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Being part of a Writing Group
Being part of a Writing Group

Taking Submissions: Immigrant Sci-Fi Short Stories

Deadline: August 30th, 2022
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints
Theme: stories from a diverse range of writers who have direct or familial experience of immigration and migration and its complex issues.
Note: Reprints Welcome

We are seeking stories from a diverse range of writers who have direct or familial experience of immigration and migration and its complex issues. Writers with origins from all over the world, including but not limited to Latinx, Caribbean, Asian, African, Arabic, North American and East European, are invited to challenge the reader with stories that spill out into space, parallel realms or just hidden in plain sight. The stories will explore the world from the gaze of the incoming, whether forced through slavery, economic choice, necessitated through war or oppression, or hope for a better future, examining the perspectives of displacement in a future or fantastical setting. The new stories will be set alongside older narratives – real and speculative – by Frederick Douglass, Sutton Elbert Griggs, Harriet E. Wilson, Sui Sin Far and more. An intriguing view of the conflict and anxiety between the settled and the unsettled.

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Taking Submissions: The Science Fiction Tarot

Deadline: October 4th, 2022
Payment: 3 USD cents/word, reprints will pay 1 USD cent/word.
Theme: SF Stories in for each of the cards of the major arcana
Note: Reprints Welcome

The Science Fiction Tarot will contain 22 stories, one tale standing in for each of the cards of the major arcana and placing the anthologies word count at approximately 90-110K words. Stories of up to 7,500 words will be considered, but please be advised that submissions of 5,000 words and under will have the best chance to be selected.

Each author will be expected to submit a 1-3 word science fiction concept for a card, along with a story that exhibits that idea through character, plot or theme. Please have a clear archetype, setting, or SF subgenre and center your submission around the concept: the focus of the tale should be the idea conveyed, not tarot cards themselves.

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Ongoing Submissions: The Dread Machine

Payment: ORIGINAL FICTION: $0.05 per word., REPRINTS: $0.01 per word., POETRY: $10 per poem.
Theme: Futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction.
Note: Reprints Welcome
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OVERVIEW

The Dread Machine publishes futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction. We do not accept religious fiction, fetish horror, or erotica. All submissions must be in English.

We will accept previously published submissions, but not those that are available to the public online. If your story already appears online for free, publishing it would negatively impact both our SEO and that of the other publisher. We will accept previously published stories that are available online only if those stories are hidden behind a paywall.

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Taking Submissions: Hidden Realms

Deadline: July 11th, 2022
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.
Theme: A setting in an area that is normally hidden from regular people.
Note: Reprints Welcome

We’re delighted to let you know this new call for submissions is open! Please read through submission details carefully before sending us your stories and ensure you include HIDDEN REALMS first in the subject of your email.

Hidden Realms Short Stories

Open your mind to contemplate the ways in which places can be hidden – tucked away in remote corners of the world, buried underground, existing on another physical plane or a different dimension in time or on a quantum level, on another planet, accessible only to those with the secret knowledge, or even in plain sight under our noses… They may be inhabited by beings just like you and me, or creatures utterly different to us. Hidden Realms Short Stories will delve into the secret corridors, the hidden doors at the end of the alley, the hole in the trunk of an ancient oak. Your new submissions will sit alongside classic tales from many traditions, including classic literature (from Alice in Wonderland to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) or even tales of the hidden city of Harar in Ethiopia, exploring the adventures of hidden places, secret gardens, and shadow lands in forests and mountains, in the swamps and wild places of our world, and beyond.

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Taking Submissions: The Second Black Beacon Book of Mystery

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: 20€ for original stories and 5€ for reprints and a contributors copy
Theme: Mystery Stories
Note: Reprints Welcome

Send us your best mystery. We want excellent writing, evocative settings, intriguing characters, and most importantly, a clever puzzle complete with clues, red herrings, foreshadowing, and twists. We strongly suggest you purchase a copy of The Black Beacon Book of Mystery to find out what kind of stories we’re likely to accept. 20 for original stories and 5€ for reprints regardless of length, plus one print copy. Preferred word count between 5,000 and 10,000 words. The preliminary deadline is the 31st of October, 2022.

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Taking Submissions: Insignia 2022: Best Asian Speculative Fiction

Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Payment: $5
Theme: Speculative Fiction reprints set in an Asian country and must have Asian main characters

About: This is our annual reprint anthology, started in 2020. ‘Insignia 2022’ will feature new Asian speculative short stories. Pieces should be set in an Asian country and must have Asian main characters. (Exceptions are for non-human characters, or non-Earth settings, but your story should still have recognizable Asian elements in these cases. If you’re not sure, please query).

Theme: Anything speculative: horror, light or dark fantasy, and science fiction. As usual, we aim to have a good mix of Asian settings and cultures, as well as speculative sub-genres, so the more original your ideas are, the better chance your work will have of being accepted.

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Taking Submissions: Cosmic Horror Monthly July 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: July 1st-14th, 2022
Payment: 3 cents per word for original fiction. 5k words = $150. 1 cent per word for reprints. 20 – 30 dollars for artwork chosen as interior content. Negotiable. 100 dollars for cover art. Negotiable.
Theme: Cosmic Horror, Lovecraftian, Weird stories, original and reprints
Note: Reprints Welcome

Cosmic Horror Monthly is a horror and weird fiction magazine edited by Charles Tyra.

*SUBMISSIONS CLOSED!* – Submission periods are twice yearly from January 1st – January 14th and July 1st – July 14th.

January stories accepted will appear in issues from the following July – December

July stories accepted will appear in issues from the following January – June
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Taking Submissions: Tales from the Ruins: A Post-Apocalyptic Anthology

Deadline: July 31st, 2022
Payment: 20€ for original stories and 5€ for reprints
Theme: Tales of survival in a post-apocalyptic world.
Note: Reprints Welcome

We are currently OPEN to submissions for “Tales from the Ruins: A Post-Apocalyptic Anthology”. We’re looking for tales of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. There are no specific thematic guidelines and we’re open to submissions featuring sci-fi elements, but at the heart of your story must be a human struggle. Action and adventure is great, but more importantly, we want to feel for the protagonists. Make us walk in their tattered shoes and go through their struggles with them. Lean towards mystery rather than information overload. The nature of the apocalypse is secondary. The key is your story. Drop us straight in and leave hints so the reader can put the pieces of the puzzle together while the adventure progresses. 20 for original stories and 5€ for reprints regardless of length, plus one print copy. Preferred word count between 5,000 and 10,000 words. The preliminary deadline is the 31st of July, 2022.

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