Deadline: May 1st, 2018
Payment: 2 cents per word up to 8K words
Note: Reprints Accepted
We are always looking for dark fiction so please feel free to submit to our projects! Below are all the projects that are in open submission periods. We are taking multiple submissions for each project. Please double check the guidelines before sending us your work. If you are looking for payment compensation, then make sure you are submitting to a project that offers payment. Each project is different and offers different compensation, so again please make sure you know what you’re submitting to. Below is an outline of our general guidelines.
Urban settings (not a must, but it catches our attention)
Speculative Fiction (dark dystopian themes)
What we aren’t looking for: If your story utilizes any of these tropes then we can’t publish it no matter how good it is! It’s not that we hate these themes, it’s just not what we’re looking to publish!
No Cthulhu Mythos
Midnight Hour Volume 1 & 2
Strange things happen when the clock strikes twelve…
Our flagship anthology is now open for submissions. These books will be available on kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format. The title page of each story will be illustrated. We are looking for horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk themes. Please read the general submissions for more details.
Below is a little more about the project.
Word Count : 1500-8000 words. This is not a hard word count. If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.
Payment: We are offering 2 cents per word up to 8K words. You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $160 per story for this project.
Rights: We are not asking for ownership of your story. Just the right to print it.
Reprints: Yes, we accept reprints. Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand. If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.
Deadline: April 15th, 2018
Payment: Original English short stories of up to 5,000 words (hard limit, shorter preferred) at $0.03/word, Reprints of stories up to 15,000 words (5,000 words or under preferred) at $0.01/word, Art pieces at $50/piece (reprints accepted), Essays at $50/piece (reprints not accepted)
Note: Reprints accepted.
Original English short stories of up to 5,000 words (hard limit, shorter preferred) at $0.03/word
Reprints of stories up to 15,000 words (5,000 words or under preferred) at $0.01/word
Art pieces at $50/piece (reprints accepted)
Essays at $50/piece (reprints not accepted)
*We define reprints as any work that has been seen by the public before, whether in another journal or online on personal sites/blogs/etc. Please inform us if your work has been printed before so we can credit.
The author grants Iridium Magazine for first world electronic rights (text and audio) and first print rights with 3 months exclusivity from date of publication and archiving.
Manuscripts and essays should be in standard manuscript format as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf WITHOUT identifying information. DO NOT put your name anywhere on the manuscript—any manuscripts with identifying information (incl. email or address) will be auto-rejected. The document should be labeled “Title (Genre)”.
Please warn for any potentially triggering content in the body of your email. This includes mentions of or on-screen sexual assault, suicide/suicidal ideation, child sexual abuse, child abuse, abuse, etc. Don’t try to surprise or shock us–that will only result in a rejection.
How to Submit
Send submissions to [email protected] with the subject line “SUBMISSION: AUTHOR NAME – TITLE” and a 100-word, third-person bio. Unless solicited, any submissions sent directly to the editors or other email addresses will be ignored.
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes. Inform us in your cover letter that it is a simultaneous submission and email us if your submission has been accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from our queue.
Multiple Submissions: No. Do not submit more than one piece at a time.
Genre fiction including genre fusions especially with a speculative bent and non-Western settings (including non-Western genres)
Wuxia, High, Low, Quest, Urban, Paranormal, etc.
Silkpunk, Cyberpunk, Clockpunk, Steampunk, Solarpunk, Dieselpunk etc.
We do not accept any works that do not have QUILTBAG+ content. Work will be judged based on skill and quality of the story rather than author identity. #ownvoices is great, but not a requirement. However, lived experience is key to writing good fiction. We encourage a cosmopolitan point of view.
Our reading periods are as follows:
February 1–April 15 for our Spring (May) issue;
July 1–August 15 for our Autumn (September) issue; and
October 1–December 15 for our Winter (January) issue.
Our Reading Recommendations
(NOTE: Not all these stories fit our guidelines, but they are in the realm of our desired fiction in terms of tone or content.)
Deadline: March 4th, 2018
Payment: 8 cents per word CA, 1 cent per word for reprints
Note: Reprints allowed
If it isn’t perfectly clear by now, we are looking for Ho ho, oh hell, is it that time of year again? Already? When the muzak starts cranking out lousy Casio versions of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” non-stop? When the flavour du jour switches from pumpkin spice to eggnog every goddamn thing? When everything gets all twinkly and glittery and your eyes just want to roll out of your skull from the sparkle overload?
Worse: how about when every other person you come across wants to infect
We’re looking for deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humourous, but that covers a lot of ground. But basically, if it would piss off Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly or that stuffy old grandma that always gave you hideous socks for Christmas, we’re in. One cautionary note: it’s likely there will be a lot of Santa stories submitted. We’d urge you think more widely, especially outside the white, Judeo-Christian canon. There’s really plenty to hate about Christmas, so it shouldn’t be that hard.
Some guiding stars, if you like:
The Ice Harvest
Robert Devereaux’s Santa novels
Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” (not the wussed-out version they did on the Twilight Zone, neither!)
Donald E. Westlake’s “Nackles”
Neil Gaiman’s “Nicholas Was . . .”
Joe Hill’s NO54A2
Damon Runyon’s “Dancing Dan’s Christmas”
Don Bassingthwaite’s Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight
Submission window: Monday,January 15, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Open to submissions by authors of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.
Fiction: 500–5,000 words. This isn’t super-firm (we won’t impale you with a candy cane for 5,100 words, even if you ask us to) but do try to keep it in the ballpark.
Poetry: No more than 2 pages (8.5 x 11) in length. (Maximum word count set arbitrarily to 2,000 words as our system won’t allow max lines or pages.) No need to double-space.
Preference will be given to stories previously unpublished in English, however, we will consider previously published material.
Stories published in languages other than English, but MUST come accompanied by a good English translation.
Multiple submissions welcome; up to two stories maximum per author, sent under separate cover.
NOTE ON PSEUDONYMS: we will only publish one story per author, even if you write under several names; please use your real name on all correspondence and indicate your pseudonym in the cover letter and on the byline of the story itself.
We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please (we promise to respond promptly).
Final responses no later than 30 days after the deadline.
Payment is 8 cents per word in Canadian funds (SFWA qualifying after exchange to US funds) for original submissions, 1 cent per word in Canadian funds for reprints.
Rights: First World Rights, including audio and translation rights. (NOTE: CZP has a foreign rights agent who will be presenting the anthology in foreign markets.)
File formats accepted: .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
Formatting: Standard Manuscript format: double-spaced, 1-inch margins, etc. Times New Roman 12 point or other readable serifed font (NOT Courier); indented paragraphs; italics in italics (not underlined); Canadian or U.S. spelling; use # (or other unambiguous symbol) to indicate scene breaks; no outlandish formatting, please; full contact info (name, street address, email, phone number) and word count on the first page.
Please include a cover letter with a brief author bio, title of story, and full contact info, including street address.
Please do not summarize or describe the story in the cover letter.
To be published by ChiZine Publications in late 2018. Yup, this one’s going right to press!
Deadline: March 31st, 2018
Payment: 6c/word for original fiction; 3c/word for reprints.
By Pantheon Magazine, edited by Sarah Read
Submissions open Jan 1, 2018. Publication in summer of 2018.
What we want: Weird, dark fiction; slipstream; magical realism; horror. Fiction with a touch of mythic quality. We want themes based around transformations—things that are shapeshifting, things that are emerging. Make Ovid’s Metamorphoses contemporary and weird and scary. We want a wide scope of voices, cultures, and perspectives.
We don’t want: A lot of assaulted women turning into trees, pretty people turning into flowers, things written in Ovid’s voice. Lots of folks in togas. We don’t want splatter or pulp, though some body horror is fine and comes naturally with this theme.
This is a flash fiction anthology. We’re looking for stories that hover around the 1k-word mark, with 2k being the maximum allowed for consideration. Standard manuscript format.
6c/word for original fiction; 3c/word for reprints.
Please give us 30 days of exclusive submission. If you haven’t heard from us by then, feel free to submit simultaneously elsewhere—just be sure to withdraw your piece from us immediately if it is accepted by another publication.
Please put your title, byline, and word count in your cover letter, as well as a brief note about how your story fits the theme.
Submissions are processed through Submittable. Please let us know if Submittable is inaccessible to you and we will be happy to make other submission arrangements.
We want print/digital rights exclusive for six months after publication, then all rights revert to contributors.
Deadline: February 21st, 2018
Note: Primarily looking for reprints.
Note: I received a message about this on Facebook and couldn’t find a direct link to them and have no knowlede on this publisher. Additional details welcome.
Wilder Publication is calling for Vampire stories to be used in a reprint anthology in its Super Pack series. Payment is $25.00 on acceptance in exchange for non-exclusive hard cover, trade paper back, and e-book rights. While we’ll consider original stories the payment would remain the same so we recommend you sell first rights to a more lucrative market. We’re looking for vampires with fangs. Stories should be atmospheric and moody. Submissions should be e-mailed to [email protected] and marked Vampire Submission. Reading period from 1/21/18 to 2/21/18. Responses will be prompt.