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
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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)

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