Literary

Monday Markets - Untitled Tales anthology - Dec 31, 2018 (via @InklingsPress)

Inklings Press is heading back to their roots and are looking for stories to fill their fantasy-themed anthology, which is currently title-less:

Fantasy was where we began - and fantasy is where our next anthology will take us. 

We want you to dare to dream. We want you to imagine fantasy worlds that will surprise, that will excite. 

It’s a simple proposition: they are paying $50 USD per piece, and are looking for short stories ‘around’ 5,000 words on the theme (I’m hedging that and going to put down 2,500-7,500 - hopefully that’s close enough for them).

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/inklings-press/untitled-tales-anthology

Monday Markets - SunLit Story Time podcast

SunLit Fiction is taking submissions for their weekly podcast, SunLit Story Time:

Feel Great Test: This guideline defines us. We publish stories that make us feel great when we read them. No exceptions. This does not necessarily mean a happy ending. Forrest Gump did not have a thoroughly happy ending, but we feel great every time we watch the movie.

They pay $100 USD for each week’s accepted submission, accept simultaneous submissions, and will tell you why they reject your story (in the unlikely change they do!). They do seem to have a G-rating focus in terms of content, so check out the guidelines to be sure.

Listing here: https://literarium.net/market/sunlit-fiction/sunlit-story-time/

Monday Markets - Terse Journal (via @tersejournal)

Terse Journal is an example of what we need to see more of in this industry. They’re a tiny experimental journal, run for the love, not for profit and all that jazz, but (insert gasps), they pay their contributors.

Notably in their own guidelines page:

Do ya pay?

Yes. Neither of us have much in the way of resources, but we feel writers should receive a show of good faith for publishing with us. We also do this to pressure outlets with more resources to pay their writers. 

I’d say that one day I’ll stop beating this dead horse: that you shouldn’t start a magazine unless you can pay your contributors, your content producers, even a token amount. Unfortunately this metaphorical horse is still very much alive, and so I shall continue to inflict metaphorical beatings upon it.

Anyway, let’s return to our sheep. Terse Journal is a magazine looking for your experimental and multiple-media submissions:

What topics/themes are you looking for?

 worlding, futures, identity, technology, hyperreality, embodiment, healing, mourning, the tarot/divination, memory, small press culture, captivity/confinement/incarceration, disability

 What mediums can I use in this space?

 poetry (erasure poetry, found poetry, experimental poetry, all poetry!), collage, critical essays (academic-style essays are considered), reviews, interviews, mixed media, audio recordings, visual art (drawings, paintings, photographs), creative non-fiction, science fiction, flash fiction, letters, mix tapes

They pay a token flat $10 USD for all submissions, and they accept simultaneous submissions. Check them out at our listing for all the detail: https://literarium.net/market/terse-journal/terse-journal

Monday Markets - Zooscape Zine (via @zooscape_zine)

Zooscape is looking for anthropomorphic animal short fiction:

All stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks. We love science-fiction with animal-like aliens and fantasy with talking dragons, unicorns, or witch familiars. We are interested in underrepresented voices. If you have personal experience relevant to your story, feel free to mention it in your cover letter. For instance, if your story is about a space unicorn and you are a space unicorn (or a research biologist who studies space unicorns), let us know. We welcome and will be looking for diverse voices. We are not interested in stories that give voice to racist or sexist ideologies

They pay up to $60 for stories up to 10,000 words (6c/word up to 1,000 words), and $25 for reprints. If you have a talking velociraptor story that needs a home, check them out.

Literarium listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/zooscape/zooscape

Monday Markets - Curse the Darkness - Dec 31, 2018 (via @unlitpress)

Curse the Darkness is Unlit Press’s first anthology (and a working title):

We’re throwing our doors wide open and inviting submissions on the theme of darkness. That could be the absence of light, the presence of evil, or the sinister thoughts of the afflicted. However you choose to interpret the theme, just make sure you leave us afraid to turn out the lights.

We’re looking for stories with compelling characters, sparkling dialogue, and strong, original voices. Send us stories that step off the well-trod paths into the unlit wilderness of the unusual, the interesting, and the provocative.

Stories need to match the theme and be from 3,000 to 10,000 words. Payment is a flat 75GBP/story + a contributor’s copy. You have until the end of the year to get something creepy in!

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/unlit-press/curse-the-darkness

Monday Markets - The Moment - Nov 15, 2018 (via @djed_press)

Djed Press is starting a new 12 month series of poetry by Australian poets of colour, with a particular focus on First Nations writers:

With every day bringing us news stories straight from hell, is it surprising that we’re reading and sharing poetry more than ever before? Whether to still the chaos or give it expression, poetry is having an incredible moment. And First Nations and/or other poets of colour are the undeniable leaders of this change. Over twelve months, Djed Press will feature a mix of emerging and established poets for our new series The Moment. Each month, one poet will be invited to write a brand new poem in response to whatever they think is current, pressing, troubling, or striking about our cultural moment. Each poet will also take part in a small Q&A about their work and practice for publication on Djed.

Djed Press is looking for expressions of interest, listing your background and including samples of your work. If your query results in being selected as one of the poets for the ‘The Moment’ series, you’ll be approached some time during the next year to write an original piece. Payment is $75AUD/poem.

Note: a reminder that this demographic is limited to Australian authors.

Our listing lies yonder: https://literarium.net/market/djed-press/the-moment

Monday Markets - Urban Crime/American Gothic Anthologies - Oct 14, 2018 (via @flametreetweet)

Flame Tree Press is a very consistent producer of anthologies, and they are reading for two new publications until October 14th, 2018.

Look, I figure if I give you two anthologies to submit to, it makes up for the short notice. Deal?

Urban Crime: Stories from this collection will feature gritty murders on the streets of London and Paris, horrors in dark alleys, as well as many more scenes from urban crime that elicit a dark curiosity. Think classic authors such as Edgar Wallace and E.W. Hornung.

American Gothic: With handsome young men who never grow old, and the strangest of relatives appearing from dark corridors and long shadows, the frenzied imagination of the American Gothic is a fertile theme for this new anthology in the Gothic fantasy short story series.

Flame Tree pays pro rates of 6 USD c/word, which is good, but there is even better news: they accept simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, AND will pay pro rates for both unpublished work and reprints. 6c/w for reprints is amazing, so take advantage of this if you have some good work to match the theme.

Urban Crime listing here: https://literarium.net/market/flame-tree-publishing/urban-crime

American Gothic here: https://literarium.net/market/flame-tree-publishing/american-gothic

Monday Markets - Ashes and Entropy - Sep 30, 2018

Nightscape Press is opening up for the last two slots in its anthology Ashes and Entropy:

We're looking for phenomenal, original and gritty cosmic horror and noir (or neo-noir) stories with a strong emotional core. The content guidelines for this book are open for interpretation however, so don't be afraid to color outside of the lines. Great writing, originality and pushing these genres to new heights will get you to the top of the slush pile faster than anything else.

There are 2 slots open for short stories on the theme up to 6,000 words, paying 6c USD/word! The editors are looking for writers from underrepresented groups [I quote: (women, people of color, LGBTQ persons, disabled persons, etc.)], so although there isn’t much time to write from scratch, if you have something ready get submitting!

Our listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/nightscape-press/ashes-and-entropy/

Monday Markets - Concrete Dreams - Dec 1, 2018

Prospective Press is about to Kickstart an anthology of Urban Fantasy, Concrete Dreams:

This anthology has an open call for manuscripts for a total anticipated length of 120k. Open for any Urban Fantasy ("Modern" fantasy, essentially fantasy set in the era of paved roads) submission with a magic and gears flavor. Juried. Accepted authors are expected to participate in anthology promotion during the Kickstarter campaign.

They're after 5,000 to 10,000 word fiction, paying at least 4c USD per word. Note that they do want the authors to participate in the anthology promotion so you might want to clarify what this means before you submit. You have until the first of December and their website says they’ll respond within 6 weeks.

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/prospective-press/concrete-dreams

Monday Markets - Constellary Tales

Constellary Tales is open to submission:

Named in homage to the master work of Geoffrey Chaucer, Constellary Tales casts the centuries-old tradition of storytelling across time and space. Our editorial mission is to find and share great speculative fiction stories that are, above all, simply great stories. (Prose can by stylish, but it doesn’t have to be. Characters can be complex, except when a story demands them to be painted with a coarse brush. But a driving narrative is a sine qua non.)

We love SF stories that carry characters from their beginning to their end. That take the reader along on the journey of discovery (or loss, or redemption, or whatever). And of course, they have to be speculative. The name “Constellary” betrays our love for science fiction, but we’re fans of fantasy too.

They're paying pro-rates of 0.06 US cents per word for shorter stories (from 1,000 to 3,500 Words), and there's a podcast too.

Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/constellary-tales/constellary-tales/

Monday Markets - Bubble Off Plumb - Sep 30, 2018

Feral Cat Publishing is reading for their 'Bubble Off Plumb' anthology:

Theme: “Bubble Off Plumb” (BOP) is a colloquial expression for things being not quite right. We’re looking for original fiction short stories of such a nature; odd, unsettling, full of twists, etc. All genres are welcome, if you have a story which doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere else, we might be the home for it! If you’re not sure a story is odd enough: submit it. We know BOP when we see it. If you submit a love story about a dreamy vampire meeting up with a young person, it had better be damn good! 

They pay 0.03 US cents per word for short story and flash pieces (from 1,000 to 5,000 Words). They're open to quality reprints, too, which makes for a nice opportunity, as reprint markets aren't that common. In addition to payment they also offer pro-rata royalties on profits, as well as a contributor copy + discounts on additional print copies.

Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/feral-cat-publishers/bubble-off-plumb

Monday Markets - John Silence Anthology - Sep 30, 2018

It's great to see Kickstarter.com helping get more niche-y projects off the ground. This one is a tie-in collection to an RPG set in an alternative 20th-C noir America. It looks like the stories and poems that are accepted will be scattered through the roleplaying core book, which is cool!:

The John Silence RPG & Anthology is a collective projective [re-envisioning] Algernon Blackwood's "John Silence" short stories to focus on non-white/POC/ethnically and racially marginalized psychic detectives in an alternate American noir setting spanning the 1920s to the 1990s. The core rules by Josh Jordan for the collaborative, non-violent gameplay will make up part of the anthology. The other half is stories and poems in settings focusing on the adventures and lives of these psychic detectives and their dealings with the Unseen World.
[The] setting isn't just weird noir into the 50s. Show me your Cold War immigrant kid pieces and your indigenous resistance songs, an alternate 1970s-- wander far afield in time, as well as locale. Psychic Monsters visit Mobile and Fresno as well as New York and New Orleans. 

It's narrowly focused, but if that narrow focus encompasses your interests and writing, it might be perfect. They're open until September 30th, paying 6c/word for fiction up to 6,000 words, and $30 USD flat per poetry piece.

Also fun:

Please play with with form! Diary entries, letters, fake newspaper entries, police reports, something weirder -- all are welcome. Surprise me with your form play. All stories must center on a ethnically marginalized person grappling with their psychic abilities (or lack thereof in a world where they're needed?) and the fact that violence cannot fix the problems created by the creatures on the other side of the veil or drive them away.

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/ginger-goat-press/john-silence

And if you want to check out the original (now funded) Kickstarter project, check it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1080999837/john-silence/description

Monday Markets - Zizzle (via @zizzlelit)

Zizzle is open to flash fiction for a young audience:

At Zizzle we look for stories that will surprise, move, and amuse both young and mature imaginative minds. We like fiction that dives deep into meaning and resists banality. We believe the moral, if any, of a great story should evolve naturally from within and not be imposed from without. We embrace new perspectives to the nuanced joys and tensions in children’s daily lives and imaginations. We are open to pieces that defy traditional storytelling. Tasteful humor and a strong voice always appeal to us.

They're paying 100 USD per story for flash fiction between 500 and 1,200 words. If you write for younger audiences, check it out.

Listing here: https://literarium.net/market/zizzle/zizzle

Monday Markets - Blood Bound Books anthologies (via @bloodboundbooks)

Blood Bound Books is open to two horror anthologies with very different themes:

Crash Code:

The future is now. At least, that’s what we’re told, but the more advanced technology gets, the more ways people find to hurt each other.  Many say that technology changes the way we define ‘human.’ In this anthology, we’ll erase the definition entirely.

And Burnt Fur:

We’re looking for stories from the dark underbelly of Furry life. The Pooka who is not only invisible to everyone but Elwood Dowd (“Harvey”), but who is also slaughtering the neighborhood pets. The talking porcupine who uses an ancient form of acupuncture to mind-control the humans into a sex/blood cult. The couple who dress up as wolves, go to Furry cons, and actually eat people dressed as prey animals. You get the idea.

Burnt Fur is closing September 1, and Crash Code is open until October 1. They both accept work between 1,500 and 7,000 words, paying 3USc/word.

If these are themes that sound up your alley, send your stories in!

Our listings here:

https://literarium.net/market/blood-bound-books/burnt-fur

https://literarium.net/market/blood-bound-books/crash-code

Monday Markets - Talem Press (via @WritersEdit)

Talem Press, a fantasy publisher imprint of Writer's Edit, is open to full length fantasy manuscript submissions until October 12, 2018. They promise to get back to all submissions within 3 weeks, so this might be a good avenue to submit your manuscript and not have it tied up in a pile somewhere for 6 months:

Talem Press publishes fantasy fiction that empowers its readers. It's a house that's particularly passionate about unlikely heroines, mysterious magic and out-of-this-world story-telling.

They don't specify payment terms but I would assume that would be negotiated upon successful submission. Similarly, they only mention full length manuscripts so I've ballparked that as Novella and Novels. Feel free to correct the listing as you get more information!

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/writers-edit/talem-press/1

 

Monday Markets - Three Crows Magazine (via @magazinecrows)

There's a brand new just-starting-up market for speculative fiction: Three Crows Magazine:

We at Three Crows want your stories set in dark, weird, and gritty fantasy, horror, and sci-fi setting, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions. Think of a lovechild of Andjei Sapkowski, Naomi Novik, Joe Abercombie, Geroge R.R. Martin, H.P. Lovecraft, and China Mieville.

Note however that:

  • Slavic folklore and setting are of highest priority

They're only new, so are paying $25USD/story (note, magazines-that-don't-pay-writers, that even just a token payment shows that your magazine values its content creators). Fiction up to 4,000 words is being considered, and although they are generally open to submissions, if you want to be considered for Issue 1 you need to get your submission in by Aug 22, 2018.

Note also that they're accepting work in English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and German!

Our listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/three-crows-magazine/three-crows-magazine

Monday Markets - Resisting Fascism anthology - Aug 15 (via @crossedgenres)

While we can still publish freely, why not support a small anthology on the spec fiction subject of Resisting Fascism. Crossed Genres is opening for their new anthology:

For our first microanthology, we’re looking for science fiction and fantasy stories about Resisting Fascism – a subject already appearing in many writers’ recent works. Whatever that may look like, small scale rebellion or worldwide revolution; set in any time period past, present or future, or even in alternate universes.  

It's a quick submission window - submissions close Aug 15, 2018. They're after spec fiction on the theme from 250-8000 words, paying 7c USD per word! No reprints or simultaneous subs, yo.

Check it here: https://literarium.net/market/crossed-genre-publications/resisting-fascism

Monday Markets - Fantastica Prize 2018 (via @BrioPublishing)

The Fantastica Prize is open again! They're after SF works of 30,000 words or greater:

Science fiction, not fantasy. Anything high-tech, low-tech or even a no-tech post-apoc setting. Stories set on a generation ship, on a futuristic terra firma or on a planet a million light years away. Works that start with a bang, blow our minds and subvert our expectations.  

Entries are open to Australian and New Zealand residents until the end of Jan 2019. The prize is $2000AUD, and publication through Brio - which includes 25% royalties on print and 50% royalties on eBooks (the prize money is not an advance on royalties, if you were wondering).

Get your info here: https://literarium.net/market/brio-books/fantastica-prize

Monday Markets - Growing Up Queer in Australia (via @blackincbooks)

I had the day off yesterday so this post is a little late. But it's still Monday in America I think. So, let's go with an Australia themed market!

'Growing up Queer in Australia' is a new anthology being collected by Black Inc Books, and editing by Benjamin Law:

We are looking for first-person pieces about growing up as a member of the queer (LGBTIQ) community, however you identify. These can be in any tone, style or format but we are not looking for scholarly works. What we hope to receive is honest, original and personal nonfiction from people of all ages and backgrounds. We are particularly interested in pieces that defy, question or shed light on the many stereotypes that currently exist about our vibrant extended community. Editor Benjamin Law says: ‘If in doubt, write the story you wish you’d read growing up.’

They're after non-fiction between 1,000-4,000 words on the topic, and paying for your work (the details to be discussed with successful authors). The deadline is Sept 3.

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/black-inc-books/growing-up-queer-in-australia

Monday Markets - Subtropics Journal (via @subtropicsmag)

A recent article on The Millions (I won't link it here, check the twitter feed) discussed why writers shouldn't expect literary magazines to pay them. Rather than argue about it, I'm posting a paying literary magazine! Subtropics is run by the University of Florida, and opening next for submissions on September 15:

Subtropics seeks to publish the best literary fiction, essays, and poetry being written today, both by established and emerging authors. We will consider works of fiction of any length, from short shorts to novellas and self-contained novel excerpts. We give the same latitude to essays. We appreciate work in translation and, from time to time, republish important and compelling stories, essays, and poems that have lapsed out of print.

Subtropics accepts fiction, non-fiction and poetry, paying $1000 USD per piece ($500 for short-shorts) and $100 per poem. Because they use Submittable there's a $3 USD platform submission charge (have I mentioned how outrageous I find Submittable's fees?).

The journal recommends you read an issue to get a feel of the magazine before you submit.

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/the-university-of-florida/subtropics