Today’s post is an introduction as well as a listing. With that, I’ll leave the rest to Selene.
Why do it, if it takes so much time? Well, it started when Duotrope started charging fees. I understand why they do, and it’s a very reasonable fee ($5 a month) I don’t mind paying, although the debate rages on about markets that charge fees to cover reading costs, and For the Love (FTL)/unpaid markets, and a whole lot of bickering among writers. You can read my blog about FTL markets here, if you like.
I’m sure if you’re reading Beverly’s blog, you’re familiar with the submissions process, but I will remind you to follow guidelines carefully for every publisher, especially document formatting (William Shunn has the best tips and resources on his page), and to read some samples from the market before you submit.
Pro Markets Accepting Submissions:
- Apex Publications. War Stories: New Military Science Fiction. Max 7500 words, pays $0.05 per word. Deadline November 30, 2013. http://warstoriesanthology.com/submissions/
- Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse. Deadline November 30, 2013. Canadian writers only. http://silviamoreno-garcia.com/blog/2013/07/fractured-tales-of-the-canadian-post-apocalypse/
- Shock Totem. Pays $0.05 per word, maximum $250 (5,000 words maximum). Looking for dark fantasy, horror, suspense, etc. Deadline November 30, 2013. http://www.shocktotem.com/guidelines/
- Musa Publishing: Penumbra. Bi-monthly, themed magazine. Be sure to only submit work during open period for the theme. Pays $0.05 per word, max 3500 words. Upcoming themes: Egyptian Mythology (ends December 1, 2013), A Night at the Villa Diodati (ends January 1, 2014). http://penumbraezine.blogspot.ca/p/submissions.html
- Crossed Genres Magazine. Sci-fi/fantasy. Monthly, themed. Pays $0.05 per word, 1000-6000 words (firm). Upcoming themes: Conspiracy (November 1-30, 2013), Runaway (December 1-31, 2013). http://crossedgenres.com/submissions/magazine/
- Kaleidoscope Anthology. Looking for YA (so teen protagonists) sci-fi and fantasy stories. Must feature diverse main characters (read guidelines for a full description). $0.05 per word, 2500-10,000 words. Deadline December 31, 2013. http://kaleidoscope.twelfthplanetpress.com/?page_id=42
- Mammoth Book of SF Stories By Women. Reprint market only (must be previously published). Max 10,000 words. Pays $0.02 per word plus a contributor copy. Deadline November 30, 2013. (Note, I find it hilarious that the subject line has to be “MAMMOTH WOMEN.”) http://www.alexdallymacfarlane.com/2013/10/call-for-reprint-submissions-mammoth-book-of-sf-stories-by-women/
- Imaginarium 2014: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Reprint market. Looking for work published in 2013. Canadian speculative fiction authors only. Deadline January 31, 2014. http://www.chizine.com/content/imaginarium-2014-open-submissions
- Scheherezade’s Bequest. Updated fairy tales, themed issue. From the Sea: Something Rich and Strange. Deadline December 31, 2013. $30 for fiction, $15 for poetry. Max 4000 words. http://www.cabinetdesfees.com/2013/scheherezades-bequest-updated-guidelines/
- World Weaver Press. Krampus Anthology. Looking for dark fantasy and horror stories about Krampus (sort of the anti-Santa Claus). Max 10, 000 words. Pays $10 and a copy of the anthology. Deadline November 30, 2013. (Note: They have enough Santa as serial killer and gore stories, looking for psychological horror). The publisher also has an open call for their upcoming Fae Anthology. Pay rates, deadline, and word count are the same. Looking for dark fantasy takes on the Fae (urban fairies, goblins, pixies, etc.). http://worldweaverpress.com/submissions/calls-for-anthologies/
- Solarywyrm Press. Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction. Looking for speculative fiction set in the real world, Asia-Pacific region. Read guidelines for specifics. 1000-8000 words. Pays half a cent a word, max $40. Deadline November 30, 2013. http://solarwyrm.com/
- Lectores Coffee. Literary market, but slipstream/magical realism would work. Looking for short fiction (no more than 500 words), creative non-fiction, and poetry. Must be short, as the entire piece has to fit on a coffee label. $1.50 submission fee (or $6 with a coffee sample). Pays $25 and a bag of coffee. http://www.lectorescoffee.com/pages/submit
- Chupa Cabra House. Primarily a horror market, has several anthologies open. Stories should be 3,500-9,000 words. Pays royalties, although some anthologies also offer a token payment (check guidelines). Upcoming: Small Town Futures (apocalyptic stories set in small towns, deadline April 1, 2014). New Whakazoid Circus (Circuspunk, which encompasses horror, bizarro/slipstream, must be a circus/freak show/carnival setting, deadline January 31, 2014). Weird Westerns, deadline February 1, 2014. http://www.chupacabrahouse.com/search/label/submissions
I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with more listings. In the meantime, if you’re interested in a cool vacation and want to work on your horror writing, consider a retreat at the world famous Stanley Hotel (basis for The Overlook in The Shining) next October.