Category: Token Payment

Ongoing Submissions: Ricky’s Back Yard – How HORROR-able

Payment: $2

When most kids my age were reading about a Big Red Dog, I was reading about Pennywise. I grew up on Faces of Death, Alien, and Halloween OG. I’ve hunted the ghost of Socrates in Athens. There’s a statue of Pazuzu in my bedroom. I’m that person.

If any of that connects to you, boy do I have place that wants to see your story! Czykmate Productions proudly presents HauntedMTL–the Original Content. We want to hear what makes you tick, chill, and shiver. Give us your gore, your moaning banshees, heck, even a story about a Starbucks haunted by Elvis. Give us what’s unique to you.

We will take short story, flash fiction, and graphic pieces (either one-shots or sequentials with the preference of sequential art).

This is an open call and rolling submission that pays $2 USD via PayPal or in person if you can catch me. Remember, by submitting, you agree to our contract here.

Via: Ricky’s Back Yard’s Submittable.

Ongoing Submissions: Space And Time

Payment: One penny per word.
Note: This market opens and closes as it fills up.

Fiction

We seek: science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, magical realism—we look for work with a speculative element and creative hybrids. Gratuitous sex and gore do not impress us, so only include if they are integral to the plot. No children’s stories. No simultaneous or multiple submissions and no reprints without querying first.

You send: Stories with a maximum word count of 10k (we prefer stories between 5,000—7,500) submitted in standard electronic manuscript format. All fiction submissions are to be sent electronically as a Word or .rtf attachment. Please send queries, questions and submissions to [email protected]zine.com.

We pay: Payment of a penny-per-word is made upon publication. We buy first print and electronic rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the author. We will do our best to respond to all submissions within four weeks. If you don’t hear from us after four weeks, please feel free to send a query.

Poetry

We seek: poetry of a speculative nature—science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any combination thereof—no longer than a single, standard 8.5 by 11 inch page.

You send: Submissions either embedded in an email or as an attached Word or .rtf document. No simultaneous submissions or reprints; multiple submissions up to three poems. Submissions link will be posted when open.

We pay: Payment of $5 per poem made upon publication. We buy first print and electronic rights. After a work is published, rights immediately revert to the author. We will do our best to respond to all submissions within four weeks. If you don’t hear from us after four weeks, please feel free to send a query.

Via: Space And Time.

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.

Ongoing Submissions: Write Ahead/The Future Looms

Payment: £0.02 per word

We here at ‘Write Ahead/The Future Looms’ are always looking for new pieces of work to slate for publication and up and coming writing tallent that we can place within our Magazine. We recieve a lot of interest from Writers and we appreciate you taking the time to read these guidelines in order to make sure that your piece will be duly considered. When submiting your work please follow one of the three options to aid us in streaming your submission and getting it appraised in the right way.

All emails sent to editor should use the title of one of the three Categories as their subject header submissions who do not do this will not get past our filter.

H.G.
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Taking Submissions: Lost

Deadline: January 1st, 2019
Payment: $1 per 100 words.
Note: Reprints Allowed

Nexxis Fantasy has a twice a year publication. Our goal is to publish an exquisite science fiction anthology filled with the greatest works from across the galaxy.

We are accepting short stories and flash fiction up to 15,000 words. We are also accepting Fantasy art and photography. If you’re looking to submit a novella or novel please use this form.

This upcoming anthology’s theme will be “Lost”. We’re also happy to announce that all profits from this anthology will be donated to Doctors Without Borders which provides aid to people threatened by violence, neglect, natural disasters, epidemics and health emergencies.

  • Get Paid for your accepted submission. $1 per 100 words.
  • Keep the rights to your work. You allow us non-exclusive rights to publish your work.
  • Can be an awesome story you’ve already published before.
  • Join other great authors and artists and reach thousands of fantasy fans.
  • All profits from the book will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. You can either submit your submission using the form to the right or by emailing us at [email protected].

Authors must be 18 years old or older to submit.

Via: Nexxis Fantasy.

Ongoing Submissions: Serial

Payment: At least $1.60 / page. You will also receive a free copy of the publication and royalties

Submission Guidelines

Please send your submissions to [email protected]. We prefer attached Word Docs or Google Docs.

General Guidelines

We seek exciting stories that our readers will speed through. Our main goal is always to entice our readers to pick up the next issue of SERIAL. We accept all genres, however we specialize in genre fiction like action-adventure, science-fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, thriller, and romance. While “exciting”, “entertaining,” and “fun” are the main qualifications for a SERIAL story, we also appreciate stories that manage to communicate a positive message as well. We want stories that make readers feel good…even if they’re a little dramatic, crazy or suspenseful.

The reading level for your story can be whatever you see fit, however the content of your story must be suitable for young adult audiences. We will not accept submissions that have explicit sex scenes or use known racial or LGBTQIA+ slurs. If your sci-fi or fantasy story is an allegory for issues surrounding these minority groups though and you’ve made up your own unique slurs, then send it in and we’ll see if it’s a good fit!

If your submitted work has been published before, please let us know where. We accept previously published work, however we want to make sure that we’re truly helping you gain more exposure. SERIAL stories are published under a non-exclusive publishing agreement. We do not require copyright transfer, exclusivity, or first rights.

SHORT STORIES:

We accept short stories that are 500-10,000 words.

NOVELLAS, NOVELS, SERIALIZED FICTION

We publish serialized fiction. The word count for each “chunk” or chapter of fiction must be 7,500 – 10,000 words. There’s some wiggle room there, but that’s what you should be aiming towards. In order to be accepted, we require that you submit two chunks of the story and an outline of the remaining story with an estimate of how many chunks remain. We ask that serial fiction writers commit to publishing at least one chunk a month. We also ask that writers keep in mind that each chunk should end on a mild to extreme cliffhanger.

Genre Specific Guidelines

Below are a couple notes to keep in mind for specific genres.

SERIAL MYSTERY, HORROR, AND THRILLER

  • For these genres in particular, please make your outline extremely thorough. Include every red herring, scare, and twist you plan. The more, the better. We want to know exactly how you’re going to keep the suspense going.

ROMANCE

  • It’s said that romance can’t be romance without a Happily Ever After ending, but we’re totally okay with you blowing that idea up. We love unexpected endings, romances that dip into melodrama, or even romances that completely switch genres midway through. Romance-horror anyone? Traditional romances will be accepted too of course, but if you want to have fun with the genre, you are welcome here.

Illustrations and Comics

We also accept black and white illustrations and comics that fit within our genres. While we love the aesthetic of vintage pulp fiction magazines, we’re open to all styles.

What to Expect

After we receive your submission, a few things will happen.

  1. You will receive a response within 10 days with constructive feedback.
  2. If we plan to move forward with your piece, two things may happen:
    • We may make line edits to your piece and ask you to approve them.
    • We may ask you some follow up questions in order to draft a quick contract.
  3. You will be sent a contract that explains your rights, our rights, and your payment.
  4. Before the magazine sale date, you will receive a payment of at least $1.60 / page. You will also receive a free copy of the publication.
  5. Every 20th of the month, you will receive a royalties payment if applicable. This payment is calculated by # of issues sold x net revenue per issue (typically $1.00 or more) / 2 x the percentage of pages you contributed to the issues sold. Essentially 50% of our revenue goes to our writers and 50% goes to covering business expenses. We keep our back issues (up to a certain point) in stock, so writers may continue to earn on old issues.

Via: Serial.

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