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.
Ab Terra 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. We especially encourage stories that explore ideas of embodiment, time, and language.
Submissions of short stories to the annual Ab Terra anthology will be open from June 15 through August 31, 2023.  These dates are subject to change. The latest information about our open calls and submissions is available at Submittable.
We’ve put our Flash Fiction journal on a brief pause, but please go to to read our past issues. 


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


—Adam Roberts, Science Fiction, The New Critical Idiom

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About the Series Editors

Yen Ooi, Editor of the Brain Mill Press Ab Terra Series in International Science Fiction

Yen Ooi

Editor and Publisher, Ab Terra Books

Yen Ooi is a writer and editor—2023 Hugo Award finalist—whose works explore cultural storytelling and its effects on identity. She is obsessed with science fiction, where she excavates stories to expose and explore permutations of culture across the genre. Yen is author of Rén: The Ancient Chinese Art of Finding Peace and Fulfilment, narrative designer on Road to Guangdong, as well as author of Sun: Queens of Earth (novel) and A Suspicious Collection of Short Stories and Poetry (collection). When she hasn’t got her head in a book, Yen also lectures, mentors, and plays the viola.

Dawn Ostlund

Editor and Publisher, Ab Terra Books

Dawn Ostlund writes stories about technology’s effect on rituals and traditions around the world. She holds an MA in Politics, Media and Performance and an MA in Creative Writing.

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