HWA L.A.: May, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)
https://mermaidsmonthly.com/submissions/Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: June 12, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 2 weeks after close of submissions
Description: Everything should in some way relate to merfolk. We are loose about how you want to define that, and we will consider other aquatic fantastical creatures to be on theme. Yes, kelpies and selkies and kappas and nagas are all okay! We would love to see creative interpretations of the theme. Also interested in non-fiction and comics.
Spirit Machine (Air and
http://aanpress.com/submissions.htmlPayment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–3,500 words
Deadline: Open between June 1–July 31, 2021
Response: est. August 30, 2021
Description: stories that drift in alternate realities of Spirit Machine, an anthology that merges Science Fiction with Spiritualism and/or a dash of Steampunk: A mashup of Spiritualism (seances, Ouija/spirit boards, kirlian auras, discarnated entities, ghost talking).
https://theantihumanists.com/fiction-submissions/Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Description: Fiction that challenges human centered narratives, that forces us to confront our place in the universe, that makes us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose? Historically, weird fiction has best captured this goal. However, we are willing to accept submissions from speculative, horror, and literary writers that meet the above criteria.
Friends Journal: Quaker Speculative Fiction Special Issue
https://friendsjournal.submittable.com/submit/193295/november-2021-quaker-sci-fi-speculative-fictionPayment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–2,000 words
Deadline: August 23, 2021
Description: Speculative fiction stories to answer the question: “How would the world and the way Quakers live in it be different if “X” were true?” stories of Quakers and their experiences outside of what is true of the world we inhabit today. Quakers on interstellar voyages. Quakers in neon-lit dystopic (or utopic!) futures. Quakers in worlds with magicians, wizards, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night. Quakers in cities with superheroes and villains. Quakers in a past that never was. OPEN to non-quaker authors.
Baffling Magazine (published by Neon Hemlock)
https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissionsPayment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: under 1,200 words
Deadline: Open between June 1–June 15, 2021
Response: 90 days
Description: Speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.
Amazing Stories Magazine
https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–10,000 words
Deadline: until “late June or Late July” (unspecified)
Description: Imaginative science/ speculative fiction stories. See website for Upcoming THEMED ISSUES: “Home Sweet Solar System” (challenges of living off Earth in the Solar System) and “Everything Computes” (living in an environment that is completely programmable).
***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but
Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
https://ericraglin.com/2021/03/09/antifa-splatterpunk/Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 2,000–4,500 words
Deadline: Open between July 1–July 31, 2021
Response: August 31, 2021
Description: Anti-fascist splatterpunk stories. In addition to pure splatterpunk, I’m also open to extreme horror with weird, bizarro, historical, or science fiction elements.
The Common Tongue Magazine
https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 600–6,000 words
Description: Dark fantasy magazine aiming to bring cultural and integral voices to fantasy and diversify the genre. Primarily interested in Fantasy with a dark theme.