Taking Submissions: Body Parts Magazine Issue #10: Primal Fears

Deadline: March 1st, 2018
Payment: $5 for flash fiction and $10 to $20 (depending on length) for short stories and nonfiction to authors

Issue #10: Primal Fears (Spring/Summer 2018)
Footsteps follow but you turn around, and no one’s there. You’re alone in the dark. Lost in a strange and terrible place with no exits. You have no control. See and hear monsters under the bed, bogeymen and bad guys. Creepy-crawlies. Things that squish, splat, burst and ooze. Trapped in your body, trapped in your mind. Reality slips away. You’re nothing more than an animal. Prey. Meat. Here are all the old terrors of childhood, the primitive, reptilian fears that have haunted our species since we first slunk from the mud and the fears that will chase us into the future. Submission deadline: 3/01/2018

“We are not afraid.”
Body Parts Magazine is an online literary magazine of horror, erotica, speculative fiction, essays and art. Each themed issue honors Eros and Thanatos, the Greek gods of libido and mortido—life and death. We celebrate the vast and various expressions of dreams and darkness, our primitive desires and urges, and seek to encounter—and embrace—those shadowy monsters who dwell in the dimly lit corners of human experience. 

Fiction
Body Parts accepts well-written, thoughtfully structured horror, erotic horror, speculative fiction, dark fantasy (including fairy tales and mythology), exceptional stories about ghosts, ghouls, monsters and wretched creatures, Gothic fiction, and all combinations of the above. Our boundaries are few and far between.

Flash Fiction: 1,000 words or fewer.
Short Stories: up to 8,000 words.
Serialized or Longer Fiction: query us with total word count.

Art/Photography
We accept your original artwork and photography reflective of an issue’s theme. Email a query with a link to your art online (web, Dropbox, Google album, etc.) Payment varies.

Essays & Interviews
We accept short essays and interviews (up to 1200 words) about topics that fit within our themes, people integral to the type of work published in Body Parts (writers, artists, photographers, etc.). Query first. We do not accept book/game/music reviews. Payment varies.

Payment
Body Parts is a paying market. We offer an honorarium of $5 for flash fiction and $10 to $20 (depending on length) for short stories and nonfiction to authors, and $5 to $20 for artwork and photography published in our journal.

Rights
We request exclusive rights as long as the issue in which your work appears is current. Once the subsequent issue has been published, you’re free to pursue reprint publication with other journals, anthologies, etc.

How to Submit
Cut and paste your text and submit it within the body an emailEmails with attachments will be deleted unread.
In the subject line, include the word Submission, the issue number you’re submitting to, and the title of your piece.
Please include a publication-ready bio and your website/social media sites. If your piece is selected for publication, we’ll send you a “Congratulations” email and request your PayPal email address and an author photo. Response times can be lengthy so simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please email us to withdraw your work from consideration if it’s placed in another publication.

Email submissions to: bodypartsmagazine (at) gmail (dot) com.

Via: Body Parts Magazine.

Taking Submissions: NonBinary Review #15 We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Deadline: October 31st, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry

NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue’s theme. We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature and be featured on our cover. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to some specific aspect of the source text (a character, episode, or setting). Submissions only related by a vague, general, thematic similarity are unlikely to be accepted.

We are open to submissions which relate to Shirley Jackson’s 1962 book We Have Always Lived In the Castle

Submissions which do not tie into the plots or make use of characters/settings from the stories WILL NOT be considered–there needs to be a clear connection to the source material. 

We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary or a tissue or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy.

FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION, FLASH & HYBRID/EXPERIMENTAL

NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 5,000 words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. Authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000 words each, in this category. Please upload each piece as a separate document on this submission. Flash (fiction or CNF) is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for publication.

POETRY

NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. You may submit up to five files with this submission, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.

VISUAL ART

We prefer high-resolution images in JPEG, PDF, TIFF, GIF or PNG format. Visual art must be related to each issue’s theme and please attach only one file at a time. Each file must be accompanied by the artist’s bio and an artist’s statement, which should be submitted as a Word document or text file, double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font.

ALL SUBMISSIONS

Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be submitted as a separate document.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite)  and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. In return, we ask for worldwide serial rights and electronic publishing rights. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.

ALPHANUMERIC
If you are interested in your work appearing online, please indicate on your submission that you would like to be considered for our weekly online feature, Alphanumeric.  Alphanumeric pays a flat fee of $10 per piece regardless of genre or length, and adheres to the same theme and style conventions as the current reading period for NonBinary Review. Alphanumeric pieces will be published online for the 3 active months per each issue, after which, these pieces will be published as a compendium to the issue in which they were published.  All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Authors and artists should state in their cover letters for which issue their submission is intended. Submissions not related to an upcoming issue’s theme will be deleted unread.

Via: NonBinary Review.

Taking Submissions: Glass & Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

Deadline: November 15th, 2017
Payment: TBD, likely $0.01 per word, read below for details

Solarpunk is a type of eco-conscious science fiction that imagines an optimistic future founded on renewable energies. It might take place in a wind-powered skyscraper or on a solar-powered robotic farm. Often coupled with an art nouveau aesthetic, and always inclusive and diverse, solarpunk stories show the ways we have adapted to climate change, or the ways we have overcome it.

For this anthology, I want to see solarpunk summers. Show me futuristic stories that take place in summer, whether that involves a summer night in a rooftop garden, or characters adapting to extreme heat and weather, or an annual migration to cooler lands. Keep it planet-based (Earth or other), and optimistic. Solarpunk worlds aren’t necessarily utopias, but they definitely aren’t dystopias.

We’re a northern hemisphere publisher, but southern hemisphere summers are also welcome!

Need inspiration? Read New York 2140 or Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson, Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation, or Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology.

Submission Method: Send your story as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment to solarpunk[at]worldweaverpress[dot]com with Submission: [story title] in the subject line. Please include a brief cover letter, but DO NOT summarize your story in the cover letter.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

About the Anthologist: Sarena Ulibarri attended the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop in 2014 and earned an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed and Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, as well as anthologies such as Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures and Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction. She has been Editor-in-Chief of World Weaver Press since 2016, and edited the anthology Speculative Story Bites.

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Glass and Gardens author payments are part of our stretch goals for the Solarpunk Anthology Translation Kickstarter! Click here for more information about the Kickstarter. Rewards include story critiques, concept consultations, art prints, and more.

Via: World Weaver Press.

Taking Submissions: Fell Beasts and Fair Anthology

Deadline: November 1st, 2017
Payment: $0.01 / word and a contributor’s copy

Details:

  • Stories can be 1,000 words to 10,000 words.
  • The anthology will be published in ebook and paperback formats.
  • We pay upfront $0.01 / word. Authors will receive the e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies.
  • Previously unpublished submissions strongly preferred.
  • We are seeking twelve months of exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights and non-exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights in perpetuity.
  • Multiple submissions are fine, but simultaneous submissions are discouraged. Please don’t re-submit a rejected story unless we request revisions.
  • We hope to have responded to everyone within one month of the submission window’s closing. Feel free to query if it’s been longer than two months.
  • Stories must be double spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font (or something similar). Do not submit in Courier. The story title, your byline, a word count, and contact information should appear on the first page, and your last name, story title, and page number should appear in the header information of all other pages. We’re not particular about whether you use italics or underlining for emphasis, how many spaces are after the period, or whether you use straight or smart quotes.
  • Submissions may be sent to the email address: Submit your stories via email as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. The subject of your email should be SUBMISSION: <story title> by <byline>. The email body should contain a short list of your publishing credits and any pertinent biographical details.
  • The submission period begins August 1, 2017, and ends November 1, 2017.

Theme guidelines

  • The story must have a fantasy/speculative element. Science fantasy is ok, but we’re aiming for fantasy rather than straight science fiction. We prefer “clean” stories and strongly prefer noblebright stories. For more on noblebright, please see noblebright.org.
  • The story must address the “Fell Beasts and Fair” theme in some way. We’re interested in both classic and new interpretations of fantastic creatures, from mermaids and dryads to dropbears and jackalopes.

Via: Spring Song Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Inwood Indiana

Payment: $1.50 for everyone, and $10.00 for those marked “Editor’s Choice.”

Background

Inwood Indiana has been publishing issues since 2010. Each issue features both new and established writers. We consider publishing all forms of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction under 5000 words.

It’s still free to submit!

Many excellent journals charge fees for either online or offline submissions (or both). We all understand those funds are needed to send contributors a copy, or otherwise generate income. More than 70% of journals today do not pay anything. These types of practices are understandable, but frustrating to writers.

Fortunately, Inwood Indiana submissions are still free.

Publication Rewards

All journals have some financial strategy to stay afloat, and those decisions are often difficult trade-offs.
What are our trade-offs?

Pros:

 

  • We don’t require writers to pay anything to submit.
  • We are in the minority of journals that DO pay cash (via PayPal because it’s easy and convenient).
  • Along with publication, writers also receive a 1 Year Subscription to Inwood Indiana online ($20 Value).Cons:
  • We cannot afford to send free paperback copies.
  • Token payments are small.

    Submission Guidelines

    By submitting, you are acknowledging these terms.

    1. Your work has not been previously printed elsewhere. You maintain all future-use rights to your work.

    2. You affirm your submission is your own creation and no part of your submission is in the public domain.

    3. You may submit up to 5 times each issue.

    4. You may withdraw any “pending” submission prior to acceptance by logging into the submission manager (just click “withdraw”). Once accepted, you will need to contact us to withdraw a submission.

    Note:

  • We do not charge you to submit your work.
  • We do not charge a reading fee for general submissions.
  • We prefer you limit your submissions to 5 per issue.
  • Remember to separate your submissions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • One token payment allowed per issue.
  • Token payments are currently $1.50 for everyone, and $10.00 for those marked “Editor’s Choice.”
  • Online subscriptions are disbursed after publication.
  • Cash payments are paid by PayPal to any address you designate.Special consideration is given to works with these themes:* Inwood Indiana
    * Small Towns
    * Eerie / Spooky
    * Nature


    We prefer submissions using our submission manager. However, we still accept submissions by mail.

    To submit by mail, follow these directions:
    * Include up to 5 submissions on separate sheets without contact info.
    * Submissions spanning multiple pages should be collated and stapled together.
    * Include your contact info on a cover page with your bio.
    * Include a SASE for notices – or your email address.
    * Submissions will not be returned without sufficient postage.
    Mail to:
    Prolific Press Inc.
    Inwood Indiana Editor
    P.O. Box 5315
    Johnstown, PA 15904

 

 

Via: Inwood Indiana.

Ongoing Submissions: Lackington’s

Payment: 1 cent CAD per word for stories ($25 CAD minimum)
Note: Limited reprints allowed, read before submitting.
Note: Check the main page for the current theme which rotates

Lackington’s publishes speculative fiction between 1,500 – 5,000 words in length. The “spec” element can be overt or subtle (so blow us away with realism if it possesses the merest twinge of strangeness). Fantasy, SF, slipstream, post-apocalyptic, magic realism, mythopoeia, folktale, grimdark, weird, or any flavour of ‘punk, it’s all good, BUT WAIT! Read this before submitting — meeting our style preference is our foremost demand. We’re excited by stories by, or representative of, members of traditionally marginalized communities. We are never excited by fanfic, so please don’t send us any. We prefer stories with experimental prose and structures, but second-person POV narratives have become a hard sell at Lackington’s simply because we see so many.

Submission window: We rely on rolling submissions, which means we close for submissions once our Table of Contents is full or near-to-full. We don’t post deadlines, but we do make announcements on Twitter when we’re a week or two off from closing. Submission windows are usually open 8-12 weeks but there’s no guarantee, so get your tales in sooner than later.

Fiction submissions: Email submissions to lackingtonsmagazine at gmail dot com. Your email must include the word count for your story, byline, publication history, the country you live in, and the theme/issue you’re submitting to (see above). We don’t accept attachments. Copy and paste your story into the body of your email, below your cover letter, and be sure the font isn’t too small or creative (clear, readable text is the way to our hearts). It should go without saying that paragraph breaks must be obvious, and work must be polished. Type SUBMISSION: [THEME] [YOUR TITLE] in the subject line of your message. If we accept your story, we’ll ask for a Word doc in standard manuscript format. We love getting work from authors we’ve published before, but to keep things varied we ask those authors to target every third issue or more. We have a very small staff and a very large number of submissions, so alas we can’t offer feedback on stories.

Reprints: We aren’t a reprint market but make exceptions for English-language work previously published outside Canada, U.S., British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand. We also accept new English translations of work that was previously published in another language, anywhere in the world. Be sure to read your contract carefully before submitting previously published work to ensure that you have the right to resell and we have the right to republish. You MUST indicate that your work has been previously published in your submission email, and let us know where and how long ago. Our reprint rates are the same as our rates for original fiction (see below). Please note that we consider work sold to readers through Patreon or crowdfunding drives to be previously published.

Art submissions: We commission artwork for each story, so don’t send us individual pieces for consideration. Rather, email us a link to your online portfolio, with cover letter, and if we think your style is a good fit for Lackington’s, we’ll ask if you’re willing to illustrate a specific tale when an opportunity comes up. 

Simultaneous and multiple submissions: No and no. We respond within 60 days or sooner, and we ask that authors submit no more than twice a reading period.

Poems, plays, flashlings?: We’re only interested in short stories. However, stories that experiment with structure are especially welcome–we love works that incorporate elements from poetic or dramatic forms.

Payment: We pay 1 cent CAD per word for stories ($25 CAD minimum), $25 CAD for interior illustrations, and $40 CAD for cover art. We do so using PayPal, and payment will be made before your story goes to print. Be sure to read our legalese, below, about what “first rights” entails.

Legalese: We buy first world electronic and print rights, which means we have exclusive rights to your work leading up to the date of publication and, in the case of stories, for 90 days thereafter (art may be reprinted or resold any time after we publish it). We also purchase reprint rights, which means that we have permission to reprint the work we bought from you in any future anthologies. Authors may publish a teaser of 200 words or less to promote their upcoming release. Illustrations, however, don’t break down that way, so artists must refrain from publishing/posting anything we buy from them until after we have unveiled the work in Lackington’s (“exclusive first rights” means just that). After 90 days post-publication, stories may be reproduced or anthologized in their entirety elsewhere, electronically or in print; we ask, however, that contributors or future editors note that the work originally appeared in Lackington’s. We reserve the right to reproduce purchased work in our online and print promotional materials (e.g. masthead, bookmarks).

Production: We have a professional editor on staff, so expect some minor nips and tucks (they correct typos and awkward/unclear sentences, and ensure that author style is consistent throughout each story). If the editor has questions, or suggestions for broader changes, we always contact the author for approval before going to print. Please trust the editor, who’s been doing this for a long time. They will use the lightest possible touch, respect the author’s taste on more subjective matters, and will not alter an author’s overall voice, ever. We hope contributors will consider editor feedback as a service rather than a slight — Lackington’s would not have accepted your work if we didn’t already admire it six ways to Sunday.

Via: Lackington’s.

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