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Monday Markets – Cunjunctions Issue 67 – Other Aliens – Aug 2016

Conjunctions is reading for Issue 67, Other Aliens, until the middle of August:

We are now accepting submissions for our [Fall 2016 issue], a collection of works of literary science and speculative fiction: innovative short stories, poetry, and essays that explore the vast precincts of unfamiliarity, of keen difference, of weirdness and not belonging. Who or what is an alien? Someone or something simply unknown to us, a being manifest from an incomprehensible territory? From the depths of the ocean, the deeps of space, an unmapped land far from home? Does otherness emerge from physical displacement, or psychic and spiritual displacement, or does it emerge from other sources? Must difference inevitably provoke fear and mistrust or does it sometimes elicit curiosity instead, firing the drive to explore and understand and even love? “Alien” is a powerful and flexible word. Aliens are Other, aliens are the stuff of science fiction and fantasy, aliens are traditional literary figures who, when we witness our “normal” lives through their strangers’ eyes (think Frankenstein), cause us to see ourselves anew. Indeed, we become the unfamiliar ones.

They are looking for fiction and poetry with no specified length, and mention that they pay… Sadly, that’s all they mention; payment information is notoriously difficult to get for literary magazines. To boot, for US writers, this magazine is ‘hard copy only’, which is certainly a, let’s say, ‘traditional’ approach. On the bright side, the site says to email (conjunctions@bard.edu) for submissions from outside the US.

Check out the listing here: https://literarium.net/market/conjunctions/conjunctions

Monday Markets – Over the Rainbow, Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins – 31 Aug, 2016

Over the Rainbow looks like a fantastic anthology, but be aware that it is open only to Canadian Citizens and residents. I’ve noticed a lot of Canadian markets have a requirement like this, which I believe ties into Arts funding constraints:

All writers must be Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) and permanent residents of Canada

If you meet those criteria though, it looks good:

Fairy tales are often about the encounter with the strange, fantastic, and otherworldly. They are frequently used as texts of warning, inspiring conformity by telling people what they shouldn’t do. We want to explore the power of fairy tales as texts of resistance, as ways of speaking back to those power structures that try to get us to conform. Over the Rainbow will be an anthology that explores the power of fairy tales to introduce the under-represented. We encourage authors to explore Queer (LGBTIA2 and QUILTBAG) stories, tales of people with disabilities, tales of mental health, poly relationships, and bodily diversity. Our hope is to use fairy tales to smash tradition and reshape it with (dis)enchantment. Over the Rainbow seeks to bring readers into the woods where transformations and new beginnings can happen. We hope to play with traditional fairy tale tropes in unconventional ways, offering a shattered mirror image of our world and our imagination.

They’re after all (speculative) genres on the theme, and paying 0.05 Canadian cents per Word for 2,000 and 5,000 Words, as well as a contributor copy. You have until August 31st to get your submission in!

Literarium link is here: https://literarium.net/market/exile-editions/over-the-rainbow-folk-and-fairy-tales-from-the-margins

Monday Markets – Deep Magic

Deep Magic has been around for a while:

[W]e aim to be the dominant magazine for clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. It’s our tag-line. If you can tell a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence—you’ve come to the right place. If not, there are plenty of other magazines and venues out there. Move along. Move along (Jedi hand wave) Deep Magic is a bi-monthly electronic magazine that publishes clean short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres.

They’re paying UDS 6-8c/word up to 16,000 words, and then a flat rate from 16,000 to 40,000 words after that. They also pay a smaller rate of 2c/word for reprints.

Check out the Literarium market listing here: https://literarium.net/market/deep-magic/deep-magic

Monday Markets – Ecopunk – 30 Jun, 2016 (via @ticonderogap)

Ticonderoga Publications is reading for its new anthology Ecopunk, closing on June 30. Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks will be editing:

We are looking for optimistic stories envisioning the future of our world as we are impacted by and adapt to climate change. New narratives of radical transformation and sustainability. Stories exploring the end of carbon-capitalism, combatting inertia in our political systems, interrogating the technical and organisational challenges of clean energy generation, storage and distribution. Stories investigating nascent technologies and fossil fuel divestment, imagining pathways to the low-carbon world. Encouraging the belief that we will survive not only as a species, but as a civilisation by proposing alternatives to how we live. Stories showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite looming uncertainty.

Payment is 5c AUD per word and 2 contributor copies for unpublished work between 2,000 and 10,000 words. They explicitly don’t want dystopian misery!

The Literarium market listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/ticonderoga-publications/ecopunk

Monday Markets – DOA III – June 6, 2016

Submissions are open until June 6 for Blood Bound Books’s new anthology, DOA III:

Are you ready for round three? Then we invite you to make extreme-horror history. Our most infamous anthology series is back, and by now, you know what we’re looking for…and if you don’t, then check out Volumes I & II. Make sure you’ve got a strong story and characters to back up your gore & debauchery. Remember, John Skipp has a new story in the one, and in Splatterpunk, there is usually a deeper subversive point to all the insanity. Theme: Splatterpunk/Extreme horror/Bizarro – (no guts and gore for just the sake of it)

They’re after splatterpunk and bizarro horror pieces from 750-5,000 words, paying 5c/Word. You have just under a month to find something!

The Literarium market listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/blood-bound-books/doa-volume-iii

Monday Markets – Conjunctions Issue 67 – Other Aliens – Aug, 2016

Conjunctions is now reading for their Fall issue (until full, expecting ‘into August’):

We are now accepting submissions for our Fall 2016 issue, Conjunctions:67, Other Aliens, a collection of works of literary science and speculative fiction: innovative short stories, poetry, and essays that explore the vast precincts of unfamiliarity, of keen difference, of weirdness and not belonging.

Who or what is an alien? Someone or something simply unknown to us, a being manifest from an incomprehensible territory? From the depths of the ocean, the deeps of space, an unmapped land far from home? Does otherness emerge from physical displacement, or psychic and spiritual displacement, or does it emerge from other sources? Must difference inevitably provoke fear and mistrust or does it sometimes elicit curiosity instead, firing the drive to explore and understand and even love?

“Alien” is a powerful and flexible word. Aliens are Other, aliens are the stuff of science fiction and fantasy, aliens are traditional literary figures who, when we witness our “normal” lives through their strangers’ eyes (think Frankenstein), cause us to see ourselves anew. Indeed, we become the unfamiliar ones.

I can’t find any information on pay, and they’re very literary in their guidelines (ie. vague). To compound things, they only accept physical submissions, which for non-US writers means the dreaded SASE (yes, you can still buy them at the post office in Australia). They accept short and long fiction, and creative non-fiction. I’ve marked that down as Short Story and Novella; one suspects that work longer than novella length won’t find space in the print magazine.

All these things combine to give Conjunctions a very high ‘lit mag’ score. I suspect this means they are prestigious, so this is a great opportunity to publish your literary SF pieces.

The Literarium market listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/conjunctions/conjunctions

Monday Markets – The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers 2016 – June 1, 2016

Hachette Australia is running the second Richell Prize for Emerging Writers:

Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, established The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). Now in its second year, the Prize was launched in 2015 in memory of Hachette Australia’s former CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in July 2014.

Submit the first 3 chapters of your book, and have the rest neatly outlined.

The applications will be judged on three main criteria:

  • The Writing – make sure that you are telling an original story that you have a burning desire to share.
  • The Synopsis – give us a brief summary of the plot, major characters, themes and settings in the book. If you can, please also include a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the rest of the book.
  • Tell us how winning the Prize will help you further your writing career.

Prize is $10,000 AUD and a 12 month mentorship (with a desire but no guarantee to work towards possible publication through Hachette Australia). Competition closes June 1, 2016.

Check it out here: https://literarium.net/market/hachette-australia/the-richell-prize-for-emerging-writers-2016