Category: Reprints Allowed

Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores – EARLY

Deadline: November 2nd, 2020
Payment: 6 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome

 

 

Submissions Schedule

We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020:
The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T.
Only one submission per person.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.

We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.

Writers Guidelines

We accept new work as well as reprints, prose and poetry, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, shorter pieces will be favored.   We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established.  Submit only work you are proud of — if you don’t love it, neither will our readers!  If in doubt, edit it down further.  And further.
No simultaneous submissions. 
No multiple submissions.
Reprints must not have been published elsewhere within the past year or be available for sale online except as part of an anthology.

For the many writers who valued our feedback on their stories:
1.  We have brought back a modified version of the feedback system which will not be time intensive for the editors:    
     — Writers who would like feedback on their stories should request it at the end of their submissions comments.
     — You will receive feedback only if you request it.
     — Writers requesting feedback must understand that this is Unedited Feedback Not Intended as Diplomatic Critique; it is the honest and considered opinions of our first readers and assistant editors, designed to help the editors in their assessment of stories.
     — There may be repetition and contradictory opinions.
     — Readers can opt in or out of having their feedback passed on, so there may be few or no opinions to send you.
     — Comments will be passed on without reader names.
2.  We have started an Open Mic section, which will include:
     —  The Critiqued Story Place for writers who’d like to see and ask questions about extended critiques from our staff on a story they submitted. When submitting a story please state you’d be interested in this, and we will occasionally choose one of these stories for the Open Mic Critique.  This section is only for interested writers.  The stories critiqued there are not published, they are for writers’ benefit only, not available to general readers.  Sign-in to read and write required.
     —  The Meeting Place, where readers, writers, and staff can meet, ask questions, and make suggestions.

 

Fiction

We are looking for: well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability.  We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space.  If you use real existing science, please get it right.  You can also read the About Us page for more information.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, super-heroes, Lovecraftian stories, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds.

We don’t accept: horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction*, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. Also, seems we have to say it, we don’t take work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.

Fact

We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or that might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.

Artwork and Other Imagery

We’re looking for storytelling through images.  We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions.   For photomanipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.

We are not presently commissioning any work.  We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories.  We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online.  If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.  We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.

*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it.  Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome.
An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.

Please Read Before Submitting:

In the submissions comments, tell us:
— your name,
— story title,
— genre
— word count
— whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and if a reprint, where and when it was first published. If a reprint, it must not have been published within the preceding twelve months and must not be currently available to read for free or for sale as an individual story.
Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits.

We may ask for revisions on a story we are interested in, whether it is new or a reprint, but a request for revision is not a guarantee of acceptance.

No simultaneous submissions.  No multiple submissions.

Please follow standard manuscript format

We prefer text in .docx Times New Roman and images as a jpg or through a link.  If you write a document in .doc and then just add an x to the end of the file extension,  the document may not open for us.

Use letters and numbers only for filenames or else your file may not load.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers. 

On the submissions page, check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.

A small percentage of people may find that the spam filters on their email host don’t allow them to register.  Adding donotreply at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com and submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com
to your address list may solve this problem.  If it doesn’t, you can email 
submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com  and we will manually input you into the system. 

Addresses to note and add to address books:
cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com/portal  — login for subscribers to the magazine.
submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com — for questions about submissions.
editor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com   Fran Eisemann, editor-in-chief
fantasyeditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com  Casey Honebrink
eldritcheditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com  Aaron Gudmunson

We get a large number of submissions, so please be patient.  Turn-around times are generally between one and twelve weeks.  If you haven’t heard back after twelve weeks, feel free to query.

Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements.  We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth!  🙂

 

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   When creating passwords for the submissions manager we suggest 12 characters or more with a combination of numbers and both upper case and lower case letters.  Please avoid using the ampersand &, percent sign %,  
plus sign +,  quotation marks “,  less than <,  or greater than > 
After reading our guidelines, you can login to the submissions manager and submit stories here:

Submissions Manager

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.
Our thanks go to Glenn Lyvers at Prolific Press for creating this feature for us.

Good luck, and we look forward to reading you!

For people interested in becoming readers for Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, you can read about the process here:

 Becoming a Reader

Via: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores.

Taking Submissions: Artificial Divide

Deadline: December 1st, 2020
Payment: 0.06CAD per word
Theme: Multi-genre allowed by Blind and visually impaired writers
Note: Will consider reprints

Artificial Divide is an own voices anthology by Blind and visually impaired writers. It’s a multi genre anthology with visually impaired protagonists. It will feature a diverse array of short stories with protagonists that are visually impaired.

For this anthology, edited by Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey, we’re looking for short stories between 500 and 8,000 words.

We are looking for own-voice stories featuring blind or visually impaired protagonists, written by authors who are blind or visually impaired. The story need not be about being visually impaired or blind, and can be any genre of fiction.

Stories must be in English, though we invite diversity and dialects, including AAVE.

We will reject any story with racist, ableist, or homophobic, or otherwise bigoted themes. We don’t want to see those kinds of stories. Period.

One of the editors will be using a screen reader to review submissions, so make sure your document does not contain any tables or graphs or charts. Layout tables are acceptable but highly discouraged because your submission will be converted to Proper Manuscript Format. If you already have your story in Proper Manuscript format, send it along in that format.

If you’re visually impaired and need a screen reader friendly template, this page is a bit dated, but it has templates that work in all versions of Microsoft Word <https://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html>.

Submit your manuscript in either docx or doc format.

We’re especially looking for writers of color, LGBT+ writers, and other marginalized identities. Please note that priority will be given to Canadian writers from diverse backgrounds, though we are open to authors from around the world.

In your cover letter, provide your name, your primary email address, and a cover letter outlining the main plot of the story and the word count. In your cover letter, detail in two sentences or more, how being visually impaired has hindered you in the publishing industry.

Stories can be submitted to [email protected] please write in SUBMISSION and the title of your story as the subject header.

Deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2020.

Payment is 0.06CAD per word.

Previously published work – we strongly prefer original work but will consider work previously published in publications with small readership. Please indicate on your cover letter if the work was previously published and include a link to the publication.

Simultaneous submissions – we will consider simultaneous submissions. Please indicate on your cover letter if your work is submitted somewhere else simultaneously, and please notify us right away should the work be accepted elsewhere.

Please submit only one story. Should we turn down your story before the submission deadline, please do feel free to send us another story. Otherwise, please only send one story.

Via: Renaissance.

Taking Submissions: Family

Deadline: January 1st, 2021
Payment: $20
Theme: Killing your… Family
Note: Reprints welcome

We want you to kill off those family members.
Grandma, brother and sisters, even the pet bird.
Make it good, make us squirm.

Length: 3-10k
Single spaced
TNR 12pt
Word or dox files
Re-prints accepted

Pay: $20/accepted story

Send subs to: [email protected]

Via: Terror Tract’s Facebook.

Taking Submissions: Night Terrors

Deadline: October 26, 2020
Payment: $10 for every 1,000 words
Theme: the creepy, the weird and the unsettling
Note: This is an ongoing anthology series with 3 volumes already out
Note: Out of print reprints accepted

Scare Street is accepting submissions for short horror stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales.

Short stories must be 3,000-7,000 words and will be included in our Night Terrors anthologies consisting of ~65,000 words each. These stories will be published in e-book, print, and audio formats in English within 6 months after the submissions close date. Based on reader reception, we may also publish them in e-book, print, and audio formats in German and Spanish.

WHO ARE WE?
Scare Street is a horror publishing company dedicated to helping fellow horror lovers experience sleepless nights. We’ve been around since September 2015 and have published 190+ e-book and paperback titles along with 140+ audiobooks (and counting!).

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Get visibility from thousands of horror readers. We will promote your work on our email list (13,000+ subscribers), Facebook Page (19,000+ followers), Facebook Group (9,500+ members), Pinterest (500k+ monthly views) and the rest of our social media channels.

Afterwards, thousands of readers on Amazon and other retailers will organically find your stories. Our first few volumes clenched the top 3 new release spots in horror anthologies category and continue to be found on the first page of various horror categories.

Work with an experienced publisher. We’ve been publishing high-quality manuscripts, non-stop for 5 years. We’ve ironed out the kinks and know what it takes to bring stories to the masses, operationally. And we know a few things about getting your stories read, too!


Distribution in e-book, print, and audio formats, in various languages. You’ll also receive a complimentary digital e-book and audio formats when they’re published. We will definitely be publishing the e-book and print formats in English.  The English audio format, along with German and Spanish e-book, print or audio formats will be produced based on reader reception.


We accept reprints. Dust off your old horror stories. We’ll happily bring them back from the dead. Just make sure they are currently NOT available anywhere digitally.


Straightforward payment. We pay $10 for every 1,000 words prorated, $50 for every 5,000 words prorated, and so on. Payment will be sent by the e-book publication date. There’s no waiting for royalties to trickle in, or confusion over whether you’ll get paid and for what amount.

RIGHTS

Scare Street will have the following rights for selected stories:
1)  6 months exclusivity for English e-book rights starting from the date of publication (target  publication date is within 3-6 months after the submissions close date), then non-exclusive e-book rights after the 6-month period. During the e-book exclusivity period, the story must NOT be available anywhere else in written digital format.

2)  Non-exclusive English language print and audio rights.

3)  Non-exclusive translation rights granting the ability to translate to German and Spanish language for production in e-book, audio, and print formats.

We believe in purchasing non-exclusive rights so you can continue to sell those same stories to other publishers. Our sole exclusivity requirement is 6 months for the English e-book rights starting from the date of publication. Print, audio, and translation rights are non-exclusive from the start and can be sold elsewhere immediately after signing with us.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • Short stories with 3,000-7,000 words (we will consider stories that are slightly outside the word count range)

  • Manuscript must be written using American English spelling and terminology

  • We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling
  • Stories with clever, but logical twists at the end
  • New ideas and unusual writing styles, but without falling into traps of contrivance and cliché

  • Stories showing more of the action rather than just telling the reader what happens

  • Believable dialogues and minimal use of dialects/slang

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR

  • Shorts with a lot of spelling and grammar errors

  • Stories that are not horror, dark fantasy or some form of disturbing fiction

  • Fan fiction
  • Sex is fine, but total erotica and torture porn are not
  • Stories that include intolerance of a person or group’s race, religion, nationality, physical or mental ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation

  • Gratuitous gore and violence with no purpose – blood and guts are fine as long as there’s something deeper

  • Stories that glorify, minimize, or inaccurately represent child abuse, animal abuse, or sexual assault
  • Extreme use of foul language. Use of foul language must be minimal as it loses its punch if over-used

 

DEADLINE
Submissions will be accepted from September 26, 2020 through October 26, 2020 11:59PM PST.

SIMULTANEOUS & MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
Simultaneous submissions (submitting the same stories to other publishers at the same time) are allowed. Please let us know as soon as possible if submission is accepted or published by another publisher. To withdraw your submission, email us at [email protected] with the subject line “WITHDRAW SUBMISSION: [Title of the story you’re withdrawing]”. If we select your story, please remove the work from consideration elsewhere immediately. We accept a maximum of 2 stories per author per submission period. Additional stories will be left unread.



RESPONSE TIME
Author will be notified via email once story has been selected. Most submissions will receive a response within 30 days after the submission deadline (October 26, 2020). Due to the sheer number of submissions we are unable to reply to all inquiries. We will review all submissions, so if you don’t hear back within 45 days after the submission deadline, then it has not been selected.

FAQs
We’ve compiled answers to frequently asked questions in our AUTHORS’ FAQs page.

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT

  • Manuscript must be written using American English spelling and terminology

  • 12 pt. Georgia or Times New Roman font, normal margins, and double spaced

  • Refrain from using headers, page numbers, and page/section breaks
  • Include author’s name, title, and word count on the first page
  • Indicate scene breaks with three stars, no space (***)

  • Indicate the end of manuscript with three stars, with spaces in between (* * *)

  • Submission must be in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Save the file name in this format: Title of Story_Author’s Full Name (e.g., Horror House_John Smith)

Manuscript Format Template

HOW TO SUBMIT
We will only consider submissions through the Google Form link below. Each author can only submit up to two stories within the submission period.  Stories will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

DO NOT email us your submission.
DO NOT submit stories that you already submitted on Scare Street’s previous open call submissions. They will be automatically rejected. We review all submitted stories, and unfortunately cannot respond to all inquiries due to the sheer number of submissions.

Please fill out the Google Form by clicking the button below:

Via: Scare Street.

Taking Submissions: We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020

Deadline: December 31st, 2020
Payment: $0.01/word
Theme: The best speculative stories published in 2020 that implicitly or explicitly explores queerness and/or transness.
Note: Reprints Only

WE’RE HERE: THE BEST QUEER SPECULATIVE FICTION 2020 is now open for submissions. The anthology will be co-edited by CL Clark and series editor Charles Payseur. Expected publication will be Summer 2021 from Neon Hemlock Press. Learn more about the press here: www.neonhemlock.com

Submissions are open for all speculative work published in 2020 under 17,500 words that deals either implicitly or explicitly with queerness. If you’re not sure, send it in and let the editors decide.

The compensation level for stories accepted to WE’RE HERE: THE BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION 2020 is $0.01/word. Submissions will close December 31st 2020.

Editors are encouraged to recommend work from their publications and can submit multiple stories for consideration. Authors may also submit their own work; authors from all underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to submit. Please don’t self-reject.

Please note that we will not be sending rejections for this anthology, as is standard for other Best Of anthologies. The authors of selected stories will be reached out to in April 2021. We will be announcing our ToC in May 2021.

The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form.
We are looking for:
• Wordcount: Under 17,500 words.
• What we want to see: We are looking for the best speculative stories published in 2020 that implicitly or explicitly explores queerness and/or transness. We refer to queerness that is inclusive of ace/aro stories, trans and nonbinary stories, and intersex stories.
• What we don’t want to see: Original work, unqueer work, non-speculative work.
Guidelines:
• Please submit your story in .pdf, .doc or .docx file, formatted for publication or in something approaching Standard Manuscript Format. This should be the final version that was published, not including editor notes or track changes.
• Please include a cover/query letter with the title, length, where/when the story was published, and a brief bio. You may include links to your website/social media, and previous publications if any. Please don’t stress about this cover letter, if we have additional questions about your submission, we’ll ask them.
• Stories must be published in 2020. This can include self-published stories, and those published on your blog or Patreon.
• Multiple submissions are welcome.

Via: Neon Hemlock.

Taking Submissions: Resist with every inch and every breath

Deadline: December 31st 2020
Payment: $25 for original work, $15 for reprints
Theme: Resist with every inch and every breath.
Note: Officially opens to ALL on November 1st, however, currently open to Black, Indigenous, people of color, migrants, queer, disabled, women, working class, currently or formerly incarcerated, and/or living in poverty
Note: Reprints allowed

Lonely Cryptid Media is now accepting submissions for our second anthology, to be published September 2021.

Theme: Resist with every inch and every breath.

Stories of resistance and rebellion, but also of the steps in between and the change that comes after.

People around the world rise up and resist those who hold power over them. In the middle of an unprecedented global pandemic, oppression persists and is magnified as crises lay bare the systemic inequalities within societies around the world. This anthology will invite us to reflect on this moment, but also imagine a world beyond it. What will happen if the momentum of Black Lives Matter carries us through and ends state violence? What does a world post-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) look like? What does a world without any borders at all look like? What will be the result of teachers’ and athletes’ strikes? How might we forestall climate catastrophe and work towards climate utopia instead? How can a pandemic be a time to come together even as we stay apart? What does a post-oppression world have in store for us? What will be the outcome of resistance to injustice? What does the future hold?

Tell us about resistance big and small; real and imagined; rooted in reality or fantastical in nature; science fictional or science factual; historical, contemporary, or in the future. The everyday resistance of women. The power of youth and children’s rebellions. Resistance in the streets. The dismantling of white supremacy. Overthrowing colonial states. Empowering workers and undoing capitalism itself.

Give us your hopes and dreams, but also give us the messy work of making those dreams a reality. With all the work ahead of us, we’re looking for stories that spark our utopic imaginations as well as roadmaps to that brighter future. We want work that is honest about the difficulties of struggle against oppression without shying away from the incredible joy and fulfillment this work can bring.

Submission Guidelines

We’re on the Submission Grinder.

What we are looking for: The best way to know what kind of work we are looking to publish is to read our first anthology, Fireweed: Stories From the Revolution. We are hoping to build upon the work started by the incredible authors and poets who contributed to that volume. Also, we may be biased, but we think that if you’re the sort of person who writes about resistance then you’ll probably enjoy reading Fireweed.

Priority submission: from September 1st to October 31st 2020, for historically marginalized authors including those who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, migrants, queer, disabled, women, working class, currently or formerly incarcerated, and/or living in poverty.

Open submission: from November 1st to December 31st 2020 for all authors.

Multiple submissions: We do not accept multiple submissions. Please send us your single best work that fits the theme!

Simultaneous submissions: Because we are a small team it may take time to send notification of acceptance or rejection. Because of this, we welcome simultaneous submissions of works which are also under review elsewhere. Please let us know immediately if your work is accepted for publication somewhere else so that we can remove you from the list.

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Ongoing Submissions: Constraint 280

Payment: $2.80
Theme: Narrative fiction in 280 characters or less

Constraint 280 is a venue for narrative speculative work up to 280 characters long. This usually means microfiction and poetry, but things like Twitter bots that generate tweets are also welcome. Experimental and interactive forms are very much welcome. Code may exceed 280 characters if the printed output is 280 characters or under.

Terms

  • Multiple submissions OK
  • Simultaneous submissions OK
  • Reprints OK
  • Translations OK with documented permission of original author
  • Untranslated submissions in Spanish and Chinese OK. If accepted, S. Qiouyi Lu will provide an English translation for your piece.
    • Se puede enviarnos obras en español. Si publicamos su obra, S. Qiouyi Lu la traducirá al inglés.
    • 我們歡迎繁體和簡體中文的作品。如果我們出版您的作品,陸秋逸會替您翻譯成英文版。
    • 我们欢迎繁体和简体中文的作品。如果我们出版您的作品,陆秋逸会替您翻译成英文版。

How to Submit

Please send your work to [email protected] with the subject line “[Octavos] TITLE OF WORK by AUTHOR NAME” or “[Constraint 280] AUTHOR NAME” as appropriate. Please paste your work into the body of your email—no attachments! If you need to withdraw your piece for whatever reason, just reply to your original email and let us know.

We aim to reply to all submissions within 14 days. Please query if you haven’t heard back from us in 35 days.

Payment

Payment for work accepted for Constraint 280 is a flat 2.80 USD/piece.

Sample Contract

If your piece is accepted, you will receive a contract like the sample one below outlining the rights you will be licensing to microverses. Basically, you will be granting us the non-exclusive right to display your work on our site. We’re happy to answer any questions and make changes to the contract as well.

This Agreement made between microverses, and its successors and assigns, hereinafter referred to as the Publisher, and [author name], hereinafter referred to as the Author.

The parties agree as follows:

(1) The Work. This Agreement pertains solely to the Author’s textual work titled “[Story Title].”

(2) Limitations On Scope Of Grant.  

(i) This Agreement is not a transfer of the copyright to the Work.

(ii) All rights not expressly granted by the Author reside exclusively with the Author.  Any rights that may be developed in the future shall reside with the Author.

(3) Electronic Rights. The Author grants non-exclusive electronic rights to the Publisher to include the Work in the Magazine, for publication in the English language [and Spanish or Chinese if applicable] on or before [the date by which first publication must occur.]

For the avoidance of doubt, the rights granted to the Publisher under this paragraph are rights only to the publication or dissemination of an electronic replica of the Work as it is incorporated in the Magazine website, and not to any other publication, dissemination or use of the Work.

The Author may terminate the grant of non-exclusive electronic rights and ask the Publisher to remove the Work from the magazine’s website, archives, electronic back issues, bundles, or any other electronic format, and the Publisher agrees that it will comply within 30 days of such request. 

(4) (a) For the rights granted to the Publisher in this Agreement, the Publisher shall pay the Author the sum of [payment amount], no later than 60 days after receipt by the Publisher of this agreement executed by the Author.  If payment is not received as required by this paragraph, all rights granted hereunder shall immediately revert to the Author.

(b) Payment shall be made by PayPal or by another means agreed to by the Author.

Any fees, charges, or commissions required because of use of electronic means of payment shall be paid by the Publisher.

(5) If the Publisher fails to publish the Work by [the date by which first publication must be made], all rights granted hereunder shall immediately revert to the Author. In such event, the Author shall retain any payments made under this Agreement prior to such reversion.

(6) Arising under and terminating with the grant of rights to the Work in this Agreement, the Author grants Publisher the right to use the Author’s name and biographical material for all advertising, promotion and other use of the Work. Upon request, the Author shall provide the Publisher with appropriate biographical material for such use. The Publisher shall use only the Author’s name and biographical material provided and approved by the Author.

(7) The Author warrants that, as of the date of executing this agreement, the Author is the sole author of the Work; that the Author is the owner of all the rights granted to the Publisher hereunder and has full power to enter into this agreement and to make the grants herein contained; that the Work is original and any prior publication of the Work in whole or in part has been fully disclosed to the Publisher; and that to the best of the Author’s knowledge the Work does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other proprietary or personal right of any person, firm, or corporation.

(8) The Publisher will make no alterations to the Work’s text or title without the Author’s written approval in email or hardcopy. The Author will be provided with the Publisher’s proposed version of the work prior to publication and given sufficient time to review text. The Publisher reserves the right to make minor copyediting changes to conform the style of the text to its customary form and usage.

(9) The Publisher agrees to list a proper copyright notice for the Work in the name of the Author at the end of the Web-published story.

(10) The Author will be credited at the beginning of the story as [author’s byline].

(11) The Publisher shall not make the Work available to any distributor, catalogue, service, or computer program which alters the text of the work or the display of the work, beyond typographic or formatting changes that do not affect the meaning of the work, or facilitate such changes—including but not limited to removing or changing profanity—without written permission of the Author.

(12) Regardless of its place of execution, this agreement shall be interpreted under the laws of the State of California.

(13) Successors and Assigns. Publisher may not assign or in any way transfer this contract or the rights granted by it to another person or entity without the written permission of Author.

(14) Amendment. This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties, and supersedes all prior writings or oral agreements. This Agreement may be amended, only by a written agreement clearly setting forth the amendments and signed by both parties.

(15) Void Provision. If any term or condition of this Agreement is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, unlawful or otherwise unenforceable, the parties agree that such term or condition shall be reformed as nearly as may be possible to carry forth the intentions of the parties and that such illegality, unlawfulness, or unenforceability shall not act to void any other term or condition of this Agreement nor to void the Agreement as a whole.

(16) The parties acknowledge that each party has read and understood this contract before execution.

In witness whereof the parties have executed this contract in duplication originals on this DD day of [full name of month], YYYY.

[Author’s signature] [Date]
[Publisher’s signature] [Date]

Via: Microverses.

Taking Submissions: Women Destroy [Retro] Science Fiction

Deadline: November 30th, 2020
Payment: Flash (700-1500 words, no more and no less*): $10 per piece Drabbles (up to 100 words for drabbles; 200 words for double drabbles*): $1-3 per piece up to triple drabbles (300 words). Poetry (up to 30 lines-no fancy formatting*): $5 per poem
Theme: Retro Science Fiction
Note: Female authors only
Note: Reprints Accepted

  • Women authors only (Transwomen authors accepted because transwomen are women).
  • Retro Science Fiction. What is retro sci fi? It’s also known as retro-futurism, and described as “the future that never was.” Something like the science fiction stories of the 40s and 50s. John DeNardo wrote a nice article about it in Kirkus Review. Link: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/why-i-love-retro-science-fiction/
  • I want you to imagine me a future of women characters that shine and live in a world (that they created or helped to create) filled with impossible wonders.
  • Flash and short stories only.
    • Flash are (750 to 1500 words)
    • Short stories are (1501 to 2500 words (no more)
  • Reprints will be accepted on this one, just let me know where it was previously published.
  • Deadline is November 30th at 11:59 pm.

Further submission guidelines can be found here.

Via: The Were Traveler.