Monday Markets - Concrete Dreams - Dec 1, 2018

Prospective Press is about to Kickstart an anthology of Urban Fantasy, Concrete Dreams:

This anthology has an open call for manuscripts for a total anticipated length of 120k. Open for any Urban Fantasy ("Modern" fantasy, essentially fantasy set in the era of paved roads) submission with a magic and gears flavor. Juried. Accepted authors are expected to participate in anthology promotion during the Kickstarter campaign.

They're after 5,000 to 10,000 word fiction, paying at least 4c USD per word. Note that they do want the authors to participate in the anthology promotion so you might want to clarify what this means before you submit. You have until the first of December and their website says they’ll respond within 6 weeks.

Our listing here:

Monday Markets - Constellary Tales

Constellary Tales is open to submission:

Named in homage to the master work of Geoffrey Chaucer, Constellary Tales casts the centuries-old tradition of storytelling across time and space. Our editorial mission is to find and share great speculative fiction stories that are, above all, simply great stories. (Prose can by stylish, but it doesn’t have to be. Characters can be complex, except when a story demands them to be painted with a coarse brush. But a driving narrative is a sine qua non.)

We love SF stories that carry characters from their beginning to their end. That take the reader along on the journey of discovery (or loss, or redemption, or whatever). And of course, they have to be speculative. The name “Constellary” betrays our love for science fiction, but we’re fans of fantasy too.

They're paying pro-rates of 0.06 US cents per word for shorter stories (from 1,000 to 3,500 Words), and there's a podcast too.

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - Bubble Off Plumb - Sep 30, 2018

Feral Cat Publishing is reading for their 'Bubble Off Plumb' anthology:

Theme: “Bubble Off Plumb” (BOP) is a colloquial expression for things being not quite right. We’re looking for original fiction short stories of such a nature; odd, unsettling, full of twists, etc. All genres are welcome, if you have a story which doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere else, we might be the home for it! If you’re not sure a story is odd enough: submit it. We know BOP when we see it. If you submit a love story about a dreamy vampire meeting up with a young person, it had better be damn good! 

They pay 0.03 US cents per word for short story and flash pieces (from 1,000 to 5,000 Words). They're open to quality reprints, too, which makes for a nice opportunity, as reprint markets aren't that common. In addition to payment they also offer pro-rata royalties on profits, as well as a contributor copy + discounts on additional print copies.

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets - John Silence Anthology - Sep 30, 2018

It's great to see helping get more niche-y projects off the ground. This one is a tie-in collection to an RPG set in an alternative 20th-C noir America. It looks like the stories and poems that are accepted will be scattered through the roleplaying core book, which is cool!:

The John Silence RPG & Anthology is a collective projective [re-envisioning] Algernon Blackwood's "John Silence" short stories to focus on non-white/POC/ethnically and racially marginalized psychic detectives in an alternate American noir setting spanning the 1920s to the 1990s. The core rules by Josh Jordan for the collaborative, non-violent gameplay will make up part of the anthology. The other half is stories and poems in settings focusing on the adventures and lives of these psychic detectives and their dealings with the Unseen World.
[The] setting isn't just weird noir into the 50s. Show me your Cold War immigrant kid pieces and your indigenous resistance songs, an alternate 1970s-- wander far afield in time, as well as locale. Psychic Monsters visit Mobile and Fresno as well as New York and New Orleans. 

It's narrowly focused, but if that narrow focus encompasses your interests and writing, it might be perfect. They're open until September 30th, paying 6c/word for fiction up to 6,000 words, and $30 USD flat per poetry piece.

Also fun:

Please play with with form! Diary entries, letters, fake newspaper entries, police reports, something weirder -- all are welcome. Surprise me with your form play. All stories must center on a ethnically marginalized person grappling with their psychic abilities (or lack thereof in a world where they're needed?) and the fact that violence cannot fix the problems created by the creatures on the other side of the veil or drive them away.

Our listing here:

And if you want to check out the original (now funded) Kickstarter project, check it here:

Monday Markets - Zizzle (via @zizzlelit)

Zizzle is open to flash fiction for a young audience:

At Zizzle we look for stories that will surprise, move, and amuse both young and mature imaginative minds. We like fiction that dives deep into meaning and resists banality. We believe the moral, if any, of a great story should evolve naturally from within and not be imposed from without. We embrace new perspectives to the nuanced joys and tensions in children’s daily lives and imaginations. We are open to pieces that defy traditional storytelling. Tasteful humor and a strong voice always appeal to us.

They're paying 100 USD per story for flash fiction between 500 and 1,200 words. If you write for younger audiences, check it out.

Listing here:

Monday Markets - Blood Bound Books anthologies (via @bloodboundbooks)

Blood Bound Books is open to two horror anthologies with very different themes:

Crash Code:

The future is now. At least, that’s what we’re told, but the more advanced technology gets, the more ways people find to hurt each other.  Many say that technology changes the way we define ‘human.’ In this anthology, we’ll erase the definition entirely.

And Burnt Fur:

We’re looking for stories from the dark underbelly of Furry life. The Pooka who is not only invisible to everyone but Elwood Dowd (“Harvey”), but who is also slaughtering the neighborhood pets. The talking porcupine who uses an ancient form of acupuncture to mind-control the humans into a sex/blood cult. The couple who dress up as wolves, go to Furry cons, and actually eat people dressed as prey animals. You get the idea.

Burnt Fur is closing September 1, and Crash Code is open until October 1. They both accept work between 1,500 and 7,000 words, paying 3USc/word.

If these are themes that sound up your alley, send your stories in!

Our listings here:

Monday Markets - Talem Press (via @WritersEdit)

Talem Press, a fantasy publisher imprint of Writer's Edit, is open to full length fantasy manuscript submissions until October 12, 2018. They promise to get back to all submissions within 3 weeks, so this might be a good avenue to submit your manuscript and not have it tied up in a pile somewhere for 6 months:

Talem Press publishes fantasy fiction that empowers its readers. It's a house that's particularly passionate about unlikely heroines, mysterious magic and out-of-this-world story-telling.

They don't specify payment terms but I would assume that would be negotiated upon successful submission. Similarly, they only mention full length manuscripts so I've ballparked that as Novella and Novels. Feel free to correct the listing as you get more information!

Our listing here:


Monday Markets - Three Crows Magazine (via @magazinecrows)

There's a brand new just-starting-up market for speculative fiction: Three Crows Magazine:

We at Three Crows want your stories set in dark, weird, and gritty fantasy, horror, and sci-fi setting, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions. Think of a lovechild of Andjei Sapkowski, Naomi Novik, Joe Abercombie, Geroge R.R. Martin, H.P. Lovecraft, and China Mieville.

Note however that:

  • Slavic folklore and setting are of highest priority

They're only new, so are paying $25USD/story (note, magazines-that-don't-pay-writers, that even just a token payment shows that your magazine values its content creators). Fiction up to 4,000 words is being considered, and although they are generally open to submissions, if you want to be considered for Issue 1 you need to get your submission in by Aug 22, 2018.

Note also that they're accepting work in English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and German!

Our listing is here:

Monday Markets - Resisting Fascism anthology - Aug 15 (via @crossedgenres)

While we can still publish freely, why not support a small anthology on the spec fiction subject of Resisting Fascism. Crossed Genres is opening for their new anthology:

For our first microanthology, we’re looking for science fiction and fantasy stories about Resisting Fascism – a subject already appearing in many writers’ recent works. Whatever that may look like, small scale rebellion or worldwide revolution; set in any time period past, present or future, or even in alternate universes.  

It's a quick submission window - submissions close Aug 15, 2018. They're after spec fiction on the theme from 250-8000 words, paying 7c USD per word! No reprints or simultaneous subs, yo.

Check it here:

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: