Friday, December 15, 2017

December, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

The Twisted Book of Shadows (edited by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore)
Payment: 6 cents a word
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. Grant, etc.
NOTE: THIS IS A GOFUNDME campaign, but nearly guaranteed to meet its goals.

If This Goes On (edited by Cat Rambo)
Payment: 8 cents a word
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 Pantheon Magazine)
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. Flash Fiction.

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
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).

Factor Four Magazine (Online Mag ** New Market)
Payment: 8 cents a word
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)
Payment: 3 cents a word
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 work.

Nightscript, Volume 4 (anthology edited by C.M. Muller; publ. by Chthonic Matter)
Payment: Token $25
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.

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