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Your Monthly Source for Professional and Semi-Professional Speculative Fiction Market News

May 2018
Vol. 12 No. 12
(Whole No. 122)
Cynthia Ward
20258 U.S. Highway 18 - Ste 430-434
Apple Valley, CA 92307

May brings the open reading period for the relaunched Amazing Stories Magazine and the brief reopening of the novella imprint to unsolicited submissions, as well as several new and updated magazines and anthologies. So I'll let you get right to your MARKET MAVEN.
BANQUET EROTICA ( "inaugural publication" has closed to submissions.
EconoClash Review ( is closed to submissions until their reading period for issue #3 (July 1-August 31, 2018).
FableCroft Publishing and THE SOCKDOLAGER are on indefinite hiatus.
FIRESIDE FICTION is temporarily closed to submissions.
"HEROIC FANTASY QUARTERLY ( is CLOSED to both fiction and poetry submissions.  Check back in May for an update on if we will be open to submissions in June" [this is the information as of May 2].
KALEIDOTROPE is closed to submissions until January 1, 2019.
PULP LITERATURE is temporarily closed to submissions.
The APEX MAGAZINE special ZODIAC themed issue, ENHEDUANNA VOLUME 3, and the STRANGE HORIZONS special SOUTHEASTERN USA SPECULATIVE FICTION issue are now closed to submissions.
MYTHIC DELIRIUM is ceasing publication with the April 2018 issue; details,
SCHRODINGER'S MOUSE website is still down and they are reportedly non-responding to e-mail queries.
Anthology APOTHEOSIS 2: MORE STORIES OF SURVIVAL AFTER THE RISE OF THE ELDER GODS closes to submissions on May 31, 2018.
APPARITION LIT ( is open throughout May and their Flash Fiction contest is running from May 1-15, 2018.
Rose Lemberg will be editing an anthology of speculative poetry in tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin’s life and work, for AQUEDUCT PRESS; for the announcement, see
BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDIES 2: A DARK POETRY ANTHOLOGY (HELLBOUND BOOKS, "will close to submissions once filled."
BROADSWORDS AND BLASTERS ( will close to submissions on May 15, 2018.
CHILDREN OF THE SKY (pays royalty shares; SCHREYER INK PUBLISHING, has a deadline of June 30, 2018.
CROSS+DECAY ISSUE #2: (HOW TO SURVIVE IN) THE WOODS has a deadline of May 28, 2018.
DREAD: A FURRY HORROR MAG (pays $0.02/word; WEASEL PRESS, has a deadline of June 1, 2018.
ERASERHEAD PRESS and DEADITE PRESS (they pay "50% of net revenue"; BIZARRO CENTRAL, are open to novels and novellas until June 30, 2018.
FAIRY TALE REVIEW: THE PINK ISSUE ( call for fairy tale themed stories, poetry, and nonfiction ends May 31, 2018.
Anthology FALL INTO FANTASY has a deadline of July 1, 2018.
FIGHTING MONKEY PRESS is open to submissions for UnCommon Creatures ( until May 15, 2018.
THE FUTURE DAYS ANTHOLOGY (pays royalties; CASTRUM PRESS, has a deadline of May 11, 2018.
The next reading period for GALLERY OF CURIOSITIES will be June 3-30, 2018.
GEHENNA & HINNOM closes to chapbook submissions on May 31, 2018.
HINNOM MAGAZINE (pays $30-$55; has a deadline of May 15, 2018.
IN THE AIR (pays $10-20 + copy; TRANSMUNDANE PRESS, has a deadline of June 15, 2018.
IRIDIUM MAGAZINE has a deadline of June 15, 2018; before submitting, be sure to read the very detailed and specific guidelines at
KNUCKLEHEAD NOIR (COFFIN HOP PRESS) has a deadline of July 1, 2018.
LOVING THEM, AN MPREG ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY has a deadline of May 30, 2018 (themed anthology; be sure to read the guidelines at
PEDESTAL MAGAZINE ( has an open window of May 1-27 2018 for speculative poetry submissions and pays $40 per poem accepted.
PULP MODERN ( is open to submissions through May 10, 2018.
ROAD KILL: TEXAS HORROR BY TEXAS WRITERS, VOL. 3 ( has a deadline of June 15, 2018.
New/reprint anthology SCOURGE OF THE SEAS OF TIME (AND SPACE): A PIRATE ANTHOLOGY (pays $50-$100; QUEEN OF SWORDS PRESS) has a deadline of May 15, 2018.
SHOPPING LIST 3 ( has a deadline of August 30, 2018.
SPECULATIVE CITY: GAME has a deadline of May 31, 2018.
"SWITCHBLADE will reopen submissions for Issue 6 on May 10th [and] will be accepting...noir short stories, poetry and flash fiction until May 25 [2018]: "
THUGGISH ITCH: VIVA LAS VEGAS has a deadline of June 30, 2018.
UNDERBELLY MAGAZINE ( is open to submissions through June 15, 2018.
UNFADING DAYDREAM has a deadline of May 31, 2018.
NOTE: BLIND (anonymized) submissions only - see guidelines for details:
Prozine AMAZING STORIES is now open to fiction submissions (science fiction only), per editor/publisher Steve Davidson:
From Facebook:
Amazing Stories opens for submissions:
A few words:
1. we absolutely want to see submissions from new authors, from indie authors, from traditional authors
2. we want to see submissions from black, brown, asian, native american, female, male, gay, straight, trans, gender-queer, intersex, a-sexual, young, old, religious (any creed), atheist (any creed), disabled and abled. If you are a human being who writes science fiction (even if you are genetically majority neanderthal or denisovan), we will be happy to read your submission. Anonymously.
3. we have NO political agenda for the stories that we will select - NONE.Unless you count believing that the future should be bright, welcoming and better than things are now as a politcal agenda)
4. On the other hand, we are completely UNINTERESTED in stories - of any kind, of any theme, from straight out action adventure to so-called "message fiction" - that is written by assholes. To put it bluntly - if SF Grand Master Numero Uno - the great Robert A. Heinlein - had gone about being a public A-hole, we'd be rejecting him. We just don't need the tsuris.
5. Yes, we are looking for SF right now (we're blind to all of the supposed sub-genres), but if you write fantasy or horror, your time will come (so long as you aren't an a-hole).
6. The sign over the transom to the editorial office door says "WELCOME! Come on in. Have a seat! Don't be an asshole."
So. We’re all geeks here, so we probably don’t have to tell you that Amazing Stories was started in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback, giving it the distinction of being the first science fiction magazine. You already know that Amazing Stories published many of the early greats in the field, including Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, E. E. “Doc” Smith, Ursula Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, John Campbell Jack Williamson and Claire Winger Harris.
But what has Amazing Stories done lately?
The field of science fiction (or scientifiction as Gernsback liked to call it) has changed substantially in the ninety years since Amazing Stories was first published. For one thing, science has progressed substantially, giving us men on the moon, a map of the human genome, virtual reality, the Internet of things, and real robots and artificial intelligence; never before have science fiction writers had so many toys to play with, and new ones seem to be appearing every day. For another thing, science fiction readers are more sophisticated than they were an almost century ago; they’ve been there and done that with the formulae of the genre, and they’re looking for what’s next.
Amazing Stories plans to be what’s next.
What We’re Looking For
Amazing Stories is looking for short stories that are fresh and new. We want to be surprised. We want to be delighted. We want your stories to be amazing. It’s not enough to be technically proficient and have a sort of, somewhat semi-original idea; we want to be dazzled by your original style and substance.
Remember when science fiction was optimistic, when the future was something to be embraced as a bold adventure instead of a place of dystopias, seemingly endless wars and mutant monstrosities to be feared? Amazing Stories will not shy away from stories that explore the negative impacts of technologies on individuals and society, but we have a strong preference for stories that take a bright view of human ingenuity and the possible futures we can make with it. Have you ever read a short story or novel and thought to yourself, “I want to take part in making that future a reality?” That is what we would like to see.
We intend to have a balance of relatively known and relatively new writers. Don’t be reluctant to submit stories just because you aren’t a famous writer – if you have an original idea and style, submitting to Amazing Stories could be your first step to becoming one.
We are happy to consider stories with a strong point of view, especially in light of the fact that one of the strengths of science fiction is its exploration of how science and technology can change interpersonal relationships and politics. However, we do not want stories that are basically political screeds or other kinds of preaching. Point of view needs to arise naturally out of the workings of the plot and the interactions of the characters.
We will not reject stories solely because of “adult” content. Keep in mind, however, that such content is not in keeping with our optimistic approach, which will make stories with graphic content (of a sexual or violent nature) a hard sell.
Amazing Stories encourages visible minorities, QUILTBAG writers and members of other minority or marginalized groups to submit to the magazine. The future will be diverse; we would like to see that reflected in the stories we tell and the writers who tell them.
We speak humor here. Well written humorous stories are always welcome.
The Deets
LENGTH: 1,000 to 10,000 words
PAYMENT: Six cents per word. Payment is upon final acceptance.
RIGHTS: Amazing Stories buys first world publication rights. In addition, we are buying non-exclusive electronic archival rights, in perpetuity, and the right for non-exclusive publication in the quarterly issue (ebook and print on demand, as well as a print “collector’s edition”). We also ask for non-exclusive rights to republish the story in an anthology for a separate fee.
REPRINTS: Although Amazing Stories publishes reprints, they will be limited in number and solicited by the publisher, so please do not submit them (although suggestions are appreciated). The reprint rate is $100 regardless of story length.
SUBMISSIONS: We do not accept emailed or print submissions. Stories must be submitted using our online submission system, which will be open starting on a date which we will announce. This will require setting up an account. Under LogIn on the top right corner of this page, you will be asked to create a username and supply your email address. When you have submitted this information, you will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click on the link in the email and you will now have an Amazing Stories submissions account.
When you next log onto the submissions page, you will see more options, including “Submit a Story” and “Stories.” When you click on “Submit a Story,” you will be asked for information about the story and to upload a digital copy. If you want to see a list of stories you have submitted and what their current status is, click on the “Stories” button.
Amazing Stories uses a randomized submission system, so please make sure that your name does not appear anywhere on the manuscript; if any identifying information appears anywhere in your submission, it will be rejected unread. We could repeat this instruction five times to show you just how serious we are about it, but we’d hate to waste the bandwidth, so let’s assume that you are paying attention and will follow it.
MANUSCRIPT FORMAT: Do we have to tell you to use standard manuscript format? Really? Double spaced? Bold and italics in bold and italics? If you’re in doubt, you can find the standard guidelines here: But Remember: DO NOT include your name on the ms.
NOTE: This market buys ALL RIGHTS:
Writers and Illustrator Guidelines
Our themes also tie into the GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING books, so be sure to check out the many books published each year at
June----- BY KID FOR KIDS -----May 3 2018
July----- FEATHERED FRIENDS -----June 3 2018
August----- HOT SUMMER NIGHTS -----July 3 2018
September----- ALL ABOUT GRAMMAR -----August 3 2018
October----- BOO-HOO BOO-BOO -----September 3 2018
November----- SKY VIEWS -----October 3 2018
December----- HOLIDAY TRADITIONS -----November 3 2018
Sorry adults, this one is for kids. By kids, for kids. Ages 5-17 are welcome to submit but must have parental permission and have access to an adult PayPal account.
These creatures with feathers and wings are not only fascinating to watch, but they serve the environment in so many ways. Some are beautiful some are scavengers. They all have a purpose.
What do you do on a hot summer night? How do you keep cool? Or how do you spend those last days of summer before the school bell rings once again.
Nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, hanging participles … all this can make your head spin into a good story for kids.
A boo-boo is a minor injury like a scratch or bruise. Something that may only need a band aid.
November--SKY VIEWS
Lots of amazing beautiful places on this earth, but what happens when we look down on it all from the sky.
Holiday tradition stories and poems.
Download printable Guardian Angel Kids 2018 Submission Themes PDF [link at website]
(Do NOT use the post office to submit. We will not read post office submissions.)
Please mark the email subject line with submission title, the month submitted for, and your name.
Please treat your email submission like a real mss submission, hook us with a great introduction paragraph including word count and follow with a brief paragraph on your background.
Please close with your contact information including email and snail mail address AND INCLUDE YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL SINCE WE ONLY PAY WITH PAYPAL!
No more than two submissions per issue and please adhere to word count noted for each category.
Due to the volume of submissions received, we will no longer respond to submissions that are over the word count.
Send complete manuscript in the body of your e-mail to: MarySue Roberts at
No queries. No attachments! If we receive an attachment that is not an illustration, WE WILL NOT OPEN IT.
Response time within 2-3 weeks of monthly deadline.
We examine all submissions EXCEPT SNAIL MAILED SUBMISSIONS. Due to the volume of submissions received, we do not give individual feedback. We reserve the right to reject any submission without explanation. Please make note - pieces accepted for publication may receive minor edits for content, punctuation, grammar and/or be re-titled.
IMPORTANT! THEME: Each issue has a theme. We will only accept material appropriate for the monthly theme. Your submissions could be edited for content, punctuation, and spelling.
If you do not wish to have your work edited, then please do not submit.
UPDATED! PAYMENT METHOD: The method of payment is PayPal. PayPal is easy to setup and is a safe/secure manner in which to receive payment. We will NOT pay for you to transfer money to your own account or pay for checks! Visit and setup your account today at For kid submissions, we will make check payments for submissions within the United States. Otherwise please provide your correct and verified PayPal email address within your email submission. If you live outside the U.S. Paypal payments will give you your currency value.
PAYMENT AMOUNTS: We pay .03 cents per word for articles and stories. Poems $10. Photos $3 each with an article. Original Artwork $5-25 per illustration-1 illustration/picture per article/story. Payment amount to illustrators remains at the discretion of the art editors. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot pay industry standard. Do not submit unless this is acceptable. All payments will be paid bimonthly. Please be patient.
PHOTOS: Please do not send copyrighted or licensed pictures from the internet to accompany your submission. We will not pay you for them and will have to remove them. Make sure they are freeware or you have taken the pictures, please!
HEARING FROM US: You will recieve an automated response that tells you that we received your submission. Submissions are NOT selected for publication until the week or a few days before the magazine is actually published so do NOT expect confirmation of publication until then.
STYLE - BACK ISSUES: Please visit and become familiar with the style of the Guardian Angel Kids Ezine.
NEW! YOUNG MUSES/CHILDREN SUBMISSIONS: Guardian Angel Kids is pleased to announce we are now accepting submissions from children up to 14. Topics and guidelines are the same as adult submissions below, including payment.
FICTION: Up to 500 words. Picture stories: adventure, animal, humorous, multicultural, nature/environment, problem-solving, sports. Character driven stories that children will be able to relate to. Send complete manuscript in the body of your e-mail. No attachments! If we receive an attachment that is not an illustration, we will not open it.
ARTICLES OR ACTIVITIES: Up to 500 words. Articles may include activities, animals, arts/crafts, concept, cooking, math, nature/environment, problem-solving, science.
PARENT/TEACHER ARTICLES: Up to 700 words. Articles on parenting, teaching, reading, writing, and relating to the mission of the Guardian Angel Kids website.
POETRY: Kid-oriented poetry. Poems must be well written with no forced rhyme and roll off the tongue.
ILLUSTRATORS: Most art will be done by assignment in support of features used. GAK wishes to find artists capable of illustrating children's stories and welcomes copies of work, which will remain on file. Looking for illustrations capturing children at play, reading, involved with sports, creating, etc., nature, animals. Artwork may be submitted either hardcopy or as a .tif, .gif, .jpg or .bmp file, 1 MB or less. Email to
TERMS: We purchase all rights. We do not use previously published material and the accepted submissions after publication may not be recycled into any other format-- for sale or otherwise.
2018-GAK-THEMES.pdf [link on website]
Emailing address:
[NOTE: They buy ALL RIGHTS.]
Send Us Your Best
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Short Stories
How it works:
Submit Your Story
We E-Mail It To Readers
You Get Paid!
Over 60% of our subscription fees go straight to the authors.
We want you to get paid. That's why more than 60% of our subscription fees go straight to you. Payment rates vary based on how many subscribers we have active when your story goes live, but we also guarantee minimum rates for our authors.
Don't forget about the extensive back catalog!
A portion of every subscriber's fees go to the authors of our back catalog - so your stories keep earning over time, even though you've already done the work!
What We're Looking For
We want stories that meet the following guidelines:
* Stories should be Science Fiction and Fantasy.
* Stories should be between 3,000 and 20,000 words.
* There is no theme - topics are wide open.
* Stories that are part of a larger world or series are acceptable.
* Submissions should be original and not previously published.
In addition to the 52 normal weekly stories, we're also looking for special holiday-themed stories to use as bonus stories throughout the year. In particular, we're looking for stories centered around the following holidays:
* New Year's Day
* Valentine's Day
* Halloween
* Thanksgiving
* Christmas
However, stories centered around other holidays will be considered.
Bonus stories pay the same as regular stories!
How To Submit
Step 1
Format Your Story
Your story should be in Microsoft Word format. Doc or DocX formats are preferred.
Step 2
Include Contact Info
Be sure to include your contact information so that we can get back to you.
Step 3
E-Mail It To Us
Send your story to LyonesseSubmissions [at] silverempire [dot] org
It's time!
Since the fifth issue of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy is now out we are opening submissions for issue #6. We are looking for quality works of poetry and short fiction.
Poetry should be Weird or darkly fantastical with strong imagery. We pay $.35 a line with a $5 minimum payable upon publication.
For short fiction our tastes are broad and we will consider anything with Weird, horrific or fantastical elements. We will consider any length work but will be much less likely to publish stories over 5,000 words. Our rate is $5 per thousand words payable upon publication. First time publication only, no reprints please.
To submit please send your work as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file to and be sure to include a header with your name and email address. We do not accept simultaneous submissions and ask that you wait for our response before submitting elsewhere. The submission deadline is May 31st, please do not inquire about your submission before that deadline and understand that it may take some time to follow up on all submissions after the deadline has passed.
I very much look forward to reading everyone's work!
[Editor: Obadiah Baird.]
THE DARK (Sean Wallace and Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Co-editors; has raised its pay rate to 6 cents/word.
Submission Guidelines
Submission Procedures
All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Submissions should be emailed to thedarkmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com Please attach all submissions in .doc or rtf format—we will not accept submissions embedded in the body of email. Include your bio in your cover letter.
Guidelines for Fiction
The Dark is an online magazine published monthly. We are seeking fiction 2,000 – 6,000 words.
What we publish:
• Horror
• Dark Fantasy
Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror.
We will not consider multiple submissions. Submit once and wait for a response before sending anything else. There is no wait period after a rejection. We will not consider simultaneous submissions.
Please submit your story with the word REPRINT in the header of your submission emails, like so: SUBMISSION: [STORY TITLE] (REPRINT). Only stories from established print markets, including short story collections and anthologies, from the past two years, which would cover January 2015 onwards, will be considered.
We pay 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; and 1 cent/word for reprint fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for nonexclusive reprint rights.
Response Times
Response times will vary depending on volume, but may average twenty-four hours (or less!). Query after one month (include title and date submitted). Please do not respond to rejection letters, for any reason, otherwise.
Submit an inquiry along with samples (preferably a link to an online gallery). We purchase pre-existing pieces of art and rarely commission original art for covers.
International journal of science
Other types of submissions
Futures is the award-winning science-fiction section of Nature and it accepts unsolicited articles. Each Futures piece should be an entirely fictional, self-contained story of around 850–950 words in length, and the genre should, broadly speaking, be 'hard' (that is, ‘scientific') SF rather than, say, outright fantasy, slipstream or horror. Each item should be sent as a Word document attachment to, including full contact details and a 30-word autobiographical note to be appended to the story if published.
We ask contributors not to send presubmission enquiries but to send the whole story. Unsolicited artwork is not considered. Before submitting, prospective authors are advised to read earlier Futures stories at; selected examples are also available here: More detailed guidelines can be found at
A writer reports: "NonBinary Review [ZOETIC PRESS] open submission, 'Wind in the Willows' theme, penny a word for fiction and non-fiction, $10 flat rate for poems, July 24 2018 submission deadline. All submissions MUST deal with characters or situations covered in the actual original book and NOT any of the movie or other adaptations (that means auto-reject)." For full details, see
An annual journal of creative writing on environmental justice
Reckoning 3 will be guest-edited by Sakara Remmu!
If you want to know what we’re looking for, try reading Reckoning 1, the interviews, the Reckoning twitter, LCRW 33, or any of these [links at website].
The short version: fiction preferably at least a tiny bit speculative, nonfiction preferably more creative than journalistic, poetry tending towards the narrative and preferably with some thematic heft, art your guess is as good as mine. But the heart of what I want is your searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world ***and the people in it*** as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.
We are actively seeking work from Indigenous writers and artists, writers and artists of color, queer and transgender writers and artists, and anyone who has suffered the consequences, intended or otherwise, of dominant society’s systemic disconnect with and mistreatment of the natural world. And we’re actively seeking new ways to reach all of the above. Seriously, if you know of a way we can do that, please share:
We’re no longer accepting submissions by email; queries are ok. Simultaneous submissions are ok. Multiple short poetry submissions is ok; with longer submissions, please send just one at a time. Feel free to submit again after you hear back. Query for reprints (reckoningmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com). Length: 0 – 45,000 words, inclusive. Response time has ranged from one to three months. Payment is six cents a word for prose, twenty dollars a page for poetry, art minimum twenty-five dollars per piece. Arbitrary cutoff point for the third issue will be the autumn equinox, 2018.
Submit your work here via Moksha!
(All of the above shall be subject hopefully not to too much change but certainly to clarification, evolution and adaptation.)
SLICE magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share, and we are particularly enthusiastic about championing emerging voices. The best way to get a sense of Slice’s content is to read the magazine. You can subscribe here ( At the core, Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles, interviews, stories, and poetry from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. We offer all contributors of Slice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems).
Our reading period is currently open. The reading period runs from April 1 – June 1, 2018. The theme is “Time.” All submissions during that time will be considered for Issue 24, which will be released spring 2019.
Click here to submit via Submittable, an online submissions manager:
Please note, we are unable to accept any submissions sent to us via email or post. The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere. All work should be previously unpublished. Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission.
If you’d like to contribute art to Slice, please drop us a line at art at slicemagazine dot org and include either a link to your online portfolio or a PDF of recent work.
From Twitter - @Tough_Crime:
If you're interested in reviewing crime novels and anthologies for TOUGH, I have open spots for serious reviewers. Prior publications not necessary, but enthusiasm is. Pays $25 per review, and I have books awaiting assignment even as I write this. DM for details and queries.
TOUGH GUIDELINES: We are particularly interested in stories with rural settings and/or stories that intersect with the weird or occult. To clarify: think H.P. Lovecraft modernized, without the racist baggage. Think Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Think Hellblazer.
We are not interested in science fiction or fantasy, except for stories in which those elements accentuate or play a major role in a crime. We are a crime journal.
Submission Guidelines
* Nonfiction from 2,000 to 7,500 words. Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors (see below) or the kind of thematic and topical issues in which we’re interested. As for contemporary authors to add to this list, Livia Llewellyn, S. P. Miskowski, Junji Ito, Matthew M. Bartlett, T. E. D. Klein, Kelly Link, Helen Marshall, Gemma Files, Ramsey Campbell, Allyson Bird, Laird Barron, Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan, Nicole Cushing, Victor LaValle, Mark Samuels, and many more have produced work that we would love to see subjected to intelligent critical analysis and discussion.
* Literary Horror Fiction from 750 to 6,000 words. We are looking for original work inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes (regarding which, see the list on our main page).
* Poetry at a length of no more than 50 lines, dealing with subjects and themes that fall within our area of interest.
* Artwork that similarly addresses our subject matter.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Vastarien believes in promoting a range of excellent writing and artwork from authors of diverse backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations. We encourage submissions from authors and artists traditionally underrepresented in horror and pieces that reflect these varying perspectives.
The following authors and their work are of especial interest to Vastarien:
* Charles Baudelaire
* Thomas Bernhard
* Aloysius Bertrand
* Jorge Luis Borges
* William S. Burroughs
* Angela Carter
* Louis Ferdinand Celine
* E. M. Cioran
* Charlotte Perkins Gilman
* Douglas Harding
* Shirley Jackson
* U. G. Krishnamurti
* H. P. Lovecraft
* Vladimir Nabokov
* Emile Nelligan
* Michael Persinger
* Edgar Allan Poe
* Maurice Rollinat
* Arthur Schopenhauer
* Bruno Schulz
* Paul Valery
* Peter Wessel Zapffe
LENGTH: See the specific guidelines above for length requirements for different types of submissions. Additionally, in no case will a submission over 7,500 words be considered for publication without prior approval. Words subject to inclusion in the overall word count shall include the body of the submission and any explanatory footnotes; citations shall not be included in the overall word count.
PAYMENT AND RIGHTS: We pay 5 cents ($.05) per word for nonfiction and prose fiction. Poetry pays $50 flat per poem. Payment for artwork is $50 per piece. We purchase first serial and electronic rights. Upon publication, rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the journal and the right to archive contributors’ work online.
INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS: Vastarien welcomes submissions from authors outside the United States.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Submission is via Submittable only:
From Facebook:
"ALBAN LAKE PUBLISHING call for Lovecraftian fiction for the upcoming THE CITY IN THE ICE anthology. 3000-7500 words, $25/story, deadline June 30, 2018. Details available at "
New volume from this best-of series:
An Imprint of Comet Press
Is your story too heavy and hardcore for other “best of” anthologies? Then you’ve come to the right place because Comet Press is now accepting stories for YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOL. 4, a yearly collection intended to give recognition to the extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.
Editors: Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax.
Requirements: The story was originally (or will be) published in a 2018 anthology, single author collection, magazine, or online magazine. Self-published anthologies and collections are acceptable as well.
Deadline: December 31, 2018.
Length: Up to 6000 words. Word count is flexible and longer works will be considered but please note the max payment is $60.00.
Payment: 1 cent a word for reprint rights. ($60 max)
What to Send
In the body of an email:
* Author name
* Story title
* Name of anthology or magazine or online magazine it was (or will be) published in:
o If the book is available on Amazon and your story credit appears somewhere on the page, send us the link. If not, send a link to the best source with that information (publisher’s page, etc).
o If the story was in a magazine, send us a web link to the issue TOC where your story appears, or if that’s not available send us a scan of the table of contents (print magazines, etc.).
* A bio
* A short description of the story.
* Attach the entire manuscript in rtf, doc format, or a PDF or mobi of the magazine or book it appears in if available. Note: if sending a doc or rtf, please make sure this is the final version of your story, exactly as it appears in the published version.
Important Note: Make sure your contract allows you to publish the story in a “best of” anthology. If you’re not sure, check with your publisher. If necessary, ask them for a waiver.
In an email include the following:
* Name of publication and publisher, date published and format (print, ebook, magazine, etc)
* A pdf, doc, rtf, or mobi of the publication.
* If there are any particular stories you feel we might be interested in feel free to make a note of that (optional).
Include in the Email subject line: YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR
We’ll send a notification within 48 hours that we received your submission. If you don’t get this, please inquire. We may not have received it.
Emai to ybhh (at) redroompress (dot) com
New volume of the long-running anthology series:
Sword & Sorceress Guidelines
The reading period for SWORD & SORCERESS 33 will begin on MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018. It will END on SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018.
If you wish to submit a story to the anthology, please follow the Guidelines below.
Stories should be the type generally referred to as "sword and sorcery" and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword & Sorceress 22, Sword & Sorceress 23, Sword & Sorceress 24, Sword & Sorceress 25, Sword & Sorceress 26, Sword & Sorceress 27, Sword & Sorceress 28, Sword & Sorceress 29, Sword & Sorceress 30, Sword & Sorceress 31 [links on website], and Sword & Sorceress 32 (or S&S 1-20) for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry, horror, or dark fantasy. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we don't buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.
No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.
With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we've rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it's before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone's second submission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don't hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).
If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read "What is a Short Story?" and "Why Did my Story Get Rejected?" before submitting to us.
Reading period: Monday, April 23 to Sunday, May 13, 2018. Stories received before or after this period will be deleted unread.
Response time is expected to follow MZB's traditional standards: you should hear within a week if we're holding your story for the final line-up or rejecting it.
Deadline: May 13, 2018
Editors: Elisabeth Waters and Deborah J. Ross
Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.
Cover Letter/e-mail: We don't actually need a cover letter, but our e-mail program does. It puts any e-mail with no body in the spam folder. So...
Please do not explain or describe your story in the e-mail. If your story can't stand on its own, fix the story. The e-mail should be brief. For example:
Dear Miss Waters,
Attached is my 4000-word story "The Dark Intruder" for consideration for Sword and Sorceress 33.
(Ms.) Marion Bradley
If your name could be either male or female, please indicate whether you prefer Ms./Miss/Mrs., Mr., or Mx. in our reply. We're not asking for the details of your personal life, we just want to use the correct form of address. (MZB once did an entire story intro thinking a male writer called Terry was female.)
Formatting and Submission:
Format with one-inch margins on all four sides of page.
Please do not use a header or footer.
Your legal name, full mailing address, and email address must be in the upper left corner, single spaced.
Skip two lines, center the text, then put the title, with your name (or byline) on the next line. We're not as rigid as MZB was about pen names, but we expect them to be reasonable, rather than cute.
The rest of the manuscript should be SINGLE-SPACED, with the first line of each paragraph indented 1/2 inch.
If you need to indicate a break, put "#" on a line by itself, centered.
Do not underline; use italics instead. Do not use bold face. We prefer Courier New font, size 12.
Word count will be determined by our word processor; that way it will be the same for everyone.
Save your document as an .RTF file (rich text format or interchange format, depending on what your computer calls it). E-mail as it as an attachment to mzbworks [at] gmail [dot] com. The subject line should be "SS33, your last name, story title" (e.g.: SS33, Bradley, Dark Intruder) -- we don't want submissions caught in the spam filter. Remember that a computer is sorting this, so follow the format exactly. Use commas, not slashes, hyphens, etc. Do NOT change SS33 to something similiar (e.g.: S&S 33). We do our best to find stories that have not been sorted properly, but we don't guarantee success.
Rights purchased: first rights, non-exclusive eBook and audio book rights.
Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.
A new, time-travel-themed, REPRINT flash-fiction anthology from Eric S. Fomley -
TIMESHIFT Submissions
I’m collecting stories for Timeshift, a reprint anthology. The theme of the anthology is time and time travel. All stories must involve characters who are affected by time and time travel in some way. So far in the project process I have stories from several big names in science fiction such as Cat Rambo, Robert Silverberg, Kevin J. Anderson, Ken Liu, Alan Baxter and Alex Shvartsman, among others. The details to the project are as follows:
1. The story must have sold at semi pro rates of .03 or higher.
2. The rights must belong to the author (meaning the submission does not violate any exclusivity period the previous publisher asked for with buying first time rights).
3. I’m asking for non-exclusive reprint rights. Rights sufficient to reprint your story in a digital anthology.
4. There will be a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a professional cover, ebook formatting, and a cents per word advance for all contributors to the project. The minimum advance for all stories will be .01 a word or the project will not publish.
5. Royalties from the anthology will be split between editor and authors, as outlined in the contract, with contributors receiving equal percentages with one another.
6. All contributors will receive digital copies of the finished product.
7. The stories must be of a length of 1,000 words or less.
8. Submissions must be in standard manuscript format, per Shunn guidelines.
9. Stories must have time or time travel as a chief element in the story.
10. Submissions must be sent to and must include the completed, edited manuscript, and in the body of the email should include a short bio of the author as well as the place of previous publication for the work.
11. I intend to read and respond to all submissions within 2 weeks of the deadline.
12. The deadline for all reprint submissions is MAY 15, 2018.
If there are further questions please feel free to contact me via the submission email.
NOTE: Open to women writers ONLY:
This fall, WORD HORDE will be releasing FRIGHT INTO FLIGHT, an anthology of horror stories by women themed around the idea of flight, edited by Amber Fallon. Whether you’re flying the unfriendly skies or safe on the ground, we think you’re going to enjoy this turbulent ride. Here’s a peek at the cover: [see webpage].
From the earliest depictions of winged goddesses to the delicate, paper-winged fairies of the Victorians, from valiant Valkyries to cliff-dwelling harpies, from record-setting pilots to fearless astronauts, women have long since claimed their place in the skies, among the clouds and beyond.
Word Horde presents Fright Into Flight, the debut anthology from Amber Fallon (The Terminal, The Warblers), in which women take wing. In these stories connected by the unifying thread of flight, authors including Damien Angelica Walters, Christine Morgan, and Nadia Bulkin have spread their wings and created terrifying visions of real life angels, mystical journeys, and the demons that lurk inside us all. Whether you like your horror quiet and chilling or more in-your-face and terrifying, there’s something here for every horror fan to enjoy.
You’re in for a bumpy ride. So fasten your seatbelt, take note of the emergency exits, hold on to your airsick bag, and remember that this book may be used as a flotation device in the event of a crash landing.
Amber Fallon has picked a great lineup of stories for Fright Into Flight so far, and we’ll be opening up preorders soon, but for now, we’re looking for a few more stories to fill in the gaps. As Amber says, “I want stories with wings and teeth, I want fear, I want heartbreak, I want depravity and darkness. I want to read things that will make me afraid to look up into the sky. The interpretation of the theme ‘flight’ is really up to you. You can go more traditional and give me stories of airports, airplanes, and demons on the wing or you could stretch it and offer tales of winged harpies, space crafts, flying beasts, angels, demons, or anything in between. The ideal story would be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length.” If you’re a woman who has the right stuff, reprint or original, please drop Amber a line at amber[at]amberfallon[dot]net. This open call closes Monday, May 14, 2018, so move with the speed of Nike if you want your story to be considered.
Penny a word. Reprints or original.
It has to be less than 5000 words.
You have to entertain me. And be weird.
It has to work for audio without losing the audience.
You have to anonymize your manuscript to have it read.
You need a PayPal account to get paid.
There is a contract. I’m asking for nonexclusive audio, archiving, print, and electronic rights. You retain your copyright.
Send as docx or rtf attachment to BizarroSideshowPodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.
NOTE: There are numerous links on the webpage, so if interested in the workshop, be sure to visit the page:
July 2018
WHEN: July 6 – 8, 2018 (detailed schedule below)
WHERE: ONLINE via Zoom Video Conference
PRICE: $325
Click here to Register:
Writers know that it’s important to write about characters whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity differs from their own. But many are afraid to do so for fear that they will get it wrong–horribly, offensively wrong–and think it is better not even to try.
In truth, ***it is possible to write the Other sensitively and convincingly,*** and this workshop can start you on the path to doing just that.
Drawing on and updating work by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, authors of the acclaimed reference Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, this 2.5 day online course delves deep into learning this sometimes tricky skill.
Authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will cover:
* Representation and why it’s important
* Describing the “Other”
* Characterization
o Avoiding Stereotypes and Tropes
o Writing Characters from different Races and Ethnicities
o Writing Different Genders
o Stereotypes around Sexual Orientation
o Depicting Disability
o Depicting Class
o and more
* Dialogue and Dialect
* Worldbuilding
* How To Research The Other
* Working with Sensitivity Readers
…through a combination of lectures, discussions, and writing exercises in a safe, supportive atmosphere.
The class is appropriate for all writers (fiction, plays, comics, screenplays, and games included) from all backgrounds and any skill level. You need an interest in writing, but you do not need to have published anything yet.
* Can't take this class now but want to know when we give it again?
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* Schedule
* Available Spots and Scholarship Opportunities
* Class Texts
* Technical Requirements
* Refund Policy
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Weekend Intensive Schedule (ALL TIMES EASTERN | PACIFIC)
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8pm – 10pm | 5pm – 7pm
Introduction, Exercise, Homework
10am | 7am – post assignment
11am – 1pm | 8am – 10am
Lecture, Exercise
1:15pm | 10:15am Break
1:45pm – 3:45pm | 10:45am – 12:45pm
Lecture, Exercise
4pm | 1pm Break
5:30pm – 6:30pm | 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Exercise, Discussion
6:45pm | 3:45pm Break
7pm – 10pm | 4pm – 7pm
Exercise, Discussion
11am – 1pm | 8am – 10am
Lecture, Exercise
1:15pm | 10:15am Break
2pm – 4pm | 11am – 1pm
Exercise, Lecture
4:15pm | 1:15pm Break
5:30pm – 8:30pm | 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Final Q&A
Available Spots and Scholarship Opportunities
This class is capped at 10 students.
7 spots are available for open enrollment. If the class sells out there will be a waiting list. Add yourself to it as there are often students who have to drop.
There are ***3 scholarship spots available.*** If you do not have the financial means to take this class and feel that you will benefit from it, we encourage you to apply. We have a broad definition of financial need that ranges from writers who do not have the money at all to writers who have the funds but can’t afford to use them for a writing class. Please don’t hesitate to apply wherever you exist on that spectrum. (Still not sure whether you should apply? Read this post.)
We’ve set aside one scholarship spot specifically for students who identify as POC or Native, though ***we do not limit the number of scholarships we’ll give*** to POC or Native applicants.
To apply, send an email to with the subject WtO Intensive Scholarship Applicant, and include in the body:
* A brief (300 or fewer words) statement of financial need
* A brief (500 or fewer words) description of a work or works in progress that you hope the class will help you write.
* A writing sample of 1000 or fewer words. This can be an excerpt from a longer work or flash fiction, from something published or unpublished, as long as it ***represents what you feel is your best work.***
* If you identify as a Person of Color, Native American, or First Nations, you may indicate that if you wish (it’s not a requirement).
DEADLINE: 11:59PM PACIFIC JUNE 17. We will notify all applicants of their standing at the latest a week before class begins. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!
Class Texts
Before class, please purchase and read the following books:
* Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Cynthia Ward and Nisi Shawl
* Invisible: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F edited by Jim C. Hines (also available from: Barnes & Noble | Google Play)
* Invisible 2: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F edited by Jim C. Hines (also available from: Barnes & Noble | Google Play)
Technical Requirements
You must have a Google account to participate in this class. Though video sessions are held in Zoom video conferencing rooms, all classwork is submitted via a private Google Drive folder. The class mailing list runs on Google groups. We will send you links to access the Drive folder before class starts.
It is possible to access Zoom via computer, tablet, or smartphone, but we highly encourage participation via computer. Before enrolling in class, make sure your system is compatible with Zoom. If you want to test your computer beforehand, join this meeting.
A webcam/video camera is not necessary for class, but we do need to hear you. Please make sure you have a microphone that works, either internally in your computer or via a headset, headphones, or earbuds. Please also have headphones/headset before class begins as this will improve audio quality for everyone.
All students must be active participants in class. There will be lectures as well as in-class exercises and Q&A. Throughout class we will use your fiction for exercises and homework.
Refund Policy
If you find that you need to drop the class, you may do so through Eventbrite.
If you drop by June 6, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.
If you drop by June 15, you will receive an 60% refund minus a service fee plus a chance to enroll in future Writing the Other classes at a discount before general tickets go on sale.
If you drop by June 28, you will receive an 30% refund minus a service fee plus a chance to enroll in future Writing the Other classes at a discount before general tickets go on sale.
If you drop on June 29 or after you will not have your registration fee refunded as it will be extremely hard for a student to fill your space. However, you will be able to enroll in a future Weekend Intensive class for a 90-95% discount.
Register Below
If the class sells out before you have a chance to register, there is a waiting list option. We do sometimes have students drop, so please add yourself. Waiting list students also get offered spots in upcoming classes before everyone else.
Instructor: Nisi Shawl
Nisi Shawl is the author of Everfair and dozens of short stories, many of which can be found in the James Tiptree, Jr. Award winning and World Fantasy Award nominated collection Filter House. She is the co-editor of Stories for Chip and Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Feminism, Science Fiction, and African American Voices. She edits reviews for The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a literary quarterly from Aqueduct Press. She is a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and has served on the board for the Clarion West writing workshop.
Nisi developed the Writing the Other workshop with Cynthia Ward, and has taught it for over a decade in person, at conventions, and in a retreat setting.
Instructor: K. Tempest Bradford
K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction author, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Her fiction has appeared in award-winning magazines (Strange Horizons and Electric Velocipede) and best-selling anthologies (Diverse Energies, Federations, In the Shadow of the Towers). She has written about cultural appropriation and representation in fiction and media for NPR, io9, LitReactor,, Chicks Dig Time Lords, and Chicks Unravel Time, and others. She has been teaching classes for since 2015.
Tempest volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations and currently she serves on the board of the Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.
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From @tordotcom:
It's time! From now until May 15th @TorDotComPub is open to novella submissions! More details here: [this is an article, not guidelines, so please click through to read the contents]
Submission Guidelines Novella Program
Current Status Novella Program : open Novella Program : Novellas open
Welcome to the Publishing novella submissions program. Please see our submissions guidelines to find out what we're looking for, or for more information on our program. Novella Submissions Novella Submissions are currently open.
Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen are reading and evaluating original novellas from May 1 around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00) to May 15 [2018] 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00).
This open period is intended for authors who have completed works ready or close to ready for submission. We will reopen slush a second time in JULY 2018 for authors who are actively working on (or beginning) something that would fit our list. In other words, don’t panic if you’re not ready to submit in May! We would rather see a polished novella in July than a rushed one in May.
Until the end of this open period, Publishing will be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words in both the science fiction and fantasy genres. If it’s speculative and fits the bill, we want to take a look at it.
Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen all ***actively request submissions from writers from underrepresented populations.*** This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class and physical or mental ability. We believe that good science fiction and fantasy reflects the incredible diversity and potential of the human species, and hope our catalog will reflect that.
In addition to reviewing the guidelines, we also encourage you to take a look at our existing list ( to get a sense of the work our current authors are producing and Publishing’s vision and tastes. Good luck—we look forward to reading your work.
*** does not accept works that have been previously published elsewhere, in any venue.*** This includes all forms of digital self-publishing.
***We do not accept works that are not identifiable as fantasy or science fiction, or do not fit the genre we are currently soliciting.*** This includes, but is not limited to, non-science-fictional thrillers, and all kinds of non-fiction and memoirs.
***We are not currently interested in tie-in fiction.*** This includes fiction that exists within worlds established in previously published novels, or that relies upon a knowledge of previously published novels.
***We do not accept multiple submissions.*** If you have more than one novella, you may only submit one at a time. You may submit another once we have responded to your first submission.
***We prefer that you not simultaneously submit your story to and other venues.*** If you do, however, and your novella is accepted by a different venue, please immediately withdraw your submission from
***What we pay:*** We offer an advance against royalties, the size of which will depend on a number of factors, including you, the length of your story and how commercial we think it is. We also offer a royalty-only option, but if we decide to make you an offer, you will be free to choose between the two.
***What rights does that give you?*** Our contract covers the right to publish the story in print, audio and ebook formats, worldwide, in English. Most of our print books will be published as p.o.d., though we may choose to publish other print editions.
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