Thursday, July 28, 2022

August, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Apparition Lit
https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: August 15-31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close
Description: Speculative fiction that meet our quarterly theme. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. Send us stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. We’re looking for proactive characters and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a complete story. Month of August Theme = NOSTALGIA.


Assemble Artifacts Magazine (Assemble Media)
https://www.assemblemedia.com/artifacts
Payment: 8–10 cents a word
Story Length: “at least” 5,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Responses only for acceptance. Assume rejection if no response after 90 days.
Description: Stories of wonder and suspense that also reflect contemporary issues and incite meaningful conversation. (*NOTE: Submitters, double-check the rights that are being sold with work).


Diabolical Plots ezine
https://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500 or less
Deadline: Open between July 24–August 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response Time: One month after end of submission window
Description: telepathy stories of every shape and style. Stories might be as intimate as mind-readers in love, forever seeing themselves through their lover’s eyes; or as harrowing as a telepath on the battlefield, drowned in every iota of pain, fear and grief felt for miles. They might be as bizarre as telepathy tourism from alien planets, all cognitive connoisseurs who find humans to have a particularly piquant mindset; or as familiar as a job interview, which has simply gained a new mental level to spar upon.


Dracula Beyond Stoker: Issue 2: Renfield
https://www.dbspress.com/submissions
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–5,000 words
Deadline: January 15, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown, but reported as generally between 30 and 60 days.
Description: The best new fiction based on Stoker’s characters, locations, and themes. This issue: Give us your best Renfield story. Everybody’s favorite flyman is such a rich character, yet we know so little about him. Who do you think he is?


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


Borderlands, Volume 8 anthology
WEBSITE (No mention of Submissions): https://www.borderlandspress.com/
Social Media Submissions Post): https://www.facebook.com/tom.monteleone.1/posts/pfbid02UJCkwFcxiubiDxpnbGqT5hoUFchLJR4biSQ4zV3s3zgDUBw7aRhvCCarZwEnyo8el
Payment: 5–7 cents a word
Story Length: No limit. (Suggested 2,000–5,000 words)
Deadline: No deadline. “Until Filled”
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to 3 months
Description: Original, weird/ horror fiction. NOTE: Submissions are to be postal mailed in only; no email.



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

Dead & Bloated: Extreme Horror Anthology (edited by K. Trap Jones)
https://theevilcookie.com/pages/submissions
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: August 1–October 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: generally within 30 days
Description: Short stories filled with gore, splatter, and extreme horror: Water, Extreme Horror, Splatterpunk, Dark Humor.


Bourbon Penn (magazine)
https://www.bourbonpenn.com/submissions
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–7,500 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: up to 3 months
Description: Highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd. Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We’re looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Nomination to the 2022 World Fantasy Awards!!

This week I learned that I was nominated to the 2022 World Fantasy Awards!!! To say I am insanely thrilled and honored for this recognition would be an understatement. I have long followed and admired the World Fantasy Awards and recipients, and it’s the realization of a dream to be named among such highly-esteemed peers. I’ve been named a finalist in the category of anthology for my book Professor Charlatan Bardot's Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World, published last November by Dark Moon Books.

Thank you to all contributors who were a part of this creative journey. There were 63 authors involved, 2 artists, and, of course, my editing counterpart, Professor Charlatan Bardot (who also wishes to extend his gratitude).

Thank you also to the judges, readers, reviewers, and other supporters!

And
congratulations also to many other friends and authors I admire who are on this year’s ballot, such as Jeffrey Ford, Eugen Bacon, Ellen Datlow, Paula Guran, Usman Mlk, Angela Slatter, Liz Hand, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, and so many others!

And this coming on the back of a 2021 Bram Stoker Award in category of anthology, and I can safely say this book is still going strong! I'm so proud of it!

More here: https://locusmag.com/2022/07/2022-world-fantasy-awards-finalists/



Monday, June 27, 2022

July, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Cosmic Horror Monthly
https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/submissions/
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–6,000 words (preference of 3,000–5,000)
Deadline: Open from July 1–July 7, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Cosmic Horror, Lovecraftian, Weird stories, etc. Lovecraftian themes and mythos works are welcomed but try to avoid Lovecraft pastiche and styles mimicking that of his writer circle from the early 20th century; we are strongly favoring stories with a contemporary narrative style.


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
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 30 days
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).


Alternate History (anthology from Flame Tree Publishing)
https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/alternate-history-call-for-submissions-0-0
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: July 11, 2022
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 6 cents a word)
Response: generally 3 months
Description: Every angle of alternate history from ancient worlds to distant futures, world wars, steampunk and more. What if the course of history had been changed by a different decision, a different victor, a different invention? Reimagine the world around us – some examples just to give you an idea: What if the Ancient Egyptians had conquered Rome? What if World War II had been won by the loser, not the victors? What if women had ruled the world for 4,000 years not men? The options are limitless for tales of true originality and with a vivid sense of realism...


Apex Magazine
http://www.apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Exceptionally well-written Science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all its sub-genres.


Little Blue Marble
https://littlebluemarble.ca/submission-guidelines
Payment: 11 cents a word (Canadian; translates to about 8 cents/word)
Story Length: up to 2,000 words (reprints allowed up to 5,000 words 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.


Fantasy Magazine
https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: Up to 7,500 words (preferred less than 5,000)
Deadline: Open from July 1–July 7, 2022 (open to BIPOC authors year-round)
Reprints?: No
Response: within 3 months
Description: Exceptional original fantasy and dark fantasy stories (including horror).



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

Mythulu e-magazine
https://mythulu.submittable.com/submit
Payment: 4 cents a word (up to $75)
Story Length: 500–2,800 words
Deadline: October 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: 90 days
Description: “Utterly unique” stories that brilliantly demonstrate the specific storycraft skill we’re teaching in each issue. Concept and clarity are more important than prose.
CURRENT THEME: Submit co-authored stories in any genre. (Also looking for non-fiction commentary and experiences with co-created projects.)


34 Orchard (ed. by Kristi Petersen Schoonover)
https://34orchard.com/guidelines
Payment:
$50 flat
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: July 1, 2022–July 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: August 31, 2022
Description: Dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

June, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Shakespeare Unleashed (edited by James Aquilone)
https://www.jamesaquilone.com/submissions
Payment: 6 cents a word (or $35 flat for sonnet)
Story Length: 1,500–6,000 words
Deadline: July 22, 2022–August 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Horror stories based on Shakespeare's plays and characters, as well as horror sonnets: Dark and scary stories — no parodies or humor pieces. Stories can be set in time periods other than the Elizabethan era, and can be updated or reimagined or merely “based on.”


Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea (Brigids Gate Press)
https://brigidsgatepress.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word (or $50 flat for poem; $50 flat for drabble)
Story Length: 500–3,500 words (poetry to 350 words; drabbles of 100 words)
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Horror or dark fantasy stories, poems, and drabbles about malevolent mermaids, sinister sirens, scary selkies, spirits, and other deadly and dangerous women of the sea. Stories including the ocean or sea are the focus of the anthology, but we will consider stories involving rivers as well.


Vastarien: A Literary Journal (Grimscribe Press)
https://vastarien-journal.com/submission-guidelines
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: Nonfiction 2,000–7,500 words; Fiction 750–6,000 words
Deadline:
June 1, 2022–June 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
Description: Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors (see below) or the kind of thematic and topical issues in which we’re interested; OR: Original fiction or poetry or art inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes.


Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
https://www.themysteryplace.com/eqmm/guidelines/
Payment: 5-8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–8,000 words soft range (additionally, ‘Minute Mysteries’ of as little as 250 words)
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Three months
Description: (No Horror, but Mystery and Crime) Every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies."


Baffling Magazine (published by Neon Hemlock)
https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: under 1,200 words (preference under 500 words)
Deadline: Opens June 1, 2022–to close unknown (presume June 15, 2022, per the previous year)
Reprints?: No
Response: up to 5 months
Description: Speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.


The Deadlands (ed. E. Catherine Tobler)
https://thedeadlands.com/guidelines/#fiction
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.



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

Night Frights, a YA horror magazine (annual) (Published by Perpetual Motion Machine/ Dark Moon Digest)
https://perpetualpublishing.com/2022/05/21/now-open-for-submissions-night-frights-a-ya-horror-magazine/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,500 words
Deadline: August 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: After September 1, 2022
Description: Stories with complex characters and new ideas. Scare us. But also, inspire young readers into a lifelong obsession with the genre.


Mythic Magazine
https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html
Payment: 1 cent a word ($25 flat for reprint)
Story Length: 2,000–5,000 words
Deadline: June 1, 2022–June 30, 2022
Reprints?: Yes
Response: unknown (estimated 3 months)
Description: Diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. All types and sub-genres, particularly views of the future and realms of the fantastic that don't necessarily involve quasi-medieval settings.

Monday, May 2, 2022

May, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Literally Dead (Halloween Ghost) anthology, edited by Gaby Triana)
https://www.gabytriana.com/alienheadpresssubmissions
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words
Deadline: May 31, 2022
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 Halloween. Bonus points if they’re about families, siblings, longtime pals, or pets. Just creepy and dark ghosts!


Space Fantasy Magazine (Theme: "Is There Anybody Out There?")
https://spacefantasymag.com/submission-guidelines/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,250 words
Deadline: May 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Space fantasy flash fiction—Give us your living planets, stardust-peddling witches, and quantum ghosts. We want stories that challenge our relationship with space—past, present, and future. Show us new mythologies and undiscovered gods. Show us what emerges from a black hole when its egg finally cracks. Show us the place where science becomes magic.


Hidden Villains: Arise (anthology by Inkd Pub)
https://inkdpub.com/submissions/
Payment: between 5 and 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Opens From: June 1, 2022–August 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: old, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows; looking for engaging stories with well-developed characters and deep emotion with focus on the “rising” of a villain.


Campfire Macabre: Volume 2
https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/submissions/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–1,500 words
Opens From: June 1, 2022–August 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown. Assume rejection if no response after 90 days.
Description: Flash horror fiction. SEE PUBLISHER WEBSITE. There are 5 specific themes to write toward!


Fiends in the Furrows III: Final Harvest (Published by Nosetouch Press)
https://www.nosetouchpress.com/call/
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500–7,000 words
Deadline: July 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Folk Horror from around the world; isolation, paranoia, depravity, loss of individuality, and rustic madness, etc.


Reckoning Vol. 7 (Theme of “Ocean”)
https://reckoning.press/submit
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2022
Reprints?: Query first
Response: 1 to 4 months
Description: Creative writing about environmental justice. Diverse fiction stories (and poetry) including a speculative element: Searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.



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

Madam President (anthology, published by B Cubed Press)
https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/madam-president/guidelines
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words (with a preference below 5,000)
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Alternate History and/or Speculative Fiction: An anthology about leadership. How did having to fight for staff of power affect how is wielded.  Not just from the women who fought these battles, but for the very people engaged, one side, or another who stood for or against those principles that  made it possible for the writing on the office door to say Madam President. Looking for: Good writing, imaginative scenarios, and a good bit of humor in stories.


The Common Tongue Magazine
https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 500–7,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Dark fantasy magazine aiming to bring cultural and integral voices to fantasy and diversify the genre. Primarily interested in Fantasy (esp. High Fantasy) with a dark theme.

Monday, March 28, 2022

March, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


The Librarian (anthology, Air and Nothingness Press)
http://aanpress.com/submissions.html
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,000 words
Open From: May 1, 2022–June 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: September 15, 2022
Description: A librarian's adventures roving through the multiverse: The Librarian travels the multiverse (along the timeline - past through the future - and across planetary systems and universes) helping out people, societies, and those in need, with their questions, problems, and research (as librarians do). Looking for positive, hopeful stories with positive endings, and narratives that celebrate librarians.


Enchanted Conversation Magazine: Folklore, Fairy Tales, & Myths
https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/submissions.html?m=1
Payment: $50 flat rate
Story Length: 750–1,000 words
Deadline: May 1, 2022–May 3, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: NO rejections sent out. Assume rejection if not heard 10 days after close of submission window.
Description: Fairy tales that are almost or entirely new or are just new takes on old tales are all welcome. Mashups of existing fairy tales are welcome as well. CURRENT THEME: Weather.”


Ahoy Comics
https://comicsahoy.com/submissions
Payment: $200 flat rate
Story Length: 500–1,500 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Six weeks (sometimes up to three months)
Description: Smart, weird, funny articles or stories; short fiction for mature readers, pieces that uphold the story-telling legacy of comics. It could be a delirious rant, a personal anecdote, a tale of horror or even poetry. It can be about anything, but we have a soft spot for submissions with a dash of humor. These stories can be political, but they must not be based on events that might be outdated by the time we publish. Whatever the subject, it must still be relevant a year from now.


Orion’s Belt (online magazine)
https://www.orions-belt.net/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,200 words
Deadline: September 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: generally within one week
Description: Bold, experimental literary science fiction and fantasy stories that blur the line between “genre” fiction and literary fiction.


Mother: Tales of Love and Terror anthology (Weird Little Worlds)
https://weirdlittleworlds.com/submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,000 words
Deadline: Open between April 15–May 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: There is no one with more power and control over the fate of the world than a mother. Whether it’s an evil stepmother or a virtuous mother-to-be, there are stories inherent in the acts of mothering and being mothered; mothers become heroes and villains. The concept of motherhood is examined and stretched to its ultimate limits across time, space, gender, location, and concept. Deliciously dark, each tale forces us to examine the depth and breadth of what motherhood is and what a mother will do for her offspring.


ESCAPE ARTISTS PodCasts (4 separate markets; different editors, similar guidelines)

All:
Payment:
8 cents a word/ original; $100 flat rate for reprints
Story Length:
1,500–6,000 words (preferred 4,500 words or less)
Deadline: Intermittent (each market opens as needs)
Reprints?: Yes
Response: Up to three months

1. PodCastle (Fantasy Fiction Podcast)
http://podcastle.org/guidelines/
Description: Publishes in both text and audio. Looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between.

2. Cast of Wonders (Y.A. Fantasy Fiction Podcast)
http://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/schedule
Description: Stories that evoke a sense of wonder and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

3. Escape Pod (Science Fiction Podcast)
http://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction
Description: Our mandate is fun. We are fairly flexible on what counts as “science” (as we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre, but we are not looking for fantasy, magical realism, or more than a tinge of horror. If your story isn’t centered on science, technology, future projections, alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people, we’re probably not the right market for it.

4. Pseudopod (Horror Fiction Podcast)
http://pseudopod.org/submissions
Description: Horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction; strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action.



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

Black Static Magazine (TTA Press)
http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/
Payment: 3 cents a word (ESTIMATE, as it can vary)
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: usually within 2 weeks; but up to 3 months
Description: Non-themed, general audience, thoughtful horror.


Translunar Travelers Lounge
https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: 60 days after the submission period has closed
Description: Stories that are fun and have a speculative element to them. Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics.