HWA L.A.: January, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 750–1,500 words
Deadline: Open between March 14, 2022–March 21, 2022
Response: One month
Description: Passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry... intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.
https://darkmattermagazine.com/submission-guidelines/human-monsters-anthology/Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words
Deadline: Open between February 15–March 15, 2022
Response: 30–45 days
Description: Monsters in human skin: Twisty-turny, dark, psychological, thrilling, dangerous, menacing, gothic, strange, ugly, murderous, messed-up tales of people doing awful, no-good, very bad things to one another. (Noting related to cosmic, paranormal, science fiction, cryptid/creature, or supernatural, etc.).
https://impulsivewalrusbooks.com/2021/06/call-for-submissions-cthulu-fhcon/Payment: At present, a guarantee of 3 cents a word, but with Kickstarted funding, expecting to go to 8 cents/word (presumption of success, based on their other projects).
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2022
Description: Horror or humorous tales of a mysterious riverside 1980s-built hotel (built secretly as an alter to Cthulhu) where is being held a fan convention! What sort of story happens within the hotel is entirely up to the author—but some sort of interaction between the Lovecraftian-style Old God in the river and the convention must be a focal part of the story.
Seize The Press Magazine
https://www.seizethepress.com/submissions/Payment: British 6 pence a word (abt. 8 cents a word US)
Story Length: up to 2,000 words
Description: Dark speculative fiction and anticapitalist sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture analysis. Neon, dragons and gore. Bleak science fiction, dark fantasy and horror (No moralizing, No happy endings).
https://thearcanist.io/sa-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4/Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: flash fiction up to 1,000 words
Response: 1–2 months
Description: Engaging science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories (and associated sub-genres) that are flash fiction. Focus on originality and strong/ interesting characters.
https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions-faqsPayment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–5,000 words
Response: up to 90 days (beyond that is “assumption” of rejection)
Description: Unthemed, new science fiction and horror.
***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
https://ericraglin.com/2021/12/16/shredded-a-sports-and-fitness-body-horror-anthology/Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,500 words
Deadline: Open between March 1–March 31, 2022
Response: By April 15
Description: Stories of body horror in sports and fitness: grotesque, strange, frightening, and thought-provoking stories—ones with complex characters, unapologetic weirdness, and horror that takes bold narrative risks.
https://cohesionpress.com/snafu-submissions/Payment: Australian 5 cents a word (abt. 3-1/2 cents a word US)
Story Length: 2,000–10,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2022
Response: estimate 3–4 months
Description: Action-based horror, themed within conflict in the wild, wild West. EX: soldiers/cavalry, bandit gangs (or bandidos, for south of the border), sheriffs, private security for gold claims. We want lots of monster goodness and lots of action.