Brain Mill Press is an independent publisher of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and graphic novels, as well as essays on our digital magazine platform, VOICES.

Our acquisition priority is work by authors of color, women, LGBTQIA+, disabled authors, and First Nations authors.   

This page is where our editors will open calls for queries, open reading periods, magazines, and essays. Please follow the guidelines provided by each editor for any open calls.

We do not accept queries, pitches, or manuscripts via snail mail or email. Please use the Submittable platform. If you have any questions or barriers to using this platform, please email us at Brain Mill Press accepts directly solicited queries, pitches, and manuscripts via the "Invited Submissions" portal. Do not use this portal unless you have communicated with an editor at Brain Mill Press who has directed you to submit via this portal.

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Call for Pitches: Essays for BMP Voices Column "Makers on Making"

Opens: ongoing

Brain Mill Press seeks emotional, radically authentic essays of 750-1,500 words to appear on Voices, our online content platform, in the "Makers on Making" column.

Makers on Making features a different maker each month — printmakers, writers, knitters, crafters, painters, photographers, textile artists, and anyone else involved in art — with essays about their process on a particular project. These pieces delve into the psychology of making, the lessons we learn from success and (often more usefully) failure, and what it is to be a human authentically and emotionally involved as a maker in our world.

Essay pitches will be reviewed for suitability by Brain Mill Press staff. If your pitch is selected, you will be given a mutually-agreed period of time to write your essay. You will receive editorial development and feedback on your submitted piece, a contract granting Brain Mill Press the limited right to reproduce your piece in Voices, and payment at industry-standard rates upon publication. You will retain all other rights to your work.

Your essay and profile will be promoted on our social media outlets. Your essay will contain your headshot and bio, as well as information you may wish to include about recent work and your website and social media links. We will also include your profile on our page of Voices contributors.

Brain Mill Press exclusively invites submissions from people of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ writers.

Other interested writers for Voices, please contact directly, and we will consider your pitches on a case-by-case basis depending on the response to the original call.

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If you have been invited to submit to Brain Mill Press, this is the place!

Ab Terra 2024 - An International Science Fiction Anthology

Edited by Yen Ooi & Dawn Ostlund


“Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! There's the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty.”

On December 24, 1968, astronaut William Anders took a photograph after remarking on the beauty of earth from the moon—an image we know today as “Earthrise,” it introduced us to our home, to the vastness of humanity’s planet.

Ab Terra 2023 is a short story anthology that will seek to recreate that feeling when we first laid eyes on our whole world, through stories of science fiction belonging to all, from earth.

-    story length between 1,000 and 6,000 words

-    previously unpublished (previous publication on author’s own Internet platform is acceptable) science fiction short story (not fantasy) with cultural flavors from far-reaching corners of earth


-    submissions deadline: 5th May 2024

-    stories selected: Autumn 2024

-    release: early 2025

Ab Terra series editors Yen Ooi and Dawn Ostlund will select stories for inclusion in the anthology. 

Submit complete story manuscripts of 1,000-6,000 words via Stories selected for the anthology will be offered a contract for publication. The anthology will be professionally edited and produced. The ebook and trade print will be internationally distributed. The anthology will be promoted by the press and submitted for industry review.

About the Ab Terra Series

Science fiction, like all other genres, has been with us for centuries. It has found its way into our homes, onto the bookshelves of readers who enjoy stories of imagination that are rooted in science and reality. To encourage this exploration further, this series seeks submissions of science fiction stories belonging to another: stories that are written with cultural flavors that will perpetuate and promote the understanding of our siblings on Earth.

Past issue: Ab Terra 2020, Ab Terra 2021, Ab Terra 2022, Ab Terra 2023 (in production)

“Reading [science fiction] ... is about reading the marginal experience coded through the discourses of material symbolism.”

—Adam Roberts, Science Fiction, The New Critical Idiom

Yen Ooi is a science fiction writer-researcher whose works explore diversity in culture, identity and values. A PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London and author of Rén: The Ancient Chinese Art of Finding Peace and Fulfilment, Yen writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and computer games. When she hasn’t got her head in a book, Yen lectures, mentors, and plays the viola.

Dawn Ostlund writes stories about technology’s incursion on the rituals and traditions of different cultures around the world. She holds an MA in Politics, Media and Performance and an MA in Creative Writing. She lives in Los Angeles and works as an editor and proofreader.

Your electronic submission will be accepted at the Brain Mill Press submission portal at Incomplete submissions and manuscripts, or manuscripts that are discovered to not meet the guidelines of this call, will be automatically rejected.

Good luck, and direct inquiries not answered in this call to

Brain Mill Press