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1. Just wanted to update the "how to contribute" pages (not sure if anyone new even reads this anymore?)

Fiction submissions

mostly I can just changed "Voices:Future Tense" to "Orions arm" or 'fiction submissions' throughout this- but also added a few sentences

2. Secondly, i'm thinking it would be helpful to add the publishing date + author of OA fiction at the top/beginning of the stories (so it's a little easier for anyone to know if they -might- have outdated canon or something, and make sure they all have a link back to stories by author + voices future tense (added at the end).
I know a lot of the stories say they were added into the content management system in 2008 but i'm guessing that some might have been written earlier, like the stories by Anders Sandberg. I can just say 'added in 2008'

I can add that information to the stories using the CMS if folks are ok with that

Voices:Future Tense, the Orion's Arm e-zine has it's own set of submission guidelines. These guidelines are intended for use specifically for materials that you would like to appear in the e-zine and are intended to streamline the process of adding content to that publication.

Orion's Arm is interested in your voice!

We are looking for long-form fiction, snapshots/ vignettes, nonfictional articles, and art submissions for Orion's Arm. Guidelines are as set forth below:


The Orion's Arm Universe Project seeks literate, strongly plotted science fiction stories between 1,000 and 10,000+ words, set at any time within the span of the Orion’s Arm universe. Successful submissions will have original ideas, strong characterization, fidelity to the OA canon (as set forth at, and appeal to the sense of wonder. Stories should be clear and understandable. Longer submissions can be considered for serialization and authors are welcome to publish them as standalone novels through a publishing service as well, with proper attribution. 
Due to time or other constraints, many contributors may instead prefer to write vignettes or single scenes which can published as short OA fiction, or be added to Encyclopedia articles as snapshots or "historical primary source quotes" to expand the ground level view of the OA universe. 

As befits our participation in the Orion’s Arm project, The Orion's Arm Universe Project encourages non-traditional forms of storytelling. Virtually any format, including (but not limited to) comics/manga, animations, hypertext, poetry, or music will be considered. Please bear in mind that technical dazzle is fun… but story is essential.


All submissions, regardless of genre, are subject to the following editorial policies:

Format: Submissions will be accepted via the OA Forum, specifically through the Creative Writing or Voices: Future Tense sub-forum, or email; they should be sent to with “Fiction Submissions” in the header, and with the article itself as an attachment in DOC or RTF format. In the event that we publish another book, submissions should include title, author’s full name, address, contact information, and word count at the top of the story. Avoid the use of unusual fonts. Please include a brief bio and credits, if any, in the body of your email. Queries are welcome. Most writers find it helpful to brainstorm and test out ideas in the forums or on Discord before submitting any story drafts. 

Though we welcome discussion of any rough drafts in the forum, comic, manga, and animation submissions should be complete and web-ready upon final submission. Where applicable, such submissions should NOT rely upon browser-specific tags or plugins; Fiction in OAUP V/FT is meant to be read on a variety of browsers, including current versions of Chrome and Internet Explorer, older versions of those browsers, Mozilla, Opera, Safari and others.

Audio files must have contact information (see the instructions above) in the body of the email. Submit files in standard MP3 format.

Our goal is to respond within five to eight weeks after receiving a submission. Depending on numerous variables, however, it may take longer. Please give us ample time before inquiring about a submission’s status. All submissions, whether fiction or nonfiction, are subject to spelling and grammar editing as well as to review for content. The Orion's Arm Universe Project retains the right to act as any other publication and decline submissions for either artistic or technical reasons.

Fiction Reviews: (So few people do this anymore do we even need this section?)
We're always looking for reviews of fictional works and media science fiction which might be of interest to the OA audience, as well as articles on the sciences and technologies which underpin the Orion’s Arm project. These articles will ideally be from 500-1000 words.

Features should provide both context and breadth of information. You are writing for a wide range of readers. Subjects should be of interest to the OA community — transhumanist, extrapolationist, “hard science fiction” readers, who are interested in how we might get from here to 10,000 AT, or anywhere in between.

Reviews can be outspoken and vigorous. However, OAUP V:FT will not publish libellous or offensive statements, and insists that its contributors behave as professionals. We are neither a shill for the entertainment industry, nor are we a home for petty personality sniping. Be fair; be honest; be professional.

Reviews are just that. Synopsizing a work is not a review, and we probably won’t accept such submissions.

Reviews should contain the following information:
– Genre(s) (e.g., science fiction, fantasy, horror, superhero, etc.)
– Format (book, CD-ROM, VHS, DVD, film, etc.)
– Creator(s)
– Rating (MPAA, ESRB, etc., where applicable)
– Date of Release/Publication
– Date of Review
– ISBN numbers, where applicable

Copyright and renumeration: 
Articles published by Orions Arm Universe Project are published by permission of the authors. For original submissions, we require exclusive electronic rights, meaning the same article cannot be published elsewhere online or in electronic form. (still relevant?) The only exception will be if the Board of Directors of the Orion’s Arm Universe Project considers a story to be of such merit that they invite the author to have it featured on the main Orion’s Arm website, on the Creative Writing pages; V/FT articles will always be allowed to be published in such a case. Articles which have appeared in other venues will be considered for OAUP, or can be adapted to fit OA canon V/FT, in accordance with the rights of the author and all prior publishers. Any article published as OA fiction V/FT will be removed upon request of the owner, at which time electronic rights revert to the owner.

All articles based on the Orion’s Arm canon are published in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the OA project. In the event that negotiations for commercial rights to an author’s work occur after publication, the Board of Directors of the Orion’s Arm Universe Project is the point of contact for permission to use Orion’s Arm material for commercial purposes.

Save as set forth above, all other rights are retained by the author.

Link to stories by Author
Link to voices future tense issues
Link to writing help
<eventually> maybe a Link to writer's FAQ about questions like "achailects dominate OA and angelnets stop 99% of modern problems how do i write about anything??"

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How to contribute/ fiction V/FT - by Worldtree - 08-26-2020, 05:14 AM

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