Gallery of Curiosities is a story podcast that comes along whenever we have managed to put together a new show. This is a paying audio fiction market catering to the steampunk and retro-futurist niche, as well as those who like good audio fiction during their commute. Our early episodes from 2010 to 2015 went under the title Tales from New Babbage and were a mix of public domain and original stories which were originally broadcast on Radio Riel Steampunk before being made available for download.
What we’re looking for:
Weird fiction. Steampunk. Horror. Mad science. Monsters. Machines. InsertRetroEvocationWordHerePunk. Strong narratives. Vivid imagery. Holiday themes on the above for when those times of the year roll around. Original short stories up to 7500 words. We don’t like flash fiction as much as short stories but you never know, we might need to tuck one in now and then. Did we mention how much we like to be scared?
What we’re not looking for:
Modern/mundane settings. Vulgar language. Serialized novels. Fan fiction. Futuristic settings that do not have an appropriate level of technology to a retro-futurist genre. For example, we would be perfectly happy with with you outwitting cannibal mutants in a post apocalyptic wasteland, but we want to see a technology that has collapsed to an interesting level of anachronism.
At present time we are offering a penny a word. We know, this is not the pro rate, but right now, it is the best we can do.
Is there a contract?
After we are both satisfied with the terms of the contract, it will be sent for electronic signature via a service such as HelloSign.
Are you going to publish an anthology or post my story for online reading?
What about simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but do tell us if you sold it somewhere that would not want us to produce it after they bought it so we don’t waste our time.
My story has already been published. Can I still submit it?
Yes, as long as you are not violating any terms of your previous contract. We do want to know if it is a reprint. That would be splendid of you.
How do I submit?
Send your story in an email or email attachment to [email protected] with SUBMISSION: Your Story Title in the subject line. We’re not picky about the format. Kevin the mailroom guy strips all identifying information from your manuscript before sending it on to our slush readers. Make sure all commentary has been removed from your document before you convert it, that could be embarrassing as it does show up after reloading it into our Google Doc files.
Ragnarok Publications will be open to submissions for a limited time, starting on Feb 20, 2016 and closing on March 20, 2016. We’ll take into account differing time zones so a day either way is fine.
Please follow our submission format guidelines below.
OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS 2/20-3/20!
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!
We here at Ragnarok Publications have decided that sanity is an overrated state of being. What we need to make our lives better is to read hundreds of awesome submissions from YOU, all squeezed into a short period of time. We’ve our straitjackets fitted, meds filled, and psychologists on standby so we’ve got everything we need. Now here’s what we want:
We’re looking mainly for original fantasy of the dark variety. It can be urban fantasy or epic or horror-tinged, or sword and sorcery, or mainstream, or weird, or whatever, but quality fantasy is our primary interest this time around.
Dark science fiction is also a good bet. Something epic and explody would be perfect.
We’re looking for novels, say 60,000 to 120,000ish words.
Series or standalone.
Diversity in characters AND authors is a good thing.
Here’s what we DON’T want:
Straight-up horror, romance, hard sci-fi, or anything that doesn’t fall into the categories of fantasy or the softer side of sci-fi.
Poetry or collections or anthologies or short stories or plays or movie scripts or comics/graphic novels.
Works under 60,000 words.
Works for children. (Young Adult will be considered, but we don’t want anything for kids.)
Already published works (either in part or full.)
>>>HOW TO SUBMIT:
Provide a SINGLE doc/docx/rtf file containing your query letter and the first 10,000ish words of your manuscript, in the order it’s written. If there’s a prologue, that counts as part of the 10k.
Use standard manuscript formatting: 12-point font, double spaced, italics for italics (no underlining), no crazy fonts or formatting.
One submission per author. If we pass on your project and the open sub period is still going you are welcome to submit a second project.
You DO NOT need to provide a full synopsis, but we do expect the query to contain a short, one to four paragraph hook to give us an idea as to what we’re looking at.
Anything submitted outside of the submission window will be deleted unread, to include any submissions sent via the Ragnarok Publications site.
There is wiggle room in some of the above stuff, so use your best judgment. There’s no specific response time but we will do our best to get back to you quickly. You can login to the submissions managerto check your status at any time.
We offer competitive royalty rates on all projects and we do, on occasion, offer small advances with reasonable contract terms. We are also distributed worldwide by IPG.
Please follow the HOW TO SUBMIT terms or your submission will be deleted unread
OUR SUBMISSIONS FORMAT GUIDELINES
We accept ONLY electronic submissions.
Please include a cover letter/email describing the project and your experience. Experience is not necessary, we just want to know who we’re dealing with.
All manuscripts must be in doc, docx, or rtf format.
All manuscripts should be in a single file, not separate files for each chapter.
Use Times New Roman, Courier, Palatino Linotype, or some other easily readable font. Manuscripts submitted in hard-to-read fonts will be rejected unread.
Use 12 point font.
Please space manuscripts between 1.5 to double. No spaces between, before, or after paragraphs.
Do not justify text.
Use standard margins (1″ all around.)
Use italics where italics are required, not underlining.
Single space between sentences.
Use paragraph formatting for indention (.3 to .5) instead of Tab.
Insert page breaks between chapters.
Limit extraneous formatting. Avoid tables or Word formatting beyond those listed above. Headers and page numbers are not necessary.
Include your name, contact information (email at the very least), genre, and approximate word count at the top of every manuscript submission.
All manuscripts must be at least 60,000 words to be considered. Manuscripts over 130,000 words are a hard sell given production costs. It doesn’t mean we won’t occasionally accept a larger book but the story has to wow us for us to take it on above 130,000 words.
We do not publish short stories, poetry, or collections without invitation.
OPEN for novel/novella submissions.
CLOSED for short story submissions, as Shock Totem, the magazine, is currently on HIATUS.
Please choose the proper category from the list below when submitting. No simultaneous/multiple submissions.
Please follow our guidelines, which can be found at http://www.shocktotem.com/guidelines. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be deleted.
All submissions are responded to via e-mail. Sometimes, as happens with e-mail, something goes wrong and the e-mail does not arrive. If you have not heard from us within 90 days, you can query us, but you can also check the status of your submission by signing into your Submittable account.
The Shock Totem Team
For novel submissions (40,000 words or more) and novella submissions (17,500 to 40,000 words).
Please make sure your submission falls withing the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. Submissions must have a clear horror element.
Kraken Press is open to submissions. Submissions that don’t follow the guidelines will not be read.
1. We accept unsolicited novels, novellas and short story collections, up to 120.000 words. Collections are generally a really hard sell for us, so query first.
2. We are interested in seeing manuscripts in the genres of horror, dark fantasy and weird fiction. More importantly, we’re interested in fresh writing. We’re not likely to publish anything with vampires, werewolves or zombies. We do not publish sci-fi that doesn’t have a horror bend.
3. Submissions should include a short cover letter (contact info, brief bio), a synopsis of your book and the first 4 or 5 chapters of your book. Attach one document with a synopsis and one with the novel.
4. Submissions without attachments or no synopsis attached will not be read.
5. Multiple submissions are okay.
6. Simultaneous submissions are okay.
7. Email us your manuscript as an attachment (DOC or RTF).
8. Current response time: 30 days.
Writers we like:
Caitlin R. Kiernan, Graham Joyce, Richard Laymon, Joe Lansdale, Thomas Tessier, Gemma Files, Jack Ketchum, Clive Barker, Jonathan Carroll, John Connolly, Neil Gaiman, John Ajvide Lindquist, Holly Black, Chuck Palahniuk, Jeffrey Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente, Jonathan Maberry, David Moody, Tom Piccirilli, Norman Partridge, Jeff Strand, David Wong, Warren Ellis, Joe Hill, Sarah Langan, Lucius Shepard.
Slush pile editor is George Cotronis.
What better way to start the new year off than with a big announcement? None you say? You might be right . . . Because we are very excited to announce the launch of Unsung Signals, our new digital-only line.
Unsung Signals will feature mid-length fiction, stories too long for magazines or journals but too short for traditional book-length publication. This means everything from long short stories to novellas.
We believe stories should be as long as they need to be. Unsung Signals gives writers the freedom to write the way they want without the need to pad or trim unnecessarily, to give a home to work that would otherwise be left unpublished, or altered to fit a format.
And like everything else we do, we are accepting un-agented submissions. So if you have work between 5-30,000 words long – a novella, a collection of stories, something great that’s just that bit too long for everywhere else – let us know. You can submit via our form.
The first title to be published under Unsung Signals will be Winter, a novelette by Dan Grace, a near-future tale from a broken Britain, a story of rebellion, revolution and green men.