Monday, April 3, 2023

April, 2023 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: For April, 2023
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Reckoning Vol. 8
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2023
Reprints?: Query first
Response: 1 to 4 months
Description: Creative writing about environmental justice and social activism. 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.

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Open from the 1st to 21st of each month (or until reaching the cap of 425 submissions) (only)
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within eight weeks
Description: A very short but complete story of flash fiction. Strong, interesting characters, in genres of dark sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, crime, horror, and even literary

The DARK (monthly online e-magazine)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Currently open, but intermittent
Reprints?: Yes
Response: between 1 day to 1 week
Description: Unique Horror and Dark Fantasy (No graphic/ violent content); fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories (Tons of great authors publish here).

Calliope Interactive
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 100–4,000 words
Deadline: Month XX, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: estimated within 2 months
Description: Unthemed genre fiction; anything to do with high fantasy, operatic sci-fi, heart-stopping action, that’s our jam.

Orion’s Belt (online magazine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,200 words
Deadline: September 1, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: generally within one week
Description: Bold, experimental literary science fiction and fantasy stories that blur the line between “genre” fiction and literary fiction.

Little Blue Marble
Payment: 11 cents a word (Canadian; translates to about US 8 cents/word)
Story Length: up to 2,000 words (reprints allowed up to 5,000 words at <1 cent/ word)
Deadline: Intermittent (currently set to close “in Summer, 2023”)
Reprints?: No
Response: up to 12 weeks
Description: Speculative fiction that examines humanity’s possible futures living with anthropogenic climate change. We prefer fiction with a hopeful outlook, but the occasional dystopia might fit too.

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

Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–3,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 6 weeks
Description: Original horror, Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Crime/Mystery short stories.

Experimental Files: A Tribute to the Work of Gemma Files
$50 flat
Story Length: 3,000–6,000 words
Deadline: June 1, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Weird Fiction; Complex tales; rewritten mythology; unique and clever Horror stories involving cursed or dangerous films, etc.