Monday Markets – Lawless Lands Anthology – Sep 30th 2016 (via @FalstaffBooks)

Falstaff Books is reading for their anthology, ‘Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier’:

Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier is an anthology embodying the frontier spirit of the American West, but with a weird twist. Gunslingers with laser pistols, cattle drives through the galaxy, cursed nuggets of gold, and talking jack rabbits that grant wishes. Fantasy, SF, or horror, if it’s weird, we want to see it.

They’re paying $0.04 USD c/word for unpublished short stories from 3,000 to 7,000 words, with a deadline of the end of September, so hurry! A Kickstarter campaign is planned for December, which may increase the remuneration.

Check the listing here:

Monday Markets – Gods & Monsters – 31 Dec, 2016 (via @booksmugglers)

The Book Smugglers is looking for fiction for their new themed anthology/project:

When it comes to Gods and Monsters, anything goes. You – the author – should take the theme and run with it any way you want. It can be Gods VERSUS Monsters, or Gods but not Monsters, or Monsters without Gods. As usual, we encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “gods and/or monsters” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

They’re paying $0.06USDc/word for stories from 1,500 to 17,500 words, with a cap of $500 USD (that’s 8,333 words FYI). The stories will be published online and possibly in ebook and print formats (which will produce another 50% net royalty for the authors.

Note well:

We are VERY keen on receiving Romance stories – or stories with strong romantic elements.
We are VERY keen on receiving Horror stories – or stories with strong horror elements.

Check the listing here:

Monday Markets – Red Sun Magazine

Red Sun Magazine is a speculative fiction mag looking for:

[Q]uality entertainment. The stories can be dark. They can be violent. They can be gory. They can be humorous. They can be weird. They can be political. They can be speculative. They can be populated with any culture, any religion. With men, women, LGBT, black, white, or brown. We are particularly interested in war-themed science fiction, especially war-themed science fiction written by war veterans.

They’re paying $100 for fiction up to 15,000 words, $150 up to 17,000, and $300 for serializations up to 80,000 words. They also pay for art and comics, and accept non-fiction for free.

Literarium link is here:

Monday Markets – Hearts of Steel – Anthology – Sept 30

Less Than Three Press, a “strong rising presence in the LGBTQ romance community”, is reading for a new anthology about knights!

Knights are a well-established presence in the fiction landscape, from historical fiction to fantasy to romance. Be they chivalrous or ruthless, high or low born, noble warriors or dishonored soldiers, tales of knights are endlessly appealing—for their loyalty, their love, and all that they will do to serve and protect those to whom they are sworn.

Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories about knights and all they are willing to do and endure for the sake of those they love and protect.

Editor’s note: We would like for this anthology to cover the full range of the spectrum. While all stories will be considered, preference will be given to stories featuring characters that are not cis-gay.

They’re paying $200 USD for fiction from 10,000 to 20,000 words. Note well their constraint:

Stories may be any pairing except cisgender heterosexual M/F (trans* M/F, M/M, F/F, poly, ace/aro, and all permutations thereof are acceptable).

Submissions close Sept 30th.

Literarium listing here:

Monday Markets – Humans Wanted Anthology – 31 Dec, 2016 (via @VivianCaethe)

Vivian Caethe is taking preorders for a new SF anthology, “Humans Wanted”, and she just opened to submissions for the project via Kickstarter. Her profile says, “When not fighting crime or tinkering with Tarot spreads, Vivian Caethe writes weird fiction, science fiction, fantasy, quirky nonfiction and everything in between.” Sounds like a healthy spread of skills and interests to me. From the Kickstarter page:

I am looking for stories that show diverse humanity in a positive light, as useful contributors to the universe. I want humans who build relationships and forge new paths, not humans that destroy or devastate those they meet. Submit stories with strong characters in positive stories that portray humans as useful and generally helpful to the universe. Diversity is encouraged. Any type of science fiction is acceptable (whether it be “hard” or “soft,” “space opera” or “near-future” etc.). Keep your story PG-13 so many readers can enjoy the anthology. Writers of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

Vivian is paying $250 for pieces between 3,000-6,000 on the topic. Subs in by end of 2016, so get writing.

Check the listing here:

Monday Markets – Secrets of the Goat People – Aug 6, 2016 (via @womenoncomics)

Women Write About Comics is launching their first zine and there are a few days left to submit (women & non-binary only market, sorry dudes):

Calling all nerdy, outspoken, thoughtful, quirky women and non-binary writers, illustrators, and comic artists! Women Write About Comics is launching its first zine, Secrets of the Goat People, and we want YOU. WWAC was founded in part to promote and publish the voices of women and non-binary writers, those of us who have been marginalized, unheard and unseen, within the geek industry. That’s why the theme we’ve chosen is simply: Voice. We want to hear you. And we want to amplify your voice.

They’re accepting flash, short fiction, illustrations and mid-length comics, and paying pro-rates, so get your submissions in. You only have until the 6th of August tho, so get digging (sorry, I only found out about it today)

Check out the listing here:

Monday Markets – Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2016 – 31 Dec, 2016 (via @12thPlanetPress)

Editor’s note: So Real Life Job was super busy and I’ve been reviewing Literarium Markets and so was a little delayed in finding a good Monday Market to post. But I have one nonetheless:

A simple reminder that Twelfth Planet Press is reading for Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2016 (that means send them your reprints):

We are looking for the best young adult short stories of 2016 in the speculative fiction genre to bring them together in one accessible collection. What is YA? We define the Young Adult arena of speculative fiction as being multi-faceted. All the stories we choose feature teens, but it’s not just about the age of the protagonist; it’s not just about the generally accepted “coming of age” story; it’s not just stories about young people and the (figurative or literal) journey they are on in life. We’re not afraid of stories that shine a dark light on human nature, if it is relevant to the YA theme being explored. We aren’t scared of things that go bump in the night. We want science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all of the subgenres associated with these. We want to explore diversity in all forms, because young people are diverse, and they want to see themselves and their friends in the stories they read.   

There’s no mention of payment, but there will be some sort of payment I’m sure. If in doubt, shoot them an email, they’re good people.

Check the listing here: