Writing Market News – December 13

Due to the upcoming holidays and vacation plans, this will be my last market news post of the year. The series will resume January 3. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. Do lots of reading, and writing of course.

Insert Title Here

A collection of speculative fiction stories being assembled by FableCroft Publications, Insert Title Here (yes, that’s really the name), will contain all manner of speculative fiction. The usual cautions against gore and erotica remain true for this anthology.

Deadline: February 28, 2014
Words: 2,000 – 12,000
Pay: AUD $75
Reprints: No

Penumbra eMag – Issac Asimov

The submission window has rolled over on Penumbra. Did anyone submit for the Egyptian mythology anthology? For this issue of Penumbra eMag, they are looking for stories told in the style of Issac Asimov, or that include him as a character in the story.

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

“Astronomical Odds” Themed Anthology

Third Flatiron Publishing is collecting stories for their Spring 2014 anthology themed around “astronomical odds”. Stories should be science fiction or fantasy. Based on the theme, you’ll probably want to have a central event that is unlikely in the extreme. There’s no shortage of ideas on this one.

Deadline: January 15, 2014
Words: 1,500 – 3,000
Pay: $.03 a word ($.05 a word if chosen as the lead story)
Reprints: No

AMOK!

The beginning of a series of anthologies called “Short Sharp Shocks”, AMOK!, published by April Moon Publicationswill feature people, well, running amok. Any genre or time period for the setting is acceptable, but no slapstick humor (keep it dark). This is the non-paying market of the list today, but again, is not strictly non-paying.

Deadline: February 28, 2014
Words: 2,000 – 5,000
Pay: None (Five editors choice awards will be given out, worth $30 CAN)
Reprints: No

Writing Market News – December 6

Sorry for the interruption of service last week. Things were very busy for me with the Thanksgiving holiday, so I wasn’t able to compile a post. I didn’t want to waste space on the blog for an explanatory one either. I figured you all would understand.

Moving right along, there’s some good stuff out there this week. I didn’t intend it to be this way, but it’s mostly a horror group, with one exception.

The Grotesquerie: An Anthology of Women in Horror

Mocha Memoirs Press is putting together a horror anthology, The Grotesquerie, written by women. They say, “Your submission must be written to frighten or disturb to be considered.” No slasher stories or splatterpunk. They are also quite clear on who qualifies as a woman:

For the purposes of this anthology, a person claiming to be a female author must have been born female or be a transgendered, hermaphrodite or intersex person living publicly as a female.

Deadline: December 31, 2013
Words: 1,500 – 6,000
Pay: $10
Reprints: No

Fear’s Accomplice

Not to leave out the guys, Noodle Doodle Publications has an open call for their debut anthology, Fear’s Accomplice. This is pretty wide open horror, with the caution that gore should be there for a reason, as is most often the case. Being a brand new publisher, your mileage may vary on this one, but it could also mean you don’t have a slew of competition. They also claim they will offer feedback on rejected pieces. You don’t see that every day.

Deadline: February 28, 2014
Words: 2,000 – 8,000
Pay: Profit Sharing
Reprints: Yes

V.F.W. – Veterans of the Future Wars

V.F.W will be a collection put together by Martinus Publishing, focusing on wars to be fought in the future. Entries should be stories that respectfully portray soldiers and warriors doing what they do in a science fiction setting. It’s somewhat rare to find a collection dedicated to military science fiction, so this is a good opportunity for those of you who appreciate that aspect of Black Library’s books.

As you’ll note if you check out the submission page, Martinus also has several other interesting open calls running right now. Check them all out if this doesn’t sound right for you.

Deadline: December 31, 2013
Words: 2,000 – 6,000
Pay: Royalties
Reprints: Yes

A Merry Little Apex Christmas Flash Fiction Contest

Apex Publications is currently running a holiday flash fiction contest. I am tossing this in as this week’s unpaid market, but oddly, it’s actually more guaranteed pay than most. All entrants will receive their choice of one edition of Apex Magazine. Stories should be holiday themed, but with a dark fantasy or horror twist.

One winner will be selected, and, among other things, that winner will earn a story critique (up to 5,000 words).

Deadline: December, 16, 2013
Words: Under 250
Pay: None (Winner will receive $.05 a word, a one year subscription to Apex Magazine, and a story critique)
Reprints: No

Writing Market News – November 22

Strange Horizons Magazine

Strange Horizons is a weekly speculative fiction magazine. The magazine is run by a non-profit agency that is dedicated to providing authors a well paying market for their work. They want broadly defined speculative fiction stories, but note that they are not a horror market.

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: Under 9,000 (Under 5,000 preferred)
Pay: $.08 cents per word ($50 minimum)
Reprints: No

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly

I’m breaking my rules here on not highlighting romance, but this market was interesting given its meld of science fiction and romance, so I thought I would offer it up. Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is a new online magazine featuring science fiction romance stories and reviews. For the current issue, stories should have a steampunk theme, and should be prompted from a picture shown on their submission page. They also ask that stories have an upbeat ending.

Deadline: January 31
Words: 1,000 – 7,500
Pay: $25
Reprints: No

Daily Science Fiction

Daily Science Fiction is an online market for science fiction and fantasy stories. Stories are sent out daily to their mailing list (which I recommend subscribing to, there’s some very interesting stuff), and posted on their website. There is the potential that accepted works may also be used in themed anthologies. They caution against military science fiction, and don’t want horror.

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: 100 – 10,000 (special need for under 1,000)
Pay: $.08 per word
Reprints: No

713 Flash Fiction Contest

713 Flash is a rolling flash fiction contest put on by Kazka Press. Multiple winners are selected for each theme. Despite looking for flash fiction, they want stories that have a structure with a beginning and end, but say, “Our preference is for forward momentum with a middle free of too much backstory.” The theme for the current submission period is Discovery.

Deadline: December, 20
Words: 500 – 1,000
Pay: $15
Reprints: No

50 Comrades of Red

Organized by Pep Pep Publications, 50 Comrades of Red will be a collection of humorous stories centered around the idea of communism. Genre and setting are wide open, with the exception of erotica, and of course the story must be funny.

Deadline: December 16
Words: 750 – 3,216
Pay: None
Reprints: No

Writing Market News – November 8

I wanted to take a moment today to discuss a bit of publishing/sales news in the writing world, before getting into the latest batch of open calls. Author Chris McMullen is sponsoring an event this year called Read Tuesday to be held on December 10. Essentially, he would like to see the event become analogous to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but with a hyper-specific focus on book sales. Participating authors and publishers will commit to reducing the prices of their books, either ebook, print, or both on the day of the event.

Chris is asking for the help of anyone who loves reading to either participate in or promote Read Tuesday. He would like to see it become an annual, worldwide happening. I’ve put forward the notion of enrolling The Black Wind’s Whispers and Marching Time into this event, and the idea has generally been met with positive reaction, so keep an eye out for them to be on sale. Check the Read Tuesday Catalog for other participating books.

With that said, let’s get into the writing opportunities for this week.

Shock Totem Magazine

Shock Totem Publications is looking for dark fantasy and horror stories for their Shock Totem magazine. Mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, and more sub-genres fall under this umbrella, but they do not want epic fantasy or hard science fiction.

Deadline: November 30
Words: Under 5,000
Pay: $.05 per word
Reprints: Yes ($.02 per word)

Thresholds

Thresholds will be an anthology of speculative fiction published by The Dreadful Cafe. They are looking for stories about crossing literal and figurative thresholds into unexpected realms or situations. All genres are accepted, but they express an interest in works that cross genres, as is appropriate to the theme. All after-cost proceeds from the anthology will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Deadline: TBD
Words: 1,000 – 25,000
Pay: $125 (1,000 – 7,000 words), $250 (7,001-13,000 words), Negotiable (13,001+ words)
Reprints: Yes (self-published only)

Lost in the Witching Hour

Spook Show Publishing has a current call for their upcoming collection Lost in the Witching HourThey would like to see stories centered around the paranormal, including, but not limited to, ghosts, haunted houses, demons & possession, etc. Stories can either be campfire tales or have more involved elements. The publisher cautions against gore without good justification.

Deadline: December 31
Words: Up to 15,000
Pay: $10 (5,000+ words only, otherwise only a contributor copy)
Reprints: Yes

Vampires Suck

Vampires Suck will be an anthology of humorous fiction about Vampires and their lore, to be published by Strange Musings Press. I’m putting this in today as the non-paying market, since details are sketchy regarding payment. The only requirements for style and genre are 1. vampires and 2. humor. The publisher evidently has a story lined up that is heavy on the Twilight satire, so, sorry, that topic is taken. 

Deadline: January 1
Words: 500 – 6,000
Pay: Free ebook copy and possible royalties
Reprints: Unknown

Writing Market News – November 1

As anyone who cares about writing probably knows, today kicks off National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Given the heavy participation in this event, I understand there may be a decline of interest in writing short stories during November, but I’m still planning to keep on for those who aren’t tackling a novel project. In homage to those who are, I will try to find markets that accept reprints, and I will note that here. Hopefully we can find something for everyone.

In other news, in talking with some people and thinking on the matter, I have decided to include one non-paying market per week. Non-paying markets can have a lower barrier to entry than paying markets. As such, they can be a decent springboard for aspiring writers to get something published. This should help further motivate them, as well as begin to build a bibliography that can show other publishers the writer is serious about the business.

Leading the list today, we have a pair of markets that should appeal to those who may have been interested in submitting for Marching Time, but didn’t make it in for whatever reason.

Time Travel (prompt)

InfectiveINk.com is looking for stories with time travel as a central element. This is just a prompt theme, and that’s the only guidance given, so you should have complete flexibility with your story. All styles and genres are accepted, except erotica. Stories will be published on their website.

Deadline: November 28, 2013
Words: 1,500 – 5,000
Pay: $10
Reprints: Yes

Inaccurate Realities Issue #2

Issue #2 of Inaccurate Realities also has time travel as the main theme. An important note here is Inaccurate Realities is targeted toward the Young Adult market, so your story should take that into consideration. Given the strongest YA consideration these days seems to be length, it shouldn’t make it too hard to make any speculative short story work for YA.

Deadline: November 15, 2013
Words: 2,000 – 5,000
Pay: $15 – $25
Reprints: Yes

Penumbra eMag February 2014

For their February edition, Penumbra is looking for stories involving ancient Egypt or Egyptian mythology. Your piece should be speculative in nature. It seems like it should be obvious, but for clarification, no Stargate fanfiction is allowed. The publisher also asks you to note if  you are unpublished, as they enjoy publishing new authors.

Deadline: December 1, 2013
Words: Under 3,500
Pay: $.05 per word
Reprints: No

Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women

The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women is to be an anthology of reprints of science fiction stories written by women only. The anthology will be published by Running Press in the US and Constable & Robinson in the UK. Submissions must be previously published, and must be legally available for reprint in late 2014. Stories that are available online are acceptable to submit.

Deadline: November 30, 2013
Words: Under 10,000
Pay: $.02 per word
Reprints: Yes (required)

Contact: Stories of the New World

The non-paying market this week is Contact: Stories of the New World. This is a science fiction and fantasy anthology to be published by Dreamscape Press. They desire stories of discovery. What happens when a new race is encountered for the first time? What mysteries does a new planet hold?

Note: Dreamscape has a few other anthologies all closing around the same time. Find them all here. Also, I’ve seen from experience that deadlines for Dreamscape may bump if they can’t get enough submissions. This is both a good and a bad sign. Good for you as it means you should have an easier time getting a piece accepted. Bad because the quality of work alongside yours may be of lower quality than you would like.

Deadline: November 15, 2013
Words: 1,500 – 12,000
Pay: None
Reprints: Yes

Note: It occurred to me in the titling of this post, that my previous date usage might have confused (and likely annoyed) the European crowd, so I tidied it up this time.