Sunday, September 9, 2018

September, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
Payment: 6 cents a word original; 2 cents a word reprint
Story Length: 1,00040,000 words (focus on shorter form)
Deadline: Open 1 week only: September 21 to September 28, 2018
Reprints?: Yes
Response: abt. 2 months
Description: Well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, fairy tales, and eldritch; in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability. We accept both serious and humorous work (no horror).

Constellary Tales (Magazine AND Podcast) (*New Market)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000 – 3,500 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Science Fiction and fantasy stories (no straight horror). “Storytelling across time and space… i.e. any great speculative fiction stories.”

Clarkesworld Magazine
Payment: 10 cents per word for the first 5,000 words, 8 cents for each word over 5,000
Story Length: 1,000–16,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent.
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Science fiction and fantasy (include. All associated sub-genres); Science fiction need not be "hard" SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening.

Daily Science Fiction
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: to 1,500 words (prefer less than 1,000)
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Speculative fiction, such as science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. Daily publishings! Great market...

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 5-8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500 – 8,000 words soft range (additionally, ‘Minute Mysteries’ of as little as 250 words)
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Three months
Description: (Not Horror, but Mystery and Crime) -- Every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies."

Dreamers & Makers ezine (Sanguine Press)
Payment: $120 flat
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
Description: Sci-fi, Fantasy, or Horror. Theme = Defiance/Obedience. What is the cost of defiance and who really ends up paying? What do we give up in unquestioned obedience, and is it tantamount to capitulation? Story characters must be predominantly People of Color.)

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

Future Visions (Camton House Publishing)
Payment: $150 flat
Story Length: 2,000 – 7,000 words
Deadline: Always Open
Reprints?: No
Response: 4–6 weeks
Description: Stories in the realm of The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror that explore larger questions using any and all of the popular science fiction tropes: new technology, exploration, nightmarish dystopians, alien species, baffling utopias, etc.

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing Newsletter (ed. Max Booth III)
Payment: $25 flat payment
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Less than 1 month
Description: Dark fiction in the horror, science fiction, crime, and noir genres to be published in monthly e-newsletter.

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