Writing Market News – January 24

As some of you noticed, there was not a market news post last week. I apologize for that. Work has exploded for me, and I’m embarrassed to admit the slip went unnoticed by me until Wednesday of this week when someone mentioned it.

Since things are unlikely to calm down for a month or more, and I still have my own writing commitments also competing for my time, I’m making a change with these posts. From this point on, market news will be posted bi-weekly. This means the next post will be February 7, and then two weeks after that, etc. I don’t have confidence that this won’t slip again if I try sticking to a weekly schedule, so I think this adjustment is the best alternative with an eye toward consistency.

Inscription Magazine

Inscription Magazine is a young adult market looking for science fiction and fantasy stories. They have specific guidelines for what they are looking for in a young adult story, as well as some diversity themes they would enjoy seeing explored, so please read through the submission page carefully.

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: 500 – 9,000
Pay: $.05 per word
Reprints: Yes

Bastion Magazine

Bastion Magazine is a new science fiction market, with their first issue set to be released April 2014, and monthly thereafter. Many sub-genres of science fiction are accepted, including horror, but no romance or erotica. Given this is a brand new market, it’s likely to have lower submission volume than some existing markets, so this could be a good one to target if you can sling together a SF story.

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: 1,000 – 5,000
Pay: $.01 per word
Reprints: No

Phobos Two: Emergence

Issue two of Phobos Magazine is looking for weird fiction stories set to a theme of “emergence.” They describe what they are looking for as “transformation, skin-shedding, things coming together, bursting forth, surfacing from the depths, and emerging from the darkness for good or ill.”

Deadline: March 31, 2014
Words: Under 2,500 words
Pay: $.05 per word
Reprints: Unknown

Zombies in Japan

The non-paying market this time, Zombies in Japan is a new open call from Dreamscape Press. The name pretty much says it all with this one. You must have zombies, and they must be in Japan.

Note: Dreamscape also has another new open call looking for Lovecraftian horror stories.

Deadline: March 15, 2014
Words: 150 – 1,000
Pay: None
Reprints: Yes

Writing Market News – January 10

Today’s listings are almost all themed around superheroes and superpowers. The non-paying market is the one exception, instead being post-apocalyptic themed. I wanted to put that out there up front today to save people time who aren’t interested in superheroes.

Penumbra May Edition – Superheroes

Another call from Penumbra, the May edition is themed around Superheroes. It’s obvious, but no fan fiction or using existing superheroes or villains. Other than that, this call is wide open.

Deadline: March 1, 2014
Words: Under 3,500
Pay: $.05 per word
Reprints: Yes

The Good Fight

The Good Fight will be an anthology put together by Emby Press. Emby is all about monsters, and this anthology is no different. Put your hero to work fighting the evil that lurks in the shadows and preys on humanity. They are looking for grand and spectacular fights between these forces.

Note: Emby has another open call ending the same time, so check out the submission page for more info.

Deadline: March 31, 2014
Words: 2,000 to 10,000 words
Pay: $25
Reprints: No

Inaccurate Realities – Superpowers

Volume 4 of Inaccurate Realities is also themed around superpowers. This is a young adult market, so bear that in mind when considering your story. Other than that, your options are again pretty wide open.

Deadline: May 15, 2014
Words: 2,000 – 5,000
Pay: $15-$25
Reprints: Yes

StoneThread SpecFic Short Story Contest III

The non-paying market this week is a contest. StoneThread Publishing is looking for speculative fiction stories set in a post-apocalyptic setting. Stories that are selected will be published in an ebook anthology. As is often the case, this is more of a semi-paying market.

Deadline: March 31, 2014
Words: 1,000 – 10,000
Pay: None (Prizes for 1 – 5 place: $60, $50, $40, $30, $20)
Reprints: No

Writing Market News – January 3

We’re back with your weekly dose of market news now that the holidays are over. This post is going up later than I would like, but better late than never, right? I trust everyone had a relaxing and/or productive holiday season. I managed to get some writing done (and submitted!), and I hope you did as well.

Let’s get right into this week’s market listings.


Aghast is a new journal of horror and dark fantasy to be published twice a year by Kraken Press. They are looking for supernatural and other strange tales, and are not interested in “serial killers, werewolves, vampires or zombies.”

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: 250 – 1,000; 1,500 – 7,000; 10,000 – 30,000
Pay: $.01 per word
Reprints: Query

Crossed Genres Magazine – Music Theme

Crossed Genres seeks to blend genres and themes monthly with their regular staples of science fiction and fantasy. The theme for February submissions is “music” (if you’re feeling ambitious, the January theme is “food). Stories should incorporate this element, as well as fall under SF or fantasy. Crossed Genres also has a lengthy description of things they would like and things they don’t really care for, so check the guidelines carefully.

Deadline: February 28, 2014 (do not submit before February 1)
Words: 1,000 – 6,000
Pay: $.05 a word
Reprints: No


Twit Publishing is assembling stories for an anthology featuring everyone’s favorite characters (those that aren’t pirate lovers at least), NINJAS! I think they put it best when listing what they are after:

Future Ninjas, past Ninjas, present Ninjas, Ninjas fighting fascist states, Ninjas in the Old West, Ninjas fighting dinosaurs, Ninjas fighting Vikings, Ninjas fighting werewolves, etc. and so on, and so forth.


In short, Ninjas being bad#@*es.

Deadline: April 18, 2014
Words: Unrestricted
Pay: Royalties
Reprints: Unknown

Ninja Novellas

If you find yourself with a novella length ninja story, Buttontapper Press is also looking for submissions. They say they are looking for “creative and humorous” ninja stories, and list an example of a good story in their guidelines.

Deadline: Unknown (to be published in 2015)
Words: Under 50,000 words
Pay: Unknown
Reprints: Unknown