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180607 | 10¢ | 100 | Martian (Opens 180601)

For more info, go to: https://themartianmagazine.wordpress.com/submissions/

General Submission Guidelines for Martian Magazine

Submissions will be open from June 1st, 2018 to June 7th, 2018.

  • Martian magazine publishes drabbles, stories of exactly 100 words (excluding title). Stories submitted of greater than or less than 100 words will be rejected.
  • We publish science fiction. Every variety of science fiction is accepted but the science fiction element must be present.
  • Submitted works must be stories. They must have a beginning, middle, and at the very least hint at the end. They may be 100 words, but we are not interested in thoughts or feelings without action or characters that don’t do anything.
  • We will have set reading periods throughout the year. Submissions will only be read in those reading periods. Stories sent outside the reading periods will not be read unless they were specifically solicited by the editor.
  • We pay .10 a word for original fiction, paid on publication of the selected work.
  • Reprints are accepted and paid at .05 a word, half that of original fiction.
  • We accept both multiple submissions (up to three at a time sent as separate attachments) and simultaneous submissions. Just please let us know if your work was selected elsewhere if we have not yet gotten back to you.
  • All submissions will be read and responded to within two weeks of the close of the submission periods. Query after four weeks.
  • The rights we ask for are first-time world electronic rights for original fiction and non-exclusive reprint rights for reprints. We do not have an exclusivity period, you are free to sell your work as a reprint upon publication in Martian. We publish a yearly anthology gathering the work from the previous year. Our year will tentatively run from August to August. This anthology will be published in digital ebook, audiobook, and print with the authors having a pro rata share of the royalties of the anthology their work is included in as part of the initial contract. We will ask for rights sufficient to publish the anthology in the additional formats, but only non-exclusively. We also ask for the right to non-exclusively archive your story on our website for the magazine’s life, unless requested otherwise by the author.
  • Submissions must be sent in standard manuscript format and attached as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file and sent by email to martianmagsubs@gmail.com. Please include in the body of the email a short cover letter as well as a bio and social links. We feature our authors the week their story is released and the bio and social links are important to that end. You are not required to include that info if you wish, but it only helps promote you, the author.
  • Any further questions please query the submission email or the contact form on this website.

For more info, go to: https://themartianmagazine.wordpress.com/submissions/

180701 | 8¢ | 3K-7.5K | Nowhereville: Weird is Other People

For more info, go to: https://www.brokeneyebooks.com/submissions.htmlPicture

We are now open to original short stories of urban weird fiction (so stories about cities and dealing with the complexity that is other people) for the upcoming Nowhereville: Weird is Other People. These are modern weird tales (give or take a few decades) that could only be told of the weirdness of the urban experience and our interactions with one another.

REQUIREMENTS
We want diverse stories with modern sensibilities from many different voices that show the immense and diverging possibilities for weird fiction, fearlessly exploring the new and the strange. We are actively seeking submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. (This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental abledness.)

  • Original, previously unpublished weird fiction short stories of 3,000-7,500 words (you can read more of what we’re looking for with regard to weird fiction briefly below and in more detail at Eyedolon magazine in the Overview under the title “Toward a Weirder Tomorrow”)
  • Pay rate of 8 c/w for first rights to digital, audio, and print formats in English.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please, let us know as soon as possible if your submission has become unavailable before you hear back from us.
  • No Cthulhu Mythos for this one.
  • Only one submission per author.
  • We seek both rich characters and grandiose ideas. We seek diverse characters.

Submit your story in standard manuscript format as an attachment to submissions(at)brokeneyebooks(dot)com with a subject line of the following: [NWV] “Your Story Title”.

Submission window open from May 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018. (We cannot confirm receipt of your manuscript, so please don’t ask. We will accept or reject as quickly as we can.) The published anthology will be a mix of stories both from invited authors and from submissions. Don’t self-reject. If in doubt, submit.

The selected stories will appear in Eyedolon magazine, and then, when we have some to-be-determined critical mass of stories, they’ll be collected in print form as an anthology. Then we’ll pick a new topic and start the whole process over for another anthology. (It’s a magazine-anthology hybrid.)

EYEDOLON MAGAZINE is an online magazine of weird tales. These are the stories that take place in the realms between science fiction and fantasy, between the realistic and the absurd. This is weird fiction and its borders with other genres.

And what is weird fiction? We at least want to tell you what it is to us. So here’s a quick list and then below, (You can read more of our thoughts on weird fiction at Eyedolon magazine.) We are looking for, in no particular order, dark fantasy, cosmic horror, fabulism, folk horror, magical realism, slipstream, “soft” science fiction, supernatural horror, and surrealism. In short, weird fiction and where it borders with science fiction and fantasy:

  • It must be speculative fiction.
  • It need not be horror. At its core, weird fiction is the unknown. That sits very well as warding off the shadows—or horror—but beyond the grotesque, it reaches clear to the ecstatic with stopovers at all modes in between, such as at the comedic and the slice of life.
  • As a landscape, speculative fiction exists on a spectrum with other genres and at times shares their borders. These frontiers are evershifting.
  • The weird sits in an “uncanny valley” of realism, snug between the impossibility of fantasy and the certitude of science fiction.

And it needs to incorporate the current theme…

Thank you for your support!

Broken Eye Books is an independent press based in Seattle, here to bring you the odd, strange, and offbeat side of speculative fiction. Our stories tend to blend genres, blurring the boundaries of sci-fi, fantasy, and the weird.

Support weird. Support indie.

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For more info, go to: https://www.brokeneyebooks.com/submissions.html

180701 | 8¢ | 3K-7.5K | Toward a Weirder Tomorrow

For more info, go to: https://www.patreon.com/brokeneyebooks

EYEDOLON MAGAZINE is an online magazine of weird tales. These are the stories that take place in the realms between science fiction and fantasy, between the realistic and the absurd. This is weird fiction and its borders with other genres.

And what is weird fiction? Is it undefinable? Maybe, but we don’t think so.

We at least want to tell you what it is to us. So here’s a quick list and then below, in Toward a Weirder Tomorrow, we dissect it in a bit more detail. We are looking for, in no particular order, dark fantasy, cosmic horror, fabulism, folk horror, magical realism, slipstream, “soft” science fiction, supernatural horror, and surrealism. In short, weird fiction and where it borders with science fiction and fantasy:

  • It must be speculative fiction.
  • It need not be horror. At its core, weird fiction is the unknown. That sits very well as warding off the shadows—or horror—but beyond the grotesque, it reaches clear to the ecstatic with stopovers at all modes in between, such as at the comedic and the slice of life.
  • As a landscape, speculative fiction exists on a spectrum with other genres and at times shares their borders. These frontiers are evershifting.
  • The weird sits in an “uncanny valley” of realism, snug between the impossibility of fantasy and the certitude of science fiction.

And it needs to incorporate the current theme…

We are now open to original short stories of urban weird fiction (so stories about cities and dealing with the complexity that is other people) for the upcoming Nowhereville: Weird is Other People. These are modern weird tales (give or take a few decades) that could only be told of the weirdness of the urban experience and our interactions with one another. (See Toward a Weirder Tomorrow for additional thought on weird fiction and Requirements for Current Theme at the end for more details on submissions.)

Eyedolon Magazine consists of monthly stories that fit the above theme, and then, when we have some to-be-determined critical mass of stories, they are collected in print form as an anthology. Then we’ll pick a new topic and start the whole process over for another anthology. (It’s a magazine-anthology hybrid.)

So far published for Nowhereville:

Other stories:

In addition, patrons get access to the following serialized fiction:

  • The Song of Spores by Bogi Takács [part 1 | 2]
  • How to Unmake It in Anglia by Brandon O’Brien [part 1 | 2]
  • The Obsecration by Matthew M. Bartlett [part 1 | 2]
  • Blossoms Blackened like Dead Stars serial by Lucy A. Snyder [part 1]
  • The Night Museum by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. [part 1]

Our fiction is collected quarterly in ebook format for patrons and made available for purchase by non-patrons. [Broken Eye Books | Amazon]

And serial fiction will be released in full ebook edition to patrons and also available in ebook and print editions to non-patrons when complete. Through our various patron tiers, advance release editions of our other titles (such as novels and novellas) are also available to patrons.

We just wrapped up the Kickstarter for our anthology Welcome to Miskatonic University, and you can read one of its stories, “Some Muses Are Not Gentle” by Brandon O’Brien (available to non-patrons).

TOWARD A WEIRDER TOMORROW

Or Weird Is A Genre All Its Very Own (Just Turn Right at Speculation and You’ll Spot It Between Fantasy and Science Fiction)

Between the Impossible of fantasy and the Inevitable (or at least Very Plausible Given Our Current Understanding) of science fiction exists the Maybe state of the weird. Simply put, weird fiction is the unknown. It lies between the real and the unreal; it’s our fear and ecstasy given life as we’re confronted by the unknown.

If one could map all the stories ever told on a vast theoretical, multidimensional architecture, how might that look? Imagine each dimension, ticked off by different measures and serving as axes for plotting stories on this vast landscape. For the purposes at hand, we’re only interested in the portion relating to speculative fiction, so let’s spin the dials and shift our gaze through the appropriate porthole—

There! That particular spectacular and shifting lobe contains all of speculative fiction.

CHARTING THE WEIRD: If one were to attempt to map speculation, at one end might lie fantasy while at the other science fiction. And caught in between is the weird.

  • Fantasy represents the “impossible” at its core. These are the stories presenting pasts that have already happened (but differently) and the stories relying on elements that the consensus has deemed impossible (see also magic and dragons, that while perhaps there is indeed more to understand about Universe, there is nothing substantive pointing toward this ever actually happening). These are the tales, whether heroic or dark, that don’t try to replicate our reality in every detail but that create worlds beholden only to their own internal logic, either from whole cloth or by reweaving the existing fabric of history (whether baldly or subtly).
  • Science fiction, on the other end, represents that which is inevitable, that which is perfectly likely, and even that which might very well happen to us as a species at some point in the future possibly—at least based on how we understand ourselves and the universe here and now. Science fiction, at its core, is an extrapolation of our current reality, building social and technological advances or curtailments as befits the time of the writing. It is all of our possible futures based on our current understanding.
  • Weird fiction (now that we’ve set a foundation) falls in between those prior two giants’ extremes. It is more proximal to our current state of being. It is our “unknown,” us trying to give name and shape to the darkness and to the ecstatic—to that which we don’t understand. It is often labeled as “supernatural” or “weird science,” depending on which side of the scale it tips, toward fantasy or toward science fiction. Compared to fantasy, it is anchored more firmly in the known: rather that rewriting all that exists, it instead merely pokes holes and pulls strings, tearing down or building up, layering upon the known. (Supernatural horror and folk horror and fabulism are some weird subgenres that often tilt toward fantasy.) Compared to science fiction, weird fiction is less certain. It relies on established principles, on a “science” and “nature,” that has perhaps been imagined but has no accepted model. (Slipstream and “soft” science fiction are often the more science fiction–leaning of weird tales, exploring themes of death, dreams, psychic abilities—the very nature of reality—and similar realms that we recognize that science possibly hasn’t yet said its final piece on.)

Now, back to our massive map! It is comprised of axes, each a continuum of some quality, each further expandable into its own multidimensional spectrum as needed. But the two such measures of a story that might be most helpful now are time (or proximity) and realism.

  • Proximity is simply the past-present-future of the story, and this measures how close the reader is to the story in spacetime. Does it take place in a projected future or a derived past or is it snug in a present-day approximation?
  • Realism is how far the fiction deviates from consensus reality. (The zero point here is our consensus world—this is realistic fiction and not speculative at all—and the opposite extreme is absurdism, or bizarro fiction.) So to what extent does a story speculate? Is there only a touch of the unreal painted on an otherwise “healthy” reality (as in magical realism), does it enter the surreal, or maybe sail on clear to the absurd?

I suggest here that all of speculative fiction could be measured on on the plane created by proximity and realism. We could certainly refine this by unpacking the axes further and even adding more dimensions, but at the core, this feels a good approximation of speculation. Speculation is about setting, the time and place and cultures; you need to add plot and tension and mood if you want to add horror, comedy, romance, (or “emotion”) to the equation; and it is independent of style (existing anywhere from literary to pop).

So to wrap up, speculative fiction incorporates three genres—fantasy, weird, and science fiction. (Horror is on a separate axis that only intersects with speculative fiction sometimes, but more on that another time.) And within those three genres lie a multitude of subgenres.

As ever, this is a work in progress. Thinking of it this way has been helpful to me. YMMV. Cheers!

3-27-18
Scott Gable
Broken Eye Books

REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRENT THEME

We want diverse stories with modern sensibilities from many different voices that show the immense and diverging possibilities for weird fiction, fearlessly exploring the new and the strange. We are actively seeking submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. (This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental abledness.)

  • Original, previously unpublished weird fiction short stories (3,000-7,500 words)
  • Pay rate of 8 c/w for first rights to digital, audio, and print formats in English.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please, let us know as soon as possible if your submission has become unavailable before you hear back from us.
  • No Cthulhu Mythos for this one.
  • Only one submission per author.
  • We seek both rich characters and grandiose ideas. We seek diverse characters.

Submit your story in standard manuscript format as an attachment to submissions(at)brokeneyebooks(dot)com with a subject line of the following: [NWV] “Your Story Title”.

Submission window open from May 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018. (We cannot confirm receipt of your manuscript, so please don’t ask. We will accept or reject as quickly as we can.) The published anthology will be a mix of stories both from invited authors and from submissions. Don’t self-reject. If in doubt, submit.

Thank you for your support!

Broken Eye Books is an independent press based in Seattle, here to bring you the odd, strange, and offbeat side of speculative fiction. Our stories tend to blend genres, blurring the boundaries of sci-fi, fantasy, and the weird.

Support weird. Support indie.

For more info, go to: https://www.patreon.com/brokeneyebooks

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

180615 | ≤10¢ | 600 – 1800 | Cricket Magazine: Escapes and Rescues

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.

Escapes and Rescues
Deadline: June 15, 2018

Cricket (for ages 9-14) seeks science fiction and fantasy, contemporary and historical fiction, and true adventure on the theme of escapes and rescues. Fictional stories should feature protagonists in the age range of our readers who rely on their own pluck and ingenuity to escape a danger or rescue someone from a difficult situation. In contemporary stories, the danger might be more social than physical—such as avoiding an embarrassing situation, an unwelcome obligation, or divulging a secret. True adventures should be well researched and include a list of sources. Stories can also feature heroic animals or pets.

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

180515 | ≤10¢ | 600 – 1800 | Cricket Magazine: Endless Summer

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.

Endless Summer
Deadline: May 15, 2018

Cricket (for ages 9-14) seeks middle-grade fiction, nonfiction, poetry, recipes, and activities for our summer issues.  We’re looking for stories of less than 1,800 words about neighborhood adventures; new or unexpected friendships; summer jobs and attempts to earn money; beach holidays, summer camps, and sports teams; surprising encounters with nature; as well as fireworks, family trips, and long afternoons at the library. Submissions can be light or serious, but should have appealing, well-drawn characters and solid plots. Humor is always welcome.

Escapes and Rescues
Deadline: June 15, 2018

Cricket (for ages 9-14) seeks science fiction and fantasy, contemporary and historical fiction, and true adventure on the theme of escapes and rescues. Fictional stories should feature protagonists in the age range of our readers who rely on their own pluck and ingenuity to escape a danger or rescue someone from a difficult situation. In contemporary stories, the danger might be more social than physical—such as avoiding an embarrassing situation, an unwelcome obligation, or divulging a secret. True adventures should be well researched and include a list of sources. Stories can also feature heroic animals or pets.

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

180601 | $250 | 5K | Slice #24: Time

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

Thank you for thinking of SLICE for your poetry or prose. The reading period is currently open and runs from April 1 – June 1, 2018. All submissions during that time will be considered for Issue 24. The theme for that issue is “Time” and it will be released spring 2019.

We offer contributors $250 for long stories and essays, $75 for flash fiction, and $75 for poems.

Please note, we are unable to accept any submissions sent to us via email or post. The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you withdraw the work immediately if it is selected for publication elsewhere. All work should be previously unpublished. Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission.

We look forward to reading your work!

Ends on June 1, 2018

Our reading period is currently open and runs from April 1 – June 1, 2018. All submissions during that time will be considered for Issue 24, which will be released Spring 2019. The theme for that issue is “Time.”

The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere. All work should be previously unpublished. Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission.

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

180531 | $100 | 8K | Nashville Review

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

180531 | $50/page ($250 max) | 3.5K | Grain Magazine

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

Submission Guidelines

Grain Magazine, published four times per year, is an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.

Please adhere to the following guidelines and do not submit more than once in one reading period (subsequent submissions will neither be read nor considered). If you have work currently under consideration by Grain, please do not submit again until you have received an accepted/rejected response to that submission. 

Grain has a nine-month reading period, September 1 to May 31.

Submissions made between June 1 and August 31 will be automatically rejected.

Types of Work We Consider

Send typed, unpublished material only (we consider work published online to be previously published). Simultaneous submissions will not be considered. Please only submit work in one genre at one time.

Poetry: Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of 6 pages.

Fiction: To a maximum of 3500 words.

Literary Nonfiction: To a maximum of 3500 words.

For fiction and nonfiction submissions, please provide a word count.

Sending Work

All submissions adhering to these guidelines will be read.

Response time is typically within 6 months.

Submissions must be typed in readable font (ideally 12 point, Times Roman). Your name and address MUST be on every page. Pieces of more than one page MUST be numbered.

Include a cover letter with all contact information, title(s) and genre of work you are submitting, and a total page count. A brief bio is highly recommended.

Payment

All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus 3 copies of the issue in which their work appears. Visual work published inside the magazine (reproduced in black and white) and on the cover (in colour) is paid at the same page rate as text contributions to a maximum of $500.

Rights

Grain purchases first Canadian serial rights only. Copyright remains with the writer or artist.

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

180531 | $500 | 3K-8K | One Story

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

One Story Submission Guidelines:

Submission Periods: January 15th – May 31st | 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

180515 | $100 / $200 | < 6 pages / > 6 pages | Bennington Review

For more info, go to: http://www.benningtonreview.org/submit/

Guidelines

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Summer and Winter. Submissions are customarily read every fall, winter, and spring. The next 2017-2018 submissions period will be from November 1, 2017 to May 15, 2018.

We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.

We only accept unsolicited submissions through Submittable. There is, at present, no reading fee. We are unable to respond to paper submissions or unsolicited e-mail submissions, or to comment on individual pieces.

We pay contributors $100 for prose of six pages and under, $200 for prose of over six pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue the piece is published in and a copy of the subsequent issue.

Work must be previously unpublished in print or online, including on personal blogs.  Prose submissions must be double-spaced and paginated. Please include a cover letter with your submission. We welcome simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us immediately when work has been accepted elsewhere.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions from current or recent students, faculty, or staff of Bennington College. Undergraduate and graduate alumni, as well as past employees of Bennington, are asked to wait two years before submitting work to the magazine.

We welcome submissions from established and emerging writers alike. We ask that writers who submit to the journal possess a familiarity with contemporary literature in the genre of their work. For poetry, please send no fewer than three and no more than five poems per submission. For fiction and creative nonfiction, please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories.

For film writing (and/or television writing), we are not looking for evaluative “reviews”; rather, please send essays  that engage with cinema in a unique and/or personal way. We want writers who are aware of the greater cultural, aesthetic, and social significance of their subject, be it domestic, international, avant-garde, classic, or contemporary cinema. We will also consider pieces on television, video art, viral videos, Vines, or any of the other alternative forms that moving images might take. Our preferred length for film writing is 10 to 20 pages. Pitches are welcome and encouraged.

We are additionally interested in publishing translations: translators should have permission from the copyright holder and a copy of the work in the original language.

We do not accept unsolicited reviews or interviews, though we are always happy to entertain queries about genres of work that fall outside the journal’s current scope.

We will consider all submitted work for the print journal; some work will additionally be featured on Bennington Review’s website. We acquire first North American serial rights for all accepted work.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email us at benningtonreview@bennington.edu.

For more info, go to: http://www.benningtonreview.org/submit/

180630 | $100 | 2.5K-7K | Test Patterns: Creature Features

For more info, go to: https://www.writingforums.com/threads/177343-Test-Patterns-Creature-Features

Test Patterns: Creature Features

Test Patterns is looking for monsters. Line-drawings, of monsters, to be precise. We will collect them and the fans will vote for the ones they like the best, at the Facebook home of the book. The winners will receive 25$ via PayPal, a copy of the anthology, and the admiration of your peers. No previously copyrighted subjects, please.
Open call for submissions will take place during June 2018, for one month and one month only. Stories should be between 2500 and 7000 words. Accepted mss will net you 100$ American and a contributor’s copy of the anthology, plus the respect and admiration of your peers.
We are looking for stories that feature inhuman creatures, preferably original, with a high degree of literacy. Cover letters are neither requested nor required. Standard ms format, Courier New.
Our first volume met with general acclaim and decent sales. We’re damn near in the black.
Thanks in advance for your submissions.

For more info, go to: https://www.writingforums.com/threads/177343-Test-Patterns-Creature-Features

180514 | 5¢ | 2K-5K | Fright Into Flight (women)

For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/wordhordepress/posts/1613858372077041

This fall, Word Horde will be releasing Fright Into Flight, an anthology of horror stories by women themed around the idea of flight, edited by Amber Fallon. Whether you’re flying the unfriendly skies or safe on the ground, we think you’re going to enjoy this turbulent ride. Here’s a peek at the cover…

From the earliest depictions of winged goddesses to the delicate, paper-winged fairies of the Victorians, from valiant Valkyries to cliff-dwelling harpies, from record-setting pilots to fearless astronauts, women have long since claimed their place in the skies, among the clouds and beyond.

Word Horde presents Fright Into Flight, the debut anthology from Amber Fallon (The Terminal, The Warblers), in which women take wing. In these stories connected by the unifying thread of flight, authors including Damien Angelica Walters, Christine Morgan, and Nadia Bulkin have spread their wings and created terrifying visions of real life angels, mystical journeys, and the demons that lurk inside us all. Whether you like your horror quiet and chilling or more in-your-face and terrifying, there’s something here for every horror fan to enjoy.

You’re in for a bumpy ride..So fasten your seatbelt, take note of the emergency exits, hold on to your airsick bag, and remember that this book may be used as a flotation device in the event of a crash landing.

Amber Fallon has picked a great lineup of stories for Fright Into Flight so far, and we’ll be opening up preorders soon, but for now, we’re looking for a few more stories to fill in the gaps. As Amber says, “I want stories with wings and teeth, I want fear, I want heartbreak, I want depravity and darkness. I want to read things that will make me afraid to look up into the sky. The interpretation of the theme ‘flight’ is really up to you. You can go more traditional and give me stories of airports, airplanes, and demons on the wing or you could stretch it and offer tales of winged harpies, space crafts, flying beasts, angels, demons, or anything in between. The ideal story would be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length.” If you’re a woman who has the right stuff, reprint or original, please drop Amber a line at amber[at]amberfallon[dot]net. This open call closes Monday, May 14, 2018, so move with the speed of Nike if you want your story to be considered.

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For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/wordhordepress/posts/1613858372077041

180431 | $100 | 1,500 | The Recommended Reading Commuter

For more info, go to: https://electricliterature.com/submit-your-flash-fiction-and-experimental-narratives-9fcb36fe9f57

Submit Your Flash Fiction and Experimental Narratives

The Recommended Reading Commuter, our new home for poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives, is accepting submissions from April 23 to 30

Photo by Rathish Gandhi on Unsplash

Experimenting with form, fiction, and storytelling in general is one of our favorite ways to keep literature interesting. From Recommended Reading’s 300th issue composed of 300-word love stories, to a series of 280-character short stories in honor of the new tweet length, to Okey-Panky’s two years of publishing ribald literary oddities, illustrations, and poems, we think our experiments — which is also to say, your work — have delivered thrilling results.

To expand our testing field, we launched the Recommended Reading Commuter, which publishes literature portioned for consumption during an otherwise insulting Monday morning commute. Featuring poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives, the Commuter publishes every other week, and has already showcased the likes of Noy Holland, Lulu Miller, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Shelly Oria and Nelly Reifler, and more.

On Monday, April 23, we’ll open submissions for one week through our Submittable page, closing on April 30th at 11:59PM. Below are the categories in which we’re looking for work, and submission guidelines. Please note that, while the Commuter publishes poetry and graphic narrative, this submission period is for prose only. Submission periods for other forms will open in May and June.

  • Flash fiction up to 1,500 words. Writers can submit up to 3 pieces that can be a series or standalone works, but the total word count of the submission should not exceed 1,500 words.
  • We will consider fiction as well as experimental narratives that are difficult to classify and take on unusual forms or formats.
  • Please submit text in .doc, .docx, or .odt.
  • If your work is selected, we can offer a payment of $100.

For a sense of the kind of work we publish, check out recent issues of the Commuter, our 280-character contest winners, and Recommended Reading’s 300th issue.

For more info, go to: https://electricliterature.com/submit-your-flash-fiction-and-experimental-narratives-9fcb36fe9f57

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

180701 | $150 cad | 5K | Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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

2018 – Holiday Crime Anthology

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Dark, deadly and noirish tales of holiday havoc and yuletide woe.
Featuring dark and wintery tales set around the high holidays by  S.A. Cosby (Thuglit; Fast Women and Neon Lights), M. Darusha Wehm (Beautiful Red; The Andersson Dexter series), BPAA and Aurora Award-winner E.C. Bell (Stalking the Dead; Dying on Second), Arthur Ellis Award nominee Axel Howerton (Hot Sinatra; Wolf & Devil: Demon Days), Bony Pete Award winners Therese Greenwood (EQMM; Kill As You Go) and Rob Brunet (Noir Nation 3; Stinking Rich), and a double-shot of Vancouver’s own Unhanged Arthur Award winner Sam Wiebe (Invisible Dead; Last of the Independents).

Edited by Robert Bose, introduction by Scott Phillips (author of The Ice Harvest)

Projected launch date is November 2018. We will be accepting open submissions for 2-3 stories (of up to 5,000 words) to be featured alongside the invited authors.
Submissions are open NOW and close on July 1, 2018.
We are looking for winter holiday (I.E. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc.) themed CRIME stories ONLY.
No Sci-Fi, no Fantasy

Payment currently listed at $150.00 CAD/story

Please send in .doc or .docx format, in standard formatting to submissions@coffinhop.com

See our STYLE GUIDE for more information.

***ANY SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED FORMATTING MAY BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

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

180515 | $100 | 4K-7.5K | Scourge of the Seas of Time and Space: A Pirate Anthology

For more info, go to: https://queenofswordspress.com/about-queen-of-swords-press/submissions/

Submissions

We are open for submissions for the following anthology! Send us your pirate stories (see call) between now and May 15th, 2018. And we will be opening up for book submissions later on in 2018. But not yet.

Call for Submissions:

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space): A Pirate Anthology

Edited by Catherine Lundoff

 

Who doesn’t love a good pirate story? We’re looking for stories about pirates who sailed the Caribbean under the Jolly Roger, Barbary Corsairs, pirates in the China Sea, pirates in the Irish Sea, pirates in the ancient Mediterranean, pirates in outer space, pirates in fantastical settings, you name it. We’d like to have a diverse range of stories in terms of locale, time period and protagonists. We’re big fans of women pirates, queer pirates and pirates from diverse and interesting backgrounds, but if you’ve got an original spin on Sir Henry Morgan, Blackbeard or a equivalent historical figure, send them our way. We’re not looking for erotica for this anthology and would prefer adventure to romance but romantic subplots are fine. Protagonists of all sexual orientations and/or gender identities welcome.

The Details:

We’re looking primarily for stories in the 5000-6000 word range; no stories over 7500 words or less than 4000 words, please. Reprints will be considered as long as their most recent publication date is a year or more in the past before submission date and you have full rights to them.

Payment: $100 for new fiction, $50 for reprints. We’re asking for first North American print/ebook rights for the new fiction. This book is scheduled for a December 2018 release.

Timeline: Submissions are due May 15th, 2018. Stories should be submitted in standard manuscript format as .doc or .docx email attachments to submissions@queenofswordspress.com. Please include “Pirate Anthology” and the title of your submission in the subject line. Want to query about ideas or just ask questions? Please do! You can reach us at this email address for those too.

Thanks and we look forward to reading your work!

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates and CFS.

For more info, go to: https://queenofswordspress.com/about-queen-of-swords-press/submissions/

180715 | 2¢+R | 300-5K | Alternative Truths: End Game

For more info, go to: https://bcubedpress.com/open-for-submissions/alternative-truths-endgame/

Open for submissions: Alternative Truths: Endgame. Edited by Jess Faraday and Bob Brown.

The Premise

How will the current political nightmare end? The “Endgame” referenced in the title may be that it doesn’t end. It may be that it transitions, or it there may be a paroxysm of indictments (or a spaceship landing on the lawn, or a zombie apocalypse, or we wake from a dream).

What We Want

The third and likely final book in the best selling Alternative Truths series is looking for stories, poems, and essays. We welcome both serious works and works of humor, light and dark. In addition, we would love to see stories that cover the entire spectrum of race, sexual orientation, politics, etc. We’ll even publish Canadians!

Your vision is what we want — just no assassination fantasies, please.

As always, a share of the proceeds from sales of the book goes to the ACLU of Washington.

How to Submit

Send submissions in standard manuscript format to Kionadad@aol.com.  Files can be .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Be sure to include the words “Alternative Truths Endgame Submission” in the email subject line.

Deadline: July 15, 2018.

Word Count: 300 to 5000 words

Payment: Poems and flash fiction are paid by the piece. Everything else will be paid at $0.02 cent/word, paid on publication, plus shared royalties.

Queries encouraged.

For more info, go to: https://bcubedpress.com/open-for-submissions/alternative-truths-endgame/

180531 | 2.5¢ | 2K | Black Coffee & Vinyl: Ice Culture

For more info, go to: https://www.blackcoffeevinyl.com/submit-ice-culture

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents is seeking the following addressing the theme of “Ice Culture”:

  • Nonfiction — Not to exceed 2,000 words
  • Poetry — Not to exceed three poems
  • Fiction — Not to exceed 2,000 words
  • Visual Art — Up to 3 works
  • Photography — Up to 3 works
  • Music — Up to 3 songs

Artists, writers, scientists, travelers, and musicians are invited to submit work that explores ice-related themes. We are seeking work that features the physical and spiritual beauty of our world’s ice, explores the life of the people and cultures that are connected to the ice from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and addresses important political issues related to ice. As climate change affects the weather and composition of our planet, our ice is melting. Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents wants to address the importance of ice; focus on its beauty; and learn from the people who study, live near, and love it. For literature, please submit only works in English. For other work (visual art or music), please submit an English translation.

Artists with selected work will be provided with a $50 (U.S.) honorarium. All payments will be made by PayPal. Recipient must be able to receive payments via PayPal.

Accepted works will be published online and in a print version of the publication. Artists will be asked to grant permission for publication with Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents (both online and in print), and will thereafter retain copyright of their work.

Submission deadline: May 31, 2018.

Submissions will be accepted using Submittable

For more info, go to: https://www.blackcoffeevinyl.com/submit-ice-culture

180605 | 6¢ | 3K | Cockroach Conservatory Vol. 1

For more info, go to: https://cockroachconservatory.blogspot.com/2018/03/cockroach-conservatory-vol-1.html/a>

Cockroach Conservatory Vol. 1

The Working Zealot’s Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America

I am Lord Commander Patagonia. I have strong desires to read fiction in the spirit of working zealots to comfort and terrorize those who dare love me.

After the long recreational equipment war that lasted five hikes of up and down stock prices, I have come out on top to crush my enemies and I shall name them for they should be embarassed to even fight me. Emperor Dick’s Sporting Goods, Prime Ministress REI Co-Op, as well as Duke Academy. Their products are cheap and I am unconcerned with their followers’ well being.

What would most please me is weird fiction encompassing themes of capitalism, cults, no zombie shit, religion, and the beginning of the end.

Please, restrain your throats from empty preaching. I am the most preacherful and I do not like competition. So your screed about what you believe in to be right is most unwelcome and will be met with fireballs from Ken doll-esque mound where your pitiful human form would substitute a dangling piece of nothingness.

What would please me more most is:

A story of no more than 3k words.
These genres are most welcome: horror, sci-fi, weird, bizarro.
Send your submissions to: RaceForTheRoaches@gmail.com
No multiple submissions.
Reprints: It is forbidden.
You will be paid pro-rates which are $0.06 per word.

Send up to 3 poems.
If one is accepted, you will be paid a flat rate of $10 per poem.

Submissions are open until June 5, 2018. It will be a blessed day. A day most holy.

We will try to get back to you within three months. Please do not query before that. We will drive you to a dentistry school to watch as two students extract a tooth that is firmly in place. You will be met with a dry sockets. We will all laugh.

If you think putting a cockroach into a story gives your trunk story a chance, you are severely mistaken. Severely mistaken. The mistake would be severe.

The Cockroach Conservatory is an equal opportunity employer. We are a non-profitable 606.69 (c) organization.

For more info, go to: https://cockroachconservatory.blogspot.com/2018/03/cockroach-conservatory-vol-1.html/a>

.03 | 4K | Art Post Magazine

For more info, go to: https://artpostmag.com/upload-submission/submission-guidelines/

Submission Guidelines

What we accept:

  • Short fiction up to 4,000 words
  • Flash Fiction up to 1,000 words
  • Photography
  • Digital Artwork
  • Poetry
  • Comic Strips

Please submit:

  • Stories that have never been published before
  • Stories of any genre with a beginning/middle/end plot arc
  • Submissions from anywhere in the world, from all kinds of voices (must be in English language)
  • Only through our “Submit Your Work” form

Submission requirements:

  • Send us Docx, Doc or RTF files for written submissions
  • Send us JPEG or PNG files at a printable image quality for photo or artwork submissions
  • Include the title of the story
  • Include the name of the author
  • Include the author’s email address
  • Include the story’s word count
  • Set your manuscript in 12 point type
  • Use a serif font like Courier or Times New Roman
  • Make sure your manuscript is double spaced

Prohibited items:

  • Plagiarism
  • Fan Fiction
  • Stories that promote fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc.
  • Stories that depict sensationalized violence
  • Stories that have been previously published or are currently being considered elsewhere

Rights

Once a submission has been accepted you grant us first world publication rights and six-month exclusivity, as well as the right to reprint the story, non-exclusively, in ARTPOST anthologies.

Turnaround and feedback

The typical response time for ARTPOST magazine to respond to your submission is two weeks from the date of submission.  You will be notified of the status and asked to sign and return the contract within the timeframe specified in the notification.

Payment

ARTPOST magazine pays 3 cents per word for any written submissions and on a case-by-case basis for all artwork or photography, with payment on signing of contract and completion of edits. We buy first world publication rights and six-month exclusivity, as well as the right to reprint the story, non-exclusively, in any future ARTPOST magazine anthologies.

Questions and Submission Issues

Please submit all questions and issues during the submission process using the Contact Us form located on the ARTPOST magazine website.

For more info, go to: https://artpostmag.com/upload-submission/submission-guidelines/

180515 | Advance | 20K-40K | Tor: Novella

For more info, go to: https://www.tor.com/submissions-guidelines/#Novella-Submissions-Guidelines

Tor.com Submissions Guidelines

The following guidelines outline how to submit fiction or non-fiction articles/blog posts to Tor.com. If you’re interested in writing for Tor.com or submitting your fiction for consideration, please read the following.

Original Short Fiction Submissions Guidelines
Novella Submissions Guidelines
Non-Fiction Submissions Guidelines

Last updated May 1, 2018


 

Tor.com Original Short Fiction Submissions Guidelines

As of January 7, Tor.com is closed to unsolicited short fiction submissions on an indefinite basis. Please check here for more information. Our readers and editors will respond to each story that has been submitted to us. If you have questions about the status of your story, or wish to withdraw your story from our consideration to submit it elsewhere, please email submissions@tor.com.

 


Tor.com Novella Submissions

Tor.com Novella Submissions are currently open.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen are reading and evaluating original novellas from May 1 around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00) to May 15 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00).

This open period is intended for authors who have completed works ready or close to ready for submission. We will reopen slush a second time in July 2018 for authors who are actively working on (or beginning) something that would fit our list. In other words, don’t panic if you’re not ready to submit in May! We would rather see a polished novella in July than a rushed one in May.

Until the end of this open period, Tor.com Publishing will be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words in both the science fiction and fantasy genres. If it’s speculative and fits the bill, we want to take a look at it.

Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen all actively request submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class and physical or mental ability. We believe that good science fiction and fantasy reflects the incredible diversity and potential of the human species, and hope our catalog will reflect that.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines, we also encourage you to take a look at our existing list to get a sense of the work our current authors are producing and Tor.com Publishing’s vision and tastes. Good luck—we look forward to reading your work.

 

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:

Tor.com does not accept works that have been previously published elsewhere, in any venue. This includes all forms of digital self-publishing.

We do not accept works that are not identifiable as fantasy or science fiction, or do not fit the genre we are currently soliciting. This includes, but is not limited to, non-science-fictional thrillers, and all kinds of non-fiction and memoirs.

We are not currently interested in tie-in fiction. This includes fiction that exists within worlds established in previously published novels, or that relies upon a knowledge of previously published novels.

 We do not accept multiple submissions. If you have more than one novella, you may only submit one at a time. You may submit another once we have responded to your first submission.

We prefer that you not simultaneously submit your story to Tor.com and other venues. If you do, however, and your novella is accepted by a different venue, please immediately withdraw your submission from Tor.com

What we pay: We offer an advance against royalties, the size of which will depend on a number of factors, including you, the length of your story and how commercial we think it is. We also offer a royalty-only option, but if we decide to make you an offer, you will be free to choose between the two.

What rights does that give you? Our contract covers the right to publish the story in print, audio and ebook formats, worldwide, in English. Most of our print books will be published as p.o.d., though we may choose to publish other print editions.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Please submit your novellas through the form at https://tor.moksha.io/publication/tornovellas. Once you’ve registered there you can also use that portal to check the status of your submission.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive during our open periods, we won’t be able to respond to all submissions within 6 months of receipt, though we will respond. Do not be concerned if your story doesn’t seem to be moving up the queue, as we don’t usually read in order of submission. If you’ve received a confirmation email, your story has been received and there is no need to contact us to check. Please do not send your work until you feel it is ready to be read. We will not be accepting “updated” versions of the same work once submitted.

 


Tor.com Non-Fiction Submissions Guidelines

What we’re looking for: We are most interested in pitches for essays, think pieces, list posts, reaction pieces, and reviews in the 1000-2000 word range. If possible, please include 2-3 writing samples and links to your published work on other sites.

We do not encourage articles on spec—please send us clear, thoroughly outlined pitches on specific topics. Suggested areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Author appreciations
  • Essays on classic or overlooked works of SF/F
  • SF/Fantasy in translation (international SF/F)
  • Nostalgia-driven looks at older film/TV
  • Manga and Anime
  • Internet/Geek culture
  • Science and technology

We are not currently interested in Q&A-style interviews, video blogging, Kickstarter projects, or promotional/marketing materials. If you are a publicist with a project that you think our readers will appreciate, please contact our Publicity Coordinator, Molly Templeton.

Tor.com is a publisher neutral fan community; we are pro-author and pro-fandom, and generally do our best to promote civil and respectful discourse about science fiction, fantasy, and related topics. This includes opinion pieces and reviews—in terms of tone, posts should be grounded in balanced, constructive criticism. Humor is, of course, welcome—mockery and ridicule are not. In the interest of promoting greater diversity within our community, we encourage submissions by writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and ability, in the hopes that our site will provide an outlet for a rich variety of opinions, experiences, beliefs, and perspectives.

How to submit: Submissions should be emailed to (blogsubmissions)(at)(tor.com). We’re a small staff, and the day to day running of the site keeps us pretty busy, so we may not be able to respond to your pitch immediately, but if we are able to accommodate extra content and your proposed article sounds like a good fit, we will try to do so within a two week period. Unfortunately, we are not currently in a position to respond to every submission, but we always appreciate hearing from potential bloggers, and may follow up on individual pitches at a later date.

If your pitch is accepted: We pay for original blog content—payment rates, paperwork, and invoicing details will be forwarded to you along with our posting instructions. Upon publication, contributors receive a byline, a short bio at the end of each published post, and are listed on the Tor.com contributors roll.

A note on editing: We may request rewrites before publishing your post. We will not make significant edits or changes to an article’s content without permission, but please be aware that we may lightly edit your post for grammar, spelling, and general clarity; if necessary, we may change the title in the interest of reaching a wider audience. We may also add in relevant links and images.

 


 

Miscellany

Comics: Sorry, we’re not considering new comics submissions at this time.

Visual Art: Irene Gallo is the art director of both Tor and Tor.com. If you want to make sure she’s aware of your work, please follow the guidelines for submitting art on the Tor.com FAQ.

Questions for Tor Books: …are probably covered by the Tor/Forge FAQ. If not, you can try contacting them via their contact page.

For more info, go to: https://www.tor.com/submissions-guidelines/#Novella-Submissions-Guidelines

180601 | $100+R | 15K-40K | The Fantasist Issue 8: Steampunk

For more info, go to: http://thefantasistmag.com/submissions-guidelines/

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submissions are currently open for this year’s theme issue: Issue 8 – Steampunk! – With roots as far back as gothic horror and the earliest pulp mags, and yet other roots as recent as the cyberpunk of authors like William Gibson, Steampunk is arguably at once one of speculative fiction’s oldest and youngest subgenres. However, here at the Fantasist, we wonder: How can Steampunk be Fantasy? As a subgenre riddled with monsters, clockwork, and other borderline farcical technological accomplishments, we don’t imagine with much difficulty. Think airships, lamplight, and top hats. Try to think not England, or at least not Victorian London, if you can, but don’t worry yourself terribly over that either, as stories set in familiar settings can still be surprising and good. Consider works like Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, China Mieville’s Un Lun Dun, and Phillip Pullman’s novel, The Golden Compass.We’re honored to have Megan O’Keefe as the guest editor of the Steampunk! Theme Issue. Megan was raised amongst journalists and, as soon as she was able, joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. Megan lives in the Bay Area of California and makes soap for a living. It’s only a little like Fight Club. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future competition, and the author of The Scorched Continent series, available through Angry Robot Books. Issue 8 will come out in September of 2018, and this submission period will close on June 1st, 2018.

You can join our mailing list to receive updates on upcoming submissions periods as well as other news.

Additionally, we have a Patreon, and $5 patrons may submit year-round.Finally, for largely logistical reasons, following Issue 8, the Fantasist will shift its release schedule forward by one month, so Issue 9 releases in January, Issue 10 in April, 11 in July, and 12, our third theme issue (TBD), in October.

General Submission Guidelines:
1. Well-written. Prose craft matters a lot. And do your dialogue well (we read everything out loud).
2. Ideally 15,000 to 40,000 words, although, in exceptional circumstances, we may consider work that is somewhat longer.

Stuff we like:

We especially like stories set in a well-researched historical setting, set in the present or the future, stories with interaction between magic and science, the Napoleonic Era, Faeries, Dragons (but no dragon tragedy!), and stories not set in Europe. We love apprenticeship narratives/magical education, people coming together, stable romantic partnerships, nuanced friendships, remotely accurate economic and political systems, realistic depictions of power, magic that isn’t explained, highly systematized magic, made up plants, medical stuff combining magic and medicine, tall tales, pastorals, 2nd person, formal weirdness, real languages other than English (bonus points for Russian), constructed languages, intricate worldbuilding, interesting things with real or fictional religion (bonus points for Islamic characters), Speculative CNF, lyric essay, stories that engages with well-known texts, stories that deal with obscure or technical bodies of knowledge, epistemological fiction, epistolary fiction, fantasy inside virtual reality inside science fiction, surrealism, dark fantasy and horror, diagrams, psychology (but do your research), disabled people having sex, fake scholarship (Especially without seeing action in that world), trans and nonbinary characters in historical fantasy, technologically and/or historically accurate seafaring fiction, sex workers, domesticity, stories set in cities about something other than crime, the black-plague as apocalypse, the ridiculous backstabby internecine warfare of the faerie poetry community in Indianapolis, fantasy in small town America, addiction storylines, 12-step programs for magical things, socialism, communism, anarchism, part way into the high flung adventure, the hero buys a nice plot of land and settles down to raise magic sheep. YA is encouraged, but we are not primarily a YA market, and publish for all ages.

Special note: We are especially seeking more urban fantasy.

In addition to all of the above, following the Issue 4 Space Opera Issue, The Fantasist will also consider Space Opera.

Above all, we appreciate EARNESTNESS.

Some questions and thoughts to consider before submitting:
*Who builds the roads?
*If you can’t find room for a second female character, we’re concerned.
*Are you being the person Mr. (Steve) Rogers knew you could be?
*Did you Google it?
*Who are you? What do you want?
*Who is the milkman? What happened inside that house? Why did you set that bush on fire? What did the rainbow squirt tell you? What is the purpose of the goggles?
*Did anyone eat?
*Would the 10th Doctor want to take Rose here?
*Agriculture? Classism.

Basically, we’re open to anything that you’re willing to call fantasy, although faux-medieval fantasy can be a harder sell.

The Process
The Fantasist uses email submissions. Please send your novella to thefantasistmagazine@gmail.com.
In the email, please include your name, email address, cover letter, story title, word count, genre, and story. Your cover letter should contain your publishing history (if any) and any other relevant information (e.g, if you send us a changeling story and happen to BE the great-granddaughter of the Leanansídhe, mention that). All stories should be in standard manuscript format and can be submitted in .DOC, .DOCX, or PDF format. You will earn bonus points with Will if your story is saved at 135% magnification. Also, let us know how you heard about us!

No multiple submissions, but simultaneous submissions are fine. Please notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

On reprints: A few people have asked, but we aren’t currently accepting unsolicited reprints. Currently, our priority is choosing material for our first few issues. We feel that it’s important to come out the gate with only new, previously unpublished work. However, our stance on this may change.

If you have questions, concerns or technical issues, please contact us via thefantasistmagazine@gmail.com. Our average response time is 6 months, but we occasionally hold submissions for longer. We ask that you don’t send queries until after 3 months have passed. Don’t argue with rejection letters. You’re only wasting time.

We buy first North American serial rights, non-exclusive anthology rights, exclusive electronic and e-book rights for 90 days after first publication, and non-exclusive electronic, audio, and e-book rights after that. Payment is $100, on publication, and 10% of e-book sales.

We’re a bit of a mom and pop. Actually, more of a pop and pop, and pops’ couple friends. We hope to pay more at some point, but $100 is what’s possible for us at the moment.

We wish this went without saying, but it does not: We aspire to publish excellent fiction across lines of race, income, religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, geography, and culture, and therefore encourage submissions of diverse stories from diverse authors. This includes, but is not limited to, people of color, QUILTBAG folks, women, writers who are working class, elderly, or disabled. We are especially interested in work that displays intersectionality with regard to the above, and we aim to read with a compassionate eye.

For more info, go to: http://thefantasistmag.com/submissions-guidelines/

180701 | 3¢ cad | 1K-5K | Knucklehead Noir

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

2018 – CRIME ANTHOLOGY

KNUCKLEHEAD NOIR

Tales of dimwitted criminals and unlucky twits on the wrong side of the law. Nimrods, numbskulls and rejects. Bumbling sidekicks and idiots-gone-wrong.
Elmore Leonard and Charles Willeford ain’t got nothin’ on these dipshits.

Edited by Robert Bose

Projected launch date is November 2018 We will be accepting open submissions for 3-5 stories (of up to 5,000 words) to be featured alongside 6-8 stories from some well-known and extremely talented authors.
Submissions will are open NOW and close on July 1, 2018.
We are specifically looking for darkly humorous CRIME stories.
No Sci-fi, no Fantasy.

Payment currently listed at $0.03/word CAD

Please send in .doc or .docx format, in standard formatting.
See our STYLE GUIDE for more information.

***ANY SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED FORMATTING MAY BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

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

180531 | 3¢ | 2K-7K | Apotheosis 2

For more info, go to: https://jasonbandrew.com/writing-tips/submission-guidelines-apotheosis-2-more-stories-of-survival-after-the-rise-of-the-elder-gods/

Submission Guidelines: Apotheosis 2: More Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods

Here are the guidelines for Simian Publishing’s next anthology Apotheosis 2: More Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods.  (This anthology doesn’t open to submissions until April 2018, but I like to give my writers plenty of time to ponder the sort of story they might write for me.)

Publisher Note: This is the cover from the first Apotheosis since we’re early in the art commission process.

Apotheosis 2 – More Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the return of the Elder Gods. Humanity struggled to grow and evolve as a species for thousands of years forever caught in the shadow of a dread threat known only to a devoted few. When the stars are right, the Old Ones will return to claim utter dominion of the world. Lovecraft Mythos stories often climax at the moment of the fateful return of the Elder Gods and the audience is left to ponder what might happen next. This anthology features stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors.

What do we mean by Lovecraft Mythos stories in relation to Apotheosis? We’re looking for stories inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and associated writers such as August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smit , Robert E. Howard , Robert Bloch , Henry Kuttner, and Frank Belknap Long.   We’re also interested in writers that inspired Lovecraft such as Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood and Lord Dunsany. We’re interested in classic mythos gods and monsters and originals that have inspired by the mythos.

Good Fiction Examples:

What type of stories are we looking for? We’re looking for character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the Earth. We’re less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods than good stories that deal with real human concerns.  How do people survive? How does life change? Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters? Surprise us. Don’t give us stories that we’ve read before. We want worlds that feel real populated by characters from different cultures, genders, and ethnicities.   Avoid cultural appropriation. Do your homework. We recommend that you read our last anthology to see the types of stories we enjoy.

What types of submissions should I avoid? We’re not as interested in the moment the ancient horrors return and conquer the world, but how humanity survives after the war is lost. Flashbacks are OK, but the story should not be about that time. We enjoy historical mythos fiction, but this is not the anthology for it. Stories must be set in the future. We are not looking for poetry for this anthology.

Submission Details:

  • Word-count: 2,000 to 7,000 Worldwide print and e-book rights (exclusive for 6 months, non-exclusive for an additional 30 months).Exceptions will be made for stories accepted for “Best Of” anthologies. Apotheosis will be available in both Print on Demand and e-book formats.
  • Submissions open April 1, 2018, and will close at 11:59 PST on May 31, 2018. You may submit at: apotheosis.anthology@gmail.com (Do not submit before April 1st 2018 or your submission will be deleted)
  • Queries and questions may be sent to : apotheosis.anthology@gmail.com. (You may send queries and questions anytime.) All responses will be accepted or rejected by August 15th, 2018. Please do not query about submitted stories before then. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Our word count limits are hard for open submissions. Reprints may be submitted, but we’re only accepting three or four at the most.  (It should be clearly stated that the submission is a reprint in your cover later or this will be an automatic rejection later.)
  • Please use standard format guidelines. If it is difficult to read, we will reject your story. Your story must include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count on the first page. Your cover letter should include your complete contact information, story title, approximate word count, and a short bio.
  • We’re only accepting a limited number of reprints. If you are submitting a reprint, please tag the subject with #Reprint. If we find out later your submission is a reprint and it wasn’t tagged, it will be dropped from the anthology.
  • Payment: 3 cents per word (or 1 cent per word for reprints), paid within 90 days after publication. Plus contributor copy of print and e-book.

For more info, go to: https://jasonbandrew.com/writing-tips/submission-guidelines-apotheosis-2-more-stories-of-survival-after-the-rise-of-the-elder-gods/

180430 | $50+R | 5K-10K | Elf Saga: Beyond Doomsday

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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

FOR AN ELF SAGA SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

WRITERS!

Do you really love classic fantasy, but also love making totally modern snarky jokes? Have you always wanted to write an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Supernatural? Do you want to write about an amazing fantasy heroine who doesn’t seem to fit into any other setting? Then this is the anthology for you!

ELF SAGA is a series about heroines from all over the world coming together to solve mysteries, slay beasts, save innocents, and deal with family drama (usually). It’s also about making fun of your situation, even as your situation is trying to eat you alive. It’s about pointing out absurdity, even as you’re forced to be friends with that absurdity. It’s about laughing at death, even as you’re dying. (But mostly laughing.)

This new anthology, ELF SAGA: BEYOND DOOMSDAY, is set around the time of the novel ELF SAGA: DOOMSDAY. Writers are invited to create their own original characters to explore new corners of this vast fantasy world. You are encouraged to read the novel (it’s free) to get a sense of the world and the tone, and then let your imagination run wild. You can set your story before, during, or after the novel (the world changes a lot during the novel, so it may matter to your story). Let’s get right into the details:

SUBMISSION DETAILS!

Anthology Title: “Elf Saga: Beyond Doomsday”

Submission Length: 5,000 – 10,000 words

Pay per original story accepted: [1] Flat fee $50, payable upon publication, plus [2] one (1) equal share of all profits generated in the first six (6) months after publication. The anthology will be priced at $3.99. (For example: if the anthology were to make 2,000 sales, this would result in $5,400 in revenue. Subtracting costs for artwork and initial fees would result in profits of about $4,400. Dividing between 10 stories would result in a royalty payment of about $440 per each story.)

All payments will be made via PayPal.

Submissions due: April 30, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: May 31, 2018

Projected publication date: August 1, 2018

Joseph Lewis, Producer and Managing Editor, will select the stories that will appear in this volume.

Cover Artist: Series artist Linggar Bramanty

This release will NOT be published as part of Kindle Unlimited (KU). After 90 days, authors of stories not previously published will be free to publish their stories independently.

Idea pitch: You can send me an email (joe@elfsaga.com) to pitch your idea and get a little feedback up front, or you can dive right in, write your story, and let me see it for the first time when you submit. Your choice. (Choose wisely!)

Authors who are accepted agree to supply one-sentence blurbs about their story, representative photographs of their faces, and a brief author biography.

Authors who are accepted will be expected to promote the series to the best of their ability.

For reference, see ELF SAGA: DOOMSDAY on Amazon (free): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R706OLK/

Send submissions to Joseph Lewis at this address: joe@elfsaga.com

Prepare your submitted stories in Word (.doc or .docx are both fine), Times New Roman, Font size 12. Single spacing, only one space after a period. When you have a scene change, indicate it via a line with three asterisks, centered, with a space in between, like this: * * * Nothing else fancier!

Preface your story with the title, your name, your email address, and the word length. All of this makes your story easier to read and edit, and then quickly format for publication.

When submitting, include in your email any pertinent facts, such as: You’re a New York Times Bestselling author (which would be great, but certainly isn’t a requirement), you have a notable social media presence, a large list of newsletter subscribers, etc.

Guidelines for Acceptance: Here are some of the key things I’m looking for in your submission: strong characters, imaginative imagery, humorous dialogue, relatable relationships, some action and adventure, maybe a little social commentary, and of course, decent writing/editing. Bonus points if your story fits beautifully into the ELF SAGA world. Extra bonus points if you can make me laugh out loud.

SERIES BIBLE

The following is not a proper series bible, but a collection of notes that should help you get started.

This short story collection is set during the events of the novel DOOMSDAY. The following people, places, and creatures are available for you.

The World: “Vaenos” is a world very much like ours. It has several continents, dozens of nations, and diverse ecosystems. Across these lands are many elf societies and cultures loosely modeled on real peoples and places.

People: Everyone is an elf, which is short-hand for “ethnically diverse humans with pointy ears”.

The Drogori: A group of elves who bond with and ride dragons. By consuming the powdered bones of dead dragons, these elves have acquired (over generations) the ability to sense the presence of dragons, to commune telepathically with dragons, and to become immune to dragon fire. They are easily identified by the small red scales dotting their skin. Individuals with long Drogori lineages may also have horns. A longer lineage is easily seen by the greater size of the horns, and the individual has stronger connections to dragons. They can be found anywhere in the world, but recently have been hunted and pressed into service for either Tenjia or Varada for the ongoing dragon wars.

The Alcani: A group of elves who bonded with and rode unicorns. Once found all over the world, the Alcani (and unicorns) went extinct 100 years ago. At the end of DOOMSDAY, there are only two Alcani in the world.

The Feyeri: A group of elves who bonded with faeries. They can only be found in the mountains of Varada. At the end of DOOMSDAY, there is only one Feyeri in the world.

Ambermagi: A group of elves dedicated to scientific pursuits, generally centered on the electric-like power that can be stored and extracted from amber. Known for tinkering in all areas, including vehicles, weapons, tools, and more. Mostly found in Aram, but also known to wander.

Witches: Mysterious individuals, usually Drogori, who can manipulate arcane forces in many ways, including bending time, cursing victims, seeing the future, and controlling gravity.

Shamans: Unique and revered individuals who can see and speak to ghosts. Mostly found in remote northern communities. Known to help lost spirits pass over to the next world, and to battle evil spirits who refuse to leave.

Sword Saints: Unique to Shihoku, these skilled warriors can move and fight with superhuman power.

Dragons: Your standard fantasy monsters, available in all sizes and colors, with various numbers of eyes and wings and tails, with a variety of breath attacks. To most people, they are natural dangers. To certain governments, they are weapons of war. To the Drogori, they are sacred companions.

Unicorns: Fearsome black steeds with golden horns and manes, and the magic power to shield the land from dragons. At the end of DOOMSDAY, they are resurrected and returned to the world.

Faeries: Your standard little person-shaped flying creature. They drop trails of green glitter as they fly about, causing lush plants to randomly grow in their wake. Capable of more complicated healing and resurrection magic under the command of a Feyeri.

Mermaids: Also known as ningyo, these half-elf, half-fish creatures are as intelligent as they are cruel and dangerous. Known to hunt and devour elves at sea, and sometimes to transform their victims into ningyo as well.

Spirit Creatures: Ancient beings of unknown origin, they include Coyote, Raven, Inari the Kitsune, Horus the Falcon, and others. Fond of elves. Known to meddle in elven affairs, and to transform individuals into powerful warriors and sages.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Joseph Lewis at joe@elfsaga.com.

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

180531 | 2¢ | 1.5K-5K | G&H Chapbook Themes: Nightscapes, Have You Ever Seen A Portal, & Void Beckoning

For more info, go to: https://mailchi.mp/f2f6df706396/gh-newsletter-march-6th-submissions-call-details-for-novellas-novelettes-chapbooks-sp-miskowski-free-story-and-more

SUBMISSIONS DETAILS FOR NOVELLAS/NOVELETTES/CHAPBOOKS

Due to the enormous volume of submissions we are expecting, the window will be open from APRIL 1ST–MAY 31ST. So mark your calendars!

We will be seeking 3 NOVELLAS, 5 NOVELETTES, and 3-4 STORIES FOR EACH (3) CHAPBOOK(S).

THE LENGTHS REQUIRED FOR EACH CATEGORY ARE FIRM! DO NOT SUBMIT LENGTHS OUTSIDE THE CATEGORY YOU CHOOSE.

The release dates for all titles will be dispersed throughout 2018 and into the first half of 2019.

CHAPBOOKS (THEMED)

Each chapbook will have a specific theme, and we are seeking 3-4 short stories for each publication.

THEMES:

CHAPBOOK 1:

NIGHTSCAPESThree to four tales of nightmares, night terrors, the unfathomable dreams. All stories for this chapbook must fit into the previously mentioned concepts. Think the fiction of Thomas Ligotti and Jon Padgett meeting the artwork of Zdzisław Beksiński.


WHAT WE WANT

We are seeking three to four short stories (1,500 to 5,000 Words FIRM). We want your most trippy, disturbing tales that question our notions of reality. Shock us with your imagination, show us how unique and weird your nightmares really are.

CHAPBOOK 2:

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PORTAL? — Three to four tales of inter-dimensional horror. Portals, gateways, archaic and ancient worlds. All stories submitted must follow these themes. Think The Void meets Event Horizon with a little Lovecraft and Barker tossed into the mix.


WHAT WE WANT

We are seeking three to four short stories (1,500 to 5,000 Words FIRM). We want your most otherworldly tales. Show us dimensions made of nightmares, ancient god-like entities breaking into our world, mankind unlocking denizens of ethereal planes. Enthrall us with the horrors that lie beyond our universe.

CHAPBOOK 3:

VOID BECKONING — Three to four tales of deep space horror. Terrifying monstrosities on ancient moons, malevolent spirits aboard spaceships, mining facilities on other worlds uncovering ancient evils, infectious body-morphing diseases plaguing orbital stations. Think Dead Spacemeets Alien and Prometheus.


WHAT WE WANT

We are seeking three to four short stories (1,500 to 5,000 Words FIRM). We want your cautionary tales of deep space travel, what could possibly lie ahead in the cosmos. Thrill us with the claustrophobia of space in the event of invading creatures, terrify us with tales of ancient evils found deep in the recesses of the universe. Show us what true horror is in deep space.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT

  • Fiction that isn’t speculative. We don’t want any stories that could possibly be based in reality. All fiction must be otherworldly, supernatural, etc.
  • Short stories that employ the second person narrative voice.
  • Short stories that have been previously published. NO REPRINTS.
  • Erotica, fan fiction, or stories with heavy sexual content.
  • Fiction that is unoriginal or uses recycled themes. Surprise us!
  • As always, the most taboo topics are fine, as long as they are used professionally andrespectably. Anything with overuse of vulgarity or purposely gross language for the sake of being gross will not be considered.
  • NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS TO A SINGLE CHAPBOOK. You are more than welcome to submit one story to each theme, but be aware that no author will appear in more than one chapbook.
  • NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS UNLESS YOU QUERY FIRST.
  • Stories with numerous errors. This should be a given. Always read through your work or have a friend read through it before sending it anywhere.
  • Artwork submissions. We have already hired the artists for the covers.
  • Anything that has been rejected previously for a separate submissions call.

Submit fiction in proper manuscript format. If you need help regarding the formatting, follow this link. We cannot state how severe it will affect your chances if your story has poor formatting. We are expecting a massive volume of submissions for this call, and if it’s not formatted properly, it will slow down the entire process for us. Please consider this when submitting.

PAYMENT DETAILS

  • Semi-professional rate of 2 cents per word, minimum of $30 and maximum of $100, which will be paid before publication.

ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE PROCESSED THROUGH PAYPAL

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Send all submissions and inquiries to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Manuscript must be properly formatted and edited before anything else. See format guidelines here.
  • Title email as follows: (Type of Submission/Chapbook Theme)/(Title of Story)/(Name)  Example: Novella/Fragile Dreams/Fracassi, or Nightscapes/Origami Dreams/Padgett
  • Attach properly formatted manuscript to email as either a DOC, DOCX, or RTF file. No others are accepted. Do not include story in body of email. This will be grounds for automatic rejection.
  • Include in the body of your email, or as a cover letter to your manuscript, a short bio including any publication history, awards, social media links, etc.

RESPONSE TIME:

We are expecting a MASSIVE amount of submissions for these calls. Please allow 3-5 months for a response before querying. These titles will be released over the next 12 months, so it will take some time to get back to everyone who has submitted. If you don’t receive a story receipt confirmation within 48 hours, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY. The story may have been filtered into our spam. We will more than likely respond to all submissions long before the 5 month point, but we are setting these times as a precaution.

LEGALITIES:

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, and reprint rights.
  3. All information submitted is accurate and truthful.
  4. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, unfortunately, we cannot accept your submission. These releases will be for an adult audience, and because of this, we require all authors to be of legal age to read and/or submit to it.

Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to cite the release in which you were published.

For more info, go to: https://mailchi.mp/f2f6df706396/gh-newsletter-march-6th-submissions-call-details-for-novellas-novelettes-chapbooks-sp-miskowski-free-story-and-more

180531 | 2¢ | 7.5K-15K | G&H Novelettes: Tales From Gehenna

For more info, go to: https://mailchi.mp/f2f6df706396/gh-newsletter-march-6th-submissions-call-details-for-novellas-novelettes-chapbooks-sp-miskowski-free-story-and-more

SUBMISSIONS DETAILS FOR NOVELLAS/NOVELETTES/CHAPBOOKS

Due to the enormous volume of submissions we are expecting, the window will be open from APRIL 1ST–MAY 31ST. So mark your calendars!

We will be seeking 3 NOVELLAS, 5 NOVELETTES, and 3-4 STORIES FOR EACH (3) CHAPBOOK(S).

THE LENGTHS REQUIRED FOR EACH CATEGORY ARE FIRM! DO NOT SUBMIT LENGTHS OUTSIDE THE CATEGORY YOU CHOOSE.

The release dates for all titles will be dispersed throughout 2018 and into the first half of 2019.

NOVELETTES (TALES FROM GEHENNA)

Whereas the novellas will be standalone, we are seeking novelettes for our Hinnom Magazine spin-off publication, Tales From Gehenna. Each month Hinnom Magazine is not published, we will release a volume of Tales, which will include a single novelette with original illustrations throughout the story. Think Tales From the Crypt but much spookier!

WHAT WE WANT

We are seeking six novelettes (7,500 to 15,000 Words FIRM). The genres we are looking for are in the realms of cosmic horror and weird fiction.

We want novelettes that surprise us, that haunt our dreams. Speculative fiction with elegant prose and original concepts. Stories that make us think, that catch our attention from the first page and keep us glued to the story all the way to the end.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT

  • Fiction that isn’t speculative. We don’t want any stories that could possibly be based in reality. All fiction must be otherworldly, supernatural, etc.
  • Novelettes that employ the second person narrative voice.
  • Novelettes that have been previously published. NO REPRINTS.
  • Erotica, fan fiction, or stories with heavy sexual content.
  • Fiction that is unoriginal or uses recycled themes. Surprise us!
  • As always, the most taboo topics are fine, as long as they are used professionally and respectably. Anything with overuse of vulgarity or purposely gross language for the sake of being gross will not be considered.
  • NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS.
  • NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS UNLESS YOU QUERY FIRST.
  • Stories with numerous errors. This should be a given. Always read through your work or have a friend read through it before sending it anywhere.
  • Artwork submissions. We have already hired the artists for the covers.
  • Anything that has been rejected previously for a separate submissions call.

Submit fiction in proper manuscript format. If you need help regarding the formatting, follow this link. We cannot state how severe it will affect your chances if your story has poor formatting. We are expecting a massive volume of submissions for this call, and if it’s not formatted properly, it will slow down the entire process for us. Please consider this when submitting.

PAYMENT DETAILS

  • Semi-professional rate of 2 cents per word, minimum of $150 and maximum of $300, which will be paid before publication.

ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE PROCESSED THROUGH PAYPAL

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Send all submissions and inquiries to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Manuscript must be properly formatted and edited before anything else. See format guidelines here.
  • Title email as follows: (Type of Submission/Chapbook Theme)/(Title of Story)/(Name)  Example: Novella/Fragile Dreams/Fracassi, or Nightscapes/Origami Dreams/Padgett
  • Attach properly formatted manuscript to email as either a DOC, DOCX, or RTF file. No others are accepted. Do not include story in body of email. This will be grounds for automatic rejection.
  • Include in the body of your email, or as a cover letter to your manuscript, a short bio including any publication history, awards, social media links, etc.

RESPONSE TIME:

We are expecting a MASSIVE amount of submissions for these calls. Please allow 3-5 months for a response before querying. These titles will be released over the next 12 months, so it will take some time to get back to everyone who has submitted. If you don’t receive a story receipt confirmation within 48 hours, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY. The story may have been filtered into our spam. We will more than likely respond to all submissions long before the 5 month point, but we are setting these times as a precaution.

LEGALITIES:

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, and reprint rights.
  3. All information submitted is accurate and truthful.
  4. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, unfortunately, we cannot accept your submission. These releases will be for an adult audience, and because of this, we require all authors to be of legal age to read and/or submit to it.

Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to cite the release in which you were published.

For more info, go to: https://mailchi.mp/f2f6df706396/gh-newsletter-march-6th-submissions-call-details-for-novellas-novelettes-chapbooks-sp-miskowski-free-story-and-more

180531 | $300-$400+R | 15K-40K | G&H Novella

For more info, go to: https://mailchi.mp/f2f6df706396/gh-newsletter-march-6th-submissions-call-details-for-novellas-novelettes-chapbooks-sp-miskowski-free-story-and-more

SUBMISSIONS DETAILS FOR NOVELLAS/NOVELETTES/CHAPBOOKS

Due to the enormous volume of submissions we are expecting, the window will be open from APRIL 1ST–MAY 31ST. So mark your calendars!

We will be seeking 3 NOVELLAS, 5 NOVELETTES, and 3-4 STORIES FOR EACH (3) CHAPBOOK(S).

THE LENGTHS REQUIRED FOR EACH CATEGORY ARE FIRM! DO NOT SUBMIT LENGTHS OUTSIDE THE CATEGORY YOU CHOOSE.

The release dates for all titles will be dispersed throughout 2018 and into the first half of 2019.

NOVELLAS

WHAT WE WANT

We are seeking three novellas (15,000 to 40,000 Words FIRM). The genres we are looking for are in the realms of cosmic horror and weird fiction.

We want novellas that surprise us, that haunt our dreams. Speculative fiction with elegant prose and original concepts. Stories that make us think, that catch our attention from the first page and keep us glued to the story all the way to the end.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT

  • Fiction that isn’t speculative. We don’t want any stories that could possibly be based in reality. All fiction must be otherworldly, supernatural, etc.
  • Novellas that employ the second person narrative voice.
  • Novellas that have been previously published. NO REPRINTS.
  • Erotica, fan fiction, or stories with heavy sexual content.
  • Fiction that is unoriginal or uses recycled themes. Surprise us!
  • As always, the most taboo topics are fine, as long as they are used professionally and respectably. Anything with overuse of vulgarity or purposely gross language for the sake of being gross will not be considered.
  • NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS.
  • NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS UNLESS YOU QUERY FIRST.
  • Stories with numerous errors. This should be a given. Always read through your work or have a friend read through it before sending it anywhere.
  • Artwork submissions. We have already hired the artists for the covers.
  • Anything that has been rejected previously for a separate submissions call.

Submit fiction in proper manuscript format. If you need help regarding the formatting, follow this link. We cannot state how severe it will affect your chances if your story has poor formatting. We are expecting a massive volume of submissions for this call, and if it’s not formatted properly, it will slow down the entire process for us. Please consider this when submitting.

PAYMENT DETAILS

  • $300-$400 (depending on length) signing bonus against royalties, which will be paid before publication.
  • 35-40% (depending on length) net royalties, paid either monthly or bi-monthly.

 

ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE PROCESSED THROUGH PAYPAL

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Send all submissions and inquiries to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Manuscript must be properly formatted and edited before anything else. See format guidelines here.
  • Title email as follows: (Type of Submission/Chapbook Theme)/(Title of Story)/(Name)  Example: Novella/Fragile Dreams/Fracassi, or Nightscapes/Origami Dreams/Padgett
  • Attach properly formatted manuscript to email as either a DOC, DOCX, or RTF file. No others are accepted. Do not include story in body of email. This will be grounds for automatic rejection.
  • Include in the body of your email, or as a cover letter to your manuscript, a short bio including any publication history, awards, social media links, etc.

RESPONSE TIME:

We are expecting a MASSIVE amount of submissions for these calls. Please allow 3-5 months for a response before querying. These titles will be released over the next 12 months, so it will take some time to get back to everyone who has submitted. If you don’t receive a story receipt confirmation within 48 hours, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY. The story may have been filtered into our spam. We will more than likely respond to all submissions long before the 5 month point, but we are setting these times as a precaution.

LEGALITIES:

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, and reprint rights.
  3. All information submitted is accurate and truthful.
  4. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, unfortunately, we cannot accept your submission. These releases will be for an adult audience, and because of this, we require all authors to be of legal age to read and/or submit to it.

Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to cite the release in which you were published.

For more info, go to: https://mailchi.mp/f2f6df706396/gh-newsletter-march-6th-submissions-call-details-for-novellas-novelettes-chapbooks-sp-miskowski-free-story-and-more

180331 | 2¢ | 500-8K | Battling in All Her Finery

For more info, go to: http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/

Battling in All Her Finery submissions: OPEN, March 1-31, 2018 (see details below)

Special Call for Submissions: Battling in All Her Finery

We are creating an anthology titled Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders. It will be a collection of speculative fiction stories about women leaders in any field. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female,” and we welcome stories about anyone who identifies as a woman on some level. For this anthology, our pay will be 2 cents/word.

We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.

Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been or been around the woman leader in question. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:

  • First person
  • 500-8,000 words in length
  • Focuses on a woman leader
  • Contains a speculative element
  • Not a reprint
  • Not a simultaneous submission

Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.

  • A general leading her dragon armada into battle.
  • A CEO defending her megacorp from a hostile takeover.
  • A woman-led, vampire-hunting biker gang.
  • A senator in an intergalactic republic.

DO NOT send us poetry or screenplays.

Submissions should be in Standard Manuscript Format and submitted through our Moksha portal. Stories must be submitted no later than midnight Pacific time (GMT -8), March 31, 2018.

As with our regular submissions, we are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year. We will send an electronic contract for signature, and we pay via PayPal.

Questions?

Queries can be sent to madscientistjournal@gmail.com.

For more info, go to: http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/

180331 | 6¢ | 6K | Pseudopod

For more info, go to: http://pseudopod.org/submissions/

Submissions

PseudoPod is always looking for quality fiction to feed our listeners. If you’re a writer with a short horror story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our talented performers, we’d like to see it. Probably. When we’re open, you can send it to us through our submittable portal.

What We Want

PseudoPod is a genre magazine in audio form. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction. We don’t split hairs about genre definitions, and we do not observe any taboos about what kind of content can appear in our stories. Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them. What matters most is that the stories are dark and compelling.

Since we’re an audio magazine, our audience can’t skim past the boring parts, so stories with beautiful language at the expense of plot don’t translate well. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. It can be beautiful too, if you’ve got all those other bases covered.

Dark humor is just fine, and we run it on occasion; but we are more interested in tragedy than comedy, and comedy is better received the more sick and morbid it is. Above all, we want stories that make us think, that stick with us, that make us catch ourselves checking the locks a second time before bed.

More tips here.

Holiday-themed stories (regardless of which holiday) are ideally submitted six months prior to the holiday in question. The same guideline applies if you have a book coming out soon and want to publish a short story with us to coincide with its release, and we’re always happy to delay publishing if the resulting timing is better for author promotion. (Although for a sure bet, you can always just grease our palms with a sponsorship several months beforehand — contact al@escapeartists.net)

Diversity

Pseudopod welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish horror that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

Payment and Rights

We pay the pro rate of $.06/word for original fiction, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1500 words).

Original fiction sales to Pseudopod count towards Affiliate or Active membership in HWA. Pseudopod is qualified as a SFWA Short Fiction market retroactively from January 1, 2016.

PseudoPod buys nonexclusive audio and text rights, and nonexclusive electronic rights to distribute the audio and text file under a Creative Commons license.

Specifically, we use the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the audio and text files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it that exceed fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.

This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, and the text of your story on our website, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. You retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

Narrators:

Starting in 2017, Pseudopod joined its sister podcasts by paying its narrators. Escape Artists is pooling their resources for auditions. Please review PodCastle’s Narrator Guidelines and follow the submissions process outlined there. If you would like to audition to narrate for Pseudopod, please visit our Submittable portal for more instructions.

Length

We’re primarily interested in two lengths of fiction, which we’ve somewhat arbitrarily dubbed “short fiction” and “flash fiction”.

Short Fiction: This is the heart of our weekly podcast. We want short stories between about 1,500 and 6,000 words. The sweet spot is around 4,500 words which is close to 30 minutes of story.

Flash Fiction: We podcast, approximately quarterly, Flash on the Borderlands episodes that contain three flash stories with a common theme. Occasionally, we run short five-to-ten minute “bonus” pieces between our weekly main episodes. For this we’re looking at fiction under 1,500 words, with a sweet spot between 500 and 1000 words. Yes, that’s really really short. That’s the point. Our flash pieces are frequently quirkier and more experimental than our weekly features.

Reprints

We do not discriminate between previously published and unpublished works. We’re an audio market, and we buy nonexclusive rights, so it doesn’t hurt us if a story has previously appeared in another market.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions

We do not accept multiple submissions; if you submit more than one story everything after the first will be withdrawn. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please check the box on the submissions form to let us know that you are submitting this to multiple markets simultaneously.

The only exception to this is simultaneous submission of a single story to multiple Escape Artists podcasts (Escape Pod, PodCastle, Cast of Wonders, and PseudoPod), which we ask that you avoid. When submitting to one Escape Artists podcast, please wait to hear back about it before submitting the same story to another.

Format and Cover Letter

Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.

In your cover letter, please include your legal name, byline (if different from your legal name), and the story’s approximate word count and publication history. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.

Send us your story through our submittable portal. Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours. After 60 days, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query through Submittable or by email. We encourage you to log your submission on the Grinder.

How We Want It

Example:


From: Edgar Allen Poe

Date: Dec 13, 1889

Title: The Pit and the Pendulum

Dear PseudoPod:

I would like to submit my horror story “The Pit and the Pendulum” for your podcast. My work has appeared in numerous online and print venues including _The Norton Anthology of Literature_, the Project Gutenberg Web site (http://www.gutenberg.org), and _The Simpsons Halloween Special_. This particular work is in the public domain since it was first published over a century ago, and all rights are available. It has previously been adapted into a shockingly strange movie by Roger Corman.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Edgar Poe

poeman@gmail.com

 

 

6200 Words

The Pit and the Pendulum

By Edgar Allen Poe

I was sick — sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me. The sentence — the dread sentence of death — was the last of distinct accentuation which reached my ears. After that, the sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy indeterminate hum. It conveyed to my soul the idea of _revolution_ — perhaps from its association in fancy with the burr of a mill-wheel. This only for a brief period; for presently I heard no more. [. . .]

 


(The rest of these guidelines are basically just legalese.)

By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

  • You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
  • You are the copyright holder of the work;
  • You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
  • All information in the contact and cover sections of your email is accurate and truthful;
  • You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.

If we buy your story we’ll send you a contract, and you’ll be bound to all of the above.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering whether you have audio rights to your stories: unless you’re doing work-for-hire for a game company, all reputable speculative fiction magazines of which we’re aware acquire serial print rights, often with non-exclusive electronic or anthology options. Some online markets may insist on electronic exclusivity for a certain period of time, and if so, you can’t publish it with us until after that period ends. However, we know of no regular short fiction market that contracts for exclusive audio rights. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen; always check your contracts.

What We Do With It

Once you’ve sent us your story, we will review it and respond to you via email in about two months. If it takes longer than that, please query.

If we decide we’d like it for our podcast, we’ll send you a contract via an electronic signature application. Once completed, we’ll pay you via check or PayPal, whichever you indicated on the last page of the contract, and we’ll start producing.

During the production process we may contact you with questions about the story, its background, or pronunciations. We hope and expect that you’ll be available to help us, as a good performance makes all of us look good. Unfortunately, as everything we do is on a somewhat fluid schedule, we usually can’t give you an accurate timetable of when your story will appear in the podcast.

What the World Does With It

The audio files Pseudopod produces are released under a Creative Commons license. Specifically, we use the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the podcast for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited. This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, and the text on our website, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

We’ve had some questions about this from the writing community, so we’d like to make our reasoning clear. We know that Creative Commons licensing is scary to many writers, and it’s certainly a radical break from traditional rights that expire after a period of time. Our take is this: when we create a podcast, we are putting an MP3 file on the Web. That MP3 file is going to get downloaded and copied onto thousands of hard drives, CDs, iPods, and other portable devices across the world. That’s the point. We want people to listen to it. But once you’ve done that, you can’t take that file back. There is no way to delete the file everywhere it exists. There are some highly fallible ways to lock things down, but DRM sucks, and even if we believed in it it’s too complicated for us to implement.

So from a purely practical perspective, we can’t make our content expire. And we can’t stop people from copying our files, nor should we. Given that reality, why not give our listeners the full legal right to do what’s totally natural for an audio file (copy it, share it with people, and listen to it whenever they want), but make equally clear to them what they can’t do (share the story outside the podcast, or alter it in any way at all)? That’s our reason for the Creative Commons license. We’re not trying to plant a philosophical flag in the ground here; we’re just trying to reflect reality.

We hope you’ll agree with our reasons and choose to share your story with us. If you don’t, then we’re deeply sorry, but we feel it’s better that you know this now, before you make the decision to submit.

Any questions?

If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or criticism (but not stories) send them to our staff at editor@pseudopod.org. We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.

Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to reading — and hopefully speaking — what you’ve got!

For more info, go to: http://pseudopod.org/submissions/

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/

180228 | 1¢ | 5K | Well…It’s Your Cow

For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/616863835178595/

“Alright, this results out of a discussion from RadCon. Some people know what this is, some of you have no clue. Esther and I are putting together and indie-publishing this one on our own with help from Voss Foster and Trish McCallan.

This isn’t so much a theme anthology. Write whatever you want to write. Stay PG-13. But, the first 2 lines of your story should be as follows:

“So, do we think this is a good idea?”

“Well…it’s your cow.”

Feel free to add dialogue tags to those lines as appropriate. Yes, some of you are way past writing to prompts. We’re going to talk to Nathan Reed and see if we can get one of his great cartoons, this time involving a distressed cow with big ol’ bug eyes. We feel like this will sell.

Since Esther and I are funding this ourselves, we aren’t going to be tracking royalties. We will be paying up front, but the rate will be $.01/word. We know that’s not pro rate, and if you won’t write to that amount we understand. Reprints are probably unlikely, but fine if it works with that prompt. Also, we will have no problem with you publishing the story elsewhere; we will not be asking for exclusive rights, only the right to print the story in this particular anthology and profit therefrom.

Looking for up to 5,000 words; if more than that they’d better be really good words. Capping out at around 80,000 for the anthology.

Submissions should be sent to frog@jonestales.com with COW SUBMISSION in the subject line.”

For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/616863835178595/

180415 | R ($150 min) | 7K |Future Visions Anthologies

For more info, go to: https://www.futurevisions.io/for-authors/

The Future Visions Anthologies is a science fiction anthology series, aiming to deliver excellent and diverse short story collections on a quarterly basis. In the tradition of great television anthology series such as The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, the Future Visions Anthologies will broadly explore all genres and traditions of science fiction and speculative fiction, seeking in each story to explore deeply themes that are relevant to a modern audience.

Themes

What do you hope the future will bring? What are you afraid we may become? How do our visions of the future inform and give shape to the hopes and fears that we have today?

These questions are what defines anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Rather than mandating a theme for each publication, (one publication for cyborgs, one for time travelers, etc…) I want authors to feel free to explore these larger questions using any and all of the popular science fiction tropes: new technology, exploration, nightmarish dystopians, alien species, baffling utopias, the list goes on…

Diversity

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to bring diversity to all aspects of their publications, from the stories and authors we publish, to the themes and genres we explore. All authors may apply regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

Terms

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to engage authors with fair and equitable terms through participation in the anthologies. The anthologies will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited for an initial six-month term, during which stories will be exclusive to the anthology. After this, anthologies will continue be available as an ebook (not in KU) for an additional six-month term. During this term, partial publication rights will return to the author to publish as an ebook, except for in KU. After one year, the ebook will be unpublished, returning all rights to the author.

Payment will be based on a profit-share model with a guaranteed minimum payment of $150. Authors will receive royalties during the first six months of membership. At the end of the royalty period, if the author’s royalties do not meet the minimum payment of $150 then the remaining amount will be paid. There is no cap to the amount of royalties that may be earned. Earning reports for the anthology will be provided to all participating authors to ensure complete transparency. Specific terms will be available after initial acceptance of the author’s story.

Submission Guidelines

  • Authors must read and be in agreement with the above before submitting.
  • There is no fee to submit.
  • Submissions must be original, never before published works.
  • Submissions should be a complete story; do not send excerpts.
    • Maximum Word Count is 7k words (exceptions for up to one story per anthology can be made).
  • Submissions should be written to the best of the authors ability. Professional is not required but may help in the consideration of your piece. Camton House Publishing will provide professional editing and proofreading, approved by the author, and a final, edited version will be submitted to the author upon publication.
  • Adult language and sexual situations are permitted (no hate speech, erotica or X-rated material).
  • Formatting: 12pt Times New Roman font with 1.5-line spacing; 1-inch margins on all sides; no extra spaces between paragraphs; leading indentations, but no tabs.
  • Include “Future Visions Short Story Submission” in the header and the following information in the body of the email:
    • Author Name
    • Story Title
    • Word Count
    • Brief Bio

Submissions should be emailed to author@brianjwalton.com

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.

Deadlines

The deadline for inclusion in the initial anthology will be April 15, 2018, and the first volume is slated to be publishedJune 15, 2018. Authors who have submitted will be notified between 5-10 business days after the deadline regarding whether their story has been selected. Moving forward, submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, with each volumes slate of stories being decided two months before its publication.

Submissions are now open. 

For more info, go to: https://www.futurevisions.io/for-authors/

180415 | 5p uk (~6¢) | 5K | Visions

For more info, go to: https://www.readvisions.com/submission-guidelines

Submission guidelines

Submissions are currently opened for our first issue and will close on 15th April 2018. Please read and follow the guidelines below to ensure your piece can be processed promptly.

The theme

The first issue will centre on the concept of home in the broadest sense, from the physical structure to the social construct. For instance, we hope the stories will revisit what the notion of home is – a house, a planet, a device? – and what it means to feel at home or homesick. What do we mean by home? How does the concept of home adapts as the world around us changes at a radical pace?

What we’re looking for

We welcome a range of science fiction and speculative short stories, from micro fictions to 5000 word pieces. This is not a hard limit, but use your best judgement when it comes to sending something longer than that.

We accept simultaneous submissions of micro and flash fictions but for longer texts, please only send the one that’s most relevant to the theme.

We’re generally not open to reprints and will not accept anything that is still available online or in print, regardless of time of publication. If you feel your piece is particularly relevant and is not available anymore, please get in touch.

We tend to commission non-fiction but we do accept submissions (or pitches) if you have written or can write something that fits the theme.

Process

Please send your story in an editable format such as a Word document (.doc, .docx) or rich text (.rtf) to submissions@readvisions.com, together with a short blurb describing the story.

We do not have restrictions on fonts and formatting but we suggest the following: use a readable serif font (such as Times, Baskerville, Georgia or Garamond), at 12pt. Be generous with your spacing. Aim for lines no longer than 14 words on average and make the space between the lines either 1.5 or 2.

We read the stories in the order they come in. We try to read as much as possible of each submissions and give relevant feedback but we unfortuantely can’t always reply to everyone. If you haven’t received a reply after 1 month, chances are your piece hasn’t been accepted. If you haven’t heard from us after 3 months, you can email to enquire about the status of your submission.

Payment

Although we are a small and independent outfit, we strive to pay every contributor fairly. We commit to a standard pro market rate of 4 to 5p (~6¢) per word. The final fee will be decided together with the author.

Payments will be made by PayPal or by bank transfer.

Licence

If we accept your story for the magazine, we will ask for an exclusive worldwide licence in print and digital for a minimum of one year.

Questions

If you have any questions, you can get in touch at editors@readvisions.com

For more info, go to: https://www.readvisions.com/submission-guidelines

180710 | $100 | 3.5K-5K | Monsters of Any Kind

For more info, go to: https://www.independentlegions.com/news/open-submissions-monsters-of-any-kind-anthology

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Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new anthology MONSTERS OF ANY KIND, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti, to be published in October 2018 in print and digital editions. Cover art by Wendy Saber Core.
We’re looking for horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 3,500-5,000 words.
Submissions Close: July 10, 2018
Pay Rate: We pay $100 for each original story.
We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, nor do we accept unsolicited reprints.
Submissions should follow standard manuscript format (12 pt Times New Roman or Courier fonts, 1” margins all around, line spacing 1½ or 2 spaces). It must be in .doc or .docx format or it will not be considered. Your name and contact information must be at the top of the first page of the story. Page numbers with author’s last name and/or partial story name on subsequent pages would be appreciated.
Cover letter is optional, but if you do include one, please add a short bio (up to 200 words).
Response time is currently within four weeks. After that, if you haven’t heard from us, please query. We will not be sending confirmations of receipt.

Stories must be submitted as email attachments; to submit, put “SUBMISSION – MONSTERS OF ANY KIND” in the subject line and send to: independent.legions@aol.com 

For more info, go to: https://www.independentlegions.com/news/open-submissions-monsters-of-any-kind-anthology

180427 | 12.5¢ | 4K | Fireside (Opens 180423)

For more info, go to: https://firesidefiction.com/about/#submissions-guidelines

What is Fireside?

Fireside Fiction Company started in 2012 as a Kickstarter-funded short-story magazine. We began with the goals of finding and publishing great stories regardless of genre, and paying our writers well. Since Nov. 8, 2016, we have a third goal: resisting the global rise of fascism and far-right populism, starting with the current occupant of the White House.

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Fair pay for everyone

Fair pay is a big deal for us. We think creative people should be able to make a living from their work. This is one of our core values.

Fireside pays 12.5 cents per word, well above the 6 cents currently considered to be the minimum professional rate. In fact, we pay better than almost every other SFWA-qualifying market. For illustrations, we pay $400 for a full-color piece.

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Supporting Fireside

Running Fireside isn’t cheap. Most of our revenue goes to pay for our writers and artists. The way we keep doing what we do is with your direct financial support.

Subscribe to Fireside

The very best way to support us is to subscribe to Fireside Magazine.

Fireside Magazine

$5.00 per month

Each month, Fireside Magazinesubscribers will receive an ebook (Epub and Mobi) with the upcoming month’s stories in it. All our Magazine subscribers get to read our stories before they hit the website.

Fireside Quarterly

$10.00 per month

Fireside Quarterly subscribers wil recieve the print edition of Fireside Quarterly four times a year. Each month, Quarterlysubscribers will also receive the ebook edition of Fireside Magazine.

You can also support Fireside via one of these methods:

Subscribe on Drip

Back us on Patreon

Make a one-time donation

Buy ebooks, posters, and branded merch on the Fireside Shop

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The Fireside Team

Julia Rios—Fiction Editor

Julia Rios is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in several places, including Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. In addition to being a senior fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015, she has edited poetry and reprints for Uncanny Magazine and co-edited several anthologies with Alisa Krasnostein, including Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction series. She is a co-host of the Hugo-nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, a general discussion, interview, and movie review show, and Walkthrough, a discussion of exercise and geekery with Amal El-Mohtar and Layla Al-Bedawi. She has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders, and poems for the Strange Horizons podcast. As one of the four co-founders of Fuente Collective, she is interested in encouraging creativity and community across multiple genres, cultures, and disciplines.

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry—Managing Editor

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a half-blind, half-deaf, half-Scandinavian writer and editor from Seattle, Washington. She’s the Guest Editor in Chief of Non-Fiction for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, a blogger for B&N Scifi, and a game designer. She’s the author of A Place Out of Time and is also included in the Ghost in the Cogs anthology. Her nonfiction has been published at The Boston Globe, Uncanny Magazine, TerribleMinds and other sundry locales. Currently, she lives in New Jersey with her delightfully quirky husband, a hound dog, two cats, and a grandfather clock that chimes when it feels like it. You can find Elsa on Twitter @snarkbat.

Pablo Defendini—Publisher & Art Director

Pablo Defendini is a designer and developer for hire, with a focus on editorial design for digital media. He helped launch Tor.com, before moving on to work for companies that sit in the overlap between publishing and technology, like Open Road Media and O’Reilly. Pablo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, lives in New York City, and works with people all over the world.

Brian White—Founding Editor

Brian started Fireside in 2012 with a Kickstarter and a whole lot of love. Over the next five years as editor and publisher – with the help of his amazing team and of Lauren, his wife and partner in crime – he expanded Fireside from a one-off magazine to a monthly publication to its current form, a site with weekly fiction and occasional nonfiction. Fireside published 150 stories under his tenure, as well as five novels and one novella. He is deeply proud to have had a part in bringing those stories into the world. He was gratified to have proved that writers can be paid more for their work than the industry accepted, and perhaps most proud of the #BlackSpecFic report that Fireside published in 2016. He stepped down as editor and publisher in the summer of 2017, but he remains an equity partner in the company, as well as an editor for special projects, serials, and books.

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Submissions Guidelines

Fireside Magazine is currently closed for submissions. Our next open submissions period is April 23 to 27, 2018.

We accept short fiction up to 4,000 words.

We also accept illustration portfolio submissions for consideration on an ongoing basis. Please fill out this form to submit your portfolio.

At a Glance

Please submit:

  • Stories that have never been published in the English language before (translations are okay!)
  • Flash up to 1,000 words
  • Short stories up to 4,000 words
  • Stories of any genre with a strong beginning/middle/end plot arc
  • Submissions from anywhere in the world, from all kinds of voices
  • Only during our scheduled reading periods
  • Only through Submittable (not via email)

Submissions manuscript requirements

Please follow these simple rules when sending us your file. If you don’t see something listed here as a requirement, odds are that we don’t care about it, and you should do whatever you feel comfortable with.

  • Send us Docx or RTF files only (no PDFs or Doc files, please)
  • Include the title of the story
  • Include the name of the author
  • Include the author’s email address
  • Include the story’s word count
  • Set your manuscript in 12 point type
  • Use a serif font like Courier or Times New Roman
  • Make sure your manuscript is double spaced

What to expect from us:

  • Responses usually within one month of the end of our reading period
  • 12.5 cents per word in payment for accepted stories
  • Worldwide payments via the method the author and publisher agree upon
  • A commitment to great stories from all kinds of voices
  • Celebration of diversity and decolonialization (we have an antifascist fiction club! Join us!)

Dealbreakers (please do not send us these things):

  • Stories that use someone else’s original ideas, words, or characters (no fanfiction, no plagiarism)
  • Stories that promote fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc.
  • Stories longer than 4,000 words (we cannot consider these, unfortunately)
  • Erotica, very experimental formats, vignettes without a clear plot arc (we enjoy seeing these elsewhere, but we don’t publish them at Fireside)
  • Stories that depict sensationalized violence (sexual or otherwise) against any marginalized person or group, animals, children, or women
  • Stories that are currently being considered elsewhere (no simultaneous submissions)

Fireside accepts original, previously unpublished submissions of short fiction, of any genre, up to 4,000 words. That’s a hard limit, so please don’t ask if your 4,015-word story is OK. We can’t consider anything longer. We do not accept unsolicited submissions of novels, comics, poetry, art, photography, or anything other than short fiction of up to 4,000 words.

Please submit only one story per submissions period. If you get a rejection, you can’t submit again during that period. Our reading periods usually only last for a short time, and we have them on a frequent enough basis that you should have another chance to submit to us again before too long.

We don’t accept submissions that are currently submitted elsewhere (known as simultaneous submissions). We don’t accept submissions that have been previously published in English, including stories you have published yourself, be it on your blog, via Patreon, or anywhere else.

If we’ve rejected a story previously, don’t submit it again unless we’ve asked you to, even if it’s been heavily revised. If you do submit it, we’ll reject it unread. We are paying attention.

Please only submit stories through Submittable. If you email anyone on our staff an unsolicited story, it will be deleted unread.

OK? Great! On to the fun stuff!

Payment & rights

Fireside pays 12.5 cents per word, with payment on completion of edits (which generally happen about a month before publication). We buy first world publication rights and six-month exclusivity, as well as the right to reprint the story, non-exclusively, in Fireside anthologies. You can see exactly what rights are acquired by reading our contract boilerplate for stories.

Fireside pays in U.S. dollars, and can send payments to most places in the world, using the recipient’s preferred payout method (within reason).

What we’re looking for

The best way to get an idea of what we love is to read stories we’ve already published. In general though, Fireside loves great storytelling, meaning stories that go somewhere, that keep people reading to find out what happens next.

We’re not looking for character studies or metafiction or hallucinatory visions. (We like those things; it’s just not what we publish in Fireside.)

We really do mean any genre, too. Fireside has a heavy tilt toward speculative fiction, but some of our favorite stories have been completely non-genre. (Sell It Like Death is just one example.)

We want to hear the stories only you can tell. We love stories that reflect writers’ backgrounds, especially those of traditionally marginalized communities (sometimes referred to as Own Voices stories). This is notat all to say if you are a writer from a marginalized community that your submission has to be Own Voices. We would love to read the stories you are burning to tell, whatever they may be.

We are committed to being inclusive of all the wonderful differences in our world, both in terms of who we publish and the subjects of the stories. Please don’t self-reject. That said, if you are writing outside of your own experience, please take the time to research and write complex characters with respect. Please don’t send us poorly researched stereotypes. We’re interested in stories that reflect the array of human experience with dignity, depth, and respect. If you don’t know where to begin with approaching this kind of research, we recommend Writing the Other. Our managing editor teaches classes with Writing the Other, and we believe the book and the classes are both good resources for authors who wish to dig deeper into experiences outside their own lives.

Speaking of which:

Inclusivity

Inclusivity. Diversity. Decolonization. There are a lot of ways people are talking about breaking the white-male dominance of publishing. We tend to like inclusivity as a mission statement, but however you phrase it, Fireside wants to reflect the endless array of people in the world.

We welcome stories from all writers, and we are especially interested in stories including (but not limited to) the lives, experiences, and viewpoints of women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, disabled people, members of religious minorities, and people outside the United States. We strongly encourage submissions from people of those backgrounds, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded.

In July 2016, we published #BlackSpecFic, a special report on the marginalization of black writers in speculative fiction magazines. You can read all the details at the link above, but the summary is: it’s really terrible. To that end, Fireside particularly encourages submissions from Black writers. Send us your stories.

We have gone back and forth about whether to have submissions periods targeted to Black writers and members of other marginalized communities. For now, we are not doing this. After a lot of discussion within Fireside and with writers, editors, and other trusted voices, we do not want to create a sense that marginalized writers have to wait their turn to submit. But we are tracking how this goes, and we are very open to revisiting this policy in the future if things do not improve.

7 easy ways to get banned from submitting

Here is a list of things that we do not want to see at Fireside:

  • Sensationalized or graphic depictions of rape or sexual assault.
  • Child molestation or brutalization of children.
  • Graphic brutalization of women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, disabled people, or any other marginalized people.
  • Graphic torture, or gruesome horror just for the sake of being gruesome.
  • Animal abuse.
  • Plagiarism (which is terrible and we hate) and fanfiction (which is often great, but not for this magazine)
  • Stories that promote fascism, racism, bigotry, and hate. We have an antifascist fiction club. We care about inclusivity and decolonization and acceptance and compassion. Obviously we don’t want to read things that promote bigotry and hate.

This is not saying stories cannot touch on, address, or talk about these issues. But we don’t want these acts illustrated in detail (or worse, glorified) in Fireside. If we see stories that cross these lines in ways that our staff find personally upsetting, we may choose not to consider further submissions from you. This is out of respect for our staff who work hard, and whose feelings we respect. If you worked for us, we wouldn’t want to make you read these things either!

Turnaround and feedback

We usually take about a month from the close of a submissions period to review everything that comes in, so you can expect to hear back from us roughly within that time period. (Emphasis on the word ‘roughly.’ We’re a small team, and sometimes things take longer than expected. Please be patient.)

Due to the high volume of submissions we get, unfortunately we can’t provide feedback on your individual submission if we’ve rejected it—we have a finite amount of editorial energy, and we need to expend it on the stories that we do acquire. Find some beta readers, join a writers’ group, and better luck next time. If you are uncertain on where to find critical feedback, we’ve heard positive things about Critters.org and The Online Writing Workshop, but we are not affiliated with either place.

Fireside Magazine is not accepting submissions. We will announce upcoming submissions periods soon.

CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Content Notes

Fireside Fiction Company provides content notes for books and stories to guide readers who may wish to seek out or avoid particular story elements. These content notes may contain spoilers. Content notes are not the same as the ratings found on movies, TV shows, and video games. The intent is to help trauma survivors avoid being surprised by story elements that may trigger pain or emotional distress. So we don’t offer warnings about general violence, profanity, sex, or other things one sees in a movie rating.

We welcome suggestions for elements to include or exclude. You can email us at editorial@firesidefiction.com. (Please do not send submissions here. Any stories sent to this address will be deleted unread.)

Here is a list of the elements we currently offer notes for:

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Animal Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Death
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Gender-Bias Violence
  • LGBTQ-Bias Violence
  • Racial/Ethnic-Bias Violence
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Assault
  • Suicide
  • Torture

Here is an example of a content note:

THIS BOOK CONTAINS

••• Emotional Abuse
•• Racial-Bias Violence

Fireside Fiction Company provides content notes to guide readers who may wish to seek out or avoid particular story elements. A current list of all the elements covered in our content notes can be found at firesidefiction.com/about/#content-notes.We welcome your suggestions for elements to include or exclude.

Legend:
One scene of mild intensity
•• One scene of moderate intensity
••• Multiple scenes of mild to moderate intensity
•••• One scene of high intensity
••••• Multiple scenes of high intensity

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More Questions?

If there’s something we haven’t addressed here, please feel free to email us at questions@firesidefiction.com. (Please do not send submissions here. Any stories sent to this address will be deleted unread.)

For more info, go to: https://firesidefiction.com/about/#submissions-guidelines

180531 | 5¢-8¢ | 500-6K | Blood Bound Books, Best of

For more info, go to: http://bloodboundbooks.net/bloodboundbooks/submissions/

On Thanksgiving weekend 2009, we opened to our first anthology. Ten years later we plan to celebrate this long strange—and wonderful—trip, with our biggest anthology yet! Our “Best Of” will feature your favorite Blood Bound stories from the last decade upgraded in a limited edition, illustrated hardcover. The hardcover will also be loaded with brand new stories to lead us into the next decade of horror. That’s where you come in:

What we’re looking for:

Genres: All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—if it’s dark, we want it!

Stories must be previously unpublished in any form

Email: submissions@bloodboundbooks.net

Length: 500 words up to 6K—query for longer works

Deadline: May 31st 2018

Multiple Submissions: Yes–two max–but please attach them in one email

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Payment: 5¢ – 8¢ per word (We’re shooting for 8¢ if we get a few more Patreon supporters before contracts go out, but it will NEVER be lower than 5¢)

Patreon rewards

Copyright © 2017 Blood Bound Books

For more info, go to: http://bloodboundbooks.net/bloodboundbooks/submissions/

180615 | 2¢ | 5K | Alternative Theology for the Religious Right

Call found on Facebook. No Website.

A new title in the B Cubed world of Alternatives:

Announcing Alternative Theology for the Religious Right.

Open call for the upcoming B Cubed Press anthology: “Alternative Theology for the Religious Right” A re-mastering of core biblical themes that will help justify, or perhaps even expose, modern evangelical theology. Humor and good will are key. A sharp wit and a sharper pen is the objective. We’re taking fiction, poems, essays. This is unabashedly critical look at the often Hypocritical deviation of the religious right from their biblical and moral base. This will be a disturbing read for some. 250 to 5000 words. Pays 2 cents a word and a share on publication.

Queries encouraged.

Edited by Bob Brown and Irene Radford.

Submissions Accepted March 1, 2018 through July 15, 2018. This is not for the Faint of Heart. All submissions use “Alternative Theology” in the title. E Mail submissions to Kionadad@aol.com.

Up to three subs, use manuscript format, simultaneous okay.

Call found on Facebook. No Website.

180301 | $50-$250 | 5K | Upstreet Literary

For more info, go to: http://upstreet-mag.org/guidelines/

Submitting to upstreet

We invite you to submit your fiction, and creative nonfiction for the fourteenth issue of upstreet. Please read these guidelines carefully. If they are not followed, your submission will not be considered.

  • upstreet will not consider unsolicited poetry submissions for the next issue. Only poems submitted by invitation will be read. Queries about poetry may be made to poetry1@upstreet-mag.org.
  • We take submissions only through the upstreet Submission Manager, an online system that will be found here.
  • The submission period for upstreet number fourteen is from September 1, 2017, to March 1, 2018. The Submission Manager will take work only within that time period.
  • The Submission Manager provides a form to enter the author’s name, address, phone number, and email. A brief bio and other information may be entered in the comments field.
  • Please do not submit previously published works, or more than two fiction and two nonfiction pieces per issue.
  • Fiction and nonfiction pieces must be 5,000 words or less. Each item should be submitted separately. If more than one piece is included in a file, the submission will be withdrawn, unread.
  • Please tell us if your submission is being considered elsewhere, and tell us immediately if it is accepted by another publication.
  • Notification will be made via email by May 2018.

 

The fourteenth issue of upstreet will appear in early July of 2018. Payment, upon publication,
will be between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays. Each author will also receive one complimentary copy, and may purchase more copies at a reduced rate.

For more info, go to: http://upstreet-mag.org/guidelines/

180501 | 2¢ | 1K-10K+ ($200 cap) | Midnight Before Christmas

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

There’s no doubt that the Holidays are the most magical time of year, but that doesn’t mean dark happenings aren’t lurking beneath your Christmas tree as well.

These books will be available on kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format.  The title page of each story will be illustrated.  We are looking for holiday related horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk stories.  We like stories with Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza themes.   Alternatively, they can simply take place during the holidays (like how Die Hard isn’t really about Christmas) or even just involve wintery or snowy settings.  Please read the general submissions for more details.

A word of advice:  If you plan on sending us a Krampus story, please make sure it’s a great one!  We’ll only have room for one in our collection and we’re anticipating a lot of submissions so send something original!

Below is a little more about the project.

Word Count​​:  1000-10,000 words.  This is not a hard word count.  If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.

Payment:  We are offering 2 cents per word up to 10K words.  You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $200 per story for this project.

Rights:  We are not asking for ownership of your story.  Just the right to print it.

Reprints:  Yes, we accept reprints.  Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand.  If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.

Multiple Submissions​​:   Yes.

Deadline​​:   May 1st

180501 | 2¢ | 1.5K-8K+ ($160 cap) | Midnight Hour Vol. 1 & 2

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

Submissions

Midnight Hour vol. 1 & 2

We are always looking for dark fiction so please feel free to submit to our projects!  Below are all the projects that are in open submission periods.  We are taking multiple submissions for each project.  Please double check the guidelines before sending us your work.  If you are looking for payment compensation, then make sure you are submitting to a project that offers payment.   Each project is different and offers different compensation, so again please make sure you know what you’re submitting to.   Below is an outline of our general guidelines.

​What we like:

  • Supernatural horror (monsters, ghosts, witchcraft, ect.)

  • Neo-noire (murder, conspiracy, mystery)

  • Urban settings (not a must, but it catches our attention)

  • Speculative Fiction (dark dystopian themes)

  • Cyberpunk themes

What we aren’t looking for:  If your story utilizes any of these tropes then we can’t publish it no matter how good it is!  It’s not that we hate these themes, it’s just not what we’re looking to publish!

  • No vampires

  • No Werewolves

  • No Zombies

  • No Cthulhu Mythos

Strange things happen when the clock strikes twelve…

Our flagship anthology is now open for submissions.  These books will be available on kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format.  The title page of each story will be illustrated.  We are looking for horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk themes.  Please read the general submissions for more details.

Below is a little more about the project.

Word Count​​:  1500-8000 words.  This is not a hard word count.  If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.

Payment:  We are offering 2 cents per word up to 8K words.  You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $160 per story for this project.

Rights:  We are not asking for ownership of your story.  Just the right to print it.

Reprints:  Yes, we accept reprints.  Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand.  If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.

Multiple Submissions​​:   Yes.

Deadline​​:   May 1st

Send submissions to:  submissions@midnighthourmedia.com

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

180228 | 3¢ | 7.5K | Gallery of Curiosities

For more info, go to: https://gallerycurious.com/fiction/

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW UNTIL FEBRUARY 28, 2018.

WORKS UP TO 7500 WORDS ONLY.

Gallery of Curiosities is a paying speculative fiction anthology podcast and magazine. What makes us different from other SF/F/H markets is that most of our stories have some sort of anachropunkish retro-vintage element, and the handful of others that don’t were the ones that grabbed us by the throat and demanded to be bought. Clear as mud? Good. About 2/3 of submissions are rejected for “Bad Fit.”

What we’re looking for:
As an audio venue, we want short stories that entertain. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was, be it steampunk, gaslamp, weird tales, dreadpunk, vintage horror, mad science, fantastic cities (please!), monsters, impossible machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, surprises, weird westerns, and things that shouldn’t work. We will read Bizarro but it must have an internal logic to it.

What we don’t want:
Serialized novels. Novel excerpts. Stories longer than 7500 words. Fan fiction. Sherlockians. Vulgar language used as punctuation. Cutters. Horror stories that spend most of the word count telling us all the mundane little details of the contemporary protag’s lifestyle before getting to it. JFK theories. Mainstream SF “Space!” stories. Anything that has been on a podcast within the past 18 months.

What’s a hard sell:
Slipstream. Excessive splatter. Horror based in domestic violence or sexual perversion. Anything set after the 1950’s.

Payment:
3 cents a word USD for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints, with a minimum of $10 USD for stories less than 1000 words.

How do I submit?
Send your story in an email or email attachment to curiousgallery@gmail.com with SUBMISSION: Your Story Title in the subject line, because that is how I search for things. Always send a new story after a rejection with a new subject line. Continuing a thread is a good way to get the next one lost.

Manuscripts will be sent as docx or rtf attachments that are formatted without headers. To protect your privacy, put your personal details in the cover letter, not the manuscript. Make sure all commentary has been removed from your manuscript, as it will (surprise!) persist when we convert it into a Google Document file, which is the format in which we read.

We think long cover letters are unnecessary for this format. We are amused by haiku, and will reciprocate. If the story is a reprint, tell where it has been.

You’ll get a quick reply to let you know it did not get lost, then any identifying information will be stripped from your manuscript before it is logged and sent on to the readers. If you do not get a rejection within a week, then your story made it to the consideration table.

How do I get paid?
PayPal or SL Lindens.

What about Rights?
We are purchasing non-exclusive audio, print and archiving rights to your short story. You retain all other rights. The podcasts will be archived online for perpetual download under a Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution NonCommercial No-Derivs license.

Are you going to publish a print magazine or post my story for online reading?
Stories will be collected into a thrice-annual zine which will be available in retail print-on-demand and ebook formats.  You will get representative contributor copies of the edition that contains your story.  We will not be posting the text of your story where it could be freely available online.

How long will it take to get my story to air?
The turnaround is slow. Sadly, some stories may not make it to broadcast. If we don’t make it happen within 24 months, our rights expire.

Is there a contract?
Yes.

What about simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but do tell us if you sold it somewhere that would not want us to produce it after they bought it so we don’t waste our time.

My story has already been published. Can I still submit it?
Yes, as long as you are not violating any terms of your previous contract. We do want to know if it is a reprint, and where it has been. Say so in your cover letter.

You rejected my story. Can I submit another one?
Absolutely! We rejected your story, not you. Be persistent!

You rejected my story. Can I work on it some more and resubmit it?
Only if we said that we would read it again in the rejection letter.

I have more questions!
curiousgallery@gmail.com

For more info, go to: https://gallerycurious.com/fiction/

180430 | 4¢ aud | 2K-10K | SNAFU: Resurrection

For more info, go to: https://cohesionpress.com/snafu-submissions/

SNAFU SUBMISSIONS

CURRENT SUBMISSION CALL

SNAFU – RESURRECTION

THEME – MILITARY HORROR.
WHAT WE WANT: MILITARY HORROR, AND LOTS OF IT. THINK DOOM, RESIDENT EVIL, TERMINATOR, DOG SOLDIERS, ALIENS (THE SECOND MOVIE, NOT THE FIRST)… ANYTHING THAT CAN BE CALLED A HIGH-ACTION MONSTER STORY. AND SOLDIERS!
THIS VOLUME IS LIKE THE PREVIOUS VOLUMES SQUARED.
WE WANT EXTREME ACTION, AND IT HAS TO BE MILITARY OR PARAMILITARY ACTION. CAN BE MERCS OR EX-SOLDIERS, THOUGH, SO LONG AS THEY ARE HARDCASES.
AND TO SAY IT AGAIN, FULL ACTION. NOTHING LESS.
HOO-RAH!

EDITED BY GEOFF BROWN, AMANDA J. SPEDDING, & MATTHEW SUMMERS
PAYMENT: AUD4C/WORD AND ONE CONTRIBUTOR COPY IN EACH FORMAT RELEASED
WORDCOUNT RANGE: 2,000 – 10,000 WORDS (QUERY FOR SHORTER OR LONGER)
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FEB 1 2018. CLOSING DATE IS APRIL 30TH 2018 (ANYTHING SUBMITTED OUTSIDE THIS PERIOD WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT BEING READ OR REPLIED TO).
NO SELECTIONS WILL BE MADE UNTIL AFTER THE PERIOD CLOSES.
PROJECTED PUBLICATION DATE: LATE 2018

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:
1. Please put your full contact details and word count on the first page of the manuscript.
2. Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
3. Courier or Times New Roman set at 12pt. Italics as they will appear. No underlining.
4. Double spaced.
5. Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only. If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.
6. NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.
7. Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).
8. Send your submission to Geoff Brown at editor@cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)
9. In the subject line of your email, please put Resurrection: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to state this)

NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
NO REPRINTS

Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.
Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.

For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

The only variations to Shunn’s format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.
Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story shredded by mutant zombie-like creatures.

For more info, go to: https://cohesionpress.com/snafu-submissions/

180228 | 5¢ | 3K | Nothing’s Sacred Vol. 4

For more info, go to: http://jackofnotradesproductions.com/submission-guidelines/guidelines-for-magazine-submissions/

Magazine Guidelines

Current Call Status: 

Open for Nothing’s Sacred Vol. 4

From: January 26th – February 28th

 

UPDATE: As of 23:59 EST February 3, 2018, submissions for short stories are closed. All other areas for this call will remain open until further notice or until the posted date of our original post. We realize this is short notice for closing the call for short stories; however, due to an overwhelming response of short story submissions, we have more than enough submissions.

 

Projected Release Date: October 1, 2018

Nothing’s Sacred is Jack of No Trades Productions’ horror magazine. It is made up of  original short fiction, poetry, articles, book reviews, two sentence short stories, and comics. As said in the magazines’ namesake, nothing is off limits. The horror within can range from subtle to grotesque, psychological to physical, dark to full out terror so long as it is character driven. Theme wise, Nothing’s Sacred is relatively open outside of distasteful stories of rape, the degradation and/or humiliation of women, and child porn of any kind.

What we’re  looking for:

Fiction – 3,000 word max. NO REPRINTS Pay rate $.05 per word.

Articles – Should be related to or about the horror genre. 2000 word max. Pay rate $.05 per word.

Poetry – 3 poems max per submission. 250 words max per poem. Pay rate $10 per poem.

Two Sentence Fiction – Just as implied, these stories are extremely short. We will consider up to five submissions per author. Pay rate $5 per story.

Comics – We first introduced comics into Nothing’s Sacred in Vol. 3 to include a humorous element to our layout. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST TO BE CONSIDERED! Comics should include elements of horror in them, and may be either a full page or a banner size (as you would find in your Sunday paper), strip. Pay rate $90 per comic.

Pay out for all material: Upon publication

Seeks North American Serial Rights and Electronic Rights.

Guidelines for Submission:

The following guidelines are intended to be used for all of the categories mentioned above. All Submissions should be double spaced and be typed in either Courier or Times Romans (preferably), 12 font. Submissions with multiple pages will be required to have page numbers after the first page.

To submit, email material as an attachment with a description of the story in the body of the email. Also, to ensure that submissions are not deemed as spam, please enter (Submission) after the name of your work in the subject field.

All emails should be sent to:    editor@jackofnotradesproductions.com

For more info, go to: http://jackofnotradesproductions.com/submission-guidelines/guidelines-for-magazine-submissions/

180228 | 6¢ ($300 cap) | 3K-10K | Twisted Book of Shadows

For more info, go to: http://www.twistedbos.com/submission-guidelines/

Interested in submitting your work to The Twisted Book of Shadows? That’s good, because we’re interested in reading it!

Submissions Open: February 1, 2018
Submissions Close: February 28, 2018

The editors of The Twisted Book of Shadows want your very best horror story. That’s it. We’re making this call as open as we can make it. Just scare us.

We will be paying professional rates — a minimum of six cents per word, with a cap on advances of $300 per story. We will also be paying royalties — a pro rata share of 50% of all royalties earned.

Stories should be 3,000 words and up. Payment will be capped at 5,000 words, but we won’t reject a story for exceeding that length. (Though stories above 10,000 words will be frowned upon.)

All submissions must be original, previously unpublished stories (i.e. no reprints).

Don’t send us trunk stories. You’re wasting your time and ours.

Don’t send multiple submissions. We want your best. If you’ve got more than one story hanging around, chances are at least one is a trunk story. If you just happen to have recently written more than one story, only send the one you think is best.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you inform us immediately at the following email address if you’ve sold the story elsewhere.

All stories must be submitted via the following email address, attached as either an MS Word or RTF file. We prefer to receive stories that follow “standard professional formatting;” in other words, double-spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman (or a similar font). CLICK HERE for a concise formatting checklist (although again, we’d prefer Times New Roman as a font, but that’s a minor request). All stories will be received by our web-master, who will log your submission, strip any personal information from your file, and then forward it to the editors.

We’re going to repeat ourselves because this part is that important — all stories must be submitted via the following email address. Don’t attach your submission to a personal email or a Facebook message to one of the editors or the publisher. This is how we’re keeping the submission process truly blind, so it is therefore the one and only portal to have your story considered for The Twisted Book of Shadows.

Please email your submission to: bookofshadows@haverhillhouse.com

Thank you, and we look forward to reading your work!

For more info, go to: http://www.twistedbos.com/submission-guidelines/

180228 | 6¢ | 6K | PodCastle

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

Ends on February 28, 2018

PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction. If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it.

  • Submit using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format.
  • Word count: up to 6,000 words.
  • Occasionally, we run reprints in the novelette range (up to 17,000 words), although they are a harder sell. Query to editor@podcastle.org before submitting longer works.
  • No multiple submissions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted; just mention it in your cover letter up front, and let us know if you sell it elsewhere first.
  • Reprints are welcome, and strongly encouraged.

Payment and Rights

We pay $.06/word for original fiction up to 6000 words, $100 flat rate for reprints above 2000 words, and $20 flat rate for reprints below 1500 words (flash fiction).

We are happy to consider stories previously published on Patreon as reprints.

PodCastle buys nonexclusive audio rights, and nonexclusive electronic rights to distribute the audio file under a Creative Commons license.

Specifically, we use the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the audio files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.

This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

What We Want

PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story.

We are an audio magazine. Our audience can’t skim past the boring parts. Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we’re looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged.

We hope to publish fiction reflecting the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We’d particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.

Diversity

Podcastle welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.  Our goal is to publish fantasy that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

How to Submit

Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format and submit through our online submissions portal. We accept files formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.

In your cover letter, please include your legal name, byline (if different from your legal name), mailing address, and the story’s approximate word count and publication history. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.

After three months, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email.

Legalese

By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
  2. You are the copyright holder of the work;
  3. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
  4. All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
  5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.

If we buy your story we’ll send you a contract, and you’ll be bound to all of the above.

Questions?

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to our staff at editor@podcastle.org. We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.

Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to reading your fiction!

Sincerely,

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert, Editors

and editorial staff

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

180211 | 6¢ | 2K-4K | Robots & Artificial Intelligence

For more info, go to: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-lost-soul-robots-and-artificial-intelligence

Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Short Story Submissions: Lost Souls | Robots & Artificial Intelligence

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Lost Souls and Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories

We’re pleased to announce the addition of these two new anthologies to our successful Gothic Fantasy collection. As with the previous books in the series, we’re looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

The Two New Volumes

Lost Souls: Ghouls, ghosts and wandering spirits, trapped inside abandoned dolls and ancient tombs: from the Morrígan of Celtic mythology to Dante’s Purgatorio, humanity’s dark souls have drifted between the worlds to haunt the young and taunt the old. We seek tales of despair and anguish, rage and redemption, for our new chilling collection in the powerful Gothic Fantasy series.

Robots & Artificial Intelligence: The future hurtles ever faster towards us; biomechanical products and automated beings bring both dangers and benefits to humankind. Will we be superceded, assimilated, or enslaved by our creations as they too begin to create more capable versions of themselves? Androids, robots, AI and networks, we’re looking for new short stories for our Gothic Fantasy series about a future that’s already with us.

Formal Call for Submissions (2018)

We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (though we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.

Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range. 

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

Fees, Copyright and Other Terms

  • We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 6 cents per word.
  • We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website flametreepublishing.com for details), although we might choose to pay some early.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 30 working days of the submission deadline.
  • The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.
  • You can submit more than one story, and to each collection.
  • Final submission date is 11 February 2018.

Submit by email only to: 2018@flametreepublishing.com

Selection Panel

The selection will be made by our group of life-long, in-house enthusiasts: Nick Wells (Publisher), Laura Bulbeck (Senior Editor), Josie Mitchell, Gillian Whitaker and Cat Taylor. If required, the final selection will be mediated by our series editors. We try to keep everyone up-to-date as much as possible with occasional email updates.

A Word about the SFWA

To confirm, we are an SFWA qualifying market, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.

About Flame Tree Publishing

Now over 25 years old we started in 1992, covering a wide range of art and culture titles, with a strong vein of highly-illustrated Gothic and Fantasy books, notebooks and art calendars. Our Gothic Dreams books include NecronomiconSteampunkDystopia, our large format titles Gothic ArtFantasy Art and Dragon Art are sumptuous, and we publish gothic fiction reprints by Mary ShelleyH.G. WellsJules Verne, and more, in our Flame Tree 451 imprint. 2017 also saw the publication of a true labour of love: the all-new Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction, with The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror set for release this year.

Our anthologies are designed to be read in print. They look and feel fantastic. You’ll feel proud to hand them to your friends, family, colleagues – so do send us your story!

Thank you, and good luck. We look forward to reading your tales of imagination.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories

For more info, go to: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-lost-soul-robots-and-artificial-intelligence

180211 | 6¢ | 2K-4K | Lost Souls

For more info, go to: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-lost-soul-robots-and-artificial-intelligence

Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Short Story Submissions: Lost Souls | Robots & Artificial Intelligence

Generic Call for Submissions.jpg

Lost Souls and Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories

We’re pleased to announce the addition of these two new anthologies to our successful Gothic Fantasy collection. As with the previous books in the series, we’re looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

The Two New Volumes

Lost Souls: Ghouls, ghosts and wandering spirits, trapped inside abandoned dolls and ancient tombs: from the Morrígan of Celtic mythology to Dante’s Purgatorio, humanity’s dark souls have drifted between the worlds to haunt the young and taunt the old. We seek tales of despair and anguish, rage and redemption, for our new chilling collection in the powerful Gothic Fantasy series.

Robots & Artificial Intelligence: The future hurtles ever faster towards us; biomechanical products and automated beings bring both dangers and benefits to humankind. Will we be superceded, assimilated, or enslaved by our creations as they too begin to create more capable versions of themselves? Androids, robots, AI and networks, we’re looking for new short stories for our Gothic Fantasy series about a future that’s already with us.

Formal Call for Submissions (2018)

We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (though we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.

Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range. 

Submit by email to 2018@flametreepublishing.com

Fees, Copyright and Other Terms

  • We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 6 cents per word.
  • We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website flametreepublishing.com for details), although we might choose to pay some early.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 30 working days of the submission deadline.
  • The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.
  • You can submit more than one story, and to each collection.
  • Final submission date is 11 February 2018.

Submit by email only to: 2018@flametreepublishing.com

Selection Panel

The selection will be made by our group of life-long, in-house enthusiasts: Nick Wells (Publisher), Laura Bulbeck (Senior Editor), Josie Mitchell, Gillian Whitaker and Cat Taylor. If required, the final selection will be mediated by our series editors. We try to keep everyone up-to-date as much as possible with occasional email updates.

A Word about the SFWA

To confirm, we are an SFWA qualifying market, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.

About Flame Tree Publishing

Now over 25 years old we started in 1992, covering a wide range of art and culture titles, with a strong vein of highly-illustrated Gothic and Fantasy books, notebooks and art calendars. Our Gothic Dreams books include NecronomiconSteampunkDystopia, our large format titles Gothic ArtFantasy Art and Dragon Art are sumptuous, and we publish gothic fiction reprints by Mary ShelleyH.G. WellsJules Verne, and more, in our Flame Tree 451 imprint. 2017 also saw the publication of a true labour of love: the all-new Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction, with The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror set for release this year.

Our anthologies are designed to be read in print. They look and feel fantastic. You’ll feel proud to hand them to your friends, family, colleagues – so do send us your story!

Thank you, and good luck. We look forward to reading your tales of imagination.

Small-3.jpg

Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories

For more info, go to: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-lost-soul-robots-and-artificial-intelligence

180415 | £0.08 | 1K-7.5K | Speculative Masculinities

For more info, go to: https://galli-books.co.uk/2018/01/15/call-for-submissions-speculative-masculinities/

Call For Submissions: Speculative Masculinities

Masculinity has, almost since the category of speculative fiction emerged in the early 20th century, been a concern of fiction written in the genre. A culturally dominant, Western, toxic form of masculinity has dominated storytelling in speculative fiction. In worlds as varied and diverse as the distant past of magical worlds and the far future of this one, models of maleness and masculinity tend to be the same toxic form of masculinity that dominates modern Western culture. We want to interrogate that model of masculinity, to problematise it, and to question it; we want to see other possible models of masculinity, models not centred on dominance and violence and repression of feelings; other role models for men. We are looking for fiction, essays and poetry which do this.

We are particularly looking for submissions from authors from marginalised identities and backgrounds, especially where those identities complicate the author’s relationship with masculinity, including but by no means limited to disabled writers, trans writers, and writers of colour.

Reading Period: January 15th-April 15th 2018. No responses to submissions will be sent out before May 2nd, 2018.

Fiction
Fiction editors:
Jay Wolf & Ronan Sadler

Masculinity, as so much of our media defines it, is discouragingly narrow; the constructs that define “masculinity” are often rigid and unforgiving. Toxic masculinity engenders violence to those marginalized by, as well as to those contained within, it. This violence looks and feels different to everyone, depending on their social location. But what if it didn’t have to be this way?
We’re looking for speculative short fiction that looks past the fitted mold of masculinity, the known and assumed qualities of what constitutes “manliness” that enforce an artificial exclusion. We want to see thoughtful futures, alternate histories, or far-flung fantasies that examine masculinity without boxing it in. We’re not looking for gender-based “gotcha” moments or punchlines. What can masculinity be when it is not a rigid social construct? The stories we are looking for will examine what it means to be masculine while leaving pre-judgments at the door.

Length: 1,000-7,500 words.
Payment: £0.08/word
Fiction Submissions Procedure:
•Please submit your essays as 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond), double spaced, .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format documents.
•The subject line of your email should read FICTION SUBMISSION: [Title], where [Title] is the title of your story.
•Please include the wordcount of your story in the email.
•Email your submission to galli-books [at] galli-books [dot] co [dot] uk
•Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted to another market or anthology.

Poetry
Poetry editor:
Brandon O’Brien

We’re looking for rich, evocative poetry with depth and a compelling, unique voice. We are looking for work which explores issues and themes related to radical perspectives on masculinity without giving in to stereotype, and we encourage work that offers radically positive models of masculinity.

Length: No line limits
Payment: £30/poem
Poetry Submissions Procedure:
•You may submit up to three poems. Please submit each poem in a separate email, in the form they should appear in the final anthology, in .RTF, .DOC or .DOCX formats. Depending on the complexity of formatting, this may require further discussion between yourself and our poetry editor, Brandon O’Brien.
•The subject line of your email should read POETRY SUBMISSION: [Title], where [Title] is the title of your poem
•Email your submission to galli-books [at] galli-books [dot] co [dot] uk
•Please do not send submissions simultaneously submitted to another market or anthology.

Nonfiction
Nonfiction editor:
D Franklin

We are looking for essays discussing the presentation and creation of masculinity in speculative fiction, including science fiction and fantasy; including essays looking at how such presentation and creation has influenced you. We are interested in essays looking at single works or the field as a whole. Creative nonfiction, academic essay, personal essay, or other non-fiction styles are all welcome. We particularly welcome essays which complicate questions of what masculinity means, especially in the context of speculative fiction.

Length: 1,000-3,000 words
Payment: £50/essay
Nonfiction Submissions Procedure:
•Please submit your essays as 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond), double spaced, .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format documents.
•The subject line of your email should read ESSAY SUBMISSION: [Title], where [Title] is the title of your essay
•Please include a brief summary of your essay in the email.
•Email your submission to galli-books [at] galli-books [dot] co [dot] uk
•Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted to another market or anthology.

All submissions must be previously unpublished. We are not accepting reprints. If you are unsure whether a submission would count as previously published, or have any other queries, please get in touch by emailing galli-books [at] galli-books [dot] co [dot] uk.

About the Editors

Jay Wolf is a nonbinary author and freelance illustrator based out of Jersey City, NJ. They divide time between disciplines: writing, illustration, costuming, sculpture, mold-making and casting, and other freelance art and creative projects. In addition, Jay is a submissions editor at Uncanny Magazine and Viable Paradise alumnus.

Ronan Sadler is a disabled trans editor and writer based in Toronto. For more information on them, see alembiceditorial.com

Brandon O’Brien is a performance poet and writer from Trinidad and Tobago. His work has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Arsenika, and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean, among other outlets. He is also the poetry editor of FIYAH: A Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction.

D Franklin is the founder of Galli Books. They are by day a Glasgow-based bookseller, and by night a nonbinary reader and fan of science fiction and fantasy.

For more info, go to: https://galli-books.co.uk/2018/01/15/call-for-submissions-speculative-masculinities/

180304 | 8¢ cad | 500-5K | War on Christmas

For more info, go to: https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/war-on-christmas/guidelines

Submission Guidelines

War on Christmas

Current Status

War on Christmas open
War on Christmas : Original Speculative Fiction Story open
War on Christmas : Original Poem open

If it isn’t perfectly clear by now, we are looking for Ho ho, oh hell, is it that time of year again? Already? When the muzak starts cranking out lousy Casio versions of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” non-stop? When the flavour du jour switches from pumpkin spice to eggnog every goddamn thing? When everything gets all twinkly and glittery and your eyes just want to roll out of your skull from the sparkle overload?

Worse: how about when every other person you come across wants to infect

We’re looking for deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humourous, but that covers a lot of ground. But basically, if it would piss off Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly or that stuffy old grandma that always gave you hideous socks for Christmas, we’re in. One cautionary note: it’s likely there will be a lot of Santa stories submitted. We’d urge you think more widely, especially outside the white, Judeo-Christian canon. There’s really plenty to hate about Christmas, so it shouldn’t be that hard.

Some guiding stars, if you like:

  • The Ice Harvest
  • Robert Devereaux’s Santa novels
  • Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” (not the wussed-out version they did on the Twilight Zone, neither!)
  • Donald E. Westlake’s “Nackles”
  • Neil Gaiman’s “Nicholas Was . . .”
  • Joe Hill’s NO54A2
  • Damon Runyon’s “Dancing Dan’s Christmas”
  • Don Bassingthwaite’s Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submission window: Monday, January 15, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • Open to submissions by authors of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.
  • Please do not submit by email. We will accept digital submissions only via the Moksha submissions system at https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/war-on-christmas.
  • Length:
    • Fiction: 500–5,000 words. This isn’t super-firm (we won’t impale you with a candy cane for 5,100 words, even if you ask us to) but do try to keep it in the ballpark.
    • Poetry: No more than 2 pages (8.5 x 11) in length. (Maximum word count set arbitrarily to 2,000 words as our system won’t allow max lines or pages.) No need to double-space.
  • Preference will be given to stories previously unpublished in English, however, we will consider previously published material.
  • Stories published in languages other than English, but MUST come accompanied by a good English translation.
  • Multiple submissions welcome; up to two stories maximum per author, sent under separate cover.
  • NOTE ON PSEUDONYMS: we will only publish one story per author, even if you write under several names; please use your real name on all correspondence and indicate your pseudonym in the cover letter and on the byline of the story itself.
  • We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please (we promise to respond promptly).
  • Final responses no later than 30 days after the deadline.
  • Payment is 8 cents per word in Canadian funds (SFWA qualifying after exchange to US funds) for original submissions, 1 cent per word in Canadian funds for reprints.
  • Rights: First World Rights, including audio and translation rights. (NOTE: CZP has a foreign rights agent who will be presenting the anthology in foreign markets.)
  • File formats accepted: .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
  • Formatting: Standard Manuscript format: double-spaced, 1-inch margins, etc. Times New Roman 12 point or other readable serifed font (NOT Courier); indented paragraphs; italics in italics (not underlined); Canadian or U.S. spelling; use # (or other unambiguous symbol) to indicate scene breaks; no outlandish formatting, please; full contact info (name, street address, email, phone number) and word count on the first page.
  • Please include a cover letter with a brief author bio, title of story, and full contact info, including street address.
  • Please do not summarize or describe the story in the cover letter.
  • To be published by ChiZine Publications in late 2018. Yup, this one’s going right to press!

For more info, go to: https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/war-on-christmas/guidelines

180201 | $250 | 2K-7K | Foreshadow, Issue Zero

For more info, go to: https://foreshadowya.com/#post-25

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology will be published monthly on this site for a single year starting in January 2019 and ending December 2019, and will feature stellar YA stories from established and emerging authors. Each issue will feature three stories, one of which will be from a new voice specially selected by a beloved author. Our debut issue, Issue Zero, will be published in summer 2018 to coincide with our fundraising campaign.

DEADLINE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ISSUE ZERO: FEBRUARY 1, 2018.

 

WHAT WE’RE SEEKING:

We are seeking original YA short stories. Stories should be between 2,000 and 7,000 words.

We especially encourage submissions from underrepresented voices, including Indigenous and people of color; LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse writers; writers with disabilities; and religious, ethnic, and cultural minorities.

NEW VOICES:

Every issue of FORESHADOW will feature a short story from a “new voice”—a writer who is very early in their career, and this story will be selected and introduced by a beloved, established author.

New voices guidelines:

  • Writers being considered as a new voice in our serial anthology cannot have a previously published:
    • A young-adult, middle-grade, or adult book-length work of fiction.
    • A full-length poetry collection.
    • More than a few short stories, whether in print or online—we will look closely at the markets where they’ve been published to decide (e.g., someone with three stories in the New Yorker would not count as a “new voice”).
  • Writers also, at the time of submission, cannot have a YA, middle-grade, or adult book of fiction under contract that will be published before January 2020.
  • Writers who have written picture books or poetry chapbooks can be considered a new voice for our serial anthology, so long as they have published only one of such a book by summer 2018.
  • To be considered for a new voice slot, please include “NEW VOICE” next to your name in the subject line of the email and please mention it in your cover note. Directions on how to submit a story can be found below.

CHOOSE (OR FORESHADOW) YOUR CLUE:

To foreshadow in storytelling is to leave hints and drop clues, so each story in FORESHADOW will be introduced by a single-word title that offers a suggestion of what to expect. To find that title, you might ask yourself this question: If you could distill your story into one word, what would it be? This title will act as a clue to what may be discovered in your story—and the issue. Perhaps the clues in our first issue might be Magic, Invention, and Heartbreak. Or Thrillride, Starstruck, and Canary. It’s your choice—and we’re open to most anything!

When you submit your story, please include your one-word clue. Ideally this will be the title of the story, but if not please still include the clue.

MORE DETAILS:

Your story cannot be previously published. This also means we won’t consider stories published on your personal blog, website, Patreon, or elsewhere.

Excerpts from longer works are okay, so long as they can stand alone and work effectively as short stories without any context for the reader. And so long as the book the excerpt is from will not be published before your story appears on our site in 2019.

Yes, we do accept simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please reach out to us at foreshadowYA@gmail.com to withdraw your submission as soon as possible.

DEADLINE:

To be considered for publication in Issue Zero, which will be showcased during our fundraising campaign this summer, stories must be submitted by February 1, 2018. The deadline to be published in our first issues of 2019 will be September 1, 2018, and by that time fundraising will be complete and the amount we pay per story will be public.

PAYMENT:

It is our goal to pay all short story contributors the same amount, emerging and established alike. To do so, we will be launching a fundraising campaign in summer 2018, and will be showcasing an early debut issue, Issue Zero, to give a taste of what’s to come. Please consider supporting our fundraising effort this summer to help us pay artists for their work!

Contributors to Issue Zero will be paid $250 USD per story, and if more is raised in the fundraising campaign, they will receive the difference after fundraising has closed. Once the fundraising campaign is complete, we will clearly state how much we can pay all contributors and will notify any accepted writers of the amount before publication in Issues #1-12. You are welcome to withdraw your submission if you are not happy with the potential payment (submissions can be withdrawn by emailing foreshadowYA@gmail.com). If you prefer to know exactly how much you would potentially be paid for a story, please wait for our fundraiser to be complete and submit for the September 1 deadline. Payment will be a nominal amount per story—the same amount for all stories we feature—not per word. Please note that we are not a SFWA qualifying market.

AUTHOR RIGHTS:

When you agree to let us publish your work in FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology:

  • You grant us first serial rights. Once we have published your piece, the rights immediately revert back to you.
  • Your work will live on our website permanently.
  • You grant us the non-exclusive right to pull quotations from your work to promote the anthology.
  • After your work appears on our site, you’re free to republish it, or to give others permission to republish it. If you do so, please credit it as first appearing in FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthologyand email us at foreshadowYA@gmail.com to notify us of the publication.
  • You grant us the non-exclusive right to include your work in a future possible print version of the anthology, unless you fill out the opt-out form in the contract or withdraw your story from consideration from us in writing by emailing foreshadowYA@gmail.com. We are not currently planning to collect stories in book form, but may decide to do so at a future date and would work to provide further payment for such a project.
  • If your work is an excerpt from a longer work that will be published in book form, in exact or adapted version, your story must appear exclusively on our site for six (6) months before your book is published. These works are disqualified from appearing in a future printed version of our anthology.

WHEN YOU’LL HEAR FROM US:

We expect to be able to respond to submissions in 3–4 months, depending on the size of our reading staff. However, if your work is being held for further consideration, we may contact you to let you know.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Email foreshadowsubmissions@gmail.com with your name in the subject line. Please note this is a dedicated submission-only email address. Submissions sent to the other email address will be returned unread asking you to submit to the correct email.
  • In the body of the email, include the single-word title, word count, author bio, and any publication credentials.
  • To be considered for a new voice slot, please include “NEW VOICE” next to your name in the subject line, and mention it again in the body of your email.
  • Attach your story as a .PDF or .DOC file. Please don’t paste your story into the body of the email.
  • Documents must be double-spaced with the writer’s name appearing on all pages.

Writers should be aware that we haven’t gathered our readers yet. This means we may not be able to begin responding to story submissions until late spring 2018.

Staff members are disqualified from submitting their work for publication, so if you plan to apply for a staff position, please do not submit a story until after you hear from us about the position.

QUESTIONS?

For any submission-related questions, feel free to email the editors at foreshadowYA@gmail.com.

For more info, go to: https://foreshadowya.com/#post-25

180115 | $200 | 4K-iK | Best of Beyond the Stars

For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/440107622678110/permalink/1666284120060448/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for
*** Best of Beyond the Stars ***

UPDATED as of 12/28/17. Remember that submissions are due January 15, 2018!

Changed in only two respects:

This collection with NOT be part of KU. New stories are required to be exclusive for 90 days, and authors thereafter will be permitted to publish them independently or in other anthologies.

Also… since we will be including as many as seven stories from the original anthologies, we will likely accept only three to five new stories.

Accepting submissions for new, previously unpublished stories for the April, 2018 release of the fifth volume in the acclaimed “Beyond the Stars” space opera anthology series. We define the term space opera broadly. Any story that doesn’t take place exclusively on Earth qualifies.

Title: “Best of Beyond the Stars”

Length: 4,000 – 8,000 words

Pay per original story: Flat fee $200, payable UPON PUBLICATION

Submissions due: January 15, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: January 31, 2018

Projected publication date: April 1, 2018

Patrice Fitzgerald, Producer and Series Editor, will select a few original stories which will appear in this volume alongside outstanding stories from previous volumes.

Editor: Ellen Campbell

Cover Artist: Two-time Hugo Award winner Julie Dillon

This release will NOT be published as part of Kindle Unlimited (KU). After 90 days, authors of stories not previously published will be free to publish their stories independently.

Authors chosen agree to supply one-sentence blurbs about their story, representative photographs of their faces, and a responses for a brief Q&A segment.

Those accepted will be expected to help by promoting the series to the best of their abilities.

For reference, see our latest anthology, BEYOND THE STARS: New Worlds, New Suns. Find it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYJYGCR

Please send submissions to Patrice Fitzgerald at this dedicated address: BeyondTheStarsSeries@gmail.com

Please prepare your submitted stories in Word (.doc or .docx are both fine), Times New Roman, Font size 12. Single spacing, only one space after a period. When you have a scene change, indicate it via a line with three asterisks, centered, with a space in between, like this: * * * Nothing else fancier!

Preface your story with the title, your name, your email address, and the word length. All of this makes your story easier to read and edit, and then quickly format for publication. Points for you if you comply with this and make the story evaluators happy.

Please also, when submitting, tell me any pertinent facts, such as: You’re a New York Times Bestselling author (which would be awesome, but don’t be discouraged if you’re not), you have a big social media presence, a large list of newsletter subscribers, or you’ve lived on Mars.

For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/440107622678110/permalink/1666284120060448/

180207 | 6¢ ($75 cap) | 1.5K-5K | Abyss & Apex

For more info, go to: http://www.abyssapexzine.com/submissions/?mc_cid=44f41e79ab&mc_eid=a05612d711#open

Submissions

Publication Schedule:
Abyss&Apex publishes on a quarterly schedule.

  • January Issue (1st Quarter)
  • April Issue (2nd Quarter)
  • July Issue (3rd Quarter)
  • October Issue (4th Quarter)

Please note this is NOT our Submissions Schedule. Please see fiction reading period schedule here AND PLEASE WHITELIST abyssandapex@gmail.com. Poetry has a different reading period schedule AND POETRY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.

Submissions sent outside our submission periods will be deleted unread.

  • FICTION SUBMISSIONS Will be open the first week of February 2018.
  • Please read the poetry guidelines carefully. Poetry has a different email submissions address and schedule.


    WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
    Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. A&A wants to publish powerful stories with emotions that resonate in our minds and hearts long after a first reading, stories that make us want to read them again and again. We look for the unique: stories that stand out in a genre that pushes the envelope of unusual. We take special delight in detailed world-building: we like slipstream, YA, hypertext fiction, dark fantasy, science fiction puzzle stories, magical realism, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, science fantasy, urban fantasy, military science fiction, ghost stories, space opera, cyberpunk, steampunk . . . there is very little we will not look at, although we have a severe allergy to zombies, elves, retold fairy tales, sports, westerns, vampires, and gratuitous sex and violence. We have no subject/topic preference, beyond a requirement that the work have a speculative element. We are happy to read stories that don’t quite seem to fit elsewhere.

    We will consider dark speculative fiction, but we do not publish horror. We won’t publish extremely graphic violent or sexual content or over-the-top gore either; we are turned off by gratuitous foul language. In other words, if the primary purpose of a story is to scare us or make us queasy, we won’t buy it.


    GENERAL INFORMATION

    • We accept fiction submissions via e-mail only.
    • SHORT FICTION E-mail submissions must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
      • Important: Flash submissions must be copied into the body of the email, with contact info & bio.
    • We do NOT accept simultaneous or multiple submissions, except for poetry (limit, three poems).
    • We NEVER accept unsolicited reprints.
    • We are not currently soliciting artists, book reviewers, or editorial content.
    • We DO NOT serialize novels. Period. Don’t even ask.

     


    FICTION including Flash Fiction:
    We will read your genre short stories at lengths of up to 10,000 words. Higher word count? Query first, but we rarely look at anything of that length unless it’s by an author we’ve already published. We are especially interested in good flash fiction (1,250 words or less). If your story is on the borderline of flash length, consider trimming those extra words and making your short-short story even tighter and stronger.

    Reading Periods:

    The submissions editors at Abyss & Apex read short fiction and flash during designated reading periods ONLY, four times a year. Opening and closing times are in Eastern US time. The four up-coming reading periods are :

    • first week of May 2017 CANCELLED
    • first week of August 2017 CANCELLED
    • first week of November 2017 CANCELLED
    • First week of February 2018 

Formatting:

All short fiction submissions of more than 1,250 words must be in William Shunn Manuscript Format.

Please do NOT summarize your story in your cover letter.

For Fiction submissions of more than 1,250 words in length, please attach your .rtf or .doc or docx to your email. Please be absolutely certain to include your name and contact information on the manuscript itself. We would appreciate it if you would include a brief, two- to three-sentence bio either in the body of your e-mail message or somewhere within your attached manuscript. Please note: Flash fiction (fewer than 1,251 words) must be submitted within the body of your e-mail message. You should at least include contact information, and a bio. Please Note: We will not open or read any submissions that do not have an appropriate subject line. The subject line is important for sorting our mail; mail sent to the submissions address with an incorrect subject line may never reach us. Submit your work to: abyssandapex@gmail.com with the email subject in the following format:

FICTION SUB: “Your title here” or FLASH FICTION SUB: “Your title here”

Our editors try their best to provide feedback on stories that are declined, but may not be able to answer specific questions on the reasons a story was not accepted. We strive to keep our response times reasonable (currently running about three months), but this may change depending on a variety of factors. Feel free to query if you have not received a response in six months.

Contract and Payment:

2018 sample contract at this link. Payment is USD $.06/word (six cents a word) up to 1,250 words, and a flat payment of $75.00 for longer stories. We pay 30 days after publication. We prefer to make author payments via PayPal (especially if you reside outside of the United States). If this is unacceptable please let us know and we will make other arrangements.

POETRY
Abyss & Apex likes to see strong, emotionally resonant, literary-quality poetry with a clear speculative element(fantasy, science fiction, or surrealism in any combination. Although dark poems are encouraged, we DO NOT publish horror. There are no format or length restrictions for poetry, though we prefer lineated free verse or traditional form poetry with at least 9 lines, or prose poems at least 50 words in length, we will publish brilliant shorter work. So wow us with a sestina, or stun us in free verse. We admire poetry that exceeds our expectations in scansion, imagery, emotional impact and creative wordplay. We love language, and we like to see it worked for all it’s worth. Our love of poetry exceeds the space and funds we have to publish it, so we accept only the very best; amaze us! We strongly encourage that you read work in recent past issues and our senior poetry editor’s editorial focus discussed in his introduction.

Poetry Reading Periods:
The poetry editor at Abyss & Apex reads poetry during designated reading periods ONLY, two times a year. The two one-month reading periods are:
• May – ALL MONTH
• November – ALL MONTH
The next scheduled reading periods are:

  • November 2017 OPEN NOW
  • May 2018

Poetry received outside these designated reading periods will be deleted without acknowledgment.
Poetry Submissions Format:
Please use this subject header for your submission email:
POETRY SUB: “Your title here”
Submit your poetry, and cover letter (including a third person bio), as an attached Word document (.doc or .docx only) and NOT in the body of your e-mail message (as had been done in the past) to aandapoetry@gmail.com.
Important: You may submit up to three poems per reading period, each poem beginning on its own page. Understand that editorial suggestions might be made. Note also that loosely associated Haiku loosely or linked Haiku in groups or 3 or 4 Haiku will be treated as a single submission of the three allowed. It might take up to two months, after the reading period ends, to receive a response.

To make submissions review more efficient, please include all the information in a single Word file (.doc or .docx only). Although you may use the body of the email to introduce yourself and the poems, we want all the information in an attachment: the cover letter, all contact information, literary bio and the poems (each beginning on their own page in 12-point Times New Roman with the title not in all caps—unless critical to the poem). Thank you in advance for complying.

Poetry Payment: $5.50 per poem so that if PayPal takes 50 cents you still have a qualifying sale for genre poetry awards.


Small Press Book Reviews

Abyss & Apex is pleased to offer small press book reviews. We leave the reviews up even though the edition they are in is retired. The process for getting a review is as follows:

  • In keeping with the types of short fiction we publish, we will only review Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, anthologies, or collections. We do NOT publish or review Horror.
  • We will only accept books from small press publishers.
  • We will NOT accept self-published works except from authors previously published by Abyss & Apex.
  • We will only accept a maximum of two books per publisher at a time.
  • We understand that shipping and printing are expensive. Books can be in pdf format, sent to A&A’s submissions address with the following text in the subject line: SMALL PRESS REVIEWS: (TITLE, PUBLISHER). 
  • Ebooks, Paper books and ARCs  will be sent to A&A staff reviewers who specialize in subgenres. Please query for the proper mailing address for paperbacks. If the paper book needs to go to a staff reviewer in New York and ends up in South Carolina, you’ve wasted your postage.
  • We especially like to review collections or anthologies of short fiction.

QUERIES 

For Short Fiction and Flash Fiction: Send queries to us at abyssandapex@gmail.com. It’s best to reply to our latest message about a story rather than start a new gmail message thread.

For Poetry: Send queries to us at aandapoetry@gmail.com


We run our magazine as lean as possible, and any monies we receive go directly to purchasing fiction, and web maintenance things like domain names and hosting. If you want to support our authors, please click the button above to donate via PayPal.  $25 donations get a free book. We also have a PatreonThank you!


 

 

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Above button is for PayPal. Donate any amount. All monies go to authors and web hosting.

For more info, go to: http://www.abyssapexzine.com/submissions/?mc_cid=44f41e79ab&mc_eid=a05612d711#open

180401 | 6¢ | 1.5K-5K | The Internet is Where the Robots Live Now Anthology

For more info, go to: https://www.paperdogbooks.com/pages/the-internet-is-where-the-robots-live-now-anthology

Anthology

The Internet is Where the Robots Live Now Anthology

Open for Submissions: Jan 1 – Apr 1 2018
Expected Publication: Late 2018
Story Length: 1500 – 5000 words
Payment: .06 / word ( SFWA professional rates )

We’re looking for works of short speculative fiction that consider the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of fantasy and science fiction.

Please, no YA dystopian, robots will destroy the world, high fantasy tropes. Take a more original and nuanced view on the subject.

No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.

Submission Method: Send a brief cover letter in the body of an email with the story name, approximate word count, and author contact info. Attach your piece to the email in Rich Text ( .rtf ) format. Send all submissions to paperdogbooks [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com .

We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days. If you have not heard a response from us in that time please send a query.

For more info, go to: https://www.paperdogbooks.com/pages/the-internet-is-where-the-robots-live-now-anthology

180228 | 2¢ cad | 5K | Augur

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:

February 2018
June 2018
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)

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

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

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.

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

180630 | 2¢ cad | 5K | Augur

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:

June 2018
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/

0 (Open) | 10¢ ($250 cap) | 5K | Prairie Fire “Knock Sock Off”

For more info, go to: http://www.prairiefire.ca/submit/submission-guidelines/current-submission-calls/

CALL FOR FICTION AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION

You know that fantastic story you wrote but haven’t sent us yet? We’d love to see it!

We’ve worked through our backlog of fiction and creative non-fiction and we’re certain that somewhere out there, amazing writing is just waiting to be published!

What are you waiting for? Send us your best stuff!

Of course we’re always accepting poetry as well!

Submission guidelines can be found here.

GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE COVER LETTER

The cover letter should be typed. Be sure to include the following:

  1. a two- or three-sentence biographical statement;
  2. your full mailing address, e-mail address (if you have one) and phone number;
  3. the title(s) of the piece(s) you are submitting;
  4. the genre of the piece(s) you are submitting (poetry, fiction, non-fiction).
    Let us know if you are just starting to send out your work.

THE MANUSCRIPT

  • Send a maximum of six poems OR one story per submission and send only one submission at a time.
  • Maximum length for fiction and creative non-fiction:10,000 words.
  • Prairie Fire does not accept previously published work.
  • We ask that you let us know if your work is also submitted elsewhere, and, if it is accepted, to notify us right away.
  • Your submission should be typed (double-spaced) on one side of the page only. Poetry may be single-spaced.
  • Margins of at least 1.5 inches should surround all copy.
  • Each page of poetry must contain your name and address at the top left.
  • For fiction and creative non-fiction, centre the title halfway down on the first page, with your name below it. Include a word count at the top right corner of the first page and your address at the top left corner. Make sure your pages are numbered.

PHYSICAL FORMAT

  • Use 8.5 x 11–inch standard white bond paper.
  • Do not staple the pages together (paper clips are permissible).
  • Include an e-mail address for notification, or a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the return of the manuscript or for notification.
  • Submissions from outside Canada are accepted but must include an e-mail address, international reply coupons, or Canadian postage for notification.
  • Faxed or e-mailed submissions are not accepted.

Prairie Fire Press, Inc.
423 – 100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3
Ph: (204) 943-9066

Please note: We buy First North American Serial Rights and First Digital Publication Rights only. After publication, copyright reverts to the author.

For more info, go to: http://www.prairiefire.ca/submit/submission-guidelines/current-submission-calls/

180131 | 10¢ ($250 cap) | 5K | Prairie Fire “Love”

For more info, go to: http://www.prairiefire.ca/submit/submission-guidelines/the-love-issue/

THE “LOVE ISSUE” GUIDELINES

DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

THE COVER LETTER

The cover letter should be typed. Be sure to include the following:

***Please state in your cover letter that you are submitting to “The Love Issue”***

  1. a two- or three-sentence biographical statement;
  2. your full mailing address, e-mail address (if you have one) and phone number;
  3. the title(s) of the piece(s) you are submitting;
  4. the genre of the piece(s) you are submitting (poetry, fiction, non-fiction).
    Let us know if you are just starting to send out your work.

THE MANUSCRIPT

  • Send a maximum of six poems OR one story per submission and send only one submission at a time.
  • Maximum length for fiction and creative non-fiction: 5000 words.
  • Prairie Fire does not accept previously published work.
  • We ask that you let us know if your work is also submitted elsewhere, and, if it is accepted, to notify us right away.
  • Your submission should be typed (double-spaced) on one side of the page only. Poetry may be single-spaced.
  • Margins of at least 1.5 inches should surround all copy.
  • Each page of poetry must contain your name and address at the top left.
  • For fiction and creative non-fiction, centre the title halfway down on the first page, with your name below it. Include a word count at the top right corner of the first page and your address at the top left corner. Make sure your pages are numbered.

DIGITAL FORMAT

  • E-mailed submissions WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS ISSUE ONLY.
    • Attachments of .doc, .docx or PDF accepted. Please do not send links to Google, Dropbox or other places on the internet.

Email Submissions can be sent to prfire(at)mts.net.

PHYSICAL FORMAT

  • Use 8.5 x 11–inch standard white bond paper.
  • Do not staple the pages together (paper clips are ok).
  • Include an e-mail address for notification, or a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the return of the manuscript or for notification.
  • Submissions from outside Canada must include an e-mail address, international reply coupons, or Canadian postage for notification.

Mail submissions:

Prairie Fire Press, Inc.
423 – 100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3
Ph: (204) 943-9066

 

Please note: We buy First North American Serial Rights and First Digital Publication Rights only. After publication, copyright reverts to the author.

For more info, go to: http://www.prairiefire.ca/submit/submission-guidelines/the-love-issue/

180715 | 3¢ | 500-1.5K & 5K-10K | Helios

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

 

July 1-15 11:59PM EST (September Issue)

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/

180415 | 3¢ | 500-1.5K & 5K-10K | Helios (Opens 180401)

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

April 1-15 11:59PM EST (June Issue)

July 1-15 11:59PM EST (September Issue)

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/

180115 | 3¢ | 500-1.5K & 5K-10K | Helios Quarterly

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

January 1-15 11:59PM EST (March Issue)

April 1-15 11:59PM EST (June Issue)

July 1-15 11:59PM EST (September Issue)

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/

180430 | 10¢ | 500-5K | UFO #7 (Opens 180401)

For more info, go to: https://alexshvartsman.com/ufo-unidentified-funny-objects/

UFO – Unidentified Funny Objects

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SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

SUBMISSIONS FOR UFO7 WILL OPEN IN SPRING OF 2018.

Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting your story!

image descriptionUnidentified Funny Objects is an annual anthology of humorous SF/F. Past headliners include George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Esther Friesner, David Gerrold, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, etc.

For UFO6 we’re seeking all style and sub-genres of speculative humor.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: April 1 – April 30, 2017

LENGTH: 500-5000 words.

 

 

 

PAYMENT: $0.10 per word + contributor copy. Payment will be made upon acceptance. Our preferred method of payment is via PayPal, but you may request image descriptiona check.

FORMAT: RTF or DOC. Standard Manuscript Format or something close to it (We won’t take points off if you prefer Courier over Times New Roman or some such).

SEND TO: Upload your stories via this submissions link.

 

Limit of 1 submission per author — even if you receive a response before the submission window closes please do not send another story unless directly invited to do so.

Please do not respond to rejections. The email address associated with submissions is not monitored. If you wish to query for any reason, please use the contact form or e-mail us: ufopublishing at gmail dot com.

 

 

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RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 90 days from date of release. Non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights afterward. Preview sample contract.

POLICIES & RESPONSE TIME: No reprints, multiple or simultaneous submissions please. Do not send any stories we already considered for a previous UFO volume or any other anthology edited by Alex Shvartsman. You may query after 30 days. Please send only one submission per author unless directly invited to send more.

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE WANT:

We’re looking for speculative stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams.  We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny.

Puns and stories that are little more than vehicles for delivering a punch line at the end aren’t likely to win us over.  The best way to learn what we like in general is to read a previous volume. You can buy it here and also read the online stories for free.

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE DON’T WANT

These are the tropes we see entirely too much of in the slush pile. You will improve your odds if you steer clear of these:

* Zombies
* Vampires
* Deals with the Devil / Djinn in a bottle variants
* Stereotypical aliens probing people, abducting cattle, and doing other stereotypical alien things.

 

ABOUT US:

See the UFO Publishing About Us page

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

I have two 6100-word horror stories that were previously printed and are now on submission at several magazines. Can I send them to you, simultaneously?

Please don’t. We have carefully considered what we’re looking for and expressed it above. If you strongly feel the need to break one of the guidelines, query first and provide a good reason.

My story was previously published in an obscure college anthology in 1996, which sold 16 copies. Can I submit it?

Sorry, but we won’t consider previously published stories, no matter how obscure. Stories posted on your personal blog, Facebook page, or Patreon page are considered published.

I may have accidentally begun my manuscript three double spaces below the byline instead of two. Am I getting auto-rejected?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. We’ll reformat your submission to fit our needs. You’re even welcome to send your story handwritten in pink crayon on glitter-sprinkled construction paper, but we will take that into consideration when deciding whether to purchase it, and whether to file for a restraining order.

I plan on winning multiple awards for my UFO story. Will your exclusivity rights prevent me from being included in the Nebula Showcase?

Congratulations on all your future success. We will gladly make exceptions for “Best Of” anthologies.

An anthology of humor SF/F is the greatest idea since sliced bread. What can I do to help?

Spread the word. Support our Kickstarter campaign. Pick up copies of previous UFO volumes. If you want to invite our authors/editors to a con you’re organizing, sell paperback copies of UFO at your store, bake us cookies, or help in any other way, we’d love to hear from you.

UFO guidelines are proudly listed at Ralan.com

UFO guidelines are proudly listed at Ralan.com

 

Please report your submission stats at The Grinder.

Please report your submission stats at The Grinder.

 

Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies are a SFWA-qualifying market.

For more info, go to: https://alexshvartsman.com/ufo-unidentified-funny-objects/

180401 | R | 2K-8K | Press Forward, Saints

For more info, go to: http://davidjohnbutler.com/2018/01/02/call-for-submissions-anthology-of-mormon-steampunk

PRESS FORWARD, SAINTS 
Call for Submissions

Immortal Works (editors James Wymore and D.J. Butler) hereby call for submissions for an anthology of MORMON STEAMPUNK to be called PRESS FORWARD, SAINTS.

Here is the deal:

1. The writer’s religious affiliation is completely irrelevant. We don’t care; we don’t even want to know. I really want to emphasize this point. This is not an anthology for Mormon writers only.
2. The story does not have to be set in any particular world. The story must be in some sense “Mormon” and in some sense “Steampunk.” We’ll try to interpret those categories both broadly.
3. If your story is faith-promoting (Mormonism is “true” in the story), we’ll stop reading it. If it is mean-spirited (Mormons are all idiots), we’ll also stop reading it.
4. Stories should be at least 2,000 words long and generally no more than 8,000 words.
5. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2018.
6. Authors will not receive up-front payments. Authors will share in the revenues from sales of the book over time and will receive one (1) complimentary author copy.
7. Send submissions to david.john.butler (at) hotmail.com. Include the words “PRESS FORWARD SAINTS SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

For more info, go to: http://davidjohnbutler.com/2018/01/02/call-for-submissions-anthology-of-mormon-steampunk

180201 | $75 | 1.5K-5K | Sunny Places, Shady People

For more info, go to: https://www.bouchercon2018.com/anthology/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SUNNY PLACES, SHADY PEOPLE:
BOUCHERCON 2018 ANTHOLOGY

 

Florida. Just the state’s name inspires a reaction when heard. It is a state of pristine white sand beaches, green water, abundant wildlife, strip clubs, bait shops, theme parks and transients. From the Spanish moss-festooned live oaks of the panhandle to the Everglades, from the Keys to the oldest European-established settlement in the United States, Florida has been inspiring crime writers for decades, from the noir of John D. MacDonald to the hijinks of Carl Hiaasen’s bestsellers.

We are looking for stories set in, or inspired by, Florida and its eccentricity and complexity. We want diverse voices and characters, tales of darkness and violence, whether they are noir, cozy, hard-boiled or suspense. Push the boundaries of your creativity and the theme! NOTE: The stories don’t have to actually be set in Florida, but can be “inspired” by it—so a character can be from here, it can be built around a piece of music about Florida; etc. If you have any questions as to whether your idea fits the theme, do not be afraid to ask!

Specifics

  • The maximum word count is 5,000 words; the minimum is 1,500.
  • The stories should be crime-oriented; whether it’s the commission, planning or solving of one. It can also be about the after-effects of one. Murder, mayhem, blackmail, embezzlement, robbery—get as creative as you can!
  • Sunny Places, Shady People will be published by Diversion Books.

Submissions

  • All submissions will go through a blind-reading process for inclusion. So, do not include your name anywhere on the file; there should simply be a title on the first page.
  • Pages should also be numbered, and the header should include the title of the story as well.
  • Please use Microsoft Word; double spaced, using Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • The name of your file should also be the title of the story, i.e. The Lottery.docx.
  • Please include your name, address, and contact information in the body of your email.
  • All submissions should be emailed to anthology@bouchercon2018.com no later than February 1, 2018.

Deadline

February 1, 2018

Payment

Each contributor will be paid $75 for one-time use rights.

 

Any questions and all submissions can be sent to Greg Herren at anthology@bouchercon2018.com.

 

We look forward to your submissions!

For more info, go to: https://www.bouchercon2018.com/anthology/

180120 | 1¢ | 2K-17.5K | StoryHack Action & Adventure #2

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

Submissions are currently open.

They will close again Jan 20th, 2018.

What I’m Looking For

To steal a joke, StoryHack Magazine publishes both kinds of fiction – action and adventure.

To be more clear, by action I mean that there should be characters actively engaged with an antagonist who represents imminent physical danger. Fistfights, car chases, vine swinging (alligators or spikes below), jungle insects, all that. But the protagonist must have an active role in the plot, rather than just having stuff happen at him/her.

By adventure, I mean the character does awesome things (is proactive) in a exotic (not mundane) situation. Heroics often enter in. The protagonist can be in a cool time period, a fantasy world, or have a bizarre profession, something about his/her situation should transport me, the reader, out of the mundane world. After reading, I should be able to say a main character “had an adventure.”

I’m open to any genre, as long as there’s action and adventure. And I’m serious when I say any genre. Space opera, spy thriller, sword & sorcery, lost world, high-seas swashbuckling, occult detective, treasure hunt / explorer, western, technothriller, you’re limited only by your imagination. As to style, think Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, Leigh Brackett, Doc E. E. Smith, Kenneth Robinson. Think fun and energetic. I’m not partial to mopey emo fiction.

You should know that StoryHack will not be publishing erotica or extreme gore. Also, I’m not likely to accept a story that has tons of cursing.

A little humor is good, but I’m not looking for farce or screwball comedy. More Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, less Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean.

Also, if you ant an edge, right now I’m liking stories set in the modern era. Think action thrillers or urban fantasy.

Length-wise I’m looking for short stories and novelettes. 2,000 – 17,500 words. The sweet spot for me right now is probably 9-10k-ish. Want some tips on writing? Check out my reprints of Pulp-era writing advice. Also, Lester Dent 4 ever, people.

I’m seeking as-yet unpublished works.

Payment

I’ll pay $0.01 / word for worldwide 1st print and ebook rights with 4 months exclusivity. I can pay via check or paypal. I’ll make a sample contract available if you ask nicely.

Formatting / Sending

I’m loosening up the actually formatting requirements a bit. Of course, standard short story format is fine, but not necessary.

  • Permitted file formats are doc, docx, odt, rtf, even plain text with markdown.
  • Go ahead and put italics in italics.
  • Put your name & contact information at the top of the file.
  • No need to push the approximate word count over to the right.
  • Keep your fonts to standard ones that are easy to read – Times/Times new Roman or Courier/Courier new.
  • Double space helps tremendously with the editing readability as do sensible margins. If the formatting is crazy, I may reject the story on that alone.

Attach your story in an email to submissions at storyhack dot com, subject line should read “StoryHack Submission: [name of your title].” Also in your email, include a 1-2 sentence synopsis/teaser for your story. If you cut and paste your submission in the body of your email, I will reject your story and mock you privately.

Other Stuff

Stories simultaneously submitted elsewhere are fine.

Multiple stories submitted at once, no. Wait until you get a response on the one before sending another. If you break this rule, I will reject them all without reading them.

Thanks

That about wraps up everything I can think of. If you have any questions, let me know.

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

171231 | 6¢ | 1.5K-6K | Cast of Wonders

For more info, go to: http://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to stories up to 6,000 words in length.

We’re dedicated to publishing fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of the human experience. We acknowledge the realities of unconscious bias and make our best effort to account for it during our review process. Read our full statement in support of lowering publishing’s barriers to entry for authors from historically underrepresented backgrounds below.

One of our goals is to further the education of new writers of any age. With that in mind, these submission guidelines are lengthy and extensive. They aim to explain what we’re looking for, what we’ll do with your story, and where you can find further information.

What We’re Looking For

Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

Stories are presented in audio format, which means our audience rarely skim past boring bits. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. We like a proper narrative structure and a prose style not laden with clichés and over-worn idioms. We like fiction that makes us think, but the main elements should be thrilling entertainment, adventure and emotional connection.

  • We prefer high fantasy — elves, dragons, secondary worlds, and magic — to the more purely cerebral forms of fantasy you find in adult markets. Modern, urban, and alternate history fantasy is great too.
  • We like all forms of science fiction — far-future, near future, space opera, “hard” sci-fi — but it must be accessible to our target audience. This means a minimum of technical jargon.
  • Our horror offerings tend to be psychological, comedic, or situational — not visceral.

We’re happy to read comedy, steampunk, age-appropriate paranormal romance, superheroes and many other genres. All that matters is adherence to our core concept and that critical spark of wonder.

Check out our Staff Picks page for examples of favorites.

Does My Story Have To Be About Young Adults?

Absolutely not! A good story appeals to all ages. We define YA as the absence of the adult elements described above, not as stories featuring children or young adult characters.

Some good examples include “Cosmetic Procedures” by Desmond Warzel (a noir horror detective story) and “Gods of Stone” by Jeff Samson (the thoughts of a Gorgon victim).

What About Sex?

Sex is a universal constant, regardless of age, gender, orientation or even species. How an author deals with that reality is up to them and the characters of their stories, not us. We won’t reject a story simply because it includes sexual content, but it’s not the sole thing we look for in stories. In other words, just because it’s happening doesn’t mean we want it to take center stage in a narrative.

An example of a story that handles this extremely well is “A Song For The Season” by Eliza Hirsch.

What About Violence?

Sadly, violence too is a reality of the everyday lives of many young people. Like sex, we don’t require our stories to avoid the subject, but violent acts should never be the centrepiece of a tale.

A very well handled example is “Flowers For The Dead” (Parts 1 and 2) by Jamie Mason.

Fairy Tales? Wonder Tales? Huh?

We use the phrase “Wonder Tales” as the generic description of speculative fiction stories based on classic and/or historical cultural narratives. Synonyms include fairy tales, folklore and mythology – all academic terms with their own meanings, origins, distinctions and historical connotations.

This is to help distinguish wondertales as a whole from the subset of stories based on Western European ancestry, which we assign the label “fairy tales”. Good examples include Hans Christian Andersen stories, or older Disney movies. Edd Vick’s “Perdita, Meaning Lost” is a good example.

Fairy tales are popular as a genre of young adult fiction to the point where they cross the line into tropes. We receive A LOT of them. Unless a story succinctly retells one of these narratives in a new and unique way, we generally decline. A good example of one we liked was “Piper” by Ian Rose – a flash piece retelling ‘The Pied Piper’ from one of the rat’s point of view.

Wonder Tales, on the the other hand, are under-represented in short fiction and we’d love to receive more of them. For an example of one we liked check out “The Dun Horse” by Edward Ahern – the retelling of a Pawnee legend.

Fan Fiction?

We don’t accept media-based fiction (for example, stories set in the Harry Potter or Hunger Games universes) or any kind of fan fiction. Fan fiction is GREAT and we enthusiastically support people reading and writing it, we’re just not legally allowed to publish it. Many popular properties allow others to use their settings, characters and plot lines for fan use, but not for commercial sale to markets like us.

Anything In Particular You’re Looking For?

Our editor is always interested in receiving more short stories set in the worlds of existing novels. We refer to these as “off-cut” stories, and love to run them because our audience can immediately dive into the author’s novel to enjoy more of the same. If you’re submitting an off-cut, please let us know so we can make sure your biography includes full purchase links to the related longer works.

The same applies if you have a book coming out soon and want to publish a short story with us to coincide with its release. We’re always happy to try and arrange our episode timing for author promotion. And you can approach us about sponsorship opportunities as well – just email our editor.

I’ve Got A Great Holiday Story, When Should I Submit It?

Holiday-themed stories (regardless of which holiday) are ideally submitted at least 4-5 months prior to the holiday in question. A short note in the submission cover letter helps too. Cast of Wonders runs themed episodes every year for Halloween, Banned Books Week (usually in September), and the Winter Holidays.

What We’re NOT Looking For

We’re an intersectional feminist YA podcast. If you wouldn’t give your story to a teenager to read — or worse, the activity in question is unlawful — it doesn’t belong in our slush pile. Consider instead our recommended list of adult fiction Markets. Stories which talk about or address these issues are fine, but graphical descriptions are not. We absolutely, positively do not want to receive:

  • Graphical depictions of sexual assault
  • Non-consensual sexual activity (including necrophilia)
  • Non-consensual drug use
  • Graphical or explicit descriptions of animal abuse
  • Torture
  • Cannibalism
  • The trivialized and gratuitous brutalization of women, transpersons, nonbinary people, people of color, people of size, and people with disabilities
  • ANY sexual depictions of children or animals whatsoever

The following subjects will be difficult to pass our slush readers but have appeared in stories in the past. Be prepared to address why these topics appear in your story and what purpose they serve; our editor may challenge you to change them. Pervasive use is more likely to lead to rejection.

  • Drug use, especially if not critical to the story
  • Gratuitous profanity
  • Body shaming
  • Broad baseless assumptions (‘all gamers are overweight’ — ‘all athletic girls are gay’ — ‘boys don’t feel emotions’)

We are not interested in acquiring fiction that denigrates any culture or perpetuates stereotypes: all stories should be well-researched, respectful, and conscientious.

Young Writers

We are particularly interested in considering stories from younger writers. If you are under 18, please let us know your age when you submit your work and be aware that your parent or legal guardian will be required to sign your contract on your behalf. If your submission is part of a school project, please let us know that as well and we’ll work with you to provide any documentation required by your teachers.

Translations

Our episodes are in English, but we accept and encourage translated stories from across the globe. Translation of non-English works of fiction is a growing aspect of short fiction markets, and we want to help bring those works to audio fiction audiences.

Diversity

Cast of Wonders welcomes and encourages submissions from writers of all backgrounds, and would like to see more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing. Some examples include people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States and Western Europe.

We’re committed to helping new authors of any age, especially those from historically underrepresented backgrounds, gain professional experience. If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so when you send us your story. To the best of our ability and available time, we’ll try and provide more detailed feedback on your story.

Don’t self­-reject. If in doubt, please submit. Every submission is another step in the learning process. We take pride in giving the most constructive and helpful rejections our time allows.

Referrals

Cast of Wonders is the broadest reaching Escape Artists podcast in terms of genre, but the tightest in terms of story requirement. As a result, we may occasionally refer a story from our slush pile to the editors of PseudoPodPodCastle or Escape Pod for consideration. All four shows operate on the same pay scale.

If we want to refer your story to another editor for consideration, we will contact you first and get your permission. If you are unwilling to have your story referred (like, for example, you have other work under consideration with them), you can make a note of this in your cover letter or let us know when we contact you.

Also, if you have been encouraged to submit to us from another source, please let us know so we can thank them!

Reprints

We run both reprints and original stories, and have no strong preference between the two. We always fully attribute the original publication of a story in our episodes, and are happy to consider stories previously released on Patreon or under crowd-funding arrangements as reprints.

We also don’t mind if your reprint has previously been published in audio form. We’re confident our range of diverse and talented narrators will bring something new to your story’s production with us.

Length

Cast of Wonders is open to submissions for stories of up to 6,000 words. We will reject unread any submissions exceeding the 6,000 word cap if you haven’t previously contacted us for permission.

We prefer:

  • short stories between 3000 and 4500 words in length: they best fit our target episode length of 30 minutes
  • flash fiction under 1000 words

Please do not submit single chapters of novel-length works; they rarely hold up as properly self-contained short stories.

Your story is mostly likely to run in its own episode, but may be serialized over multiple episodes or combined with other stories in a single episode, such as our Little Wonders themed flash fiction collections.

Our Submittable portal has options for Flash Fiction (under 1500 words) and Short Fiction (1500 to 6000 words).

Format

Cast of Wonders uses an anonymous review process. This means all author information (including your name) MUST be removed from the manuscript text body, headers, and file name. It should be saved and uploaded in any standard word processing file type, such as Word, Google Docs or .RTF. PDFs are not accepted.

We have prepared a sample manuscript to show you exactly what we’re looking for. The sample is derived (with thanks) from the Shunn standard manuscript format. It also contains some comments specific to submitting manuscripts to audio venues such as ours.

We have no preference between American or British English, as long as you’re consistent.

Inappropriately formatted manuscripts, including those submitted containing identifying author information, will be rejected unread.

Our Submittable portal will request the story’s title, first publication (if any), and word count. There’s also a field for you to enter any of the items we’ve asked you to note in these submission guidelines. Please do NOT supply a full covering letter or summary of the story, either on the submission form or the manuscript. The text box on the submission form is minimal to help prevent this.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will receive an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you haven’t received this confirmation within 24 hours.

We aim to respond to all submissions within 8 weeks. After three months, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions

We do not accept multiple submissions from an author at the same time. If you submit multiple stories at once (and yes, we do check) we will reject all of them unread. You may only send us a single story at a time, regardless of length.

We don’t mind if you submit your story to us and other venues at the same time, as long as you notify us if it’s accepted elsewhere (and congratulations!)

Payment and Rights

Short version: we pay $.06/word for original fiction of any length (yes, including flash!). For reprints, we offer a $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction. Cast of Wonders is a qualified SFWA Short Fiction market as of January 1, 2016.

Longer version: get a full break-down of the rights we request and view our sample contracts.

Confidentiality

Any personal information we collect (name, address, email, social media links, secret identity, etc.) is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone unless we are compelled by law or in the event threats are made against our staff. Read more about our use of personal data on EA’s Legal page.

If a third party contacts us expressing interest in an author’s work, we will contact the author for permission before sharing any contact details.

Legalese

By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
  2. You are the copyright holder of the work;
  3. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive digital print and audio rights to the work;
  4. All information in the submission form is accurate and truthful; and
  5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.
  6. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf.

How To Submit

Once you’ve read all the above, click the link below!
submit

Questions?

Email the editor, Marguerite Kenner. You can expect a response within a few days, but feel free to query if you’ve received no response in over a week.

Thank you for reading all the way through to the end, and we look forward to receiving your stories!

Tracking  Your Submission

For more info, go to: http://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

$100/$500 | 1K/1K-7.5K | Spectacle Magazine

For more info, go to: https://spectacle.com/submissions/

Submissions

Our first issue will ship Feb 2018 and we want to feature the best writers, artists, and illustrators on the planet. We also want to uncover lots of new voices too. That’s where you come in. We’re opening up our inbox and accepting submissions for original fiction. We’re looking for two kinds of fiction right now: flash fiction and short stories.

  1. Flash fiction is quick, dirty, and a lot of fun. 1,000 words and under. These tend to be written with lighter tones.
  2. Short stories are between 1,000 and 7,500 words. These tend to have well developed characters and more complex storylines.

What makes Spectacle unique is that we comission illustrations for every story we decide to publish and also try to find non-fiction content to pair it with, so keep that in mind when submitting work to us. Stories that lend themselves to interesting visuals and are relevant to current life get lots of bonus points.

We pay a flat rate for fiction we decide to publish. $100 for flash fiction. $500 for short stories. Send your work to submissions@spectacle.com. Please don’t send attachments—it’s faster and less dangerous for us that way. If you do, we’ll just delete it. Just copy and paste the story directly into the body of the email.

Like and Don’t Like

Speculative fiction is essentially limitless. Feel free to get WEIRD. Space cowboys with a flair for ballet, bored zombies with 9-5 jobs, an alternate history where Hitler and Gandhi switch places. This is our jam.

No poems or screenplays. Please try not to be genre blind. Excerpts from novels and simultaneous submissions are okay. Multiple submissions also okay, but don’t go nuts. We don’t really want work published previously, though. We love writing with a sense of humor.

Feedback

We’ll do our best to give you a decision within a week. Unfortunately, due to our size, we won’t be able to give detailed feedback to rejected submissions.

For more info, go to: https://spectacle.com/submissions/

$100 | 2K-7K | Three-lobed Burning Eye

For more info, go to: http://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Three-lobed Burning Eye (3LBE) is a speculative fiction magazine published online twice per year (Spring and Fall) and print anthology (every other year). Each issue features six original stories, some with audio readings. 3LBE was founded by editor Andrew S. Fuller in 1999.

Please read the magazine and guidelines before submitting.

What we publish: Original speculative fiction. Horror, fantasy, and science fiction.
Word Count: Short fiction ≤7000 words, Flash fiction ≤1000 words, (2000–5000 preferred)
Simultaneous or Multiple Submissions: No
Reprints: No
Language: English (translations welcome from around the world)
Response Time: within 90 days
Pay Rate: $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction; + 1 print annual
Rights: We purchase first world electronic rights, with non-exclusive archival rights, non-exclusive anthology rights, and optional first audio rights. Payment is made within 30 days of publication via PayPal.

Submission Status: We are currently open to submissions. All submissions through September 15, 2017 have been read and responded to. Please query if you haven’t heard back.

OUR NEEDS

What we’re looking for:
Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We want short stories from across the big classifications and those shadowy places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, Weird fiction. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We want to see something new and different.

We encourage diverse authors, characters, and points of view; inclusive of all races, cultures, genders, orientations, and abilities.

Our issues include audio readings. If your story is accepted, you will have the opportunity to record your story, or have a colleague or one of our readers do so.

What we’re NOT looking for:
We are not interested in fan fiction, novel excerpts, or memoir. We do not publish poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, or other non-fiction. We are not considering reprints or outside artwork.

Please avoid excessive descriptions of violence. Extremity only belongs in a story if it is relevant to the narrative.

We do not publish erotica per se, but we don’t mind some hotness in context.

Though 3LBE’s title echoes a line from an H.P. Lovecraft story, our publication is not a Cthulhu Mythos-themed venue. We’re open to the occasional “Lovecraftian” short or cosmic horror tale, though we prefer that you make the story your own.

For legal reasons, writers must be at least 18 years old.

HOW TO SUBMIT

We only accept electronic submissions via our online submission form (linked below). Please do not email or postal mail submissions. If after 90 days you do not hear from us, feel free to query.

If you receive a rejection, please wait a minimum of seven days before submitting again. Please do not respond to rejections, even to say thank you, or resubmit revisions of rejected stories. We regret that we are unable to offer feedback. Also, we please limit your submissions to a few in a calendar year.

Cover Letter: Brief cover letters are appreciated, no more than a single paragraph, please. Include your top three or four publishing credits and any experience relevant to the story. Please refrain from summarizing your story.

Formatting: Please format italics with surrounding _underscores_. Indicate section breaks with a # symbol. Do not add extra manual line breaks. Single- or double-line spacing does not matter, as the submission form transmits text. Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation are characteristics of a professional manuscript.

We prefer that contributors wait two issues before submitting again. If your 3LBE story is later reprinted in another venue, we appreciate a mention.

ADVICE

Read a few issues of 3LBE to understand what we publish. Write something better. Explore, challenge, be original. We want only your best.

Read and know good works in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and other genres. Beware clichés, overused language, hackneyed plots, cheap thrills, thin characters, and wish fulfillment. There is nothing inherently wrong with tropes and trends like vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, serial killers, faeries, or aliens; but we are interested in new explorations of ideas. Beware cleverness. Strive for depth, texture, and imagination.

Please feel free to report our response times to: 
Duotrope’s Digest

Critter’s Black Hole tracker
The Grinder

RECOMMENDED READING

American Fantastic Tales ed. Peter Straub
The Book of Fantasy ed. Jorge Luis Borges
Dangerous Visions ed. Harlan Ellison
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror ed. Stephen Jones
The New Weird ed. Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror ed. Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling et al
Year’s Best Weird Fiction ed. Michael Kelly et al.
The Best Horror of the Year ed. Ellen Datlow
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

Writers whose work we enjoy: Robert Aickman, J. G. Ballard, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Octavia E. Butler, Italio Calvino, Ted Chiang, Michael Cisco, Julio Cortázar, Harlan Ellison, Jeffrey Ford, Shirley Jackson, M.R. James, Stephen Graham Jones, Franz Kafka, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Kathe Koja, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kelly Link, Arthur Machen, Richard Matheson, China Miéville, Flannery O’Connor, Nnedi Okorafor, Lucius Shepherd, John Shirley, Isaac Bashevis Singer, James Tiptree Jr., Jeff VanderMeer, Gene Wolfe … to name a few.

 

You have read the guidelines and wish to:
» SUBMIT A STORY «

For more info, go to: http://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html

171220 | 6¢ | 5K | Love & Bubbles

For more info, go to: http://jayleejames.com/love-bubbles/

LOVE & BUBBLES

A cloud of bubbles with decorative typography stating "Love & Bubbles"
PLEASE NOTE: LOGO/TITLE ART NOT FINAL!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS UNTIL DECEMBER 20TH, 2017

Love & Bubbles will be a romance anthology under the sea! Submissions will be open from August through December. Decisions will be sent out by the end of January, and the Kickstarter campaign will run in February. Anticipated publication (and distribution of rewards) will happen in August 2018.

Please read through the following call for submissions about what we’re looking for, how this will work, and your rates & rights, then submit your piece at the very bottom of this page.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We’re looking for love stories centered around: underwater biodomes, submarines, scuba diving, alien planets entirely covered by water, sea monsters, selkies, mermaids, water witches, Neptune/Poseidon, lost underwater civilizations, ghost ships, and more!

LGBTQ+ characters more than welcome! I, the editor, am super queer and want to feature a wide variety of pairings, from lesbian poly mermaid triads to asexual nonbinary scuba divers in love to allocishet scientists in an underwater habitat. Ideally, the anthology will not feature one gender pairing over all the others and will showcase love in all its forms.

Think UNDER the sea, not ON the sea. Pirates, age of sail, and nautical tales will be rarely accepted, as the anthology’s focus is what lurks beneath the waves, not those who stay on top of them. Use your creativity and imagination! Send your pirates’ ship crashing down to a magical underwater civilization, or your humans scuba-diving beneath the water. Underwater creatures, like selkies or sea monsters, leaving the water to explore land are a-okay, though. I say “sea” but freshwater is acceptable, too. 😉 Betta fish mermaids, the Loch Ness monster, a ghost haunting the local lake, water nymphs living in a pond… I want it all!

They don’t have to be human. Give me sea monsters in love, or water sprites, or undersea fairies whose garden is a coral reef and live in anemones. Be as wildly creative as you can.

Romance, not erotica. Please keep all stories PG-13. Steamy make-outs or fade-to-black scenes only. I’d prefer the story focus less on the sexual relationship altogether.

“Happy-for-now” endings required. No tragedies, no unhappy endings. Fluff over angst every time. Dead/tragic queer characters will be automatically rejected.

No little mermaid retellings. Mermaids, yes! But no straight up retellings of the little mermaid, please.

Pieces must be under 5,000 words. Prose only – no poetry, comics, or scripts.

THE PLAN – IMPORTANT DATES, ETC.

PLEASE NOTE: This anthology will be funded through a Kickstarter campaign in Feb 2018. Rates of pay are dependent upon the success of the Kickstarter. Please read the information about rights and plans.

I’ve successfully completed one Kickstarter for $6,000 in 2014 for Vitality Magazine, and ran a failed Kickstarter project later that year (which taught me a lot about what works and what doesn’t)*. I’m confident our goals are possible, but there is a degree of uncertainty with any crowdfunded project, so I want to be transparent with you about how things will go. 🙂

I will take submissions from August – December 2017, with all responses going out by the end of January. I’m shooting for 10 pieces, with around 10 more as stretch goals, but depending on length of pieces/page space, these numbers might change.

If your piece is selected for the anthology or as a stretch goal, I ask that you refrain from submitting it elsewhere or posting it online until you receive final word the first week of March. Consider it “shortlisted” until the Kickstarter campaign ends.

The first week of February I will publicly announce the list of pieces along with the opening of the Kickstarter. If you’ve never been part of a Kickstarter campaign, the month that a campaign is running is full of promoting and spreading the word as far as you can! We will do author chats, run author interviews throughout the month, and participate in as much promotional stuff as we can. (Please see the “expectations” section for how much you’ll need to participate in this)

Rates will range from $50 ~ $300 per piece depending on the success of the Kickstarter campaign.

After the Kickstarter ends, you will receive official word about acceptance, rates, a contract, etc. From there, we will work on editing and putting together the anthology. You will be expected to meet deadlines for reviewing and accepting edits that will take place over a 6-month period of time.

My goal for publication is August 2018, though this is obviously subject to change.

EXPECTATIONS:

During the Kickstarter campaign you’ll participate in author interviews (questions will be provided via email when your piece is accepted), a twitter chat (if you are able), and spread the word about the campaign across your social media. This is how you’re going to get paid, so we need everyone to help! 🙂

You will meet deadlines for reviewing and returning edits. I’ll work with you to set a flexible deadline that can accommodate your schedule, but the deadline still must be adhered to. I reserve the right to refuse publication, even after a contract is signed, if you miss important deadlines. (Which sounds scary, but it just means I won’t let you hold up publication. If you don’t sign off on the edits for your piece in time, your piece just won’t be published.)

RATES:

Our minimum goal for the Kickstarter is a $50 token rate for each piece.

Stretch goals include raising the rates to 3 cents per word, then 5 cents per word, and capping at 6 cents per word, meaning a maximum of $300 per piece. If a piece’s word count causes it to fall below $50 when switching to cents per word, the author will receive $65, then $85, then $100 minimum with each rate increase.

If a piece has multiple authors, they will split the payment.

If we reach our stretch goals to include illustrations, the rates for illustrators will be $300 per full-page black-and-white illustration in groups of 3 pages from one artist.

All contributors will receive ebook contributor copies and access to ARCs.

If we reach our first stretch goal and beyond, all contributors in US & Canada will receive one physical contributor copy, plus copies of any non-unique physical rewards (buttons, stickers, postcards – that sort of thing). Contributor copies to international backers will require further calculations.

Author copies will be available at lowest minimum rate.

No royalties will be paid.

RIGHTS:

At the end of January you will receive information about your piece being tentatively accepted, pending the completion of the Kickstarter. If you publish the piece online or submit it elsewhere between the receipt of that notice and beginning of March 2018, you will no longer be eligible for this anthology.

During March 2018 you will be given a contract to sign regarding the following:

Love & Bubbles requests first world English rights to your piece, as well as exclusive rights for a year following publication. After that year, the rights revert back to you, and you are free to do what you wish with the piece.

Love & Bubbles is a print anthology with digital copies. I reserve the right to continue to offer the entire anthology as a whole, either online or in print or available as a free download, but never to share your piece specifically.

Excerpts and quotes up to 500 words from a single piece will be used indefinitely for marketing purposes, appropriately attributed to the author.

[Specifically for Potential Illustrations] – Up to 50% of each illustration can be used indefinitely for marketing purposes.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK

Please note: only .doc and .docx files work with this. Rtf files will not upload.

If this form doesn’t work for you or you do not receive a confirmation email 10 min after you submit, please attach your submission to an email addressed to jaylee@jayleejames.com including all of the information in the form below. 

For more info, go to: http://jayleejames.com/love-bubbles/

£50-£250 | 5K | Visions – A Literary SF Magazine

For more info, go to: https://www.readvisions.com

NOTE: The following information is from a fellow writer and is not posted at the site. It could be entirely fictions and/or contain errors. (But the site is missing guidelines.)

New Perspectives on Science Fiction

Visions is a new quarterly publication that aims to introduce science fiction to a wider audience. Mixing classic texts and new writing, it focuses on short stories to reflect the breadth of style and ideas within the genre. Each issue contains a part of a previously untranslated novel as well as essays looking at the world through the lens of different writers.

It’s beautifully typeset, printed and shipped to your door. Leave your email below to know when it launches.

Now open for submissions

We are currently open for submissions, send us your short stories with a summary to editors@readvisions.com.

Marvin Visions

Discover and download Marvin Visions, the typeface specially made for the magazine.

NOTE: The above information is from a fellow writer and is not posted at the site. It could be entirely fictions and/or contain errors. (But the site is missing guidelines.)

For more info, go to: https://www.readvisions.com

180331 | 7¢/5¢ | 2500-7K/10K | Force of Nature

For more info, go to: https://lynnejamneckdiaries.blogspot.ca/2017/12/submission-guidelines-weird-nature.html

Submission Guidelines: Weird Nature Anthology

Edited by Lynne Jamneck

What are we doing?

Where are we going?

What will we find?

Though some among us have realised the importance of sustainable living, in the broad sense of everyday life, we still demand too much. Our capitalist dispositions have driven a wedge between ourselves and nature; we have become transfixed by the shine of chrome, the luxury of packaged lives, no longer seemingly aware of the solid earth beneath our feet.

At an ever-advancing tipping point, humanity persists in its war against the natural world. Running a trail of extinction and cutting down vast swathes of oxygen-producing forests, we breed at an alarming pace, overpopulating a planet we seem hell-bent on reigning in – but at what cost? It seems we’re playing a cruel joke on the system that sparked our existence, and which has sustained us ever since.

Or could the joke be on us?

There is something inherently weird in our behaviour toward Nature. Two distinct energies, two conscious mentalities, humanity and the natural world find themselves at loggerheads. Can we be held accountable if – as part of nature ourselves – we are driven by the need for survival, the way all species are? And if the answer is no, should we not anticipate that Nature will do the same?

Force of Nature (working title) will be an anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Story length: 2500 to 10 000 words

Payment: 7c p/w up to 7K – 5c p/w for stories longer than 7K

Send submissions to: forceofnaturesubs AT gmail DOT com

Please send files in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Though our scientific knowledge has increased exponentially alongside technological development, there remains much about the natural world we still do not understand. Stories for Force of Nature should involve nature and the weird at their core; how the author wishes to interpret these themes is entirely up to them. Comedic stories will be a tougher sell but by all means, if you have a story that otherwise fits the guidelines, don’t hesitate to submit it. Try to avoid anything that is overtly cautionary. While the idea for the anthology was significantly inspired by climate change and the impact wrought on the planet by human habits, I don’t want stories that lecture. That said, I’m not opposed to stories in which the human factor gets served the short end of the stick.

While I don’t want a collection full of quiet stories, I will mention here that I am a big fan of the sublime. Wordsworth with a modern sensibility. Or just Wordsworth.

In terms of genre, I have no stipulations. Use a blank canvas and fit your story to the genus that suits it best.

I look forward to reading your work!

For more info, go to: https://lynnejamneckdiaries.blogspot.ca/2017/12/submission-guidelines-weird-nature.html

180219 | 8¢ | 1500-10K | Lightspeed

For more info, go to: https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/lightspeed/guidelines

To submit, go to: https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/5/10/submit

Submission Guidelines

LIGHTSPEED

Current Status

LIGHTSPEED open
LIGHTSPEED : SF (Original) closed
LIGHTSPEED : Fantasy (Original) closed

Lightspeed is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine edited by John Joseph Adams.

LIGHTSPEED will be open to submissions
February 5 – February 19, 2018.

Instructions for submitting to Lightspeed follow. Please read everything on this page and read the magazine before submitting.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES FOR SHORT FICTION

Instructions: All fiction must be submitted through our Moksha online submission system. Please do not email your submissions.

Guidelines: Lightspeed is seeking original science fiction and fantasy stories. All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. You may submit one story every seven days (i.e., after submitting a story you must wait seven days before you can submit another).

Format: Submissions should generally follow standard manuscript format, though we prefer single-spaced instead of double-spaced. Your manuscript may be submitted in either .RTF or .DOC format.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 1500-10,000 words. Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.

Pay Rate: Lightspeed pays 8 cents per word for original fiction, or 2 cents per word for reprints.

Rights: To see which rights we’re seeking, please view our contract template for original fiction or our contract template for reprinted fiction.

Cover Letters: Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your publishing history, and any other relevant information (e.g, if you send us a hard SF story about black hole clusters and your doctoral dissertation was on black hole clusters, mention that). If you’re not sure what should go in your cover letter, this article on cover letters might help.

Questions/Problems: Email submissions@lightspeedmagazine.com for all fiction-related inquiries, or if you have any trouble using our online submission system. Please do not email your submissions to this address.

Rejections/Response Times: Be aware that we receive several hundred submissions every month during our submissions periods. As such, we cannot offer personalized feedback on each story. If we say, “send more,” however, it does mean that we hope to see something else from you. Most rejections will be sent out within two business days, while stories being seriously considered may be held for up to two weeks. Please do not respond to rejection letters, even just to say “Thanks for the quick turnaround” etc. We appreciate the thought, but it is unnecessary and will just clutter up our editorial inbox.

Diversity Statement: We believe that the science fiction/fantasy genre’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues; we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

OTHER SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Novellas: Lightspeed publishes a novella-length reprint in each issue as an ebook-exclusive (i.e., it will appear only in our ebook edition, not on our website). For novella reprints, we are offering 1¢/word, on acceptance. As we’ll only be using 12 novellas a year, all of these will be directly solicited and we are not open to submissions in this area. If you’re an author we have solicited and/or published in the past, however, feel free to query.

Nonfiction: All of our nonfiction is currently assigned in-house. We are not open to submissions or queries in this area.

Review Copies: If you would like information about how to submit books for review, you may send review copies to editor John Joseph Adams at the mailing address your publicity department likely already has on file (either for LightspeedNightmare, or The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy); email reviewbooks@lightspeedmagazine.com for more information.

Art: If you wish to have your art considered for Lightspeed Magazine (either science fiction or fantasy), please send an inquiry, along with a link to an online gallery (if possible), to art@lightspeedmagazine.com. Please note that we only use 12 covers per year. We are presently commissioning original art for all of our covers. If you submit your gallery, we will review it and get in touch if we want to commission something. However, we do have a core team of artists we work with already and assign most of our covers among them.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Lightspeed is edited and published by John Joseph Adams. You can see the rest of our staff on our Staff Page.

We welcome the submission of translations of stories from other languages. Stories that have never before been published in the English language would be considered “original.”

Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but Lightspeed is not a market for erotica. If in doubt, feel free to send your story in and let our editors decide.

Lightspeed is not a market for media-based fiction (i.e., stories set in the Star Wars or Star Trek universes, etc.), or any kind of fan fiction. (Note: We don’t have a problem with people reading or writing fan fiction or media-based fiction, we’re just not legally allowed to consider publishing it.)

Lightspeed is not a market for poetry.

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; please just go ahead and submit it and let our editors decide.

If editor John Joseph Adams has previously rejected your story, please do not submit it to Lightspeed, unless it was rejected as being unsuitable for the market (due to theme, etc.) or unless it has been significantly revised to the extent that it is no longer the same story.

Lightspeed is a SFWA-qualifying professional market.

To submit, go to: https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/5/10/submit

For more info, go to: https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/lightspeed/guidelines

180715 | 6¢ | 3K | Terra! Tara! Terror!

For more info, go to: http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

Third Flatiron Anthologies

December 1, 2017

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

–Arthur C. Clarke

 Third Flatiron wins honorable mention at WSFA Awards (see News tab).

Our Fall anthology, Strange Beasties, is out!

beasties_ebook_cvr100.jpg See Current Issues tab.

Hilarious new podcast of “Beast of the Month” by Wulf Moon is up now (free!)

Enjoy another free podcast of “Spooky Action” by David A. Kilman

We are open for submissions.

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

For each anthology, we will also accept  a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

Care to try a sampler of our most popular stories? Third Flatiron Best of 2017 is available in ebook from Amazon.

bestof2017final_100.jpg Free to Kindle Unlimited readers.

See the “Submissions” tab for preferred formats, etc.

Our publishing schedule for 2018 is below.  Books will be available in a variety of e-formats for all popular reading platforms. Paperbacks too. See the “Current Issues” tab for our latest offerings.

Themes and Schedules

Continuing with Third Flatiron’s quarterly themed anthologies, we will be soliciting SF/Fantasy/Horror short stories with the following themes. Themes are designed to be open-ended, allowing authors considerable leeway. We appreciate short, imaginative tales, preferring those that work with the theme in some way. Short stories should be 3,000 words or less. Flash humor pieces (<=1,000 words) can be on any theme. We aim to be inclusive and encourage submissions from all creators. Please submit during the reading periods.

Spring 2018

monster_graffiti100.jpg  “Monstrosities”  – Humor (SF/Fantasy/Horror). Things that are just too big or that don’t scale. Whether it’s the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or somebody who’s way too big for his britches, we all have had to deal with humongous blunders. Get it off your chest–share with us your favorite monstrosities. (Photo by Juanbobadilla – Own work, commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading period: December 1 – December 31, 2017
Writer Deadline: December 31, 2017
Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Summer 2018

Galileo_burn100.jpg  “Galileo’s Theme Park” –   Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter’s moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists. Suggested reading: “The Old Astronomer” by Sarah Williams (Art: Galileo during IUS burn. NASA. http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/images/artwork.html)

Reading Period: March 1 – April 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: April 15, 2018
Publication Date: June 15, 2018

Fall 2018 – Double issue!

Initial_T100.jpg  “Terra! Tara! Terror!” – SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we’d like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic’s golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we’re PG-13). (Image: The initial letter of the fairy tale “Guleesh” created by John D. Batten for Joseph Jacob’s collection, Celtic Fairy Tales. 1892. commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading Period: June 15 – July 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: July 15, 2018
Publication Date: September 20, 2018

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If you’re interested in having your work read and getting paid a little something for it, then submit your story today.

Third Flatiron Publishing are a specialist digital publisher and can help you distribute your work to a truly global audience. Subscriptions are available via Patreon.

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For more info, go to: http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

180415 | 6¢ | 3K | Galileo’s Theme Park

For more info, go to: http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

Third Flatiron Anthologies

December 1, 2017

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

–Arthur C. Clarke

 Third Flatiron wins honorable mention at WSFA Awards (see News tab).

Our Fall anthology, Strange Beasties, is out!

beasties_ebook_cvr100.jpg See Current Issues tab.

Hilarious new podcast of “Beast of the Month” by Wulf Moon is up now (free!)

Enjoy another free podcast of “Spooky Action” by David A. Kilman

We are open for submissions.

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

For each anthology, we will also accept  a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

Care to try a sampler of our most popular stories? Third Flatiron Best of 2017 is available in ebook from Amazon.

bestof2017final_100.jpg Free to Kindle Unlimited readers.

See the “Submissions” tab for preferred formats, etc.

Our publishing schedule for 2018 is below.  Books will be available in a variety of e-formats for all popular reading platforms. Paperbacks too. See the “Current Issues” tab for our latest offerings.

Themes and Schedules

Continuing with Third Flatiron’s quarterly themed anthologies, we will be soliciting SF/Fantasy/Horror short stories with the following themes. Themes are designed to be open-ended, allowing authors considerable leeway. We appreciate short, imaginative tales, preferring those that work with the theme in some way. Short stories should be 3,000 words or less. Flash humor pieces (<=1,000 words) can be on any theme. We aim to be inclusive and encourage submissions from all creators. Please submit during the reading periods.

Spring 2018

monster_graffiti100.jpg  “Monstrosities”  – Humor (SF/Fantasy/Horror). Things that are just too big or that don’t scale. Whether it’s the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or somebody who’s way too big for his britches, we all have had to deal with humongous blunders. Get it off your chest–share with us your favorite monstrosities. (Photo by Juanbobadilla – Own work, commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading period: December 1 – December 31, 2017
Writer Deadline: December 31, 2017
Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Summer 2018

Galileo_burn100.jpg  “Galileo’s Theme Park” –   Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter’s moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists. Suggested reading: “The Old Astronomer” by Sarah Williams (Art: Galileo during IUS burn. NASA. http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/images/artwork.html)

Reading Period: March 1 – April 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: April 15, 2018
Publication Date: June 15, 2018

Fall 2018 – Double issue!

Initial_T100.jpg  “Terra! Tara! Terror!” – SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we’d like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic’s golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we’re PG-13). (Image: The initial letter of the fairy tale “Guleesh” created by John D. Batten for Joseph Jacob’s collection, Celtic Fairy Tales. 1892. commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading Period: June 15 – July 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: July 15, 2018
Publication Date: September 20, 2018

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If you’re interested in having your work read and getting paid a little something for it, then submit your story today.

Third Flatiron Publishing are a specialist digital publisher and can help you distribute your work to a truly global audience. Subscriptions are available via Patreon.

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For more info, go to: http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

171231 | 6¢ | 3K | Monstrosities, Third Flatiron

For more info, go to: http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

Third Flatiron Anthologies

December 1, 2017

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

–Arthur C. Clarke

 Third Flatiron wins honorable mention at WSFA Awards (see News tab).

Our Fall anthology, Strange Beasties, is out!

beasties_ebook_cvr100.jpg See Current Issues tab.

Hilarious new podcast of “Beast of the Month” by Wulf Moon is up now (free!)

Enjoy another free podcast of “Spooky Action” by David A. Kilman

We are open for submissions.

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

For each anthology, we will also accept  a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

Care to try a sampler of our most popular stories? Third Flatiron Best of 2017 is available in ebook from Amazon.

bestof2017final_100.jpg Free to Kindle Unlimited readers.

See the “Submissions” tab for preferred formats, etc.

Our publishing schedule for 2018 is below.  Books will be available in a variety of e-formats for all popular reading platforms. Paperbacks too. See the “Current Issues” tab for our latest offerings.

Themes and Schedules

Continuing with Third Flatiron’s quarterly themed anthologies, we will be soliciting SF/Fantasy/Horror short stories with the following themes. Themes are designed to be open-ended, allowing authors considerable leeway. We appreciate short, imaginative tales, preferring those that work with the theme in some way. Short stories should be 3,000 words or less. Flash humor pieces (<=1,000 words) can be on any theme. We aim to be inclusive and encourage submissions from all creators. Please submit during the reading periods.

Spring 2018

monster_graffiti100.jpg  “Monstrosities”  – Humor (SF/Fantasy/Horror). Things that are just too big or that don’t scale. Whether it’s the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or somebody who’s way too big for his britches, we all have had to deal with humongous blunders. Get it off your chest–share with us your favorite monstrosities. (Photo by Juanbobadilla – Own work, commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading period: December 1 – December 31, 2017
Writer Deadline: December 31, 2017
Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Summer 2018

Galileo_burn100.jpg  “Galileo’s Theme Park” –   Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter’s moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists. Suggested reading: “The Old Astronomer” by Sarah Williams (Art: Galileo during IUS burn. NASA. http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/images/artwork.html)

Reading Period: March 1 – April 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: April 15, 2018
Publication Date: June 15, 2018

Fall 2018 – Double issue!

Initial_T100.jpg  “Terra! Tara! Terror!” – SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we’d like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic’s golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we’re PG-13). (Image: The initial letter of the fairy tale “Guleesh” created by John D. Batten for Joseph Jacob’s collection, Celtic Fairy Tales. 1892. commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading Period: June 15 – July 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: July 15, 2018
Publication Date: September 20, 2018

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If you’re interested in having your work read and getting paid a little something for it, then submit your story today.

Third Flatiron Publishing are a specialist digital publisher and can help you distribute your work to a truly global audience. Subscriptions are available via Patreon.

support-us-on-patreon-button150.png

For more info, go to: http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

180315 | 8¢ | 750-6K | Uncanny Magazine, Dinosaur Special

For more info, go to: https://uncannymagazine.com/uncanny-magazine-dinosaur-special-issue-guidelines/

Uncanny Magazine Dinosaur Special Issue Guidelines!

As you may know if you followed the Uncanny Magazine Year 4 KickstarterUncanny Magazine Issue 23 will be a Special Shared-Universe Dinosaur Issue! The planned solicited contributors are:

Do you want to join them? One of the stretch goals was adding two extra unsolicited stories to the issue! We will be open to submissions from March 1- March 15, 2018.

The Dramatic Pitch:

The year is 2069. Rumors of monsters haunt three abandoned islands in the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by dangerous waters from which visitors are warned away, few have dared visit and fewer still have returned to tell the tale. The three islands, linked via now-decrepit tunnels and bridges, were intended to create and experiment on DINOSAURS. Though many of their creations and experiments remain, The Owen Corporation mysteriously disappeared, never getting a chance to show off their work.

A rich ecosystem developed in the absence of the organization—a mixing of abandoned facilities, technology, eccentric people, and amenities with the ancient wilderness of surrounding waters, labyrinthine caves, and highest treetops.

On the largest island sits a shimmering crater filled with mysterious energies, where dinosaurs sometimes wander and often end up elsewhere… or elsewhen. The portal, accidentally created by The Owen Corporation for unknown reasons, is a gateway to other worlds, times, and dimensions, and it is growing. Soon, the experimental dinosaurs may very well overwhelm the entire multiverse.

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Writers are encouraged to play with this island setting, or to simply write a story featuring dinosaurs who wandered through the portal to whatever setting works best for the story (outer space, throughout history, alternate dimensions, etc.).

We are looking for stories that are 750-6000 words. Payment is $.08 per word (including audio rights). We will reject any story that doesn’t follow our guidelines and procedures. You may not resubmit a rejected story. If you aren’t sure if your story counts as unpublished, please query us.

Submission procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We try to respond to all submissions in 30 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 45 days.

For more info, go to: https://uncannymagazine.com/uncanny-magazine-dinosaur-special-issue-guidelines/

180115 | 6¢ | 10K | Liminal Stories

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

Liminal Fiction Guidelines

We are currently OPEN for fiction submissions. We’ll be open through to January 15.

Liminal is searching for stories of a particular tone and tenor, regardless of form.  We like stories that are strange and unsettling, sharp-edged and evocative.  Although we will consider any genre, we have a soft spot for weird fiction, magical realism, soft science fiction, and those uncategorizable stories that straddle the line between genres.  Liminal stories should linger in the mind and evoke emotion in the reader.

We will consider stories up to 10,000 words, and pay 6c/word on publication.

Liminal isn’t a market for reprints, or non-fiction. We don’t accept simultaneous or multiple submissions of fiction.  However, you may submit a new story as soon as you receive a rejection from us, provided we haven’t closed for submissions.

Seeking Diverse Voices

The editors of Liminal believe that fiction is enriched by diverse voices. We welcome and encourage submissions from writers of every nationality, race, sexual orientation, religion, and gender.

How to Submit

Send submissions in .DOC or .RTF format to liminalsubmissions@gmail.com. Please use Submission: [Story Title] as your subject line. Include your story’s title and length in your cover letter. Don’t stress over what to call us. We’ll answer to Editors, Shannon and Kelly, or Ms. Peavey and Ms. Sandoval.

Please use Standard Manuscript Format for all Liminal submissions.

 

Liminal Poetry Guidelines

We are currently OPEN for poetry submissions. We’ll be open through to January 15.

Like its fiction, Liminal is searching for poems of a particular tone.  We like poems with strong imagery and precise language.  Fantastical elements are encouraged, but not required.  Some of the editor’s favorite poets include, but are not limited to, Claudia Emerson, Jamaal May, Judy Jordan, Jack Gilbert, Ai, and David Kirby.

We will consider poems of any length, and pay $50 per poem on publication.

To submit, send 1-3 poems in DOC format with the subject line POETRY SUBMISSION: [Poem Title(s)] to liminalpoetrysubmissions@gmail.com. If you include a cover letter, please address it to Editor, Helena, or Ms. Bell.

 

Response Times

We try to respond to all stories and poems within 30 days. Please query if you haven’t heard from us. Use Query: [Story/Poem Title] as your subject line. Send queries to the same email you used for your original submission.

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

180601 | 3¢ | 1K-5K | Tales From the Crust (Pizza horror)

For more info, go to: http://www.darkmoondigest.com/open-call-short-stories-tales-crust-anthology-pizza-horror/

We know we have a tendency to say, “Attention writers! Some new hotness!” but this is literally some new burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth hotness. Inspired mostly by David James Keaton’s struggle to find good pizza in California and pitching ideas to Max Booth when he’s hungry after working a 12-hour shift at the Overlook, get ready for…

TALES FROM THE CRUST: An Anthology of Pizza Horror

edited by Keaton and Booth and published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Originally Keaton was thinking of calling it PIZZA MY SKULL because there’s a pizza place around San Jose called Pizza My Heart, meaning “piece of my heart,” and so he thought a “piece of my skull” joke would be hilarious. Turns out that’s a lot of assumptions to make about a gag. Also their pizza is gross. Luckily, George Cotronis brainstormed a much better title (though it might make people wonder if there’s a “Crustkeeper/Cryptkeeper” hosting the show). Speaking of Mr. Cotronis! Holy lord look at the cover art he’s come up with. WE WANT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD…

This is exactly the vibe we’re going for here. Not so much the goofy Goosebumps thing you might imagine with a pizza horror story, but we’re taking it kind of seriously. Like we take our pizza seriously. The humor is inherent in the pizza theme already, so we’re playing this kind of straight. And if you think you’ve got what it takes, like a healthy love of the cheesy cuisine, send us your best work.

Now, you may be thinking: pizza horror taken seriously? What the good goddamn could I possibly write?

Good question! We don’t know. But we sure would like to read it.

That’s where you come in.

Write us a pizza story, and make it scary.

Story length: 1k – 5k
Payment: $0.03 per word
Multiple submissions: Yes
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Reprints: Query first

Deadline: June 1, 2018

Send submissions to pizzamyskull@gmail.com with “[STORY TITLE] – [AUTHOR NAME] – [WORD COUNT]” in the subject line.

For more info, go to: http://www.darkmoondigest.com/open-call-short-stories-tales-crust-anthology-pizza-horror/

180228 | 3¢ | 3K-8K | Red Rabbit Presents

For more info, go to: http://www.akmeek.com/rrpsubmissions/

Publishing for the People!

Red Rabbit Publishing is seeking submissions for Red Rabbit Presents, a new anthology of sci-fi short stories. I’m looking for action-filled stories told well. That simple.

NOTE: Please Like Red Rabbit’s Facebook group for just-in-time information.

THEME: The first issue will release around mid-2018 and the theme will be military sci-fi. Professional soldiers, command structure, mechs beating down aliens, things like that. Explosions and heroes. Think of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers as an example of military sci-fi.

PAY & LENGTH: Rate is $.03 cents a word, original content (no reprints) only. A minimum of 3,000 words and up to 6,000. Story length can go beyond (up to 8,000), but pay will only be to 6,000. ($90.00 to $180.00). Payment will be at time of publication through PayPal. If print books are created, all contributing authors will receive a copy.

RIGHTS: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 180 days from date of release. Red Rabbit retains non-exclusive reprint and e-book rights afterward.

DEADLINE: Story deadline for submission is February 28, 2018. Story selection will be made by April 1, 2018. All entrants will be notified around that time or shortly thereafter.

EDITING: A professional editor will work with all authors to ensure a quality story is published. If you prefer, you can secure professional editing at your own expense. (BYOE – Bring Your Own Editor)

BOOK COVERS & PRODUCTION: Red Rabbit Publishing will handle all aspects of design, formatting, and story placement.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: That’s fine, as long as I’m notified (by email) if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

SUBMISSION: Send an email to RRPsubmissions (at) akmeek.com with story attached as a Word document. Please use “Mid-2018 Submission” for email subject. Include the following in the email: story name, word count, author name, along with a blurb of any other information you think I’d like to know. Examples are: awards, social reach, newsletter subscriber count, etc. I’ll leave it up to what you feel is important.

QUESTIONS: Please check out Red Rabbit’s Facebook group (link above). If you prefer, send an email to the submissions email address (above). Please use “question” in the subject line.

Peace out,

A.K. (Red Rabbit Publishing)

For more info, go to: http://www.akmeek.com/rrpsubmissions/

180215 | 8¢ | 750-6K | Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction

For more info, go to: https://uncannymagazine.com/disabled-people-destroy-science-fiction-guidelines/

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Guidelines

Reading period: January 15th, 2018 to February 15th 2018. Please do not submit anything until January 15th. Emails containing submissions will be deleted. (Uncanny Magazine uses the Moksha submission system.)

 

Who can submit:

We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.

Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.

Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.

Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.

Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time.

Yes, you.

Reading Elsa’s essay “Disabled Enough” from our Kickstarter may help if you have any doubts.

So, if you identify as disabled across any of these definitions or others, we want to hear from you!

 

A Note on Manuscript Guidelines For Fiction and Nonfiction: 
14pt font, please. Serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). Double spaced. This is an accommodation for Elsa so she does not have to reformat every submission.

Please let the editors know if you need accommodations as well.

 

Fiction

Fiction Editor: Dominik Parisien

We do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We would certainly love to see a wide range of disabilities explored across a variety of SF settings and scenarios. We’re looking for the stories you’ve been trying to tell your whole life, for the stories that don’t fit elsewhere. We are also looking for a range of stories, for intricate, challenging tales with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.

We want the stories you’ve been yearning to encounter in the world. We want to engage with the characters you want to meet in fiction.

Length: Between 750-6000 words

Payment: $.08 per word

Fiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

 

Nonfiction

Nonfiction Editor: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

We are looking for essays which explore the relationship between disability and SFF. These essays should interrogate or explain some part of the relationship, whether it is about the genre itself, a character, a specific trope or narrative, or even the experience of being a disabled member of the SFF community. Creative nonfiction, academic essay, personal essay, or other non-fiction styles are all welcome. Please complicate the narrative for our readers, we don’t just want easy answers in this issue.

We want to know what frustrates you about the genre, or the industry, but also what brings you joy. If there’s a character you love with a disability, or a story you want to praise – we want to read those as well.

For Nonfiction we will accept either a pitch, or a fully written essay for submissions. If you are submitting a pitch, please make sure that it outlines exactly what you hope to accomplish.

Length: Between 1k-2.5k

Payment: $50 an essay.

Nonfiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your essay or pitch via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All essays should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your essay (if applicable), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

 

Poetry

Poetry Editor: S. Qiouyi Lu

We do not require poetry to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We are looking for strong, emotional poetry with multiple layers of meaning. Clear language can be just as vibrant and powerful as more intricate language. Most of all, we are looking for poetry that has a unique voice and doesn’t shy away from engaging with its core issues and themes.

Length: No line limits

Payment: $30 per poem

Poetry Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your poem(s) via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem(s), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate files through the Moksha system in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

4- We try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

 

Fiction Reprints

Reprint Editor: Judith Tarr

As with original fiction submissions, we do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We are looking for diverse, thoughtful, well-written stories that challenge readers to think outside their usual boxes.

Fiction Reprints Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny’s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. HOWEVER, as noted above, please use 14pt serifed font and not the standard 12pt.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, the date and venue of its original publication, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, and please make sure that you have reprint rights for your story.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Length: 750-6000 words

Payment: $.01 per word

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Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.

For more info, go to: https://uncannymagazine.com/disabled-people-destroy-science-fiction-guidelines/

180205 | 3¢ | 1K-5K | Deciduous Tales #2

For more info, go to: http://deciduoustales.us/portfolio/submissions/

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

We are looking for horror and dark fiction with well realized characters, a strong voice and literary merit between 1000 and 5000 words. Query first for any story longer than 5000 words.

We pay three cents a word for unsolicited work at time of publication via PayPal. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. No multiple submissions or reprints, please.

Please include a very brief introduction listing any previous publications.

         Deciduoustales@gmail.com

For more info, go to: http://deciduoustales.us/portfolio/submissions/

171205 | 3.5¢-7¢ | 10K | PULP Literature

For more info, go to: http://pulpliterature.com/short-fiction-submissions-open-till-december-5th/

Short Fiction Submissions Open till December 5th

    

Calling all writers!  We have a very short submissions opening period on right now!

For this period we are specifically looking for

  • Science Fiction.  We like all forms of spec fic, from alternate history to space opera.  But it’s been a while since we’ve had much good old fashioned hard SF come through the inbox.  Send us your best!
  • Mystery. We’re always well-served with the cozy Stella Rymans and the time-travelling Seven Swans, but we’d also like to see some shorter whodunits. Have you got an intriguing and original mystery that’s 5000 words or under?  Send it in.
  • Stories by Indigenous Canadians.  Since most of us in BC are guests on First Nations’ territories, we’d love to print more stories by the descendants of Canada’s first people.

Submission guidelines, form, and pay rates here

Please note that due to the large number of submissions we receive we can’t reply personally to every submission.  If you submitted in a previous opening period and haven’t heard from us, we are unable to take the story.  If we have contacted you to say its still under consideration, be patient.   Sometimes it takes well over a year to find the right issue for a story we like.

For more info, go to: http://pulpliterature.com/short-fiction-submissions-open-till-december-5th/

180301 | 8¢ | 5K | If This Goes On

For more info, go to:

A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

This project is born of rage and sorrow and hope. Rage at the way America has been stolen and how those thieves have been eating away at its infrastructure. Sorrow at the lives being destroyed in the sorrow as well as for the earth as its protections are stripped away by a kleptocratic and corrupt regime. Sorrow for the way words themselves have been distorted and twisted away from truth.

And hope. Because humans continue to progress and evolve, even though that climb is a rocky one and we slide back sometimes. We seem to have done so recently. And so this anthology, an attempt to rally, to inspire, and to awaken. Some stories will despair, but others will have the light we seek, lamps to light the path and show the pitfalls as we continue upwards.

This anthology is part of my resistance. I hope it will be part of yours as well.

– Cat Rambo

20 September 2017

FROM THE PUBLISHER

The idea for IF THIS GOES ON came as a reaction to the isolationism, divisiveness, anti-science rhetoric, and fear-mongering that we saw all-too-frequently from our national leaders after the 2016 election. I was finally called to action by the hateful rally in Charlottesville, VA this summer.

This project is very personal to me. A mezuzah is nailed to the doorframe of my house, here in Virginia, and I proudly top my Christmas tree with a Star of David every year. When I watched Vice’s powerful documentaryon the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, as I watched a mob in broad daylight chanting anti-Semitic messages in my relative back yard, I could no longer ignore the fear I felt for the future of my country and the safety of my family.

This anthology is my contribution to the effort to preserve the America I know, love, and believe in. An America where all children can grow up without fear and where love is more powerful than hate. To paraphrase (poorly) President Obama, I believe in an America where we all recognize that there is more that binds us together than sets us apart. I know this America doesn’t exist beyond an ideal, but I see this anthology as one small brick in the long road to that ideal.

– Colin Coyle
October 27, 2017

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Cat Rambo
CAT RAMBO

Cat is the author of more than 200 works of original fiction, an ardent feminist, and a certified master gardener. She has been nominated for the Nebula, Endeavour, and World Fantasy Awards for her work as both an author and an editor. Her latest novel, BEASTS OF TABAT, is published by WordFire Press, with sequel HEARTS OF TABAT appearing in early 2018 Learn more about Cat at www.kittywumpus.net.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

If This Goes On is dedicated to inclusiveness and is open to all writers. If you have a story that needs to be told, we want to read it. Please do not self-reject.

PROCESS

1
Who
  • Genre writers
  • Literary writers
  • Writers from under-represented communities and groups
  • Established writers, new writers, pro and amateur.
  • All are welcome to contribute to If This Goes On.

We are looking for unique stories that offer insights into the shared future of our planet. Tell us how our climate will change if we don’t better protect our planet. Show us how the racial divide in this country is only growing wider. Warn us of a coming era of neo-colonialism if we don’t develop conscientious trade practices. Scare us into taking digital security more seriously as we hand over the keys to our digital lives to governments and non-state powers.

Open our eyes to our future.

2
What
  • Stories must be 5,000 words or less (Flash fiction is accepted)
  • Must be set at least one generation in the future (You are welcome to write an epic fantasy in the Friedman tradition, so long as it is in the far future!)
  • Must include the impact of current political policy (social, scientific, legal, criminal, etc.) as a meaningful aspect of the story.
  • Stories are strongly encouraged to avoid focusing on current political personalities and, instead, to focus on the policy impacts and long-term changes to our world.
  • Stories must be original
  • Publisher requires worldwide first electronic and first print English-language rights
  • Pay is $0.08 per word (half on delivery, half on publication) and a royalty share for contributors
  • Submissions will close on March 1, 2018.
3
How

Submissions and queries should be emailed to submissions@parvuspress.comand addressed to Cat Rambo. Attach your manuscript as Word (.doc or .docx), PDF, or RTF files only. Your submission should include your name and relevant contact information in the attached file as well as the body of the email. Attach only your submission document. Submissions containing any other files will not be opened.

In your email, we ask that you identify the particular policy, trend, or shift which your story involves. You are encouraged, but not required, to tell us if there is any personal connection between yourself and the anthology topic.

Please feel free to email for an update if you have not heard a submission response within 90 days.

For more info, go to:

180115 | ≤25¢ | 300-1K | Spider: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

For more info, go to: https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17817/spider-magazine-for-ages-6-9

SPIDER, a literary magazine for children, features fresh and engaging literature, poems, articles, and activities for newly independent readers. Editors seek energetic, beautifully crafted submissions with strong “kid appeal” (an elusive yet recognizable quality, often tied to high-interest elements such as humor, adventure, and suspense).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.

Call for Submissions: Short Shorts
Deadline: November 15, 2017
SPIDER (for ages 6-9) is looking for short fiction and non-fiction for the theme Short Shorts. We want short pieces of 200 to 500 words on any topic, in any format, and in any tone. We’re looking for silly, funny, and wacky stories, serious, earnest, and sweet stories, and stories in non-traditional formats like a letter from kids or animals, a funny “How To” guide, or a silly quiz for kids to take. Works by and about people of color, LGBTQAI+ people, and other marginalized peoples are especially welcome.Call for Submissions: Captivating Cityscapes
Deadline: December 15, 2017
SPIDER (for ages 6-9) is looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Cityscapes. Cities are unique places where millions of people live. Take us underground to ride the subways, into back alleys and apartments, and up in the world’s tallest skyscrapers. We want stories that travel by railroad and across pavement. We’d like to see quirky nonfiction about the world’s biggest cities in the world and fantastic fictional cities. Works by and about people of color, LGBTQAI+ people, and other marginalized peoples are especially welcome.

Call for Submissions: 
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Deadline: January 15, 2018
SPIDER (for ages 6-9) is looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes the theme It’s Raining Cats and Dogs. We want wacky and weird stories about kids and their pets—cats, dogs, parrots, horses, lizards, hamsters, gerbils, bunnies, chickens, fish, guinea pigs, snakes. Tell us about a special relationship with one prized pet or about a whole menagerie. Send us stories about heroism, friendship, loyalty, and odd talents. Take us to a pet or horse show, to the farm, to a city dog park, or in a suburban backyard.

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

Whether a fictional setting is long-ago or here-and-now, or the protagonist is the class clown or a talking tiger, characters and the worlds they inhabit should be complex and believable.

Length: 300–1000 words

 

Poetry

Poems should be succinct, imaginative, and accessible; we tend to avoid long narrative poems.

Length: Up to 20 lines

 

Nonfiction

For nonfiction, SPIDER readers enjoy well-researched articles about animals, kids their own age doing amazing things, and cool scientific discoveries (such as wetsuits for penguins and real-life invisibility cloaks). Nonfiction articles should rise above a simple list of facts; we look for kid-friendly nonfiction shaped into an engaging narrative.

Length: 300–800 words

 

Crafts and Activities

We also appreciate clever crafts, recipes, games, and puzzles; however, please submit only activities that a reader would be able to perform on his/her own, with minimal parental assistance.

Length: 1–4 pages

 

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: SPIDER 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/17817/spider-magazine-for-ages-6-9

171215 | ≤25¢ | 300-1K | Spider: Captivating Cityscapes

For more info, go to: https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17817/spider-magazine-for-ages-6-9

SPIDER, a literary magazine for children, features fresh and engaging literature, poems, articles, and activities for newly independent readers. Editors seek energetic, beautifully crafted submissions with strong “kid appeal” (an elusive yet recognizable quality, often tied to high-interest elements such as humor, adventure, and suspense).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.

Call for Submissions: Short Shorts
Deadline: November 15, 2017
SPIDER (for ages 6-9) is looking for short fiction and non-fiction for the theme Short Shorts. We want short pieces of 200 to 500 words on any topic, in any format, and in any tone. We’re looking for silly, funny, and wacky stories, serious, earnest, and sweet stories, and stories in non-traditional formats like a letter from kids or animals, a funny “How To” guide, or a silly quiz for kids to take. Works by and about people of color, LGBTQAI+ people, and other marginalized peoples are especially welcome.Call for Submissions: Captivating Cityscapes
Deadline: December 15, 2017
SPIDER (for ages 6-9) is looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Cityscapes. Cities are unique places where millions of people live. Take us underground to ride the subways, into back alleys and apartments, and up in the world’s tallest skyscrapers. We want stories that travel by railroad and across pavement. We’d like to see quirky nonfiction about the world’s biggest cities in the world and fantastic fictional cities. Works by and about people of color, LGBTQAI+ people, and other marginalized peoples are especially welcome.

Call for Submissions: 
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Deadline: January 15, 2018
SPIDER (for ages 6-9) is looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes the theme It’s Raining Cats and Dogs. We want wacky and weird stories about kids and their pets—cats, dogs, parrots, horses, lizards, hamsters, gerbils, bunnies, chickens, fish, guinea pigs, snakes. Tell us about a special relationship with one prized pet or about a whole menagerie. Send us stories about heroism, friendship, loyalty, and odd talents. Take us to a pet or horse show, to the farm, to a city dog park, or in a suburban backyard.

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

Whether a fictional setting is long-ago or here-and-now, or the protagonist is the class clown or a talking tiger, characters and the worlds they inhabit should be complex and believable.

Length: 300–1000 words

 

Poetry

Poems should be succinct, imaginative, and accessible; we tend to avoid long narrative poems.

Length: Up to 20 lines

 

Nonfiction

For nonfiction, SPIDER readers enjoy well-researched articles about animals, kids their own age doing amazing things, and cool scientific discoveries (such as wetsuits for penguins and real-life invisibility cloaks). Nonfiction articles should rise above a simple list of facts; we look for kid-friendly nonfiction shaped into an engaging narrative.

Length: 300–800 words

 

Crafts and Activities

We also appreciate clever crafts, recipes, games, and puzzles; however, please submit only activities that a reader would be able to perform on his/her own, with minimal parental assistance.

Length: 1–4 pages

 

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: SPIDER 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/17817/spider-magazine-for-ages-6-9

.03 | 1K-5K | Deciduous Tales

For more info, go to: http://deciduoustales.us/portfolio/submissions/

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

We are looking for horror and dark fiction with well realized characters, a strong voice and literary merit between 1000 and 5000 words. Query first for any story longer than 5000 words.

We pay three cents a word for unsolicited work at time of publication via PayPal. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. No multiple submissions or reprints, please.

Please include a very brief introduction listing any previous publications.

         Deciduoustales@gmail.com

For more info, go to: http://deciduoustales.us/portfolio/submissions/

.10 (up to $200) | 7K | The Masters Review

For more info, go to: https://themastersreview.submittable.com/submit/26106/new-voices-free

Submissions for our New Voices category are open year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission. Published short-story collections do not count as a novel-length work and those authors are free to submit. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of stories from new authors each month.

We are pleased to announce we now offer payment to New Voices authors. $0.10/word up to $200. We are thrilled to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

  • New Voices submissions are open to new and emerging writers only (no novel-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).
  • We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work. Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • All submissions must be less than 7,000 words.
  • We do accept multiple submissions.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history

For more info, go to: https://themastersreview.submittable.com/submit/26106/new-voices-free

180110 | $200 | 1.2K | Chicken Soup for the Soul

For more info, go to: http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/story-guidelines

Guidelines for Submissions

Recipe for A Winning Chicken Soup for the Soul submission

A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple piece that touches our readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. These stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.

Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories have heart, but also something extra—an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these.

The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.

If we publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family, you will receive our exclusive contributors’ communiqué and you will be entitled to buy cases of books from us at a discount.

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul story

1. Tell an exciting, heartwarming or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about yourself or someone close to you.
2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart. Many people tell personal stories for the first time in our books, and they find it to be a cathartic and productive experience. We do let you use a pen name for your story if you do not want to use your real name.
5. Don’t try fancy moves with tenses. Writing in the present tense about something that happened in the past rarely works.
5. Keep your story to 1200 words or less. Tighten, tighten, tighten!
6. Your story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing.

What a Chicken Soup for the Soul story IS NOT:

1. A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
2. An “as told to” story written by you for someone else. If you ghost-write a story for someone, we thank you for helping that person share his or her story. That person’s name will be listed as the author and he or she can acknowledge your help in the bio section.
3. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.
4. About politics or controversial issues.
5. A biography or testimonial.
6. A journalistic article about a third party that reads like a newspaper article.

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul poem

1. We love poems that tell a story. A Chicken Soup for the Soul poem does the same job as a story. The reader goes away having learned your story, just through poetry instead of prose.
2. We do not publish poems that do not tell a story.
3. We also do not publish poems that seem overly focused on rhyming and read more like greeting cards.

A few more tips about submitting

1. The only way to submit your stories or poems to us is via our website. If you have any problems when trying to fill out the form and submit your work, please contact our webmaster at: webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com. Responses from the webmaster usually take several days, so be patient.
2. Our webmaster cannot help you with your personal computer problems. If you have questions, such as, “How do I paste my story into the submission form?” please ask a friend or relative, not our webmaster.
3. Please submit only stories or poems that have not been previously published. The only exception to this is if your work has only been published in a small local publication with limited circulation or on your own blog.
4. Please do not send us any book manuscripts, unless through a literary agent, as these will be automatically discarded. Also, we do not accept title ideas from the public. If we receive any, they will be discarded and will not be shown to an editor.

What happens after I submit my story or poem?

Please be patient after you press the SUBMIT button. Wait for the next screen to come up with a message that says:
Thank you! Your information has been received. This is your confirmation that we have received your story or poem and that it has been entered into our database. This is the only confirmation you will receive. There is no separate e-mail message from us. A very obvious “Error” message comes up if your submission does not go through.

How will you know if your story is selected? We do not send rejection letters, and we occasionally will save a submission for consideration for a future book. But in general, if you have not heard from us 60 days before the book’s on-sale date, that probably means we have decided not to use your story or poem. You can check the on-sale dates for our future books by checking the Coming Soon page on our website. We get thousands of submissions for each book and we only have room for 101 pieces, so please don’t take our silence personally!

It can take many months or even a few years for a Chicken Soup for the Soul book to be completed. Please be patient, as the selection of stories and poems is a time-consuming process. Please do not contact us to ask for an update about your story unless you need to know whether we are considering it because another publisher is interested in it too.

If we choose your story or poem for a future edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul or any of our other projects, we will notify you by e-mail and request your permission to print it. We never publish anything without written permission from the author, and we get your approval for the inspirational quote that we put at the top of each story and also for any edits we make.

If your e-mail address changes after you submit your story, be sure to let our webmaster know by emailing webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com. You need to let her know which book you submitted to so that she can update your information.

If we publish your story, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and will be entitled to buy cases of your books from us at half price. You will also receive our monthly newsletter that is sent exclusively to our published writers, with advance notice of new books, contests to win Chicken Soup for the Soul merchandise, and writing tips.

For more info, go to: http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/story-guidelines

$150/$500 aus | 1500/? | Overland

For more info, go to: https://overland.org.au/submit

Submissions

Overland relies on its subscribers for survival. For that reason, the editors prioritise submissions by subscribers. While all work will be read, we cannot guarantee response times to submissions by non-subscribers. You can support Overland by becoming a subscriber.

About us

Overland is a quarterly print journal (publishing essays, stories and poetry) and an online magazine, publishing non-fiction articles each week day. Overland also occasionally publishes special online editions of fiction and poetry. Those wishing to submit material are strongly urged to familiarise themselves with Overland and its various projects. Overland will not – except in special circumstances – accept submissions that have been previously published elsewhere, including on the internet.

Overland has a proud history of publishing underrepresented writers and promoting manifold voices. We are especially keen on receiving submissions from women writers of colour in all areas – fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art.

Pitches

Writers wishing to submit articles to the online magazine should look at our pitch page. Each week, this lists the topics we would particularly like to cover and provides a mechanism through which writers can pitch articles on these and other subjects.

How to submit

We ask all authors to submit their work via Submittable, an electronic submission manager. This facility allows authors to track the progress of their submission. It does require the creation of an account but this process is very simple.

Overland endeavours to reply to submissions as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the quantity received means that the process can take time and we ask contributors for patience.

Payment

Rates for articles in the online magazine –  $120.

Rates for the print magazine: fiction and essays – $500; poems – $150.

Overland pays contributors upon publication. If your piece has recently appeared in print or online, you can submit your invoice via this Submittable link.

Ready to submit?

Completed articles, stories and poems should be submitted in the relevant category below.

Nonfiction

Fiction 

Poetry

If you’re pitching an article idea instead, visit our pitch page.

**NOTE FROM EJB** – The submission links for the different categories were a little tricky to find, but they are here:
https://overland.submittable.com/submit

For more info, go to: https://overland.org.au/submit

180131 | $150 cad | 3.5K | Room Magazine #41.3 Queer Issue

For more info, go to: http://roommagazine.com/submit

Our next call for submissions is for issue 41.3 “The Queer Issue”

Room magazine invites women and genderqueer folks who identify as part of the LGBTTQIA+ spectrum to submit their best poetry, fiction, CNF, and art to our first queer-themed issue. We especially encourage submissions from writers affected by multiple intersections of oppression, such as racism, classism, ableism, fatphobia, ageism, and transphobia.

This issue is a celebration of emerging and established queer writers and artists; the creative work itself does not have to be queer in focus. Do you want to queer genre? Create a poem about the corporatization of Pride? Or just write microfiction on the minutiae of daily living? All types of submissions are welcome.

New work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will also be featured in this issue.

Edited by Leah Golob, and assistant edited by Arielle Spence and Rebecca Russell.

Submissions are accepted from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. 

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General Guidelines

Thank you for considering Room for the publication of your original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art. Room publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by women (cisgenderand transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. We specifically encourage writers with overlapping under-represented identities to submit their work. We don’t want writers to feel restricted by gender or genre labels, so if you are unsure if your work is a fit for Room, please get in touch at submissions@roommagazine.com.

We strongly suggest you get a sense of our tastes by reviewing material we’ve published in recent issues—buy newsstand copies, subscribe, borrow from a library, or visit our latest edition online. Alternatively, you can order single copies of specific issues, or pre-order our next issue for only $9 using the link below (may take up to three months to arrive).

  • All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages.
  • We do not charge for submissions, with the exception of our annual contests.
  • Check our home page regularly for updates on upcoming themes and deadlines. If your work is targeted for a particular theme, it will be considered for that theme as long as it is sent by the deadline. There is no need to add a special note or designation.
  • We receive over 3,000 submissions each year and can only publish approximately 80-100 pieces. So send your absolutely best piece of work.
  • Please be sure to send us work that has not been previously published in print or on-line.
  • We do not publish the same writer more than twice a year, and never in consecutive issues.
  • To avoid a flood of material by a single submitter or overly frequent submissions, please send only one submission in one category—poetry (up to 5 poems), fiction, or creative non-fiction—per quarter. (Note: You may enter our contests and make a regular submission at the same time so long as the materials are different.)
  • Do not send a second submission until you have heard back from us considering the first one.
  • Tell us in your cover letter whether your submission is exclusive to us or whether you have submitted it to other magazines as well.
  • If another magazine accepts for publication work that you have also submitted to Room, advise us immediately.
  • We respond to all submissions by email. Our average response time is between two weeks and six months.
  • If you are using Hotmail or Gmail, please be sure to designate Room as an approved sender to prevent our response being caught up in your spam filters.
  • For information on our writing contests and cover art contest, please visit our contest page.

How to Submit Your Work

We only use Submittable (http://www.submittable.com), a secure online submissions management tool, to manage our submissions. We do not accept submissions via mail. Any submissions received in the mail will be returned unread. When you submit your work, you will also be creating an account that will allow you to log in at any time to check the status of your submission. Follow these simple steps to submit your work:

  • Go to https://room.submittable.com/submit.
  • Create your account by entering the requested information.
  • Choose your category/genre and click the Submit button.
  • Enter the work’s title, your cover letter*, and attach your submission. For poetry submissions, combine all poems into one document and start each poem on a new page.
  • If applicable, fill out payment information.
  • You’re done! Log back in any time to check the status of your submission.

If you run into any problems, please email submissions@roommagazine.com.

For more information about Submittable, go to http://www.submittable.com.

*Don’t forget to provide us with the following information in your cover letter:

  • Your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • For fiction and creative non-fiction, an accurate word count of your piece.

Art Submission

Send us your most engaging work. These are not images to illustrate the literature, but submissions of their own standing. Submit up to five images (maximum of 1MB sized JPG or PDF) with a short paragraph about the work of art including: the title, size, medium and date. Please include a cover letter as stated in the general submissions (above). All art submissions should be sent through Submittable. Please note that all art considered for our internal pages will be printed in black and white or greyscale and we ask that you take this into consideration when choosing which artwork to submit to us.

Book Reviews

Interested book reviewers can send their pitches to reviews@roommagazine.com.

Size Limits

  • Fiction and creative non-fiction: Up to 3500 words
  • Poetry: Up to five poems
  • Art: up to 5 images

See also our FAQs.

For more info, go to: http://roommagazine.com/submit

180501 | 5¢ | 4K-14K | The Decadents

For more info, go to: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

Picture

The Decadents
edited by Steve BermanWan poets with ink-stained fingers and laudanum-tainted breath. Hirsute bankers embezzling funds to pay for nightly trysts at less-than-savory clubs. Lethe Press is seeking gay male short stories, either reprints or original works, for an anthology of historical fiction that embraces the Decadent Movement. Stories may have fantastical or horrific elements. All work must be queer positive (i.e., the men and trans-men in the tale cannot be self-loathing, cannot be punished because they have same-sex attraction). Stories should be set during the 18th or 19th century. Stories need not be set in European cities.Other details: stories should be from 4,000 to 14,000 in length. Payment for reprints is 1.5 cents per word. Payment for original fiction is 5 cents a word. All payment is upon publication in Summer of 2019.

Deadline is May of 2018. Please submit to Steve Berman at lethepress @aol.com with the Subject line of The Decadents – Submission. Include an embedded copy letter with biographical details, if the story is original, and some sense of prior publications (if any). ​

For more info, go to: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

171215 | 7¢ | 5K | Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans

For more info, go to: https://hopenicholson.com/submissions/

Submissions


Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes

Submissions open until December 15, 2017

Maiden, Mother, and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes is a Bedside Press anthology of new fantastical short fiction by trans women and trans feminine writers curated by celebrated poet and author Gwen Benaway. Drawing on high fantasy and other genres of fantasy writing, Maiden, Mother, and Crone is the first anthology by trans femme authors to explore the realms of magic, supernatural beings, and alternate universes. Enter a universe of wonder where trans femmes are powerful heroines, sorceresses, and warriors fighting against dark forces in vivid magical worlds. With celebrated trans femme writers like Kai Cheng Thom, Casey Plett, and Gwen Benaway, and featuring cover art by Alex Morris, this anthology will transform the landscape of fantasy fiction and offer radical portals into excitement, danger, and transformation.

There are ten writer slots available for open submission.

Submission periods will be open until December 15, 2017, and successful participants notified shortly after.

Submission requirements, pitches sent must show understanding of the following:

  • Proposed stories should be under 5,000 words
  • Writers must identify as trans women or trans femme
  • Submissions must include a story pitch of at least a full paragraph outlining the concept and general plot of the story (think elevator pitch)
  • Submissions must include links to writer’s previous fiction writing work, including writing samples
  • Submissions must be in the fantasy genre, with a preference towards traditional ‘high fantasy’
  • Content should be aimed at a teen audience and up (PG-13 rating)
  • Preference is given to new stories, but previously published material is also acceptable
  • Deadlines TBA, but writers will be given no less than 3 months

Payment:

  • .07 per word
  • Two complimentary author copies of the finished work
  • Ability to purchase additional copies at print cost

Rights:

  • Writer will retain full rights to their work including the right to republish digitally or physically at any other time
  • Writers may sublicense out their story as long as this does not interfere with the publication of this collection, interference being, for example, if another publisher asks you for exclusivity
  • Publisher will be able to republish work only as a part of this anthology, with only previously agreed upon edits/changes

For more info, go to: https://hopenicholson.com/submissions/

180331 | 6¢ | 2K | Gorgons: Emergence

For more info, go to: https://pantheonmag.com/submissions/open-prompts/


PROMPTS:

We want to see the prompt inspire your writing. To bleed through every letter. If our quarterly is about Apollo, give us stories about the galaxies, about the sun, about archery. Give us stories that breathe Apollo. If the prompt is Artemis, give us forests, give us beasts, give us epic hunts. This does not mean we want stories ABOUT Apollo, or Artemis.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please include a note as to how your story is inspired or relates to the theme/prompt you are submitting to. If you do not do this, we cannot guarantee your story will be read. A single sentence is sufficient. This is not necessary for our annual, genre specific anthologies (Gaia and Typhon).

Below are our OPEN prompts:

Gorgon - Emergence

UPCOMING – GORGON: STORIES OF EMERGENCE

By Pantheon Magazine, edited by Sarah Read, Cover Artwork by Daniel Serra

Submissions open Jan 1, 2018. Publication in summer of 2018.

What we want: Weird, dark fiction; slipstream; magical realism; horror. Fiction with a touch of mythic quality. We want themes based around transformations—things that are shapeshifting, things that are emerging. Make Ovid’s Metamorphoses contemporary and weird and scary. We want a wide scope of voices and cultures and perspectives.

We don’t want: A lot of assaulted women turning into trees, pretty people turning into flowers, things written in Ovid’s voice. Lots of folks in togas. We don’t want splatter or pulp, though some body horror is fine and comes naturally with this theme.

Details:

This is a flash fiction anthology. We’re looking for stories that hover around the 1k-word mark, with 2k being the maximum allowed for consideration.

6c/word for original fiction; 3c/word for reprints.

Please give us 30 days of exclusive submission. If you haven’t heard from us by then, feel free to submit simultaneously elsewhere—just be sure to withdraw your piece from us immediately if it is accepted by another publication.

Please put your title, byline, and word count in your cover letter, as well as a brief note about how your story fits the theme.

Submissions are processed through Submittable. Please let us know if Submittable is inaccessible to you and we will be happy to make other submission arrangements.

We want print/digital rights exclusive for six months after publication, then all rights revert to contributors.

Please email us at editors.pantheonmagazine@gmail.com if you have further questions or concerns.

For more info, go to: https://pantheonmag.com/submissions/open-prompts/

171130 | 6¢ | 6K | PodCastle

For more info, go to: http://podcastle.org/guidelines/

Submission Guidelines

PodCastle is currently OPEN to general submissions. Please review our guidelines and click here to submit.


PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction. If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it.

Submit online via our submissions portal using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format.

Word count: up to 6,000 words.

Occasionally, we run reprints in the novelette range (up to 17,000 words), although they are a harder sell. Query to editor@podcastle.org before submitting longer works.

No multiple submissions.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; just mention it in your cover letter up front, and let us know if you sell it elsewhere first.

Reprints are welcome, and strongly encouraged. We are happy to consider stories previously released on Patreon as reprints.


Payment and Rights

We pay $.06/word for original fiction 6000 words or less, $100 flat rate for reprints over 1500 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1500 words).

As of January 2016, PodCastle publishes in both text and audio. You are offering us both when you submit your story. We ask for 4 months exclusivity for text and audio for original stories, and 4 months audio exclusivity for reprints. We are happy to receive previously-podcasted stories; this just means don’t re-pod the story until 4 months after publication with PodCastle.

We distribute under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the audio files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.

This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

You can find samples of our contracts at the links below. Note that these are for informational purposes only, and upon acceptance all the relevant information will be completed by our managing editor:

What We Want

PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story.

We are an audio magazine. Our audience can’t skim past the boring parts. Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we’re looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged.

We hope to publish fiction reflecting the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We’d particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.

Diversity

Podcastle welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQIA and non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.

If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so in your cover letter. We acknowledge the reality of unconscious bias and will make our best efforts to account for it during the editorial review process. Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human experience.

How to Submit

Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Formatand submit through our online submissions portal. We accept files formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.

In your cover letter, please include your legal name, byline (if different from your legal name), mailing address, and the story’s approximate word count and publication history. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.

After three months, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email.

Legalese

By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
  2. You are the copyright holder of the work;
  3. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
  4. All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
  5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.

If we buy your story we’ll send you a contract, and you’ll be bound to all of the above.

Questions?

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to our staff at editor@podcastle.org. We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.

Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to reading your fiction!

Sincerely,

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert, Editors

and editorial staff

For more info, go to: http://podcastle.org/guidelines/

.08 | 2K | Factor Four Magazine (Opens 171201)

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

SUBMISSIONS

Factor Four Magazine will begin accepting submissions for fiction and artwork on December 1, 2017.  Check back to this page on that day to submit to us.  We look forward to seeing your submission.  Below you will find a preview of our submission requirements.

Fiction Submission Guidelines

We publish flash fiction in the genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these.  We are looking for stories that are engaging to our readers in such a short word count.  Please take note of these factors (pun intended) when submitting stories to us.

Accept Story Length: We accept stories up to 2,000 words.  However, due to the way we plan our budget, stories 1,000 words or less are more likely to be accepted.  It is a little early to tell but we’d put our sweet spot at 500-1,500 words.

Sexual Content & Language:   We are okay with foul language and sexual activity within a story, provided it fits the story well.  We do not publish erotica.

Manuscript Format:  Please send a .doc, .docx, or .rtf (our preference is rtf).  Please follow standard manuscript format including 12 point Courier font, double spaced, with author information, and word count.  If you need an example of what we want, see this example from SFWA.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submission:  We do not accept submissions that are pending a response at another publication.  Once you have submitted a story to us, please do not submit that story to another market until you’ve heard back from us. Please send us just one story at a time.  Once you’ve heard back on your submission you are welcome to send us another one.  We will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Response Time:  We cannot predict our response times at this point, but we encourage authors to report submission to our magazine via The Submission Grinder where you can also see our current average response times. If, after 90 days you’ve not heard from back on your submission, please query with us.  Remember to check your SPAM folder.

Rights and Other Stuff:  We require first print and electronic rights for your story.  If your story has been published by someone else, or yourself, (even if you were never paid) then we will not publish it.  No reprints unless specifically requested by us.  Keep in mind that this includes publishing a story on your website or blog.  This does not include sharing your story with a private, member’s only writer’s group for the purpose of story development.  We require exclusive rights for one year from the date of publication.

Publication Language & Format: We publish in English in print, eReader, and online.  Our magazine is available worldwide.

Payment:  Fiction is paid at a rate of eight (8) U.S. cents per word based on our word processor’s word count and excludes title, author information, etc. The minimum payment for a story is sixty (60) U.S. dollars.  Payment is made no later than the date of publication via PayPal.

Cover Art Submissions

Factor Four Magazine accepts submissions for cover art.  Keep in mind that the top portion of the artwork will be covered by the magazine title and information.  This is typically within the top 2 inches of our cover.  Our magazine is published at 6×9 inches, and preference will be given to art that can serve both as a “full-wrap” cover and can be cropped to be a standalone 6×9 cover.

We are looking for full print and electronic rights.  Your art will be used to represent the cover of our magazine and may be used in advertisements with the purpose of promoting the magazine and issue.  Artwork should be able to be scaled and at a minimum of 300 dpi.

We pay two-hundred (200) U.S. dollars for artwork.  Payment is made no later than the date of publication via PayPal.

Themes

Factor Four Magazine occasionally looks for stories and cover art for a theme.   When theme submissions windows are open, the theme will be explained here.

Submit

Factor Four Magazine will begin accepting submissions for fiction and artwork on December 1, 2017.  Instructions on how to submit will be added here.

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

180131 | 1.5¢ cad | 10K | Strange Economics

For more info, go to: https://davidfshultz.com/strangeeconomicsantho/

<small><font color=red>**</font>Included because it allows up to 10K (and the theme tickles my imagination).</small>

Strange Economics – upcoming SFF anthology

Strange Economics is an anthology of original, high-quality stories that explore economic ideas through speculative fiction: money in worlds of magic, trade in worlds of advanced technology.

The stories contain world-building that probes alternative economies; fantastic scenarios with economic implications; engaging plots that show the effect of alien economic systems on the lives and relationships of individuals within. In short, these are gripping stories set in fantastic worlds with intriguing and imaginative economic arrangements.

Here are two possible cover designs (one SF one fantasy):

 

 

Editorial Vision

We are compiling high-quality science fiction and fantasy stories to contribute to the literature of ideas. We want stories that stick with you long after you’re done reading—stories you want to talk about and share with your friends. We want stories with depth that demonstrate a different way of looking at the world, stories that envision an alternative reality or explore philosophical concepts, presented in the form of a compelling narrative.

All of our stories explore ideas through personal drama. They feature characters we care about caught in difficult struggles. They are page-turners with a strong hook, gripping narrative momentum, and a satisfying resolution.

We believe diversity is a strength, especially in storytelling. We encourage submissions from individuals from marginalized communities or historically disenfranchised groups. We want a diverse range of voices. We want to hear stories from people who can speak on behalf of perspectives that have been underrepresented in the genre, and in society at large. Diversity enriches our stories, and it enriches our lives.

General Submission Information:

  • Payment: we pay a semi-professional rate of CDN 1.5 c/w. Payments will be made via Paypal within a month of publication.
  • Revised Submission window: submissions open until January 31, 2018, 11:59PM.
  • Reprints: we are accepting original, unpublished stories only.
  • Length: we are looking for stories up to 10,000 words. We are more interested in stories in the 2k to 5k range.
  • Poetry: we are not accepting poetry for this anthology, sorry. Keep your eyes open for our future anthologies, though. We have a few editors interested in poetry.
  • Simultaneous submissions: simsubs are okay, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions: please send us only your best work, and wait for a response before submitting something else.
  • Rights purchased: we are seeking 6 month exclusive world rights in print and electronic formats; non-exclusive rights thereafter.
  • Formatting: we ask for standard manuscript format.
  • Anonymity: please include your name and contact information in your manuscript, as per standard manuscript format.
  • Cover letter: a short cover letter is fine.
  • E-mail header for submissions: ‘Submission: “<story title>”, by <your name>’. note: formatting your header incorrectly may result in your story being automatically deleted by e-mail filter.
  • Include your story as an attachment in rtf format (if converting your story to rtf creates formatting problems for you, it will for us, too).
  • Send submissions to strangeeconomics at gmail dot com.
  • Projected date of anthology completion: August 2018

How to Help

Please share this page far and wide!

For more info, go to: https://davidfshultz.com/strangeeconomicsantho/

.03 | 1K-5K | Deciduous Tales

For more info, go to: http://deciduoustales.us/portfolio/submissions/

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

We are looking for horror and dark fiction with well realized characters, a strong voice and literary merit between 1000 and 5000 words. Query first for any story longer than 5000 words.

We pay three cents a word for unsolicited work at time of publication via PayPal. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. No multiple submissions or reprints, please.

Please include a very brief introduction listing any previous publications.

         Deciduoustales@gmail.com

For more info, go to: http://deciduoustales.us/portfolio/submissions/

171230 | 3¢ cad | 2K-7.5K | We Shall Be Monsters

For more info, go to: https://weshallbemonsters.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines:

We Shall Be Monsters: Frankenstein Two Centuries On

 

Edited by Kate Story and Derek Newman-Stille

To be published by Renaissance Press

 

Mary Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, sparking the genres of horror and science fiction. On this, the 200th anniversary of its publication, the narrative is more relevant than ever. We live in an age where we need to ask critical questions about the limits of science. How do scientific pursuits relate to the body? Attention to issues of disability lead us to consider how identity relates to the body, and how the body can shift and change over time. Shelley’s bodily assemblage – a collective of parts given life – still shapes our ideas about ourselves, and about what we create to be our monsters. This anthology will gather together tales inspired by Shelley’s strange alchemy, lightning strikes of inspiration from Frankenstein. We are looking for a broad range of stories, from direct interactions with Shelley’s texts to explorations of the stitched, assembled body and narrative experiments in monstrous creations.

We Shall Be Monsters is a fiction collection that will feature explorations of disability through Frankenstein, queer and trans identity, ideas of race and colonialism. Shelley’s story provides a space for exploring a multitude of identities through the figure of the sympathetic outsider. Frankenstein’s “monster” is a figure of Otherness, and one that can tell stories of exclusion and social oppression.

Stories do not need to be JUST about Frankenstein or his monster. We hope to get stories that play with ideas around Frankenstein and inspired by the theme. Of course, we want some stories that deal with Mary Shelley’s text.

For this anniversary anthology, we are looking for short stories of 2000-7500 words in length, poetry up to 500 words in length, and graphic narratives (comics) up to 6 pages. We are only interested in previously unpublished works, and Renaissance Press will retain rights to the work.

 

Renaissance Press currently offers 3 cents per word, but we are launching a Kickstarter to try to raise the amount that authors will be paid for submissions. You can support the kickstarter or encourage others to support it at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1357195744/we-shall-be-monsters-frankenstein-two-centuries-on

 

We are interested in new imaginings of the Frankenstein mythos. For example:

  • What if Mary Shelley was the scientist who created the Monster?
  • What if Frankenstein had finished making a mate for the Monster?
  • What if the Monster had reached the “New World”?
  • What if the Monster joined a circus?
  • What if Frankenstein’s monster met Dracula?
  • What if Dr. Frankenstein had created other monstrous assemblages before he created his “monster”
  • What is it like to be Dr. Frankenstein’s lab assistant?
  • What if Dr. Frankenstein had actually raised his creation?
  • What if the military decided to weaponize Frankenstein’s Monster?

 

 

 

We want your stories of science gone wrong, your tales of monstrous creations, your imaginings about bodily assemblages, and other creations that your minds can create.

 

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

Your submission can be in any genre that suits the theme of your story.

Length: 2000 to 7500 words for short fiction, but it will be easier to place shorter works

500 words maximum for poetry

6 pages for graphic fiction (comics)

Payment: 3 cents/word (CAD) for original fiction, and a contributor’s copy.

Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) and permanent residents of Canada will receive preferred status.

We encourage authors from a wide range of diverse voices and interpretations, including writers of colour and of indigenous/Native heritage, Francophone writers, writers with disabilities, LGBTQ2IA+ (or QUILTBAG or Queer-identified) writers, and new generation writers (aged 18-30).

No multiple submissions. If you received a rejection before the deadline, you may submit a new work.

We are looking for original fiction only. No reprints, please.

Submit stories in standard manuscript format as a .doc, .docx, or RTF with indented paragraphs, italics in in italics, and bold in bold. Include full contact information and word count on the first page. Include a cover letter (name, story title, and word count, contact information, previous publications) in the body of the email.

Submissions in English only, although stories translated into English are also acceptable.

Rights purchased: First English-Language Rights & Non-exclusive Anthology Rights (Print and eBook).

Indicate in the subject line: Submission: Story Title, Last Name.

DEADLINE: December 30, 2017

Please submit your stories to shallbemonsters@gmail.com

 

SUPPORT THE PROJECT

Remember that you can support the kickstarter for this project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1357195744/we-shall-be-monsters-frankenstein-two-centuries-on

For more info, go to: https://weshallbemonsters.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

180330 | 3¢ | 4.5K-8.5K | Corpus Press Halloween Anthology

For more info, go to: http://www.corpuspress.com/call-for-submissions/

Submission Guidelines

Corpus Press is now accepting submissions for a new Halloween-themed horror anthology. Submissions will be accepted according to our publishing needs, regardless of author publication history or status. Submissions should appeal to a wide audience (late teen to adult).

 

What we are looking for:

  • Not previously published short stories of 4,500-8,500 words that have a central theme associated with Halloween and can be characterized within the broad realm of “horror” fiction.
  • Successful submissions will be highly original, well written and cleanly edited.
  • Stories can be frightening, thought-provoking, atmospheric, humorous or satirical (or any combination thereof), but MUST contain a complete tale.

 

What we are NOT looking for:

  • Stories that have been hastily retrofitted with a coating of “Halloween” references to fit the submission guidelines. These are easily spotted and will be immediately rejected.
  • Stories that contain excessively explicit language, sexuality and violence, or that have a main goal of shocking the audience with poor taste (language, sexuality and violence is acceptable, however, if it is essential to the story and is handled in a tasteful manner). This IS NOT an “extreme horror” or “Splatterpunk” anthology.
  • Abstract mood pieces, vignettes, and highly experimental approaches to literature are discouraged. We are not accepting poems.
  • Stories featuring exaggerated dialects, colloquialisms or excessive references to pop culture or current fads are discouraged.
  • We will not be accepting epistolary fiction for this anthology.

 

Document Requirements: Submissions must be in an editable format. No PDFs or scanned documents sent as image files will be accepted. Preference is for author name, email address and word count information to be placed at the end of the document to assist in blind review process.

 

Submission window: October 29, 2017 – March 30, 2018. No multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please disclose this in your submission. Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent no later than May 31, 2018.

 

Pay Rate: $.03 per word. Two (2) free contributor copies (paperback) will be provided, with contributors having the option to buy additional quantities at cost post-publication. Payment on publication.

 

Anthology target length: 300-350 pages. Title TBD.

 

Terms: Corpus Press maintains exclusive paperback, hardcover and eBook publishing rights from date of publication until November 2019, at which time full republication rights revert back to the author. Author retains all audiobook rights. Publisher retains future publishing rights to maintain the submitted work in print as part of the published anthology. Final contract required to be signed upon acceptance which may contain additional terms and conditions.

 

CLICK TO SUBMIT 

 

(Please note: the terms of these submissions guidelines are for reference only, are subject to change without notice and do not constitute any legal agreement or offer to contract by Corpus Press or any of its operators. By submitting your work to Corpus Press for consideration, submitters agree not to hold Corpus Press or any of its operators liable for any damages, perceived or real, arising from their submission.)

For more info, go to: http://www.corpuspress.com/call-for-submissions/

180301 | 6¢ | 2K-5K | Sword & Sonnet

For more info, go to: http://www.swordsonnet.com/guidelines/

When the project funds, our submission period will be February 1, 2018 to March 1, 2018.

Check the project out on Kickstarter, and contribute!

Stories should be 2000-5000 words in length.  Payment is a minimum US 6c a word, and may increase, depending on Kickstarter stretch goals.

Stories should feature a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character. Although we envision the bulk of the stories will be fantasy, we’re also open to science fiction or horror. We’re looking for lyrical Shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk.

Stories may feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings. Although they don’t feature battle poets (and we’re not looking for carbon copies) here are some stories which give some examples of some of the flavors we’re looking for:

We will have complete guidelines when the project funds!

For more info, go to: http://www.swordsonnet.com/guidelines/

180228 | $50/$1K | 5K | Everything Change Climate

For more info, go to: https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest/

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2018

In the wake of Earth’s hottest year on record, the effects of climate change are more apparent than ever. But how do we come to grips with the consequences on the ground, for actual people in specific places? Paolo Bacigalupi, renowned for his climate fiction novels and short stories, believes the answer lies in story: “Fiction has this superpower of creating empathy in people for alien experiences. You can live inside of the skin of a person who is utterly unlike you.” If our political responses and our empathy for people besieged by the consequences of climate change fall short, perhaps we need new stories to help us imagine possible futures shaped by climate change and our reactions to it.

Last year, the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University hosted the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest, inviting writers from around the world to submit speculative fiction stories exploring climate change, narrating a world in flux. We were thrilled to receive submissions from 67 different countries, and to publish 12 finalists in a digital anthology, Everything Change.

For the 2018 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest, we are broadening the scope, enthusiastically inviting submissions in all genres of short fiction, including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental, hybrid forms, and more. Climate change is so massive and sometimes so ineffable that we need all of the tools of narrative to adequately understand it and share stories and experiences about it.

The contest will once again be judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of many foundational works in climate fiction, along with other climate fiction experts from ASU.

The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize. Nine finalists will receive $50 each. The winner and finalists will be published in an online anthology, which will be free to download, read, and share.

The deadline for submission is February 28, 2018, with the finalists announced in summer 2018. All submissions must be received through our online submissions manager at https://everythingchange.submittable.com.

submitGuidelines

  1. Imagining Climate Futures: Your submission in some way should illustrate or explore the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth, in the present or the near- or moderate-term future.
  2. Scientific Accuracy and Understanding: Your submission in some way should reflect current scientific knowledge about climate change, though you have full artistic freedom to exaggerate, embellish, and invent fictional conditions and situations.
  3. Climate Challenges, Human Responses: Your submission may illuminate and invite reflections on a climate-related challenge that individuals, communities, organizations, or societies face today, or might face in the near to moderate-term future. Examples include daily decisions and behaviors, policy-making and politics, strategy and planning, moral responsibility to the future, investment in R&D or technologies, and public health issues.

Submitting

  1. Channel: All submissions must be received through our online submissions manager at https://everythingchange.submittable.com to be considered for the contest. Submissions that are received through other channels will not be considered for publication. There is no entry fee.
  2. Volume: Each author may submit one piece of work to the contest.
  3. Length: Work must be less than or equal to 5000 words.
  4. Language: While the presence of other languages in the text is acceptable, the majority of the work must be written in English.
  5. Genre: All genres, styles, or forms of short fiction will be considered. Academic reports or other examples of hard non-fiction will not be considered for publication.
  6. Blind: No identifying information should appear anywhere within the document. Our judging process will be blind: judges will not have access to any identifying information about the authors, including their names, places or origin, or ages.

Eligibility

Participants must be 18 years or older. U.S. and international submissions are welcome. ASU students and employees are welcome to participate.

Faculty and staff currently affiliated with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University are ineligible for consideration or publication.

Learn more about the 2016 contest

Everything Change is free to download, read, and share in PDF and EPUB formats here at the Imagination and Climate Futures website, and at the Apple iBooks and Kobo digital book stores.

For more info, go to: https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest/

180628 | 6¢ | 1K+ | Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores

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/

180328 | 6¢ | 1K+ | Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores (Open 3/21)

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/

171228 | 6¢ | 1K+ | Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores

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/

180131 | 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 January 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 | 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

.09 | 5K | sub-Q Magazine

For more info, go to: https://sub-q.com/about/submissions/

Submissions

(Last revised Oct 3, 2017: emphasis on anonymity)

Submissions are OPEN.

Most important:

  1. We are a market for interactive fictionWe do not accept prose without interactivity or a detailed plan for interactivity.
  2. We have an anonymous submission process. Please remove all author labels from compiled work AND file names.

Guidelines are subject to change. Please review before submitting.

We encourage work from creators of color, creators from the QUILTBAG community, and creators with disabilities. Intersectionality welcome. Internationality welcome.

 

Reviewed all the guidelines already? Submit here:
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What We Want

We are a market for F/SF, horror, mystery, romance, and mash-up interactive fiction. Submitted works must include at least a detailed proposal for interactivity. We like beautiful, moving prose, but we also like pulpy fun! Don’t self-reject. Let us see what you’ve got!

If you’d like to submit something, but you’re not sure it’s a good fit, feel free to query via our contact form.

 

Preferred

  • Stories that can be told only on a device (using choice, audio, and/or animation)
  • Fiction, poetry, and webtoons/sequential art welcome
  • Twine, TADS, Inform, ChoiceScript, StoryLab, custom HTML5 welcome
  • 1000 – 3500 words of one-time user experience (about five minutes of playthrough), maximum 5000 words of all possible user experiences (we occasionally accept longer pieces but it’s tough on our budget)
  • F/SF, horror, mystery, magic realism, mash-ups
  • Showing the reader things they’ve never seen before
  • Cross-browser QA-testing appreciated
  • Mobile compatibility appreciated. It is not necessary that your work be feature-perfect on mobile devices. What we ask is that the work be tested on mobile and 1) any missing features be handled conditionally (e.g. if on mobile, don’t attempt to play two simultaneous audio tracks) and/or 2) the user be warned of any changes in mobile experience. We are happy to work with you to achieve your goals.
  • 1st or 3rd person POV
  • Requiring clicks/interaction only when asking the reader to make a choice (not just to read further)

 

No

  • Fan fiction
  • Erotica
  • Torture
  • Gore
  • Revenge fantasy
  • Excessive sex, violence, or profanity

 

Hard Sells

  • Child abuse
  • Animal abuse
  • Sexual assault

 

 

Rates

 

Text-Based Fiction & Poetry

Our rates for text-based interactive fiction are based on prose word count. If the same person is responsible for both prose and interactivity, that person receives both rates.

We require that single-installment, text-based works put a total of no more than 5000 words (including all choices, alternate endings, etc.) before the reader. We prefer that a single playthrough put no more than 3500 words before the reader.

  • Original: $0.06 USD/word for prose; $0.03 USD/word for interactivity ($0.09 USD/word for both)
  • Reprints: $0.03 USD/word for prose; $0.015 USD/word for interactivity (0.045 USD/word)

An original 1000 word interactive story would command $90.
A reprinted 1000 word interactive story would command $45.

 

Webtoons/Sequential Art

Our rates for illustrated fiction are based on panel count. We pay a certain rate for the panels themselves, and a quarter again as much for the interactivity of those panels. (An animated panel is considered one panel. If you have questions, please query.)

We require that sequential art be under 50 panels.
We prefer that sequential art be under 25 panels.

  • Original: $8.00 USD/panel for art; $2.00 USD/panel for interactivity ($10.00 USD/panel for both)
  • Reprint: $4.00 USD/panel for art; $1.00 USD/panel for interactivity ($5.00 USD/panel for both)

An original 25-panel interactive webtoon would command $250.
A reprinted 25-panel interactive webtoon would command $125.

 

All Works

The person submitting the story represents they have the right to include any contributors’ work in the story, and to accept payment on their behalf.

Additional payment for external media (e.g. illustration, audio, or special software features) is negotiable on request. If your story contains external media, please include a description of it in your submission, and your requested rate for it.

Reviews

 

We pay $0.03 USD/word for reviews. We prefer reviews of 500-1000 words.

 

Simultaneous/Multiple Submissions

No, please do not submit a work to us and to another market at the same time.
Yes, you may send us multiple works to consider at the same time (limit three awaiting response at once.)

 

Response Times

Our goal is to respond to all submissions in fewer than 90 days. Please wait until 90 days have passed to query. If you have received no response, email query@sub-q.com with the subject line AWAITING RESPONSE: [Your Story Title].

 

Rights

For original IF, sub-Q acquires first worldwide publication rights, exclusive for one year, non-exclusive thereafter. For reprints, sub-Q acquires non-exclusive publication rights for one year.

Sample contracts are available on request.

 

How to Submit


All Works

  • Remove all author labels from compiled work AND file names (for our anonymous submissions process)
  • Cover letter is optional. If you provide one (via our Submittable form), please include:
    • Name, postal address
    • Title, genre, and approximate word count and/or playthrough time
    • Description of any external media (e.g. illustration, audio)
    • Brief bio with publishing/interactivity credits, if any
  • Use our Submittable form.

 

Short, Single-Installment Works

  • For a completed interactive work, make a single compressed file (e.g. *.zip) of all materials, including:
    • Compiled story (as it would appear in browser, typically an HTML file)
    • Source/workspace file(s) (for examining code and overall word count)
    • All needed external files (e.g. audio, images) at the correct relative path needed for the compiled story to find them.
  • For completed prose with interactivity proposal, submit your proposal as up to three documents ( *.doc, *.odt, or *.rtf file) or a compressed file (e.g. *.zip) of all materials.
    • Describe the interactivity in whatever way makes sense to you, e.g. writing, flowchart, diagram, links to external sources, or any combination.
    • Include your completed prose. This may be integrated into your proposal, or in a separate document, as you prefer.
    • For your prose, please follow standard manuscript format in a *.doc, *.odt, or *.rtf file, Times New Roman preferred, Courier acceptable, links and special formatting OK.

Long, Serialized Works

For long, serialized works, submit a query letter, synopsis, and first sample chapter with completed interactivity. Propose your serialized work as you would a novel.

  • Submit the query letter, synopsis, and first sample chapter as a single compressed file (e.g. *.zip) of all materials.
  • Please follow standard manuscript format in a *.doc, *.odt, or *.rtf file, Times New Roman preferred, Courier acceptable, links and special formatting OK.

Reviews

If you have a recommendation, Tweet us a link to the piece @subQmag with the #fridayfinds, and add #subQreviewer if you’d like to write the review yourself. If we like your rec, we’ll reach out for a review.

If you’d like to write a review but don’t have a piece in mind, Tweet your interest plus a link to your site or CV @subQmag with the #subQreviewer, and, if we think you’re a fit, we’ll work on pairing you with a piece suggested by others in the sub-Q community.

If you’d like to write on spec, you are welcome to submit completed reviews through our Submittable portal. Please follow standard manuscript format in a *.doc, *.odt, or *.rtf file, Times New Roman preferred, Courier acceptable, links and special formatting OK.

 

Ready? Set? Submit!

submit

For more info, go to: https://sub-q.com/about/submissions/

180115 | $100 | 8K | Qu, Queens University of Charlotte

For more info, go to: http://www.qulitmag.com/submit/

Submit

We are closed for submissions beginning September 1st but we will reopen on October 15th!

Payment Upon Publication: $100 per prose piece, $50 per poem

Prose submissions (fiction, essays, script excerpts) should be a maximum of 8000 words. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems.

Authors retain all rights and copyright to their works. Qu requests one-time, non-exclusive rights to publish your work.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK NOW

For more info, go to: http://www.qulitmag.com/submit/

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/

171231 | 8¢ | 1.5K-17.5K | Awakenings, Book Smugglers

For more info, go to: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/10/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-short-stories-submissions-2018-awakenings.html

BOOK SMUGGLERS PUBLISHING: OPEN CALL FOR SHORT STORIES SUBMISSIONS (2018, AWAKENINGS)

As of October 5, 2017 Book Smugglers Publishing is currently open for short stories submissions for publication in 2018.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND THEME

We’re looking for original English language short stories from all around the world. Our goal is to publish at least four pieces of short fiction–short stories (at least 1,500 words) or novelettes (up to 17,500 words)–unified by a central theme. Each short story will be accompanied by one original piece of artwork, commissioned especially for the work.

For the publication period between May and August 2018, the theme is:

AWAKENINGS

AWAKENINGS will be Book Smugglers Publishing’s FIFTH season of short stories, following Fairytale Retellings, First Contact, Superheroes, and Gods & Monsters.

When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes. You, the author, should feel free to take this general theme and interpret it in any way you see fit–from a story about an AI’s first hours of sentience, to magical alternate histories featuring characters discovering how to wield power for the first time, anything goes.

We encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “awakenings” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • DIVERSITY. We want to read and publish short stories that reflect the diverse world we live in, about and from traditionally underrepresented perspectives–including but not limited to stories by and featuring LGBTQIA characters, people of color, and different gender identities. Following Fireside Fiction’s reports on underrepresented black writers, we especially welcome black writers to submit their stories.
  • Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult audience submissions are welcome.Good speculative fiction is ageless!
  • We are VERY keen on receiving Romance stories – or stories with strong romantic elements.
  • We are VERY keen on receiving Horror stories – or stories with strong horror elements.
  • Creativity & Subversion. We love subversive stories. We want you to challenge the status quo with your characters, story telling technique, and themes.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • We are looking for original speculative fiction, between 1,500 and 17,500 words in length.
  • These SFF offerings must be previously unpublished; we do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • Profanity, sex, and other explicit situations are fine as long as they fit within the context of the story.
  • We welcome first-time and never-before-published authors, as well as seasoned veterans. ALL are welcome to submit.
  • Submissions are open now, and will be open through December 31 2017 11:59PM PST. Any submissions received after that date will not be considered.

PAYMENT AND TERMS

Unlike previous years, this season of short stories is being funded by the generosity of our Kickstarter backers and as such we are happy to announce we have increased our pay rate for 2018! We will be paying $0.08 per word up to $800 (although we welcome stories from a minimum of 1,500 words and up to a maximum of 17,500 words long).

We plan on publishing these short stories for free in their entirety on thebooksmugglers.com. We also plan on selling these stories in ebook (and possibly limited print editions) at a 50% net royalty, with potential inclusion in future anthologies (royalty to be negotiated). We ask for exclusive rights for one year, and non-exclusive rights following that.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submissions should be emailed to submissions@thebooksmugglers.com with the subject line “AWAKENINGS Story Submission.” You may also use the contact form below.

Please attach your full story as a document (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Do not send your story as text in the body of an email; we will ignore any manuscripts that are not attachments.

A cover letter is highly recommended – tell us who you are! – as we would love to learn a little bit about you and the inspiration behind your work (or anything else you think is relevant to your story submission).

We are also including an optional self-identification field in the submissions form. If you would like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you’ve had related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background please do so by filling out this field (or if you prefer to email, in your cover letter). This is completely voluntary and not a requirement.

We will reply to all authors who have submitted work with our decision by February 20, 2018.

We are happy to answer any of your questions! Leave a comment or email us (contact@thebooksmugglers.com), and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

And…that’s it! We hope to be reading your excellent short stories very soon.

For more info, go to: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/10/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-short-stories-submissions-2018-awakenings.html

171215 | 3¢ | 8K | Black Cat Mystery Magazine

For more info, go to: http://bcmystery.com/guidelines-for-black-cat-mystery-magazine-epub-kindle-pdf/

Guidelines for Black Cat Mystery Magazine (epub/Kindle/pdf)

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BCMM GUIDELINES

These guidelines were prepared 9/8/2017 and are valid through 2017.

You may also download these guidelines in ePub, Kindle (.mobi), and .pdf formats.

ABOUT THE MAGAZINE

OVERVIEW

Black Cat Mystery Magazine is a new publication, debuting in September 2017, which showcases short mystery fiction. These guidelines are designed to help writers craft stories for publication in Black Cat Mystery Magazine.

We want to feature stories by a mix of new and established authors. We don’t care about race, gender, age, height, weight, sexual orientation, political attitudes, or much of anything else about our authors. We don’t care if this is you five hundredth story or your very first story. We care about writing quality. Period.

JUST THE FACTS

FREQUENCY: 2 issues the first year, 4 issues thereafter.
EDITORS: John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe.
PUBLISHER: Wildside Press LLC.
WEB SITE: bcmystery.com or wildsidepress.com
SISTER PUBLICATION: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
OTHER MAGAZINES FROM WILDSIDE PRESS: Weirdbook and Adventure Tales.

GUIDELINES

SUBMISSION DATES

We will open to submissions for Black Cat Mystery Magazine issues 2 and 3 between October 1, 2017 and December 15, 2017. We anticipate filling both issues in this timespan. Issues 3 and 4 will open for submissions in 2018 (dates to be announced after January 1, 2018).

RESPONSE TIME

We will do our best to respond within 1-2 weeks. Sometimes even sooner!

QUERIES

It is not necessary to query us about a story you’d like to submit. If it fits our content guidelines, just send it along during the open submission period. We do not want early or late submissions.

WHAT WE WANT

Contemporary and traditional mysteries, as well as thrillers and suspense stories. Private eye stories, cozy stories, and edgy, noir-tinged stories—all of which happen to contain a crime of some sort. (A crime is essential or it isn’t mystery fiction!)

We want stories with characters who feel real, in situations that are possible (and plausible), and of course great writing.

WHAT WE DO NOT WANT

We do not want flash fiction.
We do not want poetry.
We do not want routine revenge stories.
We do not want stories that feature sadism for the sake of sadism.
We do not want stories that feature supernatural elements: no vampires (no matter how sparkly), werewolves, ghosts, or otherworldly monsters—unless thoroughly debunked by story’s end.
We especially do not want genre fantasy, horror, science fiction, romance, or westerns…unless they feature a crime. And even then it will be a very hard sell.

LENGTH:

Best length is between 1,000 and 8,000 words. We will look at material up to 15,000 words in length—but it better blow us away to take up that much of an issue!

PAYMENT:

Our pay rate is three cents per word ($250 maximum) plus 2 copies of the magazine.

HOW TO SUBMIT

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION REQUIRED

Email us the story as an electronic file. We prefer one of the following formats: .rtf, .doc, or .docx. We cannot look at .pdfs or hard copy submission, with very few exceptions. (Okay, if you’re an old pro like Bill Pronzini or Stephen King, we’ll make an exception!)

Be sure to include your byline under the story title—it’s amazing how many authors forget to do so!—and please include both your mailing address and email address on the first page. (Upper left-hand corner is standard.)

 

WHERE TO EMAIL

 

Stories should be sent via EMAIL to: carla.coupe (at sign) wildsidepress.com

A BIT MORE ON FORMATTING

1. Paragraphs should be double-spaced. Indent all paragraphs using either the tab key or an indented paragraph style. Do not leave extra line spaces between paragraphs.

2. Never underline, use italics.

3. Please, please, please—proofread your story before sending it. Yes, typos happen, but after the third or fourth one on a page, we tend to stop reading.

For more info, go to: http://bcmystery.com/guidelines-for-black-cat-mystery-magazine-epub-kindle-pdf/

171201 | 6¢ | 10K | Compelling Science Fiction

For more info, go to: http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html

Submit a Story

At Compelling Science Fiction, we have two main goals: to find, publish, and promote the best science fiction stories, and to support and encourage the authors who write them. We currently pay 6 cents/word for accepted stories (we are considered a SFWA Qualifying Market).

  • Pay rate: 6 cents/word (1 cent/word for reprints)
  • Length: 1,000-10,000 words per work
  • Rights: We purchase first world electronic print rights and audio rights (for podcasts). Our contract follows the lead of SFWA’s Model Magazine Contract.
  • Submission window: submissions are open from Oct 1 to Dec 1.

Fiction Guidelines

The stories we accept almost always:

  1. illustrate at least one interesting concept,
  2. are engaging, and
  3. clearly explain the science/technology in the story.

The ‘concept’ referenced in point (1) can be anything from new engineering ideas to novel social constructs to abstractions that help illustrate basic properties of reality. Point (2) is far more subjective, although as long as your story consistently moves forward it will probably be engaging. Point (3) is hard to attain without some knowledge of basic science/engineering; we encourage you to learn as much as you can about your subject matter. If your story is very strong in one of the above areas, we will sometimes accept weakness in the other two. Ultimately we are looking for science fiction that is entertaining, scientifically plausible, self-consistent, and technically detailed when appropriate. We have a preference for positive stories, to act as a counterweight to the currently popular post-apocalyptic genre. We certainly won’t dismiss a well-written dystopian future, but we have a bias toward stories that depict technological advancement rather than decay. We do not publish fantasy stories (although we enjoy them!). Finally, humor is always appreciated — I emphasize this because we receive so little of it. For more information about what we look for, please reference my plausible science fiction blog post.

Submission

Please submit stories via our submission form. The submission system accepts .docx files only. Please omit any identifying information from your story file (names, addresses, etc.).

If you have a story that doesn’t fit these guidelines, please visit ralan.com for a wonderfully curated list of other professional markets that may fit your story better!

For more info, go to: http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html

171207 | 2¢ | 6K | Broken Metropolis Anthology (Queer Tales)

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

SUBMITTING

Stories should be in standard manuscript format, i.e. double spaced, in a reasonable 12-point font. The editor has a fondness for Georgia. The story title, 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 will be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis until the anthology is filled. Acceptances will be notified within 60 days. Feel free to query after that.

WORD COUNT

We’re looking for stories under 6,000 words. 3-4,000 words is probably the sweet spot. For flash, no more than 1000 words.

REPRINTS

We will not be accepting previously published work for this anthology.

THE CONCEPT

Metropolitan tales of city-focused fantasy with queer perspectives. Squalid flats, glittering spires, and alchemical trolleys. Manipulative heirs, handsome swordswomen and noble automatons. Write us something built with borrowed Bordertown DNA, purloined echoes of House Tremontaine society and stolen grit from the dark of London Below. Be inspired by Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany, China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, or “The City Born Great” by N.K. Jemisin.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE

We are looking for stories that explore the edges of urban fantasy through queer stories. While the city these stories are set in should be vast and unnamed, highly specific neighborhoods and landmarks are encouraged and sought after. We welcome a broad interpretation of the genre that is inclusive of postmodern folk tales, future/ancient noir, and stories that happen both behind closed doors and in plain sight. Throughout, we’re looking for rich, varied and nuanced understandings of gender, family and ethnicity.

Please remember not to self-reject!

WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO SEE

Please no werewolf/vampire/dragon/elf stories unless you’ve really deconstructed the genre tropes. No spandex. We’re not interested in unexamined bigotry or sexual violence; pieces that include such should really be looking at the post-event experience of the survivors. Other genre elements from horror, science fiction or erotica are welcome in reasonable doses.

RIGHTS

We are seeking twelve months of exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights and non-exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights in perpetuity. Exceptions can be made for published stories that are then chosen for a “best of the year” anthology, etc.

PAYMENT

Accepted stories earn $.02/word plus a contributor’s copy for the original terms of the contract. Payment is within 90 days of publication.

EXPECTED PUBLICATION

We expect to publish this anthology in late July 2018.

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

180228 | 2¢ | 8K | Triangulation, Theme: Music

For more info, go to: http://parsecink.com/submission-guidelines/

Submission Guidelines

Triangulation will be accepting submissions as of December first 2017. This year’s theme: “Music”. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction annual, now in our 13th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, and horror–from new and established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we won’t forget.

Theme:  “Music”

Submissions Open: December 1, 2017

Submissions Close: February 28, 2018

Word Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count.

Genre: We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be considered.

Compensation: Pay is semi-pro: 2 cents a word. Authors will receive an e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (typically 50% off the cover price).

Rights: We purchase North American serial rights, and electronic rights for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: We are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time for dinner.

We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period, feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.

 

How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. Don’t worry: it’s free.

SUBMIT YOUR STORY HERE!  

(Submissions open December 1st)

Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

  • .doc or .docx (MS Word)
  • .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

Editorial Process: We aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most, we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing: you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out amongst themselves until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.

For more info, go to: http://parsecink.com/submission-guidelines/

171201 | $250 | 5K | Slice Magazine

For more info, go to: https://slicemagazine.org/submit/

SUBMISSIONS


SUBMITTING TO SLICE

SLICE magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. We’re not drawn to experimental or heavy-handed genre fiction. The best way to get a sense of Slice’s content is to read the magazine. You can subscribe here. At the core, Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles, interviews, stories, and poetry from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. We offer all contributors of Slice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems).

GUIDELINES

Our reading period is currently open and runs from October 1 – December 1, 2017. All submissions during that time will be considered for Issue 23, which will be released fall 2018. The theme for that issue is “Flight.”

Click here to submit via Submittable, an online submissions manager.

Please note, we are unable to accept any submissions sent to us via email or post. The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere. All work should be previously unpublished. Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission.

VISUAL ART SUBMISSIONS

If you’d like to contribute art to Slice, please drop us a line at art at slicemagazine dot org and include either a link to your online portfolio or a PDF of recent work.

For more info, go to: https://slicemagazine.org/submit/

171130 | $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: 10/1/17 to 11/30/17; 2/1/18 to 7/31/18
Poetry is open:  9/1/17 to 11/30/17; 3/1/18 to 7/31/18
Nonfiction is open: 8/1/17 to 11/30/17; 1/1/18 to 5/31/18
LitMag Online is open: 9/1/17 to 11/30/17; 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/

171016 | 8¢ | 6K | Uncanny Magazine

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

Submissions

Uncanny Magazine is currently OPEN to short story submissions and poetry submissions.

We will remain open to short story and poetry submissions from October 2 to October 16.

Editors-in-Chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
Reprint/Poetry Editor: Mimi Mondal

Uncanny Magazine is seeking passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry from writers from every conceivable background.  We want  intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncannybelieves there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.

Uncanny Magazine is a Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Qualifying Professional Market.

Fiction Guidelines

Uncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction stories between 750-6000 words. Payment is $.08 per word (including audio rights). We will reject any story that doesn’t follow our guidelines and procedures. You may not resubmit a rejected story. If you aren’t sure if your story counts as unpublished, please query us.

Submission procedures:

1- NEW! Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We try to respond to all submissions in 30 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 45 days.

Poetry Guidelines

We are currently open to unsolicited poetry submissions.

Poetry Editor: Mimi Mondal

Uncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative poetry of any length. Payment is $30 per poem. We will reject any poem that doesn’t follow our guidelines and procedures. You may not resubmit a rejected poem. If you aren’t sure if your poem counts as unpublished, please query us.

1- Please submit your poem via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate emails attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

4-  We try to respond to all submissions in 30 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 45 days.

Nonfiction Submissions

Uncanny doesn’t accept unsolicited nonfiction submissions. Payment is $50 per essay on acceptance.

Fiction Reprints

Uncanny doesn’t accept unsolicited reprint submissions. Payment is $.01 per word on acceptance.

Art Submissions

Uncanny pays $100 for reprint art. Please feel free to email art queries to uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com with a link to your portfolio.

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

171201 | 3¢ | 6K | Tales From The Lake Vol. 5

For more info, go to: http://www.crystallakepub.com/crystal-lake-submissions/

Crystal Lake Publishing will be accepting submissions for the non-themed anthology Tales from the Lake Volume 5 from October 1st, 2017 through December 1st, 2017. In previous anthologies we’ve published Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Massie, Rena Mason, Graham Masterton, Lisa Morton, Kealan Patrick Burke, Damien Angelica Walters, Joe R. Lansdale, Gene O’Neill, and Tim Waggoner.

We can’t wait to announce who will be headlining this anthology! One name we can already reveal is the inclusion of a brand new story by Gemma Files.

Tales from the Lake Volume 5 will be edited by Kenneth W. Cain.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

  • We want stories that haunt the readers for months to come.
  • We prefer quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent. Don’t use gore for the sake of grossing us out. Use it sparingly, and only to further the story.
  • Stories should be no longer than 6000 words, but that doesn’t mean the story should use all 6000 words. Use the word count it takes to write YOUR story. The sweet spot will likely be closer to 4000 words.
  • Ground your stories in the REAL world.
  • Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses.
  • Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.
  • Although our arms are wide open, we’re more interested in fiction that reflects the modern. Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Joe Hill, Damien Angelica Walters, and Mercedes M. Yardley are prime examples of current dark fiction writers encapsulating the above in their work.
  • Quality of the work must be top notch! The authors mentioned above represent the high-water mark we’re looking for.

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:

  • Stories sent before or after the submission window. These will not be read.
  • Rape stories or sexual abuse or any explicit abuse toward children or animals is expressly forbidden. This can be mentioned or remembered by your main character, but be subtle.
  • Stories that are not short horror stories.
  • Novels or novellas.
  • Stories with flat worlds.
  • Stories about serial killers.
  • Stories about zombies, vampires, werewolves or ghosts need to bring something new to the table. You must have a unique premise.
  • To avoid too many writers writing about lakes, please keep in mind this is a non-themed anthology.

PAYMENT:

For this anthology we are paying 3 cents (USD) per word up to 6000 words via PayPal.

REPRINTS:

We DO NOT accept reprints.

Simultaneous/multiple submissions:

We prefer you do not submit your story elsewhere while it’s being considered by us, especially if it’s been shortlisted. No multiple submissions, either. You get one shot. Make it count.

RESPONSE TIME:

For the most part, acceptances will not go out until some time after the deadline. Rejections and shortlisting notices will go out sooner. Feel free to query if longer than 3 months.

RIGHTS:

We are seeking FIRST world rights, both in print, electronic, and audio forms as well as film rights for an exclusive period of 1 year and then non-exclusive after that.

FORMATTING:

Submit your manuscript in Shunn Format (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html) as a .doc or .docx attachment. Keep your cover letter brief, but relay any pertinent information. You should also include a short bio. Subject of your email should start with SUBMISSION and then the title of your story.

Please email your submission to: Lake5subs@gmail.com
To make sure you don’t miss out on any further announcements, join our mailing list and/or follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Remember, submissions only open on the first of October. Early submissions will not be accepted. Until then, it won’t be the worst idea to familiarize yourself with the series

For more info, go to: http://www.crystallakepub.com/crystal-lake-submissions/

180515 | 3¢ | 7K | LampLight (Sept. & Dec.)

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

We are a literary magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.

We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.

We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.

Writers

We have published writers of all backgrounds from all over the world in LampLight, but not everywhere, nor all shapes and sizes of writers. Help us to shine a light on greater diverse writing and keep LampLight a showcase of the best dark fiction out there by submitting and encouraging others to as well.

Edition and Rights

The quarterly is published as print and ebook, and at the end of the year all the quarterlies are bound together in an annual collection.

We are asking for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print. We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it.

We will take reprints, provided you have the rights we are asking for. We will not consider reprints that are currently available for free online.

If you have already been in LampLight, we ask you wait until the next volume to submit again.

Payment

We accept originals and reprints up to 7,000 words (firm). Payment in USD.

  • Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max
  • Reprints: 1¢ per word

Please note: works published to a Patreon or similar site are considered reprints

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if it gets accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not allowed, and will result in all submissions being rejected.

Submission Times

There are two submission periods for LampLight:

  • 15 March – 15 May for the September and December Issues
  • 15 September – 15 November for March and June Issues

Submissions sent outside of these periods will not be considered.

Where to Submit

Submittable is our preferred method of submission. We accept most file types as well. Please use standard manuscript format for your story (although headers and footers are not needed). Please add REPRINT to the subject line, if your story is a reprint!

If you need to edit your submission

If you uploaded the wrong file, have a newer version, anything, please do not withdraw your story. Instead send us an email and we can release it back to you for editing.

Please note:

We can only get 300 submissions a month through Submittable. If the followed link reads “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” then we have filled our quota for the month. You will be able to submit again on the 1st of the following month. But, when the limit is reached on the last month, time is up!

https://lamplightmagazine.submittable.com/submit

Please remember, Submittable is a third party site. Please read the Terms of Service before you sign up.

If you need a reminder about formatting, here is a good link to read:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

For queries, you can email: submissions@lamplightmagazine.com

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

180513 | 6¢+R | 9K | Sword & Sorceress #33

For more info, go to: http://www.mzbworks.com/guidelines.htm

Sword & Sorceress Guidelines

The reading period for Sword & Sorceress 33 will begin on MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018. It will end on SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018.

If you wish to submit a story to the anthology, please follow the Guidelines below.

Guidelines

Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword & Sorceress 22Sword & Sorceress 23Sword & Sorceress 24Sword & Sorceress 25Sword & Sorceress 26Sword & Sorceress 27,  Sword & Sorceress 28Sword & Sorceress 29Sword & Sorceress 30Sword & Sorceress 31, and Sword & Sorceress 32 (or S&S 1-20) for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry, horror, or dark fantasy. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we don’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we’ve rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it’s before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone’s second submission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don’t hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).

If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read “What is a Short Story?” and “Why Did my Story Get Rejected?” before submitting to us.

Reading period: Monday, April 23 to Sunday, May 13, 2018. Stories received before or after this period will be deleted unread.
Response time is expected to follow MZB’s traditional standards: you should hear within a week if we’re holding your story for the final line-up or rejecting it.

Deadline: May 13, 2018

Editor: Elisabeth Waters

Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.

Cover Letter/e-mail: We don’t actually need a cover letter, but our e-mail program does. It puts any e-mail with no body in the spam folder. So…
Please do not explain or describe your story in the e-mail. If your story can’t stand on its own, fix the story. The e-mail should be brief. For example:
Dear Miss Waters,

Attached is my 4000-word story “The Dark Intruder” for consideration for Sword and Sorceress 33.

Sincerely,
(Ms.) Marion Bradley

If your name could be either male or female, please indicate whether you prefer Ms./Miss/Mrs., Mr., or Mx. in our reply. We’re not asking for the details of your personal life, we just want to use the correct form of address. (MZB once did an entire story intro thinking a male writer called Terry was female.)

Formatting and Submission:

Format with one-inch margins on all four sides of page.
Please do not use a header or footer.

Your legal name, full mailing address, and email address must be in the upper left corner, single spaced.
Skip two lines, center the text, then put the title, with your name (or byline) on the next line. We’re not as rigid as MZB was about pen names, but we expect them to be reasonable, rather than cute.

The rest of the manuscript should be single-spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented 1/2 inch.
If you need to indicate a break, put “#” on a line by itself, centered.
Do not underline; use italics instead. Do not use bold face. We prefer Courier New font, size 12.

Word count will be determined by our word processor; that way it will be the same for everyone.

Save your document as an .RTF file (rich text format or interchange format, depending on what your computer calls it). E-mail as it as an attachment to . The subject line should be “SS33, your last name, story title” (e.g.: SS33, Bradley, Dark Intruder) — we don’t want submissions caught in the spam filter. Remember that a computer is sorting this, so follow the format exactly. Use commas, not slashes, hyphens, etc. Do NOT change SS33 to something similiar (e.g.: S&S 33). We do our best to find stories that have not been sorted properly, but we don’t guarantee success.

Rights purchased: first rights, non-exclusive eBook and audio book rights.

Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.

For more info, go to: http://www.mzbworks.com/guidelines.htm

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/

180430 | $150 | 2K-7K | Music, Fiyah #7

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.

Listed on The Grinderduotrope profile

 

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/

180131 | $150 | 2K-7K | Big Mama Nature, Fiyah #6

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.

Listed on The Grinderduotrope profile

 

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/

171031 | $150 | 2K-7K | Ahistorical Blackness, Fiyah #5

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.

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).

 

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.

Listed on The Grinderduotrope profile

 

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/

171201 | ≤10¢ | 9K | CICADA: Monsters

For more info, go to: https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820/cicada-magazine-for-ages-14

General Information

CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Our readers are smart and curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes. CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.

Especially welcome: works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, genderqueer folks, and other marginalized peoples. Not welcome: cultural appropriation.

Fav writers, YA and otherwise: Sarah McCarry, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherman Alexie, David Levithan, Daniel Jose Older, Debbie Urbanski, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ntozake Shange, Anne Carson, Jacqueline Woodson, ZZ Packer, Angela Nissel, Sofia Samatar, Richard Siken, Malory Ortberg, Saeed Jones, Octavia Butler, Andrea Gibson,

@cicadamagazine / cicadamagazine.tumblr.com

Current Calls for Submission

 

Call for Submissions: Monsters
Due: December 1, 2017
CICADA YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Monsters. How do we view monsters? Grotesque. Other. Twisted. Hungry. We check under our beds for them; we fear their presence at the edges of all our familiar spaces; we drive them out with torches and pitchforks wherever we find them. CICADA wants to see works that cast monsters in a new light. Show us monsters living their best lives. Show us monsters in love. Show us monsters that refuse to apologize for being monsters. Show us monsters embracing their own monstrousness and surviving, no matter what.

Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction
Deadline: rolling deadline
Wanted: your flash fic. Submit here![1]

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[1]Limit: 1000 words. Oh! Who are we? We edit Cicada, the finest YA lit/comics mag in the land! Relevant to our interests: literature, teens, literature about teens, SFF, feminist fairy tales, aliens, shapeshifters, ghosts, and witches Especially excited to hear from LGBTQIA+ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers of color. Bonus points if your story plays with form: a grocery list, a GoFundMe, a Twitter feed… (Listen, we never said we were good at brevity. We’re not. That’s where you come in.) SUBMITTTTTTTT!

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

Realism, SF/fantasy, historical fiction: Yes, yes, and yes

Length: flash fic to novellas; up to 9,000 words

 

Nonfiction

Narrative nonfic (especially teen-written); essays on lit/culture/arts; hybrid forms

Length: up to 5,000 words

 

Poetry

Length: no length limits. Send us yer epics!

 

Comics

Cicada seeks talented artists who are making thoughtful (or flippant), beautiful (or unsettling), exuberant (or quiet) comics, zines, visual poems, sequential graphic narratives, or any other work in image and/or text. We commission original stories from a brief pitch, and give developmental feedback through the production process.

If you are interested in submitting, please email a short pitch/sketch(es) and a link to your online portfolio to cicada@cricketmedia.com. COMIC SUBMISSION should be the subject line of the email. If you have more than one pitch, please include them in the same email. Please DO NOT send final art. Please allow up to 3–6 months response time.

 

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: CICADA purchases second publication rights. Fees vary, but are generally less than fees for first publication rights.

Rates

  • Fiction: up to 10¢ per word
  • Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word
  • Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum

 

Art Submissions Guidelines

We’re always looking for new artists! If you’re interested in sharing your portfolio with us, email cicada@cricketmedia.com. Use ONLINE PORTFOLIO SAMPLE as the subject line if you are emailing a link to an online portfolio. Use PORTFOLIO SAMPLES as the subject line if you are emailing attachments. Please limit any emailed file to a maximum attachment size of 50 KB.

Because of the volume of portfolios we receive, we cannot reply to individual submissions. We will be in touch if we have a project for you!

We do not accept submissions to our Creative Endeavors feature at this page. Writers and artists ages 14-23, please visit our Creative Endeavors submissions page to submit to that feature.

For more info, go to: https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820/cicada-magazine-for-ages-14

171231 | 6¢ | 7.5K | Second Round

For more info, go to: https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html

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THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR anthology kickstarter has hit its goal! If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I’ve posted the guidelines below.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy anthology. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories, and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings and twists on the typical themes will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with the general fighting insurgents who joins their cause at the end. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. So be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

GUILDS & GLAIVES is to feature sword & sorcery stories where a guild is featured somewhere in the story. So thieves, assassins, and dark magic, but with a guild or guilds incorporated into the story somehow. Obviously most such stories will be fantasy, but we are interested in science fiction takes on this theme. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the guilds, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with the standard thieves guild or assassins guild. So be creative and use your guild in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR is to feature stories where the time-traveling Urbar, first used in the anthology AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE URBAR, is a central part of the plot. The story may start in the bar, end in the bar, or be in the bar somewhere in the middle, but at some point a significant plot point must involve the Urbar. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings for the bar, and twists on how the bar is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard uses of the bar, or where the bar is only incidental to the rest of the story. So be creative and use bar in an unusual and unexpected way, preferably in an unusual or unexpected era of history. In particular, you cannot use the same time period used in the anthology AFTER HOURS or that will be used by an anchor author of the current anthology (see the end of the post for time periods that are off limits). We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2017. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2018. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2018.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2018. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2018. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $10,000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $20,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

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The following time periods were used in the AFTER HOURS anthology and are off limits for SECOND ROUND’s open call:

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate – Ancient Sumeria, circa 2000 BC

“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler – Viking Daneland, circa 9th century AD (reign of King Harald Fairhair)

“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne – Bar is in Venice, Italy, 1001 AD, story covers 1001-1002 AD

“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford – Scotland, 14th century

“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder – Feudal Japan, a fishing village near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. 15th-16th century.

“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring – Paris, 1675-1680 (affaire des poisons time period)

“The Tavern Fire” by DB Jackson – Boston, Mass 1760

“Last Call” by Patricia Bray – Time period spans Georgian/Regency England and Europe, the Ur-Bar is in Switzerland, in 1816

“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire — San Francisco, CA, 1899
“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna – Austria, 1910

“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman – Paris, France 1924 (Olympics)

“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis – London, England, 1940 (Blitz)

“Forbidden” by Avery Shade – New York City, late 1980s

“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler – Present day(ish), location not specified but somewhere U.S., possibly near NYC

“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout- Near future, post-zombie apocalypse, somewhere near Albany, NY

The following time periods have been claimed by the anchor authors of SECOND ROUND and are off limits for the open call:

Jacey Bedford (June 30th, 1916, France, Battle of Somme, WWI)
Gini Koch (Old West)
Juliet E. McKenna (Mars, near future)
C.E. Murphy (undetermined)
Kristine Smith (Present day-ish, New York City)
Kari Sperring (Wales, 1400-1415)
Jean Marie Ward (1420s Nanjing, China)

For more info, go to: https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html

171231 | 6¢ | 7.5K | Guilds & Glaives

For more info, go to: https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html

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THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR anthology kickstarter has hit its goal! If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I’ve posted the guidelines below.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy anthology. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories, and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings and twists on the typical themes will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with the general fighting insurgents who joins their cause at the end. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. So be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

GUILDS & GLAIVES is to feature sword & sorcery stories where a guild is featured somewhere in the story. So thieves, assassins, and dark magic, but with a guild or guilds incorporated into the story somehow. Obviously most such stories will be fantasy, but we are interested in science fiction takes on this theme. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the guilds, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with the standard thieves guild or assassins guild. So be creative and use your guild in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR is to feature stories where the time-traveling Urbar, first used in the anthology AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE URBAR, is a central part of the plot. The story may start in the bar, end in the bar, or be in the bar somewhere in the middle, but at some point a significant plot point must involve the Urbar. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings for the bar, and twists on how the bar is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard uses of the bar, or where the bar is only incidental to the rest of the story. So be creative and use bar in an unusual and unexpected way, preferably in an unusual or unexpected era of history. In particular, you cannot use the same time period used in the anthology AFTER HOURS or that will be used by an anchor author of the current anthology (see the end of the post for time periods that are off limits). We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2017. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2018. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2018.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2018. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2018. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $10,000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $20,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

***************************

The following time periods were used in the AFTER HOURS anthology and are off limits for SECOND ROUND’s open call:

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate – Ancient Sumeria, circa 2000 BC

“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler – Viking Daneland, circa 9th century AD (reign of King Harald Fairhair)

“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne – Bar is in Venice, Italy, 1001 AD, story covers 1001-1002 AD

“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford – Scotland, 14th century

“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder – Feudal Japan, a fishing village near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. 15th-16th century.

“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring – Paris, 1675-1680 (affaire des poisons time period)

“The Tavern Fire” by DB Jackson – Boston, Mass 1760

“Last Call” by Patricia Bray – Time period spans Georgian/Regency England and Europe, the Ur-Bar is in Switzerland, in 1816

“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire — San Francisco, CA, 1899
“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna – Austria, 1910

“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman – Paris, France 1924 (Olympics)

“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis – London, England, 1940 (Blitz)

“Forbidden” by Avery Shade – New York City, late 1980s

“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler – Present day(ish), location not specified but somewhere U.S., possibly near NYC

“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout- Near future, post-zombie apocalypse, somewhere near Albany, NY

The following time periods have been claimed by the anchor authors of SECOND ROUND and are off limits for the open call:

Jacey Bedford (June 30th, 1916, France, Battle of Somme, WWI)
Gini Koch (Old West)
Juliet E. McKenna (Mars, near future)
C.E. Murphy (undetermined)
Kristine Smith (Present day-ish, New York City)
Kari Sperring (Wales, 1400-1415)
Jean Marie Ward (1420s Nanjing, China)

For more info, go to: https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html

171231 | 6¢ | 7.5K | The Razor’s Edge

For more info, go to: https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html

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THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR anthology kickstarter has hit its goal! If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I’ve posted the guidelines below.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy anthology. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories, and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings and twists on the typical themes will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with the general fighting insurgents who joins their cause at the end. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. So be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

GUILDS & GLAIVES is to feature sword & sorcery stories where a guild is featured somewhere in the story. So thieves, assassins, and dark magic, but with a guild or guilds incorporated into the story somehow. Obviously most such stories will be fantasy, but we are interested in science fiction takes on this theme. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the guilds, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with the standard thieves guild or assassins guild. So be creative and use your guild in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR is to feature stories where the time-traveling Urbar, first used in the anthology AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE URBAR, is a central part of the plot. The story may start in the bar, end in the bar, or be in the bar somewhere in the middle, but at some point a significant plot point must involve the Urbar. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings for the bar, and twists on how the bar is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard uses of the bar, or where the bar is only incidental to the rest of the story. So be creative and use bar in an unusual and unexpected way, preferably in an unusual or unexpected era of history. In particular, you cannot use the same time period used in the anthology AFTER HOURS or that will be used by an anchor author of the current anthology (see the end of the post for time periods that are off limits). We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2017. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2018. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2018.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2018. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2018. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $10,000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $20,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

***************************

The following time periods were used in the AFTER HOURS anthology and are off limits for SECOND ROUND’s open call:

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate – Ancient Sumeria, circa 2000 BC

“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler – Viking Daneland, circa 9th century AD (reign of King Harald Fairhair)

“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne – Bar is in Venice, Italy, 1001 AD, story covers 1001-1002 AD

“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford – Scotland, 14th century

“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder – Feudal Japan, a fishing village near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. 15th-16th century.

“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring – Paris, 1675-1680 (affaire des poisons time period)

“The Tavern Fire” by DB Jackson – Boston, Mass 1760

“Last Call” by Patricia Bray – Time period spans Georgian/Regency England and Europe, the Ur-Bar is in Switzerland, in 1816

“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire — San Francisco, CA, 1899
“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna – Austria, 1910

“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman – Paris, France 1924 (Olympics)

“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis – London, England, 1940 (Blitz)

“Forbidden” by Avery Shade – New York City, late 1980s

“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler – Present day(ish), location not specified but somewhere U.S., possibly near NYC

“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout- Near future, post-zombie apocalypse, somewhere near Albany, NY

The following time periods have been claimed by the anchor authors of SECOND ROUND and are off limits for the open call:

Jacey Bedford (June 30th, 1916, France, Battle of Somme, WWI)
Gini Koch (Old West)
Juliet E. McKenna (Mars, near future)
C.E. Murphy (undetermined)
Kristine Smith (Present day-ish, New York City)
Kari Sperring (Wales, 1400-1415)
Jean Marie Ward (1420s Nanjing, China)

For more info, go to: https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html

171013 | $500/$2K | 8K | Blue Sky Cities, Futurescapes

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

Write your story, change the world

FutureScapes is an annual writing competition that asks writers to envision a particular future, and tell us its story. We could run projections and publish reports, but there’s a reason why Oscar Wilde didn’t say, “Life imitates empirical studies.” We want to help writers of excellent potential find their voice while shaping tomorrow.

2017 Theme

For 2017, the Futurescapes Contest theme is “Blue Sky Cities.” We’re seeking stories set in a near-future city where significant strides have been made toward improving air quality, climate adaptation, or even net positive impacts on climate and air quality.

We want to see your vivid ideas and concepts, but don’t forget the basics of story: strong voice, compelling characters driven by real desires, facing serious obstacles that sum to an engaging plot and story.

You need not paint us a utopia – we don’t really believe in those. We believe that at any given time, depending on individual perspective, every city has dystopian and utopian aspects. The key is to show us a solution, but don’t strip it of realistic political, scientific, or logistical obstacles, and don’t neglect the possibility and ramifications of unintended consequences from even the best solution.

Lead Contributor

Contest winners will be published alongside multiple professional authors. For 2017, the lead contributor toFuturescapes: Blue Sky Cities, is Paolo Bacigalupi.

 

Paolo’s debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Internationally, it has won the Seiun Award (Japan), The Ignotus Award (Spain), The Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Germany), and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France).

His debut young adult novel, SHIP BREAKER, was a Micheal L. Printz Award Winner, and a National Book Award Finalist, and its sequel, THE DROWNED CITIES, was a 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best of YA Book, A 2012 VOYA Perfect Ten Book, and 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.

He has also written ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN for middle-grade children, about zombies, baseball, and, of all things, meatpacking plants. Another novel for teens, THE DOUBT FACTORY, a contemporary thriller about public relations and the product defense industry was both an Edgar Award and Locus Award Finalist.

His latest novel for adults is The New York Times Bestseller THE WATER KNIFE, a near-future thriller about climate change and drought in the southwestern United States.

What We’re Looking for…

 1

Works of short fiction up to 8,000 words, written in accordance with this year’s theme.

2

Compelling stories that explore the nuance of technology, science, politics, and/or policy, without forgetting about plot and character!

3

Stories that show us both the positives and negatives of this possible future.

4

Stories that can provide a road-map for cities, states, and nations to follow.

5

Stories that may be built in a rich and full world, but that manage to show us the reality of a single city, neighborhood, and/or life.

6

Stories worthy of the $2,000 prize for first place, and  $500 prize to each of the five runners-up.

7

Stories that, when placed in the hands of a mayor or governor, could change the course of the future.