Monday, March 12, 2018

March, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

March, 2018
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)



Best of Blood Anthology (Blood Bound Books)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: None listed; estimate 2-3 months
Description: Extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—anything dark.


Unidentified Funny Objects, Volume 7 (ed. by Alex Shvartsman)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500-5000 words
Deadline: April 1 – April 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 week
Description: All styles and sub-genres of speculative fiction stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny. ast headliners include George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Esther Friesner, David Gerrold, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, etc.


Visions biannual mag (*new publisher)
Payment: 4 to 5 pence (abt. 6¢ cents a word/ US)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: None if rejected. Only acceptances responded to after one month.
Description: Science fiction and speculative short stories; current theme is the concept of home in the broadest sense, from the physical structure to the social construct.


Speculative Masculinities (*new publisher: Galli Books)
Payment: 8 pence (abt. 10¢ cents a word/ US)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: After May 2.
Description: Speculative short fiction that looks past the fitted mold of masculinity, the known and assumed qualities of what constitutes “manliness” that enforce an artificial exclusion. We want to see thoughtful futures, alternate histories, or far-flung fantasies that examine masculinity without boxing it in. In worlds as varied and diverse as the distant past of magical worlds and the far future of this one, models of maleness and masculinity tend to be the same toxic form of masculinity that dominates modern Western culture. We want to interrogate that model of masculinity, to problematise it, and to question it; we want to see other possible models of masculinity, models not centred on dominance and violence and repression of feelings; other role models for men. We are looking for fiction, essays and poetry which do this.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: To 14,000 words
Deadline: None at present. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Two to seven weeks
Description: “Literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach; 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.



***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

Monsters of Any Kind (ed. by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti)
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 3,500 – 5,000 words
Deadline: July 10, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.


Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders (Mad Scientist Journal)
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: 500–8,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: generally abt. 6 weeks or less
Description: Speculative fiction stories (including horror, high fantasy, and science fiction) about women leaders in any field; each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been, or been around, the woman leader in question.

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