Monday, August 12, 2019

August, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

SubTerrain Magazine (print) (Issue: 1984 Revisited)
Payment: 10 cents a word (Canadian, translates to about 7.5 cents/ word U.S.)
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: September 6, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Themed by issue; literary/ genre fiction: 1984 Revisited (#84) issue paying homage to the dystopian world that was depicted in George Orwell’s novel 1984, involving complementary dystopian works (…due to the seeming resonance with readers at a moment of heightened anxiety about the state of American democracy).

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.

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

Burly Tales (ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press)
Payment: ? cents a word
Story Length: 5,000–15,000 words
Deadline: (unlisted—subs began Aug. 1; open until filled)
Reprints?: Possibly. Query first.
Response: unknown
Description: “Fairy Tales for the hirsute and hefty gay man”: Short stories and novellettes that adapt classic fairy tales, filled with “Bears” (not the animal, but in gay culture, being a larger, hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity). All the stories should have a measure of whimsy and/or wonder.

Uncanny Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 750
6,000 words
current issue call ends August 29, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry... intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.

Reckoning Journal
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1 to 45,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 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.

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

Signal Horizon
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: August 21, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: 60 days
Description: Non-themed horror or science fiction with a dark or weird edge.

The Macabre Museum (*New Publisher)
Payment: TOKEN $25/flat for fiction ($5 for reprints); $5/flat for poetry
Story Length: 3,000 to 6,000 words for fiction; up to 3 poems
Deadline: August 31, 2019
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 45 days
Description: Unthemed literary horror fiction and poetry; all sub-genres of general dark/ weird fiction are welcome.

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