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Apparition

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: 1¢/Word

Seeking: Our theme is Apparition, which can mean a ghostly presence, the act of becoming visible, or the appearance of something strange or unexpected.

Date Posted: 11/11/2017

Summary: Apparition Lit is open for poetry and short story submissions four times a year. As the first issue of our magazine, our theme is Apparition, which can mean a ghostly presence, the act of becoming visible, or the appearance of something strange or unexpected.

Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative fiction that meet our quarterly theme.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.

Apparition is a token 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.

LostFilms

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: Not specified

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: 2¢/Word

Seeking: Horror stories with a film theme

Date Posted: 10/17/2017

Summary: “Attention, writers of horror fiction.

We’re currently seeking short stories for an upcoming anthology titled Lost Films. In 2016 we released Lost Signals, which has done very well for us. Think of Lost Films as its sequel.

We are looking for horror stories involving films, Hollywood, projectors & projectionists, home movies, webcams, television, documentaries, and other themes involving recorded visual disturbances. We want these stories to be weird and terrifying.

Some good examples of what we’re after: Cigarette Burns by John Carpenter, Starry Eyes by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, Experimental Film by Gemma Files, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, “Ardor” by Laird Barron, Videodrome by David Cronenberg, Angel of the Abyss by Ed Kurtz, and everything else discussed in this LitReactor article.”

Primordial

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: 1¢/Word

Seeking: Alien stories

Date Posted: 10/14/2017

Summary: “What we’re looking for:

Thoughtful, intelligent stories about alien life that has biology and evolution at its core.

For example:

Plausible first contact stories.

Communications difficulties with aliens.

Fatal misunderstandings between species.

Unfathomable aliens.

Awe-inspiring alien worlds and ecosystems.

Creative alien designs extrapolating on biology and evolution.

Conflict and harmony between species.

Creative reproductive systems and life cycles that cause problems for the people who encounter them.

Invasion/infestation stories.

Intelligent alien body horror.

Sensual human-alien erotica.

To be able to create plausible aliens you have to have a basic understanding of biology and evolution, so that you can extrapolate to life on other worlds. But at the same time, a story should be entertaining. We don’t just want a worldbuilding infodump. There has to be a beating heart of storytelling. We are looking for memorable, sympathetic characters having amazing adventures and encounters with exotic, yet believable, extraterrestrial lifeforms.

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:

Humans with funny noses and bumpy foreheads. Most aliens depicted on screen are merely actors with a bit of latex slapped onto their faces. The reason for that is twofold: First, it’s far easier to put some makeup on an actor than it is to make complex animatronic or CGI creations. Second, the general audience can relate to the aliens if they are humanoid. But we want to see sympathetic, relatable humans interacting with the unknown, unrelatable and unfathomable.

We’re certainly not looking for grey or reptilian aliens anal-probing farmers and dissecting cows. And we don’t want aliens to be merely a science fiction backdrop for a retelling of a World War 2 or Wild West story. The aliens themselves, and the interactions with them, should be the throbbing heart of the story.”

GallowsHill2

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: Not specified

Reprints: Not specified

Pay Rate: Up to $50

Seeking: Horror, thriller, dark fantasy, psychological, black humor.

Date Posted: 8/14/2017

Summary: “Giles Press is currently seeking submissions of the following works for their Gallows Hill Magazine:

FICTION
Horror, thriller, dark fantasy, psychological, black humor.
Length: flash fic to novellas; up to 15,000 words.
(Note: we reserve the right to serialize any submission over 9,000 words.)

POETRY (up to 5 poems at a time)
Same general genres/themes as fiction.
Length: up to 80 lines.

COMICS
Giles Press is always looking for talented artists who thrive on the strange and unsettling. From illustration to full comics, we would love to work with you to publish your work. For this magazine, however, we are only looking for freelance illustrations. If we believe that your style has potential, we will contact you about publishing stand-alone works.

GENERAL NOTES
Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts should include an exact word count; poetry manuscripts should include an exact line count. Please include your contact information (phone, email, and mailing address) as well as a brief author bio.

Please allow up to 3-6 weeks response time.

If we accept your submission, we will notify you via an acceptance letter detailing payment and rights information and any revisions we would like you to make. We withhold the right to make line edits as needed and will provide you with a copy to approve. Once we have your approval, it will be kept on file until it is assigned to an issue. Depending on how far out we are working, your submission may be placed as far as two issues out.”

 

Grievous_angel

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Science fiction, fantasy, horror,

Date Posted: 7/24/2017

Summary: “WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are a SFF&H genre-only webzine. This means Science Fiction, Fantasy, and related speculative fiction sub-genres, including Urban Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Horror, Mythos, Steampunk and Magical Realism, as well Humour/Satire riffs on these genres.

We are looking for original Poetry (all forms, maximum 40 lines each + no more than five poems submitted at any one time)

We are looking for Flash Fiction (maximum 700 words – yes 700 max – only one story at any one time). We are always happy to receive substantially shorter pieces of micro-fiction. Note: we determine story length by taking the WP word count. (As we only publish online, print magazine methods of calculating what is a word: number of character-clusters, or one word for each 6 characters or 10 words per standard line etc etc is not something we use.)

We are also looking for original Haiga (all forms: traditional, digital, photographic) – no more than two (2) haiga submitted at any one time – in a JPEG/JPG digital file format. The image should be no more that 720 pixels wide (tho, if necessary, we can reduce it to that size).

 

WHAT IS FLASH FICTION?

At the risk of stating the bleedin’ obvious, apart from the word length, the key factor with Flash Fiction is it has all the elements of a traditional self-contained short story, including a beginning, a middle and an end, even if some aspects may be implied. Flash Fiction is NOT an extract or vignette from a longer story and should never end with the words To Be Continued…”

 

StrangeConstellations

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: $30.00

Seeking: Science fiction and fantasy

Date Posted: 7/11/2017

Summary: “What we’re looking for:

Short fiction between 3000-7500 words. This length is flexible.

Speculative fiction. We especially like science fiction and fantasy but will read anything that grips us. We’re not looking for erotica.

Submit completed manuscripts to submissions AT asterismpress DOT com. Rich text format (.rtf) preferred, but we’re not here to tell you which word processor to use. Use the subject line ‘SUBMISSION: (Your title)’ for best results.

We purchase nonexclusive electronic and anthology rights, and the right to distribute the material under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC 4.0). We accept reprints (though please indicate where it has appeared previously, if feasible), but would rather avoid simultaneous submissions (it really is a headache for everyone involved). If we accept your story, we’ll pay you a flat rate of $30. Please bear in mind that most publishers will not buy reprints, so don’t send us anything you’d like to sell later.”

 

Beautifullies

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Yes

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $25.00

Seeking: Mystery/thriller, horror, western, fantasy, or science fiction.

Date Posted: 6/26/2017

Summary: ““Life asked Death: ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’

Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.’”

~Anonymous

The above quote will appear on the first page of the book. Let the title and quote take your imagination and your story, wherever it wants to go.

GENRES: Open to Speculative Fiction (works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements); Mystery/Thriller; Horror; Western; Fantasy; or Science Fiction. Some Literary Fiction (only involving social commentary or reflection on the human condition) is acceptable.

SPECIFICALLY UNACCEPTABLE GENRES: Romance/Erotica, Middle School, Biographical, Autobiographical, Memoirs, Poetry
WORD COUNT: 4,000 to 8,000 words.”

 

hypnos

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Yes

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: 1¢ per word

Seeking: Fantasy, sci-fi, and horror.

Date Posted: 6/20/2017

Summary: “Founded in 2012, Hypnos Magazine strives to promote the best weird fiction in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Arthur Machen.

Dismayed by the state of contemporary weird fiction and the lack of respect it has fostered, we seek to encourage bold, thought-provoking literature that looks beyond the vampires, werewolves, and goblins that have become the staples of the genre.

With these goals in mind, we publish four issues of Hypnos Magazine every year, one for every season. In addition to reprints from the golden age of weird fiction, each issue contains new works of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

To encourage innovation in the genre, Hypnos accepts unsolicited submissions by both published and unpublished authors, and unlike most publications, we prefer longer, more complex works. In our opinion, too many great works, including H.P. Lovecraft’s masterpiece At the Mountains of Madness, have been rejected due to their length.”

 

GhostDrugs

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: Not specified

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: 15¢  per word for the first 2500/6¢ word after

Seeking: Comedy & fantasy, comedy & SF, comedy & horror, comedy & thriller, comedy & Western, comedy & adventure.

Date Posted: 6/19/2017

Summary: “Bestselling author Hy Bender (BookProposal.net; 16 books including 5 Dummies books, a Complete Idiot’s Guide, and The Sandman Companion; The New York Times, Mad Magazine) and book developer Will Paoletto (Enterprise Cometh; My Bad Parent) are putting together a short story fiction anthology titled Ghosts On Drugs.

And we’re inviting you to send us a story so great that we can’t resist saying “yes” to it.

The only rule is that a tale include some version of at least one ghost who’s on some version of at least one drug.

And both key terms are broadly defined—e.g., a ghostwriter hooked on cough syrup could fit, and a dead ancient god with an inhumanly intense craving to be worshipped again could too.

Also, a story can run anywhere from 2 pages to 40 pages, so a short-short tale that’s a solid fit for the collection will definitely be considered.

This book is designed to be playful and fun, so we’re especially seeking stories that are a mix of comedy and other genres—e.g., comedy & fantasy, comedy & SF, comedy & horror, comedy & thriller, comedy & Western, comedy & adventure. That said, we’ll consider a great tale of any genre, or combination of genres.

Whatever the category, we want stories that are fresh, smart, extremely entertaining, appeal to a wide-ranging audience (high concepts are especially appreciated), and provide an emotionally satisfying ending (smartly crafted character arcs/transformations are especially appreciated).

In other words, send us your very best work. Blow us away with your intelligence, originality, honesty, and artistry.”

newmyth

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: 1.5 ¢  per word

Seeking: Fantasy or science fiction.

Date Posted: 6/14/2017

Summary: “NewMyths.com publishes speculative fiction of every stripe except graphic horror. We like each issue to have an eclectic variety of stories:  funny, frightening, hard and soft sci-fi, adventure, thoughtful, etc. Every issue includes at least one nonfiction piece dealing with some aspect of science, myth, folklore, or literature as it relates to speculative fiction, usually of the well-researched essay variety rather than opinion or editorial. Speculative poetry is welcome. We tend to receive a lot of free verse and not enough “form” poetry. We also buy one piece of artwork per issue, and occasionally commission one. We publish book reviews of recent releases about every two weeks. If you have written a review, or have a book coming out soon, please contact us.

Reading an issue is the best way to know if your submission is a fit for NewMyths.com or not.”

 

cryptids

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Yes

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.03 per word

Seeking: Cryptid-centric dark fantasy, horror, speculative fiction.

Date Posted: 6/11/2017

Summary: “CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: HIDDEN ANIMALS: A Collection of Cryptids

CRYPTOZOOLOGY:  the study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals (such as Sasquatch) usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence

CRYTPID: an animal whose existence or survival to the present day is disputed or unsubstantiated; any animal of interest to a cryptozoologist

We’ve explored loneliness, isolation, and solitude in our first anthology. We Put the Love Back in Lovecraft in our second anthology. Now we are looking for stories involving the creatures which hide in the shadows — the monsters of cryptozoology.

Bigfoot, Nessie, el Chupacabra, The Jersey Devil — cryptids so well known that they have become part of the cultural zeitgeist.

For our new anthology, tentatively entitled Hidden Animals: A Collection of Cryptids, we are looking for lesser known cryptids, creatures of the dark corners of cryptozoology. They can be the antagonist, the protagonist, the creeping dread which drives the story, but they must be present.”

 

Aliterate

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.06 per word

Seeking: Fantasy, sci-fi, horror, westerns, pulps, thrillers, and romance.

Date Posted: 6/8/2017

Summary: “We publish literary genre fiction. This includes, but is not limited to: science fiction, fantasy, westerns, pulps, thrillers, horror and romance. We have a sci-fi/fantasy lean. When in doubt, just submit it.

All submissions should be previously unpublished in English and between 2,500 and 8,000 words. We’re more likely to print shorter pieces. Translations are welcome.

Most of our submissions are bleak. Happy pieces are more apt to stand out.

Read stories that we’ve previously published. A portion of our magazine is available for free online.

We prefer writing with narrative.

We do not publish poetry, erotica, inspirational fiction, polemics, non-fiction, gore, fanfic or young adult fiction.”

 

Uncanny

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.08 per word

Seeking: Fantasy & Scifi

Date Posted: 6/3/2017

Summary: “Uncanny Magazine is seeking passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry from writers from every conceivable background.  We want  intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.

Uncanny Magazine is a Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Qualifying Professional Market.”

 

Cirsova

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.02 per word up to the first 2500 words/$0.01 per word beyond

Seeking: Fantasy, Scifi, Sword & Planet, Romantic Swashbuckling

Date Posted: 6/1/2017

Summary: Send me some Sword & Planet and Raygun Romance!  We get a lot of fantasy, which is great, but a smash-up S&P or Raygun Romance would be high priority!

-Square-jawed space barbarians and gorgeous dames are not a pre-requisite, but don’t forget this is principally a Romance genre; a good love story between competent individuals (dames =/= damsels) facing long odds (such as aliens, monsters, robots or alien monsters riding robots) may score bonus points.

-Send me something short (2500-5000 words); we get a number of novelette-length works fairly frequently, but only buy and fit a couple of these each year. If you send me something great but that I can’t fit, it will make us both sad.”

beasties

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Themed – Creatures.

Date Posted: 5/24/2017

Summary: “”Strange Beasties” – Slipstream. Are you itching to invent your own odd literary devices or creatures?  Impress us, delight us, or scare us with the diversity of your fiendish creations. Creatures of the id don’t necessarily have to be monsters, but they do need to be strange. We’d fancy some ghostbusters and monster hunters too.”

GrimDark

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: AUD$0.07/word

Seeking: Sci-fi, fantasy, must be grimdark.

Date Posted: 5/15/2017

Summary: “Grimdark Magazine is a grimdark fantasy and sci-fi pro-paying market for authors and artists. Working in a sub-genre means we are after a very specific style of story or image. We want dark settings, grey characters of both sexes, morally ambiguous decisions, and plenty of grit. Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch, Graham McNeill, Deborah A. Wolf, Dan Abnett and R. Scott Bakker are our favourite authors. Buy a copy of our magazine to see exactly what we’re after.

All submitted works must be:

  • of a grimdark nature
  • in a medieval fantasy or sci-fi setting
  • of the highest possible quality
  • submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format.

These are our requirements, the rest is up to you.”

Perihelion

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not listed

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: 1¢/word

Seeking: Sci-Fi

Date Posted: 5/14/2017

Summary: “WE ARE LOOKING for well-written, original science fiction, that is, science fiction with a solid plot, a beginning, a middle, and an end (but not necessarily in that order). No fantasy. No horror. No fan fiction. No poetry. Alternate history, not entirely taboo, is a difficult sale. Stories do not necessarily have to restrict themselves to robots, rocket ships, and extraterrestrials. However, the science and/or technology must be integral to the story; if you remove the science, the story falls apart, or disappears altogether. If the plot can be easily reconstituted as a western, a swashbuckler, or a bodice-ripper, it is probably not for us, either.

We aren’t fixated on political correctness. We don’t object to explicit language, violence, or sexual situations, as long as it is necessary to the plot. We like humor and satire. We really don’t care if you are a minority, transgendered, or purple; the story is the focus and not the author. Stories should run from 2,500 words to around 7,000 words. We also accept Shorter Stories. We consider Shorter Stories to be from 800 words to 2,000 words. Less than 800 words is probably an anecdote, not a story, not for us. Currently we are paying one cent per word, up to a maximum of $75 per story.

We pay a minimum rate of $12 per story. Payment is usually within 30 days prior to publication. Our rates will undoubtedly grow as we do. These specifications are firm. Please do not send us your latest novel. We don’t publish installments, so please do not send us Part 1 as a story.”

Analog

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not listed

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: 8-10¢/word

Seeking: Sci-Fi

Date Posted: 5/7/2017

Summary: “Analog will consider material submitted by any writer solely on the basis of merit. We are eager to find and develop new, capable writers.

We have no hard-and-fast editorial guidelines, because science fiction is such a broad field that I don’t want to inhibit a new writer’s thinking by imposing Thou Shalt Nots. Besides, a great story can make an editor swallow his preconceived taboos.

We publish science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. Try to picture Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein without the science and you’ll see what I mean. No story!

The science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn’t be human) doing believable things–no matter how fantastic the background might be.”

sword

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: fantasy

Date Posted: 4/29/2017

Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword & Sorceress 22, Sword & Sorceress 23, Sword & Sorceress 24, Sword & Sorceress 25, Sword & Sorceress 26, Sword & Sorceress 27, Sword & Sorceress 28, Sword & Sorceress 29, and Sword & Sorceress 30, (or S&S 1-20) for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we don’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we’ve rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it’s before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone’s second submission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don’t hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).

If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read “What is a Short Story?” and “Why Did my Story Get Rejected?” before submitting to us.

beautyDeath

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $100.00

Seeking: horror

Date Posted: 4/23/2017

Summary: “Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new anthology THE BEAUTY OF DEATH 2 – DEATH BY WATER, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester, to be published October 2017 in print and digital editions.

We’re looking for stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. No stories about child abuse of any kind. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.”

miskatonic

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.08/word

Seeking: horror

Date Posted: 4/22/2017

Summary: “With Ride the Star Wind in the editing phase, we are now open to submissions for our next anthology: Welcome to Miskatonic University, an anthology of modern-day weird tales set in good ol’ MU.

Miskatonic University is still going strong in the Arkham Valley (and in various satellite campuses and research stations around the world). Resilient and forward thinking, few institutions can weather the times and adapt like good ol’ MU. It’s a strange brew of conservatively reaching into the past while progressively marching forward. And it’s a hotbed for the weird and the wonderful!

So what might a modern MU look like? What might student life be like today? These tales combine college life and the cosmic weird. Of course, there’s beer, sex, and parties; study groups and all-night cramming; campus activism and impassioned discourse; vital research and faculty struggling for tenure. But also, you know, gruesome and psychedelic cosmic weirdness.

What avenues of study has the university sanctioned either publicly or privately? Where are they getting so much funding? The university’s been around the block and are at the bleeding edge of certain realms of research. Occult studies have seeped, seemingly innocuously, into various branches of nearly all academic departments and inform everything from quantum physics to computer science, sociology to modern American literature. Library studies is hands down the best, most advanced in the world, likely one of the most well funded of sectors at the institution with ever-evolving safeguards and best practices.”

AnatomyMonster

Link: page

Submit: theanatomyofmonsters@gmail.com

Contact: Robert Teun (Twitter: @RDTEUN)

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: $25 + copy

Seeking: horror

Date Posted:  4/12/2017

Summary: “We’re looking for new takes on old monsters!
What unholy pact did the very first vampire make to become what they are now?
How did Werewolves become slaves of the moon?
Who was the first Ghost in the world and how did they react?
The Mummy, The Hunchback, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Invisible Man, and even The Creature From The Black Lagoon…
How did they come to be?
How do they deal with their new nature?
And who suffers because of it?
This volume will be open to more folklore horror, Witches! Baba Yaga! And many, many more!
I prefer less splatter and more scare.”

Mithilia

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Not specified

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: $50.00

Seeking: Speculative: sci-fi, horror, and fantasy

Date Posted:  4/8/2017

Summary: “Mithila Review is a speculative arts and culture magazine. We are open to original submissions as well as translations from around the world.

Along with original speculative fiction and poetry, we will host reviews, discussions and appreciations of stories, books, movies, television series, arts, comics, etc that explore interstitial spaces and marginal experience in the world we live today.

What are speculative arts?

Speculative arts and culture encompass literary and artistic works in the broad genre with supernatural, fantastical or futuristic elements i.e. science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, magic realism, uncanny and weird. Learn more.

You’re welcome to join our Science Fiction and Fantasy group on Facebook for reading recommendations, academic resources and occasional call for submissions.”

GigaNoto

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $100.00

Seeking: Sci-fi and fantasy

Date Posted:  4/5/2017

Summary: “GigaNotoSaurus accepts Science Fiction or Fantasy (or any combination thereof) from 5,000 to 25,000. We could wax eloquent describing the kinds of stories we like, but it wouldn’t be useful; there are dozens of things we don’t know we like until we try them.  Send us that story you really believe in–the one, maybe, that quickly ran out of places to submit it to because it’s so long.

Please don’t query to gauge our interest in a particular subgenre.

We actively seek a variety of settings, styles, viewpoints, and backgrounds.  This includes but is not limited to cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and genders.

GigaNotoSaurus publishes one story a month. We pay $100 per story on acceptance. We ask for first serial rights and non-exclusive, indefinite archival rights, though the author is welcome at any time to request a story be removed from the archive. Stories are made available for reading online as well as downloadable formats (EPUB and MOBI).”

PodCastle

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Fantasy

Date Posted:  4/2/2017

Summary: “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.”

JAmesGunn

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $50.00

Seeking: Sci-fi

Date Posted:  4/1/2017

Summary: “James Gunn defines science fiction as “the literature of change” and states that it “incorporates a belief that the most important aspect of existence is a search for humanity’s origins, its purpose, and its ultimate fate.” A tall order but a worthy goal.

Our editorial vision for James Gunn’s Ad Astra calls for raising our eyes above the horizon and not limiting the scope of speculative fiction. It is in this spirit that we welcome great stories that range from the near-reality to the far reaches of the what-if.

Suggestions about what we’re looking for can unnecessarily constrain writers. That said, we can offer this advice: Be sure your story actually tells a story. And be sure it requires your speculative element in order to hold together.

Beyond that, the sky (the stars, the edge of the next universe over) is the limit.”

SQMag.jpg

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.01/word

Seeking: Sci-fi, horror, and fantasy.

Date Posted: 3/29/2017

UPDATE: Only accepting long fiction as of 4/1/2017

Summary: “SQ Mag is an internationally-oriented speculative fiction ezine, publishing eight or more original stories every quarter (1 Feb, 1 May, 1 Aug, 1 Nov). Our aim is to publish each of the following genres/styles in every edition:

  1. Science Fiction
  2. Fantasy
  3. Horror

This includes sub-genres like steampunk or dieselpunk. The story must be able to be considered as speculative fiction in some way.

We encourage writers from all countries, all walks. We invite to submit our sisters in fiction, those that feel excluded by their gender orientation, sexuality. We welcome our First Nations writers and people of colour, that we know so often go unheard. We are committed to presenting stories in the spelling/language conventions of the authors’ submissions.”

CompellingSF

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: Not specified

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Sci-fi.

Date Posted: 3/29/2017

Summary: “At Compelling Science Fiction, we have two main goals: to find, publish, and promote the best science fiction stories, and to support and encourage the authors who write them. We currently pay 6 cents/word for accepted stories (these rates are considered professional by SFWA)…

. . .Rights: We purchase first world electronic print rights and audio rights (for podcasts). Our contract follows the lead of SFWA’s Model Magazine Contract.

Submission window: This round of submissions is currently open, and will remain so until 11:59pm MDT on June 1st.

Fiction Guidelines

The stories we accept almost always:

  1. illustrate at least one interesting concept,
  2. are engaging, and
  3. clearly explain the science/technology in the story.

The ‘concept’ referenced in point (1) can be anything from new engineering ideas to novel social constructs to abstractions that help illustrate basic properties of reality. Point (2) is far more subjective, although as long as your story consistently moves forward it will probably be engaging. Point (3) is hard to attain without some knowledge of basic science/engineering; we encourage you to learn as much as you can about your subject matter. If your story is very strong in one of the above areas, we will sometimes accept weakness in the other two. Ultimately we are looking for science fiction that is entertaining, scientifically plausible, self-consistent, and technically detailed when appropriate. We have a preference for positive stories, to act as a counterweight to the currently popular post-apocalyptic genre. We certainly won’t dismiss a well-written dystopian future, but we have a bias toward stories that depict technological advancement rather than decay. We do not publish fantasy stories (although we enjoy them!). Finally, humor is always appreciated — I emphasize this because we receive so little of it.”

IG23_THeDark

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: $0.03/word

Seeking: Horror and dark fantasy.

Date Posted: 3/27/2017

Summary: “Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror.”

RedRoom

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Yes

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.03/word

Seeking: Extreme horror.

Date Posted: 3/24/2017

Summary: “We are looking for dark, disturbing, extreme horror and dark crime stories. We want stories that are well plotted, and not just gore for gores sake, although we think gore is a good thing (and encouraged, along with blasphemy, subversive subject matter, graphic violence and language, etc). Anything goes except kiddie porn, of course.”

RedSun

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $100 for stories; $150 for stories 15-17k; and $300 for serializations.

Seeking: Horror, sci-fi, fantasy, particularly interested in war-themed science fiction.

Date Posted: 3/23/2017

Summary: “Red Sun Magazine publishes science-fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction between 3-5k words, up to 17k words; 3-5k is preferred, but we will consider works up to 17k. We also will consider serializing longer works up to 80k. Serials should be complete. No works-in-progress.

In addition to fiction, we want interviews, articles, and reviews up to 5k words that are relevant to the genres we publish, to include role-playing games, board games, movies,television, etc.”

IG22_SpiritTinchture

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Speculative fantasy, myth, or fairy tale.

Date Posted: 3/19/2017

Summary: “Our reading period for Issue #4 is March 1st to April 15th.  

Issue 4 is a theme issue! In addition to the guidelines below please ensure that your submission deals with resistance, rebellion, or revolution. . . 

 . . . Send us intoxicating stories of the supernatural. We want stories that get to the soul of your characters. Send us a  medicine that cures an ill we didn’t know we had. Distil the words and make them more powerful in the process. Give us the brief and beautiful: that’s our vision for Spirit’s Tincture.

Submissions of short fiction and poetry can fall anywhere on the spectrum of speculative fiction so long as they include some element of fantasy, myth, fairy tale, or folklore.”

IG21_HeroicFantasy

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: Not specified

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $100

Seeking: Heroic fantasy.

Date Posted: 3/19/2017

Summary: “As its name suggests, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is a quarterly ezine dedicated to publishing heroic fantasy — in both prose and poetry. We are unrepentant in our goal of elevating unapologetic sword and sorcery to a rightful high place. We pay $100 for stories and $25 for poems, upon publication.  (Scroll down for info on art submissions.) We purchase first world English language electronic rights, electronic rights for 90 days, archival rights for twelve months, and excerpt rights.

As of 7-31-2013, we will publish in August, November, February, and May. Each issue will include up to three stories and two poems. Our fiction word limit is 10,000 words, although we are willing to serialize at a maximum of 50,000 words over four issues. You may submit up to three poems, with a cumulative maximum of 30 pages.  Tolkienesque (as in really long) poetry epics/sagas/vedas will most likely be treated — and paid — like fiction. Similarly, prose pieces of fewer than 1,000 words will be paid at poetry’s standard rate of $25.”

IG20_storms

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: Not specified

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $25

Seeking: THEMED – Horror, Sci-fi, fantasy, weird, any.

Date Posted: 3/17/2017

Summary: “We are all addicted to conflict, which is what makes our hands turn the page.  We want you to start with a bang and end with the reader finally taking their next breath.  We want your submission to have an impact.  Take us away from the known world for a few minutes and make us forget what we are doing.

The central idea for every submission should focus solely on one of the themes for that issue.  Embrace the theme. Love the theme.  Breathe the theme.”

Current themes:

  • Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  • If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
  • Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
  • Barking up the wrong tree

IG17_DarkMoon

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.01/word

Seeking: Weird, suspense, or horror

Date Posted: 3/17/2017

Summary: “Dark Moon Digest comes out every quarter. It features short stories, flash fiction, reviews, and columns. We are currently open for short stories. Obviously, if you want to really to get to know what we want to publish, we recommend purchasing a previous issue, but here’s a quick breakdown of what we want to see:

Work written by authors typically unrepresented in publishing, such as women, people of color, LGBTQ, and those from non-Western cultures.

Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. We want stories with complex characters and ideas spun in ways nobody’s ever conceived. Make our brains hurt. Make our hearts explode with love and terror. Make us fear.”

IG_19_Lamplight

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max

Seeking: Horror, weird, dark literary.

Date Posted: 3/14/2017

Summary: “We are a literary magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.

IG18_Alhared

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $25

Seeking: Horror

Date Posted: 3/13/2017

Summary: “About 730 AD, an Arab named Abdul Al-Hazred wrote the Al-Azif, a grimoire and memorial to the Old Ones. For this crime, he was driven insane and eventually devoured by a vengeful god in full view of horrified onlookers. What drove him to write this loathsome tome? What terrible visions haunted him so badly he felt he had to risk his soul to put them down on paper?

Reveal the visions of Abdul Al-Hazred to us. Explain why the Al-Azif had to be written and why its translation, the Necronomicon, has circulated in secret societies ever since. Expose the secrets Al-Hazred uncovered in his ten years alone in the Roba El Kaliyeh, the Empty Space of the Ancients. Tell us what you know about the occult dealings he witnessed that drove him to spend those last years in Damascus as a hermit dedicated only to finishing his cursed volume.”

IG15_TheForge

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: Solicitation only

Pay Rate: $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $25 and a maximum of $50.

Seeking: All genres, literary

Date Posted: 3/12/17

Summary: “The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. Each submission is read anonymously by two editors. If a story is chosen to move forward, it is read by one of two rotating Editors of the Month who each make final decisions on the stories they receive. Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging. . .

. . . We accept unsolicited submissions via Submittable. Again, since we read anonymously, please do not put your name anywhere in the file. We prefer stories below 3,000 words but will consider work of rare quality up to 5,000 words. We love flash and micro prose. Please send one previously unpublished piece per category and wait to hear from us before submitting another. Reprints are by solicitation only. Literary excellence is our only criteria. We are open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and personal identity from all over the world. We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw promptly via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Please do not inquire about the status of your submission until three months has passed. If you are a former contributor, please wait at least six months before you submit again; we only publish one piece per contributor per year.”

IG14_Clarkesworld

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: 10¢ per word for the first 5000 words, 8¢ for each word over 5000

Seeking: Science fiction and fantasy

Date posted: 3/10/2017

Summary: “Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly and available on our website, for purchase in ebook format, and via electronic subscription. All original fiction is also published in our trade paperback series from Wyrm Publishing. We are currently open for art, non-fiction and short story submissions.”

IG16_CTHONIC

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Not specified

Simultaneous Submissions: Not specified

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: 3¢/word (Canadian)

Seeking: Weird or horror

Date posted: 3/9/2017

Summary: “We are looking for weird fiction that explores the mystique and terror of caverns, abyssal spaces, and subterranean worlds. As with previous MMP anthologies, we will be including a seed story from H. P. Lovecraft’s oeuvre (in this case, The Rats in the Walls, though many of his stories went underground). We want to see bizarre civilizations, mind-boggling physical and biological phenomena, horrific rituals, mad science and madder sorcery. We want to feel the tunnel floors beneath our feet shake with the passage of beasts, machines, and gods that have never seen the light of the sun; sentient oils, intelligent muck, living rock, molemen, formless spawn and Efts of the Prime, worms, Dholes, and ghastlier things. But CHTHONIC won’t be just a serving of pop culture “surface” material, if you’ll pardon the pun. We like to see stories with depth (oh god, another one, sorry!); emotional and psychological explorations of the internal spaces of the human mind and soul, as well as the ground below. Write us stories that induce crushing claustrophobia or open us wide to new dimensions of thought and being. If your story can do both, so much the better.”

IG16_Shoreline

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: £10/1000 words

Seeking: Science fiction

Summary: “First, we strongly suggest you read a copy of Shoreline of Infinity to see the kind of stories our readers like. You can download a copy or order a print copy over there on the right.

We are looking for a good science fiction story. Something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think.

But more than that, we want your story to be populated with characters we want to meet and have a drink with or from whom we want to run screaming away; we want characters to hug to ease the pain; we want to read the stories of heroes; we want to be your character.”

ig13_bloodbound

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Yes

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: Not specified

Pay Rate: $200 – $600+

Seeking: Horror, bizarro, dark satire, black comedy, and all manner of unclassifiable genre projects

Summary: “We’re interested in bizarro, dark satire, black comedy, and all manner of unclassifiable genre projects. We heard a little-known fact that A Nightmare on Elm Street was originally conceived as a black comedy, so that’s along the lines of what we enjoy. If you think it’s too out there for most publishers, check with us.

Submissions should be sent to submissions@bloodboundbooks.net with the following subject:

Genre: Title – Last name

Ex. Extreme Horror: BODY ART- Triana

Be sure to include the following in the email:

– Story synopsis – no more than 500 words, like a back-of-the-book description. (And please don’t tell us the ending!)

– Indicate the genre in which your story fits best–also put it in the subject.

– Word count should be no less than 25,000 and no more than 100,000 words (query for other lengths).

– Attach the FULL manuscript as .doc or .docx files to Times New Roman, 12 pt font, and double spaced.

– You may send two submissions if you wish, but no more due to time constraints.

– Please indicate if it’s a simultaneous submission.”

ig12_pseudopod

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: Yes ($100)

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Horror

Summary: “Pseudopod is a genre magazine in audio form. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction. We don’t split hairs about genre definitions, and we do not observe any taboos about what kind of content can appear in our stories. Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them. What matters most is that the stories are dark and compelling.

Since we’re an audio magazine, our audience can’t skim past the boring parts, so stories with beautiful language at the expense of plot don’t translate well. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. It can be beautiful too, if you’ve got all those other bases covered.”

ig11_dailysf

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.08/word

Seeking: Science fiction, fantasy, and slipstream

Summary: “ALERT: Please don’t submit stories longer than 1,500 words. Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,500 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. We will consider flash series–three or more flash tales built around a common theme. If you are submitting a flash series, please note that it is a series in your cover letter and at the top of the submitted text in the submission box. Each story does need to stand on its own.

We do not accept reprints. Unfortunately, if you have placed a story on your website, where it is open and available to the multiple billion people who have access to the internet, that constitutes publication. We’re sorry. No, we don’t accept self-published works.

Please don’t submit the same story to us and any other venue at the same time. Please don’t send us more than one story. Don’t send us another until we send you a response.”

ig13_poleantho

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.02/word

Seeking: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror

Summary: “Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, original fiction for its upcoming anthology, Dark Luminous Wings, to be published October 2017. The volume draws inspiration from Richard Henry Stoddard’s poem, Mors et Vita, particularly stanza two:

Under the awful wings

Which brood over land and sea,

And whose shadows nor lift nor flee—

This is the order of things,

And hath been from of old:

First production,

And last destruction;

So the pendulum swings,

While cradles are rocked and bells are tolled.

Send us your stories about angels and demons, dragons and fairies, airplanes and ornathopters—and more. Let your imaginations soar, but let your stories be found in the darkest of places..”

ig8_beneathceaselessskies

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Literary adventure fantasy, steampunk / weird west / sixguns & sorcery

Summary: “Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach.

Secondary-World Setting: We want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (alternate history). It could have a “pre-tech” level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that’s not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical.”

ig_strangehorizons

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.08/word

Seeking: Speculative fiction, broadly defined

Summary:

  • Speculative fiction, broadly defined.
  • Up to 10,000 words (under 5000 preferred).
  • Submitted through our Moksha submissions system—no email or postal submissions.
  • No simultaneous or multiple submissions; no re-submissions.
  • Please send only RTF, DOC or DOCX files and try to stick to standard manuscript format as much as possible.
  • Previously unpublished in English—we buy first English rights, including audio.
  • Special note on translations: our quarterly sister magazine Samovar specializes in translations and offers a better pay rate of 12¢/word USD split between author and translator: we encourage you to submit all translations there directly. Translations submitted to either magazine will always be considered for both magazines: first for Samovar and second for Strange Horizons. If you’re sending us a translation and don’t want it forwarded to Samovar, please let us know in your cover letter and we will consider it only for Strange Horizons.

ig9_kaleidotrope

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Yes

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: Art only

Pay Rate: $.01 per word.

Seeking: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror

Summary:Kaleidotrope tends very heavily towards the speculative — towards science fiction, fantasy, and horror — but we like an eclectic mix and are therefore interested to read compelling work that blurs these lines, falls outside of neat genre categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves, and ghostly ax murderers alone, after all. We’d suggest looking through the archives to familiarize yourself with the zine, and/or checking out other work by our past contributors, to get a sense of what we’re looking for and what we like.

In the end, what we want is interesting, sometimes unconventional work, well-written stories and poems that surprise and amuse us, shock and disturb us, that tell us things we didn’t know or reveal old truths in brand new ways. We want strange visions of distant shores, of imaginary countries and ordinary people, and work that doesn’t lose sight of entertainment and the joy of good writing.

We are also interested in publishing diverse writers. Kaleidotrope welcome writers of color and other groups, as well as work that represents the diversity of characters we want to see more of.”

ig7_deepmagic

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: Unknown

Pay Rate: $.08 per word for the first 5,000 words and $.06 per word for each word between 5,001 and 16,000 words, with payment capped at $1,060 for stories longer than 16,000 words.

Seeking: Fantasy and science fiction

Summary: “Thank you for your interest in submitting to Deep Magic. What you first need to understand is that we aim to be the dominant magazine for clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. It’s our tag-line. If you can tell a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence—you’ve come to the right place. If not, there are plenty of other magazines and venues out there. Move along. Move along (Jedi hand wave) stories.”

ig6_darkfuse

Linksubmit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

ReprintsSpecial rules

Pay Rate: $0.05/word (Up to the first 2,000 words)

Seeking: Horror, thriller, suspense, crime, sci-fi, bizarre—anything that is horror-based.

Summary: “DarkFuse Magazine is an online publication now live and taking submissions for its featured fiction series.  Here’s what we’re looking for:

Original Fiction: Horror, thriller, suspense, crime, sci-fi, bizarre—anything that is horror-based.  Original, never-before-published stories.  No period pieces (settings should take place in modern times). 1K-2K words paid. Will publish longer stories, but maximum payout is to 2k words. Please don’t submit stories longer than 15k.”

ig5_hynos

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: Yes

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: Yes

Pay Rate: $0.01/word

Seeking: Fantasy, science fiction, and horror

Summary: “Founded in 2012, Hypnos Magazine strives to promote the best weird fiction in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Arthur Machen.

Dismayed by the state of contemporary weird fiction and the lack of respect it has fostered, we seek to encourage bold, thought-provoking literature that looks beyond the vampires, werewolves, and goblins that have become the staples of the genre.”

ig4_metaphorosis

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.01/word

Seeking: Science fiction, fantasy

Summary: “We want

  • beautiful writing showing
  • engaging characters in
  • science fiction or fantasy settings.

Hints

Vegan bonus points

Don’t do this

ig3_apex

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror

Summary: “Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released the first Tuesday of every month.”

2_nightmare

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.06/word

Seeking: Horror, dark fantasy

Summary: Nightmare is seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories. All types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. You may submit one story every seven days.”

1_deciduous

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $0.03/word

Seeking: Horror, dark fiction

Summary: “We are looking for horror and dark fiction with well realized characters, a strong voice and literary merit between 1000 and 5000 words. Query first for any story longer than 5000 words.

We pay three cents a word for unsolicited work at time of publication via PayPal. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. No multiple submissions or reprints, please.

Submit to: deciduoustales [at] gmail [dot] com with the heading SUBMISSION: STORY TITLE, LAST NAME.

Please include a very brief introduction listing any previous publications.”

test

Link: submit

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Reprints: No

Pay Rate: $100

Seeking: Horror, fantasy, and science fiction

Summary: “Seeks original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We want short stories from across the classifications and those dusky places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, Weird. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We encourage diverse authors, characters and points of view, inclusive of all races, cultures, genders, and orientations. Please read a few issues before submitting.

Our recent issues include audio readings. If your story is accepted, you’ll have the opportunity to record your story, have a colleague or one of our readers do so.”

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