Monday Markets – Lost Signals anthology – Oct 31, 2015

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:

News: Landing Page Updated

SampleSiteSo 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 and sign up to the Newsletter bit at the bottom to get on our early invites list.

Monday Markets – GigaNotoSaurus Magazine

GigaNotoSaurus is open for your Fantasy and Science fiction stories from 5k to 25k words!

GigaNotoSaurus publishes one story a month. We ask for first serial rights and non-exclusive, indefinite archival rights, though the author is welcome at any time to request a story be removed from the archive.

We do want a variety of settings, styles, viewpoints, and backgrounds.  This includes but is not limited to cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and genders.

Pay is a solid $100 US per story. Get extra details here:

Monday Markets – Sword and Sorceress Vol 30 – May 15, 2015

You have a month and a bit before the reading period opens, folks:

Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword & Sorceress 22,Sword & Sorceress 23, Sword & Sorceress 24, Sword & Sorceress 25, Sword & Sorceress 26, Sword & Sorceress 27, and Sword & Sorceress 28 (or S&S 1-20) for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. […] We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we won’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.

Opening in April, and paying 6 USD cents per word up to 9,000 words.

Submission details here:

How to Write About Characters Who Are Smarter Than You (via @Medium)

This is a great article by Graham Moore, the Academy Award nominated screenwriter of ‘The Imitation Game':

[A]fter our scientist has finished, the camera turns to a second character. This would be our scientist’s normal-dude buddy. He’s just a regular Joe. He is the audience’s stand-in during the scene, and the character with whom the audience most identifies. This guy makes an incredulous face in response to the scientist’s technical language. And then he says the following line:

“WHOA, Doc. Say that again in English!”

You know exactly what I’m talking about. You’ve seen this moment on screen, you’ve seen it on TV, you’ve read it in novels. I find this moment to be extremely condescending to its audience. The moment essentially signals to the viewer that all of that mumbo-jumbo that this smarty pants has been blathering on about, well, we filmmakers do not understand a word of it. Moreover, we don’t care to. And we have no interest in your understanding it either.

Graham walks through how he avoided this in his screenplay about genius mathematicians, with examples from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes works. It’s clever, you’ll recognise it, and it doesn’t condescend to your audience.

Read about it here:

Monday Markets – Literary Hatchet

A token-pay market, but it’s a pretty cool one: ‘The Literary Hatchet, Lizzie Borden’s Journal of Murder, Mystery & Victorian History':

The Literary Hatchet publishes contemporary short fiction, poetry, humor, interviews and reviews by established and emerging writers and artists from around the world. Subjects range from mystery, murder, macabre, horror, monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night.

For work between 1,000 and 6,000 Words they pay $10.00 USD, and $5 USD for poetry.

Full submission guidelines here: