Ongoing Submissions: Dreams & Nightmares

Payment: Payment in US is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies, outside of US is 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies.

I print primarily poetry, but also publish a small amount of short short fiction. The genres of fantasy and SF are preferred. I am interested in experimental formats and content, and prefer fantastic horror a la Lovecraft or Blackwood to the blood and gore type. Any SF or fantasy is appropriate if it isn’t sappy or trite. If your poem rhymes, be sure that the rhymes are not forced, and that the meter is consistent.

The magazine consists of 20 digest-sized pages with card-stock cover. Publication is thrice yearly, issues are numbered sequentially. Issue #1 was published in January of 1986. Print run 200. Most-recent issue is #85. DN is distributed free to interested libraries.

Poetry & Fiction

Maximum length for poetry or fiction is 2 single-spaced typed pages, but I prefer less than one page. I prefer e-submissions in the body of the message. Send up to five manuscripts with SASE from the US. From other countries use an IRC or US stamps. Submissions lacking sufficient return postage or equivalent will be discarded. Cover letter not required. PLEASE put your name and address on each poem you submit!

I print 15-20 poems per issue. Buying 1st N.Am. serial rights unless state otherwise. Payment is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies. Contributors outside North America can instead receive a 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies. DN is a tough market because of the high volume of poetry submissions I receive. Fewer than 5% of submissions are accepted. Response time is commonly 4-8 weeks. Sample copy for $5.

 

Artwork

Artwork should be line drawings; no half-tones. Good photocopies OK, but I prefer to receive JPEG’s as e-mail attachments. Art should be no larger than 4 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, but I can reduce it. Payment $12 on acceptance plus 2 copies. I always need covers, and small filler illustrations. Filler illos that are the right size and shape to fill up the bottom of a page are particularly useful. Payment for covers includes an extra copy of the issue.

Send submissions to: [email protected]

If you must send snail-mail submissions:

Dreams & Nightmares, 1300 Kicker Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

Please address all other correspondence to the e-mail address given above. I will respond promptly to e-mail messages.

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

 

Via: Dreams & Nightmares.

Ongoing Submissions: Not One Of Us

Payment: ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum) and a contributor’s copy. For poems, $5 and a contributor’s copy

Not One of Us is about people (or things) out of place in their surroundings, outsiders, social misfits, aliens in the SF sense—anyone excluded from society for whatever the reason. We’d like Not One of Us to consider the problem of “otherness” from every possible fictional angle: horror, SF, fantasy, noir, slipstream, Western, mainstream, whatever.

The editorial philosophy of the magazine reflects my own personal taste in genre fiction. To me the scariest and most deeply moving horror stories are not about monsters or about good vs. evil, but rather about the reader’s own fears and discomforts. Similarly, for Not One of Us, fantasy isn’t about pseudo-medieval worlds, science fiction isn’t about space opera or funny-sounding names, Westerns are not about gunfights. In our magazine, it’s all about the characters.

We crave characters (human or otherwise) who are different and who act the way they do out of plausible (if occasionally insane) motives. All the wondrous settings and complex plots in the world will fail to convince me if at the center of the tale there isn’t a protagonist with whom I can somehow empathize. I don’t have to like that character: heaven knows we’ve had some pretty nasty protagonists, and empathy is not the same as excuse-making. But I want to get some insight into the character, and vicariously into myself. Also, I like stories, and characters, with edge.

Themes to avoid: vampires, alcoholic villains without any understanding of their motives, tales about writers, sword and sorcery, deals with the devil, and revenge stories that have no other point, especially if the punishment far exceeds the crime.

Because we’re a digest-sized (5.5 x 8.5 inch, 52-page) publication, we prefer stories of 6000 words or less. While we’re willing to read stories up to 7500 words long, they are a harder sell because of the size limitation of our format. We prefer poems of 40 lines or less, although we’re willing to read longer poems. Just not ones of epic length.

We assume first serial rights, with rights reverting to the author/poet upon publication. Payment is ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum), payable upon publication, plus one contributor’s copy for stories; $5 plus one copy for poems.

Artwork takes the form of story illustrations plus theme-related front and back covers. Typical payment ranges from $8 to $15. Query with samples.

Send electronic submissions from the contact page. We prefer Word or RTF attachments (do not send submissions in PDF), but it’s OK to embed submissions. All hardcopy correspondence should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please send only one story or up to three poems at a time.

John Benson, Editor
12 Curtis Road
Natick, MA 01760

Via: Not One of Us.

Ongoing Submissions: Spaceports & Spidersilk

Payment: 6.00 for each accepted original story; $2.00 for each accepted story reprint; $2.00 for each accepted poem; and 10.00 for the door art
Note: Reprints Allowed
Note: Younger Target Audience – READ!

Spaceports & Spidersilk is an online magazine for younger readers [8 to 17 and beyond].  Formerly it was called KidVisions.  Spaceports & Spidersilk features short stories, poems, and art, as well as brief essays on science and the environment, interviews, quizzes, contests, [and, quite frankly, anything else that is genre-oriented and will help encourage the younger generation to read…and to dream, especially about going to the stars].  We at Nomadic Delirium Press hope that younger writers and artists, as well as adults, will submit their work.

 

The genres for Spaceports & Spidersilk include fantasy, science fiction, and a category we are going to define as ‘shadow stories’.  Shadow stories are mild horror.  We want spooky, not terrifying.  Most of all, we want ADVENTURES!  And especially SF or fantasy adventures.

 

Also, we are looking for works set in a speculative genre, rather than about a speculative genre. In other words, we want stories where the fantasy or science fiction is real within the piece, not pieces where those elements turn out to be a dream, or even a daydream.

While we believe that adult readers can and will enjoy good stories aimed at kids, we still want stories which are aimed at kids.  Generally, kids (especially in the 8-14 range ) prefer to read about other kids. Stories about middle-aged couples seldom appeal.

No reader, young or old, wants to be force fed a moral. Too often stories written for kids seem to be all about the lesson the reader is meant to learn, and few things are as likely to make readers run screaming. Give us a good story, one that entertains and connects with emotions. If that story causes the readers to rethink something, or proves an interesting point, great, but in the end it has to be something they enjoy reading.

The guidelines for submissions to Spaceports & Spidersilk are simple and straightforward.  Here they are:

 

What we want:

Spaceports & Spidersilk will consider—

genre stories of up to 3000 words.

poetry of up to 25 lines.

art, in color or black-and-white

essays of up to 800 words.

interviews and articles of up to 800 words

Spaceports & Spidersilk will accept reprints, provided they are identified as such, provided you have the rights to the work, and provided you tell us where and when the submission was first published. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

 

What we DO NOT want:

NO “bad language”.  This includes cussing, swearing, and those wonderful hyphenated words you use when you whack your thumb with a hammer.  You know what they are.  I don’t have to tell you.  Also, no racial epithets.  You know what those are, too.

NO sex.  Your characters may kiss, or fall in love, or get married, but that’s all.

 

What we ALMOST DO NOT want:

NO drugs, unless there are severe and very clear consequences to the character involved with them.

NO sexist language.  I said ‘almost’.  It is quite typical of boys of a certain age to say things like, “She can’t do that, she’s just a girl.”  Usually, in real life, such statements are preludes to valuable and sometimes painful lessons learned.  So it must be in the fiction you submit to Spaceports & Spidersilk.

 

Effective 01/01/2008, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is the editor of Spaceports & Spidersilk.

 

Payment–Effective the issue of March 2008, the following payments apply:

Spaceports & Spidersilk will pay $6.00 for each accepted original story; $2.00 for each accepted story reprint; $2.00 for each accepted poem; and 10.00 for the door art.  These rates are effective with the December 2011 issue.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:

Please submit stories and essays [and articles, etc] as RTF attachments to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com.  You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course.  Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.

Please submit poems in the body of the e-mail to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com.  You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course.  Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.

Please submit art as a jpeg attachment to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com.  You will have to convert this to a usable address, of course.  Please write SUBMISSION and the title of your piece in the subject line of your e-mail.

 

If  Spaceports & Spidersilk accepts your submission, we will ask for your mailing address so that we may send your payment.  We will also ask for a brief bio of the writer or artist.

 

If you have any questions about this, or about Spaceports & Spidersilk, please e-mail them to Spacesilk at yahoo dot com.  Again, you will have to convert this to a usable address.

Via: Nomadic Delirium Press.

Ongoing Submissions: With Candlelight

Payment: $15.00 each story. $30.00 for stories that are featured on the Front Page.
Note: Audio and print rights also wanted so be sure to check that out.

Welcome to With Candlelight, a literary magazine created for and by authors. We aim to deliver creative and worthwhile content that both our writers and readers crave. Really, what we want to do is create a community where those who crave a good story, and those who strive to produce one, can come together-hopefully in a state of wonder.

Don’t worry about the genre, we’re all inclusive. We want your lit-fiction, your horror and science fiction, your LGBT story, your creative non-fiction, and we love flash fiction too. Do you have a story that doesn’t fall into these categories? Send it anyway. We will read every story sent our way. If it’s good enough, and we want great pieces, we will publish it on the site. There are also no word limits or expectations. If it’s great, we want it. 

We pay $15.00 each story. $30.00 for stories that are featured on the Front Page. We ask for the publishing rights of your story, as well as electronic rights, which include: PDF, HTML, plain text, print and MP3 (audio) formats. Stories are distributed through this website and some may appear in audio form, via podcast, etc. The payment also includes the right to publish the story as a non-exclusive, one-time right to include your stories in an anthology.

If you’re unsure of our rights policy, but want to publicize your work, you can submit to us anyway. This will be without pay but we will be able to promote your work and hopefully bring more attention to it. Just inform us in the email that your story is attached in that you do NOT want to sell the rights to your story. You can also send us links to your website, twitter, or Amazon page to go along with your story.

Send submissions to [email protected].

Via: With Candlelight.

Ongoing Submissions: Likely Red

Payment: $25usd

Likely Red is open year-round for submissions in prose, poetry, photography, and almost everything else. While we may prioritize local authors and artists for consideration from time to time, we encourage folks from anywhere to let us see what they’ve got. We try to keep an open mind. We publish what we like. There is no submission fee. We pay.

Email your prose, poetry, photography, art, or piece to the editor at Editor [at] LikelyRed [dot] com. We only accept submissions in English and all submissions must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please email us as soon as possible if a piece you’ve submitted to us gets accepted elsewhere.

Genre Guidelines

For Prose: We like our prose to be under 4000 words. We accept fiction and creative non-fiction. Please only send one piece at a time and wait for a response before sending another. Send your story or essay in an email to the editor in PDF (preferred) or in .doc format.

For Poetry: Keep poetry under 100 lines. It will need a title. Send up to five poems in one email to the editor in PDF (preferred) or .doc format.

For Photography: Submit up to 3 photos for us to consider at a time in an email to the editor. Keep file sizes low enough to email and please don’t stress over the quality of the photograph. If necessary, indicate the quality loss and let us know if you have a higher quality version. If your photography is accepted, we’ll let you know when we need the higher quality version.

For Everything Else: This category includes everything from digital paintings, short video clips, comics, gifs, memes, interviews, choose-your-own-adventure stories, experimental blueprints, audio logs, laboratory results, web games, artful code, or anything else that you’ve got going on that you think fits our aesthetic. Just be sure that it will work without any extra software on the website and that you can get it to us in an email without too much trouble. Bonus points if we can figure out what it is and how it works without a manual. The shorter and more focused the idea, the better.

Cover Letters: We couldn’t care less about cover letters. Make sure your name, telephone number, and email address are on the front page or in the body of the email. If you have a Twitter account, we’d like that, too.

Response Times

We try to acknowledge all submissions within a couple of days. Give us two months to make a decision. If you haven’t heard from us within 60 days, please send us an email or aggravate us on Twitter.

Our editor is mean and either can’t or won’t give individual feedback on every piece due to the time, as well as an unfortunate social incident that occurred in his deep dark past.

Payments

We pay contributors $25 (usd) upon acceptance. We know it’s not much. As our journal grows, we are open to exploring ways to increase this amount.

Rights

We ask for first publication rights for us to publish your story online as well as archival rights for us to keep a copy of your story in our online archives. After publication, all writers and artists continue to hold all rights to their work. Please kindly indicate Likely Red as the first publisher if the work is published again.

All content is subject to minor edits for formatting purposes. We may also add text and alter colors to digital media for our use of the work in other locations on the website and social media, including headers and advertisements.

Submit

Questions? Submissions? Email the editor at Editor [at] LikelyRed [dot] com.

Via: Likely Red.

Ongoing Submissions: Uprising Review

Payment: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short stories, Reprints pay at half price.
Note: Reprints Allowed!

Thank you for choosing Uprising Review for your piece! All of our story and formatting guidelines can be found below. Submissions that don’t adhere to word length and formatting guidelines will be rejected, unread, from our queue. Keep that in mind while submitting. Above all, we never want you to be afraid to push the envelope with your writing!

We accept flash fiction and short stories of any genre. This included fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, literary, steampunk, political, and anything else under the sun. We do accept pieces that include profanity, sex, and violence when it is used with purpose and care. Often times these elements are used for shock value. While this is a valid use of those elements, there must be a reason beyond shock.

 

  • – flash fiction under 1,500 words of any genre will be considered
  • – short stories under 3,000 words will also be considered

 

We do not accept erotica. There are many markets for erotic stories but we are not one of them. We will not accept serials or chapters of novels or novellas. We want to provide our audience with full, complete stories with each read.

While we have limited resources, we think it’s important that authors are paid for their work. We pay writers $5 for flash fiction pieces and $10 for short stories. We do accept stories under 500 words, however we will only pay for flash fiction that is over 500 words. After we approve a story, we ask for exclusive rights for 6 months after the date of publication and anthology rights for one year. The writer maintains full ownership of their work and is free to publish their story elsewhere at the end of the 6 months.

Uprising Review focuses on blind submissions. This means we read your work before we read your cover letter. Your gender, race, and sexuality do not determine your strengths as a writer. Please remove any indication of your name, or pen name, from the file (title and document) before sending it to us. If your name or pen name are included, your work will be rejected unread.

Please send us only one story at a time and wait four weeks before sending us another, after a rejection or acceptance letter.

We welcome you to submit your story to other markets. If you chose to do this and your story is accepted elsewhere, please alert us as soon as possible.

Formatting for submissions:

 

  • – 12pt Times New Roman (or comparable) font
  • – double spaced
  • – include a page and word count in the header
  • – accepted file formats: .rtf .doc .docx .od

We will try to respond to your submissions as quickly as we can but we are all very busy people. If you have not received a rejection or acceptance letter from us within four weeks, please email us at [email protected] with the subject header “Submission Query.” We will do our best to respond from there.

Email Submissions To:

Via: Uprising Review.

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