Sunday, May 6, 2018

May, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Tor.com Novellas!
Payment: Not listed explicitly, but TOR is known to generally pay at or above Professional Rates
Story Length: 20,000 – 40,000 words
Deadline: May 15, 2018 (with a second period to be available in July)
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Any speculative fiction with a science fiction or fantasy bent that “fits into what TOR normally publishes.”


Fright Into Flight (Anthology, edited by Amber Fallon): WOMEN AUTHORS ONLY
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words (paid), up to 5,000 (difference unpaid)
Deadline: May 14, 2018
Reprints?: Yes, but paid only $25 flat
Response: unknown
Description: Horror stories by women themed around the idea of flight; from the earliest depictions of winged goddesses to the delicate, paper-winged fairies of the Victorians, from valiant Valkyries to cliff-dwelling harpies, from record-setting pilots to fearless astronauts, women have long since claimed their place in the skies, among the clouds and beyond.


The Working Zealot's Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: June 5, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Weird stories about cults, capitalism, working stiffs, and weirdos. We like bizarro. We like horror. We like our sci-fi and fantasy on the weirder side. We like humor.


A Punk Rock Future (Publisher or Editor)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 350 – 6,000 words
Deadline: August 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: “As fast as possible”
Description: Looking for stories from you that will explore this future, whether it’s near or far away. We’d like to see dystopias, utopias, or something in-between; anything with a punk rock sensibility/ethos; alternative history; the promise of punk; the failure of punk; music-inspired stories; science fiction; fantasy; or horror. No matter the genre label, stories must have a speculative element. This isn’t an anthology of steampunk, solarpunk, silkpunk, ecopunk (those are all fine genres), or whatever punk. We won’t rule out stories that touch on those niches but be warned: Stories should be the real deal, punk punk.


Asimov’s Science Fiction (magazine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000 – 20,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: No
Response: Five weeks
Description: Character-oriented Science Fiction stories that is serious, thoughtful, yet accessible (occasional humor), including borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction (and some poetry).


GHOST WRITING OPPORTUNITY for Titan Books
Payment: unknown (Not listed, but Titan is known to generally pay at or well above Professional Rates)
Story Length: Novels and Short Stories
Deadline: none given
Reprints?: n/a
Response: unknown
Description: The majority of Titan fiction titles are licensed from overseas publishers or acquired through agents.  They would like to hear from writers who would be interested in working on licensed fiction they have already contracted.


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


The DARK (monthly online magazine)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000 – 6,000 words
Deadline: Currently open, but intermittent
Reprints?: Yes
Response: between 1 day to 1 month
Description: Unique Horror and Dark Fantasy (No graphic/ violent content); fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories (Tons of great authors publish here).


Andromeda Spaceways Magazine
Payment: 1 cent a word AUD (Australian)
Story Length: up to 10,000 (less is better)
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 – 3 months
Description: Any science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror works, including all associated sub-genres. Poetry, artwork, and non-fiction also welcome (though low pay, this is a highly-read, well esteemed indie market).

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