Category: Semipro

Semi-Pro Rates

Taking Submissions: Welkin Magazine Winter 2021 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 1st-October 31st, 2021
Payment: 1 cent per word
Theme: Genre-bending and tropes typically excluded from mainstream literary magazines

Fiction submissions should be sent to [email protected] with the title of your story in the subject line. In your email, please include a short cover letter outlining past publication credits if any, a brief bio if desired, a word count, and which of our magazines you wish to be considered for. The story should be attached to the email as a word document or other common word processing file. Stories should be in standard manuscript format. We accept simultaneous submissions to other journals, but if your story is accepted elsewhere, please alert us immediately.  Please only submit one story at a time for consideration.

Taking Submissions: It Calls From the Veil

Deadline: October 31st, 2021
Payment: .01 per word after approved edits up to $60 CAD, $15 CAD for reprints
Theme: What can give you nightmares (see below for expanded description)

“It Calls From the Veil”

Submission Open: September 1, 2021

Submission Close:  October 31, 2021

Publishing timeline:  2022

HORROR – May have elements of Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction and Cosmic horror. But must have the intention to scare the readers.


Taking Submissions: Stories of the Eye (Early)

Submission Window: November 1st, 2021, to November 30th, 2021.
Payment: $0.02 per word plus a physical copy upon publication
Theme: Horror stories that explore the complex relationships between artists and models.

We didn’t know if we’d do it again, but Weirdpunk is finally publishing a new anthology with an open call.

Stories of the Eye will be edited by Sam Richard (Sabbath of the Fox-Devils, Wonderland Award-Winning To Wallow in Ash & Other Sorrows) and Joanna Koch (The Wingspan of Severed Hands, Shirley Jackson Award-Nominated The Couvade). It will be published in 2022. Read on for info.

Weirdpunk Books is seeking horror stories that explore the complex relationships between artists and models. Go beyond the male gaze. Show us the queer gaze, the disabled gaze, the un-colonialized gaze, the intergalactic gaze. Turn the model’s gaze on the artist or audience. Explore the power of images, why we bring them to life or destroy them through duplication and representation, and how the act of creating changes them and changes us. Invent a future art form or resurrect a forgotten handicraft. Define “model” as widely and surprisingly as you like: people, objects, trees, oceans, ideas. Examine obsession, violence, commitment, love, or indifference. Give us a botanical illustrator on an unknown planet, a modern-day Gericault shipwrecked in a studio with body parts becoming medical waste, a necromancing choreographer, or a performance artist looking for that one special element to transcend reality in a final postmodernist feat of madness.


Stelliform Is Open To Novels, Novellas, Short Story Collections

Payment: 2¢ CAD per word advance (up to $2000), plus royalties
Theme: science fiction, fantasy, quiet horror and literary works with speculative elements (see below)

What is a Stelliform story?

We are seeking to publish science fiction, fantasy, quiet horror and literary works with speculative elements, such as novellas (17,500–39,999 words), novels (60,000–100,000 words), and short story collections and non-fiction books/collections (40,000–60,000 words) which build narratives around climate change and its resultant ecological destruction, and acknowledges the work necessary to live within the problems Western lifestyles have created. All manuscripts submitted must have a science fictional or fantastic element; non-fiction must be speculative. Narratives should be interrelational, demonstrating some ways in which the environment changes us (and others) just as we change it. Please see our About the Press page and our blog for more information.


Taking Submissions: Mirror, Mirror

Deadline: October 15th, 2021
Payment: 6¢/word on acceptance.
Theme: A fairy tale involving a mirror


Modern Myths

Executive Editors: Kevin J. Anderson and Allyson Longueira


When you’re alone with your reflection, are you prepared for what you see?

A prince in disguise? A monster revealed? An alien race?

Mirrors can be truth-tellers, wish-granters, face-concealers, illusion-makers, even monster-summoners. Maybe the mirror shows an evil twin, or an echo of the life that should have been. Or a portal to another world.

What happens when it shatters?

Ongoing Submissions: Simily


Payment: $0.02 for every unique story view,
Theme: SF, fantasy and speculative fiction

Simily is a new platform for both published and unpublished authors to self-publish short stories in various genres, including SF, fantasy and speculative fiction. We believe in the power of a good story and our goal is to help writers reach new readers, hone their craft, and receive payment in the process.
While our platform is in its early stages, we compensate authors $0.02 for every unique story view, including views from free accounts. Once we are up and running, writers will receive a portion of the subscription of paying readers (similar to Medium).
Authors retain all copyright to their work and are able to remove their work from Simily at any time.
We do not require exclusivity. You are free to publish or republish your work wherever you see fit. By submitting to Simily, you acknowledge that the work is your own and you have the right to publish it. See our Terms of Service for more information.
All stories must use proper English grammar, structure and syntax. You will be notified within 2-3 weeks if your story has been selected for publishing.


Taking Submissions: Horror Tales of Rock Music!

Deadline: December 1st, 2021
Payment: $.03 per word
Theme: Bloody Rock Anthology

Scary Diary Press is accepting submissions from 01 August 2021 to 01 December 2021 for an anthology that has gutsy strings attached! But don’t fret! Are you a horror writer and a music lover? Does the rock of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s take you back to the nightmares of yore? If you can brew a scary tale that Alice Cooper and the Dead would love, we just might love it too! Submission Guidelines: Scary Dairy Press is seeking short story submissions between 2,000 and 5,000 words max for an anthology that combines a rock song theme and creepy horror into a tale that rocks readers to their bones! Anthology title pending the kinds of stories submitted and selected.


For now, “Bloody Rock” is a placeholder. This ear-bursting anthology draws inspiration from the terrifying tunes of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Stories need not use the song title as the story title. Stories must not use the original song lyrics, however the song inspiring the tale should be clear. We are looking for stories that channel deathly waves on the air! Bonus points if tales champion animals or animal rights (animals can be our heroes!), focus on human rights, climate change, gender issues, and other important social issues.

Any story that combines a terrifying tune and a creepy tale is welcome as long as we can pick it up, play it and shiver! What we want: Stories for this horror anthology may include additional elements of dark fiction, dark fantasy, speculative fiction, sci-fi or bizarro as long as horror is the primary venue. Your story may occur in any time, place or space. Mix it up, but make it thought provoking and disturbing to the human conscience. It’s up to you whether you curse the world with the Monster Mash or end the tale making every day Halloween. What we don’t want: No child abuse/sexual abuse scenes. No gratuitous splatter, gore or rape. If you use it, there must be a clear purpose for it. If you use vampires, werewolves or zombies then make the creatures or situation something unusual and unique.

If you are not sure about your idea, then message us at [email protected] and ask. Payment: $.03 per word.

Submit your manuscript on Duotrope starting 8/1/2021. Look for the “open” announcement. Your subject line should read: Bloody Rock_Name_Title of Submission. Shunn Manuscript Format is required. Please follow the directions to have your story considered. Use Word documents only: doc or docx are fine. Exclusive publishing rights remain with the publisher for a total of 12 months after publication, and may include written, electronic and audio formats. We look forward to reading and dancing to your words!


Ongoing Submissions: Sciencefictionery Magazine

Payment: 3 pence per word for fiction (UK)
Theme: A broad spectrum of stories from every Science Fiction subgenre

What we want:

We are looking for original works of fiction from 300 to 5000 words to feature in our magazine. We want to offer a broad spectrum of stories from every Science Fiction subgenre. So send us your robots and space cowboys. Send us your dystopian-alien-invasion-post-apocalyptic-cyberpunk tales. We like weird. We like adventure. We LOVE SCIFI!!