Wednesday, November 23, 2022

December, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Paramnesia (anthology, edited by Grendel Press)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–7,000 words
Deadline: January 1, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: January 31, 2023
Description: Short stories related to “Paramnesia,” a condition or phenomenon involving distorted memory or confusions of fact and fantasy, such as confabulation or déjà vu. NOTE: See website for other upcoming anthology calls, of Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Romance.

Amazing Stories Magazine (special Flash Fiction edition)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,500
Deadline: January 2, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Flash fiction stories set in the future and revolving around Sol, including planets, moons, asteroids, Oort and Kuiper).

Literally Dead: Tales of Holiday Hauntings anthology, edited by Gaby Triana)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words
Deadline: January 20, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Short stories of classic paranormal, poltergeists, ghosts, spirits, haunted places and objects, and the eerily unexplained that take place on or around the winter holidays.

Real Stories of the US Space Force (Baen Books)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: January 22, 2023 (or until full)
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Science fiction short stories and fact articles illustrating current and future near-Earth space-related threats and dispelling misconceptions about America’s newest service branch… Scientifically plausible drama about people facing interesting challenges related to the US Space Force or more generally, the policing and defense of near-Earth space and related issues, now or in the foreseeable future (the next century or so).

Solarpunk Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–7,500 words
Deadline: Open between January 1–January 14, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
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 harmony rather than in conflict, etc. Also open to poetry and non-fiction.

Payment: $200 flat
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (but no pay)
Response: Three months
Description: Any type of genre story: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, etc. (see submission page for additional themed 1-time calls).

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

Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 1,000–7,500 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response Time: within 3 months
Description: Non-themed, original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Die by the Sword! (DMR Books)
1 cent a word
Story Length: 4,000–8,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Unthemed, original sword-and-sorcery short stories (i.e. generally combining swashbuckling adventure with supernatural elements).

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