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February 2017
Vol. 11 No. 9
(Whole No. 107)
Cynthia Ward Publisher
P.O. Box 2228
Apple Valley, CA 92307

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February brings a new magazine from the publishers of Strange Horizons, several magazine updates, and many new anthologies, so I'll let you get right to your Market Maven.




InterfictionsOnline "has closed for new material for an indefinite period. The archives will stay online and be freely available."

SPINETINGLERS is revamping its website and rebranding, and is temporarily closed to submissions.

SPIRIT'S TINCTURE is temporarily closed to fiction.


The publisher is "closing FANTASTIC STORIES OF THE IMAGINATION. The January [2017] issue will be our final regular issue and the People of Color Take Over issue will be our final issue." For details, see

The literary journal "FICTION Silicon Valley is ceasing operations as of 1/18/2017."

THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN TRUMPET has been cancelled by the editor.

MIDNIGHT ECHO is closed to submissions and their website is down.

"NEW ZENITH MAGAZINE is going to discontinue publication. The winter and spring issues are being canceled."

SHROUD MAGAZINE website is not linked to a magazine.

TORQUERE PRESS is closing; details,



A writer reports: "ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS ( has "revise[d] its submissions policy to give priority to writers and artists who are also subscribers to Andromeda Spaceways Magazine."

APEX MAGAZINE is open to original short fiction submissions and closed to art submissions.

A writer reports decisions for the BINGE CURE ANTHOLOGY (which is now closed to submissions) will now be made in February 2017.

BRACKEN is closed to poetry submissions until February 27, 2017, but open to fiction and art.

CIRSOVA HEROIC FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE is open to "submission by invitation only for all of 2017."

The 49TH PARALLELS anthology will close February 14, 2017 (5 cents/word,

NEO-OPSIS SF MAGAZINE is open to submissions until February 15, 2017.

ON SPEC is closed to fiction and flash submissions, but open to poetry and art submissions.

SPACE & TIME is open to poetry submissions but closed to fiction submissions.


WORLD WEAVER PRESS ( is open to submissions until February 28, 2017.



LIGHTSPEED (currently CLOSED to submissions) has new off-site form URL,





RETRO FUTURE Open Submissions

Retro Future is a bi-monthly pulp magazine that searches for diverse, surprising, and progressive science fiction in art, prose, essay, and comics.

Current Submission Due Date

Issue #1: "Robots" - November 1, 2016

Issue #2: "Love" - February 1, 2017

Issue #3: "Games" - March 1, 2017

Issue Submission Themes

Issue #1: Robots, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Issue #2: Relationships and love in the future.

Issue #3: Video games, gaming, and competition.

Submissions Guidelines

We welcome submissions of art and writing that approaches retrofuturism through a progressive lens. Essays and flash fiction of approximately 250-500 words is especially welcome; longer works may be serialized.

Comic submissions should be 1-8 pages of finished work. Anything longer may get serialized across multiple issues. Please note that inside art should be in grayscale (please refer to art and comic templates for details.)

Galileo Books acquires first serial rights; upon publication, these rights revert back to you, the author. We ask that you acknowledge Retro Future (Galileo Books) as the venue of original publication when the work appears in your book or is otherwise collected.

If a work becomes unavailable while under our review, please contact us via email. Submitted work for specific issues may be considered for other issues if themes fit.

Art and comic templates are located here: Please make sure that art finals are high resolution (at least 300 DPI), in the RGB or Grayscale color space, and native Photoshop or TIFF files. No JPG or GIF.

(Dropbox will ask you to join, you can ignore that and click the 'continue to download' link)

Written material should be attached to the email in TXT, RTF or Word formats.

Retro Future is a progressive publication. Subjects such as sexual violence, un-examined racism, and other potentially offensive material are often used as fodder for exposition in genre stories–this is not appropriate for inclusion in Retro Future.

We are looking for forward-looking and optimistic science and science-fiction. Sensitive topics can be part of a good story, but a vision of a future better than our present is the focus of Retro Future. Keep this in mind when submitting.

Submission Email

In the subject, please format as follows for artwork:
          Full Name, artrf, Your Project Title

In the subject, please format as follows for writing:
          Full Name, litrf, Your Project Title

This will help our filters organize better! You can expect a response up to a month after the deadline date.

We will always meet or exceed SFWA minimum compensation guidelines.

Thinking of subscribing to Retro Future?

Subscribe here:!

Official Twitter: @retrofuturemag



NOTE: This new magazine is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, but fiction and poetry submissions must be TRANSLATED works - be sure to read the guidelines before submitting:


SAMOVAR submission guidelines

We are now open to submissions!

Last update: 1st February 2017

Samovar is a quarterly magazine of and about speculative fiction in translation, published by STRANGE HORIZONS (

This page explains what types of material Samovar publishes, and how to submit. All submissions are considered by the Samovar editors:

* Sarah Dodd
* Greg Friis West
* Laura Friis West

Samovar encourages and welcomes submissions from all languages, and by individuals from groups or backgrounds that have historically been marginalized and/or under-represented within speculative fiction. Please don't self-reject; we want to consider your work!

All submissions should be made through our Moksha page, here: Feel free to send any queries to

Short stories

What we publish

Each quarter, Samovar publishes one short story newly translated into English, and one reprint of a previously published translation. In both cases, the English-language versions will be accompanied by the original-language versions.

What we want

We want good speculative fiction stories! If your story doesn't have a speculative element, or strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it's probably not for us. We like fiction from or about traditionally under-represented groups, unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives, and stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification.

What we pay and what we buy

For newly translated stories, accompanied by the original-language version, we pay 6 US cents per word to the author, and 6 US cents per word to the translator, up to a maximum word count of 5,000 words. (We can consider longer pieces, but regret that we will have to cap payment at $300 to the translator and $300 to the author). We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language and non-exclusive original language rights (including audio rights for both languages) for six (6) months.

For reprints of translated stories, accompanied by the original-language version, we pay a flat US$100 to the author and US$100 to the translator, regardless of word-count. We do not have a word limit for reprints. We buy non-exclusive English-language and original-language rights (including audio rights for both languages) for six (6) months.

How to submit

For newly translated stories, please submit either:

* The full translated text (preferred, if available); or

* Sample pages (if available); or

* A short synopsis of the story

For reprinted stories, please submit:

* The full translated text

If your submission is accepted, we will request the original-language text to be published alongside the translation.

Submissions should be made via Moksha:


What we publish

Each quarter, Samovar publishes one poem newly translated into English, accompanied by the original-language version.

What we want

We're looking for modern, exciting poems that explore the possible and impossible: stories about human and nonhuman experiences, dreams and reality, past and future, the here-and-now and otherwhere-and-elsewhen. We want poems from imaginative and unconventional writers; we want voices from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

We want poems that understand "literary" does not have to equal "boring"; poems that know how to write strange without being senseless; and poems that balance inventiveness with traditional structures. We like mischievous poems, pensive poems, and everything in between.

What we pay and what we buy

We pay $US40 to the author and $US40 to the translator, regardless of length or complexity of the poem.

We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language and non-exclusive original language rights (including audio rights for both languages) for six (6) months.

How to submit

Please submit either:

* The full translated text of the poem (preferred, if available); or

* A sample stanza and explanation of why this poem should be considered for Samovar

If your submission is accepted, we will request the original-language text to be published alongside the translation.

Submissions should be made via Moksha:


What we publish

Each quarter, Samovar publishes:

* One review-essay

* One interview/conversation

What we want

Review-essays: we are looking for in-depth critical essays of 2,000 to 3,000 words. These may cover:

* Works recently translated into English

* Works that have not been translated but that will be of interest to an English-language audience

* Critical works focusing on speculative fiction in translation

* Some combination of the above.

Works can be in any medium; we are interested in discussions of speculative books, stories, poetry, film, TV, and other artistic works.

Interview/conversations: we want to provide authors, artists, poets, critics, and fans from non-Anglophone countries with a space to hold in-depth discussions of speculative fiction in their country, or in general, for an English-language audience. You can see some examples ( of the format we like ( in the Strange Horizons archive. Interview/conversations may be conducted in a language other than English and then translated.

What we pay and what we buy

For review-essays, we pay US$40 regardless of final wordcount.

For interview/conversations, we pay each participant US$40 regardless of final wordcount. If the interview/conversation is translated into English, we pay the translator US$40 regardless of final wordcount.

We buy first-printing English-language rights exclusive for six (6) months.

How to submit

For review-essays, please submit either:

* Your proposal for a review-essay; or

* The full text of the review-essay

For interview/conversations, please submit your proposal for a conversation. Please do not submit the full text of an interview/conversation unless asked to do so.

Submissions should be made via Moksha:

Our response time

We aim to respond to all submissions within 1 month.



GRIMDARK MAGAZINE has reopened to submissions:


Author Submission Guidelines

Grimdark Magazine is closed for submissions from 00:01 15th December 2016 AEST to 23:59 31st of January 2017. Any unsolicited submissions during this time will be deleted without being read or responded to.


The people that run Grimdark Magazine are writers and readers. We believe in paying contributors for their work. We commit to:

* No token payments.

* No vague promises of one day being paid… maybe.

* No promise of "exposure" instead of payment.

* Clear and concise guidelines to take the stress out of submitting.

* Transparency on our pay rates and up front payment, in full, according to our rates shown below, for the privilege of using your work.

* Clear contractual expectations and obligations.

Grimdark Magazine is a grimdark fantasy and sci-fi pro paying market for authors and artists. Working in a sub-genre means we are after a very specific style of story or image. We want dark settings, grey characters of both sexes, morally ambiguous decisions, and plenty of grit. Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch, Graham McNeill, Dan Abnett, and R. Scott Bakker are our favourite authors. Buy a copy of our magazine to see exactly what we're after.

All submitted works must be:

* Of a grimdark nature.

* In a medieval fantasy or sci-fi setting.

* Of the highest possible quality.

* Submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format.

Those are our requirements, the rest is up to you.


* Stories must be submitted in Standard Manuscript Format:

* Previously unpublished stories at a strict maximum of four thousand (4,000) words.

* Reprints at a maximum of six thousand (6,000) words and not currently available for free online.

* Serials may be accepted, but if you hook us with the first piece of it, we'll want to see the rest before purchasing and publishing.

* Correct spelling and grammar a must.

Anything outside of the above is not what we are currently after. Please don't query, beg, or send beer (actually, send beer, please, just don't expect a result from it). Just email in the works that fit into the above requirements.


All payment amounts are in Australian dollars (AUD). If you are sending in work from a country currently handing our kangaroo-stamped dollar an absolute beating… that is unfortunate. Paypal payments only for international contributors. Option of Paypal or EFT for Australian contributors.

Unpublished stories: AUD$0.07 per word in line with SWFA guidelines (not that we're a member, but it seems fair).

Reprints: AUD$0.01 per word.


Paid submissions must not use the intellectual property of any other author or company.

We are buying first world-exclusive rights from the date the contract is signed and paid for up until 1 year (12 months) after publication date. After this date, the rights revert back to the author, however your story will continue to be sold in back-issues of Grimdark Magazine available commercially. To be clear: your work will not appear, and will not have appeared, in any other available format (blogs and public forums included) until 1 year (12 months) after the release date of the story in Grimdark Magazine. After 1 year (12 months), we'll retain non-exclusive distribution rights, but you can self-publish your work or try to on-sell your story to another paying market.

Reprint submissions must have passed the period of exclusivity with the previous market and not currently be available for free online. The submitter must provide the publication(s) and date(s) where the work has previously been published. Grimdark Magazine will ensure that these publications are credited as a part of the issue.


Now that you've got through all that and you understand exactly what we're after, how much you're being paid, and what to expect if you have been accepted – if you still want your work with Grimdark Magazine you will:

1. Ensure your work meets the above criteria and is of the highest quality possible.

2. Send your work to submissions (at) grimdarkmagazine (dot) com with one of the following in the subject line:

* Short Fiction Submission: <Story Title>

* Serial Fiction Submission: <Story Title>

* Reprint Fiction Submission: <Story Title>

In the body of the email (address it to Adrian) tell us the following:

1. Story Title.

2. Word count.

3. A 1-2 sentence summary of the story.

4. A list of works published in any other paid markets (no self-published works, please).

5. A 1-2 sentence summary of yourself (include any social media and/or relevant web URLs).

6. If this is a reprint, details of the piece's publication history.

7. Make sure to log your submission at either or

No multiple submissions.

No simultaneous submissions.


1. An automatic response email acknowledging receipt of your work.

2. To wait up to 6 weeks for a personal email which will either be (A) a rejection, usually with feedback, or (B) a request for a 3 to 6 month hold while we see if we can fit the story into an issue.

3. After the abovementioned 3 to 6 month period, a second personal email will be sent, which will either be (A) a rejection with feedback, or (B) an offer to buy your work after edits.

4. You'll work with the editor(s) to get the work completed. When we're happy, a word count will be agreed upon and a contract provided.

5. If you agree to the terms of contract, you will sign it, scan and send the entire document back to us.

6. You'll be paid.

7. In the lead up to the publication date you’ll have excerpts of your story online through our social media.

Paid writing is a hard, brutal, unforgiving and often unrewarding world – a bit Grimdark, you might say. I wish you all the best.



From Coeditor John Linwood Grant: OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY is officially open again for submissions, seeking mostly to fill Issues 3 and 4. We will look at unusual takes on the concept, including futuristic, weird fantasy and pulp. Pays 1 cent/word, open 1st to 28th February 2017. Please don't submit outside this period. Autumn 2016 subs already received via sites where window wasn't specified will be read during this round.



From prozine STRANGE HORIZONS ( - pays 8cents/word):

To make sure that the volume of submissions doesn’t get out of hand while we’re still getting up to speed with our new submissions system, we’re trying out a weekly schedule:

* We’ll always reopen every Monday when the new issue is published.

* When we’re open, there will be no daily cap.

* During the week, if and when the queue begins to significantly outstrip the reading, we’ll close for the week to give ourselves room to catch up.

* This page will always clearly indicate whether we’re closed and if so, when we’ll be reopening.

Fiction Editors

* Vajra Chandrasekera
* Lila Garrott
* Catherine Krahe
* An Owomoyela

Guidelines at a Glance

We want:

* Speculative fiction, broadly defined.

* Up to 10,000 words (under 5000 preferred).

* Previously unpublished in English—we buy first English rights, including audio.

* Submitted through our Moksha submission gateway (—no email or postal submissions.

* No simultaneous or multiple submissions; no re-submissions.

* Please send only RTF, DOC or DOCX files and try to stick to standard manuscript format as much as possible:

We offer:

* Payment of 8¢/word USD, within 60 days of contract.

If you have any questions, write to fiction [AT] strangehorizons [DOT] com with the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line.

Everything else on this page is intended to clarify, explain, or provide insight into the above guidelines. If you’ve submitted to us before or feel confident that your story meets our guidelines, feel free to skip the rest of this page. If you’re uncertain on any point, you’ll find more detailed discussion below.

What We Want and What We Don’t Want

We want good speculative fiction. If your story doesn’t have a speculative element, or strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it’s probably not for us.

Some particular things we love, or are interested in:

* Fiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position.

* Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.

* Stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification.

* Hypertext fiction. If you have a work of hyperfiction you think might be a good fit for Strange Horizons, please query us to discuss how to submit it.

Things which are fine:

* Profanity is fine. Use whatever words are appropriate for your story.

* Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore.

* We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world, and British spellings are fine.

* We will consider stories which have previously appeared in another language, but have never been published in English.

* We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.

Things we won’t consider:

* Stories above 10,000 words, including serialized novels or novellas.

* Partial or incomplete stories. Please don’t send us part of a story and ask us to request the rest of it if we’re interested.

* Unsolicited reprints of works previously published in English.

* Stories previously submitted to Strange Horizons, even if they have been revised.

* Multiple stories at once from the same author.

* Submissions sent to us and another venue simultaneously.

* Poetry or nonfiction; we’re the wrong department for those (

Pay Rates and Lengths

We prefer stories under 5,000 words, but we consider stories up to 10,000 words. Note, however, that the longer the story is, the less likely we are to be interested. Our wordcount limit is not absolutely inflexible, but we can’t consider stories much over the limit, not even as serials. However, we have no minimum wordcount requirement; we consider short-short stories. We determine story length by taking the word-processor wordcount and rounding up to the next highest 100 words.

We pay 8¢/word (USD), with a minimum payment of $60. SFWA ( officially considers us a professional market. We pay by check or PayPal, according to the author’s preference.

We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language rights (including audio rights) for six (6) months. After that period, you are free to republish the story elsewhere. We hope you’ll allow us to leave the story in our archives indefinitely after it’s rotated off the main table of contents, but you have the right to remove your story from the archives at any time after one (1) year.

How to Submit

Check the top of this page to see if we’re open to submissions, and if we’re open, upload a file using our submission gateway. In order to track stories correctly, we can only consider stories submitted through that form—no email or paper mail submissions.

Your cover letter can be minimal: generally, these should be short and list just a few of your most recent or most relevant publications or workshops. If you’ve got life experience relevant to your story (e.g. your story takes place on a submarine, and you served on a submarine), please do mention that. Cover letters shouldn’t include plot synopses or pitches. If you are still concerned, please take a look at our sample cover letters page:

Don’t worry about how your story is formatted, in terms of font, font size, line spacing or indentation. Our system automatically reformats submissions the way we like them.

If you’re having trouble submitting, or have any other questions, please send an e-mail with a subject line of “QUERY: Your Question Topic” to fiction [AT] strangehorizons [DOT] com.

Response Time and Response Status

We usually respond within a few weeks, but if you haven’t heard from us within 40 days, please query immediately. You won’t be rushing us along—most likely, we have responded, but the email’s gone astray.

We send an autoresponder message in response to every submission we receive. If you haven’t received an autoresponse within 24 hours after submitting, please query immediately. Missing an autoresponse usually means we have an incorrect email address for you, and won’t be able to contact you when we make a decision on your fiction.

Withdrawal policy

After you submit a story, we strongly prefer you don’t withdraw it. If you withdraw a story, we won’t consider any version of that story in the future. However, if you do need to withdraw a story, please send an e-mail telling us that you need to withdraw, and let us know why.

How to Contact Us

To contact us for any reason, write to fiction [AT] strangehorizons [DOT] com with the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line. Add a few words to the subject line to indicate what you’re querying about.

Strange and Interesting Miscellany

None of this is required reading, but if you’re curious about how we do things, you may find the following links interesting:

* Stories we see too often ( This list was made by the previous editing team, and has since been reposted and referenced by various people who’ve found it useful. Though there is some good advice here, we offer it as a curio rather than as a prescription.

* Why we don’t want authors to withdraw stories ( This is a post by previous senior fiction editor, Jed Hartman. We agree with his reasoning.




Horror - Fantasy - Science Fiction

Submission Guidelines

Three-lobed Burning Eye (3LBE) is a speculative fiction magazine published online twice per year (Spring and Fall) and print anthology (every other year). Each issue features six original stories, some with audio readings. 3LBE was founded by editor Andrew S. Fuller ( in 1999.

Please read these writer's guidelines before submitting fiction.

Submission Status: We are currently open to submissions. All submissions through January 5, 2017 have been read and responded to. Please query if you’ve not heard back:

Multiple Submissions (more than one story at a time): No

Simultaneous Submissions (story sent to another market at same time): No

Reprints (previously published or appeared on website): No

Response Time: within 90 days

Rights: We purchase first world electronic rights, with non-exclusive archival rights, non-exclusive anthology rights, and optional first audio rights. Payment is made within 30 days of publication via PayPal.

Pay Rate: $100 for short fiction (2,000–7,000 words) + 1 print annual, $30 for flash fiction (500–1,000 words) + 1 print annual

Our Needs

What we’re looking for:

Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We want short stories from across the classifications and those dusky places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, Weird. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We encourage diverse authors, characters and points of view, inclusive of all races, cultures, genders, and orientations. Please read a few issues before submitting.

Our recent issues include audio readings. If your story is accepted, you’ll have the opportunity to record your story, have a colleague or one of our readers do so.

What we’re NOT looking for:

We are not interested in fan fiction, novel excerpts, or memoir. We do not publish poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, or other non-fiction. We are not considering reprints or outside artwork. While we savor dark fantasy and horror, we are not thrilled about overt depictions of graphic violence.

Though 3LBE’s title echoes a line from an H.P. Lovecraft story, our publication is not a Cthulhu Mythos-themed venue. We’re open to the occasional “Lovecraftian” short or cosmic horror tale, though we prefer that you make the story your own.

For legal reasons, writers must be 18 years of age.

How to Submit

We only accept electronic submissions. Please use our online submission form linked below. Do not email or mail submissions. If after 90 days you do not hear from us, feel free to query.

If you receive a rejection, please wait a minimum of seven days before submitting again. Please do not respond to rejections, even to say thank you, or resubmit revisions of rejected stories. We regret that we are unable to offer feedback.

If the story appears later in another venue, please credit 3LBE as the first publication. We prefer that contributors wait two issues before submitting again.

Cover letter: Brief cover letters are appreciated. Include your top three or four publishing credits and any experience relevant to the story. Please refrain from summarizing your story.

Formatting: Please format italics with surrounding _underscores_. Indicate section breaks with a # symbol. Do not add extra manual line breaks. Single- or double-line spacing does not matter, as the submission form transmits text. Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation are characteristics of a professional manuscript.


Read a few issues of 3LBE to understand what we publish. Write something better. Explore, challenge, be original. We want only your best.

Read and know good works in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other genres. Be aware of the clichés, the hackneyed plots and language, the cheap thrills. There is nothing inherently wrong with tropes and trends like vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, serial killers, faeries, and aliens; but we are interested in new explorations of these ideas. Beware cleverness, strive for depth, texture, and imagination.

Don’t be gratuitous, avoid excessive descriptions of sex, violence, racism, or sexism. Extremity only belongs in a story if it is relevant to the narrative. We do not publish erotica per se, but we don’t mind some hotness in context.

Please feel free to report our response times to:
Duotrope’s Digest:
Critter’s Black Hole tracker:
The Grinder:

Recommended Reading
American Fantastic Tales ed. Peter Straub
The Book of Fantasy ed. Jorge Luis Borges
Dangerous Visions ed. Harlan Ellison
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror ed. Stephen Jones
The New Weird ed. Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror ed. Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling et al
Year’s Best Weird Fiction ed. Michael Kelly et al.
The Best Horror of the Year ed. Ellen Datlow
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Writers whose work we enjoy: Shirley Jackson, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Arthur Machen, Harlan Ellison, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, Lucius Shepherd, Clive Barker, Gene Wolfe, Franz Kafka, Italio Calvino, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Julio Cortázar, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Aickman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Richard Matheson, John Shirley, Jeffrey Ford, Kathe Koja, Michael Cisco, China Miéville, J. G. Ballard, M.R. James, Kelly Link … to name a few.

You have read the guidelines and wish to:



A writer reports: "TRUANCY ( is open to submissions from authors of the African diaspora (and the African diaspora only) for "a special #ownvoices issue, designed to highlight the revised, retold and remixed folklore and myths from authors of the African Diaspora, no matter where they may be in the world." DEADLINE March 5th OR when they hit 300 subs. Up to 3000 words, 1 cent/word." NOTE: NOT YET OPEN to submissions - opens January 30, 2017. NO reprints.



About Truancy Back Issues Submission Guidelines Verso | Recto

Submission Guidelines

Important Note: The reading period starting from 30 JANUARY 2017 for the African Diaspora #ownvoices special issue, guest-edited by Khaalidah Mohammad Ali and Troy L. Wiggins is NOW OPEN.

Truancy 4 Guidelines

Truancy 4 is a special #ownvoices issue, designed to highlight the revised, retold and remixed folklore and myths from authors of the African Diaspora, no matter where they may be in the world.
The reading period will run from January 30 2017 to March 5 2017, or until we reach 300 submissions, whichever comes first.
The editors for this issue are Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Co-Editor of Podcastle (, and Troy. L Wiggins, Executive Editor of Fiyah (
All of the following General Truancy Guidelines are also applicable, please read through for the secret “word” as well as the new submissions email address for this reading period.
For Truancy 4, submissions will only be open for Original Fiction, and not for reprints.

General Truancy Guidelines

1. Short fiction, up to 3000 words (this is an updated word limit and all stories accepted for Issues 1-3 of Truancy are exempted). Starting from 2017, we will be paying authors the semipro rates of of USD0.01 cents per word and our SFWA-standards compliant contracts will reflect this new payment. Note: No simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions, please (unless solicited for multiple submissions).
2. Poetic prose, stream-of-consciousness and experimental prose are all welcome in this venue.
3. There may occasionally be themed issues and guest editors. When this happens, specific sets of guidelines will be released.
4. The emphasis remains on marginalised voices that are strong, bold, playful and experimental.
a. These marginalised voices include but are not necessarily limited to: WoC/PoC/QUILTBAG writers. This is also a disability-friendly venue. Lesser represented, non-Anglophone cultures are warmly welcomed, as this is a WoC-run venue. We will be happy with non-neurotypical/neurodiverse characters/writers. Non-binary writers are also most welcome.

NOTE: This does not mean that we are excluding all other writers but more that we are trying our utmost best to raise the visibility of writers who are still in the margins.

b. Although the stories accepted in this venue should be primarily written in English, we also accept Englishes, and excerpts and dialogues in other languages, so long as the meaning is self-explanatory (this is important because we don’t want your story to be clogged up with an overload of exposition. That will obscure the story AND your voice).

c. We want stories that shine with dialect, with pidgin, with improvision, with beat, and meter. Let’s shake things up here, let’s be truant. Let’s get rid of that misconception that folk and mythic narratives are for the twee, and that they’re no longer relevant. We need them for every age.

5. While the Aarne-Thompson-Uther (ATU) specifications were deployed for Volume One of Delinquent’s Spice, they are by no means the be-all and end-all for folktales.

a. Authors are encouraged to look deeper into the treasures of their respective cultures to find these stories. They may exist in children’s books or in a different language.

b. Do let us know in your cover letter about the folktale/myth that you’re referencing. If there’s no available translation in English, just give us the gist of the story! If you’re making it up as you go along but messing around with tropes, do let us know as well.

Policies and Formatting Guidelines

1. Truancy is dedicated to the exploration of lesser-known mythic and folktale types set within regions of the world which have not gained enough exposure in both literature and the arts.

2. While this endeavor is aimed at exploring lesser-known folk traditions from lesser-represented regions of the world, we require authors to be ethical in their revisions in relation to positioning their narratives within what may be cultures that are different to their own.

3. We do not encourage or condone “literary tourism” and must be made to feel that the story rings with that common kernel of humanity which suffuses the best tales. Know your folktales and be respectful of the areas you are writing about.

a. Truancy encourages diversity, hybridity and ambiguity in the texts that we solicit. In answer to the question about whether or not you can write about other cultures or cultures from which you’re only partially descended — my answer is yes. But it’s the nature of how you do it that will be interrogated. Apply good sense, respect and consideration, and ask questions if you’re lacking in knowledge. This article by Nisi Shawl is an excellent place to start, if you aren’t sure.

b. For example, do not give us stories in which your subject is exoticised, or any race, culture or minority is demonised in order to cast your protagonist in a more favourable light. Just to make it clear, this publication frowns on misogyny, ableism and homophobia

4. Truancy is an inclusive market and will have a special place in its heart for minority and Othered writers (whether of culture, gender, sex, (dis)ability, social inequality or orientation). We encourage writers around the globe, whether established or struggling, to send us stories. You don’t need an impressive resume to get published on DS. You just need to write strong stories that grab my attention.

5. It is important that these guidelines be read. To prove to me that you have read all of the guidelines, do include the Mystery Word in your submission header (pssst: The new Mystery Word lives at #9!).

Here is an example:

TRUANCY SUBMISSION: “Your title here” (Your Name Here)(Mystery Word)

6. General formatting standards apply. Please attach your .rtf, .doc or .docx documents formatted like this.

7. ARTWORK: If you’re interested in featuring your artwork in Truancy, do send us an email. Starting from 2017, the rates for cover art reprints are USD50 per artwork. Separate rates will be negotiated for black and white illustrations if applicable.


8. REPRINTS: We will, from time to time solicit reprints for Truancy. If you have written something that you think I might be interested in, feel free to query me by email, I’d really like to be more inclusive of non-traditionally published diverse folk, fairytale and mythic revisions! Starting from 2017, reprints are a flat rate of USD20.


9. The new mystery word for Truancy 4: JOLLOF.

9a. If you have days in which you’d prefer not to receive rejections (birthdays, anniversaries both positive/negative, religious holidays, weekends), please add a small note in your cover letter and we’ll schedule a rejection for the next day (if it’s a rejection!)

10. Thank you for reading all the way to #10. Are you all set? Great! See you in our inbox!

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ALICE UNBOUND: Call for Submissions

Hello, world, and happy new year.

I can’t guarantee I’ll get more posts out this year but I can start with a bang. I last co-edited Playground of Lost Toys with Ursula Pflug. The anthology was nominated for an Aurora Award, as well as one author being nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award, and three longlisted for the Sunburst Award with Catharine MacLeod’s Hide and Seek winning in short fiction. Now, to hopefully repeat that sucess, I will be editing an anthology of speculative fiction, due to be published by EXILE EDITIONS in the spring of 2018. Read on for Alice Unbound guidelines.

Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) explored childlike wonder and the bewildering realm of adult rules and status, which clashed in bizarre ways. Many characters in his tales are anthropomorphic, whether talking cards, crying mock turtles or saucy Tiger Lilies. Over 150 years later, people still recognize characters from Carroll’s works. Who doesn’t know of vorpal blades and tardy white rabbits, protagonists and antagonists that resonate in a primal part of the human psyche. They harken to the mysticism and mystery of the ancient world, when one wondered how the rain fell, or which gods empowered madness through drink, or whether a person was separate from an animal or could become one.

Centuries passed and myth became fairy tale, evolving to resonate with each era, showing the triumphs of the common man, the humble and generous woman who outsmarts tempters, jailers, and evil stepmothers, or the trials and tribulations of seeking the unknown. Carroll’s characters jumped forward, not just following the regular metamorphosis of an age-old tale, but leaping off the cliff of the familiar into something altogether new, different and endearing. We might not truly want to live in the world of Alice or have to deal with mad queens and bandersnatches, but what if that Wonderland ceased to exist on a separate plain, and melded with our modern world? How would these characters fit in, and what would they bring or change? Are we ready to accept Alice Unbound into our hearts and let the Jabberwock in the back door?

Alice’s Adventured in Wonderland was Carroll’s most famous work but there are other stories and poems (some within the greater works) where madcap creatures abound. Alice Unbound should contain an element of the speculative and may embrace fabulist, weird, myth, SF, fantasy, steampunk, horror, etc. Other speculative elements or characters may be combined in any way. I don’t want to see rehashings of Carroll’s tales but stories taking place in a modern or slightly futuristic world. I’ve seen many of the Alice as well. If you have a talking cat, it must be recognizable as the Cheshire Cat. I will consider a few very select poems, but they must have a storyline and not just be an observation or an image. You should not be copying Carroll’s style but telling a new tale in your voice.  Too many stories submitted with the same character will limit chances of the story being accepted. The anthology needs to go beyond Alice in every way.

Whether the Mad Hatter, the mock turtle, or Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, use Carroll’s elements and characters to write a new tale. QUILTBAG or people of colour as characters are encouraged. Alice doesn’t have to be white and blonde. I will accept any characters from the following works . I have not read everything so if you want to write about another character that fits into Carroll’s fantastical tales, please write first and ask.

* Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
* Through the Looking Glass
* The Hunting of the Snark
* Phantasmagoria

These are story examples only but not requirements:

* The caterpillar is the owner of a medical marijuana store but turns out to be part of a moonlighting superhero team by night.

* The Walrus and the Carpenter’s strange relationship is strained farther when they both fall for a mermaid, who crusades for the murdered oysters.

* The Snark is as elusive as the Sasquatch, but when they vie for the same space in endangered environment, what happens?

* The last Jabberwock is captured and used to battle an overpopulation of vampires.

Canadians or expat Canadians only may submit. QUILTBAG and POC are encouraged to submit. I will read cover letters last and will choose stories on merit first. This resource may be of use in your research:

Payment: .05/word

Length: 2,000-5,000 words. Poetry: minimum 1,000 words.

Submission window: Feb. 1 to May 31 at: (submitting before will see you end up in another anthology’s guidelines)

Simultaneous submissions: No; if you submit to me, please do not send it anywhere else until you receive a rejection.

Multiple submissions: You may send one story, or two poems. Please wait until I’ve sent a rejection before you send anything else. I may hold some pieces until the submission window is closed.

Acceptances: Final acceptances will go out a month after the submission window closes. I may ask for rewrites before making a final decision.

Manuscript format: Please use standard manuscript format (Google William Shunn): double-space (except for poems), no extra spaces between paragraphs, indented paragraphs, title, etc. Failure to follow formatting may see your piece rejected.

Now, don your Mad Hatter’s cap, clean out the teapot and start writing.



From Coeditor Bob Brown:

ALTERNATIVE TRUTHS ANTHOLOGY is open for submissions on the post-election era. What does the future hold? Endless alternative facts? Brilliant leadership? Alien invasions? Zombies in the Whitehouse?

The submissions are not restricted to a political bent and may run the gamut from political satire to dystopian visions. The common thread to is that the election, the transfer, and the future are some how part of the vision.

We are looking for well written visions of the post-election world in the near or far future. We are looking for thoughtful complete pieces that well demonstrate and inspire thoughts on the country.

We want to look past the stereotypes and find interesting visions of the adventure our country is embarking on. Good luck.

Submissions should be in standard manuscript format in either RTF, Doc, or Docx files. Queries are welcome complete stories are more welcome. Submissions should be made to

Target lengths are 1500 to 7500 words.

Hate speech, gratuitous sex or violence is not our objective.

A face book group: Alternative Truth Anthology (, is open to provide an ongoing status of the effort.

Editors, Bob Brown and Irene Radford

Payment is $.02/word.

February 28 deadline.



NOTE: EROTICA anthology. Submissions which include speculative fiction elements are OK:

From Editor Sacchi Green:



Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 2
(Best Lesbian Erotica 2018)
Editor: Sacchi Green
Publisher: CLEIS PRESS
Deadline: March 20, 2017 (earlier encouraged)
Payment: $100 and 1 copy of the book within 90 days of publication

Rights: non-exclusive right to publish the story in this anthology in print, ebook and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories.

Is there a story inside you burning to be written? Now’s the time to let it out. Or is there one you published during 2015-2016 that you think is the best thing you’ve ever written? I’ll consider just a few reprints. Up to two submissions per author are allowed, preferred length between 2000-4000 words. No simultaneous submissions.

I want a variety of themes, voices, and tone. A diversity of ages, ethnicities, cultures, and physical attributes and abilities is welcome. The central figures must be lesbian, believable, fully developed characters. Give me vividly drawn settings, and plots or story arcs that grip the reader and don’t let go. Originality is especially valued; write the story that only you can write. And, of course, I want intense sex scenes that flow naturally from the story as a whole. All flavors of sensuality are welcome, from vanilla to BDSM to edgy frontiers that surprise and startle the reader. A few stories with a speculative fiction bent, science fiction or fantasy, might fit in.

Send your submission to as an attachment in .doc, docx. or .rtf format, double spaced, Times New Roman black font. The story title, your legal name, pseudonym (if applicable), previous publication information for the story (if applicable), and mailing and email addresses, should be included on the first page.

Queries are welcome.





Updated (01/23/17):

Lucy A. Snyder has been chosen to co-edit Chiral Mad 4!

More than twenty requests were received over the last few days to co-edit the anthology (from writers and editors around the world), and after careful consideration, series creator/editor Michael Bailey has chosen to work with Lucy to bring you something entirely new with Chiral Mad 4, an entirely-collaborative anthology.

While previous volumes of Chiral Mad focused more on psychological horror, with most stories having some sort of chiral aspect in plot or character development or structure, Chiral Mad 4 will be open to just about anything, as long as the story has some sort of dark or speculative element. The only required chirality is with the collaboration itself … multiple minds working as one, in other words, to create something entirely new. We want this anthology to be as diverse as humanly possible, and will be looking for stories that bend and blend genres, stories that experiment with structure, and most importantly, stories that are not dependent upon common tropes.


Chiral Mad 4 is officially open for submissions! The anthology is scheduled for publication in the first or second quarter of 2018 by Written Backwards, an imprint of Dark Regions Press, to be co-edited by Bram Stoker Award winning editor Michael Bailey and multi Bram Stoker Award winning (and ever-so-talented) Lucy A. Snyder. Much like Chiral Mad 3 and The Library of the Dead, this latest installment will be published in trade paperback, eBook, and hardback editions.

Unlike past Written Backwards projects, this fourth volume in the critically-acclaimed series of anthologies will be a completely collaborative effort of originality, collecting 4 short stories, 4 novelettes, 4 novellas, and 4 graphic adaptations (to celebrate this 4th book), all co-authored and/or co-created. And the anthology itself will also be co-edited!

The goal of Chiral Mad 4 is to help bring our creative community together, to make us stronger, to strengthen relationships already in place, and to help create new relationships entirely. It’s time for all of us to play nice, to get along, and to do what we do best: create somethings out of nothings… and we’re going to create these beautiful somethings together. Have a specific writer/artist you’ve always admired? Well, now’s your chance. Reach out. Ask! That’s all it takes to get started. Find a partner, or two, or three, and start collaborating! The more unique the collaboration, the better the chances you have of making it into Chiral Mad 4. The more diverse the collaborations, the better the chances you have of making it into Chiral Mad 4. Now, here’s the hard part: knowing whether or not someone is already collaborating… Email if you have any questions or concerns about this, or to simply email your submission.

While half the anthology will be filled with commissioned works (the book is nearly half-filled already, with a few of the early acceptances announced below), the rest of the anthology is open for submissions for a short period of time. The submission window for non-commissioned contributors closes May 31st, 2017. So get to it! This is a very short window of opportunity.

Acceptances for non-commissioned work will not be announced until after June 30th, 2017, so we ask that we hold onto your work exclusively until then, as each submission will be carefully considered and agreed upon by both editors of this anthology. No simultaneous submissions, please.

What are we looking for?

4 short stories (5,000 words max)
4 novelettes (10,000 words max)
4 novellas (20,000 words max)
4 graphic adaptations (1,500 words max, or 10 pages)

Payment will be $.06 per word, capped at the max word counts listed above, split evenly between contributors. Two contributors writing a 5,000-word short story, for example, would split $300, or $150 each. Contributors writing a 10,000-word novelette would evenly split $600. Contributors writing a 20,000-word novella would evenly split $1,200. Graphic adaptations will be determined by the publisher/creators prior to acceptance; these are unique collaborations and payments for such are not as simple to calculate. In fact, 3 of the 4 slots for graphic adaptations are already filled, so please query before submitting. And, as always, contributor copies of each edition are part of the deal. Written Backwards has worked with many illustrators and artists in the past, so if you have a script but not an illustrator/artist lined-up, please let us know and we can arrange one for your story if we fall in love with your script.

CHIRAL MAD 4 - Graphic Adapations

That said, the first acceptances for Chiral Mad 4 include the following:

Elizabeth Massie & Marge Simon have joined forces with a new short story called “The Substance of Belief” or “At the Crest of the Mountain.”

Glenn Chadbourne and Jack Ketchum have been commissioned to adapt “Firedance.”

James Chambers, Jason Whitley, and Christopher Mills have collaborated on “The Ghost of the Bayout Piténn,” a sample of which is pictured above [see above website].

Other commissioned works include a novelette co-authored by a foursome of writers, and even a collaboration between a contemporary writer and a writer no longer with us.

So, hopefully all of this gets you excited, gets you eager to reach out to others in our creative community. Chiral Mad 4 is the most ambitious project ever imagined by Written Backwards. Please, be a part of it. Send your work to CM4 [AT] nettirw [DOT] com.



DIGITAL FICTION PUB is currently reading for the following two anthology projects (NOTE: One is open to female authors only):

From Facebook: QUICKFIC (5+) - Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. shorter-short speculative fiction is open for submissions to February 28, 2017. We're looking for 200-3499 words in science-fiction, horror, and fantasy. Reprints only, from pro or semi-pro markets. 1 cent per word. Published online and in an anthology. Non-exclusive. Here's a link: - Thank you!


OPEN: KILLING IT SOFTLY 2 – DIGITAL HORROR FICTION ANTHOLOGY (female authors) – Open to March 31, 2017.

OPEN: QUICKFIC – Shorter Short Speculative Fiction – Open to February 28, 2017.
CLOSED: All other titles and anthologies.

For complete submission guidelines and information please visit our page by clicking the link below. You will be directed to a new page with up to date information on submissions for each of our imprints, including Digital Science Fiction, Digital Fantasy Fiction, and Digital Horror Fiction. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to receiving your work:

Click here to submit:


Including the imprints:
Digital Science Fiction, Digital Fantasy Fiction, Digital Horror Fiction, and Digital Crime Fiction

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Submissions OPEN: QUICKFIC





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ALL IMPRINTS (General Terms):

Please be careful to select the correct imprint for your story. Cross filed submissions will not necessarily be noticed and/or corrected by the acquisition editors. This may result in the rejection of a perfectly good story for being off-topic.

Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. publishes compelling science fiction, fantasy, (some crime) and horror stories from professional writers, and is directed towards a mature readership. Selected works are published through Amazon Kindle and Amazon Create Space and are available on a wide variety of e-readers and in print.

Use the below "Submission Link" to make your submissions to the most appropriate imprint. We use to manage all submissions for Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. We do not charge submission, reading, or editing fees and we will not redirect authors to any service that requires the payment of fees. Authors may be required to create a free Submittable account.

You may make multiple submissions to different imprints (maximum of ONE (1) per imprint please – including Quickfic) provided that each submission is in compliance with the submission guidelines. You may make simultaneous submissions; however, we will only accept reprint stories, so please keep this in mind if making simultaneous submissions.

-- Terms Summary - All Imprints --

Authors will be provided with a complete Publishing Agreement for review and consideration prior to publication of an accepted submission. Authors will also be enrolled for participation in the Digital Fiction Publishing League royalty sharing program, for all imprints and submissions, including Quickfic, where net receipts are pooled and distributed proportionally between the League Members, including the publisher, authors, editors, and submission readers.

We provide professional editing and/or proofreading at our cost. Author must cooperate with the editor and make all required changes, additions, or deletions (not all changes are required). The editorial/proof process is done exclusively in Word format; use of Word Track Changes is required.

Thank you for considering Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. and its imprints, Digital Science Fiction and Digital Fantasy Fiction. We look forward to hearing from you. Now, find your best submission listing below:

Ends on March 31, 2017

Ends on March 4, 2017



NOTE: Reading for four anthologies - from


So, for 2017 we’re opening short story submissions for the following titles: LOST WORLDS, SUPERNATURAL HORROR, TIME TRAVEL & HEROIC FANTASY.

As always we need between twenty to thirty short stories by new writers to complement a selection of classic tales. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

Submit by email to

Beautiful and Powerful

Oh my, it seems like yesterday when we announced our first short story collections, in 2015. Forget Pandora’s box it feels like we’ve tunneled deep into a mountain and found a pit of eternal imagination.

Our first deluxe edition short story compilations, Chilling Horror, Chilling Ghosts and Science Fiction are still in print and we’re currently deciding how much of the 2016 crop to reprint: Murder Mayhem, Crime & Mystery, Dystopia Utopia and Swords & Steam, all are fantastic.

Our anthologies are designed to be read in print. They look and feel fantastic. You’ll feel proud to hand them to your friends, family, colleagues. We’ve had so many great reviews (which really makes a difference to us), such as:

Beautifully bound book with silver foil pages full of excellent short stories. (5.0 out of 5 stars | By soso on 11 Mar. 2016)

An awesome collection of old and new. The opening story, "Stay Away from the Accordian Girl" is absolutely splendid.

We’re just about to release two special editions with H.G. Wells and Lovecraft Short Stories as we seek new ways of growing this part of our list, and we’re reading through some wonderful submissions for our new full novel list, Flame Tree Press (more on that soon).

The 2017 Short Story Titles

Lost Worlds will be packed with dark valleys, high mountain passes, dinosaurs, dark creations and hidden tribes.

For Supernatural Horror, your work will join the chilling classic stories of M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe and more.

Time Travel: from H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edward Page Mitchell, tales of travelling back and forth in time have brought us ancient and future civilisations, terrifying visions and cautionary tales. Now we’re looking for some brand new stories too.

Heroic Fantasy: Somewhere between epic historical fantasy, sword and sorcery and Tolkien-esque fantasy exists a thick vein of storytelling that would make Robert E. Howard and H.G. Wells proud. We’re looking for savage swordplay, and high magic, daring deeds and gaudy battles.

Formal Call for Submissions (2017)

We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.

Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000-4000.

Submit by email to

Fees, Copyright and Other Terms

We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 6 cents per word.

We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.

Payment will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website, for details), although we might choose to pay some early.

Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.

Please submit in .doc or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.

We will read each story and confirm its status within 30 working days of the submission deadline.

The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.

You can submit more than one story, and to each collection.

Final submission date is 28 February 2017.

Submit by email only to:

Selection Panel

The selection will be made by our group of life-long, in-house enthusiasts: Nick Wells (Publisher), Laura Bulbeck (Senior Editor) and Josie Mitchell, Gillian Whitaker and Cat Taylor. If required, the final selection will be mediated by our series editors. We try to keep everyone up-to-date as much as possible with occasional email updates.

A Word about the SFWA

To confirm, we became an SFWA qualifying market last year, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.

About Flame Tree Publishing

Now over 25 years old we started in 1992, covering a wide range of art and culture titles, with a strong vein of highly-illustrated Gothic and Fantasy books, notebooks and art calendars. Our Gothic Dreams books includes Necronomicon, Steampunk, Dystopia, our large format titles Gothic Art, Fantasy Art and Dragon Art are sumptuous, and we publish gothic fiction reprints by Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and more, in our Flame Tree 451 imprint. 2017 will also see the publication of a true labour of love: the all new Astonishing History of Science Fiction.

So, a final reminder for this year's short stories:

Submit by email to

Thank you, and good luck. We look forward to reading your tales of imagination.





The fundraiser for this anthology at has met its minimum goal and so publication and pro-payment is guaranteed. We can still do bigger and better with more funding, so keep spreading the word.

Problem Daughters will amplify the voices of women who are sometimes excluded from mainstream feminism. It will be an anthology of beautiful, thoughtful, unconventional speculative fiction and poetry around the theme of intersectional feminism, focusing on the lives and experiences of marginalized women, such as those who are of color, QUILTBAG, disabled, sex workers, and all intersections of these.

Call for Submissions

Problem Daughters is an anthology of engaging tales that reflect the true complicated, colorful, intersectional nature of feminism, and of feminists.

Not every woman in every community faces the same challenges, or shares the same vision of the world. Even the most well-intentioned model of feminism can leave out many people for the sake of presenting a palatable, unified front. Are there some communities that feel underserved or ignored by the prevailing norms and priorities in feminism (women of color, disabled women)? Do some women feel openly persecuted or attacked by mainstream feminist narratives (trans, non-binary, poly, sex workers)? What experiences are unique to these women, and what problems are created when we attempt to address women as a homogeneous group with a single set of concerns?

Broadly speaking, feminist movements seek to empower women to agency, but what happens when a woman’s free and voluntary expression of agency clashes with her society’s popular notion of empowerment? What happens when her society’s model of feminism fails to address her needs, or the realities of her situation?

We’re seeking works of speculative fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, slipstream, or just plain weird) that reflect and celebrate the full range of feminist experience and agency, across the globe and across time.

Who can submit?

We’re looking for narratives that don’t fit cleanly into the mainstream label of feminism: stories of women of colour, disabled and/or neuroatypical women, religious feminists, sex workers, anyone identifying as QUILTBAG, poly, or non-binary, and anyone who has struggled with their gender identity or society’s reception to it. We especially welcome work by writers who identify as belonging to any of these categories, including new or unpublished writers.

What we want:

Humane, thoughtful, character-driven stories that invite us deep into the experience of someone who may be underserved or left out of mainstream feminism. We’re looking for compassion, empathy, insight, and nuance—not a catalogue of injustices.

Stories that celebrate a woman’s agency in all its forms, not just the ones presently deemed acceptable by the mainstream.

Heroines who are active, empowered participants in their own lives—whether seeking glory, fighting for survival, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect those they love, or working quietly behind the scenes, holding their communities together with both hands. Den mothers, market queens, medicine women, hunters, gatherers, warriors, monarchs, councilors, sisters and wives, lovers and fighters, whose decisions shape their world.

Stories that expand feminism’s boundaries, rather than constraining them. Thinly-veiled rebukes of mainstream feminism are not enough; we want to move beyond “Feminism 101.”

If a story includes a villain or villains, they should likewise be thoughtfully developed, rather than relying on tired tropes or stereotypes.

What we don’t want:

Stories about how feminism is destructive to society or marginalizes and persecutes men, or “thoughtful” pieces about how women are better off without feminism.

Stories about how trans women, religious women, or sex workers undermine the legitimacy of feminism.

Body-shaming or slut-shaming.

Stories of relentless, sadistic cruelty toward women (or anyone); explicit violence will be a very hard sell.

Fiction: Up to 7,500 words.
Poetry: Up to 60 lines.

Payment and rights:
$0.06 (6 US cents) per word for fiction, $100 flat rate for poetry, for global English first publication rights in print and digital format. Author retains copyright.

To submit:

Send your story or poems as a .docx, .doc, .rtf or .odt attachment to by March 31, 2017. Please do not submit more than one story or more than 3 poems at a time. Please do not send work that is under consideration elsewhere (no simultaneous submission) or that has been previously published (no reprints).

Nicolette Barischoff, Rivqa Rafael & Djibril al-Ayad, Problem Daughters: An anthology of speculative fiction from the fringes of feminism. Publishing, 2017. Pp. tba. ISBN-print 978-0-9957265-0-5; ISBN-electronic 978-0-9957265-1-2. $tba.



PICKMAN’S GALLERY (ULTHAR PRESS) is a new Lovecraftian anthology "looking for previously unpublished stories that relate to Pickman’s life or work, or similarly themed ideas. That’s quite a broad subject! One of our favorite recent Pickman stories is Pickman’s Other Model by Caitlin Kiernan. We are more interested in clever ideas and high quality prose than devotion to worn out tropes. Previously submitted stories are OK, just not previously published. Submissions by new authors and those of diverse backgrounds are encouraged."

Deadline: Open until filled (anthology length will be ~75,000 words total)
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Payment: $.01/word + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:



NOTE: This is a romantic EROTICA anthology:


Call For Submissions

Editor: Delilah Devlin

Deadline: April 15, 2017

PIRATES is open to all authors.

Editor/Author Delilah Devlin is looking for stories for a romantic erotica anthology tentatively entitled PIRATES: A BOYS BEHAVING BADLY ANTHOLOGY.

PIRATES: A BOYS BEHAVING BADLY ANTHOLOGY will seek stories that satisfy the reader who craves adventures on the high seas or outer space! Following the successful releases of CONQUESTS and ROGUES, Delilah’s ready to get to work on her next delectable anthology—this one filled with stories about roguish pirates. They can be traditional, Regency-era historical pirates or have some fun. She will consider pirates in space, pirates in the China sea, Pirates in the Gulf of Hormuz! She will accept contemporary, historical, science fiction or paranormal, and she won’t be picky about whether the stories are hetero, LGBT, ménage... Basically, you, the author, can go anywhere your imagination takes you so long as 1) pirates are involved, and 2) the story is a romance, and 3) you have a bad boy somewhere in the pages! Should you write that LGBT story, consider making the couple’s adversary a roguish pirate.

The anthology will be sold at a low price—Delilah’s intent is exposure for you and your writing. The more readers reached, the better! You will retain the rights to your story, so that at a later date you can republish your stories individually.

She’s seeking hot and inventive stories from authors with unique voices, and above all, she’s looking to be seduced by tales filled with vivid imagery and passion.

Published authors with an established world may use that setting for their original short story.

This is erotic romance, so don’t hold back on the heat. Stories can be vanilla or filled with kink, but don’t miss describing the romantic connection between strong-willed individuals learning to trust and love one another. A deep sensuality should linger in every word. Keep in mind there must be a romantic element with a happy-for-now or happy-ever-after ending. Strong plots, engaging characters, and unique twists are the ultimate goal. Please no reprints. Delilah is seeking original stories.

How to submit: Prepare your 2,500 to 5,000 words story in a double-spaced, Arial, 12 point, black font Word document (.doc, NOT.docx) OR rich text format (.rtf), with pages numbered. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing; do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). U.S. grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) is required.

In your document at the top left of the first page, include your legal name (and pseudonym, if applicable), mailing address, email address, and 50 words or less bio, written in the third person, and send to If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. Delilah will respond no later than July 2017 with decisions.

Payment will be $50.00 USD ninety days after publication.

Delilah Devlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of erotica and erotic romance. She has published over a hundred seventy stories in multiple genres and lengths, and is published by Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Grand Central, Harlequin Spice, HarperCollins: Mischief, Kensington, Kindle, Kindle Worlds, Montlake, Penthouse, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.

Her short stories have appeared in multiple Cleis Press collections, including Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Lesbian Lust, Passion, Lesbian Cops, Dream Lover, Carnal Machines, Best Erotic Romance (2012), Suite Encounters, Girl Fever, Girls Who Score, Duty and Desire and Best Lesbian Romance of 2013. For Cleis Press, she edited Girls Who Bite, She Shifters, Cowboy Lust, Smokin’ Hot Firemen, High Octane Heroes, Cowboy Heat, Hot Highlanders and Wild Warriors and Sex Objects. She also edited Conquests: An Anthology of Smoldering Viking Romance and Rogues: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology.

Direct any questions you have regarding your story or the submission process to Delilah at boysbehavingbadlypirates AT gmail DOT com.




Posted by Elizabeth on December 5, 2016 in Anthologies, Subterranean Series

Announcing Radiant Crown Publishing’s upcoming anthology of dieselpunk fiction, featuring art from the premiere dieselpunk artist, Gaslandia!


January 1st, 2017 - March 1st, 2017

Anything submitted outside of this window will be deleted unread.


ISBN-13: Coming Soon

ISBN-10: Coming Soon

Gaslandia is an upcoming anthology of speculative, mysterious, and romantic dieselpunk adventures! Framed as a book of legends told during an air raid, each story should have a 1920s-1950s pop culture aesthetic not necessarily restricted to a North American audience. Critical nostalgia is key. Don’t feed us the same old tired tropes without engaging the past in new ways. We want sprawling metropolises teeming with innovation, undiscovered frontiers in the depths of the oceans, and the vastness of the open skies re-imagined. Pack your stories full of locomotives, speakeasies, radios, spies, telegraphs, gangsters, submarines, world fairs, skyscrapers, inequality, warfare, and magic that dazzled and divided the world. Deadline March 1st, 2017 11:59 EST.


Snowpiecer (Movie)

Last Exile (Animation)

Children of the Sun (RPG)

Jean “Mœbius” Giraud (Comics)

Sunrise: A Dieselpunk Fantasy (CYOA)

Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual (Illustrated Serial Fiction)


Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
If an audiobook is produced, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights
First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 8 months from the date of publication
Copyright remains with the author at all times

Please query if anything listed is of concern. Here is a good explanation of what this entails.


SHORT STORIES: 1001 to 7,499 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.

NOVELETTE: 7,500 to 17,499 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.

NOVELLA: 17,500 to 40,000 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.

SPOTLIGHT SHORT STORY: 1001 to 1500 words. One story involving an air pirate with a prosthetic limb as a central element of the plot. Paid $0.02USD or $0.03USD per word.

All payments made through PayPal. Please note that these are not professional rates. Fiction can only be resold as a reprint after publication. Decide if you want to take this payment scheme or submit to another market.


Poorly formatted and edited work
Overtly racist, sexist, violent, etc. works without adding value overall
Works above the word counts and/or untitled


Fanfiction of any kind
Excerpts out of a novel
Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases


Pushing the boundaries of genre and form
People of Color, disabled people, women, LGBTQIA, and other marginalized groups at the forefront
Pulp fiction, Decopunk/”Ottensian” Dieselpunk, Diesel Noir, Diesel Weird War, Diesel “Piecraftian” Dystopia, Weird Western, Dying Earth, Raygun Gothic/Atompunk, Slipstream, Ancient Aliens, Hollow Earth, and so on



Through HeyPublisher
Through Green Submissions
Via email (preferred): subs [at]


The subject line should read GASLANDIA: CATEGORY: TITLE (WORD COUNT) ex). GASLANDIA: SHORT STORIES: Super Story (1001)
A short cover letter is required. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, recent publications/awards (if any), and a bio of 50-150 words. Interview questions will be sent to accepted authors. A photo of you is required


Submissions should be attached in the email as a .rtf, .doc or .docx
Shunn’s manuscript style for fiction required (double-spaced, 12 pt standard font, page numbers, etc.)


Reprints encouraged!
Translations into English are welcome
Up to two submissions in total allowed
Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted! Alert RCP immediately should your work be accepted somewhere else (congrats in advance!)


Currently around two months after submitting. Do not query before then. We do not send out notification that the piece has been received, only when it is accepted or rejected. We will try to answer all submissions with an acceptance or rejection letter.


Any personal information collected (including but not limited to your name, address, email, social media links, and pen name) is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone else unless compelled by law or in the event threats are leveled against the staff.

If a third party contacts RCP interested in an author’s or artist’s work, the author/artist will be contacted first to ask permission to share details.


By sending us your work you understand and agree that:

You are the original creator and copyright holder of the work submitted;
You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive electronic & print rights in English, first world translation rights into English, reprint rights, and/or non-exclusive audio rights to the work;
All information submitted is accurate and truthful; and
You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf. Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to add the title of this anthology as your previous place of publication.



NOTE: Pays royalty split:


New Anthology Open for Submissions

SCHREYER INK PUBLISHING will be releasing its first anthology in 2017. The theme for this anthology is Tolerance and Intolerance.

We are looking for stories that explore racial and cultural issues and issues around gender, gender identity, and sexuality. We welcome contemporary or historical fiction as well as science fiction. We do ask that stories deal with human racial issues, or even humans dealing with extraterrestrials. We are not looking for high fantasy or urban fantasy at this time (no 3rd class elves or bigotry towards vampires please – we may consider this for a future anthology), nor are we interested in testimonials or memoirs, or political rants.

We will not accept stories that cross the line into hate-speech, though we understand that in order to write effective tension antagonists may hold racist or bigoted views.

We are looking to accept 10 stories of 8000 – 15,000 words. If we receive lots of exceptional entries we may consider doing two volumes. We will only accept one story per author, per volume. Authors are welcome to submit multiple stories if they fit the theme and word count.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 15th, 2017 (Authors will be notified of their acceptance within 4 weeks of this date)

Please submit using the contact form on the blog [URL above].

As stated in our submission guidelines authors will be paid a royalty split which will be paid out on June 30th and December 31st annually. We pay via paypal. Authors will also be sent a copy of the book in the digital format of their choice with the understanding that it is for personal use only.

We ask for first digital exclusive copyright of the story for one year. After this time reprint rights belong to the author. We retain the right to keep the anthology active in perpetuity. We will keep the anthology active for sale for a minimum period of one year. If the anthology is removed from publication we will not re-release it without requesting reprint rights from the authors. Authors will be notified of the anthology’s publication status. If the anthology is pulled from publication all outstanding balances will be paid out immediately to all authors involved. Authors will be asked to sign a contract upon the acceptance of their story.




NOTE: Not yet open to submissions:

UFO6 seeks humorous SF/F stories of 500-5000 words.

Pay: Ten cents per word.

>>>>> Submissions OPEN April 1, 2017. <<<<<

One submission per author.




Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting your story!

Unidentified Funny Objects is an annual anthology of humorous SF/F. Past headliners include George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Esther Friesner, David Gerrold, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, etc.

For UFO6 we’re seeking all style and sub-genres of speculative humor.


LENGTH: 500-5000 words.

PAYMENT: $0.10 per word + contributor copy. Payment will be made upon acceptance. Our preferred method of payment is via PayPal, but you may request a check.

FORMAT: RTF or DOC. Standard Manuscript Format ( or something close to it (We won’t take points off if you prefer Courier over Times New Roman or some such).

SEND TO: Upload your stories via this submissions link:

Limit of 1 submission per author — even if you receive a response before the submission window closes please do not send another story unless directly invited to do so.

Please do not respond to rejections. The email address associated with submissions is not monitored. If you wish to query for any reason, please use the contact form ( or e-mail us: ufopublishing at gmail dot com.

RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 90 days from date of release. Non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights afterward. Preview sample contract:

POLICIES & RESPONSE TIME: No reprints, multiple or simultaneous submissions please. Do not send any stories we already considered for a previous UFO volume or any other anthology edited by Alex Shvartsman. You may query after 30 days ( Please send only one submission per author unless directly invited to send more.



From Facebook: "WEIRDPUNK BOOKS just opened for submissions on their third anthology! They're looking for new (no reprints) short stories where Punks and Zombies cross paths. They want it weird, fresh(ly rotten), brutal, scary, fun. Ideally you have a working knowledge of some aspects of punk - they aren't looking for cartoons of what you think punks are. And they want all subsets of punk represented. Deadline 4/30/2017. 1 cent a word, 2000-5000 words, with 3000 being the sweet spot."

Anthology title appears to be ZOMBIE PUNKS FUCK OFF. Full details at




New year for the screenwriting contest:


$500 cash prize for the winner, free to enter:

Runner-ups read out by Hollywood Sci-Fi Celebs!

1500 word limit, March 3rd Deadline.




Applications for the six-week 2017 CLARION WEST WRITERS WORKSHOP ( will close soon:

***Apply by February 10 for $25 off the application fee***

Applications close March 1 for the 2017 Clarion West Summer Workshop. If you're thinking about applying this year, now is the time--if you apply by February 10, 2017, you'll save $25.

Visit the Summer Workshop page to apply:

If you're working on sharpening your writing skills in 2017, a ONE-DAY WORKSHOP can help you get there! Clarion West's Winter and Spring One-Day Workshops are open for registration:

February 19 with instructors Ted Kosmatka and Jack Skillingstead
Scene One: The Rocketry of Fiction

March 5 with instructor Kat Richardson
A Matter of Character: Writing Beyond the Character Sheet

April 2 with instructor Hannu Rajaniemi
Technology and Magic as Characters

May 21 with instructor Randy Henderson
Level Up as a Writer

June 4 with instructor Helen Marshall
Landing the Gut Punch: Finding Emotional Resonance in Fantastic Fiction


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