Tuesday, March 12, 2019

March, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Tiny Nightmares: an Anthology of Short Horror Fiction
Payment: $100 flat rate
Story Length: under 1,200 words
Deadline: May 1, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Short and terrifying tales of monsters, madness, and nightmares.

TWO SEPARATE ANTHOLOGIES from Flame Tree Publishing Detective Mysteries and Epic Fantasy)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: March 24, 2019
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 1 month

1. Detective Mysteries: Private Eyes with eagle eyes and rare skills, PIs and gumshoes, bloodhounds and sleuths: the shadowy arts of the detective have intrigued us since tales of the Pinkerton Detective Agency and Sherlock Holmes.

2. Epic Fantasy: Tales that explore the classic themes of good vs. evil, the low-born hero, and the arrogant overlord, lacing them with a taste of sorcery that reaches back to the early sources and stirring them in with the brand new storytellers of today.

Hinnom Magazine’s Weird Tales (WOMEN AUTHORS ONLY)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–6,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: 2 months
Description: An issue of Hinnom Magazine, designed like Weird Tales, but featuring only female authors. We have a feeling this publication is going to be something special, and we are beyond thrilled to read thrilling stories from female authors of Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror.

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.

Sub-Q Magazine
Payment: 9 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2019. (Opens intermittently)
Reprints?: Yes ($75 flat rate)
Response: 60 days
Description: F/SF, horror, mystery, romance, and mash-up interactive fiction. Submitted works must include at least a detailed proposal for interactivity. We like beautiful, moving prose, but we also like pulpy fun! Don’t self-reject. Let us see what you’ve got!

SPIDER magazine for ages 6-9 (CRICKET MEDIA)
Theme: Enchanted Forest
Payment: 25 cents a word
Story Length: 300 to 1,000 words (poetry up to 20 lines) (non-fiction 300–800 words)
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: 3–6 months
Description: Stories, poems, short plays, and activities for the theme “Enchanted Forest.” Show us worlds of magic and wonder, full of unicorns, witches in the woods, mythical beasts, and fairytale castles. Give us a new version of the traditional fairytale cast—what if a princess, prince, knight, or villain did not want to follow the roles assigned to them? Fractured and contemporary fairytales welcome.

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

Blasphemous Rumors (anthology, published by Necro Publications)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: July 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Themed anthology of religious horror stories; focus on religion or spirituality, stories that may be considered blasphemous by the standards of your religion of choice. We are looking for quality dark fiction, not hate-filled rants against religion. Blasphemy can be included in speech, an act, writing, music, or art.

SNAFU: Last Stand (edited by Geoff Brown; publ. by Cohesion Press)
Payment: Australian 5 cents a word (abt. 3-1/2 cents a word US)
Story Length: 2,000–10,000 words
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: estimate 3-4 months
Description: Military horror anthology: Anything that can be called a high-action potentially-last stand monster story. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness. We will also be looking for soldiers, mercs, police, private security/paramilitary… Just ensure the last stand aspect is both overt and unique, and don’t forget monsters!

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