Monday, April 9, 2018

April, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

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

SPIDER magazine for ages 6-9 (CRICKET MEDIA)
Payment: 25 cents a word
Story Length: 300 to 1,000 words (poetry up to 20 lines) (non-fiction 300–800 words)
Deadline: See below Issue themes; Open intermittently (and currently) for other non-themed
Reprints?: No
Response: 3–6 months

Issue theme: Inventions
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Description: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Inventions. Send us stories about objects or gadgets that intrigued you as a kid or that intrigue kids you know. Write about the origin of a toy, secret code or language, special technique or process, game or puzzle, school supply, musical instrument, or out-of-date technology. We’re interested in the gross and weird, silly and useless, and even fictional inventions. Especially welcome: works about inventions by kid inventors, women, and people of color.

Issue theme: Mysterious Monsters
Deadline: June 15, 2018
Description: Fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Mysterious Monsters. Bring on the claws, sharp teeth, tails, and larger-than-life creatures. We’re interested in age-appropriate monster stories that introduce kids to old urban legends like river and lake monsters, the Chupacabra, and Big Foot as well as other creatures that go bump in the night—jumbies, trolls, poltergeists, giants, werewolves, vampires, zombies, or beings we’ve never heard of before. Send us your spooky ghosts and growling, howling beasts who might want to eat you or just be your friend.

Issue theme: Our Diverse World
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Description: Fiction, non-fiction, activities, and poetry for the theme Our Diverse World. We want stories about real or imaginary people with interesting hobbies, jobs, traditions, or inventions. We would like to see Black, Latinx, First Nations, East Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern children from first, second, or third generation families. Tell us quirky, funny, heartfelt, and lesser-known stories where race, ethnicity, class, culture, and ability might intersect.

Unidentified Funny Objects, Volume 7 (ed. by Alex Shvartsman)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500-5000 words
Deadline: April 1 – April 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 week
Description: All styles and sub-genres of speculative fiction stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny. This volume to include stories by Esther Friesner, Mike Resnick, Jack Campbell, Jim C. Hines, and Ken Liu.

SLICE magazine (print)
Payment: $250 flat
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months
Description: Literary Magazine in Brooklyn seeks short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. The theme for this issue is “TIME” (Issue #24). Online Content
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500 – 1,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Interesting, fun, edgy, unexpected, or funny articles or fiction stories on all things fantasy-related (including all sub-genres).

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: $60 flat (= 6 cents/ word+)
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within one month
Description: A very short but complete story of flash fiction. Strong, interesting characters, in genres of dark sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, crime, horror, and even literary.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
Best of Hardcore Horror, Volume 4 (Best Of/ Reprint antho) (edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax; publ. by Comet Press)

Payment: 1 cent a word (reprints only)
Story Length: to 6,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: Reprints only (including stories from self-publishing, online, single-author collections, etc.)
Response: unknown
Description: Hardcore Horror stories that were published in 2018 (bloody, gory, outlandish, pushing boundaries, etc.)

Apotheosis 2: More Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods
Payment: 3 cents a word (1 cent/ word for reprints)
Story Length: 2,000 – 7,000 words
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Reprints?: Yes
Response: by August 15, 2018
Description: Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the return of the Elder Gods; stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors… character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the Earth. We’re less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods than good stories that deal with real human concerns.  How do people survive? How does life change? Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters?

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