Category: Closed Markets

CLOSED: Penumbric Magazine

This market is not closed, however, it no longer is an ‘ongoing’ market and includes open periods. We will post updated to the site accordingly!

Payment: $10
Theme: Work that constitutes the ever-moving edge of its kind, as a place between light and dark, consciousness and un, today and tomorrow; work exhibiting the strange, the bizarre, that which is not of the world we know, but more of a twilight realm or even altogether alien place.

In general …
I would love to see submissions representing not only multiple cultures but subcultures, exploring issues of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and many things I haven’t thought of. Does this mean you have to represent everybody and everything in 1000 words? Of course not. But be aware that we are creating a magazine that overall reaches and represents the true diversity of the world we live in.

In terms of genre, I am looking for work that constitutes the ever-moving edge of its kind, as a place between light and dark, consciousness and un, today and tomorrow; work exhibiting the strange, the bizarre, that which is not of the world we know, but more of a twilight realm or even altogether alien place. Not necessarily science fiction, not necessarily fantasy, not necessarily horror, and not necessarily not these things. In short, ideally edgy. Maybe even idealistically edgy. I am NOT looking for porn.

Penumbric generally accepts submissions in the following categories: fiction, poetry, illustration, graphic narrative, animation, music, or combinations of these (e.g., a spoken-word version of a poem). If you have something that fits some other category that can be displayed to advantage on the web, try me; I’ll take a look.

All works must be the creation of the author(s) submitting them, and must not infringe upon any right of any other person or entity. I prefer to buy worldwide first periodical rights (for one year from publication), but will buy reprint rights on a case-by-case basis. We are also buying the right to continue to display your work on our website for an indefinite period of time, and to publish your work in the annual print-available anthology (if it is selected). We also reserve the right to use your work when advertising the magazine (such as displaying the cover in an ad or on social media). All remaining rights stay with the author. See Payments, below, for more information.

There is no fee for submissions. Payment to the author is on publication.

All submissions should be e-mailed (if less than 10 MB in size) to [email protected]. Alternatively, we can make arrangements for submission via DropBox or Box for larger submissions, or if security is an issue. Penumbric is not responsible for submissions lost in the mail, electronically speaking.

Specific content
Fiction or poetry must be less than 10,000 words, double-spaced, typed (but can be arranged on the page as desired; eventual layout can also be indicated, if part of the art of the piece). Cover page must include author’s name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address. Each page thereafter must include a page number and the author’s name. Format: PDF, Word document, plain text, rich text format.

Illustrations are stand-alone art, color or black & white. Format: JPG, GIF, PNG, or PDF. Art must be accompanied by a cover page including author’s name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address.

Graphic narratives may be color or black & white. Format: JPEG, GIF, PNG, or PDF. They must be accompanied by a cover page including the author’s name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address. It is possible an ongoing narrative could continue over multiple issues, in which case the author will be paid for each issue in which the work appears.

Animation submissions must include the completed work and (separately) the author’s name, address, and phone and/or email address. Format: Anything web-playable as animation.

Music or other audio submissions must be accompanied by lyrics/text (if applicable), along with any other authorial notes on the piece. Format: Any sound file playable on multiple platforms (PCs, Macs, Android, iPhone, etc.).

Any combination submissions should follow the above guidelines as applicable to your combo.

Payment
Payment for first-time contributors is US$10 for non-exclusive worldwide periodical rights and the right to publish the work in the annual anthology (online and possibly in a “print” version to be available on Amazon through CreateSpace, and possibly other online venues). We are also buying the right to continue to display your work on our website for an indefinite period of time. If you are published in the anthology, you will be paid royalties amounting to a percentage of sales (that percentage determined at the time the anthology is created and based on the number of works in the anthology, but at least 2%). Note that this might not amount to much … but who knows?

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Via: Penumbric Magazine.

CLOSED: Public Domain Fanzine

This publisher no longer meets our requirements to be an ongoing market. We will create new listings as we learn of them.

Payment: Royalties
Theme: Pulp Fiction in the Public Domain

Art, Prose/Pulp Stories, comics. As long as it related to public domain characters. Send us your redesigns, re-boots and stories. We will publish them in one of our upcoming mags! Send your submissions to: [email protected]

Note: Contributors will be paid royalties based upon magazine sales and the percentage of the magazine their contribution makes up. Though this will likely be meager. All contributors retain rights to their creations.

Via: Public Domain Comics’ Facebook.

CLOSED: Excession Press – Novels

Deadline: April 5th, 2020
Payment: $300 advance on royalties, with 40% royalties on net revenue from print sales and 30% royalties on net revenue from digital sales thereafter.
Themes: horror, science fiction, weird western, or dark fantasy.

Excession Press is now open for submissions!

Our reading period runs Jan. 5th – Apr. 5th 2020.

What We Want:

  • Excession Press is looking for original manuscripts 30,000 – 60,000 words in length that can be described as horror, science fiction, weird western, or dark fantasy. Our word count limit is firm, +/- a few hundred words.
  • We want quality, character-driven narratives with imaginative settings and creative conflicts that will engage readers.
  • We want strong, memorable prose.
  • We prefer our fiction to be surreal, grotesque, and thoughtful, but more than anything, we want it well-written and well-paced.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we ask that you let us know at time of submission, and we ask that you give us notice if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

What We *DON’T* Want:

  • No reprints or incomplete manuscripts.
  • No books that are part of a series – your submission should function as a standalone narrative.
  • No poetry or non-fiction.
  • No YA or children’s stories.
  • No stories that function primarily as erotica.
  • No experimental formats or images – submissions should be text only.
  • No queries. Please have something submission-ready.

Submission Format:

  • File must be in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • 12 point font.
  • Double-spaced with .25″ indents and 1″ margins.
  • The first page should have author name, an email address, title of your submission, and total word count. Every page should have author name, title, and page number.

How to Submit:

  • Email submissions as an attached file to [email protected]
  • Include in the body of your email a brief (3-5 sentence) description of your submission and an even briefer (1-2 sentence) description of yourself.

Response Times:

  • We’re a small team. If we like your manuscript, expect a response 3 – 6 months from date of submission.

Payment and Rights:

  • Excession Press offers a $300 advance on royalties, with 40% royalties on net revenue from print sales and 30% royalties on net revenue from digital sales thereafter.
  • Authors will have the ability to purchase their titles at wholesale.
  • Excession Press will be granted the right to publish and distribute your work worldwide in paperback and ebook formats. All other rights will be retained by the author.

Via: Exession Press.

Closed: Structo

The website is reporting that submissions are closed.

Payment: Contributors Copy

Theme: We will consider one story per author per issue, and submission of original and unpublished work in any genre is very welcome. The only essential is that your story makes us want to read on.

 

General

If you’re not familiar with Structo, take a few minutes to read through some of our back issues. They’re free to read, and this is by far the easiest way to find out whether we might enjoy your kind of writing. If you’re not a fan of reading on screen, you could always pick up a copy. If anything isn’t clear—or if you have any questions—please do get in touch. As well as following the specific guidelines here, we would encourage everyone to take a look at this excellent article from The Review Review for some general advice on the best way to go about submitting writing to magazines.

Fiction

Short stories of up to approximately 3,000 words will be considered, both original stories and new translations of non-English language texts. We will consider one story per author per issue, and submission of original and unpublished work in any genre is very welcome. The only essential is that your story makes us want to read on. The ‘previously unpublished’ rule does not include personal blogs, so if you’ve published stories in that form that’s fine, but please let us know.

Poetry

We will consider up to three previously unpublished poems in English or new translations from other languages. The ‘previously unpublished’ rule does not include personal blogs, so if you’ve published poems in that form that’s fine, but please let us know. Visual poetry and other hybrid forms are welcome. Our first consideration is the merit of the poetry, then the quality of the art. There’s a higher burden of proof on the pieces because of this but we’d love to receive some.

Do you offer compensation for published work?

As the magazine is not-for-profit there is currently no payment for included work. Contributors will be sent a copy of the magazine before it hits the streets however, with the option of picking up any extra copies at cost. We also continue to support our writers long after publication. As Structo grows, more and more subscriptions are gifted to agents, publishers, anthologists and reviewers. We submit also work to the Pushcart Prize, Stack Award for Best Original Fiction and Forward Poetry Prizes. As one of our writers you have the option of joining our Structo Alum Facebook group, and are able to submit work for publication in our chapbooks. We’re also working on the cash thing.

What rights do you take?

To give you as much freedom as possible, all work in Structo is published under the protection of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 UK: England & Wales licence. Nothing in this licence impairs or restricts your individual moral rights as author.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes. Please let us know as soon as a piece is accepted elsewhere.

Happy with all that?

Send us your work using the link below.

Via: Structo/

CLOSED: Polu Texni

This market no longer meets our definition of ongoing. We will post their calls as we see them go live.

Payment: $20 for a poem
Theme: Poetry on SF or fantasy themes

We are currently open to submissions, but we do have a big pool of accepted pieces so will be reading very selectively.

Polu Texni is looking for articles, poems, or art profiles that pertain to our themes. Submissions can be sent to submissions at polutexni.com.

Non-fiction: This is our current biggest need. We are looking for articles on future art, technology and art, fannish culture, emerging media, art and science, or art and fantasy, among other things. Feel free to drop us a quick email with an idea and a short bio before you write, although we are unlikely to make a commitment before reading the finished piece. We will pay 3 to 5 cents a word.

Artist Profiles: We want to run profiles and interviews on speculative artists. We want to hear from mixed media artists, and artists with less exposure. Please send photos or links to photos, and if chosen we will contact you for an interview.

Poetry: Poetry on SF or fantasy themes. We prefer strong visual images. We pay $20 for a poem. Please send one poem per email, in the body of the email. Please, no attachments. It’s OK to send multiple poems, but please send them in separate emails. We might make an exception for attachments if your formatting is particularly fussy, but also be warned that WordPress isn’t the best tool for finicky formatting so this is not the best market for pieces that rely on careful visuals. If you have a suggestion for an accompanying photo or illustration, let us know if your poem is accepted.

Book Reviews: We would like reviews of books pertaining to our themes, either speculative fiction books, art books, illustrated books or graphic novels. Pays 3 cents a word.

Please contact me at submissions at polutexni.com if you have any questions.

Via: Polu Texni.

CLOSED: tdotSpec Magazine

As this market became closed to submissions, it no longer falls under our definition of ‘ongoing’ and we will post calls for them as they re-open.

Payment: CAD 1.5c/word. CAD .4c/word for reprints.
Note: Reprints Welcome

We are currently seeking exciting, entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-written speculative fiction (broadly defined), without limitation on content or theme, in the range of 100 to 10,000 words. Stories in the range of 2 to 5 thousand words are preferred. We offer a semi-professional rate of CAD 1.5c/word for original fiction (CAD $15/1000 words).

We accept reprints at a reduced rate of CAD .4c/word (CAD $4/1000 words).

We believe there are many ways to write a good story, so we won’t try to limit what we’re asking for. In general, a good story keeps you turning pages until the end, and a great story keeps you thinking about it long after that. Of course it’s subjective, and our editors represent diverse tastes, so the best thing to do is to submit and see if we like it. Aside from being a good story, with all that entails, some things that might earn you extra points include: innovative stories that grapple with important issues; diverse perspectives; complex or intellectually-stimulating ideas conveyed in a compelling way; stories that resist simple paraphrase and make the reader think; stories that have cool or exciting premises that readers want to share after reading.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed for original works only, but please limit this to three submissions at any one time; do not submit multiple reprint stories for consideration. Do not resubmit stories that we have already made a decision on; you get one chance per story, so make sure it is polished before you submit.

Use standard manuscript format, or something close to it. Your document should be double-spaced in TNR or Courier font. We accept .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt file types. Don’t submit .pdf or .pages.

Rights purchased: for original works, we ask for worldwide first-publication rights for print and digital formats of tdotSpec Magazine and the tdotSpec website, and one-month exclusivity from the time of publication; for reprints, we ask for a non-exclusive license for print and digital format of tdotSpec Magazine and the tdotSpec website.

We accept submissions every Monday, EST, through our online submission form.

Other works:

  • Poetry: Yes, we are interested in speculative poetry. We pay CAD 25c/line for original poetry, to a maximum of $10; we pay CAD 5c/line for reprint poetry, to a maximum of $5. We prefer shorter poetry and modern forms.
  • Comics, panel strips, and other graphic format stories: Yes, we’re interested in black-and-white panel strips or other forms of graphic speculative fiction suitable for the interior of a magazine. Images should fit within a 6″ x 9″ page. Compensation for this medium is flexible; consider CAD $1.50/panel as an approximate starting point.
  • Artwork: Yes, we’re interested in speculative artwork, provided it is a black-and-white line illustration suitable for the interior of a magazine. Images should fit within a 6″ x 9″ page.  Compensation for this medium is flexible; consider CAD $6/image as an approximate starting point.
  • Reviews and non-fiction articles: Yes, we’re interested in neutral/unbiased reviews and non-fiction articles. Neutral/unbiased means we don’t want reviews written by anyone with personal or professional connections to the author whose work is being reviewed. These are non-paying.
  • Novellas and Serialization: Yes, we are interested in serializing your longer works (paid at the same rate as short fiction), up to 40k words, provided (a) it is fully completed when it is submitted, (b) it is original (previously unpublished; no reprints for serialized works) and (c) you have clearly indicated breaks between serialized sections, such that each section is fewer than 10,000 words (preferably around 5k words) and breaks at a natural and effective point. This is to ensure that serializations are well structured and that stories that start strong do not go awry in future installments. For serialized works in particular, we require gripping stories with strong, memorable characters that the reader cares about, engaged in conflicts with high tension that maintain narrative momentum—enough to carry readers to the next issue.

Via: tdotSpec Magazine.

CLOSED: Cossmass Infinities

Payment: 8 cents per word for original fiction, 3 cents per word for reprints.
Note: Reprints allowed.

Cossmass Infinities is a Science Fiction and Fantasy short story magazine edited by Paul Campbell.

Please read and follow the instructions below before submitting to Cossmass Infinities.

  • Submissions must be made using this form.
  • We are looking for original science fiction and fantasy short stories. We are also interested in previously published stories.
  • Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.
  • Multiple submissions are not accepted. Please wait seven days after receiving a reply to your submission before submitting a new story.
  • Please follow standard manuscript format, with single-space lines. (see: https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html)
  • Files should be one of: Text files (.txt), RTF files (.rtf), Word 97–2003 Documents (.doc), Word Documents (.docx), or OpenDocument Text Document file types (.odt)
  • We are looking for short stories between 2000–10,000 words.
  • We pay $0.08/word for original fiction.
  • We pay $0.03/word for reprint fiction.
  • The rights we wish to obtain are listed in the sample contracts for original fiction and reprint fiction.
  • Payment is through Paypal.
  • Submit only complete stories.
  • Use the email address that you would want to receive any payment via Paypal.
  • Include a very brief author bio to be included with the published story.
  • Allow 3 months for a response.
  • Cossmass Infinities will be published three times a year.

We look forward to reading your work.

Via: Crossmass Infinities

CLOSED: The Bronzeville Bee

Payment: 5 cents per word

Bronzeville Books is proud to introduce its online magazine, the Bronzeville Bee.

Fiction

At this time, The Bronzeville Bee is open to original unpublished short fiction submissions.

We consider stories up to 3,000 words in length. Preferred genres include crime, sci fi, fantasy, horror and YA.

Payment is 5 cent per word U.S. for first Worldwide English publication rights for short stories.

Stories must not have been previously published online in any form, via website, blog, etc.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed; however, we ask that you inform us immediately if you place your story elsewhere.

Multiple submissions are NOT accepted.

Stories that are rejected cannot be resubmitted unless the writer is invited to resubmit.

Please use the formatting guidelines found here with one note: no underlining. If you intend for any part of the text to be in italics, put it in italics. The guidelines here are pretty standard: common font such as Times New Roman, 12 pt., 1-inch margins, first line of each paragraph indented 0.5 inches (not manually with spaces but by first line indent settings).

Submissions should be sent with the words ‘Short Fiction Submission’ in the subject line. Ideally, the name of the story and the word count will follow that information in the subject line. The story should be sent as an attached Word document. We will not readany works sent as a PDF or RTF; if the document has to be downloaded to be read, it will not be considered.

Absolutely no adults having sex with minors, and no humans having sex with animals. 

Non-Fiction

The Bronzeville Bee will also be publishing non-fiction articles. The Bee will consider pitches from diverse writers who will write about arts, culture & entertainment by diverse artists. Information requests and pitches can be sent to Sandra Ruttan via email.

Please put ‘non-fiction article information’ or ‘non-fiction article pitch’ in the subject line and allow up to 2 weeks for a response. Our payment rate is 10 cents U.S. per word. Article lengths are subject to contract when negotiated. No writer is guaranteed publication until paperwork signed by both writer and editor is complete.

Refer to the site and published articles to ensure your pitch is suitable.

Please reference Bronzeville Bee Pitch or Question in the subject line of your email.

Contact

Questions and submissions should be directed to Sandra Ruttan: [email protected]

Tips

Submission guidelines are maintained at Bronzeville Bee. Read them before submitting material. Read them before sending material or questions.

Bronzeville Bee publishes articles most days of the week. These include non-fiction articles on contract, short stories we’ve accepted, reflections pieces written by Bronzeville Books’ editorial team, and writing and publishing articles written by Bronzeville staff. Read what we publish before submitting. to ensure that your pitch or story may be a good fit for us.

We will not publish any content we perceive as being a cultural or personal attack, or content that promotes racism, sexism or bias against other diverse groups.

Via: Bronzeville Books.