Monday Markets – Acidic Fiction Magazine

Check it out:

Acidic Fiction publishes contemporary speculative fiction, which includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and magic realism. As a general guideline, stories should take place within roughly the past 100 years or the next 10. Stories should be completely original and self-contained. I’m looking for innovative, well-written stories that explore the amazing aspects of everyday life through the lens of speculative fiction. Subtlety is crucial.

Short fiction up to 6,000 words and payment is $35/story.

Full submission guidelines: http://acidicfiction.com/submissions/

Countdown

LiterariumSo this is just a quick update for you all.

Literarium is now sitting on our production server, and we are ironing out some last minute teeny bugs. Our first step is to shoot invites to some close associates who will forgive us our trespasses (this is happening now), and then we will FINALLY send closed beta invites to the people who’ve signed up to our beta list.

Yes, it’s finally happening. Yes, Lucas and I both know we’ve taken years to get this far. The reality is, we’ve been developing in different directions and throwing out approaches that aren’t going to work in the long run. It’s better to avoid the sunk cost fallacy in the early days of development, when it’s still possible to overhaul large chunks of the system. It hurt to revert so much of the front end (back in April 2013 I was in Canberra doing up the final page styling for a demonstration!) but it was all worth it. It’s much snappier and usable now. I’m quite excited, and it’s fun (and rewarding) to start keying in my own submissions only to see on the Literarium timeline that I need to start chasing some of them up in the next few days.

More news soon! Onwards and upwards!

Monday Markets – Far Orbit: Apogee – Mar 31, 2015 (via @worldweaver_wwp)

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. Far Orbit: Apogee, is the second volume of the science fiction adventure series edited by Bascomb James, will be open to submissions until March 31, 2015.

We are looking for adventure stories that are creative, readable, and memorable. We are also looking for midnight indulgences; exciting stories that transport you from the everyday grind and leave you wondrously satisfied. All adventure-based sci-fi genera are welcome but stay away from fantasy elements unless they are genetically engineered or cybernetic. Stories can begin on Earth but the major action should happen out there, beyond the edges of our blue marble. Dystopia (Mad Max) and fantasy-like adventures (John Carter of Mars) have to be very special to be included in this anthology. Please, no fan fiction.

They’re happy to accept simultaneous submissions, and are paying 1c/word and a contributor copy for submissions up to 10,000 words.

Full guidelines here: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

Monday Markets – Monsters – Grey Matter Press – Jan 30, 2015

Grey Matter Press is open for its next horror anthology:

[W]e’re looking for your best original horror fiction that investigates the evil that lives among us—the monster that is man.

MONSTERS will include a selection of dark fiction focusing on ‘man as monster.’ We are looking for your most horrifying, most dreadful, most frightening tales that highlight the creatures that haunt your nightmares, or even those who may live down the block. For this anthology we want your dark, chilling, character-driven tales portraying the deadliest monsters of all—mankind.

While we are not specifically looking for stories whose characters, setting or plot include classic horror monsters—werewolves or vampires and their ilk—we will not disqualify such tales as, on the most basic of levels, these classic monsters are still (or once were) human. Although, stories that include such famous fiends should, at minimum, put a new spin on the theme or have a brand new take on the chosen horror monster.

What we most definitely do want to read are stories that encapsulate the dark and demented behavior of the monster that lives next door (or maybe even the one who lives in your own house…) Serial killers. Demented clowns. Vengeful mothers-in-law. The possibilities are, literally, endless.

They’re looking for 3,000 to 7,500 words and paying 5c/word up to 5,000 (ie. capped at $250 USD). You have until the end of the month to get your stories in folks!

Full submission details here: http://greymatterpress.com/open-call-for-submissions-to-monsters/

Sunday Services – Gumroad (via @gumroad)

Welcome to 2015 and a happy new year! Literarium isn’t just for markets, it’s for services too. I tend not to post Sunday Services nearly as often though, which is really just my failing. I figured for the start of the new year I’d make a change.

I stumbled on Gumroad because I was trying to buy a DRM free epub (the only kind of digibook that I buy). You may have already used it on your own travels, as seller or buyer, but my user experience was great:

  • Receive link to book I wanted to buy from the author on twitter
  • Clicked ‘I wanna buy this’
  • Entered Email address and CC details
  • Clicked buy
  • Received email with link to ebook.
  • Clicked on link and selected ‘open in iBooks’
  • Book appeared in iBooks app and promptly synchronised to my iCloud backup, other iOS devices and whatnot.

So for authors looking into non-user-antagonistic distribution platforms, do have a look at what Gumroad offers. Fees are 5% + 25c per transaction: https://gumroad.com

Monday Markets – Terraform Magazine

Terraform is running a single story a week, at an excellent 20c/w, for fiction up to 2,000 words:

Submissions for ​Terraform are open to the public, and the ask is simple: We’re looking for 2,000 words or fewer—a nice, digestible internet length—of speculative fiction honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist.

We’re looking especially for nearer-future fiction; think a bit more along the lines of sentient chat bots or climate-changed dystopias and less far-flung alien space operas. And we don’t care what form it comes in: Classic-style SF short stories, social media posts from beyond the horizon, fictive data dumps, experimental graphic narratives, and so on.

Read the guidelines here: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-to-submit-stories-to-terraform

Monday Markets – Clockwork Canada Anthology – April 30, 2015

A new Canadian-author-only anthology is open to submissions:

I am interested in all permutations of Steampunk, including Boilerpunk, Clockpunk, Gaslight Romance, Raygun Gothic, Stitchpunk, and other variations.

Stories must be set in Canada. There are no restrictions on the time period, though technology should be limited to pre-twentieth century. I want to see Canadian takes on classic Steampunk elements, but I would also like to see more than just steam technology. I highly recommend reading Amal El-Mohtar’s excellent article, Towards a Steampunk Without Steam, for inspiration in this respect: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/10/towards-a-steampunk-without-steam.

The anthology pays 5 cents per word, and all submissions will be responded to by end of June, 2015. Note:

Stories must be set in Canada and written by Canadian authors. Canadians living abroad must indicate their status in their cover letter. Please indicate if you consider yourself any of the following in the cover letter: Aboriginal writer, culturally diverse writer, Francophone writer, new generation writer (definitions below). You are welcome to indicate your gender and if you self-identify as LGBTQIA (otherwise called QUILTBAG).

Submission details here: https://dominikparisien.wordpress.com/clockwork-canada-anthology/