Welcome to Issue 11 of Zooscape!
When the world is crushing in all around, what do you do? How do you survive? Perhaps, you find an animal to lead the way, or an animal to stay close by your side. Or maybe, to survive the pain, you turn into an animal yourself.
These stories are profiles of characters surviving in the space between their worst fears and their greatest hopes; characters surviving pain, making choices, and letting themselves discover the animal inside.
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The Sewers of New York by Elinor Caiman Sands
The Tech by James L. Steele
Puss Reboots by Rachel Ayers
Persinette by Elizabeth Walker
Him Without Her and Her Within Him by Aimee Ogden
A List of Historical Places Frequented by a Boy and His Dog by Eleanor R. Wood
Miss Smokey by Diana A. Hart
Palmerino’s Dream by Joana Galbraith
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Big changes are happening at Zooscape. Our mission is to share the wonder of furry fiction with the world and help get furry recognized as the legitimate genre of fiction that it already is. To that end, we are doing some restructuring, helping to move us toward the goal of becoming a SFWA qualifying market. This means:
1) Starting with the December 2021 issue, our pay rates will increase to 8 cents/word for original fiction with no payment cap. As our September issue is already locked down, every new story we accept from now on will be paid at pro rates.
2) In order to pay for this increase in rates, we will be going back to our original plan of three issues per year. We plan to publish on December 15th, April 15th, and August 15th.
3) Depending on how these changes affect the flow of submissions, we may have to make additional changes to our slush reading schedule. However, for now, we will wait and see what changes seem most likely to be helpful.
We are once again open to submissions! And we’d love to see a story from you.
As always, if you want to support Zooscape, check out our Patreon.