Monday, July 26, 2021

July, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: July, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

CRAFT Fiction (online literary journal)
Payment: $100 for flash fiction. $200 for longer pieces.
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: possibly
Description: Short stories OR standalone excerpts from longer works; Fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. All genres and styles are welcome; our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. Each selected piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author.

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: Opens the 1st and 2nd day only of each month.
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).

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 5-8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–8,000 words soft range (additionally, ‘Minute Mysteries’ of as little as 250 words)
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Three months
Description: (No Horror, but Mystery and Crime) Every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies."

Things with Feathers: Stories of Hope (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–3,000 words
Deadline: August 2, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: by October 1, 2019
Description: SF/Fantasy/light horror: Stories need not be exclusively positive. For example, after the long pandemic, you might recall the old proverb, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.” Sharpen your Sharpies and tell us where you think hope will get us.

Reckoning Vol. 6
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2021
Reprints?: Query first
Response: 1 to 4 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.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Payment: 8–10 cents a word (9 cents a word for non-fiction)
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 2–3 months
Description: Science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse.

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

Payment: $130 flat above 2,000 words; $65 flat below 2,000 words
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: September 1, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories that are “Gritty Urban” or “Crime-Mystery” or “Ghost Stories”. Also interested in non-fiction essays (different pay structure).

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (Small Beers Press)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: ongoing/ intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: within 6 months
Description: NOTE: PAPER SUBMISSIONS ONLY (no email): Non-themed literary speculative fiction (no gore, sword and sorcery, or erotica)

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