Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March, 2020 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: March, 2020
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Unidentified Funny Objects, Volume 8 (ed. by Alex Shvartsman)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500-5000 words
Deadline: April 1–April 30, 2020
Reprints?: No
1 week
Description: All styles and sub-genres of speculative fiction stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny. This volume to include stories by Esther Friesner, Mike Resnick, Jack Campbell, Jim C. Hines, and Ken Liu.

Historic Fantasy (anthology)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Stories that offer a riveting reimagining of a historic time period imbued with fantasy and magic. We prefer stories with a literary quality built upon strong characters, spellbinding language, and believable world-building.

Bronzeville Books anthologies (2 separate markets, Similar guidelines)

Both anthologies:
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown

1. Rigor Morbid 2
Horror tales for Halloween.
Deadline: June 6, 2020

2. Happy Hellidays
Twisted, unexpected holiday stories. Don't limit yourself to Christmas -- we're looking for all kinds of special occasions gone awry.
Deadline: July 11, 2020

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 5-to-8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 12,000 (but the shorter, the better)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to a year (though tracking status is utilized)
Description: Fiction Mystery: stories of detection of the classic kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of espionage, and so on. Story must be about a crime (or the threat or fear of one). Sometimes accept ghost stories or supernatural tales, but those also should involve a crime (fresh, well told, and absorbing).

Fireside Fiction Company
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only April 13–April 17, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.

Thrilling Words
Payment: $160 flat rate for TWO flash fiction stories
Story Length: Two stories to total no more than combined 2,000 words
Deadline: None listed. Currently open (unknown if to be continuous or intermittent)
Reprints?: No
Response: 45 days
Description: Episodic fiction; multiple flash fiction stories written by the same author. Stories that are connected by author, theme, or fictional universe (but not serialized—each to be a standalone). Spec Fiction stories: fantasy, sci-fi, superhero or just plain surreal is not important, the more important thing is to have fun with the story. And it’s this last point, having fun, that’s the most important stylistic element. We are looking for stories that trace their heritage more from pulp traditions than literary. Stories that make you feel more than make you think.

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

In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future (published by Corpus Press, edited by Evans Light and Andrew Lennon)
Payment: 3 cents a word (up to $150)
Story Length: 2,500–4,500 words (soft range)
Deadline: November 15, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: By November 30, 2020
Description: Terrifying stories that deal with futuristic themes, set in the near future or far. Tales can be Earth-based or extraterrestrial, perhaps featuring technological or social upheavals that have frightful implications for individuals or society at large; as examples, the ongoing erosion of privacy and enduring nature of online activity, artificial human enhancement via DNA manipulation or implants, impact of emerging technologies on developing children, and so on. (Think bigger than stories about an interesting app, even though that might be where thoughts go first.) NO Post-apocalyptic stories.

Black Static Magazine (TTA Press)
Payment: 3 cents a word (ESTIMATE, as it can vary)
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: usually within 2 weeks; but up to 3 months
Description: Non-themed, general audience, thoughtful horror.

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