Monday, November 27, 2017

November, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

November, 2017
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
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).

Compelling Science Fiction
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 what.

Monstrosities anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500
3,000 words
Deadline: Accepting between December 1, 2017
December 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
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 monstrosities.

Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar guidelines)
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
Science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy anthology.

2. Guilds & Glaives
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
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: 3,0006,000 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 stretching boundaries.

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.

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