After 12th Planet Press’s success with their publication ‘Letters to Tiptree‘, they’re now open to letters to (Octavia) Butler:
[I]n recognition of Butler’s enormous influence on speculative fiction, and African-American literature more generally, Twelfth Planet Press is publishing a selection of letters and essays written by science fiction and fantasy’s writers, editors, critics and fans.
They’re paying 5 US cents per word from letters between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Deadline is 8th of January, 2017.
Literarium link is here: https://literarium.net/market/twelfth-planet-press/letters-to-octavia-butler
SQ Mag is opening their 2016 Story Quest competition, with the theme ‘Growth’:
What is it that denotes life? What do we yearn for in our favourite narratives, when we see how our favourite character could achieve their dreams if only they might extended themselves, shift and change. We thought it apt to look at stories of growth. It may be literal growth, a coming of age story; a metaphysical or spiritual growth. It may be the stretch, the reach for more. Make it an undeniable story of life.
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 November 30 so get writing/submitting! They’re after short speculative fiction between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
Literarium market listing: https://literarium.net/market/ifwg-publishing-australia/story-quest-2016
The Lane of Unusual Traders is open again for Stage 3! Disclosure: I’ve been involved with Stage 1 and Stage 2 of this shared world project, and am a huge fan, but I’m not judging or working behind the scenes for stage 3. For stage 3, Terry Whidborn has once again crafted a beautiful map, this time of an underground section of the world of Midlfell.
The idea behund the Lane is to select a lot on the provided map and tell a story about the shop or building or memory on that site. There is lots of information to help you navigate the world, including a prologue and a few existing published stories from the first and second stages of the project.
In addition to this, during the submission period (which ends Feb 28, 2017), Tiny Owl Workshop will be releasing new stories to activate your brain meats.
The Lane of Unusual Traders is a world building project. The aim is to bring The Lane, the City of Lind and the world of Midlfell into existence through stories, illustrations, music and whatever other creative means present themselves as the world grows. The project began with the release of Stage 1 in 2014. Now The Lane is open once more so Tiny Owl Workshop can look for new stories to help bring the world of Midlfell to life.
They’re paying $60 AUD for flash fiction up to 500 words, and a flat rate of $180 AUD for short fiction from 1,500 to 3,000 words.
Check out the Literarium market listing here: https://literarium.net/market/tiny-owl-workshop/the-lane-of-unusual-traders–stage-3
Super long post today, because ‘Zombies Need Brains’ is reading for three new anthologies! There has to be something of interest for you here:
SUBMERGED is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that are set underwater at some point. It does not have to be set completely underwater, but at some point the events of the story must lead in a natural way to an underwater adventure. There should be a significant reason for why the action must take place underwater; this should NOT be a story where it easily be rewritten on land and maintain its cohesion. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories, and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings underwater and twists on the typical underwater themes will receive more attention than those that use standard underwater tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with Atlantis. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. So be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.
ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS! is to feature stories where the robots of the story somehow harken back to the 50s/60s style of robots. The story can be set in the far future, but at some point there should be a significant nod toward the robots from that era—either a significantly advanced robot that is simply housed in a 50s/60s style shell, or a robot exactly like those from the 50s/60s but used in an interesting and believable way in the story. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the 50s/60s style robots, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more generalized robots. So be creative and use your robot in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.
THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS is to feature stories where Death is a character in the story. The version of Death used should be unique, so consider all different types of versions of Death seen throughout history and in different cultures. Stories featuring more interesting takes on Death, and twists on how Death is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard depictions of Death. So be creative and use Death in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.
Payment is 6c USD per word, as an advance on royalties. Stories up to 7,500 words are due by December 31st.
The Literarium market listings are below:
All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!: https://literarium.net/market/zombies-need-brains-llc/all-hail-our-robot-conquerors-
The Death of all Things: https://literarium.net/market/zombies-need-brains-llc/the-death-of-all-things
Ragnarok Publications smashed many stretch goals for its Kickstarter project for the ‘Hath No Fury’ anthology, which means they are aiming to fill the last two slots in their ToC:
Mother. Warrior. Caregiver.
Wife. Lover. Survivor.
Trickster. Heroine. Leader.
Hath No Fury contains approximately 19 meaningful stories that defy the stereotypes. In this anthology, readers should expect to find super-smart, purpose-driven, ultra-confident heroines. Here, it’s not the hero who does all the action while the heroine smiles and bats her eyelashes; Hath No Fury’s women are champions, not princesses in distress. Embracing the strong warriors to the silent but powerful, to even the timid who muster up the bravery to face down a terrible evil, the women of Hath No Fury will make their indelible marks and leave you breathless for more..
Payment is 10c USD per word (and given the ToC the two open slots they have advertised are going to be hotly contested), and they are open to submissions until October 15, 2016.
The Literarium market listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/ragnarok-publications/hath-no-fury
Oscillate Wildly Press is from my hometown here in Brisbane, and they’re reading for their psychological monster anthology, ‘Monsters Among Us’:
The monsters we have come to know and love take a backseat as we delve into the darkest, most hideous depths of a monster that has taken centre stage as of late–HUMANS. I’m looking for ‘psychological horror’, horror that comes from within. There lies a darkness in us all–what are some of the scariest atrocities humans are capable of doing? What ‘demons’ lurk in their heads, causing them to do the things they do? Humans can also create monsters out of humans…. Tell me “how”–the possibilities are endless. I want to see how ugly the human race can really get.
They’re looking for short fiction and poetry up to 7,000 words, paying a moderate 3c AUD/word, up to an unspecified maximum. Market closes November 30!
Check it out here: https://literarium.net/market/oscillate-wildly-press/monsters-among-us
FIYAH has opened this month to speculative fiction until Jan 1, 2017, with the theme, ‘SPILLING TEA’:
FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about people of the African Diaspora.
We are only accepting submission from authors from the African diaspora, because #BlackWritersMatter. This is an intersectional definition of blackness, and we strongly encourage submissions from women, members of the LGBTQIA community, and members from other underrepresented communities within the African diaspora.
They’re looking for short fiction and novellas as well as poetry. Flat $150 USD for fiction up to 7,500 words, then $300 USD for work up to 15,000 words, and $50 for poetry. If you’re in their demographic for eligible authors, get submitting!
Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/fiyah/fiyah-magazine-of-black-speculative-fiction