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: https://literarium.net/market/the-book-smugglers/awakenings