Monday, October 25, 2021

October, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Dark Void Magazine (*New Market)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–4,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Science Fiction Horror short stories (note: Stories must take place OFF Earth).

Dark Matter Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 2 cents/word)
Response: up to 45 days
Description: Stories that explore the shadow side of reality (mostly horror and/or science fiction).

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).

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Deadline: Open from the 1st to 21st of each month (only)
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within eight weeks
Description: A very short but complete story of flash fiction. Strong, interesting characters, in genres of dark sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, crime, horror, and even literary.

The Deadlands
Payment: 10 cents a word (1 cent for reprints)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words (preferably 3,000–4,000 words)
Deadline: ongoing or intermittent (currently open)
Reprints?: Yes
Response: unknown
Description: Speculative fiction stories about death, or what death may involve. EX: A ghost in a shadowed wood. An afterlife discovered through a rusted door. An abandoned house in the middle of a haunted field. A skeletal figure moving with intent toward something unseen. Death personified; stories from a worldwide perspective, different cultures, different approaches to death.

Orpheus + Eurydice Unbound (anthology, Air and Nothingness Press)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,000 words
Deadline: open between November 15–February 16, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: April 30, 2022
Description: Reinterpretations of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth in a variety of genres.

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

Dark Moon Digest (quarterly)
Payment: 3 cents a word (1 cent/ word for reprints; also $30 flat for nonfiction)
Story Length: 1,500–7,000 words
Deadline: Until monthly quota is filled
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: up to 9 months
Description: Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. We want stories with complex characters and ideas spun in ways nobody’s ever conceived. Make our brains hurt. Make our hearts explode with love and terror. Make us fear.

Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat for short fiction ($30 for flash fiction/ 1,000 words)
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response Time: within 3 months
Description: Non-themed, original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

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