SciArt in America is running its first flash fiction writing contest, and entries are being judged by none other than Jeff Vandermeer:
The theme of this flash fiction is ecology, defined as the study of the relationship between organisms and their habitats. The winning story will be selected based on how well and how creatively it explores this theme.
Entries are a max of 750 words. I can’t find any payment information at this time unfortunately.
Check it out here: http://www.sciartinamerica.com/uploads/6/0/8/9/6089526/flash_fiction.pdf
Black Treacle is a free Canadian magazine:
…of Horror, Dark Fantasy, and Speculative fiction. Published three times a year, each issue includes 4-5 pieces of original short fiction. We exist primarily to provide a forum for new writers to share their works and give preference to Canadian writers. We publish both on the web and in popular ebook formats for easy reading on your chosen device.
They’re looking for short fiction and non-fiction articles between 1,500 and 5,000 words, paying a flat $50 CAD. They’re also looking for cover art.
Full submission guidelines here: http://blacktreacle.ca/submission-guidelines/
This is kind of cool for you metal fans out there. Despumation Press likes fiction that explores the themes of heavy metal songs:
Please indicate, in the body of the email, what song the story was inspired by and the band who performs/wrote the song.
If you’re a writer and you don’t usually listen to metal, but you’d like to submit (and we’re happy to read you), please ask someone who listens to metal for some guidance. Just because it contains two electric guitars, and maybe someone in the band has long hair, does not mean it is “metal.”
We tend toward Death, Grind, Black, Doom, and Thrash. That said, though, we’re also partial to some Speed, Power, and even some Progressive. We love us some NWOBHM. We are also open to Crossover and Crust Punk.
We tend to grow unhappy with Nu, Glam/Hair, Gothic, Industrial, and Metalcore. If it’s mixing screams/growls with clean vocals, we’re really not interested. Honestly, unless we have reason to believe the piece is really good (like, if you’re a writer we know and trust), we won’t even want to read it.
Grunge is not metal.
They’re looking for suitable fiction between 3,000 and 5,000 words, paying a token $10 USD and a contributor copy.
Full submission guidelines: http://despumationpress.com/submissions/
The Lane of Unusual Traders is open for a second round of store owners:
The Lane of Unusual Traders is a world building project. The aim is to bring The Lane, the City of Lind and the world of Midlfell into existence through stories, illustrations and whatever other creative means present themselves as the world grows.
The project began with the release of Stage 1 in 2014. Now The Lane is open once more and Tiny Owl Workshop is looking for 13 new stories to help bring the world of Midlfell to life.
The basic requirement is to choose a vacant lot from the provided map, and to write a story or flash piece about the shop located at that place. There is an existing Wiki that addresses a lot of the world building elements already in place (but by no means all the world building elements!). You can check that out here: http://midlfell.wikia.com/wiki/Midlfell_Wiki
The Workshop is looking for flash fiction up to 500 words, paying $60 AUD, and short fiction between 1,500 and 3,000 words, paying $300 AUD. There are two deadlines: May 1st for Flash, and May 31st for Shorts.
Full submission guidelines: http://thelaneofunusualtraders.com/guidelines/
This was from a few weeks ago, but it makes for an interesting insight into what some of the big players of the publishing world are doing:
When the book wars sweep across the galaxy, and the blood of publishers runs down the gutters of every interstellar metropolis, the resource we fight for will not be paper, or ink, or even money. It will be time. For our readers, time is the precious commodity they invest in every book they decide to purchase and read. But time is being ground down into smaller and smaller units, long nights of reflection replaced with fragmentary bursts of free time. It’s just harder to make time for that thousand-page novel than it used to be, and there are more and more thousand-page novels to suffer from that temporal fragmentation.
Read the article here: http://io9.com/tor-com-explains-why-novellas-are-the-future-of-publish-1685440234
Perpetual Motion Machine Press is publishing a creepy anthology about the electromagnetic spectrum, ‘Lost Signals':
In the darkness, sound is your best friend and your worst nightmare.
Radios are the conductors of noise. They are the radiation of electromagnetic signals. Their waves are invisible, yet they consume us.
Forget about what’s hiding in the shadows, and start worrying about what’s hiding in the dead air.
We are looking for short stories to publish in Lost Signals. That’s where you, the writer, come in. Send us your best horror fiction about radiotelegraphy. We want to be disturbed. Stories should somehow involve radios, radio stations, radars, cell phones, military broadcasts, distress signals, walkie talkies, podcasts, or anything similar. We aren’t necessary only after straightforward prose. It’s okay to get experimental on this project. Don’t just think outside the box on this one. Burn the box and eat the ashes.
They’re looking for 1,000 to 20,000 word horror and paying 1c/word and 2 contributor copies. You have until the end of October to submit.
Full submission details here: http://perpetualpublishing.com/2015/02/14/open-call-lost-signals/
So as we lead up to our wider closed beta, we’ve just updated the Literarium landing page with screenshots and exciting things about the system. We have a handful of alpha users poking around in it, and I’m personally using it for all my submission management and tracking. It’s a little embarassing to be shamed into sending out stories for submission, but it’s hard to ignore a big green label ‘Available to Submit’. It’s like the web server is tapping me on the shoulder whispering, ‘Hey dude, this story is completed and just sitting here at home, you really should submit it, why not just click that big submit button, I’ll find you some juicy markets’.
It’s an odd relationship but it’s working out for me.
Click through to have a look at www.literarium.net and sign up to the Newsletter bit at the bottom to get on our early invites list.