Monday Markets – Upstreet Magazine – 1 Mar, 2016

Upstreet Magazine is open anually between September 1 and March 1, for literary submissions of poetry, prose and non-fiction (up to 5,000 words). They’re currently open for Issue 12:

upstreet, based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is an award-winning annual literary anthology containing the best new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction available. Each issue features an author interview; for our first eleven issues we were fortunate to talk with Jim Shepard, Lydia Davis, Wally Lamb, Michael Martone, Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Dani Shapiro, Douglas Glover, Emily Fragos, Robert Olen Butler and Joan Wickersham.

Payment is from $50-$150 for original poetry, and $50-$250 for prose and non-fiction, which is quite excellent for poetry, so cast your eyes on this market for the next few months. They accept up to 3 poems and 2 pieces of fiction/non-fiction at the same time, as well as being open to simultaneous submissions. Worth checking out.

The Literarium market listing is here:

Monday Markets – concīs magazine (via @concismag)

concīs magazine is the first project from concīs publishing:

[…] an online and e-pub journal devoted to brevity: the succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious. It’s simple in approach and simple in design…but not simple-minded. Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good. See what we’ve published so far and peruse some of our inspirations for a better idea of what we mean.

They’re after flash (micro) fiction up to 300 words and poetry up to 25 lines (though that limit is a little flexible. They pay $10 per acceptance, original or reprint (with minor conditions), and give authors an option to donate their pay to charity, which the magazine will then match.


concīs is about brevity: the succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious. Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good. Read work we’ve accepted so far and peruse some of our Inspirations for a better idea of what we mean.

I’m constantly surprised and impressed by how small new publishers understand that the simple idea of being compensated for their work, even for token amounts, is important to authors. So many famous and succesful literary magazines haughtily ignore any mention of compensation, and to see newcomers treat authors (*cough* the actual source of content for their business), with the kind of respect that concīs does chips away at the cynicism that calcifies my aging bones.

So go send them your stories and poetry. Their website is professional and their passion for their work and positive attitude shines through the copy.

Our Literarium market listing is here:

Monday Markets – Liminal Magazine – Jan 15, 2016

Liminal Magazine is opening to submission for a month and a half starting this December 1, 2015:

Liminal is searching for stories of a particular tone and tenor, regardless of form. We like stories that are strange and unsettling, sharp-edged and evocative. Although we will consider any genre, we have a soft spot for weird fiction, magical realism, soft sci-fi, and those uncategorised stories that straddle the line between genres. Liminal stories should linger in the mind and evoke emotion in the reader.

They are looking for fiction to 10,000 words, paying 6c USD per word, which is excellent. The submissions period closes mid-January, so get on it.

The Literarium market listing is here:

Monday Markets – Suspended in Dusk 2 – Feb 29, 2016 (via @herodfel)

Books of the Dead Press and editor Simon Dewar are back with a sequel to their very successful Suspended in Dusk horror anthology. (Disclaimer: I was in it). Simon advises all interested writers:

I am pleased to announce, Books of the Dead Press is opening 2 spots for stories in the Suspended in Dusk 2 anthology in an open submission.

Show me something that plays on the theme of light/dark (Wendy Hammer did this in the original Suspended in Dusk with her story Negatives) , or don’t… show me a person, people, society on the edge of the proverbial abyss (Chris Limb did this with Ministry of Outrage). Show me a story of someone on the grey fringes of normal society (Karen Runge, Hope is Here!). Show me a person, or people undergoing some kind of change,.. willing or otherwise. Knowing or otherwise (Shane Mckenzie, Fit Camp). Show me something that is brought into the light, but everyone would’ve been safer if it had been left alone where it was (Benjamin Knox, Keeper of Secrets).

There are 2 open submission slots in this anthology, so send in your best work. Short original horror fiction from 3,000 to 7,500 pays $25USD and a print and ebook contributor copy.

Check out the listing here:

Monday Markets – Blue Monday Review

Today we’re looking at Blue Monday Review:

[…] a quarterly publication that draws inspiration from the works of Kurt Vonnegut. He was a man who knew how to craft great stories that celebrated truth and beauty while maintaining a sardonic wit that makes our hearts swell with bitterness and joy.

If your work can stir up even a sliver of that feeling, we want to see it.

They’re after short fiction and creative non-fiction up to 3,500 words, paying ; flash pieces of up to 1,500 words each, poetry, visual art and ‘Etc’ (which is anything you think might be suitable that falls outside of these categories, such as scripts, comics, etc.)

They pay $20 and up (at 2c/word) for original written pieces, and $10 for reprints. Poetry is paid at $10/$5 respectively.

The Literarium market listing is here:

Monday Markets – Short Speculative Fiction by Transgender Writers – Dec 1, 2015 (via @topsidepress)

Topside Press is open to subs for a new anthology, loosely named, ‘Short Speculative Fiction by Transgender Writers’:

Topside Press is now accepting submissions for an anthology of short speculative fiction by self-identified transgender writers. Speculative fiction can include science fiction, horror, fantasy, alternate history or any fiction which envisions a world that is fundamentally different from our own. Our goal for this anthology is to showcase the talent of a diverse range of authors and catalyze the next wave of meaningful, moving, and politically engaged speculative fiction.

You have a month to submit, and they acknowledge they are a paying market (details to be determined). Topside Press is looking for stories up to 10,000 words.

The Literarium market listing is here:

Monday Markets – Body Parts Magazine Issue 6 – Mar 1, 2016

After a fruitless search for new literary magazines that had the courtesy to disclose whether or not they paid authors anything, I was very pleased to find this classy market for the bizarre:

Body Parts Magazine is an online literary magazine of horror, erotica, speculative fiction, essays and art. Each themed issue honors Eros and Thanatos, the Greek gods of libido and mortido—life and death. We celebrate the vast and various expressions of dreams and darkness, our primitive desires and urges, and seek to encounter—and embrace—those shadowy monsters who dwell in the dimly lit corners of human experience.

Body Parts Magazine accepts flash fiction, short fiction to 8,000 words, and novellas (noevelletes?) to 20,000 words. They pay $5 for flash, and between $10-$20 for longer works depending on length (it’s probably safe to assume $10 for shorts and $20 for longer).

Each issue is themed, and you can submit to any theme you like until the last day of the reading period. The current theme is Grave Robbing!

Disinterment. Theft. Exhumation and ossuaries. Unspeakable crimes. Corpses of the past (events, relationships, ideas, cultures and cities). What inappropriate, grim and morbid things or people do we long for when they are gone? What incites one to dig up the dead, reanimate the deceased or dig through decayed remains in search of some treasured item, memory or ideal? In what horrific ways do we serve as the archaeologists of our own fates and futures?

So what are you waiting for? Check them out!

The Literarium market listing is here: