Taking Submissions: Apex Magazine Special Zodiac Themed Issue

Deadline: May 1st, 2018
Payment: Original fiction $.06/word; Solicited Reprint fiction: $.01/word; Podcast $.01/word

This summer, award-winning author and editor Sheree Renée Thomas (“Aunt Dissy’s Policy Dream Book,” Apex Magazine, Volume 95 April 2017 and Volume 101 October 2017, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, Shotgun Lullabies, and the Dark Matter anthologies) will guest edit a special Zodiac-themed issue. Sheree seeks short stories that explore the heavenly cosmos and unveil mysteries, tales that reimagine Zodiacal archetypes and/or throw them on their heads.

As the stars align themselves above, write bold, fun, weird, scary, sensual stories that heal, frighten, intrigue, amuse.

Length: 1500-5000 words

Genres: Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, etc.

DeadlineMay 1, 2018

Email submissions to[email protected]

Payment:  Original fiction $.06/word; Solicited Reprint fiction: $.01/word; Podcast $.01/word

(SFWA-certified professional market)

No simultaneous submissions. No multi-submissions for short fiction.

Publication: August 2018, www.apex-magazine.com

Taking Submissions: Sword & Sonnet

Deadline: March 1st, 2018
Payment: 6 cents per word

Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character.

Word Count: Up to 5000 words
Payment: US 6c per word
Originals only.  No reprints.
No multiple submissions.  No simultaneous submissions.
Standard Manuscript Format. Doc, Docx or RTF.

The Sword & Sonnet Kickstarter successfully funded and a wonderful group of writers — Alex Acks, C. S. E. Cooney, Malon Edwards, Spencer Ellsworth, Samantha Henderson, S. L. Huang, Cassandra Khaw, Margo Lanagan, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Tony Pi, A. Merc Rustad and A. C. Wise — have agreed to write for us. We’ll be holding an open submission period in February 2018 and actively encourage writers from all backgrounds to send us their stories.

  • What kind of stories are you looking for?

Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character. Although we envision the bulk of the stories will be fantasy, we’re also open to science fiction or horror. We’re looking for lyrical Shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk. Stories could feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings. Although they don’t feature battle poets (and we’re not looking for carbon copies) here are some stories which give some examples of some of the flavors we’re looking for:

  • What do you mean by battle poet?

A poet who fights. We’re flexible on the definition.

  • Does my story have to have lines of actual poetry in it?

No. We’re looking for stories, not poems.

  • Can I submit a poem?

No. Your story can have some lines of poetry in it, but it doesn’t have to. We want stories, not poems.

  • Are you accepting reprints?

No. Original stories only. (Or a translation where the story hasn’t been published in English before).

  • What rights are you buying?

First worldwide print and electronic rights in English, with an exclusivity period of 6 months. The right to keep the story in print in the anthology. This is what our contract template looks like.

  • What are you paying?

US 6c a word + contributor copy. Payment via PayPal or TransferWise.

  • What length of story are you looking for?

Up to 5000 words. Between 2000-5000 is ideal. Flash fiction will be a harder sell.

  • Manuscript Format

Something approaching standard manuscript format please. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html Doc, docx or rtf. (No PDF).

  • Multiple Submissions

Please only submit one story at a time. If you get a response back before the submission window closes, you’re welcome to submit another story.

  • Simultaneous Submissions

Please don’t. (Don’t send the story to another market at the same time you send it to us).

  • Response Time

You’ll have a response (perhaps a hold notice) before the end of March.

  • Do you actually have any space left in your anthology for open submissions?

Yes. We have a wonderful group of writers who have agreed to write us stories, but we wanted to leave room for the open submission period too! We don’t know exactly how many stories (that will depend on the word count), but we’ll be looking to take around 8-10 stories from the open submission period.

  • When is the anthology being published?

The second half of 2018.

  • If the story is rejected, can I still submit it to Shimmer or PodCastle?

Yes (assuming it meets Shimmer and PodCastle’s guidelines).

  • Who are you people?

Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and computer programmer. His short stories have been published in places such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fantasy, Nature and Fireside. He has been shortlisted for Australia’s Aurealis and Ditmar Awards and is an Associate Editor at PodCastle.

Rachael K. Jones is the former editor of PodCastle and critically-acclaimed author of dozens of short stories. She is a World Fantasy nominee, a Tiptree Award honoree and a winner of Writers of the Future.

E. Catherine Tobler is the senior editor at Shimmer Magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and on the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award ballot.

Via: Sword & Sonnet.

Taking Submissions: War on Christmas

Deadline: March 4th, 2018
Payment: 8 cents per word CA, 1 cent per word for reprints
Note: Reprints allowed

If it isn’t perfectly clear by now, we are looking for Ho ho, oh hell, is it that time of year again? Already? When the muzak starts cranking out lousy Casio versions of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” non-stop? When the flavour du jour switches from pumpkin spice to eggnog every goddamn thing? When everything gets all twinkly and glittery and your eyes just want to roll out of your skull from the sparkle overload?

Worse: how about when every other person you come across wants to infect

We’re looking for deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humourous, but that covers a lot of ground. But basically, if it would piss off Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly or that stuffy old grandma that always gave you hideous socks for Christmas, we’re in. One cautionary note: it’s likely there will be a lot of Santa stories submitted. We’d urge you think more widely, especially outside the white, Judeo-Christian canon. There’s really plenty to hate about Christmas, so it shouldn’t be that hard.

Some guiding stars, if you like:

  • The Ice Harvest
  • Robert Devereaux’s Santa novels
  • Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” (not the wussed-out version they did on the Twilight Zone, neither!)
  • Donald E. Westlake’s “Nackles”
  • Neil Gaiman’s “Nicholas Was . . .”
  • Joe Hill’s NO54A2
  • Damon Runyon’s “Dancing Dan’s Christmas”
  • Don Bassingthwaite’s Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight


  • Submission window: Monday, January 15, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • Open to submissions by authors of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.
  • Please do not submit by email. We will accept digital submissions only via the Moksha submissions system at https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/war-on-christmas.
  • Length:
    • Fiction: 500–5,000 words. This isn’t super-firm (we won’t impale you with a candy cane for 5,100 words, even if you ask us to) but do try to keep it in the ballpark.
    • Poetry: No more than 2 pages (8.5 x 11) in length. (Maximum word count set arbitrarily to 2,000 words as our system won’t allow max lines or pages.) No need to double-space.
  • Preference will be given to stories previously unpublished in English, however, we will consider previously published material.
  • Stories published in languages other than English, but MUST come accompanied by a good English translation.
  • Multiple submissions welcome; up to two stories maximum per author, sent under separate cover.
  • NOTE ON PSEUDONYMS: we will only publish one story per author, even if you write under several names; please use your real name on all correspondence and indicate your pseudonym in the cover letter and on the byline of the story itself.
  • We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please (we promise to respond promptly).
  • Final responses no later than 30 days after the deadline.
  • Payment is 8 cents per word in Canadian funds (SFWA qualifying after exchange to US funds) for original submissions, 1 cent per word in Canadian funds for reprints.
  • Rights: First World Rights, including audio and translation rights. (NOTE: CZP has a foreign rights agent who will be presenting the anthology in foreign markets.)
  • File formats accepted: .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
  • Formatting: Standard Manuscript format: double-spaced, 1-inch margins, etc. Times New Roman 12 point or other readable serifed font (NOT Courier); indented paragraphs; italics in italics (not underlined); Canadian or U.S. spelling; use # (or other unambiguous symbol) to indicate scene breaks; no outlandish formatting, please; full contact info (name, street address, email, phone number) and word count on the first page.
  • Please include a cover letter with a brief author bio, title of story, and full contact info, including street address.
  • Please do not summarize or describe the story in the cover letter.
  • To be published by ChiZine Publications in late 2018. Yup, this one’s going right to press!

Via: ChiZine Publications.

Ongoing Submissions: Craft Literary

Payment: $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for original short fiction

Time for some great stories.

CRAFT is an online publication celebrating both emerging and established writers. Our focus is on the craft of writing and how those elements make a good story great. We are interested in strong fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. We feature new and republished fiction; critical pieces on craft; craft exercises; interviews on craft with established writers; book reviews and summaries; and much more.

STORIES by Michael McGriff, Clare Beams, Melissa Yancy, Megan Cummins are forthcoming.


CRAFT Fiction Guidelines

Our CRAFT Fiction categories are open year-round to any emerging or established author. We accept submissions from international writers. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately and withdraw your work if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay our authors a flat rate of $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for original short fiction. We do not charge submission fees, but are highly selective in what we choose to publish.

We will also consider previously published fiction, as long as the writer retains the rights or second-publication rights can be obtained. We do not pay for reprints.

Each published story will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author. To read previously published stories, please see our CRAFT Fiction page.

If you have any questions about submissions or would like to query a current submission, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

CRAFT Fiction Submission Categories:

Flash Fiction, for work under 1,000 words

Short Fiction, for work under 7,000 words

We are planning to provide opportunities for Novellas and Novel Chapters. Keep checking back to see the latest!

To submit a story or learn more about our guidelines, click the submit button.

Want to Write For CRAFT?

We accept high quality book reviews, interviews, and critical pieces on craft to publish on our site. For a look at the type of content we publish, please visit our CRAFT drop-down menu.  Submissions and more information on each category can be found at Submittable.

Our book reviews focus on authors with forthcoming titles, and we like to review titles from writers who are explicitly exploring craft in their work. Reviews are typically between 700 – 1000 words.

For interviews, we are interested in conversations with writers focusing on the craft of writing.

Critical pieces on craft can range from 500 to 1000 words and should consist of a careful examination of an element of craft.

Submission questions, concerns, and inquiries can be sent to a staff member at: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

Author’s Rights

CRAFT holds first publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following CRAFT’s first publication. For reprints we ask for acknowledgement of its publication in CRAFT first.

Via: Craft Literary.

Taking Submissions: Gorgon: Stories of Emergence

Deadline: March 31st, 2018
Payment: 6c/word for original fiction; 3c/word for reprints.

By Pantheon Magazine, edited by Sarah Read


Submissions open Jan 1, 2018. Publication in summer of 2018.

What we want: Weird, dark fiction; slipstream; magical realism; horror. Fiction with a touch of mythic quality. We want themes based around transformations—things that are shapeshifting, things that are emerging. Make Ovid’s Metamorphoses contemporary and weird and scary. We want a wide scope of voices, cultures, and perspectives.

We don’t want: A lot of assaulted women turning into trees, pretty people turning into flowers, things written in Ovid’s voice. Lots of folks in togas. We don’t want splatter or pulp, though some body horror is fine and comes naturally with this theme.



This is a flash fiction anthology. We’re looking for stories that hover around the 1k-word mark, with 2k being the maximum allowed for consideration. Standard manuscript format.

6c/word for original fiction; 3c/word for reprints.

Please give us 30 days of exclusive submission. If you haven’t heard from us by then, feel free to submit simultaneously elsewhere—just be sure to withdraw your piece from us immediately if it is accepted by another publication.

Please put your title, byline, and word count in your cover letter, as well as a brief note about how your story fits the theme.

Submissions are processed through Submittable. Please let us know if Submittable is inaccessible to you and we will be happy to make other submission arrangements.

We want print/digital rights exclusive for six months after publication, then all rights revert to contributors.

Please email us at [email protected] if you have further questions or concerns.

Via: Pantheon Magazine.

Taking Submissions: The Internet is Where the Robots Live Now Anthology

Dealine: April 1st, 2018
Payment: 6 cents per word

Open for Submissions: Jan 1 – Apr 1 2018
Expected Publication: Late 2018
Story Length: 1500 – 5000 words
Payment: .06 / word ( SFWA professional rates )

We’re looking for works of short speculative fiction that consider the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of fantasy and science fiction.

Please, no YA dystopian, robots will destroy the world, high fantasy tropes. Take a more original and nuanced view on the subject.

No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.

Submission Method: Send a brief cover letter in the body of an email with the story name, approximate word count, and author contact info. Attach your piece to the email in Rich Text ( .rtf ) format. Send all submissions to paperdogbooks [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com .

We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days. If you have not heard a response from us in that time please send a query.

Via: Paper Dog Books.

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