Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

January, 2019
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Flame Tree Publishing (Flash Fiction)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 700–1,000 words
Deadline: First two weeks of each month
Reprints?: No
Response: Presumably by the end of the following month.
Description: Original Flash Fiction written to the month’s theme; must be subscriber to the newsletter to receive the monthly prompt. This month is: The Horror theme is Scary Spiders. The Sci-Fi stories theme is Rebellious Robots.

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.

Letters from the Grave: A Collection of Epistolary Horror
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Non-themed horror stories in epistolary form. Stories created from nearly any kinds or combinations of documents, i.e. crime scene reports, diary entries, interview transcripts, etc. This can include modern electronic and digital “documents” such as texts, voicemails, Tweets, blog posts, and more.

Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove (Atthis Arts)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Shared world anthology: Stories must take place over the span of five minutes; AND they must take place at a specific era, location, and time of day within the rooms or grounds of the Hotel Stormcove. SEE GUIDELINES FOR DESCRIPTION OF HOTEL.

Hidden Histories anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500
3,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
by April 15, 2019
Description: (SF/Fantasy/Horror/Humor) A secret history (or shadow history) is a revisionist interpretation of either fictional or real history which is claimed to have been deliberately suppressed, forgotten, or ignored by established scholars. Your tale can be based in the real world, past, present, or future, as long as it has a speculative fiction element.

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 5-to-8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 12,000 (but the shorter, the better)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to a year (though tracking status is utilized)
Description: Fiction Mystery: stories of detection of the classic kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of espionage, and so on. Story must be about a crime (or the threat or fear of one). Sometimes accept ghost stories or supernatural tales, but those also should involve a crime (fresh, well told, and absorbing).

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

Augur Magazine (Publisher or Editor)
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2019 (next to be open May, 2019)
Reprints?: No
Response: Within 8 weeks
Description: “Literary” speculative fiction: ream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, magical realism.

(TITLE TBD…) SPLATTER (Blood Bound Books)
Payment: 1 cent a word
Story Length: 500–7,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2019 (NOTE: The website says December 31, 2018, but this date HAS been extended to March 31, per editor’s Facebook discussion post (The Splatter Club)
Possibly. Query first.
Response: Usually within eight weeks.
Description: To publish half new (unpublished) and half experienced authors, this splatter anthology is to showcase non-themed bizarro, extreme horror, or splatterpunk in some way.

ALSO, they have a second anthology, SPLATTER IN SPACE, which is space-themed Splatter Punk. Same terms.

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