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Taking Submissions: Fanatical Issue 6

Deadline: December 28th, 2024
Payment: £20
Theme: Unpublished sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words based on tabletop games

We are looking for unpublished sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words.
Please only submit one story at a time and don’t submit if it’s already submitted somewhere else.
All stories should be self-contained, no “to be continued”.
Recurring characters across multiple stories will be considered, as long as each story is a solid read in its own right.
If you’ve already been published in an issue of Fanatical you are free to submit again, but we may hold your submission over so as not to publish the same author in back to back issues.
Fanatical will pay £20 per accepted story, paid upon publication. We pay via Paypal.
Upon acceptance, authors retain rights to the story but we ask they don’t publish/submit it anywhere else before it is published in Fanatical.


Contest: On The Premises #61

Deadline: May 31st, 2024
Prizes: $35 for first place, $25 for second, $15 for third
Theme: An everyday detail being key to your 25-50 word story

Premise: For this mini-contest, tell, show, or evoke a complete story between 25 and 50 words long in which a specific detail of something that would normally be trivial and uninteresting is in fact extremely important or interesting.

Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2024, 11:59 PM Eastern US time.


Taking Submissions: Trollbreath Magazine May 2024 Market

Deadline: May 31st, 2024
Payment: 4 cents per word, 1/2 cent per word for reprints, $25 for poetry, $40 for non-fiction, $150 for cover art
Theme: speculative fiction, poetry, and non-fiction
Note: Apologies for the late posting, we’ve only just stumbled across this market!
Note: Reprints Welcome

Trollbreath Magazine is a journal of speculative fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, publishing electronic issues on a quarterly schedule. Our interests are as varied as the endless amount of genres, from dark fantasy to hope punk to surrealism, and everything in between. We have a particular fondness for slipstream and fabulism in all their delightful forms, but what motivates us most are great stories by wonderful authors eager to share their visions of the past, the future, the in between, and everything that lies outside the margins. Coloring beyond the lines encouraged.

Examples of stories we particularly love (but there are too many to include):


Taking Submissions: The Trouble With Time (Summer Window)

Submissoin Window: June 1st – July 31st, 2024
Payment: $10
Theme: Speculative fiction that deals with time travel

THREE COUSINS PUBLISHING, an imprint of WEST MESA PRESS, will be accepting submissions for its next anthology, THE TROUBLE WITH TIME, from June 1, 2024 until midnight July 31, 2024. Stories submitted before or after the submission period will not be considered.

This is a Themed Anthology and we’re looking for stories that fit the anthology theme. Submissions must have something to do with time travel. Horror, humor, fantasy, science fiction, or even some entertaining, but bizarre mashup of genres that we haven’t considered are welcome. Your characters may be young or old and the time frame may be from the dawn of mankind to the far future. Here’s the short list of guidelines. Pay attention, please. These are important.


Taking Submissions: Black Cat Tales (Early)

Submission Window: June 1st – July 15th, 2024
Payment: $50 for story, $25 for poem
Theme: Speculative fiction including a black cat

A black cat approaches, do you eagerly cross its path, or run in the opposite direction? From the superstitious to the unlucky, from a witch’s familiar to a soul stealing grave robber, black cats have captured our imagination and remain solidly in the realm of the dark.

Dazzle us with your best black cat story or poem. A black cat or a clowder of black cats must be featured predominantly in your story and not simply set decoration. Think outside of the box and show us something we haven’t seen before.


Taking Submissions: Too Bad, You Died

Deadline: July 31st, 2024
Payment: $25 and a contributor copy
Theme: Horror/Scifi that deals with the strange and unusual and must involve your death.

Send us your best (previously unreleased) 2,000 to 4,000 word speculative fiction with a leaning towards horror/sci-fi or a combination of both. We want something strange and unusual.
There’s just one catch… Your death has to feature somewhere within the story.

If your soul is accepted, you will receive $25 and a contributor copy.

We are looking for 8 stories in total for this anthology.

Taking Submissions: Astrolabe Summer 2024 Window (Early)

Submission Window: June 20th to July 20th, 2024
Payment: $50 upon publication
Theme: Stories about how we seek out, discover, and grasp onto connection in all genres with a particular fondness for anything that moves beyond realism in form or content or spirit

Please read below for details about our next submission window, guidelines, honorariums, and rights.

At Astrolabe, we’re looking for work about how we seek out, discover, and grasp onto connection. Into the woods. Across a line. Beneath the ocean. Along a seam. Into the branches of an alternate present or the crevasse of an alternate future. Across the rifts between one another.

And then, once we find one other, the myths we make.

We’re excited to see as many interpretations of this broad theme as there are stars in the night sky.

We’re open to work of all genres, with a particular fondness for anything that moves beyond realism in form or content or spirit.


Taking Submissions: Short Story Substack June 2024 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st – 31st, 2024
Payment: $100 for the chosen story + 50% of subscription revenue
Theme: Any genre, short story

Mission = Revive the art of the short story, support artists, and produce something wonderful.

Payout = Base Pay of $100 for the chosen story + 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check.

Wait, you mean if this substack gets thousands of subscribers, the winner would get thousands of dollars?

Yes! The New Yorker pays roughly $7,500 per story and I sincerely hope to go way past that.

What does the timeline look like?

Submit stories by the end of the month, winner to be announced on the 15th. There is ONE story that wins and receives the full payout.

Where do I send submissions?