Monday Markets – Typhon, A Monster Anthology – June 31, 2015

Pantheon Magazine has a call for their anthology, TYPHON: A MONSTER ANTHOLOGY  VOL. 1

We are accepting dark fantasy and horror fiction submissions for the first volume of our annual horror anthology. (PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING POETRY FOR THIS CALL) The only hard requirement for this anthology is that it be one of the genres mentioned above. We would like new spins on old monster tropes as well as all new monsters.

They’re looking for short fiction without specifying exact limits, and pay 1c per word. Due date is June 31, 2015.

Submission details here: http://pantheonmag.com/submission-guidelines/

On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF (via @cstross)

Charles Stross writes last week about how rapidly even our own cultures can become alien to us, and how too often that isn’t reflected in future SF writing:

It’s worth noting, incidentally, that much of the social change that led up to the current cultural matrix was driven by technological change. Better medicine and family planning techniques gave us the basis for a society in which we don’t go to a different infant’s funeral every month, in which bananas are cheaper than potatoes, people aren’t worn out unto death by fifty, civil rights for people who aren’t rich white males are at least recognized as theoretically desirable, and in which you probably aren’t dying of tuberculosis. So why do repeatedly we see the depiction of far future societies with cheap interstellar travel in which this hasn’t bought about massive social change as a side-effect (other than the trivial example of everyone having a continental sized back yard to mow)?

Worth a read, and worth absorbing for your own writing: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2014/12/on-the-lack-of-cultural-estran.html

Monday Markets – Sci Phi Journal (via @thesciphishow)

Sci Phi Journal is an exciting monthly magazine exploring the intersection of philosophy and science:

Sci Phi is an online science fiction and philosophy magazine. In each issue you will find stories that explore questions of life, the universe and everything and articles that delve into the deep philosophical waters of science fiction universes.

Editor Jason Rennie is looking for:

science fiction stories that explore a philosophical idea or have a philosophical hook. The “Phi” part is more important than the “Sci” part, fantasy, time travel, steam punk, slipstream, etc. If you are not sure, just ask.

Stories must include a “food for thought” set of questions or paragraph for readers along with the manuscript. Please include with your submission the philosophical themes explored in the story. Failure to do so will result in a rejected submission. This is not require for solicited stories.

If you are unsure about the food for thought section, just explain the big idea in your story. A paragraph will do the job. I usually write the food for thoughts (though I pay if I use the one submitted) myself, so don’t stress over making it perfect. The magazine is Science Fiction and Philosophy so I just want to insure the Philosophy part of the equation is covered.

Pays 5c per word for works from 100-5,000 words. They accept fiction and non-fiction. If an issue sells over 5,000 copies in a month you get double pay, so what’s not to like?

This actually looks pretty cool, so I’m going to dig through my old ideas box to see if I can throw something together for them.

Guidelines here: http://www.sciphijournal.com/submission-guidelines/

Visual Anthology of Mythical Creatures (via @designtaxi)

This is actually pretty cool. Someone over at Design Taxi sourced a poster of mythical creatures by region.

What I’d really like to see someday, though, is a chart like this with historical connections. My daughter once challenged me by saying every culture has ‘dragons’ (implying some commonality and thus proving dragons were real). It would be cool to see where common mythological creatures spread and adapted with cultures, and where mythological creatures are undeniably ‘local’.

Check it out here: http://designtaxi.com/news/371079/Infographic-An-Anthology-Of-Mythical-Creatures/

Monday Markets – The Quip – 31 Dec, 2014

The Quip is reading for its first issue until December 31. The magazine accepts:

submissions of the written word in any form – fiction/non-fiction short stories, novellas, poems, op-ed pieces, lyrics, etcetera.   The Quip is a comedic literary magazine. Comedy is a broad definition, and we agree with how it was defined in 1594, by Martin Opitz von Boberfeld, a real thought leader in the space, who defined comedy as:

“bad people and things, marriages, drinking parties, swindling, and mischievous servants, braggart squires, intrigues, youthful indiscretion, stingy old age, procuring, and the like as they occur daily among the common people.” 

In this regard, we do not accept stories that are tragedies, and once again refer to von Boberfeld:

death-blows, desperations, infanticide and parricide, fire, incest, war, insurrection, wailing, howling, sighing.”

If your writing is rich, thoughtful, funny, uncomfortable, awkward, or includes – well, quips – then it will be considered for publication.

Up to 3,500 words per author per issue (I imagine it can be broken into several smaller pieces if you so desire), and the magazine pays $50 per publication, as well as a yearly subscription. They’re working on a Kickstarter to assist with future payment options.

Submission details here: http://www.thequip.org/submissions/

Monday Markets – The Butter (via @rgay)

Roxane Gay is looking for submissions to magazine ‘The Butter':

The Butter is the slick sister site to The Toast.

They’re looking for Essays, Book Reviews, Short Fiction, Interviews with Awesome People, and questoins for ‘Ask The Butter’ column. There’s a note that says they pay all contributors, but no indication what the rates are. For Short Fiction, the magazine is looking for:

Submit your short stories and novellas, up to 15,000 words. I love fiction that is gritty and raw. Make me uncomfortable. Make me feel. Make me care. Make me want.

Specific guidelines for each of the other areas are on the submissions page right here: https://thebutter.submittable.com/submit

Pelican Books reimagines cover art for eBooks (HT: @ellenforsyth)

Interesting and cool:

As part of their recent relaunch, Pelican Books—the non-fiction arm of Penguin Books, which originally ran from 1937 to 1984—wanted to make covers just as important for e-books as they are for physical books. Their solution was to make the cover a recurring element throughout a text: the central thematic element that ties together a volume’s design, whether physical or digital.

Check out the whole thing here: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3038698/how-pelican-books-is-reimagining-the-cover-in-the-age-of-e-books