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Taking Submissions: Electric Spec February Issue 2021

Deadline: January 15th, 2021
Payment: $20 per story
Theme: Electric Spec prefers science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we’re willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres.

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 edit the story for length or readability. However, we always remain true to the spirit of the story.

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.

February closes January 15

May closes April 15

August closes July 15

November closes October 15

Please do not submit the same story more than once, and please submit only one story at a time.

We consider any story between 250 and 7000 words with speculative fiction elements. We prefer science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we’re willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres. (more…)

Taking Submissions: ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare (EARLY LISTING)

Deadline: November 30th, 2020
Payment: $75
Theme: The horrors of capitalism
Note: This market does not open until November 1st and will not take submissions prior to that.

ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare will be an e-book anthology about the horrors of capitalism. We want monstrous bosses, jobs from literal Hell, working class folks fighting back against great cosmic evils, and any other wild idea you can come up with. As long as it’s anti-capitalist and horror, it’s good. We also welcome dark weird fiction and horror-adjacent sci-fi.

The anthology is open to all writers, but we would especially like submissions from anti-capitalist writers of marginalized groups.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 4,500 words.

Multiple submissions are not allowed. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but withdraw your submission immediately if it gets accepted elsewhere. No reprints.

Open for submissions November 1st, 2020 – November 30th, 2020.

We will announce accepted submissions by January 15th, 2020.

Anthology will be published in spring 2021.

OTHER SUBMISSION CONSIDERATIONS

  • If you’re retreading old ground and well-established tropes, make it fresh.
  • We’re fine with horror that has erotic elements, but emphasis should be on the horror.
  • Yes, make it anti-capitalist, but don’t be moralizing. We want nuance.
  • Stories that deal with bigotry are fine, but bigoted stories are not.
  • Splatterpunk is fine, but gore and extreme elements should serve story, character, and theme.

FORMAT

Use standard manuscript format. Send a doc/docx attachment. Do not copy-paste your story into the body of the email or submit it in any other format — we won’t read it if you do.

Please send submission to [email protected] Include your name, story title, and word count in the subject heading (e.g., Karl Marx — “Capitalism Bad” — 3,500 Words”).

Include an author bio of under 100 words and no more than two links to accompany your story.

PAYMENT

$75 for a short story after contract signing and final edits, and a free e-book copy of the anthology following publication.

PROCEEDS

Half the proceeds from this anthology will go to Labor Rights, an organization advocating for the rights of workers around the world. The other half of proceeds will go toward funding a future anthology project.

RIGHTS

Exclusive First Worldwide Publication and Electronic Rights for three months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.

Via: ProleSCARYet.

Taking Submissions: The Periodical, Forlorn: Volume I, Issue II

Deadline: November 1st, 2020
Payment: $15 fee
Theme: Haunted holidays

Submissions are currently open for one issue of The Periodical, Forlorn:

Volume I, Issue II

Theme: Haunted holidays.

For this issue, we don’t want tales of peace on earth and good will to men. We don’t want to hear about the warmth of family gatherings or how the Christmas spirit inspires a new outlook on life for those once thought irredeemable

We want to know how misfits and outcasts approach the holiday season. We want to know how ghouls and goblins and all manner of pagan creatures mark the season.

Deadline: November 1st, 2020

Guidelines for All Submissions:

Word Limit: 6,000 words

Compensation: flat $15 fee upon publication, plus a digital copy of the magazine (which you’re free to share).

Format: We will accept short-form fiction any way you want to write it. This can include poetry, flash fiction or short stories.

We’re particularly interested in the subversion of form. We don’t care about hard and fast rules, so don’t worry too much about formatting. If you feel its good, chances are that shines through in the writing. And we want to read it.

Genre: Anything that’s dark, creepy, weird and just a little off-kilter. We’re open to genre fiction, particularly anything related to horror, science-fiction, speculative fiction or weird fiction. But we’re also interested in anything that twists or subverts these genres in some unexpected way.

Simultaneous submissions: We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if this applies to you. If a story may be pulled away from us at the last minute, we want to know as this may affect our decision on acceptance.

Multiple Submissions: Please only send us one submission at a time. If your submission is rejected, we will then accept another submission. We try to respond to submissions within two weeks, which should allow ample time for you to submit again.

Reprints: We do not accept reprints. We will accept stories that have already been published if they’ve been dramatically altered in some way. If this is the case, please inform us.

Via: The Periodical, Forlorn.

Taking Submissions: Survival

Deadline: December 30th, 2020
Payment: $30 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Survival in Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, or Contemporary

We are seeking morally ambiguous stories with the fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and contemporary fiction genres surrounding the theme of survival. Not many things in this world are straightforward. Many individuals have encountered moments of extreme moral compromise when faced with a choice that meant life or death, or the perception of such. From the outside, it may seem that some choices can be evaluated in the simple vein of right or wrong, ethical or not. Yet when placed in a situation that perpetuates a choice between survival and death, would we have the same opinion?

The theme of survival is meant to highlight situations that deserve another glance, that are not clean cut or easily defined within the realm of typical ethical boundaries. How far must a person go to survive? Or is death the choice we make instead of going against our morals? What will we do to survive?

If you have a short story that fits the morally gray theme of survival, check out our submission guidelines below.

 

Details

Submission Period: October 1 to December 30, 2020

Word Limit: 12K words per piece, not including addition information below

Submission Cost: Free

Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Contemporary

  •  Previously unpublished works
  •  You may submit up to 2 pieces, but each work must be a separate submission
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know if the work is accepted elsewhere
  • Please don’t send us all pandemic stories – if we pick any, it will only be very few

What to Include with Your Submission *Please read carefully*:

  •  A 3 – 5 sentence bio with social media links
  • A paragraph detailing how and why your story is keeping with Inked’s mission to publish morally gray stories. Submissions lacking this prerequisite will not be considered for the anthology.

Payment: $30 per accepted piece plus one contributor copy

Rights: First edition exclusive anthology rights for the first six months of publication

Via: Inked In Gray.

Taking Submissions: Page & Spine

Deadline: June 1st, 2021
Payment: Flat rates $5-$30 depending on length and type (listed below.)
Theme: Genre, literary, poetry, and beyond! Sadly, not spelled out directly below but they do have an area for genre fiction.
NOTE: Due to the current pandemic and its attendant stresses, we will strive to keep things light until further notice. ​ Please hold your darker submissions until the current ​crisis passes.​

Page & Spine is a paying site (paid via PayPal or company check in USD only).  Because of the large number of submissions, we will no longer accept work that does not comply with our requirements.  Emails containing attachments will be deleted unopened and without notice.

Please research our site for appropriate style and content of submissions.  Our readers like what we publish.

Page & Spine considers only unpublished work conforming to the requirements listed below.“Published” is defined as any piece that has been on public view anytime, anywhere.  Members only critique sites where work is viewed only by paying members is not a publication venue.  Reprints will not be considered.

Because we have bulging pending files in our short story and poems categories,    submissions will be accepted only between October 1 and June 1 in these categories and may take 8 months to be vetted. Simultaneous submissions will not be considered.  Please plan your submissions accordingly. If you haven’t heard from us after eight months, please check back with us.  Sometimes the volume of submissions causes further delays, but be assured we’re not ignoring you. 

Author generated photography will not be paid, but may be published at the editor’s discretion with the understanding that Page & Spine can neither control dissemination nor protect copyrights and will not be held responsible for theft or misuse. Do not send photos to which you do not hold the copyright.(If you did not snap the shutter or purchase or inherit the copyright–not permission to use, but the actual copyright–don’t send it.)   

For additional information or to share your writing with us, please send your submissions in the body of an e-mail to [email protected] .  Please mark the subject line: “Submission” or “Inquiry” and add the page (“Story”, “Poems”, etc.) your work is intended to appear on, as appropriate.  

Requirements and rates:

Short Stories up to 3,000 words. Flash Fiction to 1,000 words.  Format:  Single space.  Indent paragraphs. Do not skip a line between paragraphs. Considered between October 1st and June 1st only.
All prose 501 to 3,000 words = $0.01/word with a $20 minimum
microflash (up to 150 words) = $5
flash (up to 500 words) = $10

    Longer work will be considered.  Regardless of length, all payments are capped at $30.
 
Poems of not more than a total of three typewritten pages.  Considered between October 1st and June 1st only.  1 poem = $7

Outta This World is for sci fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror.  Prose or poetry, paying on the same scale as Short Stories and Poems and with the same formatting requirements

Crumbs short, witty PoetryQuips and thought-provoking Flash Fiction (to 150 words).
Q
uips, limericks and other short poems = $5 each 
microflash (up to 150 words) = $5
flash (up to 500 words) = $10

Kid Stuff stories, poems, artwork of all kinds that tell a story reserved for our under-18 contributors.  A parent, guardian, or teacher must give written permission for publication and payment. Kid Stuff submissions will be paid on a sliding scale from $5 to $20 depending upon the maturity of the work.

​End Notes essays, poems, book reviews on any subject, topical essays, non-fiction

For additional information or to share your writing with us, please send your submissions in the body of an e-mail to [email protected] .  Please mark the subject line: “Submission” or “Inquiry” and add the page (“Story”, “Poems”, etc.) as appropriate.  To avoid spreading viruses, attachments will not be opened and attachment-bearing e-mails will be deleted unopened.

Via: Page & Spine.

Taking Submissions: 99 Tiny Terrors

Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: $25.00
Theme: Short horror stories
Note: Sorry for the short deadline! Just saw this one

There’s nothing better than a short, sharp slice of flash fiction to get the mind working. 99 Tiny Terrors is an anthology that the reader can dip into for something deliciously dangerous in a short amount of time or spend an afternoon trolling through blood soaked stories from all over.

There’s nothing better than a short, sharp slice of flash fiction to get the mind working. 99 Tiny Terrors is an anthology that the reader can dip into for something deliciously dangerous in a short amount of time or spend an afternoon trolling through blood soaked stories from all over.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We do not accept simultaneous submissions. We will allow up to two (2) submissions per author. Note: only one can be accepted.

Instructions: All fiction must be submitted through our Moksha online submission system. Please do not email your submissions. Manuscript must be in either .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format. Submit your manuscript in double-spaced Times New Roman or Courier font. Please include your byline as you’d like it to appear in publication.

Keep your cover letter short and sweet. The Editor wants your story to do the talking.

Crunchy bits:
• Limited time open call: October 1-31.
• Flash fiction wordcount: 500-1000 (firm)
• Genre: Any flavor of horror.
• Payment: $25.00
• Rights: Non-exclusive (story will only be published as part of the anthology as a whole) print, ebook, and audio rights in all languages throughout the world.

What the Editor is looking for:
• Neat twists or unexpected turns.
• Atmospheric or unusual settings.
• Stories that stick with the reader.
• The Editor favors supernatural elements but you’re not restricted to that.
• Original work only.

What the Editor is NOT looking for:
• Hurting the woman or child to turn on their power.
• Sexual assault/pedophilia.
• Animal torture.
• Gore for gore’s sake.
• Fan fiction (riffs on public domain IPs such as, but not limited to, Lovecraft Mythos, Sherlock Holmes, or Dracula are fine)

Want to know more of what the editor likes? Listen to Jennifer Brozek’s flash fiction podcast for free. Five Minute Stories – http://www.apocalypse-ink.com/page/Five-Minute-Stories.aspx

Via: Pulse Publishing’s Moksha.

Taking Submissions: Love Gone Wrong

Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: $8
Theme: Love gone wrong
Note: The author submitting MUST BE FEMALE (or identify as female).

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2020

Payment: $8 flat fee per story (author must have a valid PayPal address as that will be used for payment)

Publisher: Twisted Wing Productions

Theme: Love Gone Wrong

The theme can explore ANY type of love: romantic or platonic, obsessive, mother/daughter/son relationship, father/daughter/son, bestfriends, siblings, unrequited love, loss of love, falling in love with the wrong person, addiction, love/attachment for a specific place, location or building, student/teacher relationship, etc. The genre is HORROR. Stories MUST have elements of horror in them.

The author submitting MUST BE FEMALE (or identify as female). The author must retain full rights to the work intended for our consideration and that the work itself is complete and not published anywhere else (including personal websites or social media). Having been previously published isn’t a requirement, if you have a compelling story, send it to us!

Format: Word doc, 12 font, double space Times New Roman.
Not a reprint.
We are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for 18 months and the right to keep the story in print, and nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology. We do not place any limits on what the author does with the story after the exclusivity period.
We are not looking for poetry or screenplays.

Bonus: Characters in stories are own voices, POC, or LGBTQ

Submission method: Please send story as an attachment (.doc or docx. Only) to azzurranox[at]yahoo.com
Please include the following with your submission:
Author (Legal Name)
Pen name (if applicable)
Email
Story Title
Word Count
Third person biography

The anthology will be published both in e-book and print formats with an estimated publication date of February 2021.

Via: Azurra Nox.

Taking Submissions: Sexy Fantastic Magazine #1 : Time Travelers and Secret Agents

Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: $100
Theme: Time Travelers and Secret Agents

FICTION SUBMISSION AND AUTHOR GUIDELINES

The theme of Issue 1 is Time Travelers and Secret Agents. We are currently looking for stories that at least loosely fit into those categories, or concern alternate dimensions.

What We Want

The absolute best literature possible in the field of fantastic stories. The greatest emphasis of this magazine is the quality of writing. Whether an orthodox narrative tale, a dreamlike vignette, or a poetical prose scene, a story should be comprehensible on some level, stay truthful to the literary world that the author has created, and be pleasing or satisfying.

Any type of science fiction or fantasy story is acceptable, such as a subtle metaphysical or surreal modern tale, a dark fantasy thriller, a science fiction mystery, or an imaginary world fantasy adventure. We hope for stories that are either fantastic with at least a hint of eroticism or erotic stories that have at least a hint of the fantastic. In terms of quality, some examples would be stories by Jorge Luis Borges, Fritz Leiber, Catherine Lucille Moore, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, Jody Scott, Anne Rice, Robert Aickman, Jack Vance, Conrad Aiken, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Shirley Jackson. Comics would be work by creators such Moebius, Manara, or Esteban Maroto.  In TV or film, examples are harder to come by, as the mainstream has little true erotic content, and such non-mainstream work tends toward pornography or horror. A few examples of work that is erotic or contains erotic elements would be TV shows like Aeon Flux: The Animated Series or Lexx, and movies like Lair of the White Worm, Barbarella, The 10th Victim, Logan’s Run, or Danger Diabolik.

Erotic Content

Sexy Fantastic is looking for stories that deal frankly with human sexuality, and do not remove sex from reality. We are looking for erotica, not pornography. The purpose of erotica is to deal with sexuality in the human experience. The purpose of pornography is to titillate. An erotic story may be titillating, but it should not be written for that purpose or from that perspective. A story does not have to be overtly sexual or erotic to be considered for the magazine. Sexy Fantastic simply wishes to deal with adult sexuality in a frank, unashamed, mature, and playful manner. As sex is the driving force that keeps humanity alive, it seems ridiculous to artificially remove it from a story. But it is equally undesirable to artificially add it a story. As the focus of this magazine is both the erotic and fantastic, a good erotic or romantic story will be chosen over a good non-erotic story.

Graphic descriptions of sex are not necessary in the stories we desire, though the writing may come to the very edge of that or sometimes even require it. Gratuitous sex scenes are not desired. Any talk or description of sexuality should be integral to the story.

Violent Content

Sexy Fantastic is not looking for gratuitous violence, overt descriptions of violence and gore (pornographic violence), grim or nihilistic stories, or excessive sadism or torture. BDSM is acceptable, but again, it must be integral to the story, and not done for the sake of itself. We are not interested in the modern version of horror, but are open to the classic version of it, which would probably now be called Gothic Horror or Dark Fantasy. But in the end, playful, strange, or mysterious stories will always be chosen over bleak or somber ones.

Deadline for Issue 1 submission: October 31st, 2020.

Length: 5K-15K

Policy and Purpose: Dream Tower Media would never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or sexual identity. Dream Tower Media and this anthology are concerned solely with publishing the highest quality of literature possible while still remaining a viable business.

Payment: Payment upfront for a story in issue 1 is $100 plus a one-year subscription to the magazine, plus you will probably get a professional illustration accompanying your story. If the fundraiser for Issue 1 is successful, authors will be paid a minimum additional $100 retroactively for their story. The eventual goal is $300 per story or minimum pro rates.

Rights: Dream Tower Media is buying global first print and digital publication rights (including audio). Dream Tower Media will have the exclusive rights to publish and use the purchased material prior to and for one year following the publication of those materials. After that period, Dream Tower Media will retain the right to publish and sell the purchased materials non-exclusively. Dream Tower Media will have the right to use your name and portion or whole of the material to promote the work. During the period of exclusivity, you agree to refrain from publishing the purchased material in whole or in part without prior consent. The exception to this exclusivity is if your story is selected for inclusion in a Best of the Year collection or as a part of an awards packet.

Manuscript Form and Submission Instructions: Double spacing is not required or even desired, and a common serif font like Times Roman or Garamond is preferred over Courier. Otherwise, follow standard guidelines regarding contact info, page footers, etc.

Please follow these instructions for your submission to be considered:
Email only the first page (500 words or so) of your story and we will request the entire story if we are interested. Paste the content in the body of the email. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to submit (at) sexyfantasticmagazine.com with the subject header “Story Submission.” Please do not send full manuscripts unless requested. If you do not hear back, it means that we have decided to pass on your submission. Thank you for your cooperation and interest.

What We Want

The absolute best literature possible in the field of fantastic stories. The greatest emphasis of this magazine is the quality of writing. Whether an orthodox narrative tale, a dreamlike vignette, or a poetical prose scene, a story should be comprehensible on some level, stay truthful to the literary world that the author has created, and be in some way pleasing or satisfying.

Any type of science fiction or fantasy story is acceptable, such as a subtle metaphysical or surreal modern tale, a dark fantasy thriller, a science fiction mystery, or an imaginary world fantasy adventure. We hope for stories that are either fantastic with at least a hint of eroticism or erotic stories that have at least a hint of the fantastic. In terms of quality, some examples would be stories by Jorge Luis Borges, Fritz Leiber, Catherine Lynn Moore, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, Jody Scott, Anne Rice, Robert Aickman, Jack Vance, Conrad Aiken, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Shirley Jackson. Comics would be work by creators such Moebius, Manara, or Esteban Maroto.  In TV or film, examples are harder to come by, as the mainstream has little true erotic content, and such non-mainstream work tends toward pornography or horror. A few examples of work that is erotic or contains erotic elements would be TV shows like Aeon Flux: The Animated Series or Lexx, and movies like Lair of the White Worm, Barbarella, The 10th Victim, Logan’s Run, or Danger Diabolik.

Erotic Content

Sexy Fantastic is looking for stories that deal frankly with human sexuality, and do not remove sex from reality. We are looking for erotica, not pornography. The purpose of erotica is to deal with sexuality in the human experience. The purpose of pornography is to titillate. An erotic story may be titillating, but it should not be written for that purpose or from that perspective. A story does not have to be overtly sexual or erotic to be considered for the magazine. Sexy Fantastic simply wishes to deal with adult sexuality in a frank, unashamed, mature, and playful manner. As sex is the driving force that keeps humanity alive, it seems ridiculous to artificially remove it from a story. But it is equally undesirable to artificially add it a story. As the focus of this magazine is both the erotic and fantastic, a good erotic story will be chosen over a good non-erotic story.

Graphic descriptions of sex are not necessary in the stories we desire, though the writing may come to the very edge of that or sometimes even require it. Gratuitous sex scenes are not desired. Any talk or description of sexuality should be integral to the story.

Violent Content

Sexy Fantastic is not looking for gratuitous violence, overt descriptions of violence and gore (pornographic violence), grim or nihilistic stories, or excessive sadism or torture. BDSM is acceptable, but again, it must be integral to the story, and not done for the sake of itself. We are not interested in the modern version of horror, but are open to the older version of it, which would probably now be called Gothic Horror or Dark Fantasy. But in the end, playful, strange, or mysterious stories will always be chosen over bleak or somber ones.

Deadline for Issue 1 submission: November 1st, 2020.

Length: 5K-15K

Policy and Purpose: Dream Tower Media would never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or sexual identity. Dream Tower Media and this anthology are concerned solely with publishing the highest quality of literature possible while still remaining a viable business.

Payment: Payment upfront for a story in issue 1 is $100, plus you will get to see a professional illustration accompanying your story. If the fundraiser for Issue 1 is successful, authors will be paid a minimum additional $100 retroactively for their story.

Rights: Dream Tower Media is buying global first print and digital publication rights (including audio). Dream Tower Media will have the exclusive rights to publish and use the purchased material prior to and for one year following the publication of those materials. After that period, Dream Tower Media will retain the right to publish and sell the purchased materials non-exclusively. Dream Tower Media will have the right to use your name and portion or whole of the material to promote the work. During the period of exclusivity, you agree to refrain from publishing the purchased material in whole or in part without prior consent. The exception to this exclusivity is if your story is selected for inclusion in a Best of the Year collection or as a part of an awards packet.

Manuscript Form and Submission Instructions: Double spacing is not required or even desired, and a common serif font like Times Roman or Garamond is preferred over Courier. Otherwise, follow standard guidelines regarding contact info, page footers, etc.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, as long as we hear from you immediately if you have sold the story to another publication.

Please follow these instructions for your submission to be considered:
Email only the first page (500 words or so) of your story and we will request the entire story if we are interested. Paste the content in the body of the email. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to: submit (at) sexyfantasticmagazine.com with the subject header “Story Submission.” Please do not send full manuscripts unless requested. If you do not hear back, it means that we have decided to pass on your submission. Thank you for your cooperation and interest.

Via: Dream Tower media.