Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

October, 2019: HWA L.A.
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine (F&SF)

Payment: 712 cents a word.
Story Length: up to 25,000 words
Deadline: None listed. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
Description: Stories that appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers (the SF element may be slight, but it should be present); character-oriented stories. Humor very welcome. (** now allows online submissions)

After Sundown anthology (published by Flame Tree) **NOTE: This Call is not posted online, and is only posted via Flame Tree Newsletter. MUST Subscribe to the newsletter for further details!
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: “ideally” abt. 4,000 words
Deadline: Open ONLY between: Oct. 21, 2019–Nov. 3, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: within 4 months
Description: An eclectic, vibrant collection of tales by contemporary writers, both established and new… thrilling stories of suspense, delving into the dark spaces of the night.

Constellary Tales (Magazine AND Podcast) (*New Market)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,500 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Science Fiction and fantasy stories (no straight horror). “Storytelling across time and space… i.e. any great speculative fiction stories.”

The Way of the Laser: Future Crime stories anthology (published by Vernacular Books)
Payment: 5 cents a word + royalties
Story Length: 4,000–8,000 words
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world. Is poisoning the nanobots responsible for programming the ads in your neural feed a crime? Is organized crime society’s only hope or responsible for its downfall? Consider what will constitute a crime and what unique problems it poses for your characters.

Invictus: Quarterly Comics & Illustrations (published by Aurelia Leo)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–2,500 words
Deadline: Month XX, 2019
Reprints?: Yes, at 1 cent a word
Response: 2–3 weeks
Description: Speculative (horror, science fiction & fantasy) stories and art for a global audience.

Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar guidelines)
NOTE: These are successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns open for public submissions.

All 3 anthologies:
Payment: 8 cents a word + Royalties
Story Length: to 7,500 words
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: February 28, 2020

Tone for all: Range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark; Not looking for torture porn, nor gratuitous violence of any kind.

  • 1. Apocalyptic
    Science fiction or fantasy stories set during or after an apocalypse... use the apocalypse in an unusual and unexpected way.
  • 2. Galactic StewDescription: stories involving food, whether it be poisoning, a cultural or societal ritual, a trade meeting over dinner, etc. (NO cannibalism)
  • 3. My Battery is Low and it is Getting DarkDescription: stories where some type of tech has outlived its time and yet, during the course of the story, it discovers a new purpose or is used in a new, purposeful way. This theme is inspired by the Opportunity rover, which functioned long past its prime...

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

Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror (Published by Nosetouch Press)
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: 4,000–8,000 words
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Folk Horror from around the world; isolation, paranoia, depravity, loss of individuality, and rustic madness, etc.

Pulp Horror Phobias Vol. 2
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: 4,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Horror stories relating to phobias; defined as an irrational and extreme fear to something. Stories must also have a strong pulp/noir element.

Friday, October 4, 2019