer-run press? We can’t make these articles happen without your support. If you love what we do, consider sharing an article with a friend or becoming a Patron. Or buy our books! …


Fundamentals/Poetry

Hooking the Reader in the First Line

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“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” — Emily Dickinson

Poets are often called the dreamers of the writing world. We tend to write close to the heart. Poetry is a complex genre with what seems like many rules, and at the same time, no rules. You may have been taught poetry in terms of type — sonnets, ghazals, acrostics, or haiku. But I am here to tell you, none of this matters if you don’t hit the four fundamentals of poetry in this article. …


Popular Articles from Write Wild

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Not Sure How to Market as a Writer? Get a Pet.

The cutest way to create an online presence

I am very lazy and I meant to write an article on how to market yourself as a writer for newbs, but let’s be honest, the pandemic did me in and I just want to look at photos of my new kitten, Freya.

I’m being pedantic, but really, having a pet is a fantastic way to market yourself as a writer. Stick with me . . .

Read the whole article at Write Wild


Marketing

The cutest way to create an online presence

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I am very lazy and I meant to write an article on how to market yourself as a writer for newbs, but let’s be honest, the pandemic did me in and I just want to look at photos of my new kitten, Freya.

I’m being pedantic, but really, having a pet is a fantastic way to market yourself as a writer. Stick with me.

One of my favorite authors is Flannery O’Connor. Known for her strange stories that often struck straight to the heart of human weirdness, O’Connor was also known for having over 50 peacocks on her property at one point. …


News

With statistics, because We’re Nerds!

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Interstellar Flight Press is pleased to announce that we have finished reviewing all poetry books from our 2019/2020 call for poetry books. As the managing editor, I am grateful for everyone who submitted to us during our first submissions call. From this call, we are accepting five poetry books that will appear over the next two years. It was astonishing and wonderful to see how many folks were interested in what we are doing as a press enough to take a chance on us.

I would also like to thank our Guest Editor, Saba Syed Razvi. Saba helped us to select the final manuscripts for this call and was vital to the process. Her keen eye and deep reads brought us five books we are extremely proud of being able to publish in the coming years. …

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Holly Lyn Walrath

I'm a writer, editor, and poet. Find me online at www.hlwalrath.com.

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