Taking Submissions: Rigor Morbid 2

Deadline: June 6th, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: A collection of horror tales for Halloween.

Rigor Morbid 2

A collection of horror tales for Halloween.

Editor: Sandra Ruttan

Submission Information

Note: We will not process or respond to submissions sent to the wrong email address. Only submissions sent to [email protected] will be processed.

Note: Each story should be submitted in its own email. Do not send a submission as a response to a rejection or email query. Do not send multiple stories in the same email.

Pro Tip: Read Rigor Morbid: Lest Ye Become to get a sense of what the editor is looking for in stories. The tone is appropriate for Disturbia and Rigor Morbid 2.

We welcome submissions from diverse authors. We encourage individuals to opt to include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo that can be used with the publication when submitting. 

*Diverse can refer to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or those that are specially abled

Payment

$0.08 U.S. per word

We will not publish stories that are donated — all writers must be prepared to receive payment through one of our approved payment methods. All payments to U.S. writers will be made by check. All payments to international writers will be made by Paypal to a verified Paypal address that is in the writer’s name.

Guidelines

  • Stories should be 3000 words or less
  • Stories should be attached as a .doc or .docx file
  • Text in stories should be in black ink
  • No underlined text in stories
  • Use a standard font (Times New Roman or Courier)
  • stories should be sent to the proper email address
  • submissions should be addressed to Sandra Ruttan
  • submissions should have the requested information in the subject line
  • submissions do not need to be accompanied by an email. An author bio is preferred.

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Taking Submissions: Disturbia

Deadline: April 4, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Take a hard left turn from normal. Bring us your unsettling stories. If a common activity leads to violations of the laws of man or nature, your story may be perfect for this collection. Ideal genres: horror, crime

Disturbia

Take a hard left turn from normal. Bring us your unsettling stories. If a common activity leads to violations of the laws of man or nature, your story may be perfect for this collection. Ideal genres: horror, crime

Editor: Sandra Ruttan

Submission Information

Note: We will not process or respond to submissions sent to the wrong email address. Only submissions sent to [email protected] will be processed.

Note: Each story should be submitted in its own email. Do not send a submission as a response to a rejection or email query. Do not send multiple stories in the same email.

Pro Tip: Read Rigor Morbid: Lest Ye Become to get a sense of what the editor is looking for in stories. The tone is appropriate for Disturbia and Rigor Morbid 2.

We welcome submissions from diverse authors. We encourage individuals to opt to include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo that can be used with the publication when submitting. 

*Diverse can refer to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or those that are specially abled

Payment

$0.08 U.S. per word

We will not publish stories that are donated — all writers must be prepared to receive payment through one of our approved payment methods. All payments to U.S. writers will be made by check. All payments to international writers will be made by Paypal to a verified Paypal address that is in the writer’s name.

Guidelines

  • Stories should be 3000 words or less
  • Stories should be attached as a .doc or .docx file
  • Text in stories should be in black ink
  • No underlined text in stories
  • Use a standard font (Times New Roman or Courier)
  • stories should be sent to the proper email address
  • submissions should be addressed to Sandra Ruttan
  • submissions should have the requested information in the subject line
  • submissions do not need to be accompanied by an email. An author bio is preferred.

Email

Send submissions to Sandra Ruttan [email protected]

Your Email Should:

  • Have a subject line that indicates the name of the submission call, the name of the story, the author’s name, the word count of the story and the genre of the story
    • Example: Disturbia – ‘This is My Story’s Title’ – by Author Name – 2725 words – horror
  • Be addressed to the editor, Sandra Ruttan
  • Include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo*
  • Your bio can indicate if this is an #ownvoices story — we welcome #ownvoices submissions

Deadlines – Disturbia

Submissions will close on April 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern or when 175 submissions are received. In the event that we are approaching our submission limit for this call we will post a two-week warning with a revised deadline here. We will also update people through our newsletter.

Auto Reply

  • We use an auto reply to confirm we have received submissions
  • You should receive an auto reply that will remind you of the submission guidelines  to ensure that your submission will be processed
  • We will not process submissions that produce a ‘failure to deliver’ message when we send the auto reply (Why? It can indicate the email account is not working. We have sent more than a dozen direct emails about submissions in the past three months that have failed delivery. They continued to fail delivery after repeated attempts. The time spent processing those submissions and attempting correspondence impedes our ability to spend time on serious submissions we could potentially publish.)
  • If you notice you missed something, resend the entire submission and note in your email that you are replacing a prior submission because some material requested was not included. Please do not send separate emails with pieces of a submission.

Review Process

  • We normally review submissions in the order received, with the exception of material lacking the word count or not conforming to the submission guidelines
  • Suspected troll submissions may be eliminated before submission review begins
  • Submissions that do not state the word count will not be prioritized for review
  • Submissions with significant formatting issues that do not follow our guidelines will also not be prioritized for review
  • Stories that are not prioritized will only be reviewed if space is still available when all other submissions have been reviewed

Submissions That Will Not Be Processed

  • Stories that exceed the word count limit
  • Submissions of PDF, RTF or other document formats, or that include the story in the body of the email
  • Submissions sent via DM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform
  • Submissions addressed to persons other than Sandra Ruttan
  • Stories with colored text

Multiple Submissions

Are not permitted for this open call

Simultaneous Submissions

Are permitted. Please withdraw your story ASAP if it is accepted elsewhere.

Reprints

Are not permitted for this open call at this time except by invitation

Resubmission Policy

Stories that have been rejected cannot be submitted to the same open call. They may be submitted to a different open call with a different editorial team.

Contracts

No content is guaranteed publication until an agreement is signed by both parties.

Failure to return the signed contract in a timely manner can result in a delay in publication or cancellation of publication

If edits aren’t completed within one week from the time issued it may result in a delay in publication or cancellation of publication

Forbidden Content

 

  • Absolutely no adults having sex with minors, or anyone having sex with animals. 

 

  • We will not publish works that appear to promote hate towards people based on their religion, race, gender or orientation. While we may publish a story about racism, or that has sexism or bigotry as a component, there’s a line between writing about something and endorsing it. When necessary, we will hire a sensitivity editor to review content.
  • To clarify, a story touching on racism may require a racist character that makes a racist statement. These should be used sparingly, and carefully. When the narrative is peppered with racist insults the story has gone beyond establishing that a character is racist and may read as a presentation of the author’s views. Anyone who is not prepared to work with a sensitivity reader or have this content addressed in edits should not submit to us.
  • “While we will consider stories that deal with sexual abuse, the acts should be alluded to but not detailed. We are not interested in publishing stories that would appeal to pedophiles or abusers.” – Sandra Ruttan

Policy

We will work with sensitivity readers if we feel their insight is required for a story we’re considering. If you are a writer who is not willing to complete edits and work with a sensitivity reader, if required, do not submit to us.

Disclaimer

This information is for forthcoming submission calls for three anthologies. There is no guarantee of publication. The editor reserves the right to select the stories they wish to publish. The editor will not send editorial notes and detailed explanations about the stories not selected. That is a service an editor-for-hire or a beta reader provides. When you are submitting to a publication call you are, in a manner of speaking, auditioning for a job. You either get it, or you don’t. The editor’s decision is final. We will not debate or discuss our decisions with you. We routinely post tips and writing insights at Bronzeville Bee to help writers refine their work or determine if our publications are a good fit for them. We publish fiction at Bronzeville Bee. We have published Rigor Morbid: Lest Ye Become. A good way to determine what we publish is to read what we have published.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Correspondence should be directed to the email address provided here. Do not submit stories via Facebook or other social media DM channels. Do not send a message request to an editor’s personal social media account to argue about a submission. This is harassment. The editor reserves the right to ban you from consideration for future projects if you harass them.

Via: Bronzeville Books.

Taking Submissions: Historic Fantasy

Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Stories that offer a riveting reimagining of a historic time period imbued with fantasy and magic.

What we want

Five original, previously unpublished, literary fantasy short stories between 1000 to 5000 words for our Historic Fantasy Anthology. We are seeking stories that offer a riveting reimagining of a historic time period imbued with fantasy and magic. As always, we prefer stories with a literary quality built upon strong characters, spellbinding language, and believable world-building.

If your work is accepted, we will ask you to send us an author’s note (around few hundred words) related to the story that we can include in the anthology.

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Deadline

We will be accepting submissions until April 30, 2020, or whenever the anthology is filled. The anthology will be published within ninety (90) thereafter.

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Response Time, Simultaneous, & Multiple Submissions

We will do our best to respond to your submission within one month. Please feel free to check-in with us if you have not heard back after four weeks.

We allow simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere

We do not accept multiple submissions. You are welcome to submit again as soon once we have responded to a previous submission.

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Editing, Rights, & Payment

If we accept your work, we may request minor line-edits for grammar, punctuation and clarity. You will have the opportunity to review and discuss all edits with us before the final version of your work is published.

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We ask for First World Serial Rights, First World Electronic Rights and Exclusive Rights for ninety (90) days from the date of first publication. We also ask for Non-exclusive Anthology Rights. Lastly, we ask for Non-exclusive Audio Rights to publish an audio podcast of the work if we so choose. Stories will be published on both our website and as part of the anthology.

The author retains copyright and ownership of the work. All rights revert back to the author after ninety (90) days.

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We pay $0.08 per word. Payment will be made through PayPal (preferred) or mailed by check, upon publication. We will also send you a digital copy of the final anthology.

All published works will be credited with a byline, and contributors will be featured on our Contributors Page.

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Formatting and Submitting

All fiction manuscripts should be in standard manuscript formatMost important: double-spaced, 12 pt standard font (e.g. Times, Arial, Courier), and page numbers.

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Please email all submissions to [email protected] and include in the subject field the word “Anthology,” the name of the piece, and approximate word count. Example: Anthology – “The Loyal Samurai” (6000). Please include your work as a separate attachment (.DOC, .DOCX., .RTF) to the email.

There is no submission fee to submit to our Historic Fantasy Anthology!

We look forward to receiving your work!

Via: 87 Bedford.

Taking Submissions: Gotta Wear Eclipse Glasses

Deadline: March 15th, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Positive futures, SF, urban fantasy.

Gotta Wear Eclipse Glasses – Positive futures, SF, urban fantasy.

The future we all want. Examples might include effects of technology on the young (online learning, socialization), climate mitigation and adaptation, new opportunities to boldly go where none have gone before

The untented Kosmos my abode, I pass, a willful stranger
My mistress the open road
And the bright eyes of danger
 (Robert Louis Stevenson, Youth and Love)

Reading period: February 15 – March 15, 2020
Writer deadline: March 15, 2020
Publication date: June 1, 2020

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, Iain Banks, Alastair Gray, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

For each anthology, we will also accept  a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

See the “Submissions” tab for preferred formats, etc.

If you’re interested in having your work read and getting paid a little something for it, then submit your story to us!

Via: Third Flat Iron Press.

Taking Submissions: Reckoning 5

Deadline: September 22nd, 2020
Payment: eight cents a word for prose, thirty dollars a page for poetry
Theme: Creative writing about environmental justice

We’re currently reading for Reckoning 5! Please refer to the specific calls from poetry editor Leah Bobet and fiction/nonfiction editor Cécile Cristofari!

To understand what we’re looking for, try reading Reckoning 3Reckoning 2Reckoning 1the interviewsthe Reckoning twitter, or LCRW 33.

The short version: creative writing about environmental justice. Fiction preferably at least a tiny bit speculative, nonfiction preferably more creative than journalistic, poetry tending towards the narrative and preferably with some thematic heft, art leaning away from the pulpy heavily towards the political. But the heart of what we want is your searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.
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Ongoing Submissions: The New Modality

Payment: 15¢ per word or $100

Theme: Science fiction, speculative fiction, magical realism, and fables.

If you’re interested in writing for The New Modality (or otherwise working with us), here’s the form for that! If you need ideas, you can find examples of stories we’re seeking in this document.

As part of our commitment to transparency, we have posted our rates publicly below, with explanations about how we settled on those rates, and suggestions for how to negotiate with us if desired.

We’ve put a lot of effort into making our standard contracts fair for contributors (for example, our contracts are never work-for-hire). Additionally, we plan to create a list of public commitments that we hold between The New Modality and contributors. To develop this list of commitments, we are working with the Freelance Solidarity Project at the National Writers Union. If you’re interested in learning more about that collaboration, drop us a line over Twitter and we’ll let you know where it’s at.

If you are interested in contributing something other than writing, please let us know (again, here’s the form! yay!). This page only covers our writing rates right now, but we’re working on that!

Putting Contributors In The Strongest Possible Negotiating Position

This page was mainly written by Lydia, the editor in chief of The New Modality, and I Have Feelings about artistic economies.

As a writer and editor, I’ve done time in the trenches working for free (both as an unpaid intern, and as a contributor); working for cheap (my first paid freelance writing gig, in 2005, earned me 3¢ per word); and negotiating contracts that ranged from reasonable to horrifying (my dad, who’s a lawyer, once described an editing contract I almost signed as “so unfair that you might as well not have a contract at all”).

Because of my experiences, it’s important to me to stand in solidarity with our contributors. Ultimately, my hope is to set up our contributors in the strongest negotiation position that I can. I hope this will be good for everyone involved with NewMo, and also good for the broader media ecosystem.

Rates

  • For Issue 1 of The New Modality, our projected budget for writers is $6,000. We’ll update this page once we know how much we spent.
  • In our pitch form, we ask contributors to specify whether they would like to be considered for our “honorarium rate,” or for our “professional rate” (unless they are pitching an unpaid section). If a writer does not specify their preferred rate when they send us a pitch, then we’ll guess which rate to offer based on what we know about their background.
  • The Honorarium Rate:
    Many of our contributors who earn significant income from non-writing skills (e.g. people with full-time jobs in academia or industry) donate their work. This is also normal for non-professional contributors, and for people who are very new to the industry (e.g. people who have never, or rarely, worked with editors at publications).

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      • A contributor who does not ask for money will still be offered an honorarium of $100. Most choose to donate this honorarium back to us, but that’s not required.
      • To put this in perspective: if you are entitled to an honorarium, and $100 seems like a trivial amount of money to you, then we’d be grateful if you could donate it back to us, because it’s not trivial to us. 🙂
  • The Professional Rate:
    When we negotiate a professional reported non-fiction piece (e.g., by a journalist who will do research and talk to sources), our standard rate is 50¢ per word.

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      • This rate is relatively high for an independent publication, based on data from Who Pays Writers.
      • Depending on our budget and the pitch/writer in question, we may be able to go above this amount for writers who will only work for a higher rate. If you’re accustomed to a higher rate then we’d love to know how much you are used to getting.
  • For professional science fiction and fantasy writers, our standard rate is 15¢ per word or $100, whichever is higher.

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      • This rate is almost twice the recommended rate from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, even though it’s lower than our rate for reported pieces (the SFF market is different from the journalism market).
      • Again, we may be able to go above that rate for really special pitches from writers with a lot of experience, and you’re always welcome to ask.
  • Due to the realities of our budget, we can afford to accept fewer pieces at the professional rate than we can at the honorarium rate.
  • We do not currently pay for republished stories.
  • Unpaid Sections:

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      • We have some unpaid sections where members of our community talk about fun ideas or highlight interesting projects. These sections include:
        – “Tiny Reviews” (of books, movies, etc.),
        – “My Pet Theory,”
        – “My Favorite Study,”
        – “Super Short Profiles,”
        – “Check Out This Project.”
  • Other Notes about Rates:
    For any story, the rate is set when the piece is commissioned. A contributor who ultimately goes over the word count that we negotiated does not get more money by default, although they can always ask.
  • We will never publicly state how much we paid a specific contributor without their explicit consent, unless required by law.

If you feel that we should raise our rates, we encourage you to to donate or subscribe and/or ask others to do so. 🙂

Other Aspects of the Contributor Relationship

We are currently talking with the Freelance Solidarity Project at the National Writers Union. If you’re interested in learning more about that collaboration, drop us a line over Twitter.

We hope that one result of this collaboration will be a list of commitments that we can hold publicly with the freelance community. Obviously, one of those commitments is rate transparency. We’ll update this page when we know more.

Aside from that, we would like to ensure that our contributors are aware of certain things at the beginning of the relationship:

  • The New Modality fact-checks some of our non-fiction articles. In some cases, this adds extra editing to the process after the final draft is handed in. If you are unavailable for additional editing during the fact-checking process, we may modify the story without your input in order to bring it in line with the facts.
  • We have no wish to surprise contributors by changing the text of their contributions, and we seek to clear such changes with contributors before publishing. In some cases, the realities of the fact-checking or copyediting process will make this impossible, but we’re trying.

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      • Since we are a brand-new operation, there will probably be slips in our process. If you are a contributor and you believe that something about your work was altered without your consent, please feel free contact us and let us know, because that gives us an opportunity to figure out where the process slipped up.
  • Many freelancers are extremely frustrated with the typical long wait times of hearing back from editors. As a freelancer, I understand. And, as the founder of this organization and its only full-time employee, I can honestly tell you that we’re often overwhelmed and can’t guarantee quick responses. You’re always welcome to follow up with us if you feel that we’re taking a long time. However, if you need a guarantee that you’ll always hear back from your editor within a week or two, we cannot currently provide that.

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      • Sidenote: if you’re excited about reducing our email response times, please note that we’re hiring an assistant! If we can hire a really capable assistant then we suspect our email response times will improve, so please help us get the word out. 🙂
  • Simultaneous submissions are totally fine, and so are multiple submissions.
  • We showcase examples of articles and stories we’re looking for in this document. If you’re excited to pitch us, use this form!

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      • Email pitches are welcome, but if you want to maximize your exposure to our team, we recommend the form.
      • For personal essays and fiction stories, we ask that you submit full stories, not pitches. The form can accommodate document uploads, so if you are submitting a personal essay or a fiction story, then you can send it through the form.

Final note: If you’re new to freelancing and trying to learn the ropes, I can’t overstate the importance of coordinating with other professional writers and creatives. Two communities that I’ve found to be both helpful, and accessible to people at all points on their creative journey, are:

  • XOXO — If you can make it to Portland, Oregon, in September, then XOXO Festival is worth attending. The event describes itself as “an experimental festival for independent artists who live and work online.” People who have attended XOXO in the past also have year-round access to online spaces for conversation about culture, the creative process, and how to build an independent creative career.
  • Study Hall — This group calls itself “a media newsletter and online support network for media workers.” Membership is available to anyone who supports Study Hall on Patreon. $4 per month gets you into their email group and $11 gets you access to a Slack group, pitch guides, and various databases. As soon as I joined this group, I was thrilled to see the level of coordination around improving conditions for freelancers.

Both XOXO and Study Hall are shifting creative culture in their own way. If you join either group, I hope you find it useful and supportive.

Feedback and conversation is always welcome about The New Modality’s contributor commitments — find us on Twitter at @NewModality

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