Literary

Monday Markets - The Working Zealot's Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America - June 5, 2018

FearBot3000 is the voice of the cross-media publishing empire, 'The Cockroach Conservatory', which is reading for Volume 1 of their publishing project list:

What are we looking for? Weird stories about cults, capitalism, working stiffs, and weirdos. We like bizarro. We like horror. We like our sci-fi and fantasy on the weirder side. We like humor. Think Joe R. Lansdale. Think Victor Pelevin. Think Brian Keene. Think Jessica McHugh. Really. This is a loosey-goosey guideline. The title obfuscates as much as it reveals. We know. It was done on purpose. Cults! Murder! Capitalism! Take it and run. 

FearBot3000 is paying pro-rates of 6 US c/word for fiction on the theme up to 3,000 words, and $10 USD per poem for up to 3 poems.

Literarium link here: https://literarium.net/market/the-cockroach-conservatory/the-working-zealot-s-guide-to-gaining-capital-in-pre-apocalyptic-america/

 

Monday Markets - Eyedolon Magazine - Weird is Other People - July 1, 2018 (via @brokeneyebooks)

Eyedolon Magazine is open to submissions for its second issue!

We are now open to original short stories of urban weird fiction (so stories about cities and dealing with the complexity that is other people) for the upcoming Nowhereville: Weird is Other People. 

These are modern weird tales (give or take a few decades) that could only be told of the weirdness of the urban experience and our interactions with one another..

Pay is a professional 8 US c/word, for short fiction on the theme between 3,000 and 7,500 words. You have until July first to get your submissions in!

You can also support the magazine here via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/brokeneyebooks

Literarium link here: https://literarium.net/market/broken-eye-books/eyedolon-magazine

 

Monday Markets - Victoria University Short Story Prize for new Writers - June 11, 2018 (via @overlandjournal)

The annual Victoria University Short Story prize for new Writers is open and you have until June 11 to get your story in:

This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers in Australia. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in the spring issue of Overland.

Ok look they stole my thunder because there isn't much more detail about what they want than that. So, the first prize is a huge $6000 AUD with two $1000 follow-up prizes, for fiction up to 3,000 words. You're eligible if you are an Australian writer who has no more than 1 book in commercial distribution. There is an entrance fee, but this can be combined with a subscription (clever subscription drive you got going there, Overland!)

Note: last year they had over 800 entries!

Check the listing here: https://literarium.net/market/overland/victoria-university-short-story-prize-for-new-and-emerging-writers

Monday Markets - GRIMM, GRIT, AND GASOLINE Anthology - Aug 1, 2018 (via @worldweaver_wwp)

A proper heads up this time! World Weaver Press is going to open in August 2018 for their new Dieselpunk/Fairy tale extravagance, 'GRIMM, GRIT, AND GASOLINE: An anthology of Dieselpunk and Decopunk Fairy Tales':

Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history reimaginings of the WWI and WWII eras beginning with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and ending before the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’m looking for tales with the grit of roaring bombers, rumbling tanks, of 'We Can Do It', the Great Depression and old time gangsters or the glamour (real or imagined) of flappers, Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz, elegant cars and Radio City Music Hall.

Editor Rhonda Parrish is reading for short stories up to 7,500 words, paying $50 USD per story (they're looking at raising more with a Kickstarter). So, given that I've let you have more than say...a week's notice...get your creativity on!

Literarium link here: https://literarium.net/market/worldweaver-press/grimm-grit-and-gasoline-an-anthology-of-dieselpunk-and-decopunk-fairy-tales/

Monday Markets - Tough (via @tough_crime)

Quick one today! Tough is still looking for submissions:

Tough is a crime fiction journal. We are particularly interested in stories with rural settings and stories that intersect with the weird or occult. Our book reviews will reflect these interests.

They're after short stories/novel excerpts between 1,500 and 7,500 words, paying a flat USD$25 per submission. They also occasionally want book reviews up to 1,500 words.

Literarium listings here: https://literarium.net/market/tough/tough

Monday Markets - Gypsum Sound presents Colp and Thuggish Itch (via @gypsumsound)

It's unusual for me to highlight a publisher instead of a magazine or market associated with that publisher, but I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone! Gypsum Sound is a publishing house out of Sydney, and they are reading for the first issues of their magazines, 'Colp' and 'Thuggish Itch':

.We are an up and coming publishing house based out of Sydney, Australia. Writing is our thing, and, if you're here, we're guessing that it is yours too. Specialising in short stories and novellas, our aim is to get great fiction out into the public forum so that you, the reader, can enjoy it just as much as we have.

Our two digital publications, Colp and Thuggish Itch, are designed to give every author, no matter their experience or background, the opportunity to get their work out there. We'll give any submitted story a read so please don't hesitate to send your work through to us via the submissions page.

'Colp' is reading for fiction between 1,000-5,000 words, paying $5 for work under 1,500 and $10 above that. Colp's first issue is on the theme, 'The Passage of Time' and closes April 30.

Colp is our 'anything goes' anthology collection. Expect to see a little bit of this and a little bit of that within each issue, so feel free to submit stories from any genre.

'Thuggish Itch' is for the speculative writers among us, looking for 1,000-6,000 words and paying $5 up to 2,000 and $10 above that. Their first issue is themed, 'Viva Las Vegas' and closes June 30.

Yes, these are token rates, but there are plenty of publishers who don't pay at all, so support them if you can!

Literarium listings here: https://literarium.net/market/gypsum-sound-tales

Monday Markets - Speculative Masculinity - April 15, 2018 (via @gallibooks, HT: @DaleCLowry)

Galli Books is reading for a fascinating speculative fiction (and essay, and poetry) anthology: 

.Masculinity has, almost since the category of speculative fiction emerged in the early 20th century, been a concern of fiction written in the genre. A culturally dominant, Western, toxic form of masculinity has dominated storytelling in speculative fiction. In worlds as varied and diverse as the distant past of magical worlds and the far future of this one, models of maleness and masculinity tend to be the same toxic form of masculinity that dominates modern Western culture. We want to interrogate that model of masculinity, to problematise it, and to question it; we want to see other possible models of masculinity, models not centred on dominance and violence and repression of feelings; other role models for men. We are looking for fiction, essays and poetry which do this.

They're after short fiction up to 7,500 words, and essays up to 3,000, as well as poetry, for speculative fiction exploring the topic! Poetry and essays collect a semi-pro rate, but they're paying £0.08 per word for fiction, which is excellent.

They're closing very soon though, so see if you have any suitable stories in your catalog (or write really quickly).

Literarium listings here: https://literarium.net/market/galli-books/speculative-masculinities/

Monday Markets - Stilts Journal (via @stiltsjournal)

Here's one from my hometown of Brisbane:

In 2018, Stilts relaunches as a renovated poetry journal. The original Stilts, publishing in print and online, was established in 2011 and is archived online.
Stilts is looking to read high quality, unpublished poems.

Their first issue is now live, and for some reason I got the impression that their three-yearly reading periods were in April, August and December. Currently, their submissions page says they are closed to submissions, but if they do open in April it's bound to be soon. They're looking at up to 3 pieces of poetry, paying Australian authors (sorry, internationals) $40AUD per poem, which is actually pretty decent.

Keep an eye out for this one!

Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/stilts-journal/stilts-journal/

Monday Markets - Baby, It's Cold Outside Anthology - July 1, 2018 (via @CoffinHop)

Coffin Hop Press is reading for their new Holiday-season inspired crime anthology, 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'. Specifically:

Dark, deadly and noirish tales of holiday havoc and yuletide woe.
[...] We are looking for holiday (I.E. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc.) themed CRIME stories ONLY.

Editor Robert Bose is looking to fill 2-3 spots with themed short crime fiction up to 5,000 words, paying $150 Canadian per piece. The submission window closes July 1 with a projected publication date in November. Get writing!

Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/coffin-hop-press/baby-it-s-cold-outside

Monday Markets - Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents - May 31, 2018

'Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents' is a new print/online art project looking to fill their first issue with 'Ice Culture' (the frozen water, not the drug):

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents [is] available online and in print. The publication [includes] work by writers, artists and musicians from around the world, addressing a focused theme. This project intends to extend the global conversation around culture, race, gender, social justice, beauty, place, people, family, community and love. 

For the first issue, we are seeking the following addressing the theme of "Ice Culture":

We are seeking work that features the physical and spiritual beauty of our world's ice, explores the life of the people and cultures that are connected to the ice from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and addresses important political issues related to ice. 

They're after non-fiction and fiction up to 2,000 words, as well as up to three poems, or 3 pieces of visual art, photography, and even music. Payment is a flat $50 USD to all contributors. Deadline is May 31, and their next theme (if you aren't a fan of ice) will be 'The City'.

The Literarium listing lies beyond the link: https://literarium.net/market/black-coffee-and-vinyl-presents/black-coffee-and-vinyl-presents

 

Monday Markets - Visions Magazine - April 15, 2018

Visions Magazine is a print magazine open now for their first issue:

[Our] first issue will centre on the concept of home in the broadest sense, from the physical structure to the social construct. For instance, we hope the stories will revisit what the notion of home is – a house, a planet, a device? – and what it means to feel at home or homesick. What do we mean by home? How does the concept of home adapts as the world around us changes at a radical pace?
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They're paying pro-market rates in GBP (so 4-5p/word) for speculative fiction up to (roughly) 5,000 words, and accept multiple short pieces as long as they add up to about the same length. They're reading until April 15, so get submitting!

(Easter egg: if you click through to their original site you can download the cool font on the right. They dug it back up from the 60s specifically for the magazine)

Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/visions/visions

 

Monday Markets - Monsters of Any Kind Anthology - July 10, 2018

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What a cool cover!

Independent Legions Publishing (producing lines in both Italian and English), are reading for a new horror anthology called 'Monsters of Any Kind':

We’re looking for horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.

They're after short fiction between 3,500 and 5000 words, paying $100 USD. The market closes July 10, giving you some time to organise yourself.

Literarium listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/independent-legions-publishing/monsters-of-any-kind/

 

Monday Markets - Force of Nature Anthology - Mar 31

Lynne Jamneck is reading for a new weird nature anthology that sounds pretty cool:

There is something inherently weird in our behaviour toward Nature. Two distinct energies, two conscious mentalities, humanity and the natural world find themselves at loggerheads. Can we be held accountable if – as part of nature ourselves – we are driven by the need for survival, the way all species are? And if the answer is no, should we not anticipate that Nature will do the same?

Force of Nature (working title) will be an anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world..

Sounds interesting, right? She's after stories from 2,500 to 10,000 words, and paying 7c per word up to up to 7K, and 5c per word after that. Deadline is 31 March 2018, so get writing.

Literarium listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/lynne-jamneck/force-of-nature/

 

Monday Markets - Alchemy and Artifacts anthology - May 15 - EDGE Publishing

Sometimes we post a market with only limited demographics. In this case, EDGE is open to submissions from Canadian authors, for their Tesseracts vol 22, 'Alchemy and Artifacts':

[This] is an anthology of short fiction which examines the magic behind the history, the myths arising from the artifacts, the mysteries missed (or dismissed), but which lie at the root of world events. The editors want tales that explore laws magical as well as physical, the manipulation of reality in the past, resulting in the present. History, sorcery, alchemy, mystery. All with the sense of 'what if?'

[There's a list of examples in the listing]

Alternate histories will be considered, but we are inclined to choose work that considers actual world events and characters, and how some form of magic has manipulated history in a subtle way.

They're looking for short stories up to 5000 words, paying 3 Canadian cents per word with a minimum of $50. Submissions close May 15, 2018!

See the Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/edge/alchemy-and-artifacts--tesseracts-twenty-two/

 

Monday Markets - SNAFU: Resurrection - April 30 (via @cohesionpress)

Cohesion Press is now reading for the next antho in their SNAFU series. I quote the call here in its original shouty caps so as not to weaken the message:

THEME – MILITARY HORROR. 
WHAT WE WANT: MILITARY HORROR, AND LOTS OF IT. THINK DOOM, RESIDENT EVIL, TERMINATOR, DOG SOLDIERS, ALIENS (THE SECOND MOVIE, NOT THE FIRST)… ANYTHING THAT CAN BE CALLED A HIGH-ACTION MONSTER STORY. AND SOLDIERS! 
THIS VOLUME IS LIKE THE PREVIOUS VOLUMES SQUARED. 
WE WANT EXTREME ACTION, AND IT HAS TO BE MILITARY OR PARAMILITARY ACTION. CAN BE MERCS OR EX-SOLDIERS, THOUGH, SO LONG AS THEY ARE HARDCASES.
AND TO SAY IT AGAIN, FULL ACTION. NOTHING LESS. 
HOO-RAH!

They're after short stories between 2,000-10,000 words, paying 4 Australian cents per word. Submissions close April 30, 2018! NOW I'M DOING IT TOO! HELP!

Check it out on Literarium here: https://literarium.net/market/cohesion-press/snafu--resurrection

 

Monday Markets - The Twisted Book of Shadows - Feb 28

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The editors of The Twisted Book of Shadows want your very best horror story. That’s it. We’re making this call as open as we can make it. Just scare us.

[We] will make our best efforts to spread the word, so that marginalized communities of horror writers will be aware of the call for stories.

[We] want to create a market that actively encourages the submission of horror stories by diverse voices. We want the best stories, no matter who wrote them. When we say we want a level playing field, that means smashing preconceptions about who writes horror.* We cannot say loudly enough that we hope to receive stories from women, from authors of color, from LGBTQ writers, from any author who identifies as belonging to a marginalized community. We want you as part of THIS community. (*White, cis-het men are obviously welcome. This is not an attack on you, or an effort to exclude you. It’s an effort to level the playing field.)

They're reading blind submissions of short horror fiction of 3,000 words and up, paying 6c/word up to $300 USD.as well as 50% royalties. Deadline is 28th of Feb, 2018, so get submitting!

Listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/twisted-publishing/the-twisted-book-of-shadows/

Monday Markets - Factor Four Magazine (via @factorfourmag)

Factor Four is open now for art and flash speculative fiction for its first issue in April 2018:

Factor Four Magazine is a quarterly magazine featuring flash fiction stories from the Speculative Fiction realm.  We publish stories you can read on the go in either print, eReader, and or right here on our website.  Some of our issues carry a certain theme, while others contain a random selection from the genre.

They're paying 8c USD/word for fiction up to 1,500 words (minimum $60 USD), so get submitting!

Listing here: https://literarium.net/market/factor-four/factor-four/

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: https://literarium.net/market/craft/craft

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: https://literarium.net/market/sword-and-sonnet/sword-and-sonnet/1

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: https://literarium.net/market/parsec-inc/triangulation-the-music-edition