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
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
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 The publisher also asks you to note if you are unpublished, as they enjoy publishing new authors.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
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
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.