Taking Submissions: Spoon Knife 5: Liminal

Deadline: December 31st, 2019

Payment: 1 cent per word

Autonomous Press seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, and short memoir pieces for an upcoming anthology, Spoon Knife 5: Liminal.

Scheduled for publication in Fall 2020, this fifth volume of the Spoon Knife Anthology series follows The Spoon Knife Anthology: Tales of Compliance, Defiance, and Resistance (Spring 2016), Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber (Spring 2017), Spoon Knife 3: Incursions (Fall 2018), Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Spacetime (Fall 2019).

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

What We’re Looking For

limen: Latin, “threshold”

A liminality is a threshold, the place between here and there which is, in itself, both and neither. From it we get the word “subliminal” meaning, literally, “below the threshold of sensation.” A liminal space is a transitional zone. It is at the heart of a ritual or rite of passage, when one is no longer the thing they started as, but has yet to become the thing they will be. To stand at a liminal point is to occupy both sides of a boundary at once. Liminality can be disorienting, unsettling, ambiguous, and uncomfortable, but it can also be freeing, an existence without labels or boxes, or a means to a new becoming.

We are looking for fiction, poetry, and memoir that explores thresholds and liminalities of all kinds. The work must further intersect with themes of neurodivergence, queerness, and/or the intersections of neurodivergence and queerness. Some examples might be:

  • the experience of occupying liminal space as an individual
  • the experience of collective or cultural liminal spaces, such as demimondes
  • rites of passage, including via formal ritual or ceremony, or as a transition between states of being, locations, moments in time or ages, statuses, or situations
  • sensory phenomena that occur at the threshold of sensation, perhaps sensed by some but not by others
  • metamorphosis or transformation
  • explorations into the subconscious or other borderland spaces
  • ghosts, entities out of phase with the material world, virtual entities, voices, or other characters that exist in threshold or liminal/subliminal spaces
  • doorways, gateways, and the literal and figurative passageways between here and there

The Editors

Spoon Knife 5: Liminal will be edited by Andrew M. Reichart and Dora M. Raymaker

Andrew M. Reichart is managing editor of Argawarga Press, an imprint of Autonomous Press dedicated to genre fiction. He is co-author, with Nick Walker, of the epistolary science fiction novel Insurgent Otherworld and the Weird Luck webcomic. He has also written four genre-blurring novels, Wallflower Assassin and the City of the Watcher trilogy, which will be re-released in new editions by Argawarga Press starting in 2019. For his day job Andrew helps run a small utopian tech firm, and he’s also an activist with a grassroots abolitionist project. He lives in California with his wife and a couple of dogs.

Dora M. Raymaker, PhD, is a scientist, writer, multi-media artist, and activist whose work across disciplines focuses on social justice, critical systems thinking, complexity, and the value of diversity. Dora is an Autistic/queer/genderqueer person living in Portland Oregon, conducting community-engaged research at Portland State University, knitting fractals, and communing with the spirit of the City. Dora’s work includes the novel Hoshi and the Red City Circuit and the short story “Heat Producing Entities” in Spoon Knife 3: Incursions.

Format and Length

Fiction and Memoir: We’re looking 10,000 words or less of fully-polished prose, submitted in standard manuscript format (title page with contact info, double-spaced Times New Roman 12-point font, pages numbered with either title or author’s name in the header.)

Poetry: You may submit up 5 pieces of any length and style, provided they fit the theme of this collection.

All submissions must be in a Word-compatible format (.doc, .docx, .odt).

When and How to Submit

Submissions are now open. Please submit your work no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Authors will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by Friday, February 28, 2020.

Payment for accepted submissions will be 1 cent per word, to be sent by check during the second quarter of 2020.

Email all submissions to [email protected]

When submitting your work, please put in the subject line one of the following:

    “Spoon Knife 5 Submission – Fiction”

    “Spoon Knife 5 Submission – Memoir”

    “Spoon Knife 5 Submission – Poetry”

Also, please include a cover letter that clearly specifies the name under which you want to be credited, along with a 3-4 sentence bio written in the third person. The name and bio should be typed exactly as you want them to appear in the book.

Via: Autonomous Press

Taking Submissions: A Villains Guide to Useless Sidekicks

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: $5

Content:
An original, unpublished, story that includes a super-powered being and someone trying to use their power to their advantage.

Accepted Styles:
Short stories and flash fiction

Accepted Genres:
Anything that isn’t erotica.

Simultaneous Submissions:
These are allowed, but please withdraw your submission immediately if accepted by another publisher.

Reprints:
No. Stories posted on the internet, including but not limited to, FB, personal websites, blogs, etc., are considered published.

Number of Submissions per Author:
1 short story or 3 pieces of flash fiction

Length:
A short story should be less than 5,000 words. Each flash fiction piece should be less than 1,500 words.

Payment:
Free electronic copy of the book and $5 per author, regardless of number of accepted submissions.

Requested Rights:
First rights to digital, audio, and print formats in English. Exclusive for one year from publication. After that year all rights revert back to the author.

Deadline:
December 31st, 2019

Formatting:
Stories must be submitted electronically as a .docx attachment in an email to [email protected] Submission should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double spaced. The document name should include the name of your submission. Please include the title and page numbers in the header of the attachment.

In the body of your email please include your name, author name/website, address, short story title, and word count of submission.

IF IN DOUBT PLEASE SUBMIT!

Via: Pub 518.

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.

Taking Submissions: WILD CARD 2019: Splatter in Space

Deadline: April 1st, 2019
Payment: .01 cent/word plus 1 contributor copy
Note: You must be a member to submit, free to join here.

We want to see your splatter, bizarro and new weird tales set in space. Space is…well, pretty vast, but still, there can only be so many stories that take place on a space station or spaceship or escape pod before it starts to get old. That’s why we’re open to non-space settings too, as long as it’s set in the distant future and/or features strong elements of advanced technology, advanced beings, or meta-physical elements. If it’s a space-age scenario, send it in. And of course, don’t forget the blood, guts, and subversive messages.

NOTE: You MUST be a Splatter Club member to be eligible to submit a story.

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Subject: Splatter in Space
  • Length: 500 words up to 6K
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Multiple Submissions: No
  • Simultaneous Submissions: No
  • Payment:  .01 cent/word plus 1 contributor copy

The submission period runs from Jan.- April 1st 2019 and the reading period will last from April – June 2019 with final decisions being announced by July 1st 2019

Not a Member? Join here for free!

Via: Splatter Club.

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.

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