Monday, May 2, 2022

May, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: May, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Literally Dead (Halloween Ghost) anthology, edited by Gaby Triana)
https://www.gabytriana.com/alienheadpresssubmissions
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words
Deadline: May 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Short stories of classic paranormal, poltergeists, ghosts, spirits, haunted places and objects, and the eerily unexplained that take place on or around Halloween. Bonus points if they’re about families, siblings, longtime pals, or pets. Just creepy and dark ghosts!


Space Fantasy Magazine (Theme: "Is There Anybody Out There?")
https://spacefantasymag.com/submission-guidelines/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,250 words
Deadline: May 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Space fantasy flash fiction—Give us your living planets, stardust-peddling witches, and quantum ghosts. We want stories that challenge our relationship with space—past, present, and future. Show us new mythologies and undiscovered gods. Show us what emerges from a black hole when its egg finally cracks. Show us the place where science becomes magic.


Hidden Villains: Arise (anthology by Inkd Pub)
https://inkdpub.com/submissions/
Payment: between 5 and 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Opens From: June 1, 2022–August 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: old, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows; looking for engaging stories with well-developed characters and deep emotion with focus on the “rising” of a villain.


Campfire Macabre: Volume 2
https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/submissions/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–1,500 words
Opens From: June 1, 2022–August 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown. Assume rejection if no response after 90 days.
Description: Flash horror fiction. SEE PUBLISHER WEBSITE. There are 5 specific themes to write toward!


Fiends in the Furrows III: Final Harvest (Published by Nosetouch Press)
https://www.nosetouchpress.com/call/
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500–7,000 words
Deadline: July 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Folk Horror from around the world; isolation, paranoia, depravity, loss of individuality, and rustic madness, etc.


Reckoning Vol. 7 (Theme of “Ocean”)
https://reckoning.press/submit
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2022
Reprints?: Query first
Response: 1 to 4 months
Description: Creative writing about environmental justice. Diverse fiction stories (and poetry) including a speculative element: Searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.



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

Madam President (anthology, published by B Cubed Press)
https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/madam-president/guidelines
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words (with a preference below 5,000)
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Alternate History and/or Speculative Fiction: An anthology about leadership. How did having to fight for staff of power affect how is wielded.  Not just from the women who fought these battles, but for the very people engaged, one side, or another who stood for or against those principles that  made it possible for the writing on the office door to say Madam President. Looking for: Good writing, imaginative scenarios, and a good bit of humor in stories.


The Common Tongue Magazine
https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 500–7,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Dark fantasy magazine aiming to bring cultural and integral voices to fantasy and diversify the genre. Primarily interested in Fantasy (esp. High Fantasy) with a dark theme.