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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.

Special mention: Lightspeed Magazine is open for submissions starting today. This is a fairly short window of opportunity– only a month and a half, so get those short stories polished quick!

Second special mention: Penny Moore works along side Janet Reid– who is seriously awesome even though she doesn’t represent spec fic. Proof. Read her blog if you’re serious about getting published.


Anthologies


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.

More information @ poletopolepublishing.com/submissions/

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.

More information @ TimeAndQuantumMechanics.com

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.

More information @ metasagas.com/submissions/


Magazines


 

Lightspeed Magazine (an official SFWA Qualifying Market)

Lightspeed is seeking original science fiction and fantasy stories. All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.”

Will be open for submissions on Jun 1, 2015 through July 15, 2015
Between 1500 – 10,000 words, 5,000 or less preferred
Payment: .08 per word for original fiction, .02 per word for reprints

Crossed Genres (an official SFWA Qualifying Market)

Monthly themed e-magazine of speculative fiction

Deadline: June 30, 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:  Sport – “Futuristic, historical, magical, high-tech. Let the games begin!”

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

  • 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.”

More information @ crossedgenres.com/submissions/magazine/


New Literary Agents


Penny Moore of FinePrint Literary Management

Seeking: She’s especially keen on YA fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi, and contemporary stories exploring romance and the complications of growing up.

In adult fiction, her tastes lean towards literary, speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, psychological thrillers, and select romance projects including New Adult.

Follow her on Twitter @ Twitter.com/precociouspenny


Contests


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.”

More information @ gshw.net/contests.html

Writers of the Future (continuing)

Awarded quarterly:
Deadline: June 31, September 30, December 31, March 31
Works of prose up to 17,000 words
Eligibility: “New and Amateur Writers” see rules for specifics
No Entry Fee
Prizes: $1,000, $750, $500. Plus, an annual grand prize of $5,000

Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 aimed at discovering deserving amateur and aspiring writers in the field of speculative fiction and fantasy.

More information @ WritersoftheFuture.com


Twitter


 

#PitMad

#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

More information @ Brenda-Drake.com/pitmad/

#SFFPit

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

June 18, 2015

More information @ DanKoboldt.com/sffpit/

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