Category: Pro

Bad Dream Entertainment Is Open To Novels And Novellas

Payment: Pro Market, Royalties
Theme: Science Fiction Horror

We are now accepting novel and novella-length sci-fi horror manuscripts. If you have something that you think would fit, read the guidelines below and send it in. However, keep in mind that if you don’t actually read and follow the guidelines you’re just wasting time for both yourself and us, so please, please pay attention to what we’re looking for and how we want to get it. It’s not hard at all, we promise.

We are looking for SCI-FI HORROR, that means the story should have elements of both. The science fiction can be hard, near-future, or weird, but the horror elements have to be strong regardless (this is BAD Dream Entertainment, after all, not Mild Dream Entertainment). Generic creature-feature or zombie virus stories will be a VERY hard sell; we are looking for originality and weirder stories, including bizarro, probably stand a better chance. Cosmic horror is welcome, as long as it is not Lovecraft related (and yes, that can actually be a thing) and includes sci-fi elements.

Remember, sci-fi horror, not just sci-fi, and not just horror. Sci-fi horror. If you’re wondering why we’re stressing this so much, you’ve never read a slush pile.

  • Manuscripts should be at least novella-length (24k words), there’s no ceiling on word count, but don’t send something long enough to be a multi-book series. If sending chapters, include at least three.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you let us know to pull your manuscript out of the queue as soon as you place it elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions aren’t allowed; only one at a time.
  • Send your story in standard manuscript form. We’re not sticklers for exact formatting, but have your contact info and word-count on the top corner of the first page, along with author name and title.
  • Manuscripts should be sent as DOCs, RTFs, or ODTs (not PDFs) to: submissions [at] baddreamentertainment [dot] com. You should receive an automated response acknowledging that we got it, if you don’t you can ask to confirm through our regular contact email address. Keep in mind, if you send a PDF it will likely be auto-deleted and we’re not going to take the time to ask you for a different format.
  • Response time are going to start at 2-4 weeks; that may change based on volume and if it does we’ll update that info here.
  • Bad Dream Entertainment is a pro-rate paying market (min $0.06/word). Rights purchased will be world-wide exclusive (rights-reversion optional after a negotiated period) but for English language only. Royalties will be based on gross sales since we operate on a POD distribution model.

Handy tips for submitting to us (or any other publisher)

  • Read and follow the guidelines. It seems simple enough, but any editor or slush reader will tell you that getting most people to do it is like squeezing water from a rock. A very, very dry rock. You probably noticed there are a few repeated bits in our guidelines; the simple fact is that we’re still likely to end up with a quarter of all submissions not even fitting the genre we asked for. Start ahead of the pack in any publisher’s submission window by paying attention to what they’re looking for and following the simplest of rules they give you.
  • Be patient; most submission call-outs for any publisher result in a pretty large slush pile for readers and editors to dig their way through. Sometimes things get lost or fall through the cracks, so if you haven’t heard back within the response time then by all means reach out to us, but not before then. You’re not doing yourself any favors by bugging the editor when your submission is still within the window.
  • Don’t respond to rejections. Really, even it it’s something nice like a ‘thank you for the consideration anyway’, it’s just adding to a likely already full inbox (editors do appreciate the sentiment, just not the time). And if it’s something negative, instead reevaluate whether you should even be trying to participate in the world of publishing, because you likely don’t have a future in it if you’re that kind of person. Fix your life.

Via: Bad Dream Entertainment.

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

Ongoing Submissions: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Payment: 7-12 cents per word

We have no formula for fiction. We are looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. The SF element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories. We receive a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or humor. Do not query for fiction; submit the entire manuscript. We publish fiction up to 25,000 words in length. Please read the magazine before submitting. A sample copy (print edition) is available for $7.00 in the US and $17.50 elsewhere (to NJ address below).

   We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Please prepare your submission according to standard guidelines, which you can find here: www.sfwa.org/2008/11/manuscript-preparation/ . If you’re mailing your manuscript, put your name on each page, and enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Writers are encouraged to submit their work electronically.

  We prefer not to see more than one submission from a writer at a time.

  Allow 8 weeks for a response.

  Payment is 7-12 cents per word on acceptance. We buy first North American and foreign serial rights and an option on anthology rights. All other rights are retained by the author.

  Our columns and non-fiction articles are assigned in-house. We do not accept freelance submissions in those areas.

  Since we use so little art—just six covers a year, no interiors—we have no separate artist’s guidelines. Please send art samples to Gordon Van Gelder at the address below.

   Send cartoon queries as well as orders for sample copies to Gordon Van Gelder, Fantasy & Science Fiction, P.O. Box 3447, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

   Send story submissions to C.C. Finlay – Editor, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, P.O. Box 8420, Surprise, AZ 85374. You can submit stories to him online at ccfinlay.moksha.io/publication/fsf.

Via: Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Ongoing Submissions: The Master’s Review

Payment: 10 cents per word up to $200
Theme: New and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length

Submissions for our New Voices category are open year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission. Published short-story collections do not count as a novel-length work and those authors are free to submit. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of stories from new authors each month.

We are pleased to announce we now offer payment to New Voices authors. $0.10/word up to $200. We are thrilled to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

  • New Voices submissions are open to new and emerging writers only (no novel-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).
  • We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work. Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • All submissions must be less than 7,000 words.
  • We do accept multiple submissions.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history

Via: The Master’s Review Submittable.

Ongoing Submissions: Future Science Fiction Digest

Payment: ten cents per word
Note: ONLY Translated Works Or English As A Second Language Authors Need Apply

We’re currently open to fiction submissions ONLY in the following categories:

  • Translated fiction. Author or authorized translator may submit fiction of 500-10,000 words that has been previously published in source language but not in English.
  • Fiction written by authors for whom English is not their first language and who reside outside of primarily English-speaking countries. If you’re not entirely certain whether you qualify for this call, feel free to query.

Please include the author’s primary language/country of residence and/or original publication info for translations in the cover letter. Submissions that do not include this information will not be read.

We’re currently CLOSED to other unsolicited fiction submissions, but will eventually open to those as well. Please do not query regarding this; we will post an update here when a general reading window opens.

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Ongoing Submissions: Zooscape

Payment: 8 cents/word up to 1000 words and a flat rate of $80 for longer stories. $20 for reprints.
Theme: Furry stories
Note: Reprints Welcome

We pay 8 cents/word up to 1000 words and a flat rate of $80 for longer stories.  $20 for reprints.

What we’re interested in:

Stories up to 10,000 words; query for longer.  All stories must be furry.  That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks.  We love science-fiction with animal-like aliens and fantasy with talking dragons, unicorns, or witch familiars.

We are interested in underrepresented voices. If you have personal experience relevant to your story, feel free to mention it in your cover letter. For instance, if your story is about a space unicorn and you are a space unicorn (or a research biologist who studies space unicorns), let us know. We welcome and will be looking for diverse voices. We are not interested in stories that give voice to racist or sexist ideologies.  And while we like unicorns and dragons, we find focusing on virginity, at best, tedious.

Please do not simultaneously submit a story to us and another market.  For multiple submissions, please query.  For reprints, please tell us where and when the story was published before.

If you haven’t received an initial response to your submission (rejection or hold request) within a month, feel free to query.

How to submit:

Please send us an email at [email protected] (except with fewer koalas) with the subject line, “SUBMISSION:  Title, Word Count.”  Attach your story in Standard Manuscript Format as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.  (If you’re not familiar with Standard Manuscript Format, it’s demonstrated and explained in this essay by William Shunn.)  Please keep your cover letter brief.  Something like the following is fine:

Dear Mx. Story Wrangler,

I would like to offer my attached story, “Awesome Furry Story,” for your consideration.  I hope you like it!

I’ve previously had stories published in Awesome MarketAnother MarketYet Another Market.

Sincerely,

Hopeful Author

(they/them)

If you haven’t had any stories published before, don’t worry!  We love discovering new voices.

Via: Zooscape.

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. You can check out broker.cex.io to know more information.

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.