Author: Stuart Conover

Ongoing Submissions: Interzone

Payment: (EUR) 1.5¢ per word (one and one-half euro cents)
Theme: Fantastika (“the fantastic in literature as a whole, encompassing science fiction, Fantasy, fantastic horror and their various subgenres (see also Gothic SF; Horror in SF; SF Megatext), but not Proto SF. It is a concept normally restricted to narratives.”)


First of all, —Interzone is always open to unsolicited submissions of fantastika of between 2,000 and 17,500 words from everyone, whoever or wherever you are.

If you aren’t sure what is included under the umbrella of fantastika, check out the fabulous entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

I want to read stories that tell of change and transformation; stories that describe the boundlessness of the human soul. I want to see writers experiment and take risks with stories that wend their way through the labyrinth of this world, and with stories that string bridges of their own creation to places I have never seen.

Submit stories that rend the heart, shock the brain, and leave the world a different place.


Taking Submissions: Behind the Shadows II

Deadline: March 31st, 2024
Payment: $20 or Royalties
Theme: Any form of horror

Behind the Shadows II– This is horror. Humor and mystery beats are welcome.
Express yourself as the theme moves you.
There is no restriction as to how you incorporate the theme into your story as long as the genre falls within Speculative Fiction, including Sci-Fi or Fantasy. We encourage you to weave the theme into an engaging story with well-developed characters and deep emotion.

Taking Submissions: About Once Upon a Future Time, Volume 4

Deadline: February 29th, 2024
Payment: 0.05 per word, maximum payout of $400
Theme: Fairy tales being retold as science fiction

About Once Upon a Future Time, Volume 4

Return to a future full of mystery, magic, and malevolence. How can you tell friend from foe when faced with the cold darkness of outer space? The asteroid belt holds as much danger as the darkened woods, and the huntsman may be just another bounty hunter. The same warnings and concerns that were whispered over baby cradles and guarded by knights in shining armor can be found in the far reaches of space, but just a bit more…alien.

The future is as expansive as the universe and full of untold stories. Rumors whispered in the dark of night and legends shared throughout the day.


Taking Submissions: Roads Less Travelled

Deadline: March 29th, 2024
Payment: FICTION: £40 per story regardless of length, INTERVIEWS: £60 per interview regardless of length and including accompanying illustrations or photographs., NON-FICTION: £60 per article regardless of length and including accompanying illustrations or photographs.
Theme: Mixture of two genres or non-extreme horror

Midnight Street Press publishes a variety of fiction anthologies and collections, as print and ebooks, in the spirit of the magazine that inspired it.


  • I’m looking for stories that have a mix of two or more of these genres:  horror, dark fantasy, sci-fi and slipstream, that explore original themes or traditional themes from an original perspective.

  • There is no specific word limit.

  • Strong language and appropriate sexual imagery is acceptable providing it is in context and important in developing character.

  • Correct grammar, including spelling (English or American English), sentence and paragraph construction and punctuation is very important unless the nature of the piece or the author’s style requires a less grammatical approach, in which case this should be specified in the covering message. I find it very tedious to correct these things!


  • This will be a section within the magazine that will include two or three stories in this genre.

  • What I’m looking for is any or all of these: fantastic, supernatural, psychological, very creepy and frightening.

  • Please DO NOT send slasher or extremely gory, badly written and constructed stories with no character arc. I hate these!


Taking Submissions: Samjoko Q1 2024 Window

Deadline: March 10th, 2024
Payment: $20
Theme: Any genre of fiction

  • Deadline: 2024/03/10

  • $20 Contributor’s Payment if Accepted

  • No Reprints

  • Submit once per reading cycle

  • If accepted, wait 24 months before submitting again

  • We are a non-genre specific publication. Read our previous issues to get a sense of what we publish.

Submission Guidelines

Samjoko purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights from the date the contract is signed and paid for up until 6 months after publication date.

After initial publication date, Samjoko Magazine will maintain non-exclusive rights to publication. Paid submissions must not use the intellectual property of any other author or company.

Just To Clarify: your work will not appear, and will not have appeared, in any other available format (blogs and public forums included) until 3 months after the release date of the story in Samjoko Magazine. After 3 months, we’ll retain ongoing non-exclusive distribution rights, but you can self-publish your work or sell your story to another paying market.

Each piece we acquire will be published on in an electronic seasonal issue. We may also excerpt pieces for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.


Taking Submissions: Strange Locations: An Anthology of Dark Travel Guides

Deadline: February 15th, 2024
Payment: $10 and a digital copy
Theme: Microfiction in the form of tourist brochures, travel blogs, and travel guides to the strangest, darkest places you can imagine.

Strange Locations: An Anthology of Dark Travel Guides

We are looking for speculative microfiction in the form of tourist brochures, travel blogs, and travel guides to the strangest, darkest places you can imagine.

Tell us a story while guiding the reader down hidden trails into eerie landscapes, weird biotech gardens, creepy scifi cities, surreal forests, or secret magical places. We’re looking for pieces that reveal intimate stories of loss, horror, or yearning in the voice of the fictional travel writer, or that use specific setting details to show whole new worlds between the lines.

We love dark fantasy, science fiction, horror, eco-horror, clifi, Weird fiction, folk horror, and body horror. Don’t be afraid to mix genres and experiment!


Taking Submissions: Electric Spec May Issue 2024

Deadline: April 15th, 2024
Payment: $20 per story or artwork
Theme: Electric Spec prefers science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we’re willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres.

submissions at electricspec (dot) com
Please don’t query us about your story submission. We don’t have the manpower to answer such queries. An editor will email you back as soon as possible with the decision about your story. This can take a few days, or, up to three months. We make every effort to get back to authors in a timely manner but we get a lot of submissions so sometimes it’s not possible.

A note on our editorial policy: before publication we may work with the author to edit the story for length or readability. However, we always remain true to the spirit of the story and the author has final approval.

Issues are published at the end of February, May, August, and November. We reserve the right to shift publication date slightly, as necessary.

We have reading periods for each issue, though we never close to submissions.


Contest: Baen Fantasy Adventure Award 2024

Deadline: April 30th, 2024
Prizes: The GRAND PRIZE winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at industry-standard rates for professional story submittals. The author will also receive a handsome engraved award and a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books. SECOND place winner will receive a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books. THIRD place winner will receive a prize package containing $300 of free Baen Books.
Theme: Any form of fantasy

Baen Books is excited to announce the eleventh annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The award recognizes the best original adventure fantasy short story in the style of fantasy greats like Mercedes Lackey, Larry Correia, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, Brandon Sanderson, J.R.R. Tolkien, and David Weber.