Taking Submissions: Alternative Truths Anthology

Deadline: February 28th, 2017
Payment: $.02/word.

Alternative Truths Anthology is open for submissions on the post-election era. What does the future hold? Endless alternative facts? Brilliant leadership? Alien invasions? Zombies in the Whitehouse?

The submissions are not restricted to a political bent and may run the gamut from political satire to dystopian visions. The common thread to is that the election, the transfer, and the future are some how part of the vision.

We are looking for well written visions of the post-election world in the near or far future. We are looking for thoughtful complete pieces that well demonstrate and inspire thoughts on the country.

We want to look past the stereotypes and find interesting visions of the adventure our country is embarking on. Good luck.

Submissions should be in standard manuscript format in either RTF, Doc, or Docx files. Queries are welcome complete stories are more welcome. Submissions should be made to [email protected]

Target lengths are 1500 to 7500 words.
Hate speech, gratuitous sex or violence is not our objective.
A face book group: Alternative Truth Anthology, is open to provide an ongoing status of the effort.
Editors, Bob Brown and Irene Radford
Payment is $.02/word.
February 28 deadline.

Via: Alternative Truths Facebook.

Taking Submissions: Occult Detective Quarterly #2

Deadline: February 28th, 2017.
Payment: 1 cent per word and $25 for reprints
NOTE: There is a PDF linked to down below with a lot of details you should really read before submitting.

Welcome to Occult Detective Quarterly (or ODQ, as the hip kids call it), where the doomed meddlers lurk. This page and other entries will keep you up to speed on what’s happening with ODQ – submission openings, new writers joining us, progress on each issue and what’s going on in general.

Occult Detective Quarterly is a quarterly magazine with fiction, articles, reviews and art. Print is our first priority, but e-formats will be available as we go along.

THE CONCEPT

Don’t be fooled. This is no ordinary foray into the world of occult detectives. We are looking for great stories of psychic investigators, worn-out private eyes, supernatural sleuths and doomed meddlers of every kind in every setting. We want protagonists and antagonists who challenge us, who set old standards on their heads as well.

We still offer a home for the amateur sleuth in his tweeds, creeping through the cursed house, but next to him we want his counterparts:

  • the cynical socialite in thirties Berlin with a luger in her bag;
  • the gay French police detective daring to enter the catacombs of Paris in the sixties;
  • the black investigator learning the true history of her brother and the Chicago slaughterhouses;
  • the Hindu priest facing weirdness amongst the remains of British forts in India;
  • the South American bruja who finds that Montevideo has a heart of darkness.

We welcome weird explorations of what it might mean to face the unnatural, including what many call ‘literary’ horror. At the same time we have room for classic adventure, folk-horror and out-and-out ghosts. Anything, in fact, which has an occult investigation in some form at its core!

SUBMISSIONS

The latest submission guidelines can be downloaded as a pdf here:

ODQ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 2.1

Via: Grey Dog Tales.

Taking Submissions: Gaslandia: A Dieselpunk Anthology

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Deadline: March 1st, 2017
Payment: $0.01USD per word, optionally more for certain factors

Announcing Radiant Crown Publishing’s upcoming anthology of dieselpunk fiction, featuring art from the premiere dieselpunk artist, Gaslandia!

SUBMISSIONS WINDOW

January 1st, 2017- March 1st, 2017

Anything submitted outside of this window will be deleted unread.

THEME

ISBN-13: Coming Soon

ISBN-10: Coming Soon

Gaslandia is an upcoming anthology of speculative, mysterious, and romantic dieselpunk adventures! Framed as a book of legends told during an air raid, each story should have a 1920s-1950s pop culture aesthetic not necessarily restricted to a North American audience. Critical nostalgia is key. Don’t feed us the same old tired tropes without engaging the past in new ways. We want sprawling metropolises teeming with innovation, undiscovered frontiers in the depths of the oceans, and the vastness of the open skies re-imagined. Pack your stories full of locomotives, speakeasies, radios, spies, telegraphs, gangsters, submarines, world fairs, skyscrapers, inequality, warfare, and magic that dazzled and divided the world. Deadline March 1st, 2017 11:59 EST.

INSPIRATION

Snowpiecer (Movie)

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Last Exile (Animation)

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Children of the Sun (RPG)

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Jean “Mœbius” Giraud (Comics)

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Sunrise: A Dieselpunk Fantasy (CYOA)

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Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual (Illustrated Serial Fiction)

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RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR FICTION

  • Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
  • If an audiobook is produced, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights
  • First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 8 months from the date of publication
  • 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

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 an air pirate with a prosthetic limb as a central element of the plot. Paid $0.02USD or $0.03USD per word.

All payments made through PayPal. Please note that these are not professional rates. 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

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
  • Pulp fiction, Decopunk/”Ottensian” Dieselpunk, Diesel Noir, Diesel Weird War, Diesel “Piecraftian” Dystopia, Weird Western, Dying Earth, Raygun Gothic/Atompunk, Slipstream, Ancient Aliens, Hollow Earth, and so on

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Where?

Email?

  • The subject line should read GASLANDIA: CATEGORY: TITLE (WORD COUNT) ex). GASLANDIA: 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. Interview questions will be sent to accepted authors. A photo of you is required

Format?

  • Submissions should be attached in the email as a .rtf, .doc or .docx
  • Shunn’s manuscript style for fiction required (double-spaced, 12 pt standard font, page numbers, etc.)

Courtesy?

  • Reprints encouraged!
  • Translations into English are welcome
  • Up to two submissions in total allowed
  • Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted! Alert RCP immediately should your work be accepted somewhere else (congrats in advance!)

RESPONSE TIME

Currently around two months after submitting. Do not query before then. We do not send out notification that the piece has been received, only when it is accepted or rejected. We 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 RCP 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 title of this anthology as your previous place of publication.

Via: Radiant Crown Publishing.

Ongoing Submissions: Blue Monday Review

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Payment: .02/word with a $20 minimum for previously unpublished work. Reprints $10 per piece.
Note: Reprints Allowed

Blue Monday Review is a quarterly publication that draws inspiration from the works of Kurt Vonnegut. He was a man who knew how to craft great stories that celebrated truth and beauty while maintaining a sardonic wit that makes our hearts swell with bitterness and joy.     If your work can stir up even a sliver of that feeling, we want to see it.

* Please note, we tend away from political satire and any work that is misogynistic, racist, homophobic, etc.

We like get-up-and-go in our prose. We want a complete story, not a premise; rounded characters, not caricatures. Past that, what trips our trigger is the peculiar and off-center. We love anything that’s absurd, experimental, quirky, satirical or surreal while still retaining its humanity. We want to lose track of ourselves in the beauty or horror or wildness of your story.

By all means, experiment with form and genre, but first make sure your story engages. If your story wanders off into the corner to mumble to itself, be damned sure you’ve made us want to follow and listen in.

All of the above applies to nonfiction, too. Your work should extend past personal experience to seek a deeper truth. Finally, keep it literary in tone. Right now, we don’t do book reviews, academic essays, travelogues, etc.

Your poetry should send our minds reeling, but make sure you give us substance to sink our teeth into. Make us want to climb into your poem and live there for a while. Your poetry should highlight the peculiar and the off-center and pull us in.

We love prose poetry but are open to all styles. We will freely admit to a bias against purely pastoral/nature poetry and poetry that rhymes. That said, we also like being proven wrong. Please send no more than 3 poems in a single document.

ETC.

FICTION & CREATIVE NONFICTION

POETRY

Got something that’s not really poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or artwork? We want to see it! We’re talking one-acts, comics, screenplays, photo essays, fake advertisements, whatever. Just keep it literary in tone and make sure it fits in with our general style guidelines.
3500 words max, please query if longer.

WORDS

  • Keep it under 3500 words. Above that, query us.

  • No more than 3 poems or 3 flashes (1500 words apiece). Submit these as a single document. For Express Lane submissions, each individual piece must be submitted separately.

  • Edit your stuff! We hate to see typos and sloppiness. Also, ensure your fancy stuff (accent marks, special formatting) makes it through on your final document.

  • Use Times New Roman, 12 point font. Double space your prose and single space your poetry. We prefer .doc or .docx.

  • Leave your name and other personal info off your work. That information belongs in your cover letter. Your submission may be immediately rejected if you fail to follow this.

VISUAL ART

  • No more than 5 pieces, please. Submit them in a .zip folder.

  • Put your last name in the file title.

  • The higher the resolution, the better. 300 dpi and 1500 pixels on the shortest edge is an optimal minimum.

  • Cover art should be colorful, with a peculiarity that captures attention and stirs the imagination.

  • Interior art should be in black and white. We like pen & ink, brush & ink, B&W photos, stuff like that. We especially like work in a series, so send us multiple samples, especially if you do cartoon art.

  • No fucking clowns.

  • From our Art Director: “The tragicomic human condition is what moves us, rather than opinion, polemic, or social commentary. We gravitate towards artwork that is edgy. Nature-centric art and pictures of your cat rarely fulfill this deep internal need of ours.”

One submission at a time, people! If we decline you, go ahead and re-submit whenever; we just really hate seeing 15 pieces in a row by the same person. We try our best to get back to you within 3 months or less, but feel free to contact us if we’re running behind on your submission.

Feel free to send your work to other publications, but please let us know if your submission becomes unavailable to us for any reason. To withdraw only one piece of several or if you want to change your status from “unpublished” to “previously published,” just leave a note in the Submittable system or shoot us an email.

One last thing: Please don’t plagiarize or violate someone else’s copyright. We won’t print your fanfiction or anything that utilizes characters/universes you didn’t create. We also don’t dig work that features public personalities because we hate getting sued.

Failure to strictly adhere to our stated guidelines may result in a submission being immediately declined. If you have any questions about this, please query us first.

COMPENSATION

We believe in paying contributors for their work. It is work, after all. Contributors whose work is selected will receive the following compensation along with one free contributor’s print copy.

We reserve one-time and anthology rights, all other rights revert back to the author upon publication.

  • Fiction, creative nonfiction, and ETC. work is compensated at a rate of .02/word with a $20 minimum for previously unpublished work.

    • For reprints, we pay a flat amount of $10 per piece.

  • Poetry is compensated at $10 for previously unpublished work, $5 for reprints.

  • Art is compensated at a flat rate of $20 per accepted piece.

Anything we forgot to mention? Feel free to contact us.

Check out the Senior Editorial Staff’s take on reaching our consideration table.

QUESTIONS?

Via: Blue Monday Review.

Ongoing Submissions: Kasma SF Magazine

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Payment: 2 Cents CA per word

What I’m looking for:

I prefer short science fiction between 1000 and 5000 words in length, though I’ll consider stories that are longer, and in very rare cases, shorter.

The type of stories I enjoy the most usually come as a surprise (I think I know what is happening, but the underlying reality is revealed to me as I read on). That said, I’ve accepted many stories that don’t fit this model. Sometimes I’m introduced to a new story structure– a style of writing I’ve not seen before (this is great too!). Sometimes the story I like reminds me of another story, but it introduces a slightly different spin on it. Other times, the story introduces such interesting and original ideas that structure and style don’t seem to matter as much.

Payment:

Kasma Magazine now offers payment of the semi-professional rate of 2 cents per word. Payments are made via Paypal only, and in Canadian Dollars.

Rights:

Upon having your work accepted by Kasma, you are able to and are automatically giving me non-exclusive electronic publishing rights, or reprint rights if applicable, to publish your story on Kasma’s website. I do not own your story. You are free to publish and sell it elsewhere, as long as whatever publication you sell it to understands that the rights you are giving them are non-exclusive. After a period of one year, all rights revert back to you and you may, if you wish, ask me to remove your story from the site. I hope that you won’t however, as I would like to include your story in Kasma’s archive of great, short science fiction.

 

Submit to:

Send me your short story by pasting it within the body of an email. No fancy fonts or formatting please, though feel free to underscore italics (e.g. _this is italicized_). To email me, click the “Submit Here” link to the lower right.Submit Here!

Via: Kasma Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Bracken

Payment: $.02/word

Submit fiction, poetry, and artwork.

The Fine Print

Bracken supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on brackenmagazine.com in an electronic quarterly issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.

Send all submissions in the body of an email to subs AT brackenmagazine.com. Read on to find out more about what we’re looking for. We aim to respond within 30 days.


Fiction

We’re seeking lyrical, character-driven myths, born out of the wood. We accept most genres, although we’re biased toward magic realism. Send us your in-between-genre pieces, your heart’s tears, your midnight reveries. We’ll take good care of them.

Requirements:

  • 2,500 words or less
  • original and unpublished
  • no simultaneous or multiple submissions

Include:

  • subject line: Fiction Sub “<Your Story Title>”
  • your name and contact information
  • the title of your piece and word count
  • a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
  • your story in the body of the email; no attachments

Payment: $.02/word

VIa: Bracken Magazine.

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