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This week’s roundup of calls for submission, agents/publishers seeking, contests and other publishing opportunities in the speculative fiction world that I’ve come across in the last week. Included are markets that pay in advance or on publication a minimum of $60 or at least .03 cents per word, respected contests, and interesting twitter events and manuscript wish lists.


Pole to Pole Publishing

“Call for Submissions for the Hides the Dark Tower anthology.

Deadline: May 31, 2015 (or until filled)
Between 500 – 5,000 words
Payment: 2 cents per word for new fiction. 1/2 cent per word for reprints.

Looking for: Original science fiction, fantasy and horror stories with a “tower” theme.

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Tales From the Miskatonic University Library

“The small press anthology, Tales from the Miskatonic Library, is now soliciting stories for submission.  This is an anthology of tales about, found in, inspired by, or stolen from the Miskatonic University Library.”

Deadline: August 8, 2015
Payment: .03 cents per word, $100 max.

Looking for: Tales that might be found in the Miskatonic University Library that don’t require elaborate explanations. Original work only/No reprints.

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Meta Sagas

“We are currently accepting submissions for our first anthology of short fiction, Futuristica Volume 1.”

Deadline: August 31, 2015
Between 3,ooo – 10,000 wordsPayment: “6 cents per word against a pro rata share of royalties”

Looking for: Character oriented, diversity, female positive, science-fiction, science-fantasy, preference for near-future, near-earth stories.

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Crossed Genres (an official SFWA Qualifying Market)

Monthly themed e-magazine of speculative fiction

Deadline: May 31, 2015
Between 1,000 – 6,000 words (firm)
Payment: 6 cents per word

Short story submissions must combine elements of either Science Fiction and/or Fantasy with the current theme: The Year 2065 – “50 years from now. What do you see? What can you see? We’re looking for stories set in the year 2065: your dreams for the future, or your nightmares, or what you believe are realistic expectations. These choices are not mutually exclusive.”

Upcoming Themes (Sub only after the first of the month, deadline is the end of the month)

  • June: Sport – “Futuristic, historical, magical, high-tech. Let the games begin!”
  • July: Anticipation –  “Anticipation can be a wonderful thing, but also suspenseful, intense, painful, terrifying – and all those together. Life gets put on hold while you hurry up and wait. Some people don’t handle waiting well. And some people relish being on tenterhooks.”
  • August: They – “This is about pronouns. We want stories that feature, examine, explore, and celebrate the many and varied human genders. We want submissions about trans* people, including people of nonbinary and/or fluid genders, and agender people.”

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Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers 21st Annual Short Story Contest

“Adventures in a Personal Utopia”

Deadline: July 31, 2015
No more than 4,000 words, firm
Eligibility: Open to Everyone
Entry Fee: None (or for $5 you get a critique)Prizes: 1st place: $70, 2nd: $40, 3rd: $25
Results announced September 12, 2015

Looking For: “Cast away all pessimism and craft your vision of the ideal society or the perfect future.  The more whimsical and humorous, the better.  But above all, make it personal; what is the perfect life to YOU.  Make it as realistic or as absurd as you want.”

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#PitMad is a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 140 character pitch for their completed manuscripts to industry professionals looking for new talent.

This Twitter event is scheduled for the following dates:

June 4, 2015
September 10, 2015
December 4, 2015

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It’s PitMad for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Genre exclusively.

June 18, 2015

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