Monday Markets – Submerged/All Hail our Robot Conquerors!/The Death of All Things – 31st Dec, 2016

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!:

The Death of all Things:

Monday Markets – Hath No Fury – 15 Oct, 2016

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:

Monday Markets – Monsters Among Us Anthology – Nov 30, 2016

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:

Monday Markets – FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction (via @fiyahlitmag)

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:

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: