Category Archives: Anthology

181115 | $100 | 3K-10K | Blerdrotica (Opens 180515)

For more info, go to: http://www.penelopeflynn.com/blerdrotica

BLERDROTICA Submission Guidelines

For all you creatives with an abiding taste for hot chocolate, submissions are now open for the Penelope Flynn: BLERDROTICA anthology.

What we are looking for is hot, smart, sexy erotica specially tailored to us blerds. If you’re thinking that black erotica is street lit, we’d say, “YES IT IS my friends IF you’re talking Main Street, Elm Street, Bourbon Street, Bleeker Street and/or Wall Street!” Give us stories that are flirty and dirty, quirky and blerdy from any spec-fic genre of your choice. Horror, Fantasy, Afro-Futurist, Afro-Retroist, Science Fiction, all the “—punks” (– steam, cyber, diesel you name it), are at your disposal.  Show us your blerdrotic side, sexy and special dark.

First the Prohibitions:

No graphic representations of nonconsensual sex… period.

No express or implied sex with children. Children cannot give consent, so stories including sexual depictions with children (even if they are coded – and we will check) will be rejected out of hand.

No animals. Animals cannot give consent so no bestiality. (Although fantastical creatures such as shape-shifters, dragons, monsters, etc. are fair game—within reason).

No sexual violence, physical or emotional for the purpose of sexual titillation. Any sexual “violence” in the form of BDSM must acknowledge that all parties are aware of the BDSM arrangement and acknowledge the use of a safety word in the story.

No reprints. We are currently considering only heretofore unpublished works.

No multiple submissions. Please send that one work you believe best fits our guidelines.

No simultaneous submissions.

And this should go without saying, but will be said anyhow… NO STEREOTYPING.

Now that we’re done with the “No’s” here are the “Yeses”:

Yes, an African American, i.e., an individual of African descent from any of the Americas (North, South or Central America and the Caribbean) must be a main character in the story.

Yes, you can submit a story even if you are NOT of African American descent.

Yes, feel free to show diversity. Submissions featuring characters of diverse ethnicities, religions, nationalities and cultures with meaningful interaction are welcomed. (And Yes we embrace the fact that people don’t stop having sex at thirty-five, —Grandma and Grandpa got a brand new bag, too. How do you think you got here?).

Yes there is a general word count of no less than 3000 and no more than 5500 words, but if you think you have a longer tale that can beguile us and maintain our interest, we’re not opposed to giving you up to 10,000 words to share your masterpiece.

Yes we will be buying first North American serial rights, exclusive anthology rights, exclusive electronic and e-book rights for one year after first publication, and non-exclusive paper, electronic, audio, and e-book rights to reprint thereafter in perpetuity. Payment is $100, upon publication.

Timelines:

We will begin accepting submissions on May 15, 2018 and close submissions on November 15, 2018.

The reading period will continue through December 15, 2018.

Notification letters with proposed contractual language will be delivered the first week of January 2019.

Please send your submission to penelope@penelopeflynn.com. Please entitle the email BLERDROTICA SUBMISSION and attach 1) your cover letter which should state your pen name and your legal name if it differs, your story title, the word count of the story, the genre or subgenre of the story and a short bio; and as a separate attachment, 2) the story, itself. All stories should be submitted in English and in standard manuscript format. We prefer that the documents be submitted in .DOC, .DOCX format but will also accept RTF (no pdf please).

Please contact us at penelope@penelopeflynn.com if you have any questions or require any additional information and…

Get your blexy on!

For more info, go to: http://www.penelopeflynn.com/blerdrotica

180815 | ≤10¢ | 600 – 1800 | Cricket Magazine: Make a Splash

For more info, go to: https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17789/cricket-magazine-for-ages-9-14

CRICKET magazine seeks to publish the highest quality fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction to engage our audience of enthusiastic young readers. Editors consider unsolicited submissions from writers of every level of experience. Since its founding in 1973, CRICKET has published some of the most respected writers of children’s literature. It is also a wonderful opportunity for promising new writers to showcase their best work.

CRICKET does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues. However, we have particular interests in stories that explore themes of identity (gender, race and ethnicity, neighborhoods, beliefs and traditions); citizenship and global cultures; scientific and technological exploration; and the creative spirit.

Make a Splash
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Cricket (for ages 9-14) seeks manuscripts with a watery theme. We’re looking for well-crafted contemporary stories set on a rocky seashore, along a backyard creek, or at the city swimming pool. We want well-researched stories about life along the world’s rivers; legends from around the world about river monsters, sea serpents, and water divinities; engineering stories about the challenge of building boats, bridges, and dams; exciting adventures of pirates, ancient explorers, dangerous ocean crossings, and water gone wild in monsoons and floods. We also like pretty poems about the gentle rain that falls from heaven upon the place beneath.

Guidelines

Before submitting, be sure to familiarize yourself with our magazines. (Sample copies are available for viewing at the Cricket Media Store, or you can order a current issue by calling 800-821-0115.) Issues are also available at many local libraries.

Fiction

CRICKET is interested in realistic contemporary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, folk tales, myths and legends, and humor. No matter what genre, the author should first and foremost tell a good story that is well plotted, character-driven, and has a satisfying conclusion.

Folk tales, myths, and legends, especially lesser known ones from non-Western cultures, are always welcome in CRICKET. Retold tales need to be re-imagined with the same liveliness and detail of character as original stories. Please include a bibliography of sources for retold tales.

Sci-fi and fantasy manuscripts, besides being clever and imaginative, should tell a solid story with well-drawn characters. Stories featuring adventurous main characters in the age-range of CRICKET readers are most likely to succeed. CRICKET is enthusiastic about sci-fi and fantasy with a human touch, but is not a venue for excessively dystopian or warlike fantasy stories.

Historical fiction, a mainstay of CRICKET, should recreate a world accurately but with a primary focus on an energetic plot and robust characters. While modern kids no longer attend one-room schoolhouses, plow fields, or resist Roman invasions, your story should transport them across the historical divide to identify with timeless challenges of growing up and taking on responsibilities.

Contemporary realistic fiction may be light-hearted or serious. Stories typically feature lively and sympathetic main characters within the age range of our subscribers. Protagonists tend to be curious and sincere, functioning mainly within a kid’s world as they struggle to find a path through the sometimes-hilarious challenges of everyday life.

Keep in mind that CRICKET is aimed at middle-grade readers, a somewhat more protected stage than young adult. Innocent romance is welcome, but not sexual situations. Families in CRICKET can reflect the realities of contemporary life (e.g., latchkey kids, divorced parents) but not seriously disturbing situations or abuse.

CRICKET readers want to read about characters who are actively meeting their own challenges – not passively relying on the intervention of adults to solve problems of friends, family, and school. Even if not fully successful, characters in CRICKET at least progress in coming to terms with themselves and life.

Tips: A story should be a fully realized sequence of scenes and action – not just a sketch or vignette or image – with tension and dynamism between characters. Most CRICKET stories present a balance of dialogue and description. Dialogue should be natural and interesting, and avoid speechifying. Stories should “show, not tell” – that is, present scenes and reveal character through dialogue and action, not summary narration.

Stories giving our mostly American audience insight into diverse cultures are especially welcome.

Length: Most CRICKET stories are 1200–1800 words in length; however, we occasionally serialize compelling longer stories of up to 6,000 words. Submissions above this length will not be read. Authors of longer works are encouraged to submit excerpts, provided that these excerpts are under 6,000 words. We also need shorter pieces of 600–900 words.

Nonfiction

CRICKET publishes thought-provoking nonfiction articles on a wide range of subjects: history, biography, true adventure, science and technology, sports, inventors and explorers, architecture and engineering, archaeology, dance, music, theater, and art. Articles should be carefully researched and include a solid bibliography that shows that research has gone beyond reviewing websites.

Tips: Unlike a textbook or encyclopedia, CRICKET articles humanize history and discovery by telling a story clarifying how inventors and pioneers solved their problems and overcame difficulties. Including childhood anecdotes often helps our readers identify with people of great accomplishment.

Length: 1200–1800 words

 

Poetry

CRICKET publishes both serious and humorous poetry. Poems should be well-crafted, with precise and vivid language and images. Poems can explore a variety of themes, from nature, to family and friendships, to whatever you can imagine that will delight our readers and invite their wonder and emotional response.

Tips: Keep in mind that CRICKET is for pre-teen and early teens, young but thoughtful, curious readers. Poetry should feel contemporary, never singsong or moralizing.

Length: Most CRICKET poems are 8–15 lines, but can be as short as 3 lines or up to 35 lines. Please submit no more than 6 poems at a time.

 

Puzzles, Crafts, ActivitiesCRICKET readers enjoy logic and math puzzles, crafts, recipes, science experiments, as well as games and activities from different historical times and cultures.

Procedure

  • We only accept online submissions, and the Submittable page you’re currently on is the only place we accept them. We do not accept hard-copy submissions or email submissions. Submittable accepts international submissions.
  • Please do not email submissions to editors or Customer Service.

Cricket Media’s literary magazines (BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, CRICKET, and CICADA) will consider all manuscripts that are sent on speculation. We do not accept queries. Please submit a complete manuscript. (Manuscript should be submitted as a .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf file.) Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts should include an exact word count; poetry manuscripts should include an exact line count. Include full contact information: phone, email, and mailing address.

Please allow up to 3–6 months response time.

What Happens Next?

The Manuscript Review Process

  • After manuscripts are received, they are reviewed by first readers. First readers consider each submission’s literary potential and whether it might be a good fit for one of our magazines.
  • Promising submissions are then carefully reviewed by several editors, including the magazine’s editor.
  • The magazine editor makes a final decision on whether to reject or accept the manuscript. For manuscripts that show some promise but need further development, the editor may write the author to request revisions on speculation.

After Acceptance

  • If we accept your manuscript, we will send you an acceptance letter detailing payment and rights information and any revisions we would like you to make (which acceptance shall only be binding upon your signing a final agreement that embodies agreed-upon rights and terms).
  • Once we’ve received your revisions, we carefully line edit the manuscript. The manuscript is then returned for your review. We work closely with our writers to bring out the best in each story, essay, and poem.
  • Once the manuscript is edited, it will be kept on file until it is assigned to an issue. Because we work 6–8 months ahead of each issue, it can be a year or more before a manuscript is placed.

Rights

  • Stories and poems previously unpublished: Rights vary.
  • Stories and poems previously published: CRICKET purchases second publication rights. Fees vary, but are generally less than fees for first publication rights.

 

Rates

  • Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word
  • Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum
  • Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate

Art Submissions

See our submission guidelines for artists.

For more info, go to: https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17789/cricket-magazine-for-ages-9-14

181228 | 6¢ | 1K+ | Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores (Open 12/21)

For more info, go to: http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Submissions Schedule 

We have a regular submissions schedule, easy to remember and plan for four times a year, one week each time, midnight E.S.T. to midnight E.S.T., at the beginning of each season of the year:
March 21 – 28, June 21 – 28, September 21 – 28, December 21 – 28 

Writers Guidelines 

We accept new work as well as reprints, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, the shorter pieces will be favored. We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established. Submit only work you are proud of — if you don’t love it, neither will our readers!

If requested, when we respond we will offer you our reaction to the story in just a few brief sentences. We don”t offer a comprehensive critique and will only mention the points that were most essential in our decision. Please remember this is only our view, but you may find it helpful in potential rewrites.

We are following the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) guidelines. After one year of meeting their criteria they will retroactively qualify us as a pro site, and new work printed during that year will count towards a writer’s SWFA qualifications. We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for reprints, and 2 – 6¢ per word for fact-based work.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers. 

Fiction 

We are looking for well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability. We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space. If you use real existing science, please get it right.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, monsters in general, anthro, robots with feelings

We’re not looking for horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction*, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.

Fact 

We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.

Artwork and Other Imagery 

We’re looking for storytelling through images. We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions. For photomanipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.

We are not presently commissioning any work. We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories. We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online. If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.

*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it. Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome.

An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here. It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.

We have a regular submissions schedule, easy to remember and plan for four times a year, one week each time, midnight E.S.T. to midnight E.S.T., at the beginning of each season of the year:
March 21 – 28, June 21 – 28, September 21 – 28, December 21 – 28 

Please Read Before Submitting: 

In the submissions comments, tell us only: — your name,
— story title,
— genre 

— word count
— whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and if a reprint, where and when it was first published.
— whether you want feedback on your story (many people love the feedback but it means slower response) or no feedback (faster response) If you do not specify, you will not get feedback.
— Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits. 

We may ask for revisions on a story we are interested in, whether it is new or a reprint, but a request for revisions is not a guarantee of acceptance.

No simultaneous submissions, and no multiple submissions to the same genre. Please follow standard manuscript format
Submit text in .docx or .rtf and images as a jpg or through a link.

Use letters and numbers only for filenames or else your file may not load.
For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

On the submissions page, check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.

A small percentage of people may find that the spam filters on their email host don’t allow them to register. Adding donotreply@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com and submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com
to your address list may solve this problem. If it doesn’t, you can email us at submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com and we will manually input you into the system.

Addresses to note and add to address books:

cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/portal — login for subscribers to the magazine. submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com — for questions about submissions. http:/cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/Submissions/login.php — login for the submissions manager. editor@cosmicrootsandelditchshores.com Fran Eisemann, editor-in-chief sciencefictioneditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com John Eckelkamp fantasyeditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com Casey Honebrink mythseditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com Bob ‘Doc’ Finegold eldritcheditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com Aaron Gudmunson

We get a large number of submissions, and give feedback when requested, so please be patient. Turn- around times are generally between one and twelve weeks. If you haven’t heard back after twelve weeks, feel free to query.

Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements. We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth!

When submitting, let us know your name, story title,genre, word count, whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and whether you want feedback (many people love the feedback but it means slower response) or no feedback (faster response). If you do not specify, you will not get feedback. We don’t need your resume — we will judge the story solely on its own merits. 

After reading our guidelines, you can login to the submissions manager and submit stories here.

For more info, go to: http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

 

180931 | $100 | 8K | Nashville Review (Opens 180901)

For more info, go to: https://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/contact/submit

SUBMIT

Nashville Review seeks to publish the best work we can get our hands on, period. From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle—if it’s a moving work of art, we want it. We hope to provide a venue for both distinguished and emerging artists. Most importantly, thank you for giving us a chance to read your work. We appreciate it.

READING PERIODS

You may submit fiction, poetry, and nonfiction three times a year: January, May and September. We opt for shorter, more frequent reading periods so that we can provide quicker responses to our submitters. We typically respond to submissions within 4-5 months. Please do not inquiry about the status of your submission until after our response time has lapsed. Submissions in all other genres are open year-round.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

All submissions are made through our online submissions manager. Please do not email your submission, as it will not be read. We encourage simultaneous submissions: if your work is accepted elsewhere, wonderful! Just leave a note via Submittable, so we know the piece has been taken elsewhere. If you wish to withdraw and revise your piece, please wait to resubmit until the next reading period opens.

All submissions must be previously unpublished (in either print or electronic form).

While the Nashville Review is a publication of the Vanderbilt University, current students and employees are not eligible to submit.

We are proud to pay our contributors. We pay $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork. Translators receive $25 per poem & $100 for prose selections.

The best way to get an idea of what work we look for is to browse through some back issues. Since our staff changes yearly, NR’s tastes are always shifting and evolving. Our entire back catalog is available free in the ‘Archives’ section.

FICTION GUIDELINES

We welcome flash fiction, short stories, and novel excerpts of up to 8,000 words. Please submit only once per reading period.

POETRY GUIDELINES

We’re excited to read all types of poetry. We’re entirely open to publishing tight formalism alongside sprawling, experimental work. Send us up to 3 poems per reading period.

NONFICTION GUIDELINES

We welcome creative nonfiction across the spectrum. We’re open to anything: memoir excerpts, essays, imaginative meditations. Send us up to 8,000 words.

COMICS GUIDELINES

We’re seeking literary comics. We’d love to see anything from one-page comics to excerpts from graphic novels. We do not publish cartoons in the style of The New Yorker.

TRANSLATION GUIDELINES

The Nashville Review is proud to include Translation as a new submission category from NR 24 onwards! As with the rest of our submissions, we are looking for the best new writing – in this category we are looking for fresh contemporary writing that is currently unavailable to English-language readers. That means we are looking for pieces that have been published in their original language, but are previously unpublished in English.

Please send prose up to 8000 words or a maximum of two poems from the same author. Please also ensure you have permission from the rights holder to translate before you submit. (Detailed submissions instructions can be found via our online submissions manager).

Translators will receive 100% of the fee for accepted submissions: $100 for prose and $25 per poem.

JUKEBOX GUIDELINES

We prefer exclusive tracks: live recordings, studio versions, B-sides, unreleased songs, remixes, and so on—songs that aren’t easily found via traditional means. But we’re happy to consider anything.

PERFORMANCE GUIDELINES

We’re looking for film, dance, plays and performance art of all kinds. Either attach a file of the work itself to your submittable entry, or direct us to your website where we can find it. Please provide a short statement about the piece you are submitting in your cover letter.

FEATURED ARTIST GUIDELINES

Following our website redesign, we’re placing a much greater emphasis on visual art. Beginning with Spring 2015, each subsequent issue will have a featured artist. This allows for up to thirteen pieces of your art to be showcased, and to be paid $100 for doing so. Submissions must be in a landscape/horizontal orientation. Ideal dimensions are 1492×682. Other sizes will end up being slightly cropped. Work—paintings, drawings, photography—may be submitted as attachments to the Editor at thenashvillereview@gmail.com, or simply direct us to your website if it showcases available work.

For more info, go to: https://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/contact/submit

181114 | $500 | 3K-8K | One Story (Opens 180901)

For more info, go to: https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit

One Story Submission Guidelines:

Submission Periods: September 1st – November 14th

What kinds of stories is One Story looking for?
One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.
Does One Story pay?
Yes. One Story pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication.
Does One Story accept previously published material?
No. One Story is looking for previously unpublished material. However, if a story has been published in printoutside of North America, it will be considered. Stories previously published online—on blogs, personal websites, online literary magazines, or forums—will not be accepted.
Does One Story accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
What file types can I submit?
We accept PDF, RTF, and TXT files that are less than 500KB. Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file.
Will you send me comments on my story?
No. One Story receives close to 100 submissions each week. Please understand that we do not have time to comment on individual stories.
Can I change the story I submitted with an updated draft?
No.
Do you consider translations?
Yes. Please include the name of the original author and language, as well as the name of the translator on the first page of your submission.
How do I submit to One Story?
We have an automated system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your story and email you a confirmation that it has been received. To use the automated system, you need to have a One Story account.

If you have subscribed to One Story or One Teen Story, joined our mailing list, given One Story or One Teen Storyas a gift, or submitted a story to either magazine, you already have an account. If not, the first time you submit a story your account will be automatically created.

Using this account you will be able to check the status of your submission at any time by going to our login page.

When you are ready to submit please visit our Submission Manager.

When can I submit to One Story?
We accept submissions from January 15th to May 31st and from September 1st to November 14th.
How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
We do our very best to respond to submissions within 3 months after they are received. If you don’t hear back from us within that time, please be patient! It is our goal to make sure that each submission gets a good read.
Can I check the status of my submission?
You can check the status of your submissions at any time by logging into your account. “Received” means that we have your story and are considering it.
Can I submit the same story to One Story and One Teen Story?
No. One Story and One Teen Story are looking for different kinds of stories. For more information on submitting to One Teen Story, go here.

For more info, go to: https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit

190131 | 1p gbp | 17.5K | The Children of Clark Ashton Smith

For more info, go to: https://atlanteanpublishing.wordpress.com/tag/clark-ashton-smith/

The Children of Clark Ashton Smith

(Probably, this will not be the final title)

CAS illo

Clark Ashton Smith’s “The Garden of Adompha” illustrated by Virgil Finlay

Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is my favourite fantasy author. I’ve had the pleasure of publishing several stories in the vein of CAS’s works. I’m very  interested in publishing an anthology of stories, poems and prose poems in CAS’s vein. Whether the stories are based in Averoigne, Hyperboria, Poseidonis, Zothique or anywhere else, as long as it fits CAS’s mode of storytelling, I’ll be more than interested. If your story, etc. has been published elsewhere, please let me know where and when the work was published.

I will pay one penny Sterling per word, with a minimum payment of £10 Sterling for poems and very, very short stories and prose poems. For illustrations, I will pay £30 for ‘header’ illustrations to a story, £100 for full page illustrations and £200 for the cover illustration. All rights are reserved by the author or artist.

I would like to have all the material in by January 31st, 2019 so I can publish the anthology by June 2019.

Contact me by email (jon.harvey@talktalk.net or spectrepress01@gmail.com) or by post to Jon Harvey, 56 Mickle Hill, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8QU, UK.

For more info, go to: https://atlanteanpublishing.wordpress.com/tag/clark-ashton-smith/

181031 | 1p gbp | 17.5K | The Realm of British Folklore

For more info, go to: https://atlanteanpublishing.wordpress.com/tag/clark-ashton-smith/

The Realm of British Folklore

(Probably, this will not be the final title)

Tree entity

I am looking for stories and poems for a new anthology that involves British Folklore.

The stories may be short or long, even as long as a novelette. The stories or poems can be of horror, humour or psychological. But, I don’t want any twee stories.

I will pay one penny Sterling per word, with a minimum payment of £10 Sterling for poems and very, very short stories. For illustrations, I will pay £30 for ‘header’ illustrations to a story, £100 for full page illustrations and £200 for the cover illustration. All rights are reserved by the author and the artist. If your story, etc. has been published elsewhere, please let me know where and when the work was published.

I would like to have all the material in by Halloween this year as I would like to have enough to keep me busy over Christmas. The anthology, hopefully, will be ready for release by February/March 2019.

Contact me by email (jon.harvey@talktalk.net or spectrepress01@gmail.com) or by post to Jon Harvey, 56 Mickle Hill, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8QU, UK.

The following is a list of festivals, people and creatures of British folklore that I can think of. There are likely to be numerous others that either I don’t know or have forgotten about:

There are festivals like Beltane (the Gaelic May Day festival), Samhain (the Gaelic celebration of end of the harvest) normally held on the night of the 31st October and there are other festivals held in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, such as Lughnasadh, which is similar to Samhain.

There are folk such as the ‘The Green Man’, ‘John Barleycorn’, ‘Wayland Smith’ and ‘Herne the Hunter’. There’s the ‘Wild Hunt’ or the ‘Eternal Huntsmen’. And don’t forget the ‘Wicker Man’.

As for creatures, there are Dryads, Hamadryads, Nayads (although the latter two are creatures of Greek mythology), Selkies, Faeries, Elves and Pixies.

Fairyland is supposed to be a special place, full of wonders. However, time there runs much slower than time in the real world. One minute in fairyland could mean a decade or so in the real world. If a traveller enters the land of fairies and then come back, centuries may have passed. Once they step back into the real world they will die and their bodies will crumble into dust.

Pixies and faeries have numerous names in various parts off Britain:

The Welsh Tylwyth Teg form the collection of types of pixies: Ellyllon (elves), the Bwbachod (household spirits similar to brownies and hobgoblins), the Coblynau (spirits of the mines), the Gwtagedd Annwn (lake maidens) and the Gwylion (mountain spirits resembling hags)

Cornwall has piskies, pizkie or pigsies and the Knockers (like the Welsh Coblynau, spirits of the mines).

Scotland have the Aos Si which are supposed to inhabit ancient sites.

By the way, I have heard the Coblynau/Knockers myself in the coal mines of South Wales.

For more info, go to: https://atlanteanpublishing.wordpress.com/tag/clark-ashton-smith/

180815 | 6 | 350-6K | A Punk Rock Future Anthology

For more info, go to: https://zsenonpublishing.com

Are We Living in a Punk Rock Future?

Fiction Submission Call for A Punk Rock Future Anthology

Welcome to A Punk Rock Future. Get ready for an anthology from Zsenon Publishing that will feature flash fiction as fast as a punk rock song as well as longer stories, all with a gut punch and revealing a punk rock future.

You may ask yourself: Are we already in this punk rock future or did it die in the late 1970s? Or is it still coming?

We’ll find out soon in this anthology…

So you may have thought Punk Rock was going to change the world. That Punk RULES.

Or are we still here with…

black market clash

Either way, we’re looking for stories from you that will explore this future, whether it’s near or far away. We’d like to see dystopias, utopias, or something in-between; anything with a punk rock sensibility/ethos; alternative history; the promise of punk; the failure of punk; music-inspired stories; science fiction; fantasy; or horror. No matter the genre label, stories must have a speculative element. This isn’t an anthology of steampunk, solarpunk, silkpunk, ecopunk (those are all fine genres), or whatever punk. We won’t rule out stories that touch on those niches but be warned: Stories should be the real deal, punk punk.

Surprise and amaze us. A punk strain runs through SFFH so we know that great stories are out there. Want a recent fantastic example? The Big So-So by Erica Satifka. Unfortunately, you can’t get Satifka’s short story online but you might pick up this issue of Interzone to see what we like. Or read Sarah Pinsker’s 2015 Nebula Award winner Our Lady of the Open Road, published in Asimov’s. It, too, has the vibe we want.

In A Punk Rock Future, the shortest of these stories will be confined to the 350-500 word range, which would span about three minutes if the story is read aloud. We want stories that howl like Exene Cervenka, charge ahead like Death’s drums, and roar out on a quick, high note like a Clash solo. After all, the Ramones rarely wrote songs over three minutes—although the seminal punk band penned a couple songs over four minutes long, so we might stretch it some. These flash fictions still must be stories though, which is indeed possible to do well in 500 words. Short stories, which will make up the bulk of the anthology, will top out at 6,000 words.

Almost all of the stories will come straight outta the garage, the slush pile, which seems like the punk thing to do. A few stories may be solicited from the punkiest of punk writers.

We want diverse fiction from any and all demographics of people and about any and all demographics of people.

Some sorta kickstarter-y thing is in the plans to help pay the writers, or maybe pay ‘em more. We will pay pro rates of at least 6 cents a word.

Hey, ho. What are you waiting for? Get writing and submit starting now until the August 15, 2018 deadline. Let’s go.

IN SHORT

Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror (all stories must have a speculative element, even the horror).

Word count: 350-6000 words.

Pay rate: 6 cents per word, professional rate as deemed by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Multiple submissions: No.

Simultaneous submissions: No.

Reprint submissions: Don’t submit reprints. In rare cases maybe, but query first and only if it’s an exceptional story.

Estimated Response Time: Fast as possible.

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2018.

Estimated Publication Date: Summer 2019.

BIG NO-NO’s

No torture, porn or tortureporn.

Stay away from the well-trodden, so:

  1. No Vampires
  2. No Zombies

Slush piles are overrun by zombies and vampires. Don’t submit those stories. They’ll be rejected instantaneously.

HOW WILL IT BE PUBLISHED? 

The anthology will be published as a book, both paper and ebook.

We’ll be buying first worldwide print and electronic rights in English, with an exclusivity period of six months. Payment on publication. 

HOW DO I SUBMIT? 

Submissions to: zsenonpublishing@gmail.com

Standard Manuscript Format please. Doc, docx or rtf.

Subject line of email should read: SUBMISSION – Your Name – Your Story Title

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS:  May 1 – August 15, 2018.

For more info, go to: https://zsenonpublishing.com

181231 | 2¢ | 2,250 – 8,250 | Pink Triangle Rhapsody (gay men)

For more info, go to: https://lycanvalleypress.submittable.com/submit/113006/pink-triangle-rhapsody-volume-1-mixed-genre

Ends on December 31, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions open to gay male writers only.

MAY 1 — JUNE 30: HWA, SFWA, ITW, and MWA members-only early submission window (membership will be verified and early submissions from non-members will be declined unread).

JULY 1 — DECEMBER 31: Public submissions open.

Pink Triangle Rhapsody is our newest anthology series in celebration of and dedicated entirely to gay men and their cultural history.

Although we realize this may create some controversy, this anthology series is open to gay male writers only. While we appreciate that women and straight men are able to accurately portray gay characters, our intent with this series is to highlight and explore the gay male cultural experiences on a more personal level.

The Pink Triangle Rhapsody series is a non-themed anthology series, with the exception of the required genre and inclusion of one or more of Lycan Valley’s required elements. The series is intended to be a collection of stories written with “effusively rapturous or emotional expression.”

Volume 1 is a mixed genre volume and will feature 5 stories in each of 5 genres for a total of 25 stories — Horror, Sci Fi, Dark Fantasy, Thriller, Pulp Mystery. See definitions at: http://www.lycanvalley.com/p/writers-resources.html

Each story must include a supernatural, paranormal or occult element (horror may include psychological horror with or without one of the other elements). See definitions at: http://www.lycanvalley.com/p/writers-resources.html

Regardless of genre and element, we’re looking for unrestrained and emotional writing, interpreted as you see fit for the story.

Word Count: 2500 to 8000 words. Stories less than 2250 or more than 8250 will be declined unread.

Payment: $0.02 per word based on final published word count.

Submission: Please read our general submission guidelines before submitting, including basic Shunn formatting with blind submission requirements. http://www.lycanvalley.com/p/submission-guidelines_1.html

Submissions that do not follow proper formatting guidelines or meet the minimum required elements will be declined unread.

No simultaneous submissions. If you submit to us, please wait until you receive a response before submitting elsewhere. Declined story notifications are sent out immediately upon making that decision. If your story is still in-progress, it means it is still under consideration pending the final TOC.

No multiple submissions. Submit only one story per open submission call unless invited to resubmit.

No unsolicited reprints or poetry submissions.

Please do not send email inquires asking us to consider a reprint, adjust the word count, alter the genre or element requirements or make other exceptions to the guidelines.

All status updates are made via submittable. If you have not received a notification that your story has been declined, it is still under consideration. Short-listed stories will be held until the final deadline as we make the final TOC decisions.

For more info, go to: https://lycanvalleypress.submittable.com/submit/113006/pink-triangle-rhapsody-volume-1-mixed-genre

190630 | 3¢ cad | 1K-5K | TALLER TALES OF THE WEIRDER WEST (Opens 190401)

For more info, go to: https://coffinhop.com/current-projects/

FUTURE PROJECTS
(NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS)

 

2019 –

Weird West Anthology

TALLER TALES OF THE WEIRDER WEST

A sequel to our best-selling Weird West anthology TALL TALES OF THE WEIRD WEST.
Edited by Robert Bose
Projected launch date is November 2019We will be accepting open submissions for 3-5 stories to be featured alongside the invited authors.
Submissions will be open from April 1, 2019 and close on June 30, 2019.
***ANY SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED BEFORE APRIL 1, 2019
WILL BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

For more info, go to: https://coffinhop.com/current-projects/

190430 | 3¢ cad | 1K-5K | TBA 2019 – Supernatural/Paranormal Crime & Mystery Anthology (Opens 190201)

For more info, go to: https://coffinhop.com/current-projects/

FUTURE PROJECTS
(NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS)

 

2019 – Supernatural/Paranormal Crime & Mystery Anthology

TITLE TBA

A collection of supernatural and paranormal crime and mystery stories. Think ghostly detectives, drug-dealing yetis, murderous Voudou priestesses, and monster mafias…
Projected launch date is July 2019 We will be accepting open submissions for 3-5 stories to be featured alongside the invited authors.
Submissions will open on February 1, 2019 and close on April 30, 2019. 
***ANY SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED BEFORE FEBRUARY 1, 2019
WILL BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

For more info, go to: https://coffinhop.com/current-projects/

180731 | 3¢ cad | 1.5K-5K | Innsmouthbreathers

For more info, go to: http://martianmigrainepress.com/innsmouthbreathers-cautionary-fables-of-mythos-fandom/

There are folks for whom the question of whether Cthulhu has two eyes or six is a vitally important one. Individuals that believe, somehow, that a dinner of tinned spaghetti and ice cream with a reanimated H. P. Lovecraft would be the height of both culinary and intellectual pleasure. Scholars who feel that The Horror at Red Hook is a timely warning about, well, you know… those other people. Esteemed biographers of weird fiction luminaries who reveal their foaming insecurity at the changing of the guard, or the form of a literary award. Entities who dissolve with glee at the slapping of some tentacles on a meme, thus rendering it “Lovecraftian”.

Yes, they’re out there, in their seeming thousands, trolling social media, fawning over the dead, podcasting their paranoia. Yes, they are slouching roughly towards Arkham and Providence and fabled Y’ha-nthlei, to dwell in fossilized canon and geeky glory, forever.

 

INNSMOUTHBREATHERS.

 

Martian Migraine Press announces an open call for submissions to our latest anthology project, INNSMOUTHBREATHERS: Cautionary Fables of Mythos Fandom! We are looking for humourous stories of a certain kind of Cthulhu Mythos fan: the rabid Lovecraft worshipper, the defender of the outmoded and outclassed, the pulp reader for whom Weird Fiction peaked somewhere in the middle of the last century. (The 20th, for those keeping track of such things!) We’re looking for tales that pit Innsmouthbreathers against all manner of real and imagined horrors: shoggoths with Social Justice agendas, politically active Deep Ones, enlightened Mi-Go, and Nick Mamatas*. Make them lovable, make them loathsome, make us feel their triumphs and defeats! Put us in their basements, their garrets, their comic shops and conventions and pop-culture covens, and put us in their Cthulhu parody t-shirts while you’re at it. Mmm, is that a cotton/poly blend? Only in black, you say? SOLD.

INNSMOUTHBREATHERS will be a mostly funny book. We’re going for light-hearted ribbing here, a send-up, a roast. Stories that are outright mean and nasty won’t play well within these pages. Remember, let they who have not geeked out over Lovecraft, even a little, even once, throw the first Shining Trapezohedron into the bay! And sure, we’re asking for yuks, but please don’t feel you need to dial back the weird horror. Mix it up, thrill us, chill us, make us laugh at ourselves.

Submission period closes 31 JULY 2018. The anthology will be released in early October 2018.

SUBMITTING

Please use Standard Manuscript format when submitting. That’s double spaced, left justified, Times New Roman or Courier or something at least readable, a header on the first page (at least) with your author info and word count and… well, you know the drill. RTF or DOC files preferred, but DOCx and text files also accepted. Obviously, you could send us something that’s not in Standard Manuscript format, but it will lower your chances of it being looked at seriously.

We will look at both original work and REPRINTS.

To submit a story to INNSMOUTHBREATHERS send an e-mail (with the story file attached, not in the body of the email) to: submissions@martianmigrainepress.com, with subject line: INNSMOUTH, title of your story, and your name.

LENGTH 

For short fiction, we’d like to see anything from 1,500 to 5,000 words. If your story goes over 5k, please inquire first. Honestly, we’d prefer to see shorter, punchier stories.

FLASH FICTION: got something under 1500 words? Send it in. However, the following still applies…

NO POETRY.

PAYMENT

All accepted submissions will be paid .03CAD per word, via Paypal, as well as a contributor copy (paperback) of the anthology, and copies in all electronic formats (mobi, EPUB, and PDF). Authors are also entitled to complete access to all titles in the MMP ebook catalogue

REPLIES AND QUERIES

We will try to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week of its arrival in our inbox. The submission period itself will close on 31 JULY 2018 and we should be responding to all submissions, yay or nay, by early August 2018. If you haven’t heard from us by 15 September 2018, please query.

 

* We use Mr Mamatas here as a stand-in for any writer who dares to push weird and horror fiction into new, interesting places. Sorry, Nick, but you made your bed, sir.

For more info, go to: http://martianmigrainepress.com/innsmouthbreathers-cautionary-fables-of-mythos-fandom/

181131 | 3¢ cad | 1.5K-7K | Monstrous Outlines

For more info, go to: http://martianmigrainepress.com/monstrous-outlines

“Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not;
and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold.”
— H. P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror

Monstrous Outlines will be an anthology of horror and weird fiction with a focus on the theme of camouflage: people, entities, monsters, gods, even concepts, that masquerade as things other than themselves. Predators in plain sight, deities on their down time, sublime extra-dimensional terrors slumming in 4D. We want to see stories of exceptionally well done camouflage, all the more baffling and frightening for its seamless nature. We want to see stories of seeming where the hidden thing is poorly hidden for a number of reasons: perhaps there are layers to its camouflage, or perhaps it doesn’t care how well it hides. Imagine the moment when the perfectly hidden thing reveals itself. When the poorly hidden thing reveals itself. We’re also interested in duplicates, doppelgangers, and shapeshifters. Think John W. Campbell’s Who Goes There? and its cinematic offspring, The Thing, for the latter. The seed story for this anthology will be Algernon Blackwood’s classic tale, The Willows, a story of two worlds touching, of men meeting the unnameable through the medium of the nearest natural analogue, the titular willow trees.

Submission period closes 31 NOVEMBER 2018. The anthology will be released in trade paperback and electronic book formats in early March 2019.

SUBMITTING

Please use Standard Manuscript format when submitting. That’s double spaced, left justified, Times New Roman or Courier or something at least readable, a header on the first page (at least) with your author info and word count and… well, you know the drill. RTF or DOC files preferred, but DOCx and text files also accepted. Obviously, you could send us something that’s not in Standard Manuscript format, but it will lower your chances of it being looked at seriously.

We will look at both original work and REPRINTS.

To submit a story to MONSTROUS OUTLINES send an e-mail (with the story file attached, not in the body of the email) to: submissions@martianmigrainepress.com, with subject line: OUTLINES, title of your story, and your name.

LENGTH 

For short fiction, we’d like to see anything from 1,500 to 7,000 words. If your story goes over 7k, please inquire first.

FLASH FICTION: got something under 1500 words? Send it in. However, the following still applies…

NO POETRY.

PAYMENT

All accepted submissions will be paid .03CAD per word, via Paypal, as well as a contributor copy (paperback) of the anthology, and copies in all electronic formats (mobi, EPUB, and PDF). Authors are also entitled to complete access to all titles in the MMP ebook catalogue

REPLIES AND QUERIES

We will try to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week of its arrival in our inbox. The submission period itself will close on 31 NOVEMBER 2018 and we should be responding to all submissions, yay or nay, by early January 2019. If you haven’t heard from us by 15 January 2019, please query.

For more info, go to: http://martianmigrainepress.com/monstrous-outlines

180930 | 2¢ cad | 5K | Augur (Opens 180901)

For more info, go to: http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/

OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS
Augur Magazine is currently closed to submissions. Our submission periods for 2018 are as follows:

September 2018

Take a look at our guidelines and send us your best. We can’t wait to read them! But please note, we are currently accepting original, unpublished works—we are not taking reprints at this time.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
(Although we always love surprises)

We’re looking for dream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, magical realism (note: educate yourself before you claim this term) and, for lack of a better descriptor, “literary” speculative fiction. We accept YA and adult pieces, and possibly children’s as well (more likely for comics than otherwise). Our perfect submission defies categorization—pieces that could be “too speculative” for CanLit magazines or “not speculative enough” for speculative magazines. That said, we’re no strangers to rich realism, high fantasy, and science fiction, so if you think you match our tone, give us a try. We recommend checking out our preview issue, free online, to see what we’ve published before.

Things we’re not interested in include: gross-out or gratuitously violent pieces, horror that uses neurodivergence or mental health as the horror element, comedy that punches down, stories that are “speculative” because a non-marginalized group suddenly experiences what it’s like to be a marginalized group (e.g. a man “has to live with sexism”, a white woman is suddenly “treated like a woman of colour”), stories that have not been copy-edited, anything that uses sexual trauma/any trauma as a plot device, casual or blatant misogyny/bigotry/racism/etc., or otherwise insensitive pieces.

We accept multiple submissions (specified in the category breakdowns) and simultaneous submissions on the condition that you inform us if the piece is accepted elsewhere. Our goal is to respond to all submissions within eight weeks. Please query two months after the submissions period ends.

If you submit and do not receive a verification email within four days, please resubmit citing the lack of a verification email. We do this all by hand, so there’s room for human error—but submissions have been known to not make it to our inbox before, and we’d rather hear from you than not.

All text submissions must be formatted in standard manuscript format and submitted in .doc format. We strongly prefer pieces be set in in Size 12, Times New Roman or Times font.

Send submissions to augurmag@gmail.com with the subject line indicated in the given genre’s instructions.

Finally: If you fit into our guidelines, don’t self-reject! Submit, submit, submit!

A NOTE ON INTERSECTIONALITY
If you are comfortable doing so, we encourage our prospective authors to declare any intersectional identity they identify with in their cover letter, so we may be informed as we select pieces for our issues. That said, we acknowledge that the current socio-political landscape does not often reward the disclosure of marginalized standpoints, and so we by no means expect or require this from our writers. If you do choose to disclose, we will treat this information as confidential, and it will be used for no purpose other than helping us as we put together issues that fulfill our mission of representing intersectional voices. And, if your piece is chosen, we will not out you in words you have not used about yourself publicly. We’re about representation, not presentation.

What “counts” as intersectional? We’re not in the business of deciding whose identity is valued, so it’s up to you to decide, but common declarations might include: LGBTQ+, visible minority (broadly stated or specific), disabled, assault survivor, women, immigrants, class standing, etc.

We do accept submissions from non-intersectional and non-Canadian writers. However, these submissions will never dominate our magazine, and our editorial preference will always skew towards intersectional, Canadian and Indigenous/Aboriginal creators. If you are a non-Canadian, non-intersectional creator, please consider carefully whether your submission matches our tone and goals before you submit.

FICTION SUBMISSIONS
Shorts & Flash

Subject Line should read: FICTION SUBMISSION – [ 1st Piece Title ] – [ Word Count of 1st piece ] – [ INT / CND / OTH (International/Canadian/Other or It’s Complicated)]
Submit in standard manuscript format
Submit as a .doc file (NOT .docx or any other format)
Do not include your name anywhere in the document for blind reading
Include a short cover letter that indicates your recent/most important publishing history, relationship (if any) to Canada (citizen, international student, resident, ex-patriot, visitor, story content, etc.—not required but encouraged!), intersectional identity (if any and only if comfortable disclosing), whether your submission is simultaneous, and a short 1-line description of your story that tells us the word count and the genre/sub-genre
Do not submit any story over 5, 000 words
Do not submit more than two (2) stories for any given submission period, to a total of 4 pieces across genres
Do not send more than one email with submissions (e.g. do not send multiple emails for multiple story submissions)
You may send a new submission email once a previous submission email has been responded to with a rejection, and may submit up to two submission emails per submission period
We pay $0.02 cents (CAD) per word for short fiction (1250+ words), and a flat fee of $25.00 per flash fiction piece (Under 1250 words)
SUBMIT NOW
POETRY SUBMISSIONS
For bards & wordsmiths

Subject heading should read: POETRY SUBMISSION – [ 1st Piece Title ] – [ Page count ] – [ INT / CND / OTHER (International/Canadian/Other or It’s Complicated)]
Submit as a .doc file (NOT .docx)
Do not include your name anywhere in the document for blind reading
Include a short cover letter that indicates your recent/most important publishing history, relationship (if any) to Canada (citizen, international student, resident, ex-patriot, visitor, etc.), intersectional identity (if any and only if comfortable disclosing), whether your submission is simultaneous, and a short 1-line description of your poem that tells us the line count and the subject of the poem
Do not submit poems longer than five (5) pages—we are partial to shorter poetry
Do not submit more than five (5) poems (to a maximum ten pages of poetry) per submission period, and do not exceed four pieces should you be submitting across genre lines (ie. one short story, three poems)
Do not send more than one email with submissions (e.g. do not send multiple emails for multiple poetry submissions)
You may send a new submission email once a previous submission email has been responded to with a rejection, and may submit up to two submission emails per submission period
We pay $20.00 CAD per poem
SUBMIT NOW
GRAPHIC FICTION SUBMISSIONS
Graphic Shorts & Comics

Subject heading should read: GRAPHIC FICTION SUBMISSION – [ Story Title ] – [ Page count ] – [ INT / CND / OTHER (International/Canadian/Other or It’s Complicated)]
Submit as a single .pdf file per submission (not separate images for each page)
Graphic fiction pieces must be formatted (or able to be formatted) to fit preferred eBook/tablet dimensions
Do not include your name anywhere in the document for blind reading
Include a short cover letter that indicates your recent/most important publishing history, relationship (if any) to Canada (citizen, international student, resident, ex-patriot, visitor, etc.), intersectional identity (if any and only if comfortable disclosing), whether your submission is simultaneous, and a short 1-line description of your comic that tells us the genre/sub-genre
Do not submit more than three (3) graphic fiction shorts per submission period, up to four (4) pieces across genre lines (e.g. one short story, two poems, one comic)
We accept both finished and in production pieces. In order to make the editorial process easier, feel free to send roughs.
You may send a new submission email once a previous submission email has been responded to with a rejection, and may submit up to two submission emails per submission period
Do not submit excerpts—we’re looking for shorts only
Graphic fiction shorts should be no longer than 5 pages
We pay $20 per page up to $100.00 CAD per graphic fiction piece
SUBMIT NOW

NONFICTION SUBMISSIONS
Interested in sending us nonfiction? We’re glad to hear it! Unfortunately, we aren’t currently budgeted for an unsolicited nonfiction section. However, we are preparing to launch our blog in Fall/Winter 2017. If you have events you’d like to cover, books you’d like to review, or essays and appreciations that need to be read, send us a note at augurmag@gmail.com with the subject line BLOG PITCH: (Type of Content).

Unfortunately, at this time we do not pay for blog pieces, but we do send blog contributors one issue, free of charge, per submission.

SUBMIT NOW
For more info, go to: For more info, go to: http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/

181015 | 3¢ | 500-1.5K & 5K-10K | Helios (Opens 1801001)

For more info, go to: http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php/submissions/

Submissions

Helios Quarterly Magazine aims to publish quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art that illuminates the darkness. HQM wants stories and poems that grab ahold of a reader from the opening lines all the way to the finish line. Works that push boundaries, are succinct, and well developed are smiled upon.

READING PERIODS

 

October 1-15 11:59PM EST (December Issue)

Anything submitted outside of these windows will be deleted unread. Artists and photographers can submit year round.

CURRENT ISSUE

The macabre has always been alluring. Science fiction involves humanity brought to the brink of extinct from rouge technology. The horror genre runs on terrifying ghouls and horrifying bloodshed. Fantasy literature has numerous battlefields littered with the mythical dead. Exquisite Corpse wants stories that are macabre, disjointed, and strange. How is death handled under exceptional circumstances? Why are some ends more powerful than others? Open to submit between January 1- January 15 11:59PM EST.

FICTION, POETRY & NON-FICTION IDEAS

We’d love to see the following but encourage you to not treat these as prompts:

  • Nonfiction narratives that examine death within horror, sci-fi, and fantasy
  • Horror, sci-fi, and fantasy that features non-linear storytelling
  • Stories, poems, and nonfiction involving time travel

TWO GENRE EXAMPLES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THEME CALENDAR

YEAR 3: Body & Mind [2018]

Vol. 3, Issue 001, “Exquisite Corpse” March 2018

Vol. 3, Issue 002, “20/20” June 2018

Vol. 3, Issue 003, “Infinite Regression” Sept. 2018

Vol. 3, Issue 004, “Songs of Yesteryear” Dec. 2018

RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Non-exclusive electronic and print reprint rights
  • Ability to use the art for promotional purposes
  • The option to archive the work online with links to the photographer’s and artist’s galleries

RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR FICTION, POETRY & NON-FICTION

  • Copyright remains with the author at all times
  • Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
  • First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 6 months from the date of publication
  • If your story is selected to be podcast and approved in the future, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights
  • If selected and approved to be republished in an anthology in the future, the piece submitted will be paid in royalties up to $0.01USD per word

Please query if anything listed is of concern. Here is a good explanation of what this entails.

LENGTH & GUIDELINES

COVER ART: To be used in the electronic and print editions, can be art or photography, and is usually solicited.

ARTWORK: Usually solicited. Payment dependent on the artist.

COMICS: Range from 5-25 pages (preferred). Payment is $15 per page (negotiable). Willing to serialize.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Usually solicited. Payment dependent on the photographer.

POETRY: Up to 100 lines. Paid $0.25USD a line.

MICRO FICTION: Drabbles are strictly 100 words. Titles should be no longer than 3 words. Paid $0.06USD per word.

FLASH FICTION: 500 to 1000 words. Paid $0.02USD per word.

SHORT STORIES: 1001 to 1500 words. Paid $0.03USD per word.

SERIAL STORIES: Total word count 5000 to 10000. Needs to be engaging, completed, and last two or four issues. Stories that are action driven/have a pulp feel to them are preferred. Paid $0.03USD per word in segments.

SPOTLIGHT SHORT STORY: 1001 to 1500 words. One story involving the Sun, or a Sun, as a central element alongside the main theme of an issue. Paid $0.03USD or $0.04USD per word.

NON-FICTION ESSAYS, NARRATIVES & ARTICLES: Aimed at a general audience that a). addresses the theme b). deals with SF, F or H c). shows a level of competency about the subject matter at hand. Up to 5000 words. Paid a flat rate of $35USD.

REVIEWS: Send in reviews of SF, F or H or solicit SF, F or H to be reviewed in an issue. Should a). address the theme b). be aimed at a general audience and c). show a level of competency about the subject and medium at hand (ex. science-fiction silent films). Up to 1500 words. Unpaid (soliciting a review) or $15USD (submitting a review).

EOS•QUARTERLY: Up to 2,500 words or 100 lines of poetry. Paid $0.03USD per word for the first 1,500 words and $0.01USD after for short stories, and $0.25USD a line for poetry. Must identify with a marginalized group such as but not limited to race, religion, ability status, or sex.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Unpaid. Have at it!

All payments made through PayPal. Please note that these are not professional rates (aside for the micro-fiction). Fiction can only be resold as a reprint after publication. Decide if you want to take this payment scheme or submit to another market. 

HARD SALES

  • Poorly formatted and edited work
  • Overtly racist, sexist, violent, etc. works without adding value overall
  • Works above the word counts and/or untitled (especially for short stories)

ABSOLUTE NO

  • Fanfiction of any kind
  • Excerpts out of a novel
  • Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases

OF INTEREST 

  • Pushing the boundaries of genre and form
  • People of Color, disabled people, women, LGBTQIA, and other marginalized groups at the forefront
  • Dieselpunk, Solarpunk, Weird Westerns, Cyberpunk, Magic Realism, Gothic Horror, Retrofuturism, Afrofuturism, and other lesser known sub-genres

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Where?

  • Via email (preferred): subs [at] heliosquarterly.com

Email?

  • The subject line for art and photography should read HQSUBMISSION(Art) or HQSUBMISSION(Photos)
  • The subject line should read HQSUBMISSION(ISSUE #): CATEGORY : TITLE (WORD or LINE COUNT) ex). HQSUBMISSION1: SHORT STORIES: Super Story (1001)
  • A short cover letter is required. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, recent publications/awards (if any), and a bio of 50-150 words. A photo of you is optional

Format?

  • Submissions should be attached in the email as a .rtf, .doc or .docx
  • Artists and photographers should send a link to their online gallery and/or the piece as a .PNG or .JPEG

Courtesy?

  • No reprints!
  • Translations into English are welcome.
  • Only one submission in the same category allowed (fiction and non-fiction) for the same issue. We will be more lenient with shorter poetry.
  • Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted! Alert HQM immediately should your work be accepted somewhere else (congrats in advance!)

RESPONSE TIME

Currently around five to eight weeks after submitting. Do not query before three weeks have passed. We do not send out notification that the piece has been received, only when it is accepted or rejected. We will try to answer all submissions with an acceptance or rejection letter.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Any personal information collected (including but not limited to your name, address, email, social media links, and pen name) is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone else unless compelled by law or in the event threats are leveled against the staff.

If a third party contacts HQM interested in an author’s or artist’s work, the author/artist will be contacted first to ask permission to share details.

LEGALESE

By sending us your work you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator and copyright holder of the work submitted;
  2. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive electronic & print rights in English, first world translation rights into English, reprint rights, and/or non-exclusive audio rights to the work;
  3. All information submitted is accurate and truthful; and
  4. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf. Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to add the volume and issue you were published in.

For more info, go to: http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php/submissions/

180928 | 6¢ | 1K+ | Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores (Open 9/21)

For more info, go to: http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Submissions Schedule 

We have a regular submissions schedule, easy to remember and plan for four times a year, one week each time, midnight E.S.T. to midnight E.S.T., at the beginning of each season of the year:
March 21 – 28, June 21 – 28, September 21 – 28, December 21 – 28 

Writers Guidelines 

We accept new work as well as reprints, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, the shorter pieces will be favored. We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established. Submit only work you are proud of — if you don’t love it, neither will our readers!

If requested, when we respond we will offer you our reaction to the story in just a few brief sentences. We don”t offer a comprehensive critique and will only mention the points that were most essential in our decision. Please remember this is only our view, but you may find it helpful in potential rewrites.

We are following the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) guidelines. After one year of meeting their criteria they will retroactively qualify us as a pro site, and new work printed during that year will count towards a writer’s SWFA qualifications. We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for reprints, and 2 – 6¢ per word for fact-based work.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers. 

Fiction 

We are looking for well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability. We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space. If you use real existing science, please get it right.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, monsters in general, anthro, robots with feelings

We’re not looking for horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction*, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.

Fact 

We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.

Artwork and Other Imagery 

We’re looking for storytelling through images. We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions. For photomanipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.

We are not presently commissioning any work. We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories. We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online. If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.

*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it. Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome.

An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here. It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.

We have a regular submissions schedule, easy to remember and plan for four times a year, one week each time, midnight E.S.T. to midnight E.S.T., at the beginning of each season of the year:
March 21 – 28, June 21 – 28, September 21 – 28, December 21 – 28 

Please Read Before Submitting: 

In the submissions comments, tell us only: — your name,
— story title,
— genre 

— word count
— whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and if a reprint, where and when it was first published.
— whether you want feedback on your story (many people love the feedback but it means slower response) or no feedback (faster response) If you do not specify, you will not get feedback.
— Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits. 

We may ask for revisions on a story we are interested in, whether it is new or a reprint, but a request for revisions is not a guarantee of acceptance.

No simultaneous submissions, and no multiple submissions to the same genre. Please follow standard manuscript format
Submit text in .docx or .rtf and images as a jpg or through a link.

Use letters and numbers only for filenames or else your file may not load.
For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

On the submissions page, check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.

A small percentage of people may find that the spam filters on their email host don’t allow them to register. Adding donotreply@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com and submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com
to your address list may solve this problem. If it doesn’t, you can email us at submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com and we will manually input you into the system.

Addresses to note and add to address books:

cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/portal — login for subscribers to the magazine. submissions@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com — for questions about submissions. http:/cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/Submissions/login.php — login for the submissions manager. editor@cosmicrootsandelditchshores.com Fran Eisemann, editor-in-chief sciencefictioneditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com John Eckelkamp fantasyeditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com Casey Honebrink mythseditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com Bob ‘Doc’ Finegold eldritcheditor@cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com Aaron Gudmunson

We get a large number of submissions, and give feedback when requested, so please be patient. Turn- around times are generally between one and twelve weeks. If you haven’t heard back after twelve weeks, feel free to query.

Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements. We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth!

When submitting, let us know your name, story title,genre, word count, whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and whether you want feedback (many people love the feedback but it means slower response) or no feedback (faster response). If you do not specify, you will not get feedback. We don’t need your resume — we will judge the story solely on its own merits. 

After reading our guidelines, you can login to the submissions manager and submit stories here.

For more info, go to: http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

180731 | 6¢ | 8K | Mysterion (Christian themes)

For more info, go to: http://www.mysteriononline.com/p/submission-guidelines.html

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Closed to fiction submissions until July 1, 2018. 

Open to fiction submissions each year during the months of January and July.

Open to art submissions year-round.

We are looking for speculative stories–science fiction, fantasy, horror–with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology, and for artwork for this site.

Fiction Guidelines

Technical details

  • Stories can be up to 8000 words [hard limit].
  • We pay 6 cents/word for original stories (or original translations of stories that have not previously appeared in English), and 3 cents/word for reprints.
  • We are seeking 6 months’ exclusive worldwide publication rights for original works (with exceptions for established Best of the Year anthologies), and non-exclusive worldwide print and electronic rights thereafter for both original works and reprints. (We want to publish your story online in our webzine and keep it there indefinitely. We’re also acquiring the right to offer ebook versions of the stories we publish, as Patreon rewards or for purchase; and to publish a print and ebook anthology of all the stories that appeared in the webzine over a given 1- or 2-year period. For original fiction, we want to be the only place publishing it for the first 6 months; after that, you’re welcome to publish it anywhere else in any format you like.)
  • No multiple or simultaneous submissions.
  • Don’t resubmit a story we’ve rejected unless we request revisions. However, if we rejected a story of yours for the Mysterion anthology, you can send it to us again if we held your story for further consideration, or we rejected it with specific critiques of the story and you revised the story to address those critiques.
  • We hope to have responded to everyone within one month of the submission window’s closing. Feel free to query if it’s been longer than two months.
  • Stories must be double spaced, in 12-point Courier or Times New Roman font. The story title, your byline, a word count, and contact information should appear on the first page, and your last name, story title, and page number should appear in the header information of all other pages. We’re not particular about whether you use italics or underlining for emphasis, how many spaces are after the period, or whether you use straight or smart quotes.
  • We’ll announce how to submit once we’re closer to opening for submissions.
  • Submit your stories in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • Your cover letter should contain a list of your three or four most prestigious publications (if any), and any pertinent biographical details: tell us if you’re an astronaut writing about space travel, but not if you’re an astronaut writing about the elf-dwarf war. Invert that if you’re an elf. If you’ve met us in person, feel free to mention it. Finally, let us know if the story is previously published and where it first appeared–even if it appeared on your blog or Twitter feed. Don’t try to summarize your story or explain why it’s a good fit for our anthology (if it’s a good fit, we should be able to tell by reading it).

Theme guidelines

  • The story must have a speculative element. It needs something beyond the everyday. We love science fiction and fantasy, enjoy good ghost stories, and think there’s great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology–cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more.
  • The story must engage with Christianity. We want stories with Christian characters whose faith affects their actions, with Christian themes such as grace and redemption, or with a Christian view of the supernatural. Note that we’re not saying that you must be a Christian. We are not in a position to judge your faith and won’t try, and we welcome submissions from authors of all backgrounds and perspectives. Nor does your story need to be unambiguously pro-Christian. If you can tell a good story that meaningfully engages with Christianity, we want to read it.
  • Read more about what we’re looking for in our Theme Guidelines.
  • For even more information, see our posts on what we want.

Artwork Guidelines

  • We are looking for art of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the miraculous.
  • While subtle Christian themes are a bonus, they are not required.
  • We pay $100 for a non-exclusive license to display the artwork on our website for a period of up to 6 months. (Thereafter a lower resolution version will be kept on the Art page, with a link to your site.) As long as you own the artwork and no one else has an exclusive license to it, we’re not concerned with how else it has been or will be used.
  • Please send a link to your portfolio to submissions@mysteriononline.com, with the subject ART: <artist name>, where <artist name> is your name, and feel free to mention a few pieces you think we may be interested in. We’ll get in touch with you if there’s anything we want.
  • We’ll be looking for art that’s available in resolutions at least 1800 pixels across, and that has between a 2:1 and 3:1 width to height ratio. We’ll want JPEG format.
    • Due to different screen sizes, parts of the image may be cropped on different displays, so we need images where the focus is localized. We can control which sides of the image are cropped, so we can focus on any of the upper left, center, or right, or the bottom left, center, or right, but an image that depends on having both the right and left sides intact won’t work. Try changing the window size of the home page to see how the cropping of the image adjusts for an example.

For more info, go to: http://www.mysteriononline.com/p/submission-guidelines.html

180731 | $250/$1000 | 4K/15K | LitMag

For more info, go to: https://litmag.com/submit/

What We Publish

LITMAG PRINT

Fiction
Short stories, novellas

Nonfiction
Creative nonfiction; essays on literature, art, culture, and music; biography, memoir

Poetry
No restrictions on style or form

LITMAG ONLINE

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Up to 4,000 words.

LITMAG CONTESTS 

LitMag‘s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction 
First Prize: $3,500, publication, and agency review by Sobel Weber Associates (clients include: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Richard Russo, Laura Lee Smith). Enter now. Go to Submittable for full contest guidelines.

 

What We Look For 
Work that moves and amazes us.
We are drawn to big minds, large hearts, sharp pens

Word Count Limits
Print: 15,000 words
Online: 4,000 words

What to Send
One story or essay at a time, up to five poems.
Please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.

Previously Unpublished
We do not consider work that has previously been published either in print or online (including personal blogs etc.)

What We Pay
LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem (or the rare short short)

LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $250

What We Acquire
LitMag acquires First North American Serial Rights.
Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

When to Submit
Regular submissions:

Fiction is open: 2/1/18 to 7/31/18
Poetry is open:  3/1/18 to 7/31/18
Nonfiction is open: 1/1/18 to 5/31/18
LitMag Online is open: 2/1/18 to 6/30/18

Contest Deadlines:

LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction. Deadline is 12/15/17

How to Submit
Online. We use Submittable. (Saves trees, prevents paper cuts.) We do not consider emails with attachments or snail mail.

Multiple Submissions
Please submit only once in each category and wait until you receive our response before submitting again.

Simultaneous Submissions
Yes, of course. But please withdraw your submission immediately via Submittable if another publication beats us to your work.

Response time
We try to respond to submissions as quickly as possible and strive to send a decision within two months, but please understand that the volume of submissions may require us to take longer.

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

For more info, go to: https://litmag.com/submit/

180731 | $150 | 2K-7K | Pilgrimage, Fiyah #8

For more info, go to: http://www.fiyahlitmag.com/submissions/

Submissions

FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about people of the African Diaspora.

Submissions are currently OPEN.

Fiction Guidelines

We accept submissions of short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words.

We are looking for brave works of speculative short fiction by authors from the African continent and diaspora that reject regressive ideas of blackness, respectability politics, and stereotype. Please submit your bravest, blackest, most difficult to sell stories to us. We want to read them.

We want stories that are well written, of high quality, and generally easy to read on a screen.

We are open to receiving stories around many themes, but we will immediately reject stories that feature any of the following:

  • Graphic depictions of rape or sexual assault
  • Needless brutalization of women and children
  • Depictions of brutalization or abuse of people with disabilities
  • Graphic abuse of animals

We are only considering unpublished work, and we are not considering reprints (work that has been published in another magazine or on your blog) or fan fiction.

We do not accept multiple submissions, so please wait until you have heard a response to a submission before submitting again.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

We are only accepting submission from authors from the African diaspora and the African continent because #BlackWritersMatter. This is an intersectional definition of blackness, and we strongly encourage submissions from women, members of the LGBTQIA community, and members from other underrepresented communities within the African diaspora.

 

2018 Themes and Submission Schedule

We’re doing things a bit differently this year. Submissions for each issue will only be open for a period of one month, so do pay attention to the dates. Stories sent outside the time frames for each theme will be deleted unread. We do not want your submission for MUSIC in October. We do not want your submission for PILGRIMAGE in April. There is no reason you should be sending us anything at all in February, March, May, June, August, September, November, or December. Pay attention.

Issue 5 Theme: Ahistorical Blackness  |  Accepting submissions October 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Y’all know Black people existed before 1865, right? Black folks have constantly been erased from historical fantasy and alternate history, and even today folks are less interested in including stories of Black folks thriving than they are putting them back in metaphorical chains (*cough* Confederate *cough*). So give us your alternate histories, your historical fantasies, your stories of Black folks thriving in days of old. Just remember to include speculative elements in the mix (and not just time traveling, yo).

 

Issue 6 Theme: Big Mama Nature | Accepting submissions January 1, 2018 – January 31, 2018
Everyone knows that you need to respect Mama. We’re looking for stories of Nature and her swift backhand when folks get out of line. Give us your stories of ecological wastelands, futures full of solar powered punks, or natural disasters. Climate fiction is the name of the game, and Big Mama don’t play.

 

Issue 7 Theme: Music | Accepting submissions April 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018
Black contributions to musical genres are unmatched. Music is the language of the soul, and for this issue we’re looking for stories where music plays a central role. Maybe the devil really does hand out talent at the crossroads, or maybe that lounge singer isn’t quite what she seems. Send us all of your stories featuring music as magic, music as catalyst, or whatever your devious little hearts come up with.

 

Issue 8 Theme: Pilgrimage | Accepting submissions July 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018
Every journey starts with a single step, and this issue is all about the trip, not the destination. We’re looking for stories of journeys to new worlds, of returning to lost worlds, and journeys of the soul. But, like always, make it weird, make it magical, make it Black.

 

Submission Formatting

  • The subject line of your submission must read “FICTION SUBMISSION: [Story Title]”.

  • Submissions should include a cover letter written in the body of the email. Click here to learn more about how to write a professional cover letter.
  • Submissions should be attached as a .doc/.docx file to your submission email. Stories pasted into the body of an email will not be accepted.

  • Submissions should be submitted in proper short story manuscript format with your name, address, email address, and the story’s total word count on the first page. Click here for an example of proper short story manuscript format.

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Poetry

What we want in speculative poetry is verse that struggles, reveals, instructs, comforts, and fights back. We are looking for weird, complex, honest and challenging work with a clear speculative element from black authors. You can check out this post from our Poetry Editor for more on what we’d like to see in your poetry.

  • The subject line of your submission must read “POETRY SUBMISSION: [Poem Title]”. Include a cover letter written in the body of the email.
  • Attach your poetry submission as a .doc file. Poems pasted into the body of an email will not be accepted.
  • You may submit up to four separate poems, but each poem must be submitted separately, in its own email.
  • Many of the guidelines about short prose still apply here. That means: no graphic violence or abuse, no reprints (including work that you’ve shared on your social networks), and no simultaneous submissions.

 

Payment and Rights

Our payment schedule is as follows:

Short stories (2,000 – 7,000 words): $150

Novelettes (<15,000 words): $300

Poetry: $50

FIYAH will publish accepted stories in a quarterly ebook magazine format, as well as archiving them on our website. Thus, FIYAH will claim first world electronic rights, nonexclusive archival rights, and nonexclusive anthology rights to your story.

This means that we are buying the rights to publish your story on FIYAH’s website and in electronic issues of our magazine. This also means that you can only publish your story as a reprint after it appears in FIYAH, and it cannot appear anywhere else online or in print prior to submission, or for 180 days after we publish it. After that it can be reprinted online, in a magazine, or in an anthology.

 

Response Times

Response time will vary by volume of submissions. You may query after one month, and  please include the date that you submitted and the title of your story.

For more info, go to: http://www.fiyahlitmag.com/submissions/

0 (Unknown) | 6¢+R | 5K | Space Marine Midwives

For more info, go to: http://mailchi.mp/db9c8c703a6f/space-marine-midwives-anthology-submission-guidelines

Hello everyone! We’ve got two things for you this update.

First up are a few news articles that caught our attention while we’ve been preparing to read stories. We wanted to share them with you for research and inspiration.

Finally, we have submission guidelines for you! We don’t have a date yet for when we’ll be running the Kickstarter campaign, but several of you have asked for more details so you can get started writing. Check the box below for more information.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement! If you want to get ahold of us, give me a shout on Twitter, or send us an email.

Marguerite Kenner and Mur Lafferty

Submission Guidelines

Pretty much what it says on the tin – space marine midwives. Bringing forth new life under (space) battle conditions. The juxtaposition of war and creation. Issues surrounding women’s access to medical care in times of political / military upheaval.

Crossing genres is fine – we’re open to horror, crime, humor and YA in our science fiction.

Things we’d love to see:

  • Midwives who aren’t women

  • Marines who aren’t men

  • Nonbinary, asexual and trans perspectives on pregnancy and childbirth

  • Bad ass older ladies

  • People with disabilities kicking butt in space

  • Intersectional feminism

  What we’re NOT looking for:

  • Use of the Games Workshop Warhammer 40k intellectual property. This is NOT a Games Workshop licensed anthology. We can’t and won’t use stories set in that universe. We’re using the term ‘space marine’ in a generic sense to mean ‘a member of the military in a science fiction setting’. GW has a long history of trademark defense we intend to avoid.
  • Snark. ‘Ha ha isn’t childbirth a wacky thing’ won’t fly here. Humor, yes. Denigration and devaluation, nope.
  • Gratuitous brutalization of women, transpersons, nonbinary people, people of color, people of size, or people with disabilities. We’re not interested in fridged characters.

  • Casual treatment, or gratuitous inclusion, of rape. We fully acknowledge that conception from sexual assault is a reality of war-time situations and authors may want to include those themes. We want respectful treatment of such situations, not graphic depictions or lazy plot devices.

Diversity & Inclusion

This is an inclusive, intersectional feminist book, open to all for submissions. We really, really, REALLY (have I mentioned really?) encourage authors of color and those who have faced barriers to publication in the past to submit. PLEASE share these guidelines widely, and encourage your fellow authors to consider participting.

Contract Details

  • New fiction only

  • Up to 5000 words

  • Final pay rate will be determined by the Kickstarter, but will be $0.06/word at a minimum (payable when the campaign pays out)
  • Royalties will be 50% publisher, 50% contributors, with division between contributors by word count
  • Exclusive worldwide English print and digital rights for 4 months, with standard carve-outs for award / best of the year anthologies

  • Option to purchase audio rights (for an additional amount) should appropriate Kickstarter goal be reached
  • A full contract will be available for review when the submission window opens, if not sooner

For more info, go to: http://mailchi.mp/db9c8c703a6f/space-marine-midwives-anthology-submission-guidelines

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