Monday Markets – Far Orbit: Last Outpost – Dec 15, 2015 (via @worldweaver_wwp)

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction, and is looking for military SF for their latest Far Orbit anthology, ‘Last Outpost’:

Last Outpost will be published in 2016. As the name implies, we’re looking for military adventure stories, page-turners that keep us on the edge of our seats. We’re not looking for mindless mayhem; we want compelling science fiction stories with a military theme. Send us stories about grunts, space fleets, espionage, alien invasion (even if we are the aliens), hostage recovery, battle bots, drones and droids, cyber wars, special ops, inciting rebellions, or quelling them. Anything in the military action adventure genera is fair game. We’ll entertain biopunk, cyberpunk, solarpunk, and other punkish motifs, but no matter what, the story has to be a rip-roaring adventure. Please stay away from fantasy elements (wizards, magic, gods, etc.). Fan fiction is a definite no-no. Fantasy-like adventures (John Carter of Mars) have to be really special to be included in the anthology. Gore is OK but it has to advance the plot. 

They accept simultaneous submissions and reprints (for work that hasn’t previously appeared in an anthology), and are paying 1c/word and a contributor copy for submissions up to 10,000 words.

Full guidelines here:

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets – The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2015 – 15th Nov 2015 (via @OverlandJournal)

The Overland Judith Wright Prize for poetry is open:

Established in 2007, with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets fosters poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It has subsequently grown to become the richest prize for emerging poets in Australia. This year, the competition will be judged by current poetry editor Peter Minter, and Overland’s incoming poetry editor (yet to be announced).

There is an entry fee of $12 for Overland subscribers, $20 for non-subscribers, and $56 to get a special discounted combo rate of an annual subscription and entry fee.

The award is open to poets who have had no more than one solo collection of their work commercially published: that is, by a publishing house with commercial distribution.

Entrants must be citizens of Australia or New Zealand or have permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand.

Prizes are $6,000, $2,000 and $1,000 AUD respectively, for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes!

Listing here:

Monday Markets – Alien Artifacts and Were- Anthologies – Oct 31, 2015

Here are two anthologies closing end of October 2015, by Zombies Need Brains, which is:

a newly created small press owned and operated by Joshua Palmatier. It will start by focusing on producing professional-quality science fiction and fantasy themed anthologies, initially funded by Kickstarters. The intent is to produce two anthologies a year, then branch out into more anthologies and other stand-alone books once the press has gained its footing.

Calls are out for both their ‘Alien Artifacts’ anthology:

ALIEN ARTIFACTS is to feature stories where some type of left-behind alien tech has been found and how it may affect our society, our humanity, or the characters. It can be an artifact discovered on Earth in our past or during current times, OR PREFERRABLY, an artifact that we run across while exploring space in the future. I want to stress this: the story must feature an alien artifact (not an alien). Aliens can appear in the story, but the genesis of the story must be some kind of alien artifact. Stories featuring more interesting alien artifacts, and twists on how they are discovered or how they affect our society/humanity, while being set in the future, will receive more attention than those set in the present or past. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with an archeological dig discovering a long buried alien artifact.

And for their ‘Were-‘ anthology:

WERE- is to feature stories where some type of were-creature OTHER than a werewolf is the main character. Werewolves can appear in the story, but they cannot be the main character or the central focus of the story. I want to stress this: the story must feature a were-creature! Stories featuring more interesting were-creatures, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more mundane creatures. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a were-cat.

In both cases they “are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark”

Zombies Need Brains pays royalties of 25% of ebook/10% of trade paperback, split evenly between authors and editors, and 0.06 US dollars per word for Short Story and Flash Fiction pieces up to 7,500 Words. For each additional $5000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $10,000, they increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word (note: the advance is considered paid out if the Kickstarter funds, which it has by miles:

Check out the two anthologies here ( and here (


Monday Markets – The National Poetry Competition 2015 – 31st Oct 2015

The (UK) National Poetry Competition has opened for 2015:

“Entering a poetry competition is like entering the lottery and having the chance to design the winning ticket yourself. You are in charge. You may think you’re looking for us, the judges, but we are the ones who are looking for you and your poem. We’ve no idea what it looks like, and yet there’s every chance we’ll recognise it on sight.” – David Wheatley, National Poetry Competition Judge.

Any number of original poems up to 40 lines in length are eligible. The first entry is charged a 6.50 GBP fee, and subsequent entries are 3.50 GBP.

Prizes are 5,000 GBP for 1st place, then 2,000 and 1,000 for 2nd and 3rd. There are seven 200 GBP commended prizes.

The competition ends October 31st, 2015, so get writing and submitting!

The Literarium market listing is here:

Monday Markets – The Hope Prize 2016

The inaugural Hope Prize competition is now open:

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is working to create a compassionate and just Australia where everyone can take part in the social and economic life of our nation. We are a prosperous country, but there are far too many pockets of poverty and disadvantage in our cities, suburbs, regions and remote areas. In establishing The Hope Prize – a new national short story competition – we want to encourage Australian writers to tackle a subject that is all too often hidden from public view or reduced to cliches. The short story entered can be fiction or fact. Whatever the genre, the story submitted must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives.

Prizes are $5000 AUD for 1st place, then $3000 and $2000 for 2nd and 3rd. There are $500 highly commended prizes, and a separate award for an emerging writer under 18.

If you are a resident of Australia you can submit any number of entries (blind judged), and the competition closes 31st of January 2016.

Full submission guidelines:

And the Literarium market listing:

Monday Markets – Story Quest 2015 Competition (via @SQ_Mag)

The Fabulous SQ Mag is running their 2015 Story Quest competition:

For 2015’s Story Quest Competition we want to look at the unlikely, the neglected, the untried. We are looking for either: – unlikely partnerships between characters, species, the smashing together of worlds, cultures, ideas – unlikely genre partnerships, those we don’t see often or at all For combination number two, at the mag we don’t often see fairytale crossovers (we’d love some more diverse voices), steampunk, true romantic horror, Western crossovers, mysteries. Whatever you can think of, we’ll read. Just make it a story that makes the judges eyes bug.

So, bug stories are in, then?

Prizes are $100 for 1st place, then $50 and $25 for 2nd and 3rd. All winners also receive a regular token SQ paymeny of $15. Entries are open until october 31 so get writing/submitting!

Full submission guidelines:

And Literarium market listing:

Monday Markets – Tin House

Tin House is a literary magazine of some repute:

The first issue of Tin House magazine arrived in the spring of 1999, the singular lovechild of an eclectic literary journal and a beautiful glossy magazine. Publisher Win McCormack said of the effort, “I wanted to create a literary magazine for the many passionate readers who are not necessarily literary academics or publishing professionals.” With the help of New York editors Rob Spillman and Elissa Schappell, along with managing editor Holly MacArthur, McCormack accomplished just that. Tin House offers an artful and irreverent array of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews as well as columns on food and drink, out-of-print and underappreciated books, and a literary crossword puzzle. Perhaps most indicative of the magazine’s mission to stake out new territory and showcase not only established, prize-winning authors is its commitment that every issue include the work of an undiscovered fiction writer and poet.

They are open from September 1 to May 31 each year, but I can’t find any payment information (kind of tends to be the way with even the fancier literary magazines). They accept poetry, fiction and non-fiction up to 10,000 words.

Listing here: