HWA L.A.: September, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)
Midnight In the Stagecoach (anthology, Silver Shamrock Publishing)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–6,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2022
Description: Original splatterpunk western short stories set in the late 1800s Old West. Any horror trope is fair game.
Death of a Bad Neighbour: Revenge
is Criminal (anthology, edited by Jack Calverley)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–5,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Response: By December 31, 2021
Description: All-new crime and mystery stories: Fictional tales of bad neighbors and what becomes of them. The focus is more on “cozy” mysteries, but open to all dark fiction/ horror/ mystery sub-genres.
Payment: 6 cents a word (slightly less for reprints or online-only option)
Story Length: up to 4,500 words
Deadline: Open between November 15–November 30, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (less pay, 3 cents a word)
Response: 6–9 weeks
Description: Positive (and “clean”) science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Hope and advancement.
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–7,500 words
Deadline: Open between November 1–November 14, 2021
Description: Stories that strive for a utopian ideal, that are set in futures where communities are optimistically struggling to solve or adapt to climate change, to create or maintain a world in which humanity, technology, and nature coexist in harmoney rather than in conflict, etc.
Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar
NOTE: These are successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns open for public submissions.
All 3 anthologies:
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: to 7,500 words
Deadline: December 31, 2021
Response: March 31, 2022
Tone for all: Range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark; Not looking for torture porn, nor gratuitous violence of any kind.
Description: science fiction, fantasy, or urban fantasy stories with a detective/private investigator set-up and a noir atmosphere.
2. Shattering the Glass Slipper
Description: stories of known fairy tales that have been upended, gender-bent, or twisted around in some way.
3. Brave New Worlds
Description: science fiction stories set along the pathway of us leaving Earth for the stars.
***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
Stories of the Eye (anthology,
Weird Punk Books)
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–5,000 words
Deadline: Open between November 1–November 30, 2021
Description: Stories about the complex relationships between artists and models. Weird, horror, dysfunctional, anything.
Payment: 3 pence a word (converts to about 4 cents/ word)
Story Length: 300–5,000 words
Description: Stories from every Science Fiction subgenre. Also interested in non-fiction and poetry.
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