Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets


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


2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide – anthology (Dreaming Robot Press)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: between 3,000 – 6,000 words
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: March 30, 2019
Description: Have a main character that a middle grade reader (ages 8-12) can identify with; are well written, fun to read, and encourage a love of reading science fiction; and tell of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters, and we’re pretty happy. Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are also all fine.


The Working Zealot's Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America, Vol. II
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: June 5, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown (claim of “faster than others”)
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 and Satire.


Gumshoe Review (Mystery/ Crime, monthly e-mag)
Payment: $50 flat payment (thus, 5 cents a word or more)
Story Length: flash fiction to 1,000 words (also non-fiction welcome to 1,000 words)
Deadline: Continually
Reprints?: No
Response: vague… est. 1 to 3 months
Description: Stories is a complete mystery in 1,000 words or less. We don't want character studies or mood pieces. We'd like it to lean towards noir but being a mystery. Stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice."


Reckoning Journal
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1 to 45,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2017
Reprints?: Query first
Response: 1 to 3 months
Description: Creative writing about environmental justice. Diverse fiction stories (and poetry) including a speculative element: Searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.


Arsenika E-Journal (Quarterly)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: Flash Fiction and Poetry to 1,000 words
Deadline: August 1–September 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 14 days
Description: Gorgeous, emotional writing: poetry that shimmers with multiple layers of meaning, prose that explores and interrogates. From hard science fiction to the lightest of magical realism: All speculative genres OK.


Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine (F&SF)
Payment: 712 cents a word.
Story Length: up to 25,000 words
Deadline: None listed. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
Description: Stories that appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers (the SF element may be slight, but it should be present); character-oriented stories. Humor very welcome. (** now allows online submissions)


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

Crash Code Anthology (Blood Bound Books)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–7,000 words
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: None listed; estimate 2-3 months
Description: The future is now. At least, that’s what we’re told, but the more advanced technology gets, the more ways people find to hurt each other.  Many say that technology changes the way we define ‘human.’ In this anthology, we’ll erase the definition entirely. That’s what you’ll answer. In Crash Code, we want to see the pinnacle of our technology meeting the depths of our depravity. All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk, etc.

Bubble Off Plumb (Feral Cat Publishers, ed. by Kathy Finfrock)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Bubble Off Plumb” (BOP) is a colloquial expression for things being not quite right. We’re looking for original fiction short stories of such a nature; odd, unsettling, full of twists, etc. All genres are welcome, if you have a story which doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere else, we might be the home for it!

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