Taking Submissions: The Cockroach Conservatory Volume 2

Deadline: September 15th, 2018.
Payment:6 cents a word or $10 per poem

Pitiful humans!

It is time again to open submissions in celebration of our Lord Commander Patagonia! His second volume of holy texts will be titled: Glory of Man: The Rise and Fall of the Reality Soldier.
As always, the naming conventions of our infallible Lord Commander Patagonia enlightens as much as it obfuscates. Allow me, his perfect instrument of perfect judgement, to give some clarifying points.
As you may know, Lord Commander Patagonia was attracted to your puny planet by way of its music. One such song that struck him so was The Minutemen’s Glory of Man.
Themes we are looking for to further entwine the fate of our two planets, Earthagonia and Black Hole Duffel, are:
Fake News
In anticipation of silly questions and to lessen the chances that my Slap of Judgement be administered unto your face, allow me to be clear.
Fake News should make no mention of whatever current political climate your country is facing now. Absorb the themes of your time into fiction but we are not looking for your long winded diatribes about what you believe this way or that way. We are followers of Lord Commander Patagonia and we have no leader before him. Therefore, we care not for the gripes of your world.
You must not have a character named “Reality Soldier.” The Reality Soldier is aboard our very expensive ship and does not take kindly to misrepresentation of his character.
We appreciate weird. We appreciate humorous. We appreciate absurdity. To get an idea of what we publish, take a look at our first volume available on Amazon here. We realize we are a new market and you may not want to shell out the bucks for the first volume. Fine, heathen. Think Joe Lansdale, Kelly Luce, or Etgar Keret. Think R. Crumb or Junji Ito. Or think none of that. We are going to accept what we like. We do not adhere to a strict set of regulations in terms of genre or literature. To get a feel of how we approach things, listen to the Spacecast here.
1. Stories must be in doc or docx format.
2. Include a short bio in the body of the email.
3. No reprints
4. Maximum word count is 3000.
5. We pay 6 cents a word. Payable upon publication.
6. NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS. We respond quickly in comparison to other markets.
7. Limit multiple submissions to three.
8. Your email subject line should be SUBMISSION: [YOUR NAME] [TITLE]
9. Submissions open on August 1st, 2018. They close on September 15, 2018.
1. We pay a flat rate of $10 per poem
2. Include a short bio in the body of the email
3. No reprints
4. No e.e. cummings formatting.
6. Send up to five poems.
7. Your email subject line should be POETRY: [YOUR NAME]
8. Submissions open on August 1st, 2018. They close on September 15, 2018.
Submissions open on August 1st, 2018. They close on September 15, 2018.
Email all submissions to [email protected]

Via: The Cockroad Conservatory.

Taking Submissions: Resisting Fascism

Deadline: August 15th, 2018
Payment: $0.07 per word and contributor’s copy

Born from a desire to produce high quality, pertinent publications – small collections of relevant excellence – Crossed Genres is trying something new. It’s a pop-up anthology: 7-10 stories plus original cover art, published very quickly. We’re open to fiction submissions NOW; submissions will close in ONE MONTH, on August 15. There will be a short crowdfunding project, and assuming it’s successful, we will publish the micro-anthology shortly before US election day on Tuesday November 6, 2018, less than 4 months from now!

For our first microanthology, we’re looking for science fiction and fantasy stories about Resisting Fascism – a subject already appearing in many writers’ recent works. Whatever that may look like, small scale rebellion or worldwide revolution; set in any time period past, present or future, or even in alternate universes.



Word Count: 250-8000
.doc, .docx or .rtf files only
Standard Manuscript Format preferred
No Courier font
Name, contact information and submission word count on the first page
No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.

Email your submission to [email protected]. Be sure to put “Story Submission” in the subject line.




Pay will be $0.07 per word (possibly more depending on crowdfunded stretch goals). Authors will also receive a gratis print and ebook copy of the anthology.

Crossed Genres takes first worldwide English-language ebook and print rights, exclusively for one (1) year, and non-exclusively for an addition four (4) years. There will be an option to extend the non-exclusive rights for additional compensation.


Please email [email protected] with any questions regarding the anthology or your submission.

Via: Crossed Genres.

Taking Submissions: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, Vol. 6

Deadline: December 15th, 2018
Payment: $0.06/word and 2 contributor’s copies

This anthology offers new, vividly futuristic adventures featuring diverse characters, including humans from all over Earth as well as ET kids from other planets. One of the qualities that makes this yearly anthology such a treat to read is the wide range of futuristic possibilities that planet Earth and its occupants may encounter, realities that will keep readers wondering long after the book is closed. Starred Kirkus Review for the 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide


  • Have a main character that a middle grade reader (ages 8-12) can identify with;
  • Show a diverse set of real characters;
  • Are well written, fun to read, and encourage a love of reading science fiction;
  • Tell of adventure, space, science.  Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters, and we’re pretty happy; Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are all fine;
  • Are between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

To be super clear – we’re looking science fiction, in all its variants. While we love fantasy as well, please don’t submit fantasy stories for this anthology.

We’re especially looking for stories:

  • Of adventure!  We love a good dystopia as much as the next robot, but remember – this is the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide;
  • Where the main character is of a population that has traditionally been under-represented in science fiction, e.g. girls, people of color, differently abled people;
  • Where the main character has agency, exercises it, and isn’t just along for the ride.

We are strong supporters of both the #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices movements.


We’re not interested in:

  • Stories where the female characters primarily exist to be rescued or as a prize for the males;
  • Stories where the primary plot or subplot is romantic in nature;
  • Stories with graphic violence or any form of sexual activity;
  • Stories with any violence towards animals;
  • Stories about the first girl to do X, surprising everyone;
  • Stories that depict any ethnicity or gender as universally bad or stupid.

Please note:  although we’re aware kids have a wide and varied vocabulary, we’d prefer not to have swearing in the stories. If your story has swearing, please rephrase before submitting.

Submission deadline, mechanics and planned schedule:

  • Anthology will be open for submissions from July 15, 2018 – December 15, 2018, with a reading period of January and February 2019.
  • We read blind. Please do not put identifying information on your manuscript. We’ll track it by the form information.
  • While we prefer original stories, if you have something perfect that had a limited run elsewhere, query us and we’ll talk;
  • Acceptance notices will be sent by March 30, 2019;

Rights and Payments:

  • Authors will be provided with a complete Anthology Contract for review and consideration with the notice of accepted submissions. Click here for a sample contract.
  • In keeping with SWFA’s guidelines, we pay $0.06/word on final edited word count for one-year exclusive worldwide English rights and  nonexclusive right to republish, print, or reprint the complete anthology in any language or format after the first year, print and electronic, and two contributor copies. Payment upon final edit.
  • We will provide professional editing, primarily for issues of grammar and spelling.
  • If authors have other questions about rights or payments, please contact us before submission. We want to make sure all concerns are addressed.

More questions?  Check the full description page for last year’s anthology here. Have more questions? Contact us!

Via: Dreaming Robots Press.

Taking Submissions: Futures: A Science Fiction Chapbook Series

Deadline: September 1st, 2018
Payment: $0.06 per word

Radix Media is proud to present the next project in our publishing program: Futures, a series of short stories that will explore critical contemporary issues and their human ramifications in a science fiction setting.

What would climate change look like in the future? What about policing? Labor issues? Immigration? The human cost of technology?

By using science fiction as a means through which to unpack these issues, we hope that the stories will allow for a better understanding of our world and give us more tools in our struggle to make it better.


We are looking for unpublished short stories that could be described as “literary science fiction.” The work should be about more than just rayguns and spaceships. (But there’s nothing wrong with those things!) They should explore the human element of science fiction, ask tough questions, and examine what it would mean to be alive in a future that is yet unwritten. We believe that good science fiction reflects the dreams and nightmares of the present day.

Pieces should adhere to the following guidelines:

Cover Letter

Please submit a cover letter with your submission to [email protected], listing:

  • Your contact information
  • The title, word count, and a summary of the submission
  • If you have been published in any major publications or won any awards
  • Any association or relationship with a worker at Radix Media or a guest editor

Manuscript Guidelines

  • Between 5,000 and 10,000 words
  • Typed, double-spaced pages
  • Numbered pages
  • Attach your submission as a .DOCX file. No .DOC or PDF files. Deadline is September 1, 2018.


Contributors to Futures will be paid at the rate of $0.06 per word. Payment for finished pieces will be issued within 30 days of publication.

If you are a person of color, queer, trans, disabled, or any combination of these, we would especially love to hear from you.

Please submit your story to [email protected] by September 1, 2018.


Radix Media is no ordinary publisher; we print all of our titles ourselves at our commercial print shop in Brooklyn, New York. Our intimate knowledge of the printing process means that we make choices based on what’s right for the project, not what’s cheapest. This ensures that the aesthetic is perfectly aligned with the content. We often combine offset lithography, letterpress printing, and foil stamping in our books, making each copy an object of art that has passed through our fingers at every stage of its life.

The stories featured in the Futures chapbook series will be treated in the exact same manner, and will be wonderful sights to behold as well as to read. Additionally, we will collect the first five stories into a beautiful boxed set volume with the same care and attention given to each individual chapbook.


We are New York City’s only worker-owned, union print shop and publisher. The first title in our publishing program, AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief, was published in April 2018 and received five stars from Foreword Reviews.

Our name comes from the Latin root of the word radical, meaning to get to the root. We stay true to this concept by publishing stories that get to the root of the human experience.

Radix Media publishes stories that reflect our varied experiences. We build a platform for voices that often go unheard, and share work that explores the nuances of life and asks readers to step outside of their own perspective. Because of our commitment to building a more just world, we prioritize the voices of marginalized communities.

Via: Radix Media.

Ongoing Submissions: Hard Universe

Payment: 6 cents a word

Welcome to Hard Universe, where the math is strong, the science both lifts and limits, and the theories are robust.  In the coming pages we will provide science fiction based on plausibility and humanity, on the stand-up potentials of the human spirit faced with the finite yet unbounded qualities of the Universe’s inbuilt rules.
At the onset, Hard Universe will be quarterly.  Each issue will launch from a classic science fiction tale to inspire modern stories in the same vein.  Classic stories will be posted for inspiration to authors and readers during each issue’s submission phase.  We are not looking for sequels, prequels, or “coquels,” but rather stories with similarity in those ineffable qualities of good adventure and an imbibed sense of wonder.  Keep the pedigree, kill the clones.

With your submission, please include a short bio along with a brief explanation as to how your story connects with the issue’s theme story.

We are looking for stories that fall between 2000 and 3500 words, although we will consider stories outside this range if they carry enough sensa wondah.  We will be reading submissions until 30 September 18 at midnight.

Payment for authors will be SFWA profession rates of 6 cents a word.  Payment will be made at the time of publication and be made in cryptocurrency equivalent to 6 cents a word at the time of publication.

At this time we are not looking for reprints.

Email your submissions to [email protected] as DOC or TXT attachments carrying the header [Author Name – Story Title].

We are currently looking for readers.  If you are interested in helping establish the direction of a new venue, please email us at [email protected].

Via: Hard Universe.

Ongoing Submissions: Asimov’s Science Fiction

Payment: 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500.

Payment & Rights

Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is an established market for science fiction stories. Asimov’s pays 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500. We seldom buy stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words, and we don’t serialize novels. We pay $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines. We buy First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights explained in our contract. We do not publish reprints, and we do not accept “simultaneous submissions” (stories sent at the same time to a publication other than Asimov’s). Asimov’s will consider material submitted by any writer, previously published or not. We’ve bought some of our best stories from people who have never sold a story before.

Story Content

In general, we’re looking for “character oriented” stories, those in which the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader’s interest. Serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction will constitute the majority of our purchases, but there’s always room for the humorous as well. SF dominates the fiction published in the magazine, but we also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction. No sword & Sorcery, please. Neither are we interested in explicit sex or violence. A good overview would be to consider that all fiction is written to examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence, but that in science fiction the backdrop you work against is the size of the Universe.

Electronic Submission and Manuscript Format

Asimov’s now uses an Online Submissions System that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We do not accept email submissions. Please see Manual Submission Guidelines for information about paper submissions.

Our online submissions form for fiction asks for your name, email address, cover letter, story title, and story. Cover letter is optional. If you choose to include it, it should contain the length of your story and your publishing history. Story word count can, and should, also be indicated in the upper right corner of the first page of the manuscript. We ask for the same information for poetry. Please fill out a separate form for each poem submitted for consideration. All stories and poems should be in standard manuscript format and can be submitted in .RTF or .DOC format. For information about standard formatting, see William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format. After you have submitted your work, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated email confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this email within twenty-four hours, please notify us by email. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission through our website, so please don’t lose it.

NOTE: Yahoo.com occasionally treats our email as spam, please keep an eye on your spam folder.

Reply Process

Our average response time runs about five weeks. If you have not heard from us in three months, you can query us about the submission at [email protected]. Thanks for your interest in Asimov’s and good luck!

Manual Submission and Manuscript Format

Manuscripts submitted to Asimov’s must be neatly typed, double-spaced on one side of the sheet only, on bond paper (no erasable paper, please). Any manuscript longer than 5 pages should be mailed to us flat. Dot matrix printouts are acceptable only if they are easily readable. Please do NOT send us submissions on disk. When using a word processor, please do not justify the right margin. If sending a printout, separate the sheets first. The manuscript should include the title, your name and address, and the number of words in your story. Enclose a cover letter if you like. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope (if manuscript is over 5 pages, use a 9” x 12” envelope) carrying enough postage to return the manuscript If you wish to save on postage, you may submit a clear copy of your story along with a standard (#10) envelope, also self-addressed and stamped. Mark your manuscript “DISPOSABLE,” and you will receive our reply only. We do not suggest that you have us dispose of your original typescript. If you live overseas or in Canada, use International Reply Coupons for postage, along with a self-addressed envelope.

Via: Asimov’s Science Fiction.

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