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:

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: