Taking Submissions: The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy

Deadline: November 15th, 2019
Payment: $5 per thousand words for fiction and $.35 a line with a $5 minimum for poetry.

Now that the eighth issue of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy is out, we are opening submissions for issue #9. We are looking for quality works of poetry and short fiction.
Poetry should be Weird or darkly fantastical with strong imagery. We pay $.35 a line with a $5 minimum, payable upon publication.
For short fiction our tastes are broad and we will consider anything with Weird, horrific or fantastical elements. We will consider any length work but will be much less likely to publish stories over 5,000 words. Our rate is $5 per thousand words, payable upon publication. First time publication only, no reprints please.
To submit please send your work as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file to [email protected] and be sure to include a header with your name and email address. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or reprints and ask that you wait for our response before submitting elsewhere. The submission deadline is November 15th, please do not inquire about your submission before that deadline and understand that it may take some time to follow up on all submissions after the deadline has passed.
I very much look forward to reading everyone’s work!

Taking Submissions: Cirsova

Deadline: October 25th, 2019
Payment: $0.0125 per word

Look, we know that these guidelines are bit long, but we strongly recommend you read them all the way through.

Submissions are open: Oct 14th-25, 2019.

What are you looking for?

Original short stories between 2000-7500 words.

Cirsova pays $0.0125 per word for first publication/serialization rights and 6 months of exclusivity following publication of the piece.

Submissions should be in finished, final draft form. Please do not send unedited works, excerpts or pitches. Well, you can send me a pitch, and if it sounds awesome, I will tell you “That sounds awesome, now write that story, make sure it’s edited, and submit that to me”, but that’s it.

Please send the file as a .doc or .docx or, if you must, a RTF. Your manuscript should match the standard manuscript format (i.e. double spaced, no hyphen breaks, page numbers somewhere, don’t use tab for indents, etc.) A lot of those things that seem unnecessary or piddly are actually really helpful for folks who are trying to markup your manuscript and get your text into a formatted document.

Please be sure to include your address on your manuscript; this helps us know where to send checks and contributor copies.

Cirsova does not buy reprints at this time.

What we are looking for:

  • Raygun Romance
  • Radium Adventures
  • Sword & Planet
  • Space Cops
  • Raymond Chandler But In Space
  • SFF Heists
  • Weird Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror
  • Lost World
  • South Seas Adventure
  • Pre-Historic/Antiquity
  • Occult Detective/Mystery
  • Mad Science
  • Monstergirls (but keep em classy!) and other dames

Before submitting, we highly recommend reading, or having read at least some of the following authors:

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Leigh Brackett
  • Jack Vance
  • C.L. Moore
  • Thomas Burnett Swann
  • Otis Adelbert Kline
  • Bassett Morgan
  • Gardner F. Fox
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Raymond F. Jones
  • Ross Rocklynne
  • Seabury Quinn
  • Basil Wells
  • Edmond Hamilton
  • Robert E. Howard
  • Lord Dunsany
  • H.P. Lovecraft*

*Lovecraft is a special case; having read and understood what makes his stuff work helps, but Lovecraft fanfic gets auto-disqualified as soon as we see a Mythos heavy or MacGuffin get name-dropped. See our Eldritch Earth issue for how we like ’em.

What are you not looking for?

  • Any “Lovecraftian” fiction that name drops Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, Arkham, the Necronomicon, etc. We managed to publish an entire Lovecraft issue where none of the stories name dropped Mythos heavies, so it’s not hard as you’d think. We’re also not looking for Call of Cthulhu detective/professor-investigates-cultists stories.
  • Stories with elves; especially not D&D or Tolkien elves. If you think you can do something really freaking special with elves and fae, like Dunsany or Swann, give it a shot, but we don’t publish elf-stories as a general rule.
  • Stories where very little happens or very little is at stake. Sometimes, a setting and characters in them can be superficially weird and exciting, but the story itself may be little more than a conversation; generally, we’re not looking for that sort of thing.
  • LitRPG
  • Tolkienian or Tolkien-esque Epic Fantasy
  • Steampunk, unless you’re a fan of the first two Thief games
  • Modern Vampires/Werewolves
  • Orcs
  • Obviously D&D inspired fiction [certainly no “Drow”]
  • Asimovian sci-fi where thinky men do nothing but sit around and discuss big thinks

My story is longer than 7,500 words, can I still submit it?

Sure!  While 5,000 to 7,500 is kind of the sweet spot, for really good stories, I’d consider anything up to 10,000, maybe a little more.  It’s sort of a case by case thing.  Just be aware that chances are I will only be able to purchase one Novella or Novelette per issue.

I have serial I’d like to publish; can I submit that?

I’ve decided that I’m not a fan of serializations in magazines. I’d rather my readers have complete stories, and since Cirsova is Semi-Annual at present, I wouldn’t want authors or readers either one to suffer from the 6 month delay. Linked stories that tell the continuing adventures of this or that character are another matter entirely. Just try to be sure that the stories are able to stand well enough on their own.

But what about My Name is John Carter? You’re serializing that!

That’s a special case. Also, we’re not looking for unsolicited poetry; again, My Name is John Carter is a special case.

Can I put steamy-hot action in my story?

I’m not looking for explicitly erotic stories, but it’s not a deal-breaker. It probably shouldn’t make up more than a few lines to a paragraph or two in anything this short if you do include it. In terms of how explicit you can get without hurting your chances of being accepted, consider the upper boundary to be Andrew J. Offutt (at least what he published under his own name) or Thomas Burnett Swann. If you have something that looks like Jean Auel wrote it for one of her Earth’s Children sequels, you’ve crossed a line and should probably reconsider more than just your submission.

What rights are you buying?

Global first print and digital publication rights (including audio); you’ll be giving Cirsova the exclusive rights to publish and use the purchased material prior to and for six months following the publication of those materials. After that period, Cirsova will retain the right to publish and sell the purchased materials non-exclusively in the collected format (i.e. the anthology will remain available in print and electronic format as initially offered, however the materials will not be repackaged and resold). Cirsova will have the right to use your name and portion or whole of the material to promote the work. During the period of exclusivity, you agree to refrain from publishing the purchased material in whole or in part without prior consent. The exception to this exclusivity is if a piece is selected for inclusion in a Best of the Year collection or as a part of an awards packet.

Do you take simultaneous submissions?

Unfortunately, we cannot take simultaneous submissions.

Can we take multiple submissions?

We prefer not to, though we will make an exception if you have been published with Cirsova before and/or we have discussed/made special arrangements.

Would I need to copyright the story before submitting it?

No, you would not. The text of your story already belongs to you, and the copyright is given to the respective authors enacted upon publishing.

Who would have rights to it?

You would own and have rights to your story while allowing Cirsova limited rights outlined in our agreement; the rights allowed to Cirsova are what let us publish your work and keep it in print. You retain all rights to the intellectual property [Cirsova does not own the characters, stories, settings, etc.; it only publishes them].

Would the story be “work-for-hire”?

Work-for-hire generally suggests that the paying party would own the work and IP, so no, it would not be considered work-for-hire.

“Cirsova will retain the right to publish and sell the purchased materials non-exclusively in the collected format (i.e. the anthology will remain available in print and electronic format as initially offered, however the materials will not be repackaged and resold). ” what exactly does this mean?

Cirsova Publishing will keep the issue containing your story in print via Print on Demand and available digitally as an eBook on various platforms. Cirsova Publishing will not sell your story individually or as part of a different anthology without prior arrangements with the author. While Cirsova will keep the collection featuring your story in print, after our exclusivity period has ended, you will be able to resell the story to another outlet or publish it independently. Several Cirsova Authors have resold their stories to Starship Sofa [a podcast that produces audio versions of short SFF] and/or released anthologies of their works containing stories previously published in Cirsova.

If my story were to be accepted by your magazine, in what ways would I be allowed to advertise and market/publicize it? Sharing links to it online, adding it to my resume, and things like that.

Yes, absolutely, all of those things. We do not require authors to promote the issue that features their story, but we always appreciate it when they do.

How would payment work? Would I only be paid that one time after it is accepted? Are there royalties?

Payment is made upon acceptance, and the author’s acceptance of payment constitutes agreeing to the terms set forth in the offer we send to authors. Payment is made either by Paypal or by Check. Payments generally range between $30 and $125 based on the length of a work [payment is approximately .0125 per word] Cirsova Publishing does not pay royalties for stories published in its magazine.

Where do I send my story?

Submissions should be sent to cirsova at yahoo dot com with the subject line “SUBMISSION”

Via: Cirsova.

Rolling Ongoing Submissions: Typewriter Emergencies

Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: This magazine opens and closes without dates. They’re open at the time of scheduling but ho knows when they’ll close and re-open next?

Typewriter Emergencies is seeking works featuring furry characters. We’re looking for stories, book reviews, articles, and any other form of furry material. The journal accepts work that is considered rated R or Less. You can throw in the word “fuck” around a few times, but no excessive sex, blood, and guts pretty much. Typewriter Emergencies publishes under the philosophy of degenerate literature. We’re not here to be proper, we’re here to make art. We don’t have a specific theme for our issues, therefore it’s free reign. Themes may be implemented in the future. 

Typewriter Emergencies is an online only literary journal. We do not print issues upon publication. All issues of Typewriter Emergencies can be read for free through ISSUU or a downloadable PDF, or a Kindle/Nook version can be purchased for $0.99.

We plan on publishing at least twice a year. If we feel we can take on a heavier load, we’ll open up for more issues.

 

 

Payment is $0.01 per word.

All rights revert back to the author. We simply ask for the right to publish the story for the period this journal is active. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine. It is your responsibility to notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Poetry Guidelines:

  • We accept poetry of no more than 2 pages single spaced.

  • Poems must be “furry” either by using anthropomorphic animals or by focusing on your experiences with the furry fandom.

  • We have no restrictions on styles

  • If accepted, poets received $5 per poem accepted.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

Story Guidelines:

  • Max word count is 2000 words. Anything over this will not be accepted. 

  • Reprints will be reviewed, but we will prefer previously unpublished work. 

  • Each issue is expected to have a small amount of material, 3-5 stories at most.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

Articles & Reviews

  • Max word count 1000 words. Anything considered a book review or article that is over 1000 words will not be considered. 

  • Articles/Book reviews must be predominantly furry in nature.

  • Reviews must not contain spoilers.

  • We will not accept reviews that are overly negative.

  • As for articles, familiarize yourself with [adjective][species] or Dogpatch Press, and related furry websites.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

We accept submissions through Submittable only. Emailed submissions will not be read. Our submittable link can be seen below when we are open. All works must be submitted in DOC or DOCX format. Will not accept any other file types. Double-Spaced, Times New Roman preferred, 12pt. font. 

Payments are made through Paypal. If another format is needed, it can be discussed. 

Via: Typewriter Emergencies.

Ongoing Submissions: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

Payment: Short Fiction: 1 cent/word (AUD) with an AUD$20 minimum and $100 maximum per piece. Poetry, and Flash Fiction (under 1000 words): AUD$10 per piece. Non-fiction: AUD$10 per article under 1000 words.

Note: The window for submissions opens and closes without any apparent warning.

Please remember that we only accept science fictionfantasy and horror works.

Before you submit your work, please read our submission and formatting guidelines. Doing so will greatly increase the chance of your story being accepted.

All submitted stories and poems go through an initial blind reading process so we ask you to help by ensuring that your document does not contain any identifying author information. Please especially check any headers or footers. Your document should only contain the title and the story.

Do not include any identifying information (name, pen name, address, phone or email address) in your document.

Short Fiction: 1 cent/word (AUD) with an AUD$20 minimum and $100 maximum per piece.

Poetry, and Flash Fiction (under 1000 words): AUD$10 per piece.

Non-fiction: AUD$10 per article under 1000 words.

Artwork: AUD$100 per cover and AUD$20 per internal piece.

Every contributor also receives an electronic copy of the issue in which their item appears, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, artwork or poetry.

*Please be aware that you will be paid based on the number of words in the final product, not what you initially send us.

All submissions should be sent through the submissions engine.

Your piece should be sent as an attached RTF file

Do:

  • use a fixed width font (ie Courier New)
  • size 12.indent the first line of each paragraph by 1cm
  • double-space lines (except in poetry)
  • indicate section breaks with a centered * * *
  • use Australian spelling (ie “s” instead of “z”)
  • use italics for character thoughts.

Do NOT:

  • centre justify your paragraphs
  • use strange fonts
  • include your name in the document header
  • put anything in the document footer.

You CAN:

  • use a pen-name
  • add page numbers.

Why do we do things this way?

    • The editorial team of ASM is scattered over most of Australia, and since nearly all our communications are electronic, printed submissions are less useful than they might otherwise be. While we will accept printed submissions for people who for some reason or another can’t manage email, it will get scanned into electronic format and emailed to the various readers and editors anyway. So sending electronically saves the editors a labour-intensive step and saves you postage.
    •  The reason for an attached RTF rather than plain text is the submissions editor finds them easier to manipulate, and prefers to see the things like italics presented as the author intended, rather than the makeshifts required by plain text.
    • All stories submitted go through an initial blind reading process. That means that the stories are sent to our panel of readers with no author information attached. This is why we want the author information in one place where it is easily removed.
    • Since this is an Australian publication, we’d like all of our stories to be written with Aussie spelling for the sake of consistency.

Via: Andromeda Spaceways.

Ongoing Submissions: Every Day Fiction

Payment: $3

Every Day Fiction is looking for very short (flash) fiction, of up to 1000 words. There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job in 50 words, have at it! — but our readers prefer pieces that tell or at least hint at a complete story (some sort of action or tension rising to a moment of climax, and at least a clue toward a resolution, though it doesn’t have to be all spelled out).

All fiction genres are acceptable, and stories that don’t fit neatly into any genre are welcome too. While personal experiences and other non-fiction can be great sources of inspiration, please turn them into fiction for us, or send them elsewhere.

Our readership is adult, so children’s stories are unlikely to be accepted unless they are relevant to adults as well. On the other hand, we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence, or pointlessly foul language; edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot and characters.

It ought to go without saying that any story submitted to Every Day Fiction must be your own unpublished original creation. If you publish a story on a blog, even your own personal blog, or any website accessible to the general public (i.e., if the story can be found and read online without a password or friend status or other limitation), it is considered published and therefore inappropriate for our market.
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Taking Submissions: The Great Lake Drabble Contest #15

Deadline: September 30th, 2019.
Payment: 1 cent per word (1 dollar total.)

The contest ends September 30, 2019.

The Great Lake Drabble Contest #15

The Contest Theme: Treasure Hunt

We are looking for non-traditional treasures, a search that finds something unanticipated, of value. For example, in “Skylark of Space,” the civilization values salt above gold, and the people are not above melting down humans to recover the salt in their bodies.

The Contest Theme

“Treasure Hunt”

Publishing Details

Drabble Contests are edited by  Terrie Leigh Relf

The contest ends September 30, 2019.

Its format is perfect-bound trade paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, color cover and b&w interior.

How to Submit

Submit your work to [email protected]

In the subject line of the e-mail, put Drabble Submission plus your last name and the title of the work submitted.

SUBMISSION EXAMPLE

“Drabble Submission: Asimov Nightfall – Contest #15”

Please make sure to put the Drabble Contest number in the subject line to make it easier to sort submissions.

Submit your drabble in the email body, please, and NOT as an attachment.

Next, make sure your contact information is in the email along with the approximate word count.

CONTACT INFORMATION EXAMPLE

Edgar Montrose
1101 Kaboom Street
Mushroom, NY 12117
[email protected]
paypal [if any]: [email protected]

If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

Pay for drabbles is 1 cent a word, which means one dollar per drabble.

The first and second place winners will each receive one of our publications. Winners will be announced in the View from the Lake once the contest is ended and the submissions are all read.

We will publish the 20-25 best submissions. Each contributor will receive payment and a contributor’s copy, with the option to buy additional copies at a discount.

Via: Alban Lake Publishing.

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