Taking Submissions: Trumpocalypse

Deadline: December 25th, 2016
Payment: 10% royalties, digital copy, podcast interview

Whether you hate it or love it, Trump is the elected president of the United States of America. For some, Trump spells a rise of the alt-right and the racism and misogyny that follows. Some worry that Trump will lead to a dictatorship of hate and bigotry, and others fear that this hate and bigotry will lead to roaming deportation squads aimed at minorities and members of the LGBTQ community.

Whether you believe in the fears or find it exaggerated to the point of comedy, we will soon find out what a Trump Whitehouse will be like. Trump inauguration is January 20th, and I feel it would only be right to celebrate by exploring what a Trumpocalypse might be like.

Deadman’s Tome Trumpocalypse will consist of six flash fiction satirical horror stories that feature Trump and sometimes Pence. Trump is to be a main character, whether antagonist or protagonist. keep the story under 1000 words. Deadline is December 25th, 2016.

Submit submissions with Trumpocalypse as subject to

[email protected]

Via: Deadman’s Tome.

Taking Submissions: Clockwork Cairo

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Deadline: December 31st, 2016
Payment: 3cents/word

Edited by Matthew Bright, Clockwork Cairo is Twopenny Press’s inaugural anthology. An anthology of Egyptian-themed steampunk stories, it will take you an adventure from the steam-powered souks of Cairo, to the clockwork bazaars of Alexandria and the shadowy mysteries of the pyramids. The collection features a host of exciting authors, including Gail Carriger, Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine, George Mann, Nisi Shawl, Rod Duncan, E. Catherine Tobler, David Barnett, Tiffany Trent, Jonathan Green, with more to be announced.

Clockwork Cairo is currently open for submissions until December 31st.

We are seeking steampunk fiction themed around Egypt to fill the last two slots in the anthology. Pay rate is 3 cents per word, up to a limit of 7000 words, for first publication rights.

Notes on what we are looking for:
– Stories set in Egypt, or heavily associated enough to justify their inclusion in the theme; however, it is worth noting that due to the existing stories in the collection, we are pre-disposed towards specifically Egypt-set stories.
– Although we’re aware that steampunk has its roots in the pastiching of colonial-era fiction, we are very keen to avoid narratives with an imperialist flavour to them, and we actively encourage stories with native viewpoints and characters. In other words: there are far more stories to tell than white explorers in exotic foreign lands.
– Avoid stories with clockwork mummies, with museums, and with incarnations of gods–not because we don’t like them, but because we already have them.

Please submit (and feel free to query) to the editor via [email protected]

Via: Two Penny Books.

Taking Submissions: The Golden Key Issue 7- Resurrected Things

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Deadline: December 31st, 2016
Payment: $10.00

What we want

We want fiction and poetry that is both literary and speculative. Realist work sensitive to the magical and strange. The fantastical. Slipstream. Fabulist. Gothic. Weird tales. Work that unlocks. Work that restocks. We love writers who see familiar things in unexpected ways, and writers who revel in playing with language.

This issue’s object

The theme for Issue 7 is resurrected things.

We’re looking for stories and poems that are alive-again—revived, resuscitated, revivified.

Send us rekindled relationships and recovered memories, near death experiences and premature obituaries. Show us characters who are revisiting their lives after a long absence, or rebuilding something they once thought lost.

You might invoke Mary Shelley’s charnel house Creature galvanized to life, or the “sort of walking miracle” of Plath’s “Lady Lazarus.” Maybe you’re interested in the story of Janina Kolkiewicz, the Polish woman who was discovered alive eleven hours after being declared dead at the morgue. Or perhaps you want to channel Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, the so-called zombie ant.

Send us resurrections both hopeful and horrible. Send us work that grips us in the jaws of life and leaves us gasping, hearts racing, stunned by a view of life as we’ve never seen it before.

Please note, we are not interested in religious allegory, either explicit or implicit. You’re welcome to borrow from and re-envision mythological sources, but this is not a forum for spiritual discourse.

We will be reading for our Resurrected Things issue between October 17 and December 31. Work for Issue 7: Resurrected Things will be published every other week beginning in January, 2017.

Illustration

If you’re interested in illustrating an issue of The Golden Key, please feel free to query us with an email—we’d love to hear from you!

– Guidelines updated as of September 6, 2016. –

To submit

Length: We prefer fiction submissions under 3,000 words and poems that are under 100 lines. We especially love flash fiction and prose poems.

Revisions: Please do not send us a revision unless we specifically request one. Please also do not send us the same story for different issue themes, unless we specifically request it.

Multiple submissions: We accept up to three poems in a single document. For fiction, please send only one story submission at a time. We ask you to wait until you hear back from us before you submit more, and we ask that writers submit only twice per reading period.

Simultaneous submissions: We gladly accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your work as soon as your story or poem has found a home elsewhere by emailing us.

Send an email to submissions[at]whatwonderfulthings[dot]net with “Submission: Your Title Here [Fiction/Poetry]” in the subject line. Your work should be previously unpublished and emailed as an attachment; we accept documents in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats. We also ask that previous contributors please wait one year (two issues) after being published with us to submit again.

Response Times: Our usual turn-around time is 6 weeks, though we often respond sooner. However, if you haven’t heard from us after 6 weeks, it means your work has been held over for further consideration, in which case a response may take as long as 12 weeks. If you have not heard back from us after 12 weeks, please query about the status of your submission. You can also follow us on Twitter @GoldenKeyLit, where we do our best to keep followers informed on the state of submissions. Please make sure our submissions email will be clear of your spam filter.

Pay: The Golden Key currently pays all contributors a flat fee of $10.

Rights: The Golden Key acquires first North American serial rights and first Worldwide Electronic rights for six months. After six months, rights revert to the author; however, we do request the right to archive your work in our cabinet of curiosities. If you would like to remove your work from our archive, send us an email.

Via: What Wonderful Things.

10 Awesome Gifts For Authors – 2016 Edition

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So it’s the holiday season and time is running short on what to get your fellow writing friends. Do the authors in your life want something useful or something fun? Something inspiring or something distracting? I put together a list of 10 ideas, 5 fun, and 5 practical to allow you an easy choice on what to get that special writer in your life. Most of the items are on here from Amazon so we can get the nifty .000001 for any affiliate sale made (and because shipping can be an important factor and these will get to you by Christmas) though I snuck in a couple from Etsy that looked as if they had enough in stock to get them shipped in time for the holiday season.

Fun:

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Browsing History Shirt: Needing to find information on serial killers, aliens, psychosis, deviants, and all kinds of interesting topics can easily flag you to be on a watch list of five. Well, show the world exactly why they shouldn’t be paying attention to what they might find on your browser right here!
Available on: Amazon

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Writer Shirt: Need a shirt that just screams exactly what it is that you are? Want something to let the other coffee shop dwellers know why you’re busy ignoring them and pounding furiously away at your keyboard? This is the shirt for you! Warning: May come with people coming up to you to tell you that they’ve got a great idea for a story if they only had time to tell it…
Available at Amazon.

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Writer’s Block Coffee Mug: For the writer out there who occasionally has bouts with their head going quiet, insert caffiene to make it better! This mug comes in a variety of sizes which means you can perfectly find one that fits with the drinking style for the author in your life!
Available at Amazon.

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Go Away I’m Writing Door Sign: Need to let the house or those around you know that you’re busy writing? Each of these 6in x 3in signs are custom made and use pages from classic literature. If this ALMOST is what you want but not quite, if you scroll down to the bottom of the sales page there is a link to a slew of other signs they sell based off of the same concept.
Available on Etsy

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A Writer’s Block: SO, kind of like the mug above, this is to help author’s with a Writer’s Block. Well, it actually can’t do much unless they use it to balance a strong drink to get them in the lucid mood but it will at least provide a moments entertainment before the tears start flowing down their face! On it you can select a size, the color, and insert some personalizations with the font and text as well.
Available on Etsy

Useful:

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Waterproof Notepads: For the ideas that just can’t wait, now you’ve got a way to jot them down while you’re in the shower. Almost everywhere else a writer will likely have a notebook or some kind of electrical device glued to their hip but in the shower, we don’t tend to take our electronics, even when they claim to be waterproof. So, now a notepad exists to allow for writing with the full spray of water in your face! You aren’t likely to get out a full novel on these but if you have an idea that just can’t wait which you’re afraid might get lossed while doing your hair, this might just save it for you!
Available at: Amazon

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Foot Hammock: Writers will spend far too much time at a desk putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and that can get a bit uncomfy after a while. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could sit back and put your feet back? Now there’s potentially a cheap way to do just that at your desk! Behold: The Foot Hammock! Sadly, this obviously won’t be compatible with all desk types but still work exploring!
Available on Amazon

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Scriviner: Buying a new writing platform is a daunting task. Most authors are only comfortable in Microsoft Word and rightfully so as it is the industry standard. However, sometimes it’s a good idea to get your feet wet with something else. I wouldn’t recommend most of the office platforms available that you can pick from and wouldn’t even recommend using this as what you use for your final draft to send in something to an editor. That being said, Scrivener is a powerful platform for world building, keeping track of your characters, and watching for continuity issues. Great for extensive work, novels, and multi-book series’ this is a piece of software well worth the price (which is low) and time commitment to really learn (which is high.)
Available on: Amazon

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Complete Set Of Story Cubes: Story Cubes kind of fall into both categories as they are a fun way to work out plot ideas. “Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. With Rory’s Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller and there are no wrong answers. Simply roll the cubes and let the pictures spark your imagination! Play with them solo or combine both sets to kick-start your creativity and set your imagination in motion. Rory Story Cubes features a variety of story images. Rory Story Cubes Actions features images depicting verbs. Rory Story Cubes Voyages features images pertaining to travel adventures.
Available on: Amazon

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Litreactor Course: Probably the most expensive on the list, an online or in-person writing course, retreat, or workshop! There are a ton of writing workshops that you can find out there and Lit Reactor has made a name as having some of the best that there are. That being said, don’t limit yourself to this one if the author in your life has one that they’ve been eyeing!
Available at: Lit Reactor

I hope you enjoyed the list and found something fun or useful for that special person in your life. Enjoy!

Taking Submissions: Undeath And The Age Of Steam

Deadline: June 1st, 2017
Payment: Royalties and a contributor’s copy
Not horror, but with undeath involved you may be able to weave some elements in

We’re looking for Steampunk stories—specifically, mysteries that take place in a Steampunk setting. A mystery is the story of a crime and its solution. As for Steampunk, you can find a good, concise description at Steampunk.com. Supernatural elements are welcome.

Here are the particulars:

Length: Maximum 10,000 words.
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Submit to: editorjessfaraday at hotmail.com

Format: paperback and e-book
Payment: share of royalties plus author copies
Contract: we use a modified EPIC contract.

Additional Information:

A lot of Steampunk focuses on the European experience. Elm Books is dedicated to promoting diverse authors and stories. Priority will be given to stories that feature characters from traditionally underrepresented groups—main characters of color, female protagonists, differently-abled main characters, LGBTQ main characters, and so on. Also, priority will be given to stories set outside of Europe, especially those examining colonialism from a non-European perspective.

We will not print stories containing graphic sex or violence.

Sound like enough of a challenge? Get writing!

Via: Elm Books.

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! I Didn’t Reach My NaNo Goal

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Hello, everyone! I can’t believe NaNoEdMo and NaNoWriMo are over already. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I vowed to complete the third draft of my novel in November.

So, did I reach my NaNoEdMo goal? Well, I’m sad to say that I didn’t reach my goal. And even after changing my goal to a more realistic one (completing 50% of my novel), I still didn’t reach my goal. However, I did manage to edit 10% of my novel, which is nowhere near my goal, but it’s something.

There are two reasons why I didn’t reach my goal: firstly, I struggled to stay motivated and often found myself distracted my other tasks and projects, and secondly, my goal was too ambitious – doing the third draft of a novel takes more time than the second draft did.

Now, while I am disappointed that I didn’t reach any of my goals, I’ve decided to stop being so hard on myself because I did something which is better than doing nothing.  Every step forward is a step forward, no matter how small the step. In this writing game, you have to focus on the positives, even if the positives are small. For example, you receive nine rejections, but one acceptance, it’s the acceptance that you need to focus on because it’s the one yes that matters the most.

So if you’ve not reached your NaNoEdMo or NaNoWriMo goal, I want you all to stop being disappointed in what you haven’t done, and start celebrating what you have achieved. You may have only written 20,000 words, but that’s 20,000 more words than you had before. You may have only edited five chapters, but that’s still five more chapters than before.

I would like to congratulate those who have reached their NaNoEdMo and NaNoWriMo goals, and I would also like to congratulate those who didn’t reach their goals because you’ve all done well and no matter how small the achievement, you still have something to celebrate. Yay us!

So, turn that frown upside down and go celebrate because we are all NaNo winners.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.” ― Bruce Lee

Taking Submissions: Hyperion & Theia Year 1

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Deadline: January 31st, 2017
Payment: 1cent/word, drabbles pay more
Note: Reprints Allowed

December 1st, 2016January 31st, 2017 11:59 EST

Anything submitted outside of this window will be deleted unread. Artists and photographers can submit year round.

CURRENT THEME

Year One: Saturnalia [2017]

ISBN-13: Coming Soon

ISBN-10: Coming Soon

sat·ur·na·li·a
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noun
the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, which was a period of general merrymaking and was the predecessor of Christmas.
an occasion of wild revelry.
noun: saturnalia; plural noun: saturnalias

A time of revelry and reversal, Saturnalia represents the breakdown of what has been deemed the natural order. Hyperion and Theia’s inaugural volume wants stories and poetry that runs the gamut of genres and turns expectations on their heads. Submit a fantastical murder-mystery set in the biggest carnival in Atlantis. Wow us with a sweeping romance in space where gods and goddesses serve their creations after a bloody war. Deadline January 31st, 2017 11:59 EST.

RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR FICTION & POETRY

  • First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 8 months from the date of publication
  • Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
  • If your story is selected to be podcast and approved in the future, or an audiobook is produced, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights
  • Copyright remains with the author at all times

Please query if anything listed is of concern. Here is a good explanation of what this entails.

LENGTH & GUIDELINES

COVER ART: To be used in the electronic and print editions, can be art or photography, and is usually solicited.

ARTWORK: Usually solicited. Payment dependent on the artist.

POETRY: Up to 100 lines. Paid $0.25USD a line.

MICRO FICTION: Drabbles are strictly 100 words. Titles should be no longer than 3 words. Paid $0.06USD per word.

SHORT STORIES: 1001 to 7,499 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.

NOVELETTE: 7,500 to 17,499 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.

NOVELLA: 17,500 to 40,000 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.

SPOTLIGHT SHORT STORY: 1001 to 1500 words. One story involving two crowns (real or figurative, masculine and feminine, or something else altogether) as a central element alongside the main theme of the year. Paid $0.02USD or $0.03USD per word.

All payments made through PayPal. Please note that these are not professional rates (aside for the micro-fiction). Fiction can only be resold as a reprint after publication. Decide if you want to take this payment scheme or submit to another market.

HARD SALES

  • Poorly formatted and edited work
  • Overtly racist, sexist, violent, etc. works without adding value overall
  • Works above the word counts and/or untitled (especially for short stories, novelettes, and novellas)

ABSOLUTE NO

  • Fanfiction of any kind
  • Excerpts out of a novel
  • Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases

OF INTEREST

  • Pushing the boundaries of genre and form
  • People of Color, disabled people, women, LGBTQIA, and other marginalized groups at the forefront
  • Dieselpunk, Solarpunk, Weird Westerns, Cyberpunk, Magic Realism, Gothic Horror, Retrofuturism, Afrofuturism, Wuxia, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Capers, Gothic Romance, Neo-/Noir, and lesser known sub-genres

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Where?

  • Through HeyPublisher (coming soon)
  • Through Green Submissions (coming soon)
  • Via email (preferred): subs [at] hyperionandtheia.com

Email?

  • The subject line for art and photography should read HTSUBMISSION(Art) or HTSUBMISSION(Photos)
  • The subject line should read HTSUBMISSION: CATEGORY : TITLE (WORD or LINE COUNT) ex). HTSUBMISSION: SHORT STORIES: Super Story (1001)
  • A short cover letter is required. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, recent publications/awards (if any), and a bio of 50-150 words. A photo of you is required

Format?

  • Submissions should be attached in the email as a .rtf, .doc or .docx
  • Artists and photographers should send a link to their online gallery as well and/or the piece as a .PNG or .JPEG
  • Shunn’s manuscript style for fiction and poetry is required (double-spaced, 12 pt standard font, page numbers, etc.)

Courtesy?

  • Reprints encouraged!
  • Translations into English are welcome
  • Only one submission in the same category allowed for fiction. I will be more lenient with shorter poetry
  • Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted! Alert H&T immediately should your work be accepted somewhere else (congrats in advance!)

RESPONSE TIME

Currently around a month after submitting. Do not query before then. I do not send out notification that the piece has been received, only when it is accepted or rejected. I will try to answer all submissions with an acceptance or rejection letter.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Any personal information collected (including but not limited to your name, address, email, social media links, and pen name) is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone else unless compelled by law or in the event threats are leveled against the staff.

If a third party contacts H&T interested in an author’s or artist’s work, the author/artist will be contacted first to ask permission to share details.

LEGALESE

By sending us your work you understand and agree that:

  • You are the original creator and copyright holder of the work submitted;
  • You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive electronic & print rights in English, first world translation rights into English, reprint rights, and/or non-exclusive audio rights to the work;
  • All information submitted is accurate and truthful; and
  • You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf. Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to add the volume you were published in.

Source: Hyperion & Theia.

Taking Submissions: C.H.U.D. Tribute Anthology Submission Guidelines

Deadline: January 31st, 2017
Payment: 3 cents per word

By editor Eric S. Brown

 
Submissions open December 1st and close January 31st.

Story length: between 3,000 and 10,000 words.

Pay is 3 cents (US) a word paid within a week of publication via PayPal.

Only one submission per author, even after a rejection has been sent out.

I want the language toned down. No taking the Lord’s name in vain. One of the reasons being that we’re challenging authors to create unique characters. Remember Annie Wilkes?

If you have sex in your stories, keep it off-screen or mild. Gore and violence? Well, go wild, but remember the strengths of C.H.U.D. as a film are its character development and suspense.

Stories may be set before the movie, leading up to it, but they cannot do anything that would change or alter the events of the movie. Stories may even be set after the movie. Think C.H.U.D. running loose in the streets.

Any questions, please run them by me ([email protected]).

I want this book to really honor the film and pay respect to it.

You can submit your stories to ([email protected]). Be sure to place the word SUBMISSION in the subject line of the email. Manuscripts should be attached to the email, and be formatted in standard manuscript format. Any stories NOT adhering to the standard manuscript format will be rejected. Here is a great link to standard manuscript format: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. We will accept only two file formats: .DOC—Microsoft Word—and .RTF. You should also include a short bio.

Via: Crystal Lake Publications.

Taking Submissions: StarShipSofa

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Deadline: December 10th
Payment: $50

Submission Guidelines for StarShipSofa

StarShipSofa is currently open for submissions between November 1 and December 10.

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What do we want?

In a word: science-fiction. From the soft, social science fiction to the weird pulpy stuff to the vigorous hard SF and YA adventure. We welcome all sub-genres and all variety of punks in all their colours. From high-octane action to quiet philosophical stories, we’re after it all.Science fiction is a rich and diverse genre, push it’s boundaries as far as you can go.

We welcome translations and are very interested in stories that take place/written by authors outside the US/Anglo-sphere, as well as as alternative movements and styles. These include (but not limited to) “non-Western” science fiction, Chinese SF, Soviet speculative fiction, Afro-futurism, etc.

The exception is that the SF element must be the backbone of the story. It cannot be an afterthought, or simple window dressing. It can be subtle, but it has to be the story’s foundation. If you take away the speculative element and the story still stands, then it’s not science-fiction and it is not for us.

We are also not interested in fantasy or supernatural horror stories. Those go to Far Fetched Fables and Tales to Terrify. Genre labels are loose and can bleed together, but if the coal in the story’s engine is magic or supernatural based, we don’t want it. But if there are science-based elements, however soft, then it can be considered. If in doubt, send. We want the best stories from any subgenre, period. Ultimately the best way to get a feel for what we want is to listen to the podcast itself. We favour rich world building, tight prose, complex characters, engaging dialogue and strong pacing, however you define it.

Although we will consider all types of SF, second person is a very tough sell, as are stories that are preachy and didactic in nature. We’re not the place for fanfiction, fetishistic torture-porn or total erotica (more stuff on that below). We don’t take well to gimmicky stories that lack a narrative, and as for yarns about werewolves, zombies, vampires…don’t even get us started. Seriously. It won’t end well.

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Adult content

Fiction should be free to explore any themes it wishes to, and that means going to some very dark places. There are no label warnings on any of our stories. There are no levels to the amount of violence, themes, sex, swearing, drugs, or otherwise adult themes in our stories. Our stories range from the heart-warming adventure to horrifically dark splatterpunk. If it’s done right, nothing is taboo. If it’s part of the human experience, then it’s applicable to fiction.

However, we are not an erotica market, and torture-porn is unlikely to impress us. We don’t take well to blatant shock value. Whatever you’re sending, just make sure it’s thematically justified.

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Rights and payment

*UPDATED GUIDELINES*

Starting January 2017, StarShipSofa will pay $50 USD flat rate per story. We only require nonexclusive, one time audio rights to play your story. Any acceptances from this point on will be considered a paid publication.

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What to send?

We only run reprints on StarShipSofa. No original work at this current time.  We do not consider anything self-published, published at a vanity press, or at a FTL (for the love) market. We are absolutely interested in seeing work published at semi-pro or higher venues. Examples of included markets are here. If you were paid for the story, then it’s fair game. We are especially interested in seeing stories published in print anthologies, or stories not available publicly online. Please mention where the work was originally published in your cover letter.

However, we cannot take any stories that have been previously published in audio. If the fine folk at EscapePod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, Far Fetched Fables, Tales to Terrify, or any other podcast, have picked you up, then we can’t use it. This does not include anthologized audio books. If in doubt, query.

Paid story length runs from 2000 words up to 13,000 words.You are welcome to submit flash stories under 2000 words for an extra bonus story, but these are not paid submissions at the current time. You’re better off submitting something that will fill an entire episode.

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Multiple and simultaneous submissions

Multiple submissions are not allowed. One submission is allowed until acceptance or rejection before you are eligible to submit another artwork. Any multiple submissions while the initial one is still under review will be ignored. Sim-subs are also allowed (as long as they’re not to another podcast), but please tell us if another market gets to you first.

 

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How to send

Please send your science fiction short stories to [email protected], attached as .doc files. Use standard manuscript formatting (12-point, Times New Roman, double-spaced). Please include a bio and the venue where your story was originally published. We will try to respond within thirty days, but we will aim for a much shorter time. Query within sixty. The longer we hold your story, the better your chances. Please do not re-submit rejected stories, or argue with rejections letters. Make sure to log your submission on the Grinder.

To get a feel for what we’re truly after, give our podcast a listen. And if you could support the show, that would be marvelous. Paying you our contributors would be a dream come true. Let’s make that happen. Our Patreon page is here.

Good luck! We look forward to reading your submissions.

Via: Star Ship Sofa.

Ongoing Submissions: Perihelion

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Payment: one cent per word, up to a maximum of $75 per story. We pay a minimum rate of $12 per story.

WE ARE LOOKING for well-written, original science fiction, that is, science fiction with a solid plot, a beginning, a middle, and an end (but not necessarily in that order). Nofantasy. No horror. No fan fiction. No poetry. Alternate history, not entirely taboo, is a difficult sale. Stories do not necessarily have to restrict themselves to robots, rocket ships, and extraterrestrials. However, the science and/or technology must be integral to the story; if you remove the science, the story falls apart, or disappears altogether. If the plot can be easily reconstituted as a western, a swashbuckler, or a bodice-ripper, it is probably not for us, either. We aren’t fixated on political correctness. We don’t object to explicit language, violence, or sexual situations, as long as it is necessary to the plot. We like humor and satire. We really don’t care if you are a minority, transgendered, or purple; the story is the focus and not the author. Stories should run from 2,500 words to around 7,000 words. We also accept Shorter Stories. We consider Shorter Stories to be from 800 words to 2,000 words. Less than 800 words is probably an anecdote, not a story, not for us. Currently we are paying one cent per word, up to a maximum of $75 per story. We pay a minimum rate of $12 per story. Payment is usually within 30 days prior to publication. Our rates will undoubtedly grow as we do. These specifications are firm. Please do not send us your latest novel. We don’t publish installments, so please do not send us Part 1 as a story.

Articles

We want carefully researched articles discussing or explaining new and interesting discoveries in science with which most people are probably not already familiar. The writing must also be entertaining. We do not want to see your term papers. This is not an assignment. It helps if the author has some kind of credentials in the subject being written about, but that is not a requirement. For example, absolutely do not research widely available information about photosynthesis and send us a Wikipedia-like article on how photosynthesis works. On the other hand, if you have information about or are involved in photosynthesis being used to create a new breed of human, we may be interested in that. Keep in mind that we want articles, not news. This is not a newspaper. Payment is one cent per word up to a maximum of $75 per article, within 30 days prior to publication. Articles should be anywhere from 2,500 words to around 7,000 words in length.

Reviews

We are no longer accepting unsolicited reviews of books, movies, and video games. However, there is still a large assortment of science fiction media that would interest us: TV shows, comics, theater, even operas if they exist. The reviews must be analytic. Simply reiterating the plot and saying you liked or disliked the work is not a proper review. You must explain why you liked or disliked the work. Reviews must be timely—if the TV series has recently been released on DVD, it should be reviewed as a DVD. And whereas Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles,” if you have just read it, may be new to you, it is not. Reviews should be up to 1,200 words. Payment is a minimum $12 per review, within 30 days prior to publication. Query first.

Artwork

Currently we are looking for full-color cover art and comic strips only, either illustration or photography. The cover art does not correspond to any story or article, so it has to stand by itself. In fact, we prefer that the cover tells its own little story. A spaceship in orbit around a planet is a nice image, albeit trite. If the message “Elect Zerbek For President” is seen on the side of the spaceship, however, that is intriguing, even funny, and we’d probably buy it. We prefer that artwork be optimized for the Web, submitted in either GIF or JPEG or PNG format, in as small a file size as you can render without compromising the quality of the image. Our cover specs are 520 pixels wide by 1000 pixels high. R-rated images are okay, but no erotica or raw nudity. Payment is $60 per image, within 30 days prior to publication. Please query in advance before submitting comic strips.

How to Submit Material

Email us the manuscript in RTF or DOC format. Please conform to proper manuscript format as best as you can. If we have trouble opening your manuscript we will reject it out of hand. RTF is preferred because it is universally accessible by all kinds of software on all kinds of platforms. Attach the manuscript in RTF or DOC format or artwork in JPEG or PNG format, to an email sent to editor-at-perihelionsf-dot-com, with “Perihelion Submission,” or words to that effect, in the subject line, along with a brief cover letter telling us something about yourself. It is not necessary to tell us about the story or article or artwork because we will see it ourselves. Every effort will be made to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a day or two. Please wait at least 48 hours before contacting us if you did not hear back. Generally, it then takes from one to three months to decide whether or not to accept the submission. Do not simultaneously submit anything to Perihelion Science Fiction. While it is in our possession, your manuscript should be exclusively for consideration only by us. Perihelion buys Exclusive First World Rights for a period of six months. After that, the copyright reverts to the original author.

All this aside, there are always exceptions to every rule, but it is best not to test us. Good luck!

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