Category: Closed Markets

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: 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.

Closed: The Blend International literature


Payment: Fiction – AUD$50 paid on publication. Poetry – AUD$2 paid on publication.

Fiction

There are few limitations in subject matter, but be warned pornography or the exultation of any kind of abuse is not accepted.

 

Until an efficient submissions platform can be established to handle all file types, submissions are required to be in word.doc /x or rtf. Linked submissions to cloud or other services will not be accepted, and will not be replied to.

Fiction word acceptances between 2500 words to a maximum of 7000 words.

Poetry

Poetry has been added to The Blend, because one of the editors used to be a performance poet and has a good understanding of the styles, and delivery mechanisms that are often put on show.

Submit 3 poems in a single file. Poetry is preferred no longer than 50 lines. Haiku is fun, but rarely purchased.

Limit vulgarity and sexual or depressive representations. These are no taboo subjects but some concepts will be harder to sell unless written expertly

Sensitivities

The Blend is an inclusive publisher. Be aware when submitting if from an under represented sector of the population and society, mentioning this sub-section will help us in some of our determinations.

Issue One already features –

Merran Jones

K. S. Dearsley 

Jacqueline Seewald

Mark J. Mitchell

Gustavo Bondoni

James A Hartley

Your Region

All fiction needs to be submitted in English but submission need not depict strict western culture and mindset.

It is just as important to capture a vision of your region, its feel and texture so readers can experience places and voices far removed from their own.

Contract and Payment

The Blend uses a contract requiring first international English rights in print and eBook versions with all rights returned 6 months after publication.

All payment will be made via PayPal.

Payment for Fiction –  AUD$50 paid on publication. Poetry –  AUD$2 paid on publication. All authors will be paid 2 days after publication date. #1  July 31st – 2019 and #2  January 31-2020

NO Reading Fee

SUBMISSIONS link – submission -title-author

Get the latest issue 

[email protected]

Via: The Blend International.

CLOSED: Pretty Cool Poetry Thing

Payment: $10 to $20 and a contributors copy

at this time, we only accept poetry. maybe in the future, we’ll do other things, but the nature of printing on index cards makes space a severe factor. so sorry.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

send 3 to 5 poems to [email protected] with a max of 300 words per poem, along with a 2 to 3 sentence bio written in the third person with your pronouns. send as one .doc/.docx file.

cover letter preferred. give us a preamble. give us a joke. write it in swedish. have fun with it!

simultaneous submissions allowed, but please inform us if accepted elsewhere. previously published poems are not accepted at this time. it’s ok if it’s on your blog though!

please follow the length guidelines closely! we’re working with index cards, so space is tight and we’d hate to reject a masterpiece because we can’t fit it.

WHAT YOU GET FROM US

if we accept your poem, we get one-time print publishing rights, then the rights go back to you.

we pay. depending on sales / number of poets, the amount will fall between $10 to $20. it’s not much, but it’s not zero!

and of course, you get a contributor’s copy. i mean, of course.

Via: Pretty Cool Poetry Thing.

CLOSED: Corvid Queen

Payment: $5

01. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Corvid Queen is open for submissions. We publish feminist fairy tales, folklore, myths, and legends on a rolling basis.

We’re looking for original feminist tales and feminist retellings of traditional tales. We accept fiction, poetry, and pieces that are in-betweeen. We generally publish pieces that are 1,000-2,500 words, although we will consider shorter or longer pieces if we really love them.

Please note that you do not need to be female or femme to submit a piece; writers of any gender identity and expression are welcome.

02. SUBMISSION PROCESS

To submit a piece, please fill out this submission form. You may submit one piece every six months.

If your piece is accepted, you’ll receive an email with a publication date & a contract. After the contract has been digitally signed, we’ll send another email with payment confirmation, any suggested edits to your piece, and options for a featured image.

We offer an honorarium of $5 for each accepted piece.

03. FURTHER READING

We encourage you to read through the journal to get a sense for the stories that speak to us. If you’re curious about what we consider to be a feminist fairy tale, we also encourage you to read this conversation about subversions of fairy tale femininity.

General Policies

We accept simultaneous submissions. We only accept reprints from defunct blogs, magazines, and presses.

We will not accept anything that promotes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or other oppressive and harmful viewpoints, or anything that uses sexual violence for shock value. We will not read anything submitted by abusers, and we reserve the right to remove any published piece from our site.

We aim to respond to every submission within three weeks. However, if you don’t hear from us after three weeks, please feel free to send us a follow-up email!

 

Via: Sword And Kettle Press.

CLOSED: The Future Visions Anthologies

Payment: Royalties with a guaranteed minimum payment of $100.

The Future Visions Anthologies is a science fiction anthology series, aiming to deliver excellent and diverse short story collections on a quarterly basis. In the tradition of great television anthology series such as The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, the Future Visions Anthologies will broadly explore all genres and traditions of science fiction and speculative fiction, seeking in each story to explore deeply themes that are relevant to a modern audience.

Themes

What do you hope the future will bring? What are you afraid we may become? How do our visions of the future inform and give shape to the hopes and fears that we have today?

These questions are what defines anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Rather than mandating a theme for each publication, (one publication for cyborgs, one for time travelers, etc…) I want authors to feel free to explore these larger questions using any and all of the popular science fiction tropes: new technology, exploration, nightmarish dystopians, alien species, baffling utopias, the list goes on…

Diversity

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to bring diversity to all aspects of their publications, from the stories and authors we publish, to the themes and genres we explore. All authors may apply regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

Terms

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to engage authors with fair and equitable terms through participation in the anthologies. The anthologies will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited for an initial six-month term, during which stories will be exclusive to the anthology. After this, anthologies will continue be available as an ebook (not in KU) for an additional six-month term. During this term, partial publication rights will return to the author to publish as an ebook, except for in KU. After one year, the ebook will be unpublished, returning all rights to the author.

Payment will be based on a profit-share model with a guaranteed minimum payment of $100. Authors will receive royalties during the first six months of membership. At the end of the royalty period, if the author’s royalties do not meet the minimum payment of $100 then the remaining amount will be paid. There is no cap to the amount of royalties that may be earned. Earning reports for the anthology will be provided to all participating authors to ensure complete transparency. Specific terms will be available after initial acceptance of the author’s story.

Submission Guidelines

  • Authors must read and be in agreement with the above before submitting.
  • There is no fee to submit.
  • Submissions must be original, never before published works.
  • No multiple submissions (i.e., more than one story at a time from the same author). You may submit new material after you have heard back about the previous submission.
  • No simultaneous submissions (i.e., submitting to Future Visions and one or more other markets at the same time).
  • Submissions may be set in a larger universe, but should be a complete story; do not send excerpts, parts, or volumes.
  • Word Count is 2k-10k words (exceptions for up to one story per anthology can be made).
  • Submissions should be written to the best of the author’s ability. Professional editing is not required but may help in the consideration of your piece. Camton House Publishing will provide professional editing and proofreading, approved by the author, and a final, edited version will be submitted to the author upon publication.
  • Adult language and sexual situations are permitted, but no hate speech, erotica or “X-rated” material.
  • Formatting: 12pt Times New Roman font with 1.5-line spacing; 1-inch margins on all sides; no extra spaces between paragraphs; leading indentations, but no tabs.
  • Include “Future Visions Short Story Submission” in the header and the following information in the body of the email:
    • Author Name
    • Story Title
    • Word Count
    • Brief Bio, written in the third person. 100-300 words.
  • Submissions should be submitted in docx format as an attachment.
  • Submissions should be emailed to [email protected]

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.

Deadlines

Submissions are always open. Authors who have submitted will be notified within 4-6 weeks of submission regarding whether their story has been selected.

Via: Future Visions.

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