Taking Submissions: WolfWinter

Deadline: November 15th, 2019
Payment: $10
Note: Reprints allowed.

All Submissions should meet this criteria:

Works: short stories and flash fiction

Genre and theme: Horror and dark fiction involving Werewolves on the prowl during the winter season. We welcome campy and extreme (violence and sexual content), but this isn’t an erotica collection.

Deadline: November 15th, 2019

Format: Attach the .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX

Word Count 5k – 7k words approx. for short stories, no limit for flash.

Payment: $10 Token payment via Paypal and 60% of net earnings divided evenly among the authors.

Multiple Submissions okay. Reprints are okay.

Submit a brief bio, we don’t care if you have no work history, give us a brief bio of yourself.

Send submission to
[email protected]

Via: Deadman’s Tome.

Taking Submissions: Mud Season Review

Deadline: November 1st, 2019
Payment: $50

We seek deeply human work that will teach us something about life, but also about the craft of writing or visual art; work that is original in its approach and that in some way moves us. Publishing and celebrating a diverse range of voices is important to us, so please include in your cover letter a brief bio (100-150 words) as you would like it to appear on our Contributors page. For more on what we are looking for in submissions, read an interview with our founding editor here.

We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “withdraw.” If you are withdrawing only a part of your poetry or art submission, please add a note to your submission advising which piece(s) you are withdrawing. We strive to respond to all submissions within 2 months. You can track your submission with Duotrope.

We also offer a feedback request service, which features written feedback from a senior editor for a fee. Please submit under the appropriate category. Work submitted to this service is not considered for publication. Writers are welcome to submit to Mud Season Review during reading periods.

We do not accept mailed submissions, emailed submissions, multiple submissions, or anything that has previously appeared in print or online (including on your personal blog or website, artwork excepted). We accept flash fiction; please include two to three pieces in your submission. We do not accept translations at this time. If you have already been published in Mud Season Review, please refrain from submitting for one year after the date of the issue in which you were published. Please send submissions through Submittable only. Please use 12 pt font. For fiction and nonfiction, please double space.

We acquire First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) upon acceptance and retain exclusive rights to your accepted piece for 90 days after publication
. After that, we will archive your piece online and may include it in one of our print editions. Should you choose to reprint the piece in the future, please mention that your piece was originally published in Mud Season Review.

We pay authors and featured artists $50 for their work. Artists whose images we select to pair with writing receive $15.

Our current reading period is open from October 1 – November 1, 2019.

*We may close the reading period early by genre if volume demands. We want to be sure to give your work the attention it deserves! Please keep this in mind as you consider submitting your work.

Please note: When you submit to Mud Season Review, you agree to be added to our email lists. You may unsubscribe from these lists at any time. By submitting, you also warrant that you are the sole creator of the work and that publishing it will not infringe on any others’ rights. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Mud Season Review and its staff from and against any and all claims resulting from a breach of this warranty.

Via: Mud Season Review’s Submittable

Taking Submissions: Dimension6

Deadline: October 31st, 2019
Payment: AUD $100 per story

In 2009, coeur de lion publishing released X6 — a novellanthology, featuring novellas by Margo Lanagan, Terry Dowling, Cat Sparks, Trent Jamieson, Paul Haines and Louise Katz.

X6 took us on a journey of the imagination beyond the borders of the real. That’s where Dimension6 e-magazine lives.

Dimension6 describes the multiverse of all possible people, places and events. Everything that can and will happen takes place in Dimension6.

Launched in 2014, Dimension6 features the best new stories from established authors and fresh voices from Australia and overseas.

Our readers can experience the bold vision of Dimension6 and its authors completely free of charge. As of the end of 2017, we’ve topped over 14,000 individual downloads.

Information for authors

When are you open for submissions?

We are open for submissions between 1 and 31 October 2019. Check this site and Duotrope for notifications.

What stories are you looking for?

Strong, original speculative fiction stories. The type of stories that appear in D6 will evolve with the magazine as genres blend and blur. Word limit is flexible because we’re an e-publication. Our minimum word length is 4,500 words, because we believe a real story needs at least that much space to thrive. If it’s really good we’ll publish to novella length (up to 40,000 words), but it would have to be really good from page one onwards.

We have a bias towards science fiction, but we like fantasy too especially if it’s firmly camped outside the standard fantasy tropes. For horror we’re not interested in splatter-filled gore stories. The most effective horror stories are those where you only glimpse the monster.

We have a strict reading and submission period. See below for further details.

Do you accept reprints?

Our general answer is no. We may make an exception for significant works that are not available elsewhere electronically ie because they’re out of print. Query via email.

What do you pay?

Not enough. We pay a flat rate of AUD $100 per story ($50 for reprints) but there are other benefits for authors (see next question). This is because Dimension6 is distributed free so we are making zip out of the whole exercise.

Free! Are you crazy?

We may be. But we think that free distribution has a lot of benefits. Cory Doctorow makes no bones about giving stuff away.

The paywall actually dissuades people from ‘consuming’ material. Especially with electronic publications, it is a huge disincentive. But if you give away something that is high quality and people like it, then they are going to be predisposed towards you.

Dimension6 is really a promotional tool for coeur de lion and the authors appearing in its pages. D6 will carry ads for coeur de lion books and products. Each author will also be given space to spruik their wares, hyperlink to their blogs, talk about their work and so on. And because D6 is free and is not locked by DRM software, we will give all published authors a copy of their D6 issue files to place on their website or blog or give away as they see fit (as long as they don’t charge for it). So authors get a professionally created piece of content that they can use to promote their writing.

My own space in the mag? What’s the catch?

There’s a 1,000 word limit. You can also add thumbnails eg cover images of your other work, as long as you don’t infringe copyright or public decency. And you can include urls or hyperlinks. Not much of a catch really.

How is D6 distributed?

Very easily. We’ll post each edition of D6 at www.coeurdelion.com.au. Each author can post a copy on their website as well. We’ll have a mailing list which will have an auto-distribution feature for our subscribers. We’ll tweet and FB D6 links and encourage others to do so. We’ll also ask speculative fiction websites and authors to post links to the latest copy of D6 on their sites too.

Because it’s electronic and there’s no paywall, there’s no limit to how D6 can be distributed.

Also at the end of the calendar year, we’ll produce an omnibus edition of all the stories published in that year (and all the author information) which we will sell for no more than $0.99 through a variety of ebook sites such as Amazon. We do this because some sites will not distribute free ebooks and we want D6 to be available as widely as possible.

What about copyright?

You keep the copyright of your story; you just give us permission to publish. We have a standard contract for that. Once your story comes out in D6, you can do whatever else you want with your story.

D6 is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported licence. This means anyone can copy, distribute and transmit D6 as long as they attribute the work back to us, do not charge for it, and do not alter, transform or build on it. More information on the licence is here — http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Who is coeur de lion anyway?

coeur de lion is a multi-award winning speculative fiction publisher based in Australia. Our published works have won 3 Aurealis Awards, 2 Ditmars, a Sir Julius Vogel Award and a World Fantasy Award.

D6 is edited by Keith Stevenson, coeur de lion’s publisher and editor and a past editor of Aurealis Magazine.

Okay, where do I sign up?

We accept electronic submissions direct to [email protected]. Please note we have a strict reading period so if you sub before these dates, we won’t read until the reading period starts. If you sub after a particular reading period, we’ll advise you to resubmit during the next reading period. All subs will receive an email acknowledgement.

Via: Coeur De Lion Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Rufo’s Dog – Fantasy

Deadline: October 31st, 2019
Payment: $25 AUD

We’re looking for fantastic fantasysuper-duper science fiction,  Wonderfulliy Wierd, and Macabre.

Think classic outer-worldly.  Think swashbuckling adventure.  Think stuff that would give Lovecraft the shivers.  Mad professors, demons of the dark, heroes, monsters, giant robots…  We could could go all day.  You get the idea.

New, unpublished writers are welcome!

Think you’ve got the chops?  Here are the rules:

Under 18?

No problem.

Just send a note from your teacher or guardian with your submission, telling us it’s ok for you to write for us.

No gratuitous sex or excessive profanity.  No nasty sex of any kind unless it’s inherent to the story, and not glorified.  Some gore is ok, but hate speech, or material we might find offensive is not.

We pay a flat rate of $25 AU per original piece of fiction.  That’s low right now, but Rufo’s Dog is still a pup.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to pay more soon.  The best way for that to happen is for you to you tell all your friends to buy a copy and or subscribe, then we’ll have more moolah to throw at the next issue.

We pay a flat rate of $100 AU for any original artwork that makes the cover, and $50 AU that makes the middle pages.

For contributors with an Australian bank account, payments made via bank transfer are possible.  For international contributors, we prefer to pay via PayPal.

Rufo’s Dog will also pay for one annual subscription, (4 issues,), normally valued at $9.99 AU, for each contributer we publish.

We reserve only first rights for print and electronic publication of fiction,  Once your work is published in Rufo’s Dog online, or in print, it’s yours.

We reserve all rights for print and electronic publication of artwork, including the right to republish in future editions.

Preferred word count is 2000-8,000.  Maximum word count is 10,000.  Longer submissions might be scrapped without examination.

Text should be Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, aligned left.  Margins must be at least 1.5 inches wide.

If you’re unsure about formatting, check out the William Shunn format.

Strictly doc, docx, or rtf files only.  Other formats like pdf, odt etc., will be scrapped without examination.

All fiction must be edited and complete.

No wips.  No reviews.  No poetry.  No fan-fic.

No reprints.

We accept artwork only if submitted by the original artist who owns the copryright.

Yes, we accept simultaneous submissions, but tell us if your work gets accepted elsewhere.

Yes, we accept multiple submissions, but only one per genre.

Serials will be considered up to 10,000 words, and they must have a clear outline of the background if any, and stories to follow.

No copyrighted material (eg., Batman).

No bitching about why we didn’t select your piece.

All submissions not automatically rejected will usually receive a reply within about a week.  Everyone at Rufo’s Dog has a day job, so they tend to read submissions on the weekends.  Please be patient.

English only.  English UK or US is fine, as long as it’s consistent.

Don’t send your life story.  The deets we need are:

  • Name, age, etc in a 200 max word bio.

  • If you are a school student, where do you go to school and what year are you in?

  • Have you won any awards?  If so, what, when?

  • Social media links & website if any.*

NOTE: If you’re a new writer and don’t have much to tell, don’t worry!  We all have to start somewhere.

*We do our research.  If we find you have a blog, site, or profile that is particularly offensive, (eg hate speech,), WE WILL NOT PUBLISH YOU. You can be as controversial as you like, but there’s a line, and we all know where it is.  The Submissions Spook will put you on the “Naughty” list, and once you’re on it, you will not be considered again.

Writers.  We have no set themes, though we do have set genres.  They are fantasy,  science fiction, and Macabre.  Mix and match at your own peril.  Anything that doesn’t really fit any of the first three, may be labelled either Spec Slush, and scrapped, or Wonderfulliy Wierd, our fourth genre, which is really just a meaningless superlative.

Also, all writers are reminded Rufo’s Dog is meant to be a fun read, even the spooky stuff.  Dark, depressing material will probably earn you a depressing response.  Dystopia might be hotter than sparkly vampires right now, but it’s not really that fun.

Send your submission attached to your email to The Submissions Spook at [email protected] with your bio and other deets mentioned above in the email.  MAKE SURE TO MENTION THE GENRE OF YOUR SUBMISSION.  If he likes what he sees, he’ll pass it on to The Editor Aliens and they will contact you.

Artists.  Check the Submissions Windows section below for the theme we want for our cover.  It will be either, fantasy, Macabre. Wonderfulliy Wierd, or science fiction.  We will accept artwork outside the themes required for the coming cover issue, however these will only make it into the middle pages.

Portait orientation works best for us.

Send your submission as a jpeg (max 1 meg) attached to your email to The Submissions Spook at [email protected] with your bio and other deets mentioned above in the email.  If he likes what he sees, he’ll ask for a high res copy.

Submissions received outside the windows stated below might be scrapped without examination.

The Submissions Spook has a soft spot for young emerging writers.  If you’re under 18 (we’ll require a jpeg of some form of photo id to prove that,), and we select your piece for submission, he’ll have Scraps interview you.  The interview will appear in the following issue, and also on Scraps’ blog.

Sumbmissions Windows

Now till October 31, 2019 for January 2020 issue.  Cover Theme: fantasy

January 1 – 31, 2020 for April 2020 issue.  Cover Theme: Macabre

April 1 – 30, 2020 for July 2020 issue.  Cover Theme: science fiction

July 1 – 31, 2020 for October 2020 issue.  Cover Theme: Wonderfully Weird

October 1 – 31, 2020 for January 2021 Issue.  Cover Theme: Fantasy

January 1 – 31, 2021 for April 2021 Issue.  Cover Theme: Macabre

Artists and Writers are encouraged to take a look at our sample contract which can be found on our Legal Stuff page.

Via: Rufo’s Dog.

Taking Submissions: Enchanted Conversation Winter 2019 Issue

Deadline: November 20th, 2019
Payment: $10

Submissions now OPEN
for STORIES and COMICS
for the DECEMBER Issue
UNTIL November 20th
THEME – Winter

Enchanted Conversation is looking for fairy tales, folktales, or myths for the December issue using the season of WINTER somehow in the narrative. Check out last year’s issue HERE.

Work can either be re-tellings of established stories or use original characters as long as they are set within the fairy tale, folktale, or mythic templates.

Be bold, traditional, lyrical, or experimental in your storytelling, and enchant us with your original stories set in a variety of locations around the world and time periods from ancient to modern.

 

WE’RE LOOKING FOR

 

  • STORIES between 700-2000 words with our sweet spot being around 1,200 words.
  • PAYMENT FOR STORIES: $10.00 U.S. dollars only
  • The upper limit 2,000 word count is FIRM. Stories over 2,000 words will not be considered.
  • PAYMENT WILL BE MADE THROUGH PAYPAL ONLY.
  • At the time of contract, authors will have the option of donating the token payment back to the magazine to help keep us running.
  • Absolutely none of the following: Sci-fi, dystopian, erotica, excessive horror or gore, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic or space travel.
  • Also, DO NOT submit a story where the 1st person narrator dies at the end. That idea just doesn’t work for us. If your character must die, please make it a 3rd person account.
  • We’re accepting only previously unpublished work.
  • Only one work per writer per submission period.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • SEQUENTIAL ART/COMICS: 1 to 5 pages in length.
  • THEME: WINTER
  • Dimensions of comic: 6.62″ x 10.125″
  • READ A PAST ISSUE HERE
  • PAYMENT FLAT RATE $10.00 USD through PayPal only.
  • We are accepting only previously unpublished work.
  • Black and white OR color comics are accepted.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • At the time of contract, artists will have the option of donating the token payment back to the magazine to help keep EC running.
  • Insert images in the email in low-res jpeg format. 1-5 pages.
  • You will get a confirmation email that your work has been received.
  • ARTISTS who were published in previous issues can submit to this issue.

 

BEFORE SUBMITTING READ THE TERMS BELOW

  • Enchanted Conversation is buying first electronic rights with the possibility of using the work in a future print compilation. Authors will be informed if their work is chosen, and authors will always retain the right to decline being in the print compilation if they so choose.
  • Authors also grant EC the nonexclusive right to archive their story on our website in perpetuity or until such time as we choose to remove it.
  • EC reserves the right to edit accepted stories for clarity. In other words, EC will correct simple misspellings, typos, and occasionally break up a run-on sentence. If the issue is a matter of style or opinion, EC will contact you to discuss changes for your approval before it goes live.
  • Once the story is published on the site, authors are free to shop it elsewhere.
  • Copyright will always remain with the author.
  • You are agreeing to these terms when you submit a story.

HOW TO SUBMIT

  • Email all submissions to [email protected]
  • Subject line of the email should be: DECEMBER ISSUE 2019 – your last name – title of your work. Example: DECEMBER ISSUE 2019 – Jones – “Story Title”
  • A brief cover letter with the approximate word count of the story.
  • Also provide a short (100 word max) author’s bio in third person and up to three links to the website or social media accounts that you would like to promote professionally if your story is chosen. These links are used to promote you as a writer via our website. We do not check out the accounts as part of the decision making process for the issue.
  • Do not summarize your story in the cover letter.
  • A PAYPAL ADDRESS must be included in the email. Without one, work will not be considered.
  • Paste all submissions into the body of your email. ATTACHMENTS WILL NOT BE OPENED. We’re not kidding. Your email will be DELETED, UNREAD, if there is an attachment.
  • Formatting for all stories: Single spacing. No indents on paragraphs. Double space between paragraphs. Use Arial as the font. Try to use American English word forms and punctuation.
  • You will get a confirmation email that your work has been received.
  • No editorial feedback will be given on submissions.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

  • Due to the extremely high volume of submissions, and our limited resources, non-acceptance emails will not be sent out.
  • The names of the authors whose works are chosen will be posted on the Enchanted Conversation website on NOVEMBER 28, 2019 for the December Issue.

Via: Enchanted Conversation.

Taking Submissions: Broadswords And Blasters

Deadline: October 31st, 2019
Payment: $15

BROADSWORDS AND BLASTERS is looking for quality submissions in the pulp magazine tradition. What does that mean? We want your tales of:

  • sword and sorcery;
  • westerns (Weird or otherwise);
  • horror (Cosmic, Southern Gothic, visceral, and psychological);
  • detective tales;
  • two-fisted action;
  • retro science fiction.
  1. Tales should feature strong characters and visceral action. No navel-gazing.
    • Despite having great action, detailed settings, and iconic characters, much of old-school pulp is unfortunately emblematic of limited cultural ideals that we have no interest in propagating. As such, we encourage diverse characters and welcome stories that subvert the standard pulp formula.
  2. We prefer clear descriptions. While we appreciate poetic prose, the reader has to be able to understand what is happening.
  3. For rating guidelines (language, descriptions) we are looking at a hard R-rating as the maximum we will publish. That is to say, we don’t shy away from cursing, gore, or sex, but such content needs to serve the story, not be there for the sake of being there.
  4. Word count: Submissions must be 2,000 to 5,000 words. Anything outside these limits will be rejected.
  5. Please submit stories in either .rtf, .doc, or .docx. Use standard submission format. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html.
  6. We do not accept reprints.
  7. We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit only one story at a time.
  8. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please tell us in the body of the email that you are submitting to more than one publication. If the story is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible.

Payment and terms

  1. We pay a flat $15.00 per story upon publication. All payments will be made through PayPal.
  2. All published contributors will receive a comp electronic copy.
  3. We claim first exclusive rights for print and digital, with the exclusive period lasting for 30 days after date of first publication.
  4. We claim nonexclusive rights after that time to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, and sell stories, in electronic or physical form, as part of the magazine. (This is to keep the listings up at Amazon and other stores who sell the issues.)

How to Submit

  1. Email your submission to [email protected]
  2. Use the subject line Submission: (the title of your story)
  3. Include a short cover letter in the body of your email. Mention the title of your story and a brief elevator-pitch story summary. The cover letter should also include a short author biography (100 words or less). Don’t forget to mention any social media accounts (Facebook, twitter, etc) you would like to have included with your bio.
  4. Our goal is to reply within 2 – 4 weeks of the submission window closing. If you haven’t heard from us after 30 days of the window closing, please send a query to [email protected]. Please include the title of the story you are querying about.

Via: Broadswords and Blasters.

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