Monday, February 12, 2018

February, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

February, 2018
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

War on Christmas (ChiZine Publications)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: March 4, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: April 4, 2018
Description: Deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humorous, etc. (avoid common “anti-Santa” stories).

Jack of No Trades Magazine (Nothing’s Sacred Vol. 4)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Nothing is off limits. The horror within can range from subtle to grotesque, psychological to physical, dark to full out terror so long as it is character driven.

Apex Magazine special Zodiac-themed issue (guest edited by Sheree Renée Thomas)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,5005,000 words
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Short stories that explore the heavenly cosmos and unveil mysteries, tales that reimagine Zodiacal archetypes and/or throw them on their heads.
As the stars align themselves above, write bold, fun, weird, scary, sensual stories that heal, frighten, intrigue, amuse.

Galileo’s Theme Park anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,5003,000 words
Deadline: Accepting between March 1, 2018–April 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: up to eight weeks
Description: (SF/Fantasy/Horror/Humor) Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter's moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists.

CRAFT Fiction (online literary journal)
Payment: $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for longer pieces
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: possibly
Response: unknown
Description: Fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. All genres and styles are welcome ; our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. Each selected piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author.

Sword & Sonnet (anthology by editors of Shimmer Mag and PodCastle)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: to 5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: March 31, 2018
Description: Stories (not poetry) about battle poets. Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character.  We’re looking for lyrical shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk. Stories could feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings. Mostly fantasy, but also open to science fiction or horror.

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

SNAFU Resurrection (edited by Geoff Brown; publ. by Cohesion Press)
Payment: AUD4 cents a word (abt. 3 cents a word US)
Story Length: 2,000–10,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: estimate 3-4 months
Description: Military horror anthology: High action monster story with soldiers (i.e. MUST have soldiers, MUST be extreme-action driven).

Vastarien: A Literary Journal (Ligotti-esque works)
Payment: 1 cent a word (up to $50)
Story Length: Nonfiction 2,000–7,500 words; Fiction 750–6,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Two weeks
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.