Taking Submissions: Cicada Magazine: Hauntings

Deadline: March 27, 2017
Payment: Up to 10 cents per word

Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Hauntings. A haunting is a remnant of something that never really left and refuses to be completely forgotten. A house might be haunted by the spirit of a previous owner, or a person might be constantly shadowed by past events. Maybe someone is always on your mind, or maybe you are constantly dwelling on what could have been. Show us what’s rattling chains in your dark corners.

General Information

CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Our readers are smart and curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes. CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.

Especially welcome: works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, genderqueer folks, and other marginalized peoples. Not welcome: cultural appropriation.

Fav writers, YA and otherwise: Sarah McCarry, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherman Alexie, David Levithan, Daniel Jose Older, Debbie Urbanski, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ntozake Shange, Anne Carson, Jacqueline Woodson, ZZ Packer, Angela Nissel, Sofia Samatar, Richard Siken, Malory Ortberg, Saeed Jones, Octavia Butler, Andrea Gibson,

@cicadamagazine / cicadamagazine.tumblr.com

Guidelines

Before submitting, be sure to familiarize yourself with our magazines. (Sample copies are available for viewing at the Cricket Media Store, or you can order a current issue by calling 800-821-0115.) Issues are also available at many local libraries.

Fiction

Realism, SF/fantasy, historical fiction: Yes, yes, and yes

Length: flash fic to novellas; up to 9,000 words

 

Nonfiction

Narrative nonfic (especially teen-written); essays on lit/culture/arts; hybrid forms

Length: up to 5,000 words

 

Poetry

Length: no length limits. Send us yer epics!

 

Comics

Cicada seeks talented artists who are making thoughtful (or flippant), beautiful (or unsettling), exuberant (or quiet) comics, zines, visual poems, sequential graphic narratives, or any other work in image and/or text. We commission original stories from a brief pitch, and give developmental feedback through the production process.

If you are interested in submitting, please email a short pitch/sketch(es) and a link to your online portfolio to [email protected] COMIC SUBMISSION should be the subject line of the email. If you have more than one pitch, please include them in the same email. Please DO NOT send final art. Please allow up to 3–6 months response time.

 

Procedure

  • We only accept online submissions, and the Submittable page you’re currently on is the only place we accept them. We do not accept hard-copy submissions or email submissions. Submittable accepts international submissions.
  • Please do not email submissions to editors or Customer Service.

Cricket Media’s literary magazines (BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, CRICKET, and CICADA) will consider all manuscripts that are sent on speculation. We do not accept queries. Please submit a complete manuscript. (Manuscript should be submitted as a .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf file.) Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts should include an exact word count; poetry manuscripts should include an exact line count. Include full contact information: phone, email, and mailing address.

Please allow up to 3–6 months response time.

 

What Happens Next?

The Manuscript Review Process

  • After manuscripts are received, they are reviewed by first readers. First readers consider each submission’s literary potential and whether it might be a good fit for one of our magazines.
  • Promising submissions are then carefully reviewed by several editors, including the magazine’s editor.
  • The magazine editor makes a final decision on whether to reject or accept the manuscript. For manuscripts that show some promise but need further development, the editor may write the author to request revisions on speculation.

After Acceptance

  • If we accept your manuscript, we will send you an acceptance letter detailing payment and rights information and any revisions we would like you to make (which acceptance shall only be binding upon your signing a final agreement that embodies agreed-upon rights and terms).
  • Once we’ve received your revisions, we carefully line edit the manuscript. The manuscript is then returned for your review. We work closely with our writers to bring out the best in each story, essay, and poem.
  • Once the manuscript is edited, it will be kept on file until it is assigned to an issue. Because we work 6–8 months ahead of each issue, it can be a year or more before a manuscript is placed.

Rights

  • Stories and poems previously unpublished: Rights vary.
  • Stories and poems previously published: CICADA purchases second publication rights. Fees vary, but are generally less than fees for first publication rights.

Rates

  • Fiction: up to 10¢ per word
  • Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word
  • Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum

 

Art Submissions Guidelines

We’re always looking for new artists! If you’re interested in sharing your portfolio with us, email [email protected] Use ONLINE PORTFOLIO SAMPLE as the subject line if you are emailing a link to an online portfolio. Use PORTFOLIO SAMPLES as the subject line if you are emailing attachments. Please limit any emailed file to a maximum attachment size of 50 KB.

Because of the volume of portfolios we receive, we cannot reply to individual submissions. We will be in touch if we have a project for you!

We do not accept submissions to our Creative Endeavors feature at this page. Writers and artists ages 14-23, please visit our Creative Endeavors submissions page to submit to that feature.

Via: Cicada Magazine’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: Matter Press

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Deadline: March 15, 2017
Payment: $50

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, “compressed creative arts.” We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers.

Our response time is generally 1-3 days. Also, our acceptance rate is currently about 3% of submissions. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.

We are now open for compressed poetry, compressed prose fiction (including prose poetry), and compressed creative nonfiction.  Submissions will close again on March 15, 2017. and open again June 15 – September 15 2017.

The reader for your submission is, during this round of winter submissions, the managing editor.

Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we’ve been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category.

For all submitters, we aren’t as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form “compression” takes in each artist’s work will be up to each individual. However, we don’t publish erotica or work with strong, graphic sexual content.

In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we’ve fallen in love with work we’ve previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

Here are things that matter:

 

    1. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript. Do not include a cover letter as part of the manuscript document.

 

    1. Please include, as part of your cover letter on Submittable, a brief bio.

 

    1. Please no more than one submission of a single piece in each genre per reading period.

 

    1. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.

 

  1. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document. Poetry can be single-spaced.

Via: Matter Press.

Taking Submissions: The Violet Hour Magazine April 2017 Issue

Deadline: March 31st, 2017
Payment: $5

Are you a poet? An essayist? A short story writer? An artist? If you have a piece you’d like to submit for the next issue of The Violet Hour, we want to see it!

Send us an email to the address listed below and attach any written work in PDF or Word.doc format, and all artwork in jpeg format to submit it for consideration. With the exception of submissions for the open December anthology, don’t forget to use at least one of the themes chosen for each issue. (For details about issue themes, launch dates and more, see the above “News & Events” posts.)

      [email protected]

Submission Periods

The Violet Hour Magazine is published quarterly, with three themed issues (published at the end of April, August and October) and one annual open-themed anthology (published at the end of December). Submission periods for the issues are as follows:

  1. 1. December 15th to March 31st (for April issue)

  2. 2. April 15th to July 31st (for August/September issue)

  3. 3. September 7th to October 14th (for October issue – *IMPORTANT:  

    1. October is a flash-submission issue – see September 7th News & Events post for details.)

  4. 4. January 1st to November 14th (for December open-anthology issue)

*Please Note: Submissions made to any of the themed issues that are not selected for publication in their relevant issue will not be automatically considered for the December open-themed anthology. Contributors are asked not to re-submit work already previously submitted to The Violet Hour, unless invited to do so by one of our editorial staff.

*Also Note: At this time, The Violet Hour Magazine will consider previously published works, as long as it has been a minimum of 6 months since the work’s most recent publication. If your submission has previously been published elsewhere, please include the date and name of the publication in which it appeared, and a link to the publication’s website in the body of your submission email.

Submission Guidelines

Fiction or Non-Fiction: Maximum of five thousand words, double-spaced; one piece per submission (for pieces of 1,000 words or less, you may include three such pieces per submission).

Poetry: Maximum of three pages per poem; up to five pieces per submission.

Art: Submissions may include any form of visual art; up to ten pieces per submission.

Compensation

Each author or artist selected to appear in an issue of The Violet Hour will receive a royalty of $5 per selected piece, along with a complementary digital copy of the issue.

Via: Violent Hour Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Jitter Press

Payment: $1.50

Background

Each issue features both new and established writers. We accept all kinds of horror fiction and nonfiction under 4,000 words. We also accept dark verse (poetry). We aim to frighten our readers. All submissions ought to focus on terrorizing the reader.

It’s still free to submit!

Many excellent journals charge fees for either online or offline submissions (or both). We all understand those funds are needed to send contributors a copy, or otherwise generate income. More than 70% of journals today do not pay anything. These types of practices are understandable, but frustrating to writers.Fortunately, at Jitter Press general submissions are still free.

Publication Rewards

All journals have some financial strategy to stay afloat, and those decisions are often difficult trade-offs.
What are our trade-offs?Pros:

  • We don’t require writers to pay anything to submit.
  • We are in the minority of journals that DO pay cash (via PayPal because it’s easy and convenient).
  • Along with publication, all poets receive a 1 Year Subscription to Jitter online ($20 Value).Cons:
  • We cannot afford to send free paperback copies.
  • Token payments are small.

    Submission Terms

    By submitting, you are acknowledging these terms.

    1. By submitting, you are asserting your work is available to print and has not been previously printed elsewhere. You maintain all future-use rights to your work.

    2. You affirm your submission is your own creation and no part of your submission is in the public domain.

    3. You may submit up to 5 times each month. (Please separate your submissions.)

    4. You may withdraw any submission prior to acceptance by logging into the submission manager. Once accepted, you will need to contact us to withdraw a submission.

    Note:

  • We do not charge you to submit your work.
  • Being gross is not the same as being horrifying. We aim to frighten readers, not gross them out.
  • We do not charge a reading fee for general submissions.
  • We prefer you limit your submissions to 5 per month.
  • Remember to separate your submissions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • One token payment allowed per issue.
  • Token payments are currently $1.50 for everyone, and $10.00 for submissions marked as “Editor’s Choice.”
  • Cash payments are paid by PayPal to any address you designate.
  • Subscriptions to Jitter Press online are awarded after publication.

 

We prefer submissions using our submission manager. However, we still accept submissions by mail.

To submit by mail, follow these directions:
* Include up to 5 poems on separate sheets without contact info.
* Long poems on multiple sheets should be collated and stapled together.
* Include your contact info on a cover page with a list of poems and your bio.
* Include a SASE for notices – or your email address.
* Submissions will not be returned without sufficient postage.

Mail to:
Prolific Press Inc.
Jitter Press Editor
P.O. Box 113
Harborton, VA 23389

 

Via: Jitter Press.

Ongoing Submissions: The Martian Wave

Payment: ½ cent per word

The Martian Wave publishes science fiction works that center around the exploration and colonization of outer space, with an emphasis on our solar system. We prefer stories set around that theme, but we will also accept stories that are set in that timeframe.  If it doesn’t fit that description, then it’s not right for TMW.

RESPONSE TIMES

All submissions will receive a response within three months of being submitted. It’s usually a lot quicker, but as we’ve all learned recently, things sometimes happen that are beyond our control…so we will endeavor to respond quicker than two months, but we won’t guarantee it. Time permitting, we may comment on rejected manuscripts.

FICTION

Fiction must revolve around the zine’s theme, no exceptions. Stories set in our solar system will be our priority, but we will certainly accept stories set outside of our solar system…but please stick to the zines’ theme.

We’re looking for stories up to 7,500 words. We will still not read simultaneous submissions, nor will we be reading reprints for the new print zine. Payment for first rights will be ½ cent per word for First Rights.
To get a feel for what we publish, please pick up a copy of the zine at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/tmw.htm

POETRY

For poetry, it’s the same thing. Poems must revolve around the idea of the colonization and exploration of space. Payment will be $5 per poem, on publication for first rights. No reprints or simultaneous submissions.
The 2016 issue is now full for poetry.

ART

At this time we are not looking for art submissions.

FORMATS

All submissions must use standard manuscript formatting.  Please send all submissions as attachments in rtf. We are no longer reading Word submissions. I will read poetry submissions that are sent pasted into messages, but I’d prefer attachments. Please also include a brief third person authors’ bio.

FINAL NOTES

Don’t send work that is based in other people’s universes. All works must be original with no threat of copyright infringement. All submissions should be sent to themartianwave at yahoo dot com. The Matian Wave DOES NOT accept snail-mail submissions. We’re not including the e-mail address as a hyperlink because of spammers, but we’re confident you can figure out what to do with that address…

Via: Nomadic Delirium Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Polar Borealis Magazine

Payment: one cent a word. $10 for one thousand words or less. $20 for two thousand words or less (but reasonably above one thousand). $30 for three thousand words or less (but reasonably above two thousand). Not interested in any story over three thousand words in length.
Note: Canadian Authors Only

Contributors must be Canadian, or at least resident in Canada.

I prefer Science Fiction over Fantasy, though of course SF can include fantasy elements, so I’m flexible. Weird Fantasy would intrigue me. Also interested in Horror with SF aspects. Have a weakness for Lovecraftian Horror. Nothing obscene or ultra-violent. Idea-driven combined with character-driven would be ideal.

Particularly interested in beginning writers who haven’t made a sale yet. The primary purpose of this zine is to encourage beginning writers. I welcome experienced authors but will judge unpublished writers as a separate category so they won’t have to compete with pros. Ideally at least two to three first-sale stories will be in in every issue. Be sure to mention whether you have been published or not so I’ll be sure to place you in the proper category.

SPECIFICS:

I offer First Publication English Language World Serial Online (PDF) Internet Rights with a post-publication exclusivity period of just one week, after which the author/artist is free to sell as a reprint to anyone anywhere.

The exclusivity period is unusually short because I have no financial stake in holding on to rights and am more than willing to encourage the author to sell again ASAP.

Note that reprints are less desirable to most publishers and are more difficult to place. On the other hand, my payment rates are so low you might even make more money selling your work as a reprint than you did selling it to me as a first publication!

The advantage of selling First Publication to me is that I want to publish at least two or three works per issue which are first sales for previously unpublished authors, so I am more likely to buy than magazines concentrating on known authors with proven sales records.

I am also open to publishing reprints under the same rights as First Publication, but no exclusivity period is involved. You can sell it again even before I publish it.

Currently open to short story submissions

Short stories must be three thousand words or less.

Short stories can be Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror.

Subgenres can include:

Science Fiction: Alternate History, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary/Near Future, Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Hard SF, Humorous SF, Mystery cross genre, Space Opera, Steampunk, Time Travel, Weird Tale, Weird Western, etc.

Fantasy: Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Heroic, Mythological, Science Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Steampunk, Supernatural, Sword & Sorcery, Weird Tale, Weird Western, etc.

Horror: Creature Horror, Gothic, Historical, Horror Western, Lovecraftian, Monsters, Noir, SF Horror, Shapeshifter, Steampunk, Supernatural, Weird Tale, Weird Western, etc.

In other words, almost anything goes as long as it is genre-related and imaginative.

Currently open to poems on any of the above themes. Sixty lines or less.

Not currently open to themed interior art for specific stories (hope to be some day), but a wonderful B&W SF/Fantasy/horror piece for interior I’d be interested in. I am also currently open to potential Cover Art (for #5 and beyond) and to interior fillo pieces.

Be aware normally contributors will be paid on acceptance prior to being published. I am not yet in a position to do that. Contributors to the proposed “Proof of Concept” demo first issue were paid shortly after publication, but contributors to the next issue or two may not be paid till later in the year (though earlier if possible). It is planned that 2017 issues will not come out until after the contributors have been paid,

Everyone submitting should include a short, one paragraph bio which confirms Canadian status, publication status, and makes you appear quite the character.

Also, be sure to let me know if the work being submitted has been previously published or not, and whether my acceptance would constitute your first sale ever.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

E-mail a word doc (not a PDF) to me at < R. Graeme Cameron > and include “PY Sub” in your heading.

Via: Polar Borealis Magazine.

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