Friday, June 16, 2017

June, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Market Listings/ Notes

Here are some genre short story market listings with a focus on Dark Fiction that I find interesting, are currently open, and pay a minimum professional rate of five (5) cents per word:


June, 2017 Market Listings/ Notes


Apex Magazine
Payment: 6 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.

Liminal Stories (online mag)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words.
Deadline: Through June 15 (intermittent)
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month or less
Description: Prose stories and poetry that are strange and unsettling, sharp-edged and evocative.  Although we will consider any genre, we have a soft spot for weird fiction, magical realism, soft science fiction, and those uncategorizable stories that straddle the line between genres.  Liminal stories should linger in the mind and evoke emotion in the reader.

Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500 – 8,000 words
Deadline: July 28, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: about 7-to-21 days
Description: Literary genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, Westerns, pulps, thrillers, horror, romance, etc).

DarkFuse Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 99 – 2,000 words (will publish up to 15,000, but max pay at 2,000 words)
Deadline: None listed. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to six months
Description: Horror, thriller, suspense, crime, sci-fi, bizarre—anything with a dark slant.

Asimov’s Science Fiction (magazine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000 – 20,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: No
Response: Five weeks
Description: Character-oriented Science Fiction stories that is serious, thoughtful, yet accessible (occasional humor), including borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction (and some poetry).

Trouble the Waters (edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins: Rosarium Books)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500 – 7,000 words
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Reprints?: A few
Response: unknown
Description: Water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, and unclassifiable works are welcome.

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

HIDDEN ANIMALS: A Collection of Cryptids (Dragon’s Roost Press)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 4,000 – 5,000 words
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Reprints?: Query first
Response: unknown
Description: We are looking for lesser known cryptids, creatures of the dark corners of cryptozoology. They can be the antagonist, the protagonist, the creeping dread which drives the story, but they must be present; Finely crafted works of Dark Speculative fiction which feature one (or more) of the lesser known, but established cryptids. Authors are encouraged to put their own spin on the classic creature. Make them terrifying. Make them sympathetic. Make them humorous. Above all, make them feel real.

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