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 15

Big Bad 2 – An Anthology of Evil Volume 2

Big Bad 2, to be published by Dark Oak Press will be an anthology focused on everyone’s favorite characters, the bad guys. All genres are accepted, and the only requirement is that your protagonist be a bad or evil character. This anthology follows on the success of The Big Bad. Some authors have been invited to contribute, and only 10 slots are available for open submission, so expect competition to be tight.

Deadline: January 1
Words: 3,000 – 9,000
Pay: Royalties
Reprints: No

Infinite Science Fiction

Put together by Infinite Acacia, Infinite Science Fiction will be a collection of science fiction stories. The publisher states, “We are looking for good SF that breaks away from the tired tropes of the genre.” They also state that for their purposes, fantasy, horror, and magical realism do not fall under science fiction.

Deadline: December 31
Words: 2,000 – 6,000
Pay: $.01 per word ($40 max)
Reprints: Unknown

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is a crowdfunded anthology to be edited by Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press and Julia Rios of Strange Horizons. The guidelines for this anthology are very specific. Stories are meant to be for a Young Adult audience, and should have a teen protagonist that is of diverse character: non-white or non-western, disabled, mentally ill, etc. Stories should be set on contemporary Earth, but involve fantastical or advanced technological elements.

Deadline: December 31
Words: 2,500 – 10,000
Pay: $.05 per word
Reprints: Unknown

Ares Magazine

Ares is planned to be a very interesting little magazine. They are looking for speculative fiction stories across the spectrum of genres. They want stories to be action and adventure focused. From their website, I pulled this nugget of information:

Ares is the name of the Greek god of war. He is bold. He is brash. I want the magazine bearing his name to be bold and brash. The stories we have collected thus far are solid, quality stories. But too few of them could be characterized as real action-adventures. Personal stories are great, but I would like to see more swashbuckling and more derring-do.

That’s pretty clear guidance to help you draft a story that will be favorably considered. To also be included in each issue of the magazine is a stand-alone, playable board game, which is a really neat idea.

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: 1,000 – 60,000 (4,000 – 10,000 preferred)
Pay: $.05 per word
Reprints: Yes ($.01 per word)

Lamplit Underground

This week’s non-paying market is Lamplit Underground. This is an online “magazine,” with future plans for a print edition. They are looking for stories “related to the unique, the grotesque, the beautiful, the powerful.” If you have a story that makes an unconventional statement, this may be a good market for it.

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: Any
Pay: None
Reprints: Unknown

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.

Writing Market News – 10/25

I was very pleased to see the positive response to the inaugural writing news post here on the Bloghole. It makes the work of putting this together seem much less daunting knowing that people are putting this information to good use. Good luck to those who already put in submissions for last week’s markets. (If anyone has a submission accepted from a market listed here, please share in the comments.)

This week we have a very diverse spread of opportunities, from speculative fiction set in the Garden of Eden to modern humor and satire.

Flytrap Magazine Issue #11

First up today is a very short notice call for a successful Kickstarter project to publish another issue of Flytrap Magazine, after the series had been on hiatus since 2008. All styles and genres are accepted, but the editor has this to say, “I like stories with sex and feminism and apocalypses and snarky humor in them, but don’t let that limit you.” Only one week left for submissions on this, so get writing if you’re interested.

Deadline: October 31, 2013
Words: Under 5000
Pay: $.05 per word

Garden of Eden

The first of a series of biblical themed anthologies from Garden Gnome Publications, Garden of Eden is seeking stories set in the Garden. The publisher doesn’t want simple re-tellings of the known story, however. They want stories of other characters who existed in the Garden, what they were doing there, and how they interacted with Adam and Eve.

Deadline: November 23, 2013
Words: 300 – 10,000
Pay: $3 for up to 1,500 words, $7 for 1,501 – 10,000 words

Fae

Fairies tend to occupy the realm of children’s stories, but Fae is looking for adult fiction centered around the tricky little creatures. Desired are stories that are true to established Fairy lore, but presented in new settings and with new twists. Sprites, pixies, gnomes, imps, and other fairy-like creatures are also acceptable. The anthology is to be published by World Weaver Press.

Deadline: November 30, 2013
Words: Under 7,500
Pay: $10

Krampus

Also from World Weaver Press, in partnership with Enchanted ConversationKrampus will feature the mythological figure that shares the name. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Krampus is the European counterpart to Saint Nicholas. Instead of rewarding well-behaved children, Krampus tortures and punishes misbehaved ones. He is traditionally depicted as a fairly standard devil. Horns, cloven hooves, all that. WWP would like to see adult stories centered around this diabolical creature.

Deadline: November 30, 2013
Words: Under 10,000
Pay: $10

OutFunny

In a bit of a deviation, today I also bring you OutFunny, a fledgling humor and satire website. The site focuses on short, quick hitting humor stories, comparable in content to Cracked or The Onion. Users then have the opportunity to append one liners to the stories, in an attempt to gain votes confirming their hilarity. The submission guidelines specify that submitted content will be prioritized toward users who have been active in trying to “outfunny” the writers by penning one liners. One caveat here is that linking with a Facebook account seems to be the only way to sign up for an OutFunny account.

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: Around 150
Pay: $25

Bonus – Angry Robot Open Door

Angry Robot Books is currently accepting novel submissions from writers without agent representation through the end of the year. Angry Robots has published several familiar authors such as Dan Abnett, Gav Thorpe, and other Black Library authors, as well as the unavoidable Chuck Wendig. Submissions should fall under science fiction, fantasy, or horror, and all sub-genres thereof. There are a slew of guidelines, so check out the submission page if you have a novel lurking in the shadows.

Deadline: December 31, 2013
Words: 75,000 – 140,000 (approximate)
Pay: Variable

Writing Market News

This will be the first of a weekly series of posts highlighting what I feel are some interesting short story writing opportunities. There are many open calls out there, but it can be hard to find and keep track of them all. Given that a disproportionate number of them seem to be for mature romance and erotica (sorry, I won’t be highlighting those categories), that makes finding the pertinent ones even more difficult.

As long as there are enough calls available to put a decent list together each week, I will be focusing on markets paying at least token rates. I think it’s important that authors get paid for their work, and I think you probably are more interested in paying markets than otherwise, so that will be the priority.

First up today, we have a pair of apocalyptic open calls.

Vignettes from the End of the World

Vignettes will be a collection of flash fiction to be published by Apokrupha, focusing on the end of the world, of course. Any form of apocalypse is acceptable, but they caution against zombies, unless done extremely well. Depending on the length of your story, this call is also paying into the upper reaches of pro-pay, so that’s not too shabby.

Deadline: November 5, 2013
Words: 500 or less
Pay: $20

Fat Zombie

The other collection of death and destruction takes an interesting look at those doing their best to survive. Fat Zombie, an anthology presented by Permuted Press, wants stories of unlikely survival. People no one would expect to make it through the end of times. Losers, geeks, freaks, handicapped, or otherwise physically or mentally incapable protagonists are the goal. An apt comparison was made to me that this sounds like the movie Zombieland. All types of apocalypse are acceptable, including zombies.

Deadline: November 30, 2013
Words: 3,000 – 10,000
Pay: $25 (not listed on website, but confirmed with the editor)

Catch me when you can… Jack the Ripper

The iconic serial killer Jack the Ripper stars in our next collection, which should well suit those from the UK. Catch me when you can is an anthology to be published by KnightWatch Press, an imprint of Fringeworks. Desired are stories in a broad spectrum of genres focusing on Jack the Ripper’s return. The idea is a new perspective on the famous serial killer, causing mayhem in a new setting, while remaining true to his defining characteristics. This is a Jack the Ripper anthology, not a general serial killer anthology, and the publisher is clear on that.

Deadline: November 30, 2013
Words: 3,000 – 6,500
Pay: 4% profit sharing
Other: Submissions must be in British English only

Far Worlds

Finally, I thought it fitting to highlight to current effort of the Bolthole publishing team, the Far Worlds anthology. There are some very interesting aspects of this collection. Stories may be of any genre, but may not be set on Earth. The intent is for stories to focus on one or more non-human races entirely. Who are they? What do they look like? How do they act? There are infinite stories to be told, but it will be a challenge to make these alien characters unique, yet still relatable to readers.

At some point in the story, a mysterious device called the Drift Engine must make an appearance. Not much is known about the device, other than it will enter and leave the area without stopping or interfering in anything going on around it. Another rule of the collection is that no faster than light travel is available in the setting.

In order to be included in this anthology, you must be a member of the Bolthole. If you aren’t already, it’s easy, so move on over here and sign up. You must must also pitch a short synopsis to the editors. Upon approval of that, you can proceed with writing the story.

Deadline (Synopsis): November 20, 2013
Deadline (Story): December 15, 2013
Words: 2,000 – 10,000
Pay: Profit sharing depending on number of authors