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October 2016
Vol. 11 No. 5
(Whole No. 103)

Cynthia Ward
P.O. Box 2228
Apple Valley, CA 92307

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October brings several new magazines, anthologies, and contests, so I'll let you get right to your Market Maven.




AE (Canada) website has been hacked.

APEX MAGAZINE is temporarily closed to all submissions.

"BLUE MONDAY REVIEW ( is currently on hiatus and is not accepting submissions at present. Please check back later for more information and submission openings."

COSMIC ROOTS AND ELDRITCH SHORES ( is closed to submissions until its next reading period (December 21-28, 2016).

THE FANTASIST and SKELOS JOURNAL are temporarily closed to submissions.

GAMUT MAGAZINE is closed to submissions until 12:01 AM CST December 1, 2016.

LACKINGTON'S ( is closed to submissions until November 5, 2016 (details about new theme ["Musics"] at

MYTHIC ( is closed to submissions until December 1, 2016.

UNCANNY MAGAZINE is currently CLOSED to short story submissions, but is OPEN to poetry submissions until "the end of the day on October 17," 2016.


AnthologyBuilder is reportedly shutting down.



HELIOS QUARTERLY MAGAZINE reading period ends October 15, 2016.

MIRROR WORLD PUBLISHING ( will open to submissions on October 24, 2016.

MOCHA MEMOIRS PRESS Sherlock Holmes anthology CURIOUS INCIDENTS: MORE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES ( has a deadline of October 14, 2016.

POST MORTEM PRESS ( is open to submissions of SF and F only.

QUICKFIC subs are open until October 31, 2016 (

SEE THE ELEPHANT (METAPHYSICAL CIRCUS PRESS, 6 cents/word to $200 max for originals, is open until October 15, 2016.


THIRD FLATIRON will reopen to spec-fic story submissions on November 1, 2017; watch for the anthology themes.

WEIRDBOOK MAGAZINE ( is open to submissions until October 31, 2016.



Nonpaying magazine ALGERNON (Estonia) has a new editor (Kristjan Sander, co-editor and editor for translations, kristjans [at] hot [dot] ee) and new submission e-mail addresses (accepts e-mail submissions at algernon [at] lists [dot] ut [dot] ee as RTF attachments).

MIRROR DANCE e-mail address to mirrordancefantasy [at] gmail [dot] com.





ANGLE MORT (France, "[a]ccepts submissions in English and translates for free. Publishes SF, fantasy, and any speculative fiction. Max length: 50,000 characters including spaces (please ensure you include the number of characters on your first page). Pays 50 Euros per story. Accepts e-mail submissions as Word (.doc) or RTF attachment. Email:"





Editor: Shane Staley


DarkFuse Magazine is an online publication now live and taking submissions for its featured fiction series. Here's what we're looking for:

Original Fiction: Horror, thriller, suspense, crime, sci-fi, bizarre - anything with a dark slant. Original, never-before-published stories. 1K-2K words paid. Will publish longer stories, but maximum payout is to 2k words. Please don't submit stories longer than 15k.

Payment: 5 cents per word up to 2k words.

Rights Taken: One-time web publication rights. Two year exclusive agreement before submitting to another market. Non-exclusive archive rights for the life of the online magazine. First anthology rights in English as stories accepted in the magazine will also be up for inclusion in the DarkFuse anthology series (not guaranteed). All other rights revert to the author on publication.

Response Time: 6 months or less.

For New and Mid-list Authors: This magazine is a paying market with a major focus on exposure through distribution and paid marketing and promotions of its content. DarkFuse editors use submissions to scout talent for the company's main focus and revenue stream which is its digital and physical book lines.

For Established and Professional Authors: This magazine offers professional rates and a growing readership. Payment greater than 5 cents per word may be offered if your work is solicited.






Our submissions status is currently: OPEN

September 15, 2016 – December 15, 2016

Publishing Schedule

February 1st, 2017
(Print Publication and E-Pub)

April 1st, 2017
(E-Pub Only)

Submission Guidelines

Flash Fiction: Fiction in a flash? Challenge accepted! Keep your story between 300 – 700 words. Wow us with your word will-power! As it’s said, so well and so often, “Kill your Darlings”.

Short Fiction: Ah, our bread-and-butter! Stories within 2,000 – 7,000 words will be accepted. Keep them creepy.

Poetry: We love a poem or three here at DeadLights. So in what form of poem should you write? Well, it can be any kind of poem at all, really, as long as haunts us all in our sleep. Feel free to express yourself in no longer than a single-space page length in Microsoft Word.

Creative Non-Fiction: We are accepting creative non-fiction stories that are terrible, horrible, or gross. These are meant to be small stories about real-life, interesting things that have happened to our readers. Word count? 300 – 3000!

Art: For those of you feeling creative, we do accept drawings, paintings, graffiti, whatever, as long as they are sent to us in a digital format. We love horror-art!

How to Submit

Format: Manuscripts? Pile’em on us. Just remember, there are a lot of stories out there, and not a lot of ‘us’. To ensure that you get your fair share of limelight, follow these tips:

We are not format fascists here at Deadlights, and if you keep your submissions in a Microsoft Word (.docx) Document or .PDF, we may squeak by a good tale or two, formatting be damned. For our first go-round, though, do keep all submissions in one of the two formats. Thank you.

Sending it in: In the subject of the email, please place your last name and your fiction form (fiction form meaing, Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, etc.) so that it looks like this: Smith_Poetry.

In the body of the email, say hello! Tell us who you are, and if you’ve been published before. If you have, well, right-on! If not, that’s ok. We’re looking for new, dead lights (heh-heh) to publish. No need to tell us who in your family grows toe-nails the fastest, but if it’s relevant to your submission … well, maybe still don’t tell us. After all is said (or not said) and done, please attach your manuscript to your email, and hit send! And no worries: we do accept multiple submissions.

Email: Send your submissions to deadlightsmagazine (at) gmail (dot) com — sorry email snatching robots, today is not your day!

Other Odd Things

Wait Time: DeadLights Magazine is the new kid on the block, and as such, we don’t know what we don’t know. Classic response, right? You should hear if your story has been accepted or rejected in a month’s time. If you haven’t heard from us, please let us know. We aren’t deliberately obtuse, we were just kind of born that way …


Short Stories: $50 plus a print copy of the magazine.

Flash Fiction: $10 plus a print copy of the magazine.

Horror Poetry: $10 plus a print copy of the magazine.

Cover Art: $40-$80 plus a print copy of the magazine.

Inside Art: $5-$10 plus a print copy of the magazine.

Creative Non-Fiction: $5-$10 plus a print copy of the magazine.

These figures are subject to change for the better. We’re hoping our pay-rates grow along with the publication. If you’re interested in supporting DeadLights Magazine, please head on over to our Kickstarter page to help us pay our authors and artists:

Rights: When it comes to claiming rights on individual works, we have a fiction first policy here at DeadLights. Should your work be published, once you are in print, the rights to your story return to you. We do not hold art hostage.

We may choose to do a ‘The Best of …’, year-end edition, and if your story is a candidate for this publication, we will reach out to you. If the story is unavailable, that will just have to be our bad luck; but it isn’t bad luck, not really, because your success is our success!





What We Publish
LitMag Print
Short stories, novellas
Creative nonfiction; essays on literature, art, and culture, music; biography, memoir
No restrictions on style or form
LitMag Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Up to 4,000 words.
What We Look For 
Work that moves and amazes us.
We are drawn to big minds, large hearts, sharp pens
Word Count Limits
Print: 15,000 words
Online: 4,000 words
What to Send
One story or essay at a time, up to five poems.
Please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
Previously Unpublished
We do not consider work that has previously been published either in print or online (including personal blogs etc.)
What We Pay
LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem (or the rare short short)
LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $250
What We Acquire
LitMag acquires First North American Serial Rights.
Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.
When to Submit
Regular submissions: September 1 to August 15
How to Submit
Online. (Saves trees, prevents paper cuts.) We use Submittable (
Multiple Submissions
Please submit only once in each category and wait until you receive our response before submitting again.
Simultaneous Submissions
Yes, of course. But please withdraw your submission immediately via Submittable if another publication beats us to your work.
Response time
We try to respond to submissions as quickly as possible and strive to send a decision within two months, but please understand that the volume of submissions may require us to take longer.
Submit via Submittable:



The editors at ELECTRIC SPEC ( are now Lesley L. Smith, Grayson Towler, and Nikki Baird.



From Salik Shah: MITHILA REVIEW will be turning into a quarterly publication with occasional essays, interviews and reviews in between.

Starting with our next issue, we want to pay a flat rate of $10 for poetry, flash (under 2500 words), non-fiction and reprint, and $50 for original short stories (between 4000-8000 words). Please help us spread the word around and make this happen:

And we are very happy to announce that Isha Karki has joined our editorial team. Her short story, "Rooting," and one essay appear in our current issue.

From her bio: "Isha Karki works in publishing and lives in London. She grew up on a healthy dose of Bollywood, fanfiction and dystopian literature. She is interested in post-colonial narratives, feminist voices, myths and fairy tales and SF that isn’t white-washed. Her first published story, ‘Firebird’, appeared in Lightspeed‘s POC Destroy Science Fiction issue."

Thank you so much for your contribution and support!



Coeditor Bruce Boston reports: "Marge Simon and I will once again be editing a special speculative poetry section for THE PEDESTAL MAGAZINE. Payment is $40 per poem. We will be open for submissions for the month of November. The issue will appear in December. Full guidelines at"



Semipro webzine SHIMMER ( has reopened to submissions:


Fiction Guidelines
Status: We are currently OPEN to submissions.
Shimmer publishes speculative fiction — science fiction, fantasy, a dash of literary horror.
Shimmer aspires to publish excellent fiction across lines of race, income, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, geography, and culture, and therefore encourages submissions of diverse stories from diverse authors. This includes, but is not limited to: people of color, LBGTQIA, women, the impoverished, the elderly, and those with disabilities. We are not interested in acquiring fiction that denigrates or perpetuates stereotypes of the above groups.
We encourage authors of all backgrounds to write stories that include characters and settings as diverse and wondrous as the people and places of the world we live in. Every story sent to us should be well-researched, respectful, and conscientious.
What to send us:
Unusual and beautifully-written *speculative fiction* stories with full plots and strong characters. The best way to understand what we are looking for is to read an issue of the magazine. We’re most drawn to *contemporary fantasy*, and seek out stories with a strong emotional core. We like unusual stories with a fluid and distinctive voice, with specific and original images. Send us your odd, unclassifiable stories.
Hard Sells:
We are less likely to be interested in sword and sorcery, hard SF, space opera, paranormal romance, and slasher/body-mod horror. Flash fiction remains a hard sell, as do stories about mermaids, devils, writers, holidays, selkies, and protagonists suffering from amnesia. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t send them — it is, however, a sign of clear warning posted on the forest road. We are highly unlikely to be interested in rape stories, and encourage writers to find other dimensions to explore with their female characters.
We will consider stories *up to 7500 words* (preferred length ~4000 words).
If your story is longer than 7500 words:
Send us a query briefly describing the story along with the first page of the story. *Shimmer does not publish books or collections of short fiction.*
Payment and Rights:
We pay 5 cents per word, minimum $50. We are purchasing the right to display your story on our website and publish it in our annual print anthology. Four months after publication, most rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling digital back issues of the magazine, and the right to archive your story.
How to submit:
Shimmer appreciates cover letters. Don’t summarize your story — let us discover the story through its reading. Don’t fret over addressing the letter; “Dear Editors” works perfectly well.
Send your manuscript as an attachment (DOC, DOCX,  or RTF ONLY) in standard manuscript format ( to Do not paste your story into the body of the email.
Make sure the subject line begins with Submission and has the title of your story. Example: “Submission: Attack of the Evil Robot Monkeys.” If you don’t use the correct subject line, your story may end up in our spam filter and not get read. Please ensure that our response to you won’t go in *your* spam folder. If you use spam filters and require our email address to be on a “white list,” you need to put it there.
We don’t have a firm policy on how often you may submit but because of our volume of submissions, after receiving a rejection we appreciate a few days between submissions.
Response Time:
We are usually able to reply to submissions within two weeks (final response time is longer if your story ends up in the maybe stack–you are always notified if your story goes into the maybe stack). If it has been longer than one month, feel free to query us at the submission e-mail, with QUERY and story title in the subject line.
International authors:
Shimmer welcomes submissions from authors outside the United States. When possible, please consider having a Paypal account, so payment can be easy on both sides.
Shimmer does not accept any of the following:
Multiple submissions, simultaneous submissions, poetry, and reprints; we do not accept stories that have appeared on your blog or other public websites; we do not accept stories that have been published as part of your Patreon. Even if you are sending flash, we only take one story from an author at a time.  Please do not send unsolicited rewrites; if we want a rewrite, we will ask for one. Shimmer does not publish novels or collections.
A Note on File Types:
We ask for certain types of files because they are the files our readers can reliably open. We cannot do anything with PDFs, WPS, ODT, or Pages. If you want your submission read, send us a DOC, DOCX, or RTF.
Our covers are presently handled in-house by our art director, Sandro Castelli. At this time, we are closed to other artwork submissions.
Take a moment to explore our cover stories, to get a better feel for the kind of fiction we lean toward:
The Earth and Everything Under, by K.M. Ferebee
The Seaweed and the Wormhole, by Jenn Grunigen
Anna Saves Them All, by Seth Dickinson
A Whisper in the Weld, by Alix E. Harrow
The Half Dark Promise, by Malon Edwards
The Scavenger’s Nursery, by Maria Dahvana Headley
[story links at webpage]



Vajra Chandrasekera is joining STRANGE HORIZONS as a Fiction Editor, working with Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, and An Owomoyela. For further details, see




Submissions to BETWEEN THE TRACKS "should be dark, and include a train or something similar - a tram, a cart, some other kind of vehicle that requires a track. Perhaps metaphorical tracks. Whatever track your mind takes, but it must be integral to the story. This will be targeted at a mature audience, but we're not looking for sex fantasies... unless pivotal to the plot of course!"

Deadline: October 31, 2016
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Payment: 2¢ per word (AUD) + ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:





We’re looking for stories that:

Have a main character that a middle grade reader (ages 8-12) can identify with;
Show a diverse set of real characters;
Are well written, fun to read and encourage a love of reading science fiction;
Tell of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters, and we’re pretty happy. Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are all fine.
To be super clear – we’re looking science fiction, in all it’s variants. While we love fantasy as well, please don’t submit fantasy stories for this anthology.
Are between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

We’re especially looking for stories:

Of adventure! We love a good dystopia as much as the next robot, but remember – this is the young explorer’s adventure guide.
Where the main character is of a population that has traditionally been under-represented in science fiction, e.g. girls, people of color, differently abled people;
Where the main character has agency, exercises it, and isn’t just along for the ride.

We are strong supporters of both the #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices movements.

We’re not interested in:

Stories where the female characters primarily exist to be rescued or as a prize for the males;
Stories where the primary plot or subplot is romantic in nature;
Stories with graphic violence or any form of sexual activity;
Stories with any violence towards animals;
Stories about the first girl to do X, surprising everyone;
Stories that depict any ethnicity or gender as universally bad or stupid.

Please note: although we’re aware kids have a wide and varied vocabulary, we’d prefer not to have swearing in the stories. If your story has swearing, please rephrase before submitting.

Submission deadline, mechanics and planned schedule

Anthology will be open for submissions from September 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017, with a reading period of February and March 2017.
While we prefer original stories, if you have something perfect that had a limited run elsewhere, query us and we’ll talk;
Acceptance notices will be sent by May 31, 2017;
In August we will launch a crowd-funding campaign to help with pre-publication costs. Regardless of results of crowd-funding campaign, we are committed to publishing the anthology. We’ve successfully funded the previous two anthologies this way, chances are favorable.

Rights and Payments

Authors will be provided with a complete Anthology Contract for review and consideration with the notice of accepted submissions.
In keeping with SWFA’s guidelines, we pay $0.06/word on final edited word count for one-year exclusive worldwide English rights and nonexclusive right to republish, print, or reprint the complete anthology in any language or format after the first year, print and electronic, and two contributor copies. Payment upon final edit.
If the crowd-funding fails, please note that we are still committed to this anthology, and will find other ways to fund the project. However, there may be delays. If authors feel the need to withdraw their submission due to delays, we understand.
We will provide professional editing, primarily for issues of grammar and spelling.
If authors have other questions about rights or payments, please contact us before submission. We want to make sure all concerns are addressed.

More questions? Check the full description page for last year’s anthology here: Have more questions? Contact us:




HATH NO FURY | An anthology where women take the lead (

Open Fiction Submissions!!

Posted by Melanie R. Meadors

Only three days to go!! Can we get a good rallying cry going? Share the link with your friends! Help us spread the word! Mention our awesome authors and essayists. Wouldn't it ROK to hit $30k by the end?

And now what you've been waiting for: Open submissions!! We have some guidelines authors need to follow, though, so you'll want to pay attention (and this is all standard submissions stuff for pretty much all publications):

--Stories must feature a well-developed female protagonist who is not just a cardboard cutout. She needs to have a clear goal, motivation, and conflict. She has a background that shaped her to be who she is.

--Stories must be 7k words or less. This is a hard limit for new submissions.

--Stories MUST BE in standard manuscript format. That mean Times New Roman or comparable, 12 point font, one inch margins, double spaced, indent before paragraphs...well, basically, what is given here as an example. This makes life easier for everyone. Please send manuscripts in .doc format, and make sure all your contact info is on there.

--Send story submissions as attachments to, with the subject heading "HNF SUBMISSION: Author Name, Title." In your email, give us a short bio and let us know about your previous publications and any other relevant facts.

--Please do not contact editors by way of Facebook or other social media. Email is always best. Questions about format, etc are fine, but please do not ask us if your idea works, etc. Consider this opportunity as you would any other short fiction venue: You don't query them about ideas first, you just send them the best story you have.

--Don't be too anxious about it: the best stories come from an honest place within. Let your personality and voice shine through. Don't try too hard, and don't let self-doubt master you! We are excited to receive entries--We want to see what kind of awesome stories you all have to tell! We aren't looking for PERFECTION, we want stories that will touch our hearts, make our souls soar to adventure, and inspire people. We can work with you to fix some things as long as the story is sound. That being said, of course you should try your best. Have a couple friends read the story over before you send it. Don't send us a first draft.

--The window for submissions is SEPTEMBER 15-OCTOBER 15, 2016. Anything sent outside of this window will be deleted unread.

Thanks so much for all of your support, it means the world to us! Let's make these last three days really count, and be sure to send us your best starting Sept 15!




Hath No Fury is a collection of fantasy, science fiction, and urban fantasy tales by some of the leading proponents of female characters in the industry. These stories feature leads inspired by women from literature, history, and film - exciting and intriguing characters in the vein of Ellen Ripley, Lara Croft, Joan of Arc, Marvel’s Black Widow, La Femme Nikita, Katniss Everdeen, Hermione Granger, and Furiosa.


Mother. Warrior. Caregiver.

Wife. Lover. Survivor.

Trickster. Heroine. Leader.

Hath No Fury contains approximately 19 meaningful stories that defy the stereotypes. In this anthology, readers should expect to find super-smart, purpose-driven, ultra-confident heroines. Here, it’s not the hero who does all the action while the heroine smiles and bats her eyelashes; Hath No Fury’s women are champions, not princesses in distress. Embracing the strong warriors to the silent but powerful, to even the timid who muster up the bravery to face down a terrible evil, the women of Hath No Fury will make their indelible marks and leave you breathless for more.


The introduction for Hath No Fury will be written by none other than the great Margaret Weis, who has influenced more than her fair share of female authors and has done great work for women in the publishing and gaming worlds.


Hath No Fury will be co-edited by Melanie R. Meadors (science fiction and fantasy author, blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and Publicity/Marketing Director for RAGNAROK PUBLICATIONS and MECHANICAL MUSE) and J.M. Martin (editor of the best-selling, award-winning BLACKGUARDS: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues, owner and Creative Manager of Ragnarok Publications). Both have extensive experience working in fiction and publishing, and have worked on many successful fiction Kickstarters, including Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters; Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues; Genius Loci; and MECH: Age of Steel.




Horror, mystery, science fiction, historical fiction, and the plain weird

Open Call for Submissions

Anthology Title: MONSTERS AMONG US

Open to submissions: September 1st, 2016

Closing: November 30th, 2016

The monsters we have come to know and love take a backseat as we delve into the darkest, most hideous depths of a monster that has taken centre stage as of late – HUMANS. I’m looking for ‘psychological horror’, horror that comes from within.

There lies a darkness in us all–what are some of the scariest atrocities humans are capable of doing? What ‘demons’ lurk in their heads, causing them to do the things they do? Humans can also create monsters out of humans…. Tell me “how”–the possibilities are endless. I want to see how ugly the human race can really get.

Poetry and Stories up to 7,000 words will be accepted. Poetry - no word limit. Artwork is most welcome; send up to 5 pieces.

Oscillate Wildly Press buys Exclusive Worldwide English Language Rights (no reprints), with 6 month exclusivity after first publication, and pays $15 for short stories. No simultaneous or multiple submissions please, and no reprints. Please refer to Submission Guidelines for more information.

CAVEAT: If rape is involved somewhere in your story, it must not be the ‘center focus’. (In other words, no heavily detailed descriptions the act itself.)


Please title your subject line, Submission_Monsters Among Us_YourLastName, and send submissions to:



PINE FLOAT PRESS is pleased to extend the solicitation time for its latest anthology, PALOOKAVILLE.

PALOOKAVILLE, tentatively scheduled for release in Q3 of 2017, is a blue-collar supervillain antholology set in the shadows of the superheroic world. Second-string criminals, masked mooks and clued-in henchmen leave the stresses of the criminal world behind and live “normal lives,” until the outside world muscles its way in.

Fortunately, the citizens of Palookaville know.


- 5,000 - 7,000 word original stories set in the shared city of Powell Heights
- Stories are due no later than 12 a.m. January 1, 2017
- Payment: $50 upon acceptance and an equal share of profits from sales. Individual stories will be available for sale in electronic format, with individual authors receiving 80 percent of profit from sale (85 percent if author supplies cover art.)

- Pine Float Press will retain exclusive electronic and print rights for a period of one year after publication or two years after solicitation

A link to the original solicitation document is attached ( Please send submissions and an introductory email or queries to with the header SOLICITATION: PALOOKAVILLE.

Show us what you’ve got, tough guy.





By Tickety Boo Press September 28, 2016 Blog, Joseph Rubas, Spectral Press, Tickety Boo News

We had a fantastic submissions call for the Spectral Book of Horror Stories 3, which is published on Halloween 2016; so acquiring editor Dave de Burgh has decided to make it a twice yearly event.

Book 4 will be launched at Eastercon 2017 and book 5 on Halloween 2017.

So get your thinking caps on as submissions are now open for both. This is a paid for anthology so email us for details. Please make your stories better than good for this prestigeous collection.

The two covers are by Holly Madew who now has a hatrick in books 3-5.

Submissions to

Submission Guidelines:

Simply put, contemporary horror. It can be supernatural horror, body horror, psychological horror, or even dark science fiction, provided it takes place on earth. We tend more toward atmosphere than gore. It should be known up front that while the editor believes horror should shake the reader, stories containing abuse toward animals and children are less likely to be accepted. Violence, swearing, and sexual content are all allowed so long as they serve the plot.

All stories should have a modern setting. You don’t need to load your work with references to Facebook and iPhones (actually, we’d rather if you didn’t), but we’d like stories to reflect today’s world.

Stories should be sent to as RTF or Docx attachments. Work should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. If your story is slightly over or under, query. Your submission should be double spaced in Times New Roman 12pt. Please include your name, address, email address, and phone number in the upper left corner, and a rough word count in the upper right. You may include your last name, story title, and page number in the upper right corner of each page after the first, but this is neither required nor recommended.

Please include a cover letter in the body of the email.

Pay is one pence (about one cent) a word for non-exclusive rights, and a contributor’s copy.

The deadline for volume four is January 25.

The deadline for volume five is August 1.



Three new pro-paying (6 cents/word) anthologies in this call for submissions:

From Joshua B. Palmatier -

ZOMBIES NEED BRAINS LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies SUBMERGED, ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS!, and THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: SUBMERGED: Jellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

SUBMERGED is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that are set underwater at some point. It does not have to be set completely underwater, but at some point the events of the story must lead in a natural way to an underwater adventure. There should be a significant reason for why the action must take place underwater; this should NOT be a story where it easily be rewritten on land and maintain its cohesion. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories, and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings underwater and twists on the typical underwater themes will receive more attention than those that use standard underwater tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with Atlantis. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. So be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS! is to feature stories where the robots of the story somehow harken back to the 50s/60s style of robots. The story can be set in the far future, but at some point there should be a significant nod toward the robots from that era—either a significantly advanced robot that is simply housed in a 50s/60s style shell, or a robot exactly like those from the 50s/60s but used in an interesting and believable way in the story. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the 50s/60s style robots, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more generalized robots. So be creative and use your robot in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS is to feature stories where Death is a character in the story. The version of Death used should be unique, so consider all different types of versions of Death seen throughout history and in different cultures. Stories featuring more interesting takes on Death, and twists on how Death is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard depictions of Death. So be creative and use Death in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2016. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2017. Please send submissions to You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2017.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2017. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 017. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $10,000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $20,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to Thank you.

For details about the Kickstarter, click through the link below:

[Joshua B. Palmatier is an editor on the robot and underwater anthologies and is the publisher of all three titles.]



The deadline for A BREATH FROM THE SKY: UNUSUAL STORIES OF POSSESSION (MARTIAN MIGRAINE PRESS) "is January 31, 2017. We receive between 3-10 submissions a day at MMP HQ, and the slush pile is hundreds of stories deep by now. We read and respond as quickly as possible, and we know the theme is a hard target to hit, but don't let that stop you from showing us your best! Submission guidelines are here:"





The 2017 COMMONWEALTH SHORT STORY PRIZE is now open for entries.

Entries close 1st November 2016.

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English written by a citizen of a Commonwealth country ( [NOTE: USA is not a Commonwealth country]. All stories submitted must be unpublished, but both unpublished and published writers are eligible to apply. The competition is free to enter.

The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions – Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Please note that while the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.

Short stories translated into English from other languages are also eligible.

Please check here if you would like to enter your story in:

Bengali –

Portuguese – Se quiser enviar um conto em Português, pode favor clique aqui (

Swahili – Tafadhali angalia hapa kama ungependa kuwasilisha hadithi kwa Kiswahili (



The 22nd annual GARDEN STATE SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS SHORT STORY CONTEST is open to original fiction (no reprints) of <5k words (firm) on the theme of "From the Depths of Jersey." No fee. Prizes: 1st = $75 + GRAVERSEN AWARD and publication in FANTASY SCROLL MAGAZINE; 2nd = $40; 3rd = $25. Judges: Neil Morris, Frederick Doot, and Iulian Ionescu. Deadline: October 23, 2016. Results: November 5, 2016. Rules and guidelines,



I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD is the latest release from GREY MATTER PRESS and features five disturbing visions from five diverse authors that include Josh Malerman, John F.D. Taff, Erik T. Johnson, J. Daniel Stone, and Joe Schwartz.

The authors’ sole inspiration for their work was the cryptic message scrawled on a graffiti-scarred bathroom wall that read, simply: “I can taste the blood.”

Enter the I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD FLASH FICTION CONTEST and three lucky winners will receive cash prizes and have their stories published alongside those of the contributors in all digital versions of I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD sold at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and digital booksellers worldwide.

DEADLINE: October 21, 2016

LENGTH: 500-700 words

AWARDS: Grand Prize: A $50 VISA Gift Card applicable for purchases at most major retailers; Second Prize: $25 AMAZON Gift Card applicable for purchases at AMAZON stores; 3rd Prize: $25 Gift Code applicable for purchases at Winners will also be published in the eBook version of I Can Taste the Blood.

For full rules and guidelines, see



New year for the contest:


7th Annual Science Fiction Writing Contest
$1,000 Award

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Open to any emerging writer with an interest in exploring Indigenous issues through the medium of science fiction

200 word statement with background and goals in SF
Previously unpublished SF writing sample up to 4,000 words

To: Professor Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe) at dillong [at] pdx [dot] edu.

Judged by acclaimed writer Andrea Hairston.



New year for the contest:

WYRM'S GAUNTLET ( is open to all SpecFic and general fic with prompts for each of four rounds (fiction/reviews). No reprints. No word limit. No fee. Prizes: 1st = $150, 2nd = $75, 3rd = $50, plus in-depth critique for all three. Judges: Steven Lugo, Chy Burch, Gale Peterson, and Beth Sadler. Round 1 opens October 15, 2016. For full rules and guidelines, see





"KENSINGTON is launching a new digital SF imprint, REBEL BASE BOOKS, in fall 2017...focus[ed] on space travel and traditional 'soft' SF thrillers, alternate worlds and histories, and classic epic fantasy.

"All Kensington’s editors will be acquiring for the new imprint, and they are actively seeking submissions. For more information, see their site:"

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