Taking Submissions: Apparition Lit Magazine – October 2018

Deadline: August 31st, 2018
Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00

Apparition Lit is open for poetry and short story submissions four times a year.

  • February 15-28
  • May 15-31
  • August 15-31
  • November 15-30

Apparition Lit also holds monthly flash fiction contests. These stories will follow selected themes and be published online.

For more information on themes and submission guidelines, please see the flash fiction drop down below.

Our themes for 2018 will be:

  • Apparition (Published January 2018)
  • Delusion (Published April 2018)
  • Vision (Published July 2018)
  • Diversion (opens for submissions August 15-31, 2018, publishing October 2018)

PAYMENT:

Apparition is a semi-pro rate magazine, paying $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars (excluding flash contest, a flat rate of 5.00 dollars to the winning flash). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

SHORT FICTION:

We will only accept stories between 1000-5000 words. If the story is complete with an extra hundred words, then it will still be considered. Any stories over 5,200 words will automatically be rejected.

PAYMENT:

Apparition is a token-rate magazine, paying $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars (excluding flash contest). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  1. Format the story using the Shunn manuscript
  2. Please only use Times New Roman or Arial font in your document
  3. Save as an RTF file and attach to an email
  4. In the text of the email, provide a brief cover letter that includes your name, the title of the short story, word count, and any relevant publications
  5. Edit the email’s subject line so it reads: SUBMISSION: Title of Your Story
  6. Email your formatted email and short story manuscript to [email protected]
  7. Add Apparition Lit to your Safe Senders list so you can receive our auto-response emails

RESPONSE TIME:

All acceptances and rejections will be emailed by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close.

If you have not heard back by the 15th, send a query to: [email protected] with the title of your submission. Before emailing, please check your spam folder.

To make sure you receive all emails from Apparition Lit, please add us to your Safe Senders list in your email client.

POETRY:

Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative poetry that meet our quarterly theme. These poems must have obvious fantasy or sci-fi elements that make it clear it this isn’t a literary poem that you stuck an ogre into.

We want poetry that is more than just formatting. Send us all types of poetry, including traditional forms.

Writers can include up to five (5) poems per submission.

LENGTH:

There is no minimum length.

Each poem must be no longer than 2-pages in length.

PAYMENT:

We play a flat fee of $10 per poem.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  1. Include each poem as a separate page in a single document.
  2. You may submit up to five (5) poems in one file.
  3. Please only use Times New Roman or Arial font in your document
  4. Save as an RTF file and attach to an email. (Please include the name of one of your poems in the file name, i.e. TheBirds.rtf. This will make it easier for us to find the file as we read.)
  5. In the text of the email, provide a brief cover letter that includes your name, the titles of the poems, how the poems match the theme, and any relevant publications
  6. Edit the email’s subject line so it reads: POETRY SUBMISSION: Titles
  7. Email your poetry to [email protected]
  8. Add Apparition Lit to your Safe Senders list so you can receive our auto-response emails

RESPONSE TIME:

All poetry acceptances and rejections will be emailed by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close.

If you have not heard back by the 15th, send a query at:[email protected] with the title of your submission. Before emailing, please check your spam folder.

To make sure you receive all emails from Apparition Lit, please add us to your Safe Senders list in your email client.

Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative fiction that meet our quarterly theme. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. We want it all. Send us your strange, misshapen stories.

Send us stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. We’re looking for proactive characters and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a complete story.

Diversity is as important in fiction as it is in real life. We want a mosaic of stories, from authors of all identities and walks of life.

WHAT WE DON’T ACCEPT:

While we love dark stories with macabre elements, we will not accept stories with gratuitous and graphic violence or rape. We also will not consider stories that have extreme, purposeless violence toward animals.

We do not publish erotica or thinly-veiled fanfiction.

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions. Please send only one submission per category during each reading period. Apparition Lit wants your best story that meets the current theme. At some point, if your story does not meet the theme, you’re just throwing spaghetti at the wall.

At this time, we do not accept reprints or resubmissions.

Via: Apparition Lit.

Taking Submissions: Contrary Autumn 2018 Issue

Deadline: September 1st, 2018
Payment: $20 per author per issue

“Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude. It says, I am unhappy with the way things are and desire to make things different. Rather than represent the world, I will make something wildly and savagely new. I will defy logic. I will invest in new perceptions. I will combine and recombine and fabricate and juggle until something that I have never experienced is experienced. The process is alchemical. The process is violent. It goes to the heart of creativity. It disrupts and shatters. It is splendid with provocation. It is an aggression against banality. It is sharp and loud like a janitor scraping frost from a window. The hectic bounce of steam on a street after a truck roars by. The anarchy of waters, the comedy of the face, dangerous feelings vented from a cage of skin.” ~ John Olson

Poetry — We believe poetry is contrary by nature, always defying, always tonguing the tang of novelty. We look especially for plurality of meaning, for dual reverberation of beauty and concern. Contrary’s poetry in particular often mimics the effects of fiction or commentary. We find ourselves enamored of prose poems because they are naturally contrary toward form – they tug on the forces of exposition or narrative – but prose poems remain the minority of all the poetic forms we publish. Please consider that Contrary receives vast amounts of poetry and that we can publish only a small percentage of that work. Please submit no more than three poems per issue. Our poetry editor is Shaindel Beers.

Fiction — We ask our fiction writers to imagine their readers navigating a story with one finger poised over a mouse button. Can your story stay that finger to the end? We have published long stories on the belief that they succeed, but we feel more comfortable with the concise. We favor fiction that is contrary in any number of ways, but our fiction typically defies traditional story form. A story may bring us to closure, for example, without ever delivering an ending. It may be as poetic as any poem. Our fiction editor is Frances Badgett.

Lyrical commentary/creative non-fiction —“Commentary” is our word for the stuff that others define negatively as non-fiction, nominally as essay, or naively as truth. We favor commentary that delivers a message less through exposition than through artistry. The commentary we select is often lyrical, narrative, or poetic. Examples from our pages include “Plum Island” by Andrew Coburn, “Ascension” by Kevin Heath, and “A Spring Sunday” by Heywood Broun. Our commentary editor is Jeff McMahon.


Terms of Submission

PLEASE NOTE: Because of Contrary’s 15th Anniversary issue in Autumn 2018, current submissions are being considered for the Winter 2019 issue. Acceptances will be delivered in December.

Our deadline, response, and publication cycle – Contrary receives submissions throughout the year and publishes four issues per year, with the change of seasons. In Spring our deadline is March 1, and the issue appears on or about April 1. Following that cycle, our deadline for Summer is June 1, Autumn is Sept. 1, Winter is Dec. 1. We begin each issue from scratch, with completely new submissions. If your submission is accepted, you will hear from us. If not, you can always verify that it was not accepted by viewing the issue for which you submitted. We do not send rejection letters.

Rights – Upon acceptance, Contrary acquires: 1) worldwide rights to publish in any or all versions of Contrary and other Contrary-affiliated media, including domestic and foreign, whether in the English language or translated into a foreign language, including any successor, similar or replacement versions thereof; 2) exclusive worldwide rights for a period of 90 days from the date of Contrary’s first publication of the work; 3. non-exclusive perpetual rights to republish, store, syndicate or distribute the work or portions of the work in any language and in any country, and 4) the right to use your name and likeness in a fair and dignified manner and to publish information about you in connection with the advertising and promotion of Contrary and of the Work. 5) When exclusive rights expire after three months, the author is free to seek republication elsewhere, but Contrary must be credited in all subsequent publications. 6) All rights granted by this agreement are granted in perpetuity and applicable in all media including, but not limited to, all electronic media, internet, wireless or mobile platforms whether now known or hereafter created.

Payment – For original commentary, fiction, and poetry, Contrary Magazine pays $20 per author per issue, regardless of the number of works or nature of the submission, if invoiced within six months. Reviews and Contrary Blog posts are unpaid. Author must email us an invoice within six months of acceptance for the payment to be processed. If no invoice is received within six months of acceptance, author forfeits payment, and all rights remain in force. Upon receipt of invoice, payments will be made through Paypal.

Simultaneous submissions – We accept simultaneous submissions, but you must inform us when submissions are simultaneous, and you must withdraw your submission immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere (you may resubmit any parts of your submission that remain unpublished). A submission constitutes an agreement to publish in Contrary under the guidelines on this page. Accepted works go into production immediately and may not be withdrawn under any circumstances.

Mailing List — When you submit your work you will be automatically subscribed to the mailing list we use to communicate with our contributors. We use it to call for submissions no more than four times each year. You may unsubscribe at any time or otherwise manage your subscription at our list host.

Before submitting, you may wish to consult our Manuscript Suggestions.

You can submit your work at: Contrary Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Gumshoe: A Literary Magazine

Payment: 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50

    • Gumshoe Review is now open to accept original fiction (mysteries, not character studies). The short stories should be no longer than 1,000 words. Pay will be 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50 (so if the story is longer you still only get $50). Our plan is to publish one short story per month. Stories should be sent as plain text within the body of an email or as a .txt, .pdf (not password protected), .doc, or .wp attachment to [email protected] Please use the subject line “Gumshoe Short Story Submission: Story Title”. Please include a short bio with the story. Works should be original and unpublished.

We try will acknowledge receipt of the story immediately but it may take us longer to respond about whether we will use the story in an upcoming month. (Updated: 07/2017) If you don’t hear from us in a reasonable amount of time, feel free to query about your status. The staff is very small and health and time issues have severely impacted our response times–including acknowledgements of receipt of submissions. Thus, a query is more than acceptable under current circumstances.

Simultaneous submission are okay but notify us if it is accepted elsewhere before we get back to you.

What are we looking for? Our Senior Editor put it quite succinctly: “We’re looking for stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice.”

Via: Gumshoe.

Taking Submissions: Weird Mask: Zombie Fiction

Deadline: September 15th, 2018
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Accepting submissions for October issue!

Looking for zombie short stories or flash fiction.

As a monthly zine, we are always looking for short stories, flash fiction and even artwork.

Genre fiction is a PLUS! Normally the weirder the better, but that isn’t always true.

Short stories should be around the 3k word mark. Flash fiction could be as short as you want.

As of now, the only payment we can offer is contributor copy. We hope to change that in the near future.

If you are wanting to submit a serialized story, please message us first with a small pitch and how many issues you would need to tell the story and we will get back to you promptly.

To submit a story, please copy and paste it in the form below. No need to format your piece in any special way.

Thanks!

Via: Weird Mask.

Taking Submissions: Breach September 2018 Issue

Deadline: August 31st
Payment: Short Stories are at 1 cent a word, to a maximum of $20 with Poetry at $5 per piece
Note: NZ and Australian authors only

We publish SF, horror and dark fantasy short fiction from NZ and Australian authors.

We publish bimonthly and open for submissions for the month prior to release. Our submission periods for 2018 are as follows:

Issue #08: August (to publish in September)

Issue #09: October (to publish in November)

Issue #10: December (to publish in January 2019)

In the Zine

All work must be original and previously unpublished. We pay for first worldwide publication rights and nonexclusive reprint rights. Copyright belongs to the author or artist. We simply ask for you to credit Breach as the site of first publication if your work is then subsequently reprinted elsewhere.

Stories between 500 and 2000 words, in doc format.

Poetry of a page length, doc format.

Cover art in A4, 600dpi, RGB.

Payment

Short stories: 1 cent a word, to a maximum of $20.

Poetry: $5 per piece.

Cover art: $20 per piece.

From August, 2018 we’ll also accept submissions of longer works of novella (17,000 to 40,000 words) and novelette (7,500 to 17,000 words) length. Our short stories lean toward horror and the darker side of science fiction and we’d like to carry that over to longer works. If you’re interested in publishing with us, please send the first chapter and a single-page synopsis as a Word doc using the form below. All work must be original and previously unpublished.

Breach pays 50% royalties from all print and ebook sales – we don’t offer advances. We pay for worldwide publication rights to any and all editions of the work, for the duration of the copyright.

Via: Breach.

Taking Submissions: Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly Autumn 2018

Deadline: August 15th, 2018
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Submitting to Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly

As the name suggests, submissions to OPQ have a quarterly window.

Deadline is February 15th for Submissions for Spring Quarter (Ostara and Beltane)

Deadline is May 15th for Submissions for Summer Quarter (Litha and Lugnhasadh)

Deadline is August 15th for Submission for Autumn Quarter (Mabon and Samhain)

Deadline is November 15th for Submission for Winter Quarter (Yule and Imbolc)

 

General Submissions Guidelines:

Please send your submission in an email where the subject line is Submission: Title, where Title is the name of your article or piece, to [email protected].  Note that our submissions can often become backed up due to the number of people on staff, so please allow up to four weeks for us to respond.  If queries or submissions have been unanswered after six weeks, please send us an email with ‘QUERY’ in the subject line.

Please indicate which prospective issue your piece is being submitted for.

What We Are Looking For:

Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly is looking for non-fiction and fiction submissions for our new quarterly publication. OPQ is a quarterly magazine dedicated to folk religion, spirituality, and paganism of all paths and stripes. Whether your article is over Witchcraft, Fey Work, Reiki, Heathenry, or other equally important paths, we would love to feature the independent voices of our community.  Though we are located in Oklahoma and as a result are focused on our local community, we also want to hear from those in other states, locations, and countries.

Part of the appeal of Paganism and other nontraditional paths is the diversity of thought and culture inherent in our worship and way of life. To that end, we will not accept work that is derogatory, violent, or condemnatory of other ways, walks, or paths in life. We will not judge submissions based on the client’s gender, gender identity, religion, age, spirituality, ethnicity, race, veteran status, country of origin, or other protected class. We prefer to focus on uplifting, positive articles that focus on spirituality as a tool for enlightenment, for whatever enlightenment means to the individual pathworker.

 

Non-fiction Guidelines:

We are looking for articles on specific beliefs, paths, or other. Maximum non-fiction article size is 4,000 words, tops.  You can submit either finished articles or query us about article ideas.

Please attach a small bio (a paragraph or three, 500 words, tops) detailing your publishing history, your writing credentials, your knowledge on the subject, etc.

Contributors, upon acceptance, will receive a single contributor’s copy (digital or print) for payment.  Note that at this time Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly is unable to pay contributors, however, we are looking to change this at a future date.

 

Fiction Guidelines:

We are accepting poetry and prose in fiction, both fantastic and literary. We would prefer more spiritual-based fiction, which focuses on one’s relation to the Unknown, the Divine, etc. However, we all love a good period piece.  Sword and Sorcery or Sci-fi, we want fiction that makes us think outside of ourselves.

Please attach a small bio (a paragraph or three, 500 words, tops) detailing your publishing history, your writing credentials, your knowledge on the subject, etc.

Though we don’t want to have a hard line, we have to: Poetry is restricted to 2500 words and Fiction to 5,000 words.  A little above or below is fine.  Please query for pieces that you feel fit the theme that exceed this word count.

Contributors, upon acceptance, will receive a single contributor’s copy (digital or print) for payment.  Note that at this time Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly is unable to pay contributors, however, we are looking to change this at a future date.

 

Art Guidelines:

We love art in every form. Unfortunately there are some minor restrictions we must impose for each issue.  Each issue of OPQ has a seasonal theme for its cover.  We invite artists to submit their original, non-licensed black and white, theme-appropriate art for print in our magazine. (Unfortunately we are not able to publish fan art, as that falls outside of copyright.)  Please ensure that your art submission, cover or otherwise, falls under the following guidelines:

Cover Art can be black and white or color, though we prefer color for our covers.

Interior Art must be black and white at this time, though we have plans on changing this in the future.

We accept: Character studies, scenes, doodles, cartoons, and even some single-page comics.  If you have art you’d like showcased please submit it.

Contributors, upon acceptance, will receive a single contributor’s copy (digital or print) for payment.  Note that at this time Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly is unable to pay contributors, however, we are looking to change this at a future date.

Via: Oklahoma Pagan Quaterly.

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