Monday, November 11, 2019

November, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets


HWA L.A.: November, 2019
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)



Community of Magic Pens anthology (published by Atthis Arts)
https://www.atthisarts.com/magicpens
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: Between Dec. 15, 2019–Jan. 15, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Open to any speculative fiction genre: Stories must play in some fashion on the idea of magic pens. Not just about writing, but about magic pens.


Rebuilding Tomorrow anthology (published by Twelfth Planet Press)
http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/rebuilding-tomorrow-submission-guidelines
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Science fiction or speculative fiction (or similar genres) focusing on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists rebuilding, set in a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster. We want stories that show society getting back on its feet and people who have moved past (or are in the process of moving past) subsistence-level existence into a new, sustainable world, even though it’s one that has been irrevocably changed by an apocalypse.


TWO SEPARATE ANTHOLOGIES from Flame Tree Publishing
http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/fall/autumn-2019-submissions-announcement
Payment: 8 cents a word (6 cents/ word for reprints)
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2019
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 3 months

1.
Bodies in the Library (Crime & Mystery): Tales of crime in stately houses, lonely mansions, ancient castles.

2.
Footsteps in the Dark (Horror & Suspense): Tales of terror of the alleyways, the edges of the town, the frontier shacks, the winter forests and lonely mountain hideaways. An emphasis on heightened senses would differentiate the best stories from the rest!


Strange Horizons
http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words (under 5,000 preferred)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: 40 days
Description: Imaginative, good speculative fiction, broadly defined (not pure horror), particularly from diverse perspectives; Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.


Midnight in the Pentagram anthology (published by Silver Shamrock Publishing)
https://www.silvershamrockpublishing.com/midnight-in-the-pentagram-anthology
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Occult/Demons/ Possession/ Satanism horror stories with an Exorcist/ The Omen/ Rosemary’s Baby/ Hereditary meets EC Comics/ Creepshow/ Tales From the Crypt kind of vibe.


Unfit Magazine (see also Unreal Magazine)
http://unfitmag.com/submit
Payment: 12 cents a word (1 cent/ word for reprints)
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 30 days: NOTE: This market ONLY responds to accept. No response within 30 days means rejection.
Description: High quality Speculative Fiction and Science Fiction; Quantum Fiction, Cyberpunk, Alternative Histories and Steampunk.


Unreal Magazine (see also Unfit Magazine)
http://unrealmag.com/submit
Payment: 12 cents a word (1 cent/ word for reprints)
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 30 days: NOTE: This market ONLY responds to accept. No response within 30 days means rejection.
Description: High quality fantasy (including Magical Realism and Experimental Fiction). Well written, intelligent, and enjoyable to read. Stories with metaphors and emotional ambience and imaginative descriptive writing. Stories that define the rules of magic at this indefinite point in time.



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

Dark Moon Digest (quarterly)
https://darkmoondigest.submittable.com/submit
Payment: 3 cents a word (1 cent/ word for reprints; also $30 flat for nonfiction)
Story Length: 1,500–7,000 words
Deadline: Until monthly quota is filled
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: up to 3 months
Description: Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. We want stories with complex characters and ideas spun in ways nobody’s ever conceived. Make our brains hurt. Make our hearts explode with love and terror. Make us fear.


Excalibur 2020: Tales from Beyond Tomorrow Volume 3 anthology (published by Excalibur Books)
http://johnpaulcatton.com/2019/05/excalibur-2020-call-for-submissions
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 2,500–10,000 words
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: T
Description: Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror) story with a thematic connection to the Olympics (or with a focus on Japanese society)! This will tie in to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

October, 2019: HWA L.A.
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)



Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine (F&SF)
https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
https://ccfinlay.moksha.io/publication/fsf/guidelines

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)


After Sundown anthology (published by Flame Tree) **NOTE: This Call is not posted online, and is only posted via Flame Tree Newsletter. MUST Subscribe to the newsletter for further details!
https://www.flametreepress.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: “ideally” abt. 4,000 words
Deadline: Open ONLY between: Oct. 21, 2019–Nov. 3, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: within 4 months
Description: An eclectic, vibrant collection of tales by contemporary writers, both established and new… thrilling stories of suspense, delving into the dark spaces of the night.


Constellary Tales (Magazine AND Podcast) (*New Market)
http://constellary.com/story-submissions/
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.”


The Way of the Laser: Future Crime stories anthology (published by Vernacular Books)
https://vernacularbooks.com/submissions
Payment: 5 cents a word + royalties
Story Length: 4,000–8,000 words
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world. Is poisoning the nanobots responsible for programming the ads in your neural feed a crime? Is organized crime society’s only hope or responsible for its downfall? Consider what will constitute a crime and what unique problems it poses for your characters.


Invictus: Quarterly Comics & Illustrations (published by Aurelia Leo)
https://aurelialeo.com/invictus-quarterly-comics-and-illustrations
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–2,500 words
Deadline: Month XX, 2019
Reprints?: Yes, at 1 cent a word
Response: 2–3 weeks
Description: Speculative (horror, science fiction & fantasy) stories and art for a global audience.


Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar guidelines)
https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/499730.html
NOTE: These are successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns open for public submissions.

All 3 anthologies:
Payment: 8 cents a word + Royalties
Story Length: to 7,500 words
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: February 28, 2020

Tone for all: Range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark; Not looking for torture porn, nor gratuitous violence of any kind.

  • 1. Apocalyptic
    Description:
    Science fiction or fantasy stories set during or after an apocalypse... use the apocalypse in an unusual and unexpected way.
  • 2. Galactic StewDescription: stories involving food, whether it be poisoning, a cultural or societal ritual, a trade meeting over dinner, etc. (NO cannibalism)
  • 3. My Battery is Low and it is Getting DarkDescription: stories where some type of tech has outlived its time and yet, during the course of the story, it discovers a new purpose or is used in a new, purposeful way. This theme is inspired by the Opportunity rover, which functioned long past its prime...


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


Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror (Published by Nosetouch Press)
https://www.nosetouchpress.com/call
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: 4,000–8,000 words
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Folk Horror from around the world; isolation, paranoia, depravity, loss of individuality, and rustic madness, etc.


Pulp Horror Phobias Vol. 2
https://lycanvalleypress.submittable.com/submit/140934/pulp-horror-phobias-vol-2
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: 4,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Horror stories relating to phobias; defined as an irrational and extreme fear to something. Stories must also have a strong pulp/noir element.





Friday, October 4, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Latest hardback edition in for EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD


Received the latest hardback edition of EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD!

This is the fourth volume in this Primer Series. These beautiful laminate-cased deluxe Library-inspired editions are available through Dark Moon Books or Amazon.com!

Collect them all!

Volume #1: Steve Rasnic Tem (July, 2017)
Volume #2: Kaaron Warren (May, 2018)
Volume #3: Nisi Shawl (December, 2018)
Volume #4: Jeffrey Ford (September, 2019)
Volume #5: Han Song (Scheduled for: 2020) (original translations of his Chinese work by Nathaniel Isaacson, PhD)
Volume #6: Ramsey Campbell (Scheduled for: 2020)

EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD, available at: https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Dark-Short-Fiction-Jeffrey/dp/1949491110/

Commentary by Michael Arnzen
Artwork by Michelle Prebich



Monday, September 16, 2019

ARCs for TWO different new books I’ve been working on!

Received ARCs in the mail on the same day for TWO different new books I’ve been working on!!!

Exploring DarkShort Fiction #4: A Primer to Jeffrey Ford. Created by Eric J. Guignard, with short fiction by Jeffrey Ford, Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and gorgeous illustrations by Michelle Prebich.


AND!

The Horror Writers Association Presents: Haunted Library of Horror Classics, VOLUME 1: The Phantom of the Opera. Curated by Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger, a new release of the classic novel with ancillary material, including introduction by Nancy Holder!

Coming soon via Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks.



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Release Day for: EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD

Release day for the latest volume to this series!!

EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD





Available now, through Dark Moon Books, this is the fourth volume in a series of scholarly primers, introducing and exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction:

Immense thanks and gratitude to Michael Arnzen for his insightful commentary throughout the book, and Michelle Prebich for her gorgeous interior artwork, and especially to Jeffrey Ford for inspiring and consenting to this project!




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Author of the fantastic and the bizarre, Jeffrey Ford’s work has won awards and acclaim across the globe for his stories of humor, horror, and unconventional beauty. “Powerful and disturbing in the best possible way” (Gawker) and “Intensely engaging” (Publishers Weekly), Ford crosses speculative genres with literary ideals, which has earned him the World Fantasy Award (seven times), the Shirley Jackson Award (four times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and France’s vaunted Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to his work, the fourth in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the extraordinary voice of Jeffrey Ford, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.

Included within these pages are:

        Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book
        Author interview
        Complete bibliography
        Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)
        … and more!

Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Jeffrey Ford.

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And more here:
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Primer_4.html






Monday, September 9, 2019

September, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

September, 2019: HWA L.A.
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Deep Magic
http://deepmagic.co/submissions/#
Payment: 6 cents/ word for the first 9,999 words, with payment capped at $599 for stories longer than 10,000 words (Reprints taken at 2 cents/ word)
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.


Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem (anthology, edited by Kevin J. Anderson)
https://wordfirepress.com/anthology-guidelines
Payment: 6 cents/ word
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Tales involving monsters and the chaos they create in the movie world. Movies can be interpreted as a story set within a fully conscious cinematic world, or involving the act of watching a film, or having a character who thoroughly enjoys movies. And mayhem should speak for itself.


Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/
Payment: 6 cents/ word original; 2 cents/ word reprint
Story Length: 1,000
40,000 words (focus on shorter form)
Deadline: Open 1 week only: September 21 to September 28, 2019
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).


Reckoning Journal
https://reckoning.press/submit
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 45,000 words
Deadline: September 23, 2019
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)
http://arsenika.ink/submissions
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: Flash Fiction and Poetry to 1,000 words
Deadline: Open 1 month only: October 1 to October 31, 2019
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.


Factor Four Magazine (Online Mag)
http://factorfourmag.com/submissionsinfo/
Payment: 10 cents/ word
Story Length: up to 1,5000 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 4 months or less
Description: Short fiction in the genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these. We are looking for stories that are engaging to our readers in such a short word count.


Unreal Magazine (Online Mag)
http://unrealmag.com/submit
Payment: 12 cents/ word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 30 days: NOTE: This market ONLY responds to accept. No response within 30 days means rejection.
Description: Well written, intelligent, and enjoyable to read. Stories with metaphors and emotional ambience and imaginative descriptive writing. Stories that define the rules of magic at this indefinite point in time.



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

Three-Lobed Burning Eye
https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 1,000–7,000 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: within 3 months
Description: Non-themed, original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction.


Andromeda Spaceways Magazine
https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/
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)