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:

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:

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:

Monday Markets - Unlocking the Magic Anthology - Nov 1, 2018 (HT: @viviancaethe)

Vivian Caethe is now reading for the successfully Kickstarted ' Unlocking the Magic' anthology, which focuses on positive representation of mental illness in a fantasy setting!

In fantasy, we read about how people with mental illness are more susceptible to magic, closer to breaks in reality, more likely to be able to see the unseen. These stereotypes are harmful and contribute to keeping people from seeing the good in getting help, taking their meds, and talking to someone.


This anthology is about changing the narrative and telling stories of strength and perseverance, of getting help despite the darkness. Not the myth that getting help will kill creativity and magic. Not the story our society tells about mentally ill people: that art and magic must come from suffering.

They're after 3,000-6,000 word short fantasy fiction, paying $300 USD plus royalties, and you have until the end of October to get your story in. Good luck!

Our listing lives here:

Monday Markets - Life After All Anthology - Sep 30, 2018 (via @LT3Press)

Less Than 3 Press is reading for their next anthology:

Life After All — an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/pastoral apocalyptic LGBTQIA+ anthology — The end of the world is a dark, bleak place. Life is full of grit, misery, and barely scraping by. But if humans excel at anything, it’s making the best of a bad situation, and the end of the world would be no different.

Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories about life after the end of the world being far from bleak and hopeless. We want to see stories of hardened apocalypse survivors building new lives and homes with their found families; gentle robots terraforming the ruined remains of the Earth; your post-Earth space settlers slice-of-life.

They're after work between 8,000 and 15,000 words for a flat payment of $150USD, closing to subs on the 30th of September. Note they want HEA or HFN endings (that's happy ever after/happy for now for those who didn't already know), and stories must be about a post-apocalyptic society.

Listing here:

Monday Markets - Cemetery Dance Magazine - July 5 (via @CemeteryDance)

Good news, writers! Cemetery Dance is open to submissions from new authors for a month. We're already part-way into the reading period so I hope you have a good story ready to go:

.Cemetery Dance is the World Fantasy Award-winning magazine of horror, dark mystery, and suspense. Each issue is packed with 100 to 140 pages of short stories, articles, columns, interviews, news, and reviews! Plus stunning full-color covers and striking interior artwork! Covering the entire horror field — Books! Movies! Videos! Comics!


We want tales that are powerful and emotional—creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. Suspense/mystery/crime tales with a horror element are always welcome. Both supernatural and psychological stories are fine.

They're after your best short fiction up to 5,000 words, paying at least 5 USc/word. Deadline is July 5, so get writing/editing/polishing/praying.

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - The Carter Brown Mystery Writer Awards - Oct 31

A new crime/mystery award run out of Australia but open to all adults globally? If you're in this writing space, it's worth checking out. The award opens August 1 and closes on Halloween:

The Carter Brown Foundation in conjunction with Brio Books and Stark House Press is delighted to announce a new award for mystery writing. The competition is open to all writers over the age of 18 writing novella-length adult crime/mystery fiction.

There aren't details beyond 'the winner will be published in several countries'. I assume some sort of contract will be negotiated with the winner.

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - Galaxy's Edge (via @GalaxysEdgeMag)

Not entirely sure how I haven't posted about this market before, but here we are!

Galaxy's Edge is edited by Mike Resnick and looking for Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Galaxy’s Edge is a bi-monthly online magazine published every January, March, May, July, September and November. [We accept] both Science Fiction and Fantasy stories in all sub-genres. We do not publish horror stories. 

Well that's quite succint, but as Galaxy's Edge pays 7 US c/word (for fiction up to 7,000 words) you can expect a fairly high bar. Take a look at their site, read some samples issues, and get submitting!

Literarium listing available here:

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:


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:

Literarium link here:


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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:


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?

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:


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


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: