Monday Markets - CRAFT Magazine (via @craftliterary)

Always nice to find a literary magazine that pays and doesn't charge for submissions:

CRAFT is an online publication celebrating both emerging and established writers. Our focus is on the craft of writing and how those elements make a good story great. We are interested in strong fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. We feature new and republished fiction; critical pieces on craft; craft exercises; interviews on craft with established writers; book reviews and summaries; and much more.

They pay $100 USD for flash fiction up to 1,000 words, then 10c/word on top of that until 2,000, and finally a flat $200 USD for work up to 7,000. Short fiction, as the title of their magazine suggests, should emphasize the craft of writing.

Notably, they also accept non-fiction articles, but there don't seem any pay rates associated with those. Do update the listing if you spot anything I missed.

They also accept reprint fiction, but don't pay for those.

CRAFT is open all year 'round, and you can find the listing here:

Monday Markets - Sword and Sonnet Anthology - Mar 1, 2018

Here's another cool anthology opening soon. Battle poets? Battle poets!:

What do you mean by battle poet?
A poet who fights. We’re flexible on the definition.
Looking for stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character. Although we envision the bulk of the stories will be fantasy, we’re also open to science fiction or horror. We’re looking for lyrical Shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk. Stories could feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings.

They've funded via Kickstarter and have a few contributors already, but are opening in February to general submissions. Pays a rate of 6c US per word, for fiction up to 5,000 words. They prefer pieces with at least 2000 words, though.

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - Triangulation: The Music Edition - Feb 28, 2018

Parsec Ink is reading for their annual speculative fiction Triangulation anthology. The theme for this issue is 'Music'.

We’re looking for stories where music, a musical instrument, the parts of music, or musical culture make an appearance in a meaningful way. As a thematic element, you can apply a light touch or go “full tuba”. Be aware that we may retool the title of the collection, depending on the exact quality and character of the submissions we receive. If you’ve got a better title than “Triangulation: The Musical”, don’t forget to let us know in your cover letter. 

Pay is 2c US/word, and two contributor copies (one electronic, one print). Submissions are open now for fiction up to 5,000 words, and close end of February.

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - Baba Yaga Anthology - Mar 1, 2018 (via @WorldWeaver_press)

World Weaver Press is looking for stories featuring an old favourite: Baba Yaga. 

.Baba Yaga, the terrifying witch of the forest in Slavic folklore, lends herself to all kinds of interpretations. Notorious for traveling in a mortar while wielding a pestle, Baba Yaga sometimes wreaks havoc on humans, but can turn around and help when she feels like it. And she is an early Tiny House owner--hers moves on chicken feet. Baba Yaga may be recognizable from classic images by Ivan Billibin, but, in the US and some other countries, her qualities are not as widely known as they are in Slavic countries.

It's only a token $50 USD per story between 7,500 and 20,000, but if you're into Baba Yaga this is about as specific as you'll get. Market is open now and closes March 1. Get writing!

Listing here:

Monday Markets - Christmas 2017 Spectacular

I had an awesome anthology lined up for you this week but it's Christmas Day! So instead I'm posting it next week.

Now, you may or may not celebrate this day, but as it's a holiday across many of the countries that are likely to publish your work, we're taking the day off. Don't write! Take a break! Think of something about writing, if you must, but craft no words!*

Enjoy your day, and all our best wishes for your family, whatever form it may take.

*this advice is arbitrary and you may disregard it as you please

Monday Markets - Spectacle Magazine (via @specspecfic)

Spectacle is new and ready to publish your speculative fiction! They commission non-fiction and illustrations for every piece, which is cool – I love some good collaborative art.

Welcome to Spectacle! We’re a brand new magazine (yes, print) that covers the exciting world of speculative fiction, which is any story, saga, or tome that has some fantastic element. These genres include (but are not limited to) sci-fi, fantasy, alternate history, horror, apocalyptic, and weird fiction. We’re exploring limitless worlds with infinite possibilities.

They're paying $100USD for flash fiction up to 1,000 words and $500USD for Short Fiction up to 7,500 words. Multiple subs are ok but don't go crazy.

Literarium listing is over here:

Monday Markets - Spank the Carp Magazine

We don't often feature for-the-love markets, but I recently did some work with the editor of SPANK the CARP, so I checked out his publication. Take a look:

SPANK the CARP publishes unique, thought-provoking fiction and poetry that isn't obscure or pretentious. Its goal is to invite readers to wade into the stream, not make them afraid of water for fear it's too cold.

We look for tight, pithy Flash Fiction and Short Stories of any genre, including sci-fi and humor, except fantasy and erotica.  

We also look for poetry that takes chances, including concrete or "shape" poetry.

We also accept images and artwork for the Carpwork Gallery.

For Flash and Short Fiction they're looking at up to 5,000 words.

Check out the listing here:

Monday Markets - Foreshadow Issue Zero, Feb 1, 2018 (via @foreshadowya)

"Foreshadow" is opening for submissions to their Issue Zero:

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology will be published monthly on this site for a single year starting in January 2019 and ending December 2019, and will feature stellar YA stories from established and emerging authors. Each issue will feature three stories, one of which will be from a new voice specially selected by a beloved author.

They're after YA fiction between 2,000 and 7,000 words. The deadline for their zero-th issue (which will accompany a fundraising round) is February 1, 2018. The first deadlines for their year-long run is September 1, 2018. Payment for Issue Zero is a flat $250 USD per story.

It is our goal to pay all short story contributors the same amount, emerging and established alike. To do so, we will be launching a fundraising campaign in summer 2018, and will be showcasing an early debut issue, Issue Zero, to give a taste of what’s to come. Please consider supporting our fundraising effort this summer to help us pay artists for their work!

They're also recruiting! If you want to do some volunteer industry work check out their post here:

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction (via @UncannyMagazine)

Uncanny Magazine is reading for a special issue between Jan 15 and Feb 15 2018 (No subs until open!):

We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.

Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.

Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.

Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.

Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time. Yes, you.

They're looking for fiction between 750 and 6,000 words, paying 8c and 1c USD respectively for unpublished and reprint works. As noted, issue is about identity, not content, so your stories don't have to deal with disability if you don't want. They're also paying $50USD for essays and $30 for poems. Get writing if you identify as someone with a disability (and want to contribute).

Our market listing here:

Monday Markets - Iridium Magazine (via @IridiumZine)

Iridium Magazine is open until mid-December (and then again next year in February, etc):

We are dedicated to increasing the visibility of and accessibility to genre fiction that features characters Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual, Asexual/Aromantic, Gay/Genderqueer, and beyond (QUILTBAG+) who are of historically oppressed and underrepresented genders, ethnicities, races, religions, disabilities, and cultures. Essentially, intersectional genre fiction with a focus on QUILTBAG+ characters

They're after genre stories up to 5,000 words, paying 3c/word for fiction and a flat rate for essays and art. They also take reprint fiction at 1c/wd (that limit is up to 15,000 but they still prefer 5,000 or less). Hooray, another reprint market!

The Literarium market listing is here:

Monday Markets - LitMag (via @LitMagPress)

LitMag is looking for submissions!

LitMag is a print journal of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, a home for established, emerging and unknown writers. We seek work that moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds and large hearts.

They pay $250 USD for non-fiction, fiction and poetry published online, and $1,000 USD for fiction and non-fiction in their print issue (print poetry is $250 USD). Their submission windows vary based on what you are submitting, but they're at least open until November 30, so get submitting!

The market listing is here:

Monday Markets - We Shall Be Monsters: Frankenstein Two Centuries On - Dec 30, 2017 (via @)

Here's a cool anthology looking for fiction about disability in the context of Frankenstein!

'We Shall Be Monsters' is a fiction collection that will feature explorations of disability through Frankenstein, queer and trans identity, ideas of race and colonialism. Shelley’s story provides a space for exploring a multitude of identities through the figure of the sympathetic outsider. Frankenstein’s “monster” is a figure of Otherness, and one that can tell stories of exclusion and social oppression.

They pay $0.03 CAD/word for fiction between 2,000 and 7,500 words, poetry up to 500 words, and an unspecified payment for comics up to 6 pages. They're also running a Kickstarter campaign (here) to expand their budget. Closes December 30.

The market listing is here:

Monday Markets - Compelling Science Fiction Magazine (via @compellingsf)

Continuing our hard SF theme of the last two week: Compelling Science Fiction is paying pro-rates and looking for original and reprint SF stories!

Ultimately we are looking for science fiction that is entertaining, scientifically plausible, self-consistent, and technically detailed when appropriate. We have a preference for positive stories, to act as a counterweight to the currently popular post-apocalyptic genre. We certainly won't dismiss a well-written dystopian future, but we have a bias toward stories that depict technological advancement rather than decay.

They pay $0.06 USD/story, or 1c/word for reprints, and are open between Oct 1 and Dec 1 each year.

Listing here:

Monday Markets - Antimatter (via @antimatter_mag)

Here is a great magazine that is looking for flash fiction inspired by science!

[Antimatter Magazine is] most interested in flash fiction, but we’re also open to story experiments, narrative games, and text messager-based stories.
First, find a recent scientific story, headline, or discovery that sparks your imagination. (View science headlines here. View scientific story prompts here.)
Then, use that real science headline to inform, drive, or inspire an original flash science fiction story.
It’s not required, but preference is given to stories crafted to feel real – like they really happened.
Such stories can include many links to sources, authoritative quotes, and other techniques that lead the reader to suspend disbelief.

They pay $20 USD/story, and you need to include a reference to the scientific piece that inspired you. Get submitting!

Listing here:

Monday Markets - Bourbon Penn (via @bourbonpenn)

Bourbon Penn is a beautiful magazine of the absurd, the slip-stream, the experimental, the weird... They're looking for:

We are looking for highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd.  Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We're looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal.

The magazine pays 1 USc/wd for short fiction from 2,000 to 7,500 words..

Check out the listing here:

Monday Markets - Awakenings Anthology - Dec 31, 2017 (via @booksmugglers)

The Book Smugglers are following their 'Gods and Monsters' anthology up with a new call to submissions, freshly charged up by a successful Kickstarter campaign:

When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes. You, the author, should feel free to take this general theme and interpret it in any way you see fit–from a story about an AI’s first hours of sentience, to magical alternate histories featuring characters discovering how to wield power for the first time, anything goes. We encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “awakenings” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

They are open until Dec 31st, paying 8 USc/wd up to $800, for short fiction from 1,500 to 17,500 words (also a 50% royalty). They're particularly keen on Romance and Horror tinged speculative fiction, and are looking for diverse authors.

Full listing is here:

Monday Markets - Year's Best Hardcore Horror Vol 3 - Dec 31, 2017 (via @cometpress)

Comet Press (publisher of Red Room magazine) is looking for reprint subs for their Year's Best Hardcore Horror. They're after reprints from 2017:

Is your story too heavy and hardcore for other “best of” anthologies? Then you’ve come to the right place because Comet Press is now accepting stories for YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOL. 3, a yearly collection intended to give recognition to the extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.

They pay 1c USD/word up to $80, looking for any length of fiction (negotiable above 8,000 words). Your published work doesn't do much just sitting in your bibliography, so if you have suitable pieces send them in (or hassle your publisher to send them in).

Full listing is here:

Monday Markets - This Side of the Divide Anthology - Oct 31, 2017 (via @baobabpress)

Baobab Press is partnering with The University of Nevada to publish, 'This Side of the Divide':

[A]n anthology of short fiction by emerging and established authors exploring the United States West.

This exciting project will speak to the West’s newness, vastness, sense of territoriality and transience, spanning from untouched wilderness to hyper-urban settings. We’re seeking fresh, original views of the western U.S. Our aim is to capture this region’s unique essence in all of its cultural and geographic diversity..

They're paying $100 USD and a contributor copy for short fiction on the theme, between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Reprints of stories first appearing in magazines and journals are allowed (which means no reprints from collections or anthologies).

Full listing is here:

Monday Markets - Behind the Mask: Tales from the Id anthology - Nov 30 (via @ozhorrorcon)

Steve Dillon is reading for the third in the 'Things in the Well' series of horror anthologies. This one is themed, 'Behind the Mask':

The lead story for Masks is 'Sex, Death and Starshine' by Clive Barker, so we've set the bar high.
The theme is quite open so long as it's memorable, dark, frightening (psychological or supernatural horror preferred,) and a mask of some sort must be central to the story. We're not interested in torture-porn, gore-for-gore sake, or stories that are supportive of bigotry of any kind, or present abuse or self-harm in a positive way. We're thinking theatrical masks; clowns - for example Jimmy Stewart's character Buttons in 'The Greatest Show on Earth;' cosmetic surgery (consensual or otherwise, but please no body horror or torture porn without a great story that justifies it; face make-up, whether that is to hide behind, or for transformation such as gender-identification; roleplay; acting; Jeckyll and Hyde scenarios; it could extend to concealment by religious or traditional costume, etc.

Sound interesting-slash-freaky? The anthology is paying a flat rate of $50AUD for short fiction on the topic between 6,000 and 10,000 words. You have until 30 November to comply...

Full listing is here:

Monday Markets - Forge Magazine (via @forge_litmag)

Short one today! The Forge Literary Magazine is reading for fiction and non-fiction. They particularly like Flash and pay pro rates up to 1,000 words (then a flat fee up to 5,000 max).

Literary excellence is our only criteria.
We are open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and personal identity from all over the world. .

Check them out here: