The quarterly ‘Magazine of Bizarro Fiction’ is reading for future issues:
We are only looking for the highest quality in Bizarro fiction. If you are planning on submitting fiction you better have read all three starter kits (at the very least).
What we are looking for in stories: Strong characters. Strong plot. Strange and outlandish worlds. Think classic pulp fiction but if it was written by Lynch, Cronenberg, or Jodorowsky. Only submit your very best.
Bizarro fiction? Well, let me quote from their About page if you weren’t entirely sure what that is:
What Is Bizarro?
- Bizarro, simply put, is the genre of the weird.
- Bizarro is literature’s equivalent to the cult section at the video store.
- Like cult movies, Bizarro is sometimes surreal, sometimes avant-garde, sometimes goofy, sometimes bloody, sometimes borderline pornographic, and almost always completely out there.
- Bizarro strives not only to be strange, but fascinating, thought-provoking, and, above all, fun to read.
- Bizarro often contains a certain cartoon logic that, when applied to the real world, creates an unstable universe where the bizarre becomes the norm and absurdities are made flesh.
- Bizarro was created by a group of small press publishers in response to the increasing demand for (good) weird fiction and the increasing number of authors who specialize in it.
- Bizarro is like:
- Franz Kafka meets John Waters
- Dr. Suess of the post-apocalypse
- Takashi Miike meets William S. Burroughs
- Alice in Wonderland for adults
- Japanese animation directed by David Lynch
Bizarro isn’t just weird fiction, it is DAMN GOOD weird fiction. And it grows exponentially every single day, so, love it or hate it, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the years to come.
They’re looking for top quality Bizarro fiction from 100 to 6,000 words, paying 1c/word. They are also open to non-fiction (query first) but don’t pay for that.
Guidelines here: http://bizarrocentral.com/magazine/
Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/the-magazine-of-bizarro-fiction/the-magazine-of-bizarro-fiction