What we want.
The Wyrd is a speculative short fiction market for authors and artists who have a fondness for weird and slipstream themes.
What that means is we’re looking for works that cross, combine or redefine traditional genre boundaries. We enjoy stories that come with a heavy dose of the uncanny, the strange, and blend literary, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror tropes.
We will consider straight sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and urban fantasy, so long as the work pushes genre boundaries. If you’re not sure if your submission fits, send it in and we’ll tell you.
Our favorite authors are Victor LaValle, Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Ford, Margaret Atwood, Tim Powers, Emily St John Mandel, China Miéville and Ian (M) Banks.
While we’d very much like to see submissions from South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, we prioritize quality of story over country of origin.
We are currently open for submissions: 24 March through 30 June 2017.
All submitted works must be:
- Previously unpublished short stories of between 1000 and 5000 words. Please note that we consider works that appear on the author’s website, social media channels or writer’s forums as “published”
- Reprints at a maximum of 6000 words and that are not currently available for free online
- .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments
- In Standard Manuscript Format (follow this link if you’re not sure what that is)
- Proofed and checked for grammar and spelling
While we prefer American English, we’re happy to accept UK English. But please use double quotations (“) for dialogue.
If you’d like your art considered for The Wyrd’s cover page, please send an inquiry, along with a link to an online gallery or portfolio to submissions (at) wyrdmagazine (dot) com. Use the subject line: Art Submission.
We prefer to purchase pre-existing pieces but will occasionally commission art for covers.
On multiple and simultaneous submissions.
We accept multiple submissions, up to 3 submissions per author per submission period. Please submit only one story per email. We’re okay with simultaneous submissions, but please let us know well in advance if you’ve sold your work elsewhere.
Payments & legal.
The Wyrd magazine will pay $10 (USD) per short story. Payment is author’s choice of PayPal or Amazon voucher. Payment for South African residents will be author’s choice of EFT, PayPal or Amazon voucher.
Original works of art are bought for $10-50 (USD) per piece, as negotiated with the artist.
We purchase first, world-exclusive rights to your work for 6 months after publication date. After this date, the rights revert back to the author. Your story will continue to be sold in back-issues of The Wyrd under our non-exclusive distribution agreement.
Your work will not appear, and will not have appeared, in any other available format (blogs and public forums included) until 6 months after the release date of the story in The Wyrd.
What we don’t want.
We are not interested in the following:
- Works that are set in pre-existing settings created by authors/directors/screenwriters other than yourself. We don’t accept fan fiction of any kind, ever
- Works for which you do not own the copyright and/or rights of distribution
- Erotica or Slash fiction
- Fiction that is devoid of any uncanny, supernatural, speculative, or weird element (i.e. boring, realistic stuff)
Please note that our word limits are firm. Longer pieces will be automatically rejected, without exception.
Pieces that do not adhere to the submission requirements will be rejected unread.
We don’t have a problem with submissions that have violent or transgressive themes, but if your story features explicit or alluded to violence/abuse/exploitation of minors, women or animals as its primary plot device, we’re extremely unlikely to accept it for publication.
Our promise to you.
If you’ve followed the submission requirements as above and submitted your work, we promise to:
- Send you an automatic confirmation of receipt of your submission
- Get back to you within 6 weeks of submitting with one of the following:
- A rejection with or without comments
- An offer to buy your work after appropriate edits have been made
- If your submission has been accepted, you’ll work with one of our editors to get the story ready for publication and we’ll send a contract for you to complete
- Pay you based on our current rates (see Payment & legal)
How to submit.
Send your work as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment (one submission per mail) to submissions (at) wyrdmagazine (dot) com with one of the following subject lines:
- Fiction Submission: [Story Title]
- Reprint Submission: [Story Title]
In the email body, please include the following:
- The story’s title.
- Word count.
- A list of your published works (if any) in non-self-published markets only. Don’t worry if this is your first story. The quality of the work is more important than your credentials.
- Your author bio (40 words maximum). Include any website or portfolio link you’d like us to insert.
- If this is a reprint, please list the work’s full publication history.
Please remember to log your submission at either www.Duotrope.com or http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/
Via: The Wyrd.
Deadline: July 1st, 2017
Payment: 3 cents per word, ($120 max).
The first issue of Red Room Magazine will be published in late September/early October 2017 from Comet Press. The magazine will feature horror fiction and non-fiction; reviews, articles, interviews.
The magazine will tentatively be published 2 or 3 times per year in digital and print.
DEADLINE FOR ISSUE 1: JULY 1, 2017
FICTION & POETRY
We are looking for dark, disturbing, extreme horror and dark crime stories. We want stories that are well plotted, and not just gore for gores sake, although we think gore is a good thing (and encouraged, along with blasphemy, subversive subject matter, graphic violence and language, etc). Anything goes except kiddie porn, of course.
Length: Up to 4000 words.
Pay: 3 cents per word, ($120 max).
Word count is flexible, but our maximum payment is $120.00.
Reprints: At this time reprints are invite only.
Multiple submissions: Up to two, send them in a separate email.
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but please let us know in your email query, and let us know immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
NON FICTION: ARTICLES, BOOK REVIEWS, AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
We are looking for original, high quality and well-written horror related articles, author interviews, and book reviews, of up to 1000 words.
Book reviews should be between 400-600 words in length and follow standard book review format.
Reprints: No reprints.
Length: Up to 1000 words.
Pay: 3 cents a word ($30 max).
Longer works might be considered but $30 is the max payment.
Multiple submissions: Up to two in each category, please send them in a separate email.
Simultaneous submissions: Yes, but please let us know in your email query, and let us know immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
We offer $30 for reprint rights for preexisting cover or interior art. Please only send us a link to your online portfolio. Selected art must be available in high quality 300 dpi. We do not commission original work for the magazine, only preexisting art.
Artist may send links to their portfolio year-round to redroom [at] cometpress.us
WHAT TO SEND
In the body of an email:
- Author name
- Title of work
- A short description of the work
- A short bio
- Attach the entire manuscript in rtf or doc format.
Send submissions to redroom [at] cometpress.us
DEADLINE FOR ISSUE 1: JULY 1, 2017
Artist may send links to their portfolio year round.
Unsolicited Rewrites: No unsolicited rewrites of stories that we’ve already rejected.
Response Time: Response times average 2-4 weeks, at which point we will either reject, accept, or ask permission to place on the short list.
Please note: Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are usually unable to give feedback on why your work was rejected. This allows us to respond to everyone in a more timely manner, so please don’t take it personally!
Rights Purchased: For original fiction and non-fiction we buy First Worldwide English-language rights in all countries throughout the world, and require exclusivity for a period of 6 months after the publication date
View full contract info at the links below:
Non Fiction Contract
Original Fiction Contract
Via: Comet Press.
Reading Periods: September 15 – January 15 and March 15 – July 15
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Outlook Springs is a literary journal from another dimension. It is devoted to your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange. Submit one story or essay at a time (up to 7,500 words) or up to five poems (Important: Submit all poems as 1 document). Please do not submit more than twice per reading period, unless told otherwise by an editor.
Our reading periods are:
September 15 – January 15
March 15 – July 15
(See categories for descriptions & details.)
Submission Guidelines: Keep it simple. 12 pt font. Double-Spaced. Name and page number on each page. Cover letter should include contact information, as well as anything else you would like our editors to know about you. Make sure to read our genre-specific guidelines. Please don’t conceal hexes and/or curses within these cover letters.
Important note: we do not accept paper submissions.
Non-Important note: we can’t seem to find the cap to our toothpaste. We’ve looked everywhere.
Simultaneous submissions are a-OK in our book, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Outlook Springs acquires first serial printing rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication. For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor’s copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor’s copy total.
Other questions? E-mail us at: [email protected]
Via: Outlook Springs’ Submittable.
Payment: £10/1000 word
What we are looking for
First, we strongly suggest you read a copy of Shoreline of Infinity to see the kind of stories our readers like. You can download a copy or order a print copy over there on the right.
We are looking for a good science fiction story. Something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think.
But more than that, we want your story to be populated with characters we want to meet and have a drink with or from whom we want to run screaming away; we want characters to hug to ease the pain; we want to read the stories of heroes; we want to be your character.
Make us want to nudge our sleeping partners at 3am in the morning and say: “you should read this!”
Broaden our horizons – look beyond the Shoreline.
We told you, we’re looking for a good story.
If you can include all that in one tale as seen through the powerful lens of science fiction, so much the better.
From Issue 8 onwards we will be publishing one story of up to 10,000 words, otherwise it’s a maximum of 5,000 words.
What we Offer and Rights
We offer £10/1000 word at the moment.
We retain the right to continue selling back issues of Shoreline of Infinity and Shoreline anthologies containing your story (royalties are paid for republishing in collections).
We buy first digital and print world rights in English, but your rights are returned to you after 6 months of original publication (digital or print), and you are free to publish how or wherever you like. However, it would be splendid if you could acknowledge first publication in Shoreline of Infinity.
What to Submit
We accept simultaneous submissions, but do tell us immediately if you want to withdraw a submission. Submit a neatly formatted manuscript set in Times 12 point and double spaced in Word format ( doc/docx). Please use the submission process here – emailed manuscripts will be ignored.
Submit only one story.
We will reply as soon as we can after your submission, but do contact us if you have not heard within 3 months. We know what it’s like to be kept waiting, but we are only human (mostly).
Via: Shoreline Of Infinity.
Payment: $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $25 and a maximum of $50
The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. Each submission is read anonymously by two editors. If a story is chosen to move forward, it is read by one of two rotating Editors of the Month who each make final decisions on the stories they receive. Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging. Read more about us here.
Fiction and Nonfiction
We accept unsolicited submissions via Submittable. Again, since we read anonymously, please do not put your name anywhere in the file. We prefer stories below 3,000 words but will consider work of rare quality up to 5,000 words. We love flash and micro prose. Please send one previously unpublished piece per category and wait to hear from us before submitting another. Reprints are by solicitation only. Literary excellence is our only criteria. We are open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and personal identity from all over the world. We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw promptly via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Please do not inquire about the status of your submission until three months has passed. If you are a former contributor, please wait at least six months before you submit again; we only publish one piece per contributor per year.
Sorry, poets. We admire what you do but sadly, we only read prose for the time being.
Payment and Rights
We pay, upon publication, $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $25 and a maximum of $50. We request exclusive worldwide English language rights to publish in the Forge Literary Magazine, an online journal, for a period of three months, after which all rights revert to the author. Authors outside the U.S. must be able to receive payment via Paypal.
Via: Forge Lit Magazine.
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Conduit is looking for previously unpublished poetry and prose that demonstrates originality, intelligence, courage, irreverence, and humanity. Please send 3-5 poems or 1 prose piece (up to 3500 words). Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. All manuscripts will be recycled unless appropriate postage is included for return. Reporting time is 9 weeks to 9 months. Payment in copies.
These titles are primarily for our own amusement. Submissions are evaluated at the nexus of their merit and our taste, rather than whether or not they match any theme. If you haven’t seen or read Conduit before, we recommend you sample our mad concoction before submitting.
If another journal has seduced you with promises of fame and glory, please notify us immediately to withdraw your submission, including the date the piece was submitted.
We do not accept online submissions.
All electronic submissions will be destroyed pronto. All correspondence is subject to publication, in whole or in part. Send submissions to:
CONDUIT | 788 OSCEOLA AVENUE | SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55105