Monday Markets – The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror Vol 5 – Jan 20 (via @taliehelene)

Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene are reading for vol 5 of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror. Keep this one on your annual radar, too.


  • 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 2014.

  • Stories must be received by the editors by 20 January 2015.

  • Stories should be no longer than 8,500 words in length.

  • The editors will accept photocopies of eligible stories, and electronic copies. If you have any queries please contact the relevant editor via the email address provided.

  • 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 20 to get their submissions in.

Submission details here:

Building the Ultimate Solar System

This is some fun science fictional projection from a few month ago, a super-advanced engineering project (but probably still less advanced than building a dyson sphere).

Presenting: the ultimate star system!

Despite the challenges Sean Raymond, an astrophysicist from Bordeaux Observatory in France, set out to build our ultimate solar system as a computer game he called Fantasy Star System. Because he’s a physicist, this solar system with 60 habitable Earth-like planets had to follow the laws of physics. So his arrangement of planets had to be both scientifically plausible in the short term, and gravitationally stable over the long term of billions of years. After all, he wanted life to be able to evolve.

Six Ways to Power Through Writer’s Block (via @lifehackerau)

It can never hurt to glance over other people’s strategies for overcoming Writer’s Block (even if younever suffer from it, there might be some creativity tips, at least).

This Lifehacker article focuses on these six points (details at the original article, as always):


  • Leave things when you’re doing well
  • Just write anything to get the words flowing
  • Write about how it feels not to be able to write
  • Keep an exciting scene or idea on hand
  • Maintain a writing schedule
  • Get verbal

Have a look, see if it speaks to you:

Monday Markets – Vitality Magazine

Vitality is:

a literary magazine publishing exciting, entertaining fiction featuring queer protagonists. What we hear people asking for, most often, is more stories featuring queer people – and not just serious, often depressing “issue” work dealing with the hard stresses of real life, but fun stories that happen to be about queer characters, and portray queerness in a positive way.

They accept prose, poetry, comics and art. Prose guidelines are for fiction up to 5,000 words, paying 5c/word, and poetry pays $50/poem.

Things we’re interested in: true-life love stories (especially of older couples), artistic or creative work being done by queer people, comedic or interesting pieces about travel, dating, or just navigating life. The theme of POSITIVE portrayal of queerness, and entertainment/escapism should still be evident in your work. If the piece is about a specific event or creative work (like a drama troupe or local artist), it must be RECENT – occurring within the last year. If we need photographs to accompany your piece, we will request them upon acceptance.

Submission details here:

Monday Markets – Dreams from the Witch House anthology – Jan 31, 2015 (via @lynnejamneck)

Lynne Jamneck is editing a new anthology for female authors, published by Dark Regions Press:

The only set requirement for the anthology is that all submissions must be written by women. Submissions from international, multi-cultural and LGBT/GSD perspectives are encouraged, as this collection will aim to present the diversity of voices within the field of Lovecraftian fiction. All stories must be submitted in English.

There is no restriction on setting, so don’t feel like you have to remain within the 1920’s/1930’s – far future stories, contemporary, steampunk, psychological, horror, fantasy/sf and, of course, historical settings are all welcome.

Note that work has already been solicited from the following authors:

  • Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Gemma Files
  • Lois H. Gresh
  • Storm Constantine
  • Sonya Taaffe
  • Molly Tanzer
  • Karen Heuler
  • Liz Williams
  • Tamsyn Muir
  • Amanda Downum
  • Nancy Kilpatrick
  • Elizabeth Bear
  • Sarah Monette

She adds:

The anthology will be published in a deluxe lettered hardcover edition, a signed and numbered hardcover edition and trade paperback. It will be a thing of beauty.

Lynne is now looking for unsolicited submissions from 2,000 to 10,000 words (query for variations on that), and is paying 5c/word for the first 5,000 words, and then 3c/word after that. You have until 31st of January to submit. Get on it!

Full submission details here:

Monday Markets – Cuttlefish Magazine – 5 Dec, 2014 – Flash Fiction (HT: @literaryminded)

Angela Meyer is the new flash fiction editor for Cuttlefish, a writing and art magazine:

I look forward to receiving your pieces (anonymously) of up to 250 words. The publication will feature one artist’s work and also print poetry, up to 40 lines, and longer pieces up to 1200 words. There will be a payment of $40 for all works.

They’re looking for anonymous hard copy submissions, with a deadline of 5th of December. You should follow up with an email linking your name to your piece after January 7th.

Submission details here:

Monday Markets – Book Smugglers – Dec 31, 2014

Book Smugglers is open and looking for genre pieces for their Spring issue. The theme is:

We know that the first things that come to mind with the phrase “First Contact” are “Science Fiction” and “Aliens.” While we are huge fans of aliens and would very much like to receive submissions featuring first contact with aliens, we would love to receive a broader pool of stories and traditions. We welcome authors to subvert this theme, to expand horizons and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres within the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

They’re after original speculative fiction from 1,500 to 17,500 words and pay 6c/word up to $500.

Submission details here: