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:

Monday Markets - Tales of Ruma anthology, Sept 30 (via @azurekeep)

'Tales of Ruma' is an anthology from Azure Keep, and they're looking for fiction set in their shared world:

Ruma is an alternate Roman Empire set on an alternate version of Earth where the gods and magic are real. The RPG is set at the beginning of the Ruman Empire, somewhat akin to 0 A.D. on Earth. Hellas (Greece) has been reduced to ruins as Hellene magi opened portals to Hel and the Outer Realms to stop a Persyan invasion (known as the Sundering). Aegypt, also known as the Eternal Kingdom, has been ruled by the Pharaoh (rumored to be a Lich) for centuries. Their armies are archaic but augmented by magi and massive stone constructs. The Kell or Kellic people (based on Celtic society) and their mystical forests encroach upon Ruma from the west. Other cultures include the Normen (precursor to Vikings), Heermen (Germanic tribes), and the missing people of Atlantys.

Submissions close September 30, and they're after 500-5,000 word pieces, paying 6USc/word and contributor copies!

Full listing is here:

Literarium August 2017 Update

So! Now that we're starting to ease towards the end of our beta period, we're also going to be a little bit more formal and fancy about our releases. No more sneaky updates with some vague reference on Twitter. no no, here at Literarium we're all about loudly proclaiming things we've improved. Thing is, when you know what's changed, you'll hopefully let us know if something has broken. Not that that would ever happen, but, you know...we like to make sure.

So welcome to the end of August 2017, and our August update.

Changes in this version

  • I guess New Zealand can have their currency back. For some reason I had marked it as inactive. Sorry brew!
  • The submit button has been split on the Work and Market pages. This allows you to submit a piece of work (or search your work for a given market) WITH or WITHOUT using a prefiltered filter. Sometimes you already know what market you want to submit to, or which piece of work you want to submit, and the prefilter doesn't bring it back for a variety of reasons (the market isn't open yet, you've received special dispensation to send a longer piece, and so on). In the past, you'd have to clear the filter, and fiddle around. With this change, we let you get to your piece/market just that little bit faster if you so desire.
    NOTE: We might change this again in future until we find the right balance - it's a work in progress!
  • We added LiveChat (in the bottom right corner!) so you can chat with us. If you don't chat with us we will be sad and remove it.
  • Various minor changes/fixes
  • Update: I mentioned leaving out the Calendar Subscribe feature because some weird bug was plaguing me. However, since then I spent a day poking at it and it's fixed, so I thought I'd sneakily release it instead of waiting 30 days. You can go to your User Settings and find this button in your Author Profile section.

Known outstanding bugs

  • The 'exclude fees' filter excludes fee pay rates, but not markets that have them. Kind of defeats the purpose! We'll be fixing this soon.

Let us know in the comments or via LiveChat if you have any feedback, and tell your writing friends to sign up!

Monday Markets - Helios Quarterly Magazine (via @heliosquarterly)

Radiant Crown Publishing produces Helios Quarterly magazine, which:

[...] aims to publish quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art that illuminates the darkness. HQM wants stories and poems that grab ahold of a reader from the opening lines all the way to the finish line. Works that push boundaries, are succinct, and well developed are smiled upon.
We are shaped by our past and molded by ideology, but our convictions can be changed in an instant. Science fiction envisions encounters with the alien so horrifying it reshapes the world order. The horror genre shakes us to the core when it forces us to come face to face with forces beyond the scope of reason. Fantasy literature opens the door to the other, monstrous, evil, and sometimes all too human. First Contact & Conversions wants stories that confront situations that change us as people. Who are the prophets among us warning us of things to come? How do we handle change so rapid and all-consuming that the world we once knew vanishings?

They are open to submissions for two weeks each quarter (next in October 2017), and are after poetry, fiction (micro, flash, short stories and serials) as well as non-fiction (articles, review) of the science fiction and fantasy persuasion. Yes, they pay, ranging from 2-3c/word for prose (6c/word  for micro fiction), and 25c/line for poetry up to 100 lines.

Check them out here:

Monday Markets - Cosmic Caravans Anthology - Oct 7, 2017

Here's an interesting new anthology, reading until early October.

Cosmic Caravans is an illustrated science fiction anthology aimed at the pre-teen readership:

We are looking for stories or poems that re-enforce strength of character and scientific principles in a way children can relate to. We want to entertain and challenge curious readers to learn more about the universe, life, and the science that makes it all possible.

Your sci-fi story or poem can be funny, scary, somber, mystery, wibbly-wobbly, thriller, or a fantastical romp through time and space. Whatever it is, you should be sure to explain the science behind it. Leave the reader learning something.

What's cool is they are open to simultaneous subs (note it says 'multiple subs' in the guidelines, but that's not what they're referring to). They're also a reprint market, paying the same 2 USc/word all fiction subs. Poetry is 25 USc/line up to $25.

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - The Arcanist Magazine (via @The_Arcanists)

Now this is a great day - a new, pro(ish)-paying market for flash speculative fiction, 'The Arcanist'. I already love it.

Fantasy and sci-fi stories are incredibly engaging for audiences of all ages. Look at the impact The Lord of the Rings has on pop culture or how Nineteen Eighty-Four still informs the masses today. These stories are important, entertaining, and thought-provoking. They deserve more platforms.

We are that new platform. There are many Medium-based lit mags out there, but rarely any that focus solely on these genres. Those days are over, friends. The Arcanist is a place devoted to SF/F content primed for a digital reader on the go. It’s also a place where writers can get paid for their work, which we feel is super important because, you know, bills and takeout are important aspects of life.

The Arcanist pays $50/USD per piece for flash fiction up to 1,000 words and is open to submissions now. They accept simultaneous submissions and up to 3 subs at a time.

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - A Hand of Knaves Anthology

CSFG Publications opened last week to submissions for their latest anthology . 'A Hand of Knaves'. They're after stories about 'rogues, thieves, pirates and ne’er-do-wells':

We want to discover passion, righteous indignation, and the depths of one thief’s hatred of another. How far will the lure of gold, revenge, or the promise of a midnight tryst push one toward the brink of what is honourable, and that which lies beyond? What horrors await a scoundrel who goes too far?
Han and Chewie, Arya Stark, Captain Jack Harkness, Koen “Cleverman” West, Deadpool, Imperator Furiosa and Captain Jack Sparrow are all fantastic examples of what we want for A Hand of Knaves. You might notice our list isn’t made up entirely of able-bodied, straight, white dudes. That’s important to us. We want this anthology to reflect the rich diversity of the human race and our imaginations. Amaze us with thrilling new worlds, adventures, and characters with unique faults and quirks.

They're after speculative swash-buckling fiction up to 5,000 words, paying $30 AUD and 2 contributor copies at least, with additional payment depending on their fundraising round. They're restricted to submissions from Australian residents, however.

The anthology opens to subs from August 1, 2017, and they'll read up to three pieces per author, so load yer story cannons and fire a broadside of... oh look, I don't really know where I'm going with that metaphor.

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - Fantastic Trains: An anthology of Phantasmagorical Engines and Rail Riders - Sept 30, 2017


Last week EDGE opened up to an interesting anthology, 'Fantastic Trains: Fantastic Trains: An anthology of Phantasmagorical Engines and Rail Riders':

Does a train whistle in the distance make you excited, wistful, or afraid? Trains have fired the imaginations of many people, especially writers. Anna Karenina, Night on the Galactic Railroad, The Signal Man, Strangers on a Train, The Lady Vanishes, Murder on the Orient Express all use trains as their main setting, not to mention the trains in children’s books—like Thomas the Tank Engine, The Little Engine that Could, and The Polar Express.

They're after speculative fiction up to 5,000 words, paying $50CAD flat for the first 1,500, and then an additional few cents per word (it's 20c/7 words, if you want to get really technical). Max pay is $150CAD but preferences are for shorter works.

There's a (fun, in my opinion) thematic requirement beyond Trains, too:.

THE TWIST: The Locomotifs
We’re looking for an author to choose one or more archetypal minor characters from the following list and interpret them through the lens of their story (their time, place, genre, etc.) as purely background characters, or, if you want, a main or POV character.
They can be combined too into a composite type character. An author would not HAVE to choose more than one, but one of these must pass through your story. (You will need to mention who you’ve chosen on your submission, under your contact information, using the letter(s) appropriate.) These characters are not named, nor is there any requirement for nationality, gender, race, ability/disability, gender expression, etc.
[List of 10 archetypes goes here - check the site out for details]
Also, do not think that you need to try to fit in all ten. That’s like trying to meet everyone riding on your train. You can do it, but it takes too much time away from you. Authors, of course, are free to develop their story on their own—but they should allow one of these kinds of characters to board their train, even if for a fleeting reference.

They're open until end of September 2017, so get choo-choo-choosing.

(Note: I do not apologise for that pun)

Literarium listing can be found here:

Monday Markets - Breach (via @BartholemewFord)

It's always good to welcome new magazines, and today it's Breach, an online magazine that has just published Issue #1.

Breach is an online magazine for SF, horror and dark fantasy short fiction. Our focus is on new and emerging Australian and New Zealand writers and artists, and helping them get their work out into the world. Breach publishes SF, horror and dark fantasy short fiction from NZ and Australian authors.

They pay 1c/word for fiction from 500-2,000 words, $5 for single-page poetry, and up to $20 for art. Go and support small publishing!

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - Crimson Streets Magazine (HT: @kat_clay)

For the pulp fiction afficionados among you, check out Crimson Streets.

Crimson Streets is looking for fiction with a focus on action and atmosphere over characterization. Stores can fall into the adventure, aviation, detective/mystery, fantasy, hard-boiled, gangster, horror/occult, masked vigilante, noir, railroad, romance/spicy, and war genres. We publish everything that could fall under the banner of pulp with the exception of Science Fiction and Westerns. Science Fiction and Westerns are special cases and deserve their own homes. That’s not to say that stories from other genres couldn’t have Science Fiction or Western elements, after all where would Dick Tracy be without his wrist radio or a mad scientist be without his planet destroying device? .

Crimson Streets pays 1c/USD for fiction from 800 to 6,000 words, and is looking for art and articles too.

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - Mother of Invention anthology - 31 Aug 2017 (via @12thPlanetPress)

Twelfth Planet Press has a new anthology open, after editors Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael hit their KickStarter goal. Mother of Invention is open now and is after:

...diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics.

From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of Interest, the fictional landscape so often frames cisgender men as the creators of artificial life, leading to the same kinds of stories being told over and over. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species.

How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary? If necessity is the mother of invention, what exciting AI might come to exist in the hands of a more diverse range of innovators? 

Submission are open now for unpublished flash fiction and short stories from 500 to 5,000 words, paying pro rates of 6c/USD per word. Get your inventive submissions in by the end of August!

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - Liminality Magazine

It's always great to see dedicated speculative fiction poetry magazines, so we've just found and added Liminality:

Liminality is an online quarterly magazine of speculative poetry edited by Shira Lipkin and Mattie Joiner. We are very pleased to meet you. We’re looking for speculative literary poems that touch the heart as much as the head; poems of the liminal, the fluid, and the fantastic. We’d love to see work that shifts shape, refuses to be to be easily pinned down or categorised. We actively welcome diversity; we want to hear new as well as established voices. Tell us tales we thought we knew, the way only you can tell them. Give us new myths.

They're after up to 3 poems, paying $10/piece.

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - The Offing Magazine (via @theoffingmag)

The Offing magazine publishes a wide range of art, poetry, essays and short fiction, and they pay!

The Offing is a place for new and emerging writers to test their voices, and for established writers to test their limits. The Offing actively seeks out and supports work by and about those often marginalized in literary spaces, including Black and Indigenous people, and people of color; trans people, cis women, agender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, two-spirit, and non-binary people; intersex people; LGBQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual/aromantic) people; people with disabilities; and especially people living at the intersections of these identities

They use Submittable, so unfortunately you're beholden to Submittable's (frankly unacceptable) submission fee, but that's not really the magazine's fault. They are after micro-fiction up to 560 characters, art, poetry and essays of any (reasonable) length, and pay between $20-$50 USD depending on the type of work you're submitting. It's a beautiful site, so check it out.

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - A Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror - Jan 2018 (via @lethepress)

Lethe Press is looking for tales of opulent horror for their anthology: 'A Midas Clutch':

Lethe is seeking weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we're celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life...they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot. For an excellent example, we recommend "Dirty American" by Lara Elena Donnelly or "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" by Poppy Z. Brite. Our preference is for stories that are contemporary but we are willing to read and purchase a few historical tales.

They're after short fiction between 4,000 and 14,000 words, paying 5c/word for original, and 2c/word for exceptional reprints. You have a lot of lead time here - they're closing in January of 2018.

Check it out here:

Monday Markets - Trouble the Water: Tales from the Blue anthology, Nov 1 2017 (via @rosariumpub)

Here's an exciting new pro (and reprint) paying anthology coming up from Rosarium Publishing: Trouble the Waters:

TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue will be a new anthology of water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth.

They're after short fiction from 2,500 to 7,000 words, paying 6c per word for originals, and 2c per word for reprints. The cover is amazing too!

You have until November 1, so get writing!

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - Argot Magazine (via @argotmagazine)

Argot Magazine is actively looking for submissions:

We’re interested in writing and visual art that spans the worlds of queer culture, the feminine narrative, marginalized communities, and politics and culture.

Are you an engineer struggling to succeed in a sexist environment? A non-binary cosplayer who’s found your perfect nerd community? A teacher with lupus who constantly questions how much to divulge about your disability?

We’re interested in the margins, in questions of alienation and community building, but it doesn’t stop there. Tell us about your activism, your healing moments, your isolation and danger.

They're paying for poetry, fiction and non-fiction fiction for a queer audience. Shorter pieces start at $50 and they max out at $250 USD for 4,000 word long-form works (just on 6 1/4c per word). Support paying literary mags!

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief - Aug 15, 2017 (via @radixmedia)

Radix Media is reading for their upcoming anthology, 'Aftermath':

[...] an anthology that will examine what it means to face the consequences after tragedy strikes. The theme is left intentionally open, giving contributors the freedom to tell their story as it is most relevant to their experiences.
[We] strongly encourage typically underrepresented voices to submit. If you are a person of color, queer, trans, disabled, or any combination of these, we would especially love to hear from you.

They're after unpublished fiction and non-fiction between 500 and 3,000 words (paying 6 US c/word). Poetry pieces are $35, and they accept comics and visual art at $10 per page (or $50 per work, whichever is greater)

Dates close August 15, so if you have a piece ready or in mind, submit, submit, submit!

Literarium link here:


Monday Markets - Bawajigan: Stories of Power Anthology - Oct 1, 2017

Only for indigenous authors, and mostly for Canadian ones, but narrow demographics don't scare us here at Literarium:

Are dreams merely wish fulfillment? Can they offer healing, guidance or insight through psycho-analysis? What do dreams reveal or conceal? Are they another level of reality? Do computers, AI entities, or androids dream? Are we living inside of a holographic universe? What do animals or monsters or ghosts or devils dream about? What if two people had the same dream? What if there were predators that stalked our dreams? What if designer-dreams became just another product to sell? Do dream-worlds exist? Are dreams multi-dimensional or cross-dimensional realities? Who is that dream-man or dream-woman? What if a dream came true? What if they always came true? Do places incite specific times of dreaming? Are we our ancestors’ wildest dream come true?

They're after short fiction up to 5,000 words, paying 5c CAD/word. They'll accept stories in indigenous languages if accompanied by an English translation, and will accept submissions from non-Canadians, although due to government art funding 90% of their authors must be Canadian or expats paying tax to Canada. Hey, at least their government is offering funding, right?

Check them out here:

Monday Markets - Year's Best Body Horror - Aug 2017 (via @GehennaBooks)

I don't want to make it look like we're just pushing horror markets here, but hey, have another horror market! Gehenna and Hinnom Press are after body horror submissions for their first anthology:

We are seeking stories for this anthology that are of a Cronenberg-style theme. If you don’t know who David Cronenberg is, we suggest watching clips or the entire length of films such as Videodrome, The Fly, and Scanners.

Genres can meld together. Science fiction, horror, weird fiction, cosmic horror, fantasy, all of these are acceptable as long as the stories don’t deviate from the body horror nature of the anthology.


They're looking for flash and short fiction between 250 and 8,000 words, including reprints. Pay is a token 3c per 10 words, with a minimum of $5 USD for pieces 2,000 words and below. I've done the math for you and it caps out around the $25 mark.

Literarium listing here: