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.
Words: Under 9,000 (Under 5,000 preferred)
Pay: $.08 cents per word ($50 minimum)
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
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.
Words: 100 – 10,000 (special need for under 1,000)
Pay: $.08 per word
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
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