Monday, December 20, 2021

December, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: December, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Payment: $200 flat
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (but no pay)
Response: Three months
Description: Any type of genre story: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, etc. (see submission page for additional themed 1-time calls).

Valravn (Yearly annual of “wyrd fiction” by Raven Canticle Press)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–10,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2021 (open periodically afterward)
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Non-themed speculative short fiction. Prefer horror, but open also to fantasy science fiction, etc.

Fantasy Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–7,500 words (preferred less than 5,000)
Deadline: open the first week of every month (1st–7th)
Reprints?: No
Response: within 3 months
Description: Original fantasy and dark fantasy stories (including horror).

TWO SEPARATE ANTHOLOGIES from Flame Tree Publishing
Payment: 8 cents a word (6 cents/ word for reprints)
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: January 9, 2022
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 3 months

1. Compelling Science Fiction: Tales which are on the more plausible end of the SF spectrum.

2. Christmas Gothic Short Stories: Dark and moody, the ghastly, the ghostly and the magical Christmas short story!

Factor Four Magazine (Online Mag)
Payment: 11 cents/ word
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month or less
Description: Short fiction in the genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these. We are looking for stories that are engaging to our readers in such a short word count.

Asimov’s Science Fiction (magazine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–20,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: No
Response: Five weeks
Description: Character-oriented Science Fiction stories that is serious, thoughtful, yet accessible (occasional humor), including borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction (and some poetry).

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

Triangulation (Parsec Ink): Energy (annual themed anthology)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: April 30, 2022
Description: Theme of sustainable energy; fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror stories that explore the possibility of creating sustainable energy with alternative technologies and/or social change.

34 Orchard
Payment: $50 flat
Story Length: 1,000–7,500 words
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2022–Jan. 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: February 28, 2022
Description: Dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

My Upcoming Author Events, In-Person Signing and Virtual Festival Guest Speaker

I’ll be signing books, posters, and movie deals* (*maybe) this SUNDAY, Dec. 12, at Los Angeles’s GREATEST horror-themed bookstore, DARK DELICACIES!

3:00 p.m. start time, or line up early. Dark Delicacies daily parades a veritable Who’s-who of Hollywood actors, authors, artists, and other guests-célèbre!

Bolstering my presence are such grand company as Lisa Morton, Kate Maruyama, PJ Manney, J.D. Horn, and surprise appearances slated by others!!


And if you can’t book that cross-country flight to attend in-person, join me for a virtual event the following week, as I speak to the state of ghosts, their cultural impact, authors of note, and other discussions of the supernatural for The New York Ghost Story Festival 2021!

Hosted by acclaimed author and festival founder Daniel Braum, I’ll be in conversation along with extraordinarily talented company, notably authors and speakers Jo Kaplan and Kevin Lucia! RSVP requested for the event, scheduled: Friday, Dec, 17 at 5:00 p.m. PST!