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Monday Market - Uncanny Magazine (via @uncannymagazine, HT: @tansyrr)

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Uncanny magazine is now open to submissions:

Uncanny is seeking passionate SF/F fiction and poetry with gorgeous prose– intricate, experimental stories and poems with verve and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs from writers from every conceivable background. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.

They're after fiction from 750 to 7,500 words, paying a phenomenal 8 cents per word. They also accept poetry ($30 per poem) and reprint art ($60 per piece).

Check out the full guidelines here: http://uncannymag.com/submissions/

Monday Market - Apex Magazine Steal the Spotlight Micro fiction Contest - 15 Oct 2014 (via @jodicleghorn)

Apex Magazine is running another micro fiction contest. It's pretty cool and good exercise for your micro-fiction writing skills. From the site:

  1. There will be five categories: sea monsters, black dog/Hellhounds, banshees, science experiments gone wrong, and demons (this can include wendigos, succubus, be creative). Write a story to fit one of these five categories, then submit it to apexwritingcontest@gmail.com with the subject line formatted as Title, Author, Category.

  2. This is a micro fiction contest. Stories must be 250 words or less. If a story is more than 250 words, it will be deleted unread.

  3. You can submit one story per category, five stories total. If you submit two banshee stories, we will consider the first story your submission.

Prizes are great, folks:

6 cents per word, receive a free 12-month subscription to Apex Magazine and a short story critique from an Apex editor. Stories for critique can be up to 5,000 words long

You can find the submission guidelines here: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpage/15271873-steal-the-spotlight-micro-fiction-contest

Monday Market - The New Accelerator - Bi Monthly Anthology (HT: @graywave)

Interesting science fiction market:

The New Accelerator would like to see stories that include the following motifs/genres and styles: amazing thoughts, brilliantly realised characters and places, thrilling situations and daring ideas, noir and future noir, exploration and explorative ideas and people/places and concepts that dazzle, planets and ships and science and stars and adventure, golden dawns and flaming red sunsets, time-bending and avant-garde creations and theories, and all-round great, exciting, thrilling and wonderful stories that The New Accelerator would be happy and proud to publish.

They're looking for 2,500 to 5,000 word short SF stories, with occasional acceptances up to 10,000 words. They're only a token market, but there is a royalty split.

Check the full guidelines here: http://thenewaccelerator.com/submissions/submission-guidelines/

Monday Market - Leviathan - Deep Sea Monster Hunter - 30 Apr 2014 (via @milesboothe)

Emby Press is looking for deep sea adventures of monster hunters for their Leviathan anthology:

There is nothing like sailing upon the sea at night with the knowledge that things larger than you and your craft are swimming beneath you. These thoughts have filled ocean-goers minds for centuries, fears writhing with tentacles and teeth and the inarguable reality that we are helpless in the water. Should the frail safety of your craft fail you, you will almost certainly die a most horrible death as you become a meal. All of this is enough to send panic coursing through your veins, and these are just the simple realities of the sea.

The word limit is from 2,000 to 10,000 words, and they are looking for Dark Fiction, Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Payment is $25 and an electronic contributor copy.

You can find the submission guidelines here: http://embypress.com/book/deep-sea-monster-hunter-leviathan/

Monday Market - Aphrodite Terra Anthology - 1 Feb 2014 (via @ian_sales)

Whippleshield Books is open for submissions to its first anthology in a series of mini-anthologies, Aphrodite Terra:

 I’m looking for stories that are realistic, but that doesn’t mean they have to be science/space fiction. However, the planet Venus has to feature in there somewhere. Your story could be about the first attempt to land on Venus, or life in a habitat on the surface. It might describe a present-day group of engineers and scientists controlling a probe on the surface of Venus; or perhaps a journalist discovering evidence of a past secret mission to the planet. There are plenty of tales that can be told about Venus. Surprise me. I’m big on realism, so I’ll be looking for that. And good literary prose too.

The word limit is 6,000 words, and the anthology has room for four or five stories. Payment is 3p per word, but be warned, this isn't a market for straightforward science fiction:

My plan is to publish a series of mini-anthologies, each themed around a planetary body and containing around 20,000 to 25,000 words. But I’m not really interested in science fiction per se. I want fiction which lives at the point where the borders of science fiction and space fiction meet literary fiction.

Ian doesn't know which planetary body to pick for his next anthology, but if Venus isn't quite your thing you should keep an eye on the Whippleshield Books site (or here on Monday Markets; I'm sure I'll see his next mini-antho guidelines fly by).

You can find the full submission guidelines here: http://whippleshieldbooks.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/venus-is-open-for-colonisation/

Monday Market - URL Love - Harper-Collins anthology - April 23

This comes via an email I received from Jodi Cleghorn at eMergent Publishing. I usually don't paste full submission information, but I don't have a submission page for the anthology, so verbatim it is. Apologies for any formatting errors, it is a long holiday weekend in Australia and so I am using the iPad to construct this post. In short, HarperCollins are looking for 800-3000 word short story submissions by April the 23rd, 2012, on the topic of "love in the digital age". Payment is a modest royalty of 25% of the publisher's net receipts, shared among the submissions, and a HarperCollins book pack to the value of $50.

I have some personal reservations about the rights requested (5 years exclusive and what seems to be an explicit agreement that they can amend your work even if it would be in breach of your moral rights), but those details are explicitly listed below in the terms and conditions, so do please read it thoroughly.

If this is something that sounds interesting, or if you have a story lying around that would suit, please read on for the full submission details:


Invitation for submissions for HarperCollins new e-book anthology titled:

URL love from RSVP to Twitter, the hottest online romance stories

Are you the next E.L. James or Marian Keyes? HarperCollins Publishers are currently seeking short-story submissions about love in the digital age to publish in a brand new e-book anthology. We all love a hot romance… and what could be more relevant to the way we live now than a love story involving text messages, online dating, emails or tweets? Our target audience is digitally savvy women aged 25–40 who enjoy a cleverly written romp. They like reading on their iPads or Kindles, and might be currently signed up to RSVP or e-harmony, or engaged in a little email flirtation at work. Writers whose stories are selected will receive a part share of the royalties of 25% of publisher’s net receipts (the part share is dependent on the number of successful submissions included in the Work) and a HarperCollins book pack to the value of $50.

Submissions are open from ­­­9 April 2012 and will close at 5pm on 23 April 2012. Writers should send their completed manuscript to loveonline@harpercollins.com.au. Any queries can be sent to loveonline@harpercollins.com.au with ‘query’ in the subject line. Media enquiries should be addressed to loveonline@harpercollins.com.au with ‘media’ in the subject line.

Please note:

  • Submissions should be between 800–3000 words long. Please submit a double-spaced Word document (using Times New Roman font) as an attachment. The subject heading should be the title of your work. Include your name, postal address and email address in the body of the email
  • We are particularly looking for strength of ‘voice’ and creativity in the submissions.
  • HarperCollins is unable to give personalized feedback as to why a submission isn’t selected for this anthology.
  • Eligibility for the anthology is at HarperCollins’ discretion.

Terms and Conditions By submitting your Work, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • You are the owner of copyright and the material has not previously been licenced to any other party.
  • We will only accept stories up to 3,000 words (use word count) and will consider any Work over 800 words in length.
  • You hereby grant us the exclusive worldwide right to use your submission in the Work for five years, including in relation to all marketing, advertising and promotion of the Work. You agree to that we may edit and do any act that would otherwise be a breach of your moral rights in the work as defined under the Copyright Act. We reserve the right to alter, delete or amend your work at our sole discretion. We will identify you as the author of your submission in the Work in accordance with our normal practice.
  • The royalty is a part share of 25% of publisher’s net receipts (the part share is dependant on the number of successful submissions included in the Work).
  • Submissions should be made via the following email address: loveonline@harpercollins.com.au
  • The subject of the email must say ‘Submission’ followed by your name.
  • You should send your Work as an attachment in Microsoft Word format.
  • Include in body of email:
    • Your real full name
    • Author name (only if you want to use a pseudonym)
    • Email address
    • Postal address
    • Phone number
    • Manuscript title
  • Submissions should be double spaced; 12 point font preferred, Times New Roman (if your Work requires multiple or specific fonts please make this clear).
  • Your Work should be completely ready to print, properly formatted with no typos, grammar or syntax issues. We suggest having someone proofread your work prior to submitting.
  • You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the submission.
  • Please note that we receive a very large number of submissions and failure to adhere to these submission guidelines will limit the chances of your submission being viewed.

Monday Market - Science Based Fiction - Australian Literary Review - Dec 31, 2011 (via @auslit)

So, there's an opportunity to write for a Science-based Fiction anthology. There's a lot of information at the link at the bottom of this page, but I've extracted and rearranged enough of the information to whet your appetite (or realise that it's not for you):

This book is designed to showcase and help develop Australian science-based fiction which is both scientifically rigorous and entertaining.

[...]

The stories should be scientifically informed as well as accessible to a wide readership. The science should be an integrated part of a compelling story. People should enjoy the story; not tolerate the story because of an interest in the story’s basis in science. The stories should be suitable for adults and teenagers.

The Australian Literature Review is collecting stories of this sort from 4,000 to 10,000 words. Stories will be grouped in three major sections, relating to The Pursuit of Knowledge, Discovery, and Implications.

3-4 stories are being sought for each of the above headings. Each author will receive royalties of 4.5-6% of net revenue (gross revenue minus direct costs of production and distribution) from sales of the anthology, depending on the final number of authors.

There will be an article relating to general tips and guidance for story submissions in the first week of November, based on works-in-progress submitted by October 31st, but this is merely a guide - you can continue to submit until midnight of December 31st. It would seem the article will be more to guide new story submissions.

There is also a workshop opportunity for shortlisted authors, which I've always found personally very valuable:

Each shortlisted authors will receive feedback on their story and be invited to take part in a private Facebook group for the month of January to discuss, workshop and refine their story. Editor Steve Rossiter and perhaps some guest novelists, editors and/or experts in relevant scientific fields will also contribute to the discussions.

So get writing, folks. Hard Science-Fiction seems to be the call, but there is definitely a focus on contemporary or near-future work. Check out their suggestions:

The stories can be historical fiction based around a recorded discovery, contemporary or near-future fiction based around a hypothetical new discovery, the personal story of the impact of a person gaining and applying scientific knowledge in their own life (such as a contemporary Australian child becoming aquainted with some of the wonders of the universe; a Spanish adult from 500 years ago learning about construction, mechanics, chemistry or how to navigate an ocean journey by the stars; a pacific islander learning about buoyancy, mechanics, woodcraft, light refraction through water, etc and applying that in their boating, fishing and recreation; a Sumerian several thousand years ago using mathematics for land management or map-making, etc), a story in which the narrator uses a scientifically informed (and entertaining) style of narration, etc.

Their home page, including submission information, is at: http://auslit.net/2011/06/10/science-based-australian-fiction-anthology-call-for-submissions/

Monday Market - Tales From the Bell Club - Dec 20, 2011 or when full

This niche anthology appeared in my inbox recently, and for fans of Weird Fiction set around the turn of the century it offers a very specific set of requirements that tickled my fancy. 'Tales From the Bell Club' is being published by KnightWatch Press, and edited by Paul Mannering. It's due to be published in Spring 2012 (which I presume to mean northern hemisphere spring, for you southerners out there).

From my information:

Gentleman's Clubs were fine establishments made famous by various books, radio play series’ and films. The clubs were places where explorers and adventurers would gather and tell stories of their adventures in exotic locations.

The Bell Club is different. Instead of being an adventurer’s club - it is an establishment that restricts its membership to those who have experienced unspeakable horror.

Successful membership requires the applicant to tell a story - and if the members find it disturbing enough – the applicant is granted access. It's like a nascent support group for the traumatised.

No one judges or questions the stories told - because all the members have seen such things as no man can rationalise - and who are they to judge if a fellow storyteller is lying, mad or hallucinating?

By its nature the stories are set in the early years of the 20th Century, with male or female protagonists.

Payment is $25USD and and an ebook, with additional options to acquire hard copies at discount.

Read the full submission guidelines here: http://www.knightwatchpress.info/bell.html

Please note that the deadlines is 20 December OR when full. This means that my personal approach to submissions, which is the same as my approach to assignments in university, isn't necessarily going to work here (ie. wait until the last moment). So get those subs out soon!

Monday Market - Samhain Publishing - Romance/Horror/SF/et al (via @SamhainPub)

Samhain Publishing publishes romance, fantasy, science fiction and horror, and is open to novel submissions. A quick glimpse at the excerpts below should give you a feel for whether this might be for you. If so, click through to the submissions page to get the details.

Horror

Samhain is now accepting submissions for our line of horror novels.  We are actively seeking talented writers who can tell an exciting, dramatic and frightening story, and who are eager to promote their work and build their community of readers.

Romance

Samhain is now open to general submissions of all genres of romance and erotica, as well as fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction with strong romantic elements. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. We will consider previously published manuscripts on a case by case basis.

You can find detailed submission guidelines here: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/submissions/

Twelfth Planet Press Novel Manuscript Submission Month – January 2012

Twelfth Planet Press is opening up for novel manuscript submission for a month in January of 2012, giving you a few months to polish up that MS you've never been able to place with mainstream publishers.

Twelfth Planet Press is looking to develop a new line of dynamic, original genre novels. Twelfth Planet Press novels will push boundaries to question, inspire, engage and challenge. We are specifically looking to acquire material outside that which is typically considered by mainstream publishers.

We are looking for science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime. We will consider borderline literary, new weird, steampunk, space opera, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, urban fantasy, cyberpunk, military science fiction, young adult, paranormal romance and everything in between

Please find the Submissions Guidelines here: http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/news/twelfth-planet-press-novel-manuscript-submission-month-january-2012

Monday Market - Panverse Four - Open until filled

The Panverse novella-anthology series is looking to publish volume 4, with a scheduled publication date of September 1, 2012. To this end they are reading for submissions with no hard close date, until the anthology is filled. They're looking for:

Pro-level novellas of between 17,500 and 40,000 words. We are particularly interested in core SF stories, as well as Fantasy and Alternate History. With Fantasy, note that we gravitate toward urban and edgy, though we do have a weakness for non-sappy stories involving Faërie or Sidhe characters.

 

Depth of characterization will count for a lot—however clever the idea, if we don't care for the protagonist, we'll reject it. We like stories that instill wonder. Give us a character we care for, a world both interesting and well-developed, and a story that carries us along, and you've probably got a sale.

There is also a detailed list of what they definitely don't want, including military SF and vampire stories.

Pay isn't great, at around $75, however they say 'The Panverse series is the premier anthology for all-original SF/F novellas in the market today' and there is at least a guarantee of industry scrutiny, which counts for quite a bit.

You can find the detailed submission guidelines here: http://panversepublishing.com/subs

Monday Market - Rocket Science Anthology - 31 Oct 2011 (via @stvgskll)

Mutation Press is reading for 'Rocket Science: An anthology of realistic and authentic hard science fiction', edited by Ian Sales and due for publication in 2012.

ROCKET SCIENCE is looking for original stories which realistically depict space travel and its hazards. The reader needs to know what it would be like to be there. This doesn’t mean stories must be set in interplanetary or interstellar space; but the technology and science involved must be present somewhere. It could be a story set in a spacecraft, on an asteroid or space station; or about a mission soon to leave Earth’s surface. It could be a first contact, a rescue against the odds, or a study of some unusual space phenomenon. Whatever suits. Don't be afraid to be literary.

They add, though: 'but no space opera, definitely no space opera.'

The word limit is 6,000 words, and payment is GBP10.00 per 1k words.

Rocket Science also accept non-fiction articles relating to the subject, so this is really a great opportunity to get your name out in the Hard SF arena. It's an exciting project and I hope they sell squillions of copies.

You can find the submission guidelines here: http://www.mutationpress.com/rocketscience.html

Royalty Only Anthologies (via @AlanBaxter)

Alan Baxter stirred the twittersphere recently with comments about royalty only anthologies.

I was basically lamenting the continued rise of anthology submission calls that are “paying” writers with royalties only. I have a problem with this, and I’ll explain why.

Alan iterates over the different expectations of paying and non-paying markets, and how this provides a valuable progression for writers from baseline obscurity to slightly less obscurity (yes, I am joking, we writers tend to hover around obscurity through most of our careers).

Now the ideal situation is to be paid and get a contributor’s copy. Even if the payment is as low as just a few dollars, plus a contrib copy, the author is getting something for their hard work. Well below anything like a viable wage, but something. The best of all worlds is to be paid well and get at least one contributor copy.

For what it's worth, I agree with Alan here. I've noticed a lot of For-The-Love anthologies cropping up, and frankly, I'm not much of a fan. At the very, very least, an anthology should supply the writer with a contributor's copy for their effort.

But this is where it gets shady:

The primary reason for publishers paying royalties only is because it removes the outlay of buying stories up front, yet still reserves the hope of paying the contributors. That’s fundamentally a good idea, but it’s usually a problem.

The problem is outlined neatly by Alan and is quite a sneaky one, playing to a writer's vanity. Click through to Alan's article and read it for yourself.

Yeah, sorry I'm not spoiling it for you. Go, quick, read: http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/2011/08/02/royalty-anthologies-writer-exploitation.html

Monday Market - Fish Anthology - Aug 30, 2011 (via @daganbooks)

Dagan books has another month of submission time for their forthcoming anthology, 'Fish'.

We want your mythic adventures and modern retellings. We want Dagan, not of Lovecraft but of the Phillistines. We want Ku-ula, of Hawaii, and Hatmehyt, and Nereus with his bounty. We want magic koi in ancient ponds and the street shaman with his fishy avatar, stalking the streets in some odd future. We want sharks, hunting far out at sea. We want carnival goldfish with short-lived secrets. Send us something beautiful.

There is a blog post with some inspiring mythology here: http://daganbooks.com/2011/07/09/9-mythic-fish/

Thirty days isn't a lot, so start writing, people!

Read the submission guidelines here: http://daganbooks.com/current-projects/

Monday Market - Apocalypse Hope Anthology - Sep 30, 2011

Fablecroft has a new apocalypse-themed anthology due out around June 2012.

The world is ending: climate change, natural disaster, war and disease threaten to destroy all we know. Predictions of the future are bleak. But does the apocalypse really mean the end of the world? Is there no hope for a future that follows?

Please find the Submissions Guidelines here: http://fablecroft.com.au/books/apocalypse-hope/call-for-submissions-apocalypse-hope

Monday Market - Damnation and Dames - Nov 1, 2011

Ticonderoga Publications has a paranormal-noir anthology due out in 2012.

We are looking for stories which show the paranormal and noir crime worlds colliding. You might find werewolf femme fatales, vampire hardboiled detectives, alcoholic psychic journalists, zombie bankrobbers, ghostly gendarmes, demonic insurance salesmen, down-on-their-luck djinns, double-crossing mummies, or even fae with a love for red herrings.

Please find the Submissions Guidelines here: http://ticonderogapublications.com/tp/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=114:new-market-damnation-a-dames-edited-by-amanda-pillar-and-liz-grzyb&catid=87:damnation-and-dames&Itemid=120

Monday Market - Machine of Death Volume 2 - Jul 15, 2011

I'll be aiming to put up a new or interesting market each week. A love of alliteration compels me to make it Monday Market. I suppose I may alternate it with Saturday (or Sunday) Service, to highlight an editing, illustrator or other handy service. Today's market is one with an unusual pedigree. The Machine of Death anthology is an entirely self-created themed anthology project which rocketed to the #1 Amazon sales chart through some clever social marketing and sales timing. Have a read at their site to get a feel for the journey the amazing editors have undertaken so far.

They are now in the middle of submissions for volume two of their project, Machine of Death 2. The submission guidelines are quite strict, and I personally strongly recommend that you read a good portion of the first volume to avoid making any mistakes or repeating a concept. However, the payrates are professional and the production value and support are second to none. I personally think the Machine of Death project is a great case-study for the future of publishing (and reading).

You can find the submission guidelines here: http://machineofdeath.net/mod2

You have about a month! Get writing!