received my Active Writer acceptance into the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Pleased
and excited to join this org that’s been around since 1945, promoting mystery
and crime thrillers! Additionally excited to be part of the regional So Cal. Chapter of
other local writers, and look forward to attending their L.A. events once in a while.
Description: Christian-themed speculative
stories--science fiction, fantasy, horror--with Christian themes, characters,
or cosmology; science fiction and fantasy, good ghost stories, etc.; there's
great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology--cherubim,
leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more.
The Internet is
Where the Robots Live Now (anthology, by Paper Dog Books)
Description: Short speculative
fiction that considers the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the
mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of
fantasy and science fiction.
Description: An anthology of
original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries
between humanity and the natural world. Fantasy or literary short works,
speculative fiction (broadly defined); stories should involve nature and the
weird at their core; how the author wishes to interpret these themes is
entirely up to them.
Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
magazine through Black Library (Warhammer Gaming/ Games Workshop)
Payment: unknown. Could be
extraordinary, could be little…
Story Length: begin with a
500-word sample. Story to extrapolate from there
Deadline: April 10, 2018
Response: 100 days (20
Description: Warhammer (Games
Workshop) is one of the largest gaming giants in the world. This is a change to
work with them to write short stories within any one of their preexisting
“worlds”. Looking for horror; war; detective; mystery; or adventure tales. Must
only submit a 500 word sample, and if interested, editors will provide further
guidelines. This could be an immense opportunity, but there’s no word on
compensation. Black Library publishing here: https://www.blacklibrary.com
Story Length: Not yet given. Assume
soft range of up to 5,000 words Deadline: February 1, 2018—February
28, 2018 Reprints?: No Response: unknown Description: Non-themed “unique”
horror in the vein of stories from previous anthology series such as
BORDERLANDS; WHISPERS; WOMEN OF DARKNESS, or anthologies edited by Charles L.
NOTE: THIS IS A GOFUNDME campaign, but nearly guaranteed to meet its goals.
Story Length: up to 5,000 words Deadline: March 1, 2018 Reprints?: No Response: 3 months Description: Unique stories that
offer insights into the shared future of our planet. Tell us how our climate
will change if we don’t better protect our planet. Show us how the racial
divide in this country is only growing wider. Warn us of a coming era of
neo-colonialism if we don’t develop conscientious trade practices. Scare us
into taking digital security more seriously as we hand over the keys to our
digital lives to governments and non-state powers; Stories must be set at least
one generation in the future.
Gorgon: Stories of Emergence (by
Payment: 6 cents a word (3
cents a word for reprints)
Story Length:up to 1,000 words Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018–“When
Filled” (probably at least until Feb. 28, 2018) Reprints?: Yes Response: 1 month Description: Weird, dark fiction;
slipstream; magical realism; horror. Fiction with a touch of mythic quality. We
want themes based around transformations—things that are shapeshifting, things
that are emerging. Make Ovid’s Metamorphoses contemporary and weird and scary.
Story Length: up to 12,000 (but the shorter, the better) Deadline: Intermittent Reprints?: No Response: Up to a year (though tracking status is utilized) Description: Fiction Mystery: stories of detection of the classic kind,
police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of
espionage, and so on. Story must be about a crime (or the threat or fear of
one). Sometimes accept ghost stories or supernatural tales, but those also
should involve a crime (fresh, well told, and absorbing).
Story Length: up to 2,000 words Deadline: Continually open Reprints?: No Response: 3 months or less Description: Short fiction in the
genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural,
super hero, or any combination of these.We are looking for stories that are engaging to our readers in such a
short word count.
***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J.
Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
Tales From the Crust: An Anthology of
Pizza Horror (Dark Moon Digest)
Story Length: 1,000 – 5,000 words Deadline: June 1, 2018 Reprints?: Query First Response: Not given, probably less
than 6 weeks Description: Pizza Horror. Not so
much the goofy Goosebumps thing you
might imagine with a pizza horror story, but we’re taking it kind of seriously.
Like we take our pizza seriously. The humor is inherent in the pizza theme
already, so we’re playing this kind of straight. And if you think you’ve got
what it takes, like a healthy love of the cheesy cuisine, send us your best
Nightscript, Volume 4 (anthology edited by C.M. Muller; publ. by Chthonic Matter)
Story Length: 2,000 – 7,000 words Deadline: January
1, 2018—January 31, 2018 Reprints?: No Response: Generally 2 weeks or less Description: Strange tales: Fictions supernatural, uncanny, weird, and
so forth; subtle and darksome literary horror. Though pay is low, editor is
very easy to speak with, and he sends out all published work for favorable
reviews and best of lists; i.e. good promotions and reputation.
my contributor’s copy yesterday for the latest anthology I’m in THE BEAUTY OF DEATH - Vol. 2: Death by
Water: The Gargantuan Book of Horror Tales (November, 2017 by Independent Legions
Publishing)! Edited by Alessandro Manzetti & Jodi Renée Lester, I’m
thrilled to be included in another anthology this year in which I get to see my
name alongside so many friends and inspirations of horror writing! My story, “A
Journey of Great Waves,” is about an orphaned Japanese girl gone to live with
family in Hawaii who ruminates upon the shore wreckage of hurricanes, and what
it means to her.
Payment: 6 cents a word original; 2 cents a word reprint Story Length: 1,000–40,000
words (focus on shorter form) Deadline:Open 1 week only: December 21–28, 2017 Reprints?: Yes Response: abt. 2 months Description: Well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy,
myth, fairy tales, and eldritch. in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic
story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas,
and storytelling ability. We accept both serious and humorous work (no horror).
Payment: 6 cents a word Story Length: 1,000–10,000
words Deadline: December 1, 2017 (then opens again in 2018) Reprints?: No Response: 6 weeks Description: Online science fiction magazine focused on ‘hard’ science
fiction: entertaining, scientifically plausible, self-consistent, and
technically detailed when appropriate. We have a preference for ‘positive’
stories, and also open to humor.
Cicada Magazine YA literary/comics magazine – Monsters issue
Payment: 10 cents a word Story Length: flash fiction up to 9,000 words Deadline: December 1, 2017 for current them; Open intermittently (and
currently) for other non-themed Reprints?: No Response: 3–6 months Description: YA/teen stories about Monsters. How do we view
monsters? Grotesque. Other.
Twisted. Hungry. We check under our beds for them; we fear their
presence at the edges of all our familiar spaces; we drive them out with
torches and pitchforks wherever we find them. CICADA wants to see works that
cast monsters in a new light. Show us monsters living their best lives. Show us
monsters in love. Show us monsters that refuse to apologize for being monsters.
Show us monsters embracing their own monstrousness and surviving, no matter
Payment: 6 cents a
word Story Length: 1,500–3,000
words Deadline: Accepting between December 1, 2017–December 31, 2017 Reprints?: No
Response: up to eight weeks Description: Humor (SF/Fantasy/Horror). Things that are just too big or
that don't scale. Whether it's the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju
attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or
somebody who's way too big for his britches, we all have had to deal with
humongous blunders. Get it off your chest--share with us your favorite
Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar
NOTE: These are
successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns open for public submissions. All 3 anthologies: Payment: 6 cents a word + Royalties Story Length: to 7,500 words Deadline: December 31, 2017 Reprints?: No Response: February 28, 2018
Tone for all: Range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark; Not
looking for torture porn, nor gratuitous violence of any kind.
1. The Razor’s Edge
Description: Science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line
between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy
2. Guilds & Glaives
Description: sword & sorcery stories where a guild is featured
somewhere in the story. So thieves, assassins, and dark magic, but with a guild
or guilds incorporated into the story somehow.
3. Second Round: A Return to the Urbar
Description: To feature stories where the time-traveling Urbar, first used
in the anthology AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE URBAR, is a central part of the
plot. The story may start in the bar, end in the bar, or be in the bar
somewhere in the middle, but at some point a significant plot point must
involve the Urbar. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings for
the bar, and twists on how the bar is integrated into the story, will receive
more attention than those with more standard uses of the bar, or where the bar
is only incidental to the rest of the story.
***Non-PRO-Paying Markets, but Eric
J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
The Alchemy Press Book
of Horrors (edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
Payment: .5 pence a word
(converts to about 1 cent a word) Story Length: 3,000–6,000 words Deadline: January 31, 2018 Reprints?: Possibly will consider Response: unknown Description: Horror stories;
particularly tales that can be described as “weird”, “strange”, “amazing” and
“peculiar”: stories that would have found a home in Weird Tales, Unknown Worlds,
Fantastic and Fantasy Tales among
other illustrious publications. Your story can be set in almost any era, any
place but glimpse at and pervert the usual perceptions of reality – and
unreality. We do not want stories that deal with common horror tropes without
Everything Change 2018 – Climate
Fiction Contest (AZ State Univ.)
Payment: The winning story
will receive a $1,000 prize. Nine finalists will receive $50 each. Story Length: up to 5,000 words Deadline: February 28, 2018 Reprints?: No Response: Unknown Description: Your submission in some
way should illustrate or explore the impact of climate change on humanity
and/or the Earth, in the present or the near- or moderate-term future; reflect
current scientific knowledge about climate change.