Category: Semipro

Semi-Pro Rates

Taking Submissions: There’s No Place

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: 0.08CAD per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Storytellers who have experienced—or are experiencing—homelessness.


What: A pro-rate anthology of short fiction pieces on the theme of “home” (500-3500 words) on the theme of HOME

Who: Storytellers who have experienced—or are experiencing—homelessness.

When: Submissions are open from July 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022. Publication is scheduled for fall of 2023.

Where: While we will prioritize Canadian submissions, submissions are open to writers throughout the world.

How: Scroll below to see our guidelines!


Taking Submissions: Troopers (Early Listing)

Submission Window: August 15th – 31st, 2022
Payment: .01 per word and .005 per word for reprints
Theme: Flash fiction featuring military and law enforcement science fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

Troopers is a magazine of flash fiction featuring military and law enforcement science fiction. All stories in Troopers must feature a fictional military, paramilitary, or law enforcement entity in some meaningful way. Your main character doesn’t need to be a soldier, pilot, or future cop necessarily, but there must be elements of military or law enforcement present in the story. Your character doesn’t need to be human either, sentient space ships, robots, aliens, and the like are more than welcome. Paramilitary characters or groups are also welcome, such as mercenaries, space pirates, cartels, organized corporations with private militaries and/or guards, and other similar entities. We like stories with cool tech and that pack an emotional punch. We have a preference for stories that have a dark and gritty atmosphere and tone as well. We’re looking to push the boundaries of military sci-fi in the flash category and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Taking Submissions: The Science Fiction Tarot

Deadline: October 4th, 2022
Payment: 3 USD cents/word, reprints will pay 1 USD cent/word.
Theme: SF Stories in for each of the cards of the major arcana
Note: Reprints Welcome

The Science Fiction Tarot will contain 22 stories, one tale standing in for each of the cards of the major arcana and placing the anthologies word count at approximately 90-110K words. Stories of up to 7,500 words will be considered, but please be advised that submissions of 5,000 words and under will have the best chance to be selected.

Each author will be expected to submit a 1-3 word science fiction concept for a card, along with a story that exhibits that idea through character, plot or theme. Please have a clear archetype, setting, or SF subgenre and center your submission around the concept: the focus of the tale should be the idea conveyed, not tarot cards themselves.


Taking Submissions: Last Girls Club Winter Issue 2022 (Early)

Submission Window: October 1st – November 1st, 2022
Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD max, Poems-less than 200 words $10, Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD max
Theme: DEVOUT: Martyrs, Cults, and Madness

The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century. Please check on the website for the theme in detail.


Taking Submissions: Weird Horror Magazine September 2022 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: September 1st-30th, 2022
Payment: 1.5¢ per word (one and one-half cent), with a $25 (U.S.) minimum and 2 contributor’s copies
Theme: horror and weird fiction

Weird Horror has two reading periods each year – March and September.


OPENS: Sept. 1, 2022

CLOSES: Sept. 30, 2022

We are seeking first publication rights. Fiction must be in English, and previously unpublished in English anywhere, in any format, on any platform, including your blog, website, newsletter, Patreon, etc. Please do not query about reprints.


Taking Submissions: Dead and Bloated – Extreme Horror Anthology (Early)

Submission Window: August 1st, 2022 — October 1st, 2022
Payment: 3 cents per word + 1 paperback contributor copy
Theme: Water, Extreme Horror, Splatterpunk, Dark Humor

  • Title: DEAD & BLOATED – Extreme Horror Anthology
  • Editor: K. Trap Jones
  • Theme: Water, Extreme Horror, Splatterpunk, Dark Humor
  • Formats: Paperback, ebook
  • Short story MAX 3,000 WORD COUNT


Ongoing Submissions: The Dread Machine

Payment: ORIGINAL FICTION: $0.05 per word., REPRINTS: $0.01 per word., POETRY: $10 per poem.
Theme: Futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction.
Note: Reprints Welcome
Note: I SWEAR I’ve listed this market before and couldn’t find it while prepping this post.


The Dread Machine publishes futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction. We do not accept religious fiction, fetish horror, or erotica. All submissions must be in English.

We will accept previously published submissions, but not those that are available to the public online. If your story already appears online for free, publishing it would negatively impact both our SEO and that of the other publisher. We will accept previously published stories that are available online only if those stories are hidden behind a paywall.


Taking Submissions: Shakespeare Unleashed

Deadline: August 21st, 2022
Payment: 6 cents per word
Theme: Dark and scary stories — no parodies or humor pieces — based on Shakespeare’s plays or characters

Shakespeare Unleashed, edited by James Aquilone and published by Monstrous Books and Crystal Lake Publishing, is an anthology of horror short stories and sonnets inspired by the Bard’s works.

Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet… all get the horror treatment…by some of the biggest names in the genre — including Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Gemma Files, Seanan McGuire, Philip Fracassi, Lisa Morton, and Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s Avengers and Deadpool Does Shakespeare.