Look, it’s still Monday in the United States, which is where this anthology is based…
Meerkat Press is looking for super hero fiction for a new anthology:
Behind the Mask (working title) is our next themed anthology and it’s all about superheroes! But not how they saved the world this time. We’re more interested in the ordinary day-to-day challenges facing these extraordinary individuals: growing up, growing old, relationships, career struggles, parenting. How they cope with that age-old desire to fit in when, let’s face it, they don’t. We want superhero stories with originality, diversity, and strong character development that celebrate the genre but manage to push its boundaries as well. Fun, quirky, serious, happy, sad: any tone will do, and we plan to have a nice variety. But bring us something fresh and relevant to this crazy world we live in today.
They are are paying between 2-8 US c per word for 3,000 to 6,000 word stories. Get your subs in by the midle of September! Notably they do accept simultaneous submissions.
Check out the listing here: https://literarium.net/market/meerkat-press/behind-the-mask
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is a well-established semi-pro market for, well, Heroic Fantasy short fiction and poetry, reading four months a year (they’re closing end of July but open again in September):
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is an ezine dedicated to publishing short works of heroic fantasy. More than that, through both prose and poetry we hope to hearken back to an older age of storytelling — an age when a story well told enthralled audiences. Traits of great oral storytelling survive the ages to influence treasures of literature, the pulps, radio plays, late-night game sessions, and now Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.
Our favorite storytellers, a few ancient and a few not, deliver action, reaction, and repercussion — and rarely divulge the thought processes that guide a character. These storytellers know that sometimes an audience just wants to see what happens next, that sometimes it’s more interesting to watch a person open a box than to hear about why he or she decided to open it in the first place.
They’re paying $100 for fiction upto 10,000 words and $25 for poetry.
Check the listing here: https://literarium.net/market/heroic-fantasy-quarterly/heroic-fantasy-quarterly
And here you thought I’d missed a week. Well, I’ll have you know it’s still mostly Monday in the rest of the world. Benefits of living in the future (aka Australia)!
Island and The Hobart Bookshop are presenting the 2016 Gwen Harwood Poetry prize, which is for a single poem or linked poems totalling no more than 80 lines per submission. As with most of these kinds of prizes the entry fee is quite steep. However, the first prize is a significant chunk of money:
$2000 + publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions* to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.
Publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions* to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.
Entry is $20 for non-Island subscribers and $10 for existing subscribers. The competition closes September 2. Get poeting!
Literarium link is here: https://literarium.net/market/island/the-2016-gwen-harwood-poetry-prize/
Outlook Springs is a literary magazine open to fiction, non-fiction and poetry limned with genre:
Our emphasis is literary fiction: “the human heart in conflict with itself,” as Faulkner famously said. But we aren’t biased against genre. To the contrary! Experimental, science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, magical realism, minimalist, maximalist, flash, etc., etc., are all welcome into our home, so long as there is an emphasis on character and language rather than on cleverness and conceit. Let us reiterate: character and language are important. We want sentences radioactive with the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly—the world as only you see it. Surprise us. Break our hearts. Humor is always a plus. Humor and heartbreak together? Oh, boy. That’s a dream come true. Outlook Springs isn’t looking for merely competent stories—stories that are technically proficient but emotionally cold. Zap us with life..
They’re after short fiction and non-fiction up to 7,500 words, and accept up to 5 poems. Payment is a token $25 USD for fiction and $10 USD for poetry.
The Literarium market listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/outlook-springs/outlook-springs
Bonus points: Until the 27th of June there is also a special queue jumping event for women authors:
Note: SubTerrain has just started charging submission fees, which is always a bummer:
subTerrain magazine is published 3 times a year from modest offices just off of Main Street in Vancouver, BC. We strive to produce a stimulating fusion of fiction, poetry, photography and graphic illustration from uprising Canadian, U.S. & International writers and artists.
If you crave provocative art & writing in your life, then get yourself a subscription to this sometimes SUBCONSCIOUS, often in-SUBORDINATE, but never SUBMISSIVE literary magazine.
On the bright side, they accept multiple submissions across categories! Up to 3 fiction pieces of 3,000 words each, up to 5 poems, and up to two articles (4,000 words). Payment is $50 CAD per poem or $50 per printed page (in Literarium we call a page 350 words, but there’s no real way to map that to an issue’s real printed page, sadly.
The Literarium market listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/subterrain/subterrain
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for submissions from outside the US.
Check out the listing here: https://literarium.net/market/conjunctions/conjunctions
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