Taking Submissions: Monsters Out of the Closet Episode 18 – Gothic

Deadline: January 27th, 2019.
Payment: $0.01/word for previously published pieces, and $0.02/word for first run. All pieces under 500 words or 5 minutes are compensated at a $5 flat rate.
Note: Reprints welcome.
Note: LGBTQ+ authors only.

A LGBTQ+ HORROR FICTION PODCAST

Episode 18 – Gothic

From haunted manors, repressed secrets, and horrifying leaps of science and faith—this episode celebrates the tradition of Gothic literature and film. Submissions due January 27th, 2019.

Submissions of fiction, poetry, music, art, and more are always accepted on a rolling basis. Late submissions can be sent up to a week after the formal deadline if you inform us ahead of time to expect a late piece.

Note:

We try to respond to all readers and artists within 48 hours. We consider all piece lengths, but generally have difficulty accepting pieces over 20 pages long. No ableist, racist, transphobic, homophobic, sexist or otherwise oppressive work will be accepted. Lastly, we only accept work by self-identified LGBTQ+ artists! Thank you!

To submit content:

Fill out the following form HERE to submit content to us. Please specify if you are submitting for a specific episode and whether you would like editorial feedback!

Submissions are compensated at $0.01/word for previously published pieces, and $0.02/word for first run. Music is compensated at $1/minute for previous released tracks, and $2/minute for music released through us. All pieces under 500 words or 5 minutes are compensated at a $5 flat rate.

To read/act for us:

If you would like to be a volunteer reader or voice actor, please fill out this form HERE. We will follow up via email to collect further information for our directory.

Via: Monsters Out Of The Closet.

Taking Submissions: Breach #10

Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Payment: Short stories: 1 cent a word, to a maximum of $20. Poetry: $5 per piece.
Note: NZ and Australian authors only

Guidelines

We publish SF, horror and dark fantasy short fiction from NZ and Australian authors.

We publish bimonthly and open for submissions for the month prior to release. Our submission periods for 2018 are as follows:

Issue #08: August (to publish in September)

Issue #09: October (to publish in November)

Issue #10: December (to publish in January 2019)

In the Zine

All work must be original and previously unpublished. We pay for first worldwide publication rights for six months and nonexclusive reprint rights. Copyright belongs to the author or artist. We simply ask for you to credit Breach as the site of first publication if your work is then subsequently reprinted elsewhere (after the six month exclusive period).

Stories between 500 and 2000 words, in doc format.

Poetry of a page length, doc format.

Cover art in A4, 600dpi, RGB.

Payment

Short stories: 1 cent a word, to a maximum of $20.

Poetry: $5 per piece.

Cover art: $20 per piece.

From August, 2018 we’ll also accept submissions of longer works of novella (17,000 to 40,000 words) and novelette (7,500 to 17,000 words) length. Our short stories lean toward horror and the darker side of science fiction and we’d like to carry that over to longer works. If you’re interested in publishing with us, please send the first chapter and a single-page synopsis as a Word doc using the form below. All work must be original and previously unpublished.

Breach pays 50% of royalties from all print and ebook sales – we don’t offer advances. We pay for exclusive worldwide publication rights for one year and non-exclusive reprint rights. Copyright belongs to the author.

Via: Breach.

Taking Submissions: StoryHack

Deadline: January 1st, 2019
Payment: $0.01 / word

Submissions are currently open until about noon Mountain Time on January 1st, 2019.

Link to the new submission system is below, in the hopes that you will actually read some of the submission guidelines.

What I’m Looking For

To steal a joke, StoryHack Magazine publishes both kinds of fiction – action and adventure.

To be more clear, by action I mean that there should be characters actively engaged with an antagonist who represents imminent physical danger. Fistfights, car chases, vine swinging (alligators or spikes below), jungle insects, all that. But the protagonist must have an active role in the plot, rather than just having stuff happen at him/her.

By adventure, I mean the character does awesome things (is proactive) in a exotic (not mundane) situation. Heroics often enter in. The protagonist can be in a cool time period, a fantasy world, or have a bizarre profession, something about his/her situation should transport me, the reader, out of the mundane world. After reading, I should be able to say a main character “had an adventure.”

I’m open to any genre, as long as there’s action and adventure. And I’m serious when I say any genre. Space opera, spy thriller, sword & sorcery, lost world, high-seas swashbuckling, occult detective, treasure hunt / explorer, western, technothriller, you’re limited only by your imagination. As to style, think Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, Leigh Brackett, Doc E. E. Smith, Kenneth Robinson. Think fun and energetic. I’m not partial to mopey emo fiction.

You should know that StoryHack will not be publishing erotica or extreme gore. Also, I’m not likely to accept a story that has tons of cursing.

A little humor is good, but I’m not looking for farce or screwball comedy. More Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, less Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean.

Also, if you want an edge, right now I’m liking stories set in the modern era. Think action thrillers or urban fantasy.

Length-wise I’m looking for short stories and novelettes. 2,000 – 17,500 words. The sweet spot for me right now is probably 9-10k-ish. Want some tips on writing? Check out my reprints of Pulp-era writing advice. Also, Lester Dent 4 ever, people.

I’m seeking as-yet unpublished works.

Payment

I’ll pay $0.01 / word for worldwide 1st print and ebook rights with 4 months exclusivity. I can pay via check or paypal. I’ll make a sample contract available if you ask nicely.

Formatting / Sending

I’ve loosened up the formatting requirements a bit. Of course, standard short story format is fine, but not necessary.

  • Permitted file formats are doc, docx, odt, rtf, even txt or plain text with markdown.
  • Go ahead and put italics in italics if you’d like.
  • Put your name & contact information at the top of the file.
  • No need to push the approximate word count over to the right.
  • Keep your fonts to standard ones that are easy to read – Times/Times new Roman or Courier/Courier new.
  • Double space helps tremendously with the editing readability as do sensible margins. If the formatting is crazy, I may reject the story on that alone.

Submissions are now handled ONLY through the new submission system. Don’t email them where you did before. I know you’re creative, but please follow the instructions.

Other Stuff

Stories simultaneously submitted elsewhere are fine.

Multiple stories submitted at once, no. Wait until you get a response on the one before sending another. If you break this rule, I will reject them all without reading them.

Thanks

That about wraps up everything I can think of. If you have any questions, let me know.

Via: StoryHack.

Ongoing Submissions: Who Knocks?

Payment: 1¢ per word to contributors. Maximum $50 for original stories, $25 for reprints.
Note: The publisher also does editing work for a fee (not required to submit this is for external publications) and has an anthology which you must pay to submit to (which are aren’t listing due to that clause.) As neither of these issues directly pertain to the magazine there is no reason we found to hold it against this part of the publication.
Note: Reprints accepted

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We accept primarily mystery, weird tales, suspense and horror, 1500-5000 words in length. If you are not sure what category your story falls into feel free to send it anyway. While we prefer original stories, on a limited basis we will accept previously published work. If you are submitting a story that has been published please provide us with where and when it was featured.

WHAT WE DO NOT ACCEPT

Paranormal romance, graphic violence or sex. (A little is fine, but we don’t want any nausea inducing details.) Our preference is for stories done in good taste. Absolutely no cruelty toward children or animals. All stories must be your own original work. We will not tolerate any form of plagiarism.

NON-FICTION

We are open to blog style editorials and articles about the craft of writing or pertaining to the accepted genres. We pay $15 for these articles if they are chosen for inclusion in the magazine, either on our blog page or as a stand-alone article. We will also look at true crime stories, as long as they don’t exceed 5000 words. Compensation for true crime will be the same as payment for fiction stories.

COMPENSATION FOR FICTION

We pay 1¢ per word to contributors. Maximum $50 for original stories, $25 for reprints.

READING FEES

We do not charge a reading fee for consideration in Who Knocks? Magazine. There is a $16 reading fee for stories submitted for consideration in our yearly anthology. If you want your story considered for both the anthology and the magazine please only submit once. You can submit for both venues here. Make sure to indicate in your cover letter that you would like consideration for both. For more information on our anthology click here.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS

We do not accept multiple submissions for Who Knocks? magazine. If you receive a rejection from us please wait one week before submitting a new story.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

While we understand that time spent waiting for a response can be frustrating, we do prefer that you refrain from multiple submissions on stories we are reviewing. However, if you have submitted the story elsewhere and it gets picked up please email us right away at [email protected] and withdraw the submission.

FORMATTING

Please see this page for proper formatting guidelines. We accept Microsoft Word files (either .doc or .docx).

ART WORK

We do accept original artwork. Pay scale is $25 per piece if accepted. Please email artwork submissions to [email protected] and put Artwork Submission in the subject line.

RESPONSE TIME

We carefully read each and every story we receive. Our response time can be anywhere from two weeks to two months. If you have not received an answer after 60 days please send us an email at [email protected] and we will check on the status of your submission.

RIGHTS RETAINED BY WHO KNOCKS?

Please see a copy of our sample contract here.

Submit Your Story

Via: Who Knocks?.

Ongoing Submissions: Leading Edge Magazine

Payment: 1 cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum. Poetry: $5.00 to $20.00.

Leading Edge is a science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes the work of people from all over the world. We are always accepting submissions, especially short stories. There are a few rules, so please read through our submissions guidelines before sending us your work. We look forward to seeing your submission soon.

General Guidelines

As with any publication, Leading Edge Magazine will not tolerate plagiarism in any form. If you submit plagiarized work, your work will be rejected and your name and email will be flagged for any future submissions.

In addition, Leading Edge does not accept previously published pieces.

Leading Edge is affiliated with and run through Brigham Young University; written and visual submissions must conform with the BYU Honor Code. This includes no nudity, sex, excessive violence, belittlement of traditional family values or religion, or drug use. More specifics can be found on the Honor Code website. Please note that while we may tolerate a small extent of this content in the submission stage because it can be taken out in the editing stage, excessive disregard for the Honor Code in a submission will send your work to the rejection pile. To get a feel for the work we accept, please purchase a copy of Leading Edge to survey.

 

Fiction

Stories under 10,000 words are preferred, though we will consider stories up to 15,000 words. In your email, please include a word count and a short description of your work.

Because Leading Edge is interested in helping new authors improve, each story is critiqued by at least two members of our staff; these comment sheets are returned to the author with our response. If you do not want your story critiqued, please let us know.

Fiction payment is 1 cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum.

Submit to: [email protected]


Poetry

Poetry should reflect both literary value and popular appeal and should deal with science fiction- or fantasy-related themes.

Payment for poetry ranges from $5.00 to $20.00.

Submit to: [email protected]


Nonfiction

Pieces are to be kept under 5,000 words. Nonfiction pieces will not be critiqued, so you will not receive feedback on your work. We accept nonfiction such as book reviews and essays. Payment will be discussed if your work is accepted for publication.

Submit to: [email protected]


Artistic Portfolios

All artistic portfolios must be digital; we no longer accept physical portfolios. All images must be 300dpi or higher. Please note that you are submitting a portfolio, so you must send at least five examples of your work. You will be given roughly five weeks from time of commission to complete a piece for us.

Art payment depends on the number of pieces contracted, but generally does not exceed $75.

Submit to: [email protected]

 

 

Submissions FAQ

When emailing my submission, is there a preferred document type?

If possible, please email all fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions as a Microsoft Word document.

 

How long will it take for me to hear back about my submission?

If you submitted written work, especially fiction, it generally takes several months for our staff to review your piece. If you have yet to hear back in a twelve-month period, please contact the Fiction Director, whose name and information is in the Contact Us section.

We generally solicit artistic portfolios at a specific time, but you are welcome to submit at any point. You should hear back between one and three months about your portfolio.

 

What does the review process look like?

It differs between written work and art. When you submit an artistic portfolio, it will be reviewed once written work is chosen for the issue. If your work is selected to accompany a piece, you will be contacted by the Art Director in an email. We do not store portfolios, so if your work is not chosen for a specific issue, please resubmit in the future.

When you submit fiction, your work goes into our Dropbox and is reviewed by magazine volunteers. If two readers approve or “pass” your story, it goes into a separate section of our Dropbox to be reviewed by the Managing Editor and Assistant Managing Editors. From there, the editors choose stories of the highest quality and best fit for the magazine.

When you submit poetry, our Poetry Director will read it and have selected submissions approved by the Managing Editor or an Assistant Managing Editor.

When you submit nonfiction, our Nonfiction Director will read it and have selected submissions approved by the Managing Editor or an Assistant Managing Editor.

 

How many submissions do you generally receive?

We have a rolling submissions period, so feel free to submit your work whenever it’s ready. We keep all of our submissions in a Dropbox account and generally have 200-250 submissions in that account. Volunteers read and review submissions twice a week.

 

What makes my fiction submission stand out?

Because we receive so many submissions and our volunteers are well-versed in science fiction and fantasy, it can be hard to make an impression. Make sure to have an interesting title—this is the first thing volunteers see. Ensure that you submit a piece that has already been edited. This doesn’t mean we are checking for Oxford commas or correct use of semicolons, but rather that it isn’t a first draft. We can tell; many of our volunteers are studying English or editing. Put work in to your submission! The most important thing is to make your story compelling. Catch our attention in the first two or three paragraphs. (And remember that if your submission is picked as a potential publication piece, our editors will work with you to make it even better. It doesn’t have to be perfect.)

 

How will I find out when you’re soliciting artistic portfolios?

We will post this information on our Facebook page. Good times to look out for these posts are mid-October and mid-February.

 

Can I submit a book/movie/play review?

Feel free to submit a review. Please send this to [email protected].

 

What rights are involved?

For both fiction and poetry, we purchase First North American serial rights.

 

Will I get paid?

Yes! We are a semi-professional magazine, so we pay our authors and artists. We pay the highest that we can, predominately using funds from our sales. The more issues we sell, the more money we can afford to spend on authors and artists. You will be paid only after the issue containing your work is released.

 

I’ve seen a few different rates through the years. How do I know which paying rate will apply to my work?

You will be paid the rate we are offering when your work is contracted, not the rate offered when you submitted your work. We do our best to keep relatively standard rates, and we always offer the highest rate possible.

 

I don’t have the ability to email my manuscript. Now what?

In the event that you are unable to electronically submit your written work, your manuscript should be printed on white paper. Make sure to double-space and use an easy-to-read font, such as Times New Roman or Calibri. Each page should be numbered and have 1-inch margins. The first page of your manuscript should include your name, street address, and any other available contact information. Include a cover letter with any publishing credits and any other relevant information. Always keep a copy of your manuscript for yourself. The postal system is not perfect, and Leading Edge is not responsible for lost or misdirected manuscripts.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your manuscript—if you don’t, we have no way of responding to you. If your manuscript is disposable, include a regular envelope with one first-class stamp for submissions within the US, more for international submissions. If you would like your manuscript returned, include a manila envelope with sufficient postage. International submissions must be disposable due to difficulties presented by international postage. Please remember that we return 2-3 comment sheets per submission, so prepare adequately. You are responsible for providing adequate postage.

Submissions may be sent to the following address with the appropriate genre in the attention line (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry):

Leading Edge Magazine
Attn: [Genre] Director
4087 JKB
Provo, UT 84602

 

All other questions can be directed to [email protected]

Via: Leading Edge Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Over My Dead Body

Payment: $.01/word for fiction

Over My Dead Body! The Mystery Magazine publishes a wide variety of mystery-related manuscripts, from cozy to hardboiled and everything in between. We don’t discriminate on the basis of content, subgenre, or author recognition. Send us your best.

Submissions are open for fiction and nonfiction. All writers must query by mail or email before submitting manuscripts. Please indicate the type of story and length in your query. Thank you.

NONFICTION: We’re looking for mystery-related author interviews/ profiles and articles. Mystery-related travel pieces will also be considered. (For example: travel article about the Reichenbach Falls of Sherlock Holmes fame.) 500+ words.

FICTION: We want to see taut, absorbing, original work. Keep dialogue and narrative consistent with characterization (unless you’re using the discrepancy as a plot point). Don’t waste words, and don’t ignore facts to facilitate your plot. Most importantly, if you’re going to break the rules, do it well. 750-4,000 words.

We rarely publish stories over 4,000 words. If you submit a story longer than our stated requirements it will not be read.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL CONTRIBUTORS
All manuscripts (fiction and nonfiction) must relate to the mystery genre. We are not responsible for unsolicited material. Material received via U.S. Postal Service will not be returned unless accompanied by SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).

PAYMENT: Nominal – $.01/word for fiction; $10-$25 total for unsolicited nonfiction. All contributors will be paid within 30 days of acceptance. We purchase First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). All rights revert to the author upon publication.

RESPONSE TIME: We respond within 8 – 10 weeks. (Faster, when we can.)

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS: Query first. If manuscript is requested, send as Word attachment or ASCII text.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Simultaneous submissions must be clearly labeled. Unless you state otherwise, OMDB! presumes your submission is not simultaneous, that you are offering first time rights, and that the story, all or in part, has not been published previously either electronically or in paper.

Hint: Be sure to put your name on your manuscript!

We publish electronically on our omdb! website.

WHERE TO SEND MANUSCRIPTS: P.O. Box 1938, Auburn, Washington 98071-1938. Attn: Fiction Editor or Feature Editor, as appropriate.

Via: Over My Dead Body.

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