Payment: SFWA approves though rate isn’t specified.
Futures is the award-winning science-fiction section of Nature and it accepts unsolicited articles. Each Futures piece should be an entirely fictional, self-contained story of around 850–950 words in length, and the genre should, broadly speaking, be ‘hard’ (that is, ‘scientific’) SF rather than, say, outright fantasy, slipstream or horror. Each item should be sent as a Word document attachment to [email protected], including full contact details and a 30-word autobiographical note to be appended to the story if published.
We ask contributors not to send presubmission enquiries but to send the whole story. Unsolicited artwork is not considered. Before submitting, prospective authors are advised to read earlier Futures stories at nature.com/futures; selected examples are also available here. More detailed guidelines can be found at http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/.
Payment: 5 to 8¢ a word
Finding new authors is a great pleasure for all of us here, and we look forward to reading the fiction you send us. Since we do read all submissions, there is no need to query first; please send the entire story. You don’t need an agent.
Because this is a mystery magazine, the stories we buy must fall into that genre in some sense or another. We are interested in nearly every kind of mystery: stories of detection of the classic kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of espionage, and so on. We ask only that the story be about a crime (or the threat or fear of one). We sometimes accept ghost stories or supernatural tales, but those also should involve a crime.
You might find it useful to read one or more issues of AHMM; that should give you an idea of the kind of fiction we buy. For a sample copy, please send a check made out to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine for $9.50 (all double issues)* to:
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
Attn: Sandy Marlowe
6 Prowitt Street
Norwalk, CT 06855
*Please add $2.00 for shipping outside the U.S.
AHMM uses an online submission system that was designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We encourage all submissions to be made electronically using this system, rather than on paper. Our online submissions form for fiction asks for your name, e-mail address, cover letter, story title, and story. Your cover letter should state a little about you and your publishing history (briefly!), and any other relevant information. All stories should be in standard manuscript format and submitted in .DOC format. At this time, our system does not support .DOCX, .RTF, or .TXT files. For information about standard formatting, see William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format.
After you have submitted your work, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated e-mail confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this e-mail within twenty-four hours, please notify us by e-mail. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission through our Web site, so please don’t lose it. NOTE: Some service providers occasionally treat our e-mails as spam, so please keep an eye on your spam folder.
At this time, paper submissions can be mailed to: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, 44 Wall Street, Suite 904, New York, NY 10005. Please include an SASE for our response.
Our rates for original stories are from 5 to 8¢ a word, sometimes higher for established authors. AHMM does not accept stories previously published in the United States.
Style. We prefer that stories not be longer than 12,000 words; most of the stories in the magazine are considerably shorter than that. They should, of course, be well written. We are looking for stories that are fresh, well told, and absorbing, and have not been previously published elsewhere. They should be entirely fiction: Please do not send us stories based on actual crimes, for instance, or other real-life events.
Revisions. Revised versions of a story should be submitted only on our request, as a rule. At the very least, tell us in the cover letter that the story has been submitted before but has been revised, and explain how.
NOTE: Stories submitted to AHMM are not also considered by or for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, though we share the same address. Submissions to EQMM must be made separately.
Please do not simultaneously submit the same story to AHMM and EQMM. If we reject your story, for whatever reason, you are then free to submit it to EQMM (and vice versa).
Via: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
Deadline: October 15th, 2018
Payment: 2 contributor’s copies
Silver Needle Press is currently accepting submissions through Submittable from March 15th to October 15th. Simultaneous submissions are allowed; we ask only to be notified promptly upon acceptance elsewhere. Please do not include your name or contact information in the submission file, as all submissions are read blind. Feel free to include a short bio in the comments section, but this information is not required. Multiple submissions are allowed.
- Up to 5 poems, no longer than 10 pages combined, in a single word document.
- Up to 2500 words in a single Word document.
- Novel excerpts and flash fiction allowed.
- Up to 2500 words in a single Word document.
- Up to 5 images in a single .jpg, .gif, or .png file.
- If accepted, we will require 300 dpi tiff files for each image.
If your work does not fit neatly into the aforementioned genres, feel free to contact us! We love creative work that pushes the envelope, and will do our best to accommodate your style.
If this is your first time submitting to a literary journal, we would be glad to field any questions regarding the submission process.
All contributors will be compensated with two copies of the issue in which their work appears, and a 25% discount on five additional copies. Contributors will also be invited to participate in an interview series regarding creative process.
Via: Silver Needle Press.
Deadline: October 1st, 2018
April 1 through October 1, 2018
BANJAXED BOOKS is proud to announce short story submissions for our second anthology, Deductions, Delinquents, and Detectives, a collection of mystery/detective stories set in whatever genre the authors choose. Whether it’s a murder mystery set in a world of High Fantasy, a science fiction who-done-it, or the tale of a hard-boiled detective in the near or distant future, Deductions, Delinquents, and Detectives will gather together the best mystery stories from any and all genres. Steampunk, monsters, robots, myths and legends, and–yes–even post-apocalypse…we’re looking for short stories that combine genres in interesting new ways. (We’ll even take a look at realistic mystery stories set in modern times…or during the heyday of detective stories. No monsters or flying cars? No problem! Mystery is a genre all its own.)
Submissions open April 1, 2018 and close October 1, 2018.
Publication is planned for April 2019. An official date will be announced later in the year. This will launch initially as a paperback.
We will get word to you concerning acceptance or rejection as soon as we can, but please remember that we typically get many, many submissions a week, so it could be as long as a month, maybe a bit longer as we get closer to the end of submissions. But not to worry: If you submit and get concerned after a reasonable amount of time has passed, inquire through email. We would never hold that against any author. And we’ll work as fast as humanly possible to get word out to you.
If you are interested in sending a story, email it (and a brief cover letter in the body of the email) to:
Subject line: Submission, Detectives, “Title of Story,” Word Count
(Example: Submission, Detectives, “A Corpse in the Rain,” 3500 Words)
Please follow the guidelines below. Failure to do so could result in a rejection of your hard work!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at the above email. Include Detectives in the subject line of any query.
Formatting should be typical. Courier New or Times New Roman, pt. 12, should be used. If you are unfamiliar with formatting a raw manuscript, please check out this link and follow it to the letter.
If you write under a pseudonym, please use your real name in the left-hand corner of the first page (along with your address, telephone number, and email address).
Word count for each story should fall between 2000 and 7000 words. While we’re not interested in stories below that count, you might be able to persuade us to give your story a read if it goes over 7000. (The easiest way to do that is give us a heads-up concerning the word count…and writing a good piece. A really good piece.) But be sure to take into account how much you’ll be paid for said story. We’ll gladly take a magnificent piece at 10,000 words–IF you’re willing to accept the set payment for it. (See PAYMENT below.)
Submit stories as an attachment in .doc or .docx. We’ll take .rtf, but no pdf, please.
Please submit only one story. Simultaneous submissions are okay–grumble, grumble–and we will withdraw a story placed elsewhere before acceptance/rejection. We are currently not in the market for reprints. I’ll write it again: WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT IN THE MARKET FOR REPRINTS.
The mood of each piece is up to the discretion of the author–tragic, funny, or any combination. If your characters use strong language, feel free to write in their voice. Do not, however, add harsh language just to seem “cool” or “literate.” Same with sex and violence. No incest, underage sex, or bestiality. (The line must be drawn somewhere.) Other than that–give your imagination sway.
As long as it is in combination with a mystery/detective story, please feel free to set your tale against the backdrop of whatever genre you like. The only genre we will not accept is erotica. (But I’ll gladly read it and tell you what I think.)
The editors of BANJAXED BOOKS request characters be fictional. Characters out of antiquity will be considered, especially if your detective or villain uses time travel (or some other method) to plan their murder to change history/the future. Again, such characters should be out of antiquity–no living celebrities or politicians (or boyfriends/girlfriends) will be acceptable. To be honest, it’s best to populate your world with characters made up from whole cloth. We’ll bend that rule only with good reason.
Writers whose work is selected will receive $15. We wish we could pay more for your quality writing, but we are a newish outfit–any understanding will be appreciated. We pay by PayPal or check.
We are located in America. Please note that the exchange rate in your country may be lower than fifteen USA dollars, and that exchange fees may be higher than the royalty altogether. Having a reliable PayPal in this instance is the safest bet.
Authors will be paid upon acceptance. Publishing our first anthology, Chaos of Hard Clay, presented a steep learning curve, and the most important lesson learned was that paying upon acceptance–not publication–is the decent thing to do for any author sharing their work with us. And believe me, we wish we could pay much more, but we are an indie-publisher, and this is our second venture. It is a few dollars more than we paid the authors of Chaos, so–with each new project–we hope to pay a greater amount.
We pay $15 for First Paperback Rights and Non-Exclusive Digital Rights. Once the initial paperback comes out in April 2019, authors may sell their stories elsewhere (with the understanding that we’ll eventually put out an eBook version). As long as your tale does not appear anywhere else before the paperback hits the stands, all will be good.
If your work is not accepted, please do not go into histrionics. BANJAXED BOOKS plans to put out more anthologies, and we may eventually be a good home for your work. In any case, we will endeavor to give as much feedback as possible as to why we rejected your story. (I think the authors of Chaos would confirm that I’m a nice fellow. I know how story rejection feels. I would not add insult to injury by saying, “It stinks,” and closing our correspondence. I wouldn’t say It stinks anyway.)
If your work is accepted–but needs minor retooling–please work with us to make your story the best it can be.
Thank you for your interest. We cannot wait to read your stories. Have fun, and formulate something truly original. We have faith in you.
Via: G. Allen Cook.
Deadline: May 13th, 2018
Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.
|The reading period for Sword & Sorceress 33 will begin on MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018. It will end on SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018.|
If you wish to submit a story to the anthology, please follow the Guidelines below.
Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword & Sorceress 22, Sword & Sorceress 23, Sword & Sorceress 24, Sword & Sorceress 25, Sword & Sorceress 26, Sword & Sorceress 27, Sword & Sorceress 28, Sword & Sorceress 29, Sword & Sorceress 30, Sword & Sorceress 31, and Sword & Sorceress 32 (or S&S 1-20) for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry, horror, or dark fantasy. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we don’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.
No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.
With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we’ve rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it’s before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone’s second submission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don’t hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).
If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read “What is a Short Story?” and “Why Did my Story Get Rejected?” before submitting to us.
Reading period: Monday, April 23 to Sunday, May 13, 2018. Stories received before or after this period will be deleted unread.
Response time is expected to follow MZB’s traditional standards: you should hear within a week if we’re holding your story for the final line-up or rejecting it.
Deadline: May 13, 2018
Editors: Elisabeth Waters and Deborah J. Ross
Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.
Cover Letter/e-mail: We don’t actually need a cover letter, but our e-mail program does. It puts any e-mail with no body in the spam folder. So…
Please do not explain or describe your story in the e-mail. If your story can’t stand on its own, fix the story. The e-mail should be brief. For example:
Dear Miss Waters,
Attached is my 4000-word story “The Dark Intruder” for consideration for Sword and Sorceress 33.
(Ms.) Marion Bradley
If your name could be either male or female, please indicate whether you prefer Ms./Miss/Mrs., Mr., or Mx. in our reply. We’re not asking for the details of your personal life, we just want to use the correct form of address. (MZB once did an entire story intro thinking a male writer called Terry was female.)
Formatting and Submission:
Format with one-inch margins on all four sides of page.
Please do not use a header or footer.
Your legal name, full mailing address, and email address must be in the upper left corner, single spaced.
Skip two lines, center the text, then put the title, with your name (or byline) on the next line. We’re not as rigid as MZB was about pen names, but we expect them to be reasonable, rather than cute.
The rest of the manuscript should be single-spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented 1/2 inch.
If you need to indicate a break, put “#” on a line by itself, centered.
Do not underline; use italics instead. Do not use bold face. We prefer Courier New font, size 12.
Word count will be determined by our word processor; that way it will be the same for everyone.
Save your document as an .RTF file (rich text format or interchange format, depending on what your computer calls it). E-mail as it as an attachment to . The subject line should be “SS33, your last name, story title” (e.g.: SS33, Bradley, Dark Intruder) — we don’t want submissions caught in the spam filter. Remember that a computer is sorting this, so follow the format exactly. Use commas, not slashes, hyphens, etc. Do NOT change SS33 to something similiar (e.g.: S&S 33). We do our best to find stories that have not been sorted properly, but we don’t guarantee success.
Rights purchased: first rights, non-exclusive eBook and audio book rights.
Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.
Via: MZB Works.