Monday Markets

Monday Markets - NEXT! Anthology, Dec 1, 2019 (via @peepaltreepress)

Peepal Tree press and Inscribe magazine are reading for their new anthology NEXT!, which is looking for speculative fiction by Black British writers:

Our broad definition of 'Black British' is simply one of self-identification: i.e., if you are a writer ‘of colour’ born, raised, living, or have lived in Britain and self-identify as Black British, then we welcome your submission.

The genre for this new anthology is speculative fiction. There is no specific subject matter or theme -- anything goes, as long as it’s good. What we are looking for is the weird and the unusual.

That’s a nice and broad description for content, so to assist in narrowing it down they do suggest reading:

Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia Butler, Irenosen Okojie, Leone Ross, Karen Lord, Anthony Joseph, Nnedi Okorafor, the Dark Matter series edited by Sheree Thomas and Walter Mosley’s Blue Light.

Word count is 1,500 to 5,000 words, and they’re open until the first of December. I can’t find any payment information so I’ve marked it as unknown. Feel free to update the directory entry if anyone finds out!

Link to our listing here:

Monday Markets - Lost Love anthology, Nov 30, 2019 (via @DragonSoulPress)

Submissions are open for Lost Love anthology until the end of November:

Nearly everyone has had a lost love. In other words, the one that got away either due to another person, drifting apart, death, etc. Whether it be the boy next door, a loyal princess, or a supernatural being, all of these stories have two things in common: loss and heartbreak.

They’re after short stories and novelettes between 5,000 and 15,000 words. Royalties are paid quarterly, although I couldn’t find out what the royalty rate is. They will also accept reprints if you hold the full rights. Query with your submission!

Check out the Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - The Macabre Museum magazine, Sept 15, 2019

Submissions are open for The Macabre Museum magazine until mid-September:

What I seek to publish:

Dark & Twisted Fiction. Unsettling and literary are the only two hints I’ll provide that might lead to an acceptance.

Macabre Poetry.

Gut-Wrenching Art. The art should give me nightmares.

They’re paying $5 per poem, $25 per story, and $10 per art piece. Stories should be dark literary fiction between 3,000 and 7,000 words. Reprints are also accepted and pay $5 per piece.

Think Jackson, Ligotti, Barker, think the films of Polanski (especially the Apartment Trilogy), think of Cronenberg. For inspiration purposes, not imitation. Give us something new, but with the haunting flavor of the artists listed above.

Our listing is here:

Monday Markets - Unnatural Order Anthology, Oct 31 (HT @EnoughSnark)

The CSFG is reading for their new anthology, ‘Unnatural Order’:

The dragon on her hoard. The horror in its void. The word-spanning AI. The demon reaping souls. Too often fiction portrays the non-human as Other; as a threat to be destroyed, to be conquered… or to be “saved”, assimilated back into the teeming throngs of humanity.

Not this time. This time, it’s the non-humans’ turn. What is life like, to be imperfect. To observe humanity from without? What does it mean to be seen as horrific, to be rejected… and to overcome that? Or embrace it? To embrace it or reject it? And what does our love of these stories tell us can we, as human readers, learn from that about ourselves?

Unnatural Order is an anthology for strange days and grotesque beauty, as the monstrous seeps out from the dark, and makes the light its own.These r?heir site.

They’re after short fiction from Australian residents/ex-pats or CSFG members (I think that counts NZ folks, but best to check). Stories need to be on theme and up to 5,000 words. They’re paying $30 AUD (with hopeful increase depending on an upcoming Kickstarter funding round) and a contributor copy. Open ‘through October’, which I’m assuming means until Oct 31, 2019. Get writing!

Our listing here:

Monday Markets - Macabre Museum (via @MacabreMuseum)

Macabre Museum is reading for their first issue. You can probably guess from their name what they’re after:

Dark & Twisted Fiction. […] Unsettling and literary are the only two hints I’ll provide that might lead to an acceptance.

Macabre Poetry. […]

Gut-Wrenching Art. […] The art should give me nightmares.

These requests seem pretty straightforward. They’re after 3,000-7,000 word fiction and paying a token $20 USD per story ($10 per poem, $15 per art piece). Check them out! It’s always good to support new entrants in the magazine world. They also have a Patreon you can dig on their site.

Head over to our listing here:

Monday Markets - Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors, 31 Aug, 2019 (HT: @smoph)

Written Backwards press is reading for their new horror anthology:

What happens when we make monsters?

What happens when we confront the monsters inside ourselves?

These are the grotesque things that should never have been. These are the beasts that stalk our twisted pasts. These are the ghosts of our own making that haunt our regrets.

They’re the blood on our hands. They’re the obsessions in our heads. They’re the vengeance in our hearts.

These are Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors.

They’re after original horror on the theme between 2,000 and 5,000 words, paying 5 USD c/word. Deadline is 31 August!

Our listing lies beyond this link:

Monday Markets - DreamForge Magazine (via @DreamForgeMag)

DreamForge Magazine is busily working through their submissions pile and preparing to open in August:

At DreamForge Magazine, we welcome readers with a passion for positive fantasy and science fiction. Here you will find stories where characters endure, overcome, and embrace that spirit of wonder and discovery through which sentient beings invest the universe with meaning and purpose.

Our outlook is sanguine, faithful to those dreamers and makers who came before us to brave ages far darker than our own, supportive of present idealists who remain indomitable in the face our time’s apocalyptic fears, and hopeful that the principles of compassion, justice, and truth shall endure until the end of time.

They’ve just published Issue 2 and as a professionally paying market I’m not surprised that they’re receiving a lot of submissions.

They’re after positive SF/F:

Positive stories demonstrating the triumph of the human spirit and the power of hope and humane values in overcoming the most daunting challenges.

Space opera, urban fantasy, military sf, magical realms, hard science fiction, sword & sorcery, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, hopepunk, and whatever else comes before punk. Parables, poetry, zombies, and vampires are also welcome. No horror please.

Payment is between 4-8 USD c/word depending on length and whether or not a story is a reprint. They’ll read poetry, micro- and flash-fiction, all the way up to novella length (max 12,000 words). They do note though that 5,000 words is about the most they’re interested in to keep a variety of stories in their issues.

Get your positive speculative fiction ready and check out our listing here:

Monday Markets - Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas, July 31, 2019 (via @rhondaparrish)

Rhonda Parrish is after submissions to her new anthology (via Tycho Press), ‘Swashbuckling Cats’::

I’m putting together an anthology full of feisty felines on the high seas! I want pirate cats, and Viking cats. Submariner cats and explorer cats. This book is going to be filled with adventure-loving cats, puns and fun. I want it to be a wild, rollicking ride complete with sword fights, sea monsters, treasure hunting, discovering new worlds and lots and lots of kittehs.

Be careful not to get too caught up in the fun and forget to include a strong plot and detailed characters for your story, though.

Sounds like a lot of fun to me, tbh. Rhonda is looking for short stories up to 9,000 words, paying $50 CAD and a paperback contributor copy per piece. Submissions close July 31st.

Our listing here:

Monday Markets - Signs of Life, December 31, 2019

Signs of Life is looking for your on-theme stories:

Signs of life is an upcoming literary anthology themed around first- and second-hand experiences of illness and care-giving.

How do experiences of sickness or incapacitation change our bodies, who we are, and how we see the world? And how do they affect the people around us?

Writers are asked to write from the point of view of the patient, care-giver (professional or otherwise) or kin. The illness depicted may be acute or chronic, life-threatening or relatively minor. We are anticipating stories that interrogate the difficulty and challenges of not being well but also those of connection, change, humour and growth.

They’re accepting up to 2 submissions of fiction or creative non-fiction each, and paying $100 AUD per accepted piece. Get your stories in before 31st of December 2019!

Listing here:

Monday Markets - Sonder Magazine, June 30, 2019 (via @MagazineSonder)

Sonder Magazine is reading for its first issue, on the topic of its name:

We are a new not-for-profit publication, hoping to publish your creative work. We are focused on the idea of sonder, the self, and others.

If you’re thinking, “huh what’s sonder eh ye arseholes making up words,” it’s that existential feeling you get when you’re walking down the street or sitting in the pub and are overcome by the realization that everyone you pass is just out there doing their own thing, thinking their own thoughts and living their own lives. It’s kinda freaky.

We want this zine to reflect everyday people and how extraordinary each individual is. Sonder doesn’t have to be a solitary feeling, which is why we want to put it all together in this little haven for individuality. We want people to open up this publication and find themselves reflected in other people’s work.

For their first issue, Sonder’s editors Orla and Sinéad are looking for short fiction and creative essays up to 2,000 words, flash fiction up to 700, and up to 40 lines of poetry. Although I normally don’t include non-paying markets (there are plenty listed in Duotrope if you want to find them*), I do support new magazines; this is Sonder’s first issue, and they note:

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a contributor’s fee, but that is our overall aim.

You’d be surprised how many established literary markets don’t even acknowledge the concept of paying their contributors.

Submissions for issue one close June 30th.

Listing here:

*Oi, I’ve been sick, allow me a little snark

Monday Markets - Truancy Magazine (via @MagazineTruancy)

Truancy Magazine is reading until September 30:

Truancy is a semipro market for revised folktales, legends, myth and other traditional narratives that have been made new by your retelling or your original fiction that has these folkloric elements or mythic elements.

In your submission, explain the elements and resonances from traditional narratives (folklore, myths, legends) that exist within your tales, or explain how you’ve made something new from these tales.

The Editor is after original and reprint short fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words, paying USD $2c/wd and $25 USD respectively. She’s also interested in poetry at $15 USD/story, and reprint colour art. Truancy looks like a really great magazine (in terms of attitude and commitment to paying for content while being a small publication) and you should support them.

Listing here:

Monday Markets - America and I: An Immigrant Story in the Age of Dissent, Aug 31, 2019

Mark F, Susan O’Neill and Mark Budman are looking for around 30 flash pieces from first and second generation immigrants to America, or immigrants with a link to America:

Though the theme presumes strife and discord, we are not looking specifically for anger or #resistance as defined by Twitter, or anti-Trump—unless, of course, they are germane to the story. As a matter of fact, we are more interested in stories or reconciliation than in-fighting (we have more than enough of the latter). That said, the anthology will accept well-crafted stories of any political—or apolitical—orientation, and any emotional character, as long as they don’t call for violence and are respectful to other peoples’ feelings and identities.

Payment is a token honorarium for all authors, as well as a print copy for American residents. They’re accept flash fiction up to 1,000 words and a deadline of August 31, 2019.

Literarium listing yonder:

Monday Markets - Hear Me Roar Anthology, Sep 1, 2019, (HT: @Incognitiously)

Everyone loves a good dragon story! Rhonda Parrish is reading for a new anthology about women and dragons:

I’m looking for stories about empowered women and dragons. Women slayers, shifters, lovers and riders are all welcome as long as the women have agency and the dragons are awesome.

While I’m being purposefully vague here, I will be looking for the greatest possible diversity in stories–not only in characters, but setting, dragon-types, plot, voice and style. If you’ve read any of my other anthologies you should have a fairly good idea of what I’m looking for and if you haven’t, maybe now is a good time to change that LOL

NOTE: This anthology is only open to submissions from members of Rhonda’s mailing list, so get on that if you want the submission URL.

Payment is a token $20 USD and a paperback copy, and she is reading until September 1, 2019.

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - Recognize Fascism, June 3, 2019

And we’re back! Last Monday was a public holiday in Australia and instead of working through it like I usually do I did some exercise and forgot to post here, whoops.

Crossed Genres recently published their ‘Resisting Fascism’ micro-anthology, and they’re supplementing their collection with their next call for submissions: ‘Recognize Fascism’:

We’re looking for personal stories of the moment when people see the fascism in front of them for what it is, accept it as real, and make the choice to fight it. Who are the canaries in the coal mine? When can the long-hidden voice no longer be ignored?

They’re paying pro rates at 8 US c/word, looking for unpublished works between 250 and 5,000 words. Get submitting - June 3 is the cut-off.

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - Alien Dimensions

Alien Dimensions is open and looking for your hard science fiction stories. I like how the submissions guidelines page has a tl;dr section at the top:

In summary:

3,500-4,500 words only. “Set it in space, in the far future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens helping to solve a pseudo-scientific problem. Written in the third person.” US$10 flat rate.

That doesn’t leave me much to add, although there is some more detail:

  • Fast-paced

  • At least one great idea

  • Preferably written in the third person (or if you prefer first person writing, do a lot of head jumping, and include lots of dialogue)

  • Set in the future, at least 100 years hence. Happier with 1000 years hence. Let’s avoid 20th/21st century baggage and just tell an original story

  • Some kind of non-humanoid aliens present, usually friendly

It doesn’t pay a lot, but if you have stories of this flavour it might be worth checking out.

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - Augur Magazine (via @augurmag)

Augur is a Canadian speculative fiction magazine looking for your submissions:

We’re looking for dream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, magical realism (note: educate yourself before you claim this term) and, for lack of a better descriptor, “literary” speculative fiction. Our perfect submission defies categorization—pieces that could be “too speculative” for CanLit magazines or “not speculative enough” for speculative magazines.

That said, we’re no strangers to rich realism, high fantasy, and science fiction, so if you think you match our tone, give us a try. We recommend checking out our preview issue, free online, or grabbing an issue, to see what we’ve published before.

They have reading periods ending January, May and October each year but I don’t have precise date ranges. I’ll update the entry when I find out (or if one of you knows, feel free to update it for the rest of us).

Augur buys fiction pieces between 1,000 and 5,000 words, paying 6c CAD per word ($60 minimum). They’re also after poetry, paying $40 a piece. Check out their site and see if you’re inspired!

The Literarium listing is over here

Monday Markets - Thrilling Words Magazine

Thrilling Words magazine is looking for a very particular (and in my opinion, cool) pair of story submissions:

The basic idea behind Thrilling Words is to ask authors to produce two flash fiction stories. Stories that are related but not dependent on each other. One story will be posted on the public website and social media, the other is put in the members area.

As for the style of story we are looking for, it can be anything that has a speculative element. The nature of the speculation, be it fantasy, sci-fi, superhero or just plain surreal is not important, the more important thing is to have fun with the story. And it’s this last point, having fun, that’s the most important stylistic element. We are looking for stories that trace their heritage more from pulp traditions than literary. Stories that make you feel more than make you think. Stories that have a sense of humor even if they aren’t humorous stories. Though we do love funny stories.

Specifically, they’re after a pair of flash stories totalling 2,000 words, ideally set in the same speculative universe, or otherwise related. Definitely no cliffhangers or serial stories here.

Pay is $160 USD for the pair of stories, which is pro-rates at this length.

Check them out here:

Monday Markets - SNAFU: Last Stand, Jun 30 (via @CohesionPress)

It’s time again for another Cohesion Press Military Horror anthology: SNAFU: Last Stand

Think 300, the Alamo, the Battle of Mirbat, the First Battle of Mogadishu, the Battle of Hel, or Custer’s Last Stand (but with unnatural monsters)… anything that can be called a high-action potentially-last stand monster story. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness. We will also be looking for soldiers, mercs, police, private security/paramilitary. Hell, even a group of bodyguards protecting some arsehole druglord on his jungle property.

Just ensure the last stand aspect is both overt and unique, and don’t forget monsters!

Payment is 5c AUD/word for stories on the Last Stand theme between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions close June 30, 2019. Tim Miller (of Deadpool, Terminator, Love, Death & Robots fame) is writing an introduction to this one. Get your name out there!

Literarium listing is here:

Monday Markets - Translunar Travelers Lounge magazine

Translunar Travelers Lounge is open for another two weeks:

Broadly defined, the type of fiction we are looking for is “fun”. Yes, that descriptor is highly subjective, and ultimately it comes down to the personal preferences of the editors. However, here are a few road signs to get you started on the path into our hearts.

A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your story has to be silly or lighthearted (though it certainly can be). Joy can be made all the more powerful when juxtaposed against tragedy. In the end, though, there should be hope, and we want stories that are truly fun for as many different kinds of people as possible.

As we are a speculative fiction market, all stories must have a speculative element to them.

Payment is 3c USD/word with a minimum of $20 for fiction, up to 5,000 words. They’re a biannual magazine so odds are you won’t be able to submit to them for another 6 months, so get on it!

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - Aquila magazine (via @AquilaMag)

Aquila magazine out of the UK is a pretty interesting market for children’s fiction and non-fiction. I get the feeling it’s pretty hard to get in to, but there aren’t a lot of venues for work aimed at that audience:

AQUILA has a dedicated team of regular contributors who are experts in various subject areas. Many are teachers in their field, and so they’re used to communicating with children. Occasionally unsolicited articles are published if they are highly original and engaging, and based on specialized knowledge. Articles and stories are planned up to a year in advance. A selection of fiction is made each summer, the themes for the coming year are posted on the website in September, and most non-fiction is commissioned by the end of November for the following year.

They pay 90 GBP for fiction and non-fiction (note: You do need to query for non-fiction). Fiction should be around 1,000 words and features around 800.

Literarium listing is here: