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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: https://literarium.net/market/new-leaf-publishing/aquila

Monday Markets - Dreamers & Makers magazine (via @SanguinePress)

Sanguine Press is reading for their semi-annual e-zine, Dreamers & Makers. They’re reading for science fiction, fantasy and horror on the theme:

Defiance/Obedience

What is the cost of defiance and who really ends up paying? What do we give up in unquestioned obedience, and is it tantamount to capitulation?

Give in, give up, or go all out--we want to see it all.

Successful submissions of short stories (up to 3,000 words) and art on the theme pay $120 per piece. All submissions must feature PoC and the editors are open to all explorations of intersectionality.

Our Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/sanguine-press/dreamers-and-makers/

Monday Markets - Tales from the Space Force, April 15, 2019 (via @bcubedbob)

B Cubed Press, tongue firmly planted in cheek, is looking for fiction and poetry to celebrate/discuss/mock the recently announce Space Force, one of the more absurd president-pleasing announcements coming out of the USA government:

Okay, how could we not. Now that America has an official Space Force, we need to incorporate it into literature.

What to do we want? Camp? Satire? Bug Eyed Monsters? All good. We’ll do serious stories, too. Mostly we want good stories. And if I am to confess, we want campy stories. We want the golden age of pulp to live again.

Political bends are allowed.

Poetry and essays are allowed.

Ask yourself, what would an American Space Force do? Will there be a space wall around the International Space Station? Will NASA and the Space Force get along? I have no idea, but I’m leaving it up to you to tell us. Here at B Cubed, we leave the writing to you.

It’s ripe for a good story or poem, and they are open to submissions up to 5,000 words. They’re paying 2 US cents/word for unpublished and reprint fiction and poetry, as well as royalties. There’s also an option for a flat $25 USD for particularly short poetry. They are reading until April 15, so flex your satirical, pulpy and/or campy fingers and start writing.

Literarium listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/b-cubed-press-2/tales-from-the-space-force/

They’re also reading for Alternative Apocalypse, with the same closing date and terms: https://literarium.net/market/b-cubed-press/alternative-apocalypses/

Monday Markets - Nox Pareidolia anthology - April 30, 2019 (via @NightscapePress)

Editor Robert Wilson is looking for Weird stories with ambiguity for Nightscape Press’s latest anthology:

The theme is heavily inspired by Robert Aickman's fiction. Initially, I envisioned a book of stories where it is ambiguous as to whether the nature of the horror/weird element is supernatural or not. But I've recently decided to make that a more openly interpreted theme of ambiguous horror/weird fiction. Whether it be ambiguously supernatural or whether what exactly has or is happening is ambiguous, or any creative idea playing off of ambiguity could be interesting to see explored. But the element that is ambiguous must be intrinsic to the story.

Nightscape Press is paying 6 US c/word up to 6,000 words (there is some leeway for longer stories, but pay is capped at 6,000 words). Submissions close at the end of April, so get writing.

Literarium listing yonder: https://literarium.net/market/nightscape-press/nox-pareidolia

Monday Markets - Thinking Horror Journal (via @thinkinghorror)

Thinking Horror is paying for non-fiction essays about horror literature:

THINKING HORROR is a journal dedicated to exploring horror in literature exclusively. The unofficial theme of the literature journal is “Why Horror?”

We are looking for non-fiction articles about the genre written by the people who generally think most about it.

Interested contributors must submit a short proposal to the editors outlining the proposed topic. It needn’t be long, just so long as it communicates the topic and the goals of the essay. This will help prevent repetition, or work on something that ultimately does not fit the journal’s intentions.

Submissions are via article proposal (It’s marked ‘Query first’ in our directory'), so if you try to record a direct submission in Literarium you’ll see a warning saying something along the lines of ‘hey, you don’t have an accepted Query submission’. Remember to RTFG (ie, Read the … Friendly … Guidelines.

Essays on the topic up to 1,000 words pay $20 USD per piece.

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/thinking-horror/thinking-horror-journal

Monday Markets - The Once and Future Moon - Apr 30, 2019 (via @Eibonvale)

Eibonvale Press is reading for their new anthology all about our wonderful moon:

The “Once” aspect will deal with how older cultures / earlier civilisations / people in history saw the Moon, considered and reflected upon the Moon. Think Verne, Wells, Godwin. Think mythology. Think the Sumerians. Think the Ancient Greeks. Think beliefs held by vanished cultures. These stories do not have to be factually, scientifically accurate; the Moon element could be seen as poetic, figurative, imaginative, etc. These stories will likely form one third of the book. Possibly half.

For “Future”, I am looking at both the liveable near-future (e.g. up to 50 years’ time) and slightly further ahead as well. I want stories grounded in how we will live on / adapt to / use the Moon in the near and further future. What issues might we face – some of which have yet to be even thought of by NASA?

I will also look at stories about how the Moon will affect our lives going forward. Will it be the site of the next war? Will it be the focal point of a conflict between science and religious forces (consider how the Moon is central to many religious practices)? What happens if the Moon starts to move closer to us or to move further away? What if the Moon was badly damaged or destroyed? What if the Moon acquired a companion?

They’re accepting themed original submissions between 1,000 and 5,000 words, paying a token 10 GBP and a contributor’s copy. Eibonvale looks like they make beautiful books, so might be worth looking into if the topic inspires you. You have until the 30th of April!

Our listing to here: https://literarium.net/market/eibonvale-press/the-once-and-future-moon

Monday Markets - Letters from the Grave anthology - Mar 31, 2019 (via @OrbanninBooks)

Orbannin Books is open to their first anthology, ‘Letters from the Grave’ and looking for submissions:

The epistolary form has a long, proud tradition in the horror genre. From the classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula, through modern classics like World War Z. We want to see your fresh takes on the idea. Remember that the epistolary genre doesn’t just include letters. It can be stories created from nearly any kinds or combinations of documents, i.e. crime scene reports, diary entries, interview transcripts, etc. This can include modern electronic and digital “documents” such as texts, voicemails, Tweets, blog posts, and more. Original stories only, no reprints.

They’re reading stories up to 10,000 words, and paying 5c USD/word and a paperback contributor copy. Deadline is 31st of March 2019, but they’re already sending out acceptances so get in quickly before it fills up.

Our listing to the anthology here: https://literarium.net/market/orbannin-books/letters-from-the-grave-a-collection-of-epistolary-horror

Orbannin books also accepts novella and novel length submissions, across speculative fiction genres (including weird west). Our listing for that is here: https://literarium.net/market/orbannin-books/orbannin-books

Monday Markets - Buckshot Magazine

Buckshot Magazine is open and ready for your flash-length fiction:

We are looking for fresh, engaging and previously-unpublished stories of up to 2000 words in every genre and style (plus the occasional bit of poetry). Send us the pieces you're proud of -- words you want to see in print.

They pay $25 CAD via PayPal for all genres up to 2,000 words. Simultaneous submissions accepted, which is always a nice bonus. They also accept up to three stories per submission (once per week), and promise to respond within 24 hours.

Check our listing out here: https://literarium.net/market/buckshot-magazine/buckshot-magazine/ and their Patreon site here http://patreon.com/buckshotmagazine

Monday Markets - Apparition Lit (via @ApparitionLit)

Apparition Lit is looking for speculative poetry and short fiction, on their quarterly theme:

Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. We want it all. Send us your strange, misshapen stories.

Send us stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. We’re looking for proactive characters and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a complete story.

They pay a semi-pro 3 US cents/word for pieces between 1,000 and 5,000 words, and $15USD for poetry up to 2 pages. Make sure your piece addresses the theme!

Literarium listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/apparition-lit/apparition-lit/

Monday Markets - Electric Spec (via @electricspec)

Electric Spec is an established online magazine looking to publish speculative fiction and art:

Electric Spec is a not-for-profit speculative fiction magazine published four times per year. Our primary goal is getting great speculative fiction into the hands (or screens) of readers. Since 2005, we've been publishing short stories from authors all over the world. We've worked with all kinds of authors, from published professionals to new writers. We also believe in the value of the editorial process, and we edit every story we publish.

The editors want fiction between 250 and 7,000 words, paying $20 USD per piece. They’re always open to submissions and publish quarterly.

Literarium listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/electric-spec/electric-spec/

Monday Markets - Unreal Magazine (via @longshotpress)

Hi there and welcome to 2019!

Longshot Press from Daniel Scott White is just opened Unreal Magazine (alongside Unfit, which was already open):

We want stories that are well written, intelligent, and enjoyable to read. We are looking for stories with metaphors and emotional ambience and imaginative descriptive writing. Unreal Magazine is looking for stories about fantasy, magic, and portals to other worlds at this indefinite point in time.

Both Unreal and Unfit magazines pay 1 USD/c per word from 500 to 5000 words. They operate on a ‘if you don’t hear from us in 30 days try again’ policy, so although I have 30 days in the ‘responds by’ category, it’s probably more ‘might respond if you’re lucky’.

Our listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/longshot-press/unreal-magazine

Monday Markets - Christmas Break!

It’s Christmas Eve over here in Australia, and almost Christmas Eve in the UK, so the Literarium team is having a well-deserved break. That means that, no, this week’s post, is not an anthology called Christmas Break. I’m sorry.

We send best wishes to all your loved ones who you feel deserve them, and we wish scorpions and/or lava upon your enemies.

See you in 2019!

Monday Markets - Growing Up Disabled in Australia - 31 May, 2019 (via @blackincbooks)

Black Inc books was reading for ‘Growing up Queer in Australia' a few months ago, and are now open to submissions for a similar anthology:

We are looking for non-fiction pieces that deal with any aspect of growing up chronically ill, deaf, Deaf or disabled. Submissions can be in any manner, tone or style, but should not be academic or scholarly. They should be written in first-person and be honest accounts of lived experience – positive, negative or anything in between.

Editor Carly Findlay says: ‘I want young disabled people to read this anthology and know what’s possible for them, to see that other disabled people have had similar experiences, and to feel the impact of visibility and positive representation. While I have had a life-long chronic illness, I first identified as chronically ill and disabled when I heard other chronically ill and disabled people’s stories.’’

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 31 May, 2019, and you’ll hear back by the 1st of October.

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

Monday Markets - Vex Me No More, 31st Dec, 2018

Horror Queen Media is publishing ‘Vex Me No More’:

We want your witch stories! Though they do not necessarily have to be female-centric, they do need to be tales of powerful, unique beings. Remember, this is a horror anthology, so while you can have elements of other genres, we want to be scared. 

They’re paying 2c/word and a contributor copy for new work on the theme up to 5,000 words, and $25/reprint submission.

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/horror-queen-media/vex-me-no-more

Monday Markets - Grumpy Old Gods anthology - Jan 13, 2019 (via @JunetaKey)

Juneta Key is co-editing a new anthology titled Grumpy Old Gods:

We’re looking for stories about mythical Gods who are waning, reborn, retired, or otherwise AWOL from their assigned post.

We invite you to re-imagine old myths, mine your local retirement home for things that tickle your fancy, and invite your Muse to go wild. The only requirement is that the god or goddess in question (or whole pantheon if you so choose) must be retired, retiring, waning in power, or ignoring their responsibilities. Bonus points for good humor.

They’re after 3,000-4,000 word short stories, on the theme (so speculative, with I think a dash of humour). Payment is a regular payment of an equal split among contributors of the sales profits. Sounds like a fun theme. I’m always more interested in narrow scopes - I find they spark creativity better than a ‘send in any story’ call.

Our listing here: https://literarium.net/market/grumpy-old-gods/grumpy-old-gods

Monday Markets - Flame Tree Press (via @flametreetweet)

Flame Tree Publishing have (just?) opened up their trade imprint Flame Tree Press, paying standard royalty rates for horror, crime, sci-fi and fantasy:

We are a global publisher and sell through all major wholesalers, retailers, and online outlets, in all formats (print, ebook and audio). We sell foreign language co-editions and translation rights to publishers in many countries around the world, including France, Germany, China and Brazil, and attend all major book fairs including Frankfurt, Beijing, London and the American Booksellers Association.

We’ve focused on Flame Tree Publication’s many anthologies over the past, so it’s nice to remember they are a now a home for the handful of long-form authors out there (ha ha, I kid, I love you all, short, micro, and novel length writing authors alike, even poets!)

They’re after original novels between 70K and 120K each, and promise to respond quickly (within a week).

The Literarium listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/flame-tree-publishing/flame-tree-press

Monday Markets - Vastarien Journal

Vastarien Journal is a little different, being fundamentally entwined with the tone of the works of Thomas Liggoti. There’s a long list of subgenres/ideas relating to literary horror that they welcome but I liked one of the last items on their list as it seems to encompass their focus:

Horror and pessimism as it relates to most any field (geography, psychology, astronomy, music, film, etc.—kind of a catchall category)

They’re after non-fiction (750-7500 words), fiction (750-6000 words), poetry (50 lines) and art for their very stylish and intellectual looking magazine. Pay is 5c/word or $50/piece for art/poetry. Check them out!

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

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