It’s that time again, Australian authors (and residents): Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene are reading for vol 6 of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR VOLUME 6
Stories should have a listed author who is a citizen, resident or otherwise be recognised as having significant ties to Australia and/or New Zealand.
Stories must have been published between 1 January and 31 December 2015.
Stories should be available in electronic format to be selected for inclusion.
Decisions made by editors are final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
Please note that while the editors do read widely, they are relying on writers to assist them by sending copies of their stories. This is the best way to ensure that stories do not get overlooked.
Eligible authors have until January 1 to get their submissions in.
Submission details here: http://ticonderogapublications.com/web/index.php/years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror/volume-6-2015/389-years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror-submission-guidelines-2015
And Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/ticonderoga-publications/the-year-s-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror-2015
World Weaver Press is open to submissions for its new anthology Sirens from the 15th of August:
In Sirens, we will honor and share stories of historical Sirens, but we’ve equal room for modern re-imaginings and will be giving matching space to both avian and aquatic varieties. Whether from the sea or sky, sirens are beautiful, dangerous and musical, and we’re open to works that exemplify as well as those which defy those expectations. Sirens will be a book full of tales that evoke a vast spectrum of emotions toward these maidens, empathy, disdain, sorrow, awe and anger. I want stories of wretched and cursed sirens who fight against the roles imposed upon them and tales of those who revel in them. I’m hoping for pieces re-telling or playing upon the traditional myths and others which create their own mythologies, and all the little niches in between.
They are reading submissions until November 15, and pay $10 and a print contributor copy for short fiction upto 7,500 words.
Submission guidelines here: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html
Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/worldweaver-press/sirens
Capricious SFF magazine just received some funding and is looking for more submissions:
We err towards the literary/experimental/slipstream side of speculative fiction, but appreciate a strong plot and kickass characters as much as anyone. Fiction which explores the relationship between an environment and its inhabitants is particularly welcome. We’re very open to stories told in second person, with unusual tenses, or other less common language choices, as long as they’re a good fit for the story. We’re particularly interested in stories from writers in the Asia-Pacific region, stories about disability that avoid the usual tropes, and thoughtful explorations of gender (and hell yes gender neutral pronouns are more than ok).
They’re paying a flat $50USD for 3,000 to 5,000 words of short fiction or non-fiction essay.
Full submission guidelines: http://www.capricioussf.org/?page_id=6
And Literarium market listing: https://literarium.net/market/capricious/capricious
The quarterly ‘Magazine of Bizarro Fiction’ is reading for future issues:
We are only looking for the highest quality in Bizarro fiction. If you are planning on submitting fiction you better have read all three starter kits (at the very least).
What we are looking for in stories: Strong characters. Strong plot. Strange and outlandish worlds. Think classic pulp fiction but if it was written by Lynch, Cronenberg, or Jodorowsky. Only submit your very best.
Bizarro fiction? Well, let me quote from their About page if you weren’t entirely sure what that is:
What Is Bizarro?
- Bizarro, simply put, is the genre of the weird.
- Bizarro is literature’s equivalent to the cult section at the video store.
- Like cult movies, Bizarro is sometimes surreal, sometimes avant-garde, sometimes goofy, sometimes bloody, sometimes borderline pornographic, and almost always completely out there.
- Bizarro strives not only to be strange, but fascinating, thought-provoking, and, above all, fun to read.
- Bizarro often contains a certain cartoon logic that, when applied to the real world, creates an unstable universe where the bizarre becomes the norm and absurdities are made flesh.
- Bizarro was created by a group of small press publishers in response to the increasing demand for (good) weird fiction and the increasing number of authors who specialize in it.
- Bizarro is like:
- Franz Kafka meets John Waters
- Dr. Suess of the post-apocalypse
- Takashi Miike meets William S. Burroughs
- Alice in Wonderland for adults
- Japanese animation directed by David Lynch
Bizarro isn’t just weird fiction, it is DAMN GOOD weird fiction. And it grows exponentially every single day, so, love it or hate it, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the years to come.
They’re looking for top quality Bizarro fiction from 100 to 6,000 words, paying 1c/word. They are also open to non-fiction (query first) but don’t pay for that.
Guidelines here: http://bizarrocentral.com/magazine/
Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/the-magazine-of-bizarro-fiction/the-magazine-of-bizarro-fiction
Issue 1 for Mothership Zeta is open for submissions:
Mothership Zeta is looking for science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories that are fun. The robot who fights a dinosaur, not the robot who explores its lack of humanity and deactivates itself. The nagini who goes on an adventure, not the nagini who is tortured and drowns herself. The blonde woman who kills monsters, not the blonde woman who gets ripped apart by monsters. Fun doesn’t necessarily mean “funny,” and stories can have conflict and darker elements, but we want stories that leave the reader satisfied, usually in a positive way. Bittersweet is okay, tragic is not.
They’re paying 6c/word for 1,000 to 6,000 words of short fiction, and $30 USD flat for one piece of flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) per issue. The reading period for issue one is only short: 12-25 July, 2015, so it’s unlikely you’ll have something to write in time. But it might be good for a suitable finished story looking for a new market. Otherwise, keep an eye out for issue 2.
Full submission guidelines: http://mothershipzeta.org/submission-guidelines/
And Literarium market listing: https://literarium.net/market/escape-artists/mothership-zeta
This is the third year for the Australian Poetry Anthology:
[T]he Anthology showcases our subscribers’ poetry from the year gone by. The 2015 Anthology will be edited by esteemed poets Brook Emery (NSW) and Sarah Holland-Batt (QLD). To celebrate the achievements of our subscribers, a portion of the anthology will be given over to previously published and award-winning poetry, which will sit alongside new voices and undiscovered gems. Please indicate whether your poem has been previously published, and if so, where. Subscribers are invited to submit up to three poems written in the past twelve months for consideration in the anthology, which will be available in both print and digital versions.
Open from July 1 until August 15. The contributors are paid with 2 copies of the anthology. They’re also looking for readings in audio format.
Guidelines here: https://australianpoetry.submittable.com/submit/44421
Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/australian-poetry-ltd/australian-poetry-anthology-2015
Fantastica, an imprint of Xoum, is looking for speculative fiction novellas:
We are Fantastica, a group of like-minded individuals who have a love for all things science fiction, fantasy and everything in-between. Last year we published our first novel, Livid, an English-language translation of an award winning novel by Italian writer Francesco Verso. Now we’re looking for local talent who have ideas that challenge the tropes and bust genre expectations – and all in the space of a short novel! Fantastica aims to be an imprint with a difference. We want submissions from all Australian and Kiwi writers who are as dedicated to boundary-pushing speculative fiction as we are.
One lucky winner gets $500 and publication (with presumably some sort of royalty scheme associated). Runners up may be published too. They’re after original work from 20,000 to 50,000 words.
Full submission guidelines: http://www.fantasticascifi.com/novella-2015/
And Literarium market listing:https://literarium.net/market/xoum/novella-fantastica-2015