We’re dreaming up our next call for submissions! Since we’re working in virtual spaces and our authors are collaborating with AI to create images to go with stories, we thought it would be interesting to open up the discussion around AI’s incursion into the artistic and creative realms. We will be announcing the details of our new Call for Submissions in early 2023.

– The HOZ Team

What we look for in Fiction – HOZ is looking for literature that explores possibilities for the future. We want challenging short stories that are character driven, that reimagine the world and our place in it. We are looking for: BIPOC authors, feminist authors, LGBTQ2S authors, radical authors, authors who experiment. Themes that thrill us: transhumanism, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, new systems, resistance, activism, queer perspectives, feminist perspectives, nature.

We are not interested in stories that concern the reinvention of empire, rehashing of old narratives, or excessive violence. We entertain all genre based stories so long as they concern the future and especially if related to our current theme. That said, we are looking for the best speculative fiction stories, so if you think you have something we might want, please consider sending it.

What we look for in Poetry

HOZ are looking for works of speculative poetry that imagine the future of the world, the future of nature, technology, and/or the human being. Any form of poetry is welcomed. Like our call for fiction we are very interested in radical, BIPOC, feminist, LGBTQ2S, and/or experimental poetry. You may submit poems on any future related subject or theme but here are some of our favourite areas: transhumanism, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, new systems, resistance, activism, queer perspectives, feminist perspectives, nature.

The HOZ journal is published as a print and ebook, and journals may be bound together into semi-annual collections.

We ask for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print.

We do not consider previously published work, and we do not consider reprints that are currently available for free online.