Taking Submissions: Wrong Turn

Deadline: September 1st, 2018
Payment: Stories that are up to 5,000 words will receive $50.00, above 5,000 words will receive $100.00

It’s dark…

You’re tired. Not thinking straight. It’s the worst time of all for you to make decisions, and maybe that’s why you take a…WRONG  TURN.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We want your detective stories, your noir, your thrillers/mysteries.

Any story you want to tell, any way you want to tell it…with the theme of WRONG TURN.

Your story will be published in audiobook first, followed by paperback and ebook.

We purchase the rights for this anthology, but authors retain their rights and are welcome to use their stories in any way they choose after publication.

Payment:

Stories that are up to 5,000 words will receive $50.00

Stories above 5,000 words will receive $100.00

Guidelines:

Please submit your original story:

  • Double spaced
  • 12-point font
  • Word document
  • Basic formatting only
  • Word count: up to 15k
  • Previously published stories are okay if you own the rights

 

Submissions due: September 1, 2018

Email submissions and/or questions to: [email protected]

Via: Blunder Woman Productions.

Ongoing Submissions: Nightlight Podcast

Payment: $75 for fiction, $35 for flash or reprints

Are you Black? It doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re from, or where you are now–as long as you’re Black and you write horror, you are welcome to submit!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Short story submissions should be between 4,000 and 5,000 words.
  • We may occasionally do flash fiction episodes, so feel free to submit shorter stories–it just may be a bit longer before your story airs.
  • We’ll pay you when the story is narrated. This typically happens 2-4 weeks before the episode with your story goes live. You can offer to narrate your own story, but keep in mind we may choose another narrator if we feel sound quality or style doesn’t match our brand.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but we respond pretty quickly (currently 5-7 days). Just let us know if you found another home for your work ASAP.
  • We pay for exclusive audio and electronic publishing rights for 6 months after the air date.
  • We also reserve the right to continue to broadcast, promote, and/or link to your story on our website/podcast, but after six months, you can publish your story in any format elsewhere.
  • We accept reprints that have not been published in audio format previously. Just let us know your story has appeared elsewhere and where so we can credit properly.
  • We do have plans to eventually publish “Best Of” anthologies. Should we decide to include your piece, we’ll ask your permission first and you’ll be paid for inclusion.

If you have any questions, hit us up on Twitter @nightlightpod.

HOW WE PAY

  • If we accept your short story, we’ll pay you $75. We send money via Venmo and the Cash App, but can also do PayPal if you don’t have Venmo or Cash (but we super don’t want to).
  • Flash fiction is paid at $35 per story.
  • Reprints are paid $35 per story.

HOW TO SUBMIT

To submit your story, email tonia [at] nightlightpod.com with the subject line NIGHTLIGHT: Submission [Story Title].

Please make sure you attach a PDF or Word doc of your story in standard manuscript format, although you can omit your mailing address.

You don’t need to say anything fancy in the email. Just tell me your name, which of your birth parents are Black (we not doing any Rachel Dolezal ish up in here), and anything else you think is interesting about you.

Want to Perform a Story For Us?

If you want to apply to be a narrator for NIGHTLIGHT, email tonia [at] nightlightpod.com with the subject line NIGHTLIGHT NARRATOR: [Your Name] with a link to a sample of your work. Please let us know if you are a member of another marginalized community (LGBTQIA, Muslim, Disabled, etc) so we can reach out to you for stories which feature characters in your community. Voice actors are paid $25 per episode.

Via: Nightlight Podcast.

Ongoing Submissions: Flash Fiction Podcast

Payment: half cent per word with a minimum payment of three dollars (USD).
Note: Reprints allowed.

Submissions are open for Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast. We are currently reading for Season 3, which will run from Jan to Nov 2018, and include approximately 45 stories.

The Flash Fiction Podcast is just what it sounds like. Most weeks, a new short-short story is put out in podcast form by Manawaker Studio, produced and hosted by CB Droege.

At the end of each season, the episodes are compiled into an audiobook to be made available through Audible. The episodes will also be archived indefinitely on the Manawaker site.

The podcast is supported by Manawaker’s patrons on Patreon.

THE STORIES

There is no requirement of submitted stories other than length. The ideal length is around 800 words, but stories as short as 250 or as long as 1500 may be considered. All genres will be considered, but the story must remain accessible to all ages, which mostly means no erotica or gore-horror.

Currently, we are particularly low on genre subs, so if you are trying to decide which flash to send, and one of them is a sci-fi, fantasy, or detective story, send that one.

SUBMITTING

Submitters may submit up to three works in the body of an e-mail.

Previously published work is okay, as long as you let us know where it was published previously, so we can credit them in the podcast. It’s the submitter’s responsibility to ensure they have the rights to their work before submitting.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, just make sure you tell us right away if the non-exclusive audio rights to your work are no longer available at any point, and please do so in a reply to your original submission, so that it’s easier to find.

If your work is accepted, you will grant Manawaker Studio the right to edit and produce the work non-exclusively as part of the weekly podcast (which is posted on the Manawaker website, iTunes podcast store, Google Music, and several other aggregators which pull content from those services.) and in an audiobook collection, which may remain ‘in print’ indefinitely. The work or parts of it may also be used for promotional purposes by Manawaker Studio.

At no point will Manawaker studio require any sort of exclusive rights to any story, and the original creator will retain all copyrights.

Compensation for the use of an accepted work will be a token payment of a half cent per word with a minimum payment of three dollars (USD).

A sample contract sits here, if you are interested.

All submissions should be sent to [email protected] with ‘FFP Submission’ and your last name in the subject line. Include a brief cover letter and third-person bio (65 words max) (for the contributors page on the website) in the body of the e-mail. If you’d like a URL for an online portfolio or blog included, give that as well.

Response times will vary ranging from a couple weeks to a few months.

Note: all submissions received before 2 February 2018 have been read and responded to. If you sent something in before that, and have not heard back, then something went wrong. Please query, so that we can figure out what happened to your submission.

Further note: Due to a providence of sharing for the call, I received an absolute bounty of subs in Dec and Jan, and it’s taking longer than usual to get through this tall pile. Sorry for the delay, hopefully I’ll be through it soon, and back to more normal turn around times.

There is no deadline for submissions, as this is an ongoing project.

Any questions about the project or these guidelines (or any queries after submissions) should be sent to [email protected]

Via: Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast.

Ongoing Submissions: The Bizarro Sideshow Podcast

1 cent per word
Reprints Allowed

Penny a word. Reprints or original.

It has to be less than 5000 words.

You have to entertain me. And be weird.

It has to work for audio without losing the audience.

You have to anonymize your manuscript to have it read.

You need a PayPal account to get paid.

There is a contract. I’m asking for nonexclusive audio, archiving, print, and electronic rights. You retain your copyright.

Send as docx or rtf attachment to [email protected].

Via: The Bizarro Sideshow Podcast.

Ongoing Submissions: Fictional Pairings

Payment: Works between 200-600 words = $ 0.75 total for the piece, Works between 601-1000 words = $1.25 total for the piece

What do we publish?

  • Fiction stories between 200–1000 words. We are especially interested in science fiction, mystery and fantasy narratives
  • Poetry is accepted if it is narrative in nature.
  • We do not publish erotica. Adult themes are acceptable, but keep it within the PG-13 and light R realm.
  • We do not publish works with trademarked or public figures. Passing references to public figures are acceptable but we will not publish fan fiction using copyrighted characters.
  • Your work can appear on your personal website but we do not publish works owned or published by another site or magazine.
  • We may edit your work for grammar and spelling. We will contact you if larger changes need to be made.

How is my work paired?

We publish pieces of fiction paired with independent music made by musicians published on Bandcamp. Much like fine wine and cheese, we aim to put two compatible pieces of art together and expose them to a wider audience.

Who owns the rights to my fiction?

  • You retain the rights to your work and characters. We simply publish it here to share with the world. We will link to your website/media accounts in the published narrative.
  • By submitting your work, you agree to have it hosted at Fictional Pairings and shared via our social media accounts.

What do we pay?

We are a new digital publisher and funds are limited. However, we do believe you should be compensated (even if nominally) for your work. We will pay the total amount for any piece posted to Fictional Pairings.

  • Works between 200-600 words = $ 0.75 total for the piece
  • Works between 601-1000 words = $1.25 total for the piece

If we decide to publish your work, we will send the funds to your Paypal account.

To submit, head over here: Fictional Pairings.

Ongoing Submissions: PodCastle

Payment: We pay $.06/word for original fiction 6000 words or less, $100 flat rate for reprints over 2000 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 2000 words).
Note: PodCastle opens and closes throughout the year.

PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction. If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it.

Submit online via our submissions portal using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format.

Word count: up to 6,000 words.

Occasionally, we run reprints in the novelette range (up to 17,000 words), although they are a harder sell. Query to [email protected] before submitting longer works.

No multiple submissions.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; just mention it in your cover letter up front, and let us know if you sell it elsewhere first.

Reprints are welcome, and strongly encouraged. We are happy to consider stories previously released on Patreon as reprints.


Payment and Rights

We pay $.06/word for original fiction 6000 words or less, $100 flat rate for reprints over 2000 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 2000 words).

As of January 2016, PodCastle publishes in both text and audio. You are offering us both when you submit your story. We ask for 4 months exclusivity for text and audio for original stories, and 4 months audio exclusivity for reprints. We are happy to receive previously-podcasted stories; this just means don’t re-pod the story until 4 months after publication with PodCastle.

We distribute under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the audio files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.

This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

You can find samples of our contracts at the links below. Note that these are for informational purposes only, and upon acceptance all the relevant information will be completed by our managing editor:

What We Want

PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story.

We are an audio magazine. Our audience can’t skim past the boring parts. Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we’re looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged.

We hope to publish fiction reflecting the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We’d particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.

Diversity

Podcastle welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQIA and non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.

If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so in your cover letter. We acknowledge the reality of unconscious bias and will make our best efforts to account for it during the editorial review process. Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human experience.

How to Submit

Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format and submit through our online submissions portal. We accept files formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.

In your cover letter, please include your legal name, byline (if different from your legal name), mailing address, and the story’s approximate word count and publication history. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.

After three months, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email.

Legalese

By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
  2. You are the copyright holder of the work;
  3. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
  4. All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
  5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.

If we buy your story we’ll send you a contract, and you’ll be bound to all of the above.

Questions?

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to our staff at [email protected] We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.

Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to reading your fiction!

Sincerely,

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert, Editors

and editorial staff

Via: Pod Castle.

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