Monday, July 9, 2018

July, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Diabolical Plots ezine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500 or less
Deadline: Open only during the month of July, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror (everything must have speculative element, even horror), including mixed-genres. (This is the same founders of the market submission tracker, ‘The Grinder’.)

Unlocking the Magic (anthology, edited by Vivian Caethe)
NOTE: This is a Kickstarter-funded campaign that already met its funding goal.
Payment: $300/story + royalties
Story Length: 3,000 – 6,000 words
Deadline: November 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: In fantasy, we read about how people with mental illness are more susceptible to magic, closer to breaks in reality, more likely to be able to see the unseen. These stereotypes are harmful and contribute to keeping people from seeing the good in getting help, taking their meds, and talking to someone. This anthology is about changing the narrative and telling stories of strength and perseverance, of getting help despite the darkness. Not the myth that getting help will kill creativity and magic. Not the story our society tells about mentally ill people: that art and magic must come from suffering. I want stories that show what can be accomplished when we take care of ourselves and seek help. I want stories that show the reality of being mentally ill within a fantasy setting. I want to see how mental illness and its treatment affects the magic that lies within all of us. I want to read realistic portrayals of mental illness in magical worlds.

Release the Virgins!  (anthology, edited by Michael Ventrella)
NOTE: This is a Kickstarter-funded campaign that already met its funding goal.
Note #2: An email proposal is required to make sure you are not duplicating an idea already reserved by one of the accepted authors. Send to
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: September 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Each story must contain the line “release the virgins” somewhere within. No constraining genre limit, no constricting theme, just great stories inspired by (and containing) the phrase "Release the Virgins." Should contain a speculative or fantasy element (e.g. Tentacle Porn!).

Deep Magic
Payment: 6 cents a word for the first 9,999 words, with payment capped at $599 for stories longer than 10,000 words
Story Length: up to 40,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (pay at 2 cents/ word)
Response: 12 weeks
Description: Clean fantasy and sci-fi stories; a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence.

The Arcanist
Payment: $50 flat payment (thus, 5 cents a word or more)
Story Length: flash fiction up to 1,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes
Response: unknown. “As soon as they can”
Description: Engaging science fiction and fantasy stories (and associated sub-genres, including horror) that are flash fiction. Focus on originality and strong/ interesting characters. Novellas (Second Round of Two, 2018)!
Payment: Not listed explicitly, but TOR is known to generally pay at or above Professional Rates
Story Length: 20,000 – 40,000 words
Deadline: July 30, 2018 through August 13, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Any speculative fiction with a science fiction or fantasy bent that “fits into what TOR normally publishes.”

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

Eye to the Telescope Poetry Journal, #30: Witches (Edited by Ashley Dioses)
Payment: 3 cents a word (max $25)
Story Length: No limitations
Deadline: September 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: No later than October 1, though estimated much sooner.
Description: Speculative Poetry (Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association Online Journal). A witch is defined as someone who is said to possess usually malignant supernatural powers. Since speculative fiction covers fantasy and science fiction as well as horror, we’re going to focus on ‘usually’ in that definition. I want any take on witches with any gender. Horrific witches, saintly witches, pretty witches, ugly witches, witches from different planets, witches from different dimensions, historical witches with a speculative spin, etc.

Gimme the Loot: Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G. (Edited by Gabino Iglesias; published by Clash Books)
Payment: $50 flat
Story Length: 2,500 – 6,000 words
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: T
Description: We want the themes in Biggie Small’s music filtered through your own words and experiences. We want the swagger and the success and the hustle of his life to inspire you to create your own thing. We want to feel your love for the man and his legacy in your story. This is a tribute to him, so celebrate him in a way only you can. I wants stories from barrio streets and the mountains and the small towns and from everywhere else—I.E. ANYTHING GOES, even space science fiction, even Bizarro.

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