Monday, February 28, 2022

February, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

 HWA L.A.: February, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Tempered Tales: Medusa (Brigids Gate Press)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: ?,000–?,000 words
Deadline: March 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: April 30, 2022
Description: Medusa. The work can be set in any time period, including now or the future. It can rely heavily on her mythology or just give it a nod. It should be her story, good or bad. Horror, fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, or any combination of mash up welcome.

Dark Recesses Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: Revolving submission periods. Current widow is through May 15.
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to 12 weeks
Description: Non-themed horror/dark fiction pieces.

Galaxy’s Edge Magazine
Payment: 7 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words (though less is better)
Deadline: intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: 6 weeks
Description: Science Fiction and Fantasy stories in all sub-genres (No horror).

Picnic in the Graveyard (Cemetery Gates Media)
Payment: 7 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–6,000 words
Deadline: April 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: 2 months; or, beyond that, may not respond in case of rejection.
Description: Horror stories that take place in a cemetery/burial place.

Planet Scumm
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: May 2, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Previously unpublished short fiction that doesn’t lean heavily on genre tropes. Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain. Speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, glitterlit, analogpunk. Basically anything that pleases Scummy, our megaphone-toting slime buddy.

Little Blue Marble
Payment: 11 cents a word (Canadian) (1 cent/word for reprints)
Story Length: up to 2,000 (reprints allowed up to 5,000 at <1 cent/ word)
Deadline: Intermittent (currently set to close July 31, 2022)
Reprints?: No
Response: up to 12 weeks
Description: Speculative fiction that examines humanity’s possible futures living with anthropogenic climate change. We prefer fiction with a hopeful outlook, but the occasional dystopia might fit too

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

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (anthology, edited by James Aquilone)
Payment: $120 flat
Story Length: 1,500–5,000 words
Deadline: Open between February 11–May 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories from throughout Kolchak’s life, from the late 1930s to the late ’90s. (Please, be familiar with Kolchak before writing your story and watch the TV movies and series!) I.E. Fan fiction for Kolchak, the reporter investigates mysterious/supernatural crimes.

The Last Five Minutes of a Storm (Sans. Press)
Payment: €150 flat (abt. $170 U.S.)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 7, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: T
Description: Short stories that reflect the title. i.e. stories that come from the specific place of mind they take you to. (Examples: How does it feel to be in the eye of the hurricane? What does it mean to know that the storm will vanish very soon, if only you can hold on a second longer? Now that the monster is defeated, can the hero make it out of the maze? Do they still  want to?)

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