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Taking Submissions: Solarpunk Conflicts

Deadline: November 1st, 2024
Payment: 2 contributors copies if released in print, 5 cents CAD per word, .25 CAD per word for poetry up to 200 words with .10 CAD per word after
Theme: The conflicts related to the hopeful and optimistic nature of Solarpunk (see below.)
Note: Stories will also be discussed academically as a part of the editor’s PhD dissertation.

Solarpunk is optimistic. Solarpunk is hopeful. Solarpunk is about change and unity. Solarpunks seem to agree on these points. But what are the points of conflict within solarpunk? When do solarpunks disagree, and why? Is solarpunk a monolith, is it fractured and disparate, or is it somewhere in between? What spaces of tension exist within both genre and community that can flare to sudden flame at the right (or wrong) provocation? And, what do these conflicts look like in a solarpunk world?

This anthology is about these conflicts. Stories should explore a solarpunk conflict, either one manufactured entirely for the story, or one based in a real-world point of contention you feel currently divides solarpunks, or that has done so in the past. Conflicts can be as small or as grand as you would like, though the story as a whole should be legibly solarpunk and should not champion a non-solarpunk ethos.

I also invite stories that speak to perceived gaps in the solarpunk canon – for example, there has been commentary before on how solarpunk is close to afrofuturism in aspect and some goals, but has very little overlap. While there are some stories that do address that missing overlap, there is, of course, room for more.

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Taking Submissions: Dirty Magick Magazine #1

Deadline: August 15th, 2024
Payment: $50
Theme: Urban Fantasy primarily followed by sword and sorcery, some gothic and supernatural horror will be accepted but it will be a harder sell

Dirty Magick Magazine publishes short fiction, from 2,000 to 12,500 words. We pay a single-story rate of $50 which is halfway to SFWA qualification and fully HWA eligible.

E-mail “submissions [at] dirtymagickmagazine.com” with your story attached.

We like a variety of stories but will only publish a few styles. Please read closely as these are the rules and they will not be broken.

First and foremost, we are interested in urban fantasy which we define as fantasy adventure fiction which takes place in modern settings. These places can be real or imaginary (although we prefer the former), but the story must have some combination of those typical elements: magic, other sentient races, enchanted objects, and mythical backgrounds. These all may be underground and hidden, but they must play a part in the story.

Next, we want sword and sorcery which we define as fantasy adventure fiction taking place in an ancient or alternative world where the protagonists must use their wits and weapons to survive. We contrast this with high fantasy (which we are not interested in) where quests taken on behalf of the rulers are world shaking. We are much more interested in the street level like the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser tales of Fritz Leiber and the Conan/Bran Mak Morn tales of Robert E. Howard.

Finally, we will consider gothic and supernatural horror. We won’t define this directly, but this is a market to submit vampire, werewolf, ghost, and cryptid fiction. Be warned, it would be best to use these creatures in one of the previously mentioned genres as that would be a quicker path to publication.

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Taking Submissions: This Way Lies Madness

Deadline: October 13th, 2024
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word
Theme: Dark stories featuring monstrous manifestations of trauma and guilt, paranoia and persecution, anxiety, addiction, and crippling terror

In the tradition of Poe’s ‘A Tell-tale Heart’ and Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, This Way Lies Madness (publishing September 2025) will bring together a twisted tangle of dark stories featuring monstrous manifestations of trauma and guilt, paranoia and persecution, anxiety, addiction, and crippling terror. In these pages, readers should expect to find madness in all its forms, without the tired stigmatising tropes. Instead, these tales of deep-rooted terror will draw on metaphor, symbolism, imagery, structural innovation, and close introspection to challenge stigma and promote understanding around mental illness, reflecting broader cultural, generational, and societal impacts with authenticity and insight.

Think of horrific scenarios as metaphors for mental illness: trauma is the creature that drags its prey into its deep, dark lair; the hopelessness of depression is the person lost in a labyrinthine underworld, suicidal ideation is a person living in the belly of a great beast, addiction is the two-sided mirror, or the persecuted werewolf is the representation of a person’s struggle against the duality of bi-polar disorder. Writers are asked to be bold and inventive, to challenge convention, while being sensitive to the stigmatising constructs of mental illness in current society.

Up to 10 stories will be selected from this submissions route, and we welcome fresh interpretations and perspectives from diverse voices. Each selected story will be accompanied by a c. 300-word introduction by the author on their reflections / personal experience that inspired the story. Once selected, authors will be contacted to supply this additional text.

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Taking Submissions: Hallowed

Deadline: August 15th, 2024
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Halloween

HALLOWED

  • Deadline – 15th August 2024 **EXTENDED**
  • Publication – 31st October 2024
  • Word Count – 2,500 words to 7,000
  • Theme – Halloween.
  • Genre – Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Horror
  • Compensation – 40% of royalties split between all authors within the anthology for one year from the date of publication. 
  • Reprints – No
  • Simultaneous Submissions – No

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Taking Submissions: The Stygian Zine January 2025 Issue

Deadline: November 30th, 2024
Payment: $20 (CAD) or a physical copy of the magazine
Theme: Tell us about your day-to-day darkness…

After the release of our first publication “The Stygian Collection”, there was demand to continue producing anthologies. To continue growing our community and keep the anthology spirit alive, The Stygian Society presents: The Stygian Zine!

January’s Theme: Slice of Life
Tell us about your day-to-day darkness…

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Taking Submissions: Mermaidens 2: Darker Waters

Deadline: August 31st, 2024
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Darker legends of the mermaid. Sirens, womenfolk (fishfolk?) who lure men into the sea.

The darker the water, the deeper the ocean.

The deeper the ocean, the more terrifying the inhabitants.

And the ocean is very, very deep.

And full of inhabitants.

The thing about mermaids is…

They’re not always pretty.

They’re not always nice.

And there’s always a tale.

Maybe you’ll be okay, if you just dip your toes…

We are looking for darker legends of the mermaid. Sirens, womenfolk (fishfolk?) who lure men into the sea. Of the men (or their wives!) who seek revenge for lost loves, lost fortunes, and wrecked ships. We want Tails of Tragedy and Terror, Stories of Sails and Seas and Sorrow, Accounts of Attractions and Actions, Allegories of Alligators, Apologues of Apologies, Travelogues of Living Logs!

Wait. No. Sorry. Got carried away.

Anyway, be they romance gone wrong, horror, sci-fi, dark comedy, or whatever genre, we want to see your dark stories about mermaids.

Editor Jessica Guernsey

Executive Editor Sam Knight

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Taking Submissions: Saros #1

Submission Window: August 5th – 18th, 2024
Payment: $40 CAD per story and $40 CAD for cover art
Theme: Original science fiction or SF-tinged literary stories between 2,000 and 15,000 words.

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Taking Submissions: Revolutions & Rainbows

Deadline: October 30th, 2024
Payment: $25
Theme: Australian and New Zealand authors who identify as LGBTIQA+, from any gender identity, and ally authors sharing stories that feature LGBTIQA+ characters of any gender identity across the wide universes of speculative fiction. Swashbuckling pirates, mischievous necromancers, charming elder gods, dashing bounty hunters, anything goes!

We are excited to announce a new anthology, REVOLUTIONS & RAINBOWS: An Australasian Queer Speculative Anthology.

The anthology is to celebrate Pride and will be open to all Australian and New Zealand authors who identify as LGBTIQA+, from any gender identity, and ally authors.

We want stories that feature LGBTIQA+ characters of any gender identity across the wide universes of speculative fiction. Swashbuckling pirates, mischievous necromancers, charming elder gods, dashing bounty hunters, anything goes!

As REBELS & RAINBOWS is a celebration of Pride and the incredible and incredibly diverse LGBTIQA+ community, we want stories that celebrate love, acceptance, strength and community, and also stories that reflect the challenges, danger, and reality of being one’s true self in a hostile world.

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