Query, Enter, Sub, Tweet– or QuEST is my weekly 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 Twitter events/hashtags such as #PitMad and #MSWL
Worth Noting: Urban Fantasist has newly updated submission guidelines as of May 1st. SFWA Pro Market more info @ UrbanFantasist.com
Uncanny Magazine will be open for submissions for a very short time, get those subs in while you can!
“Defying Doomsday is an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters, which will be published by Twelfth Planet Press in mid 2016.”
Deadline: July 1, 2015 (Australian, please check your time difference)
Length: 3,000 – 7,000 words
Payment: .07 cents per word, USD
Looking for: One of the protagonists must be a character with disability, such as physical impairments, chronic illnesses, mental illnesses and/or neurodiverse characters etc. We want a varied anthology with stories that are fun, sad, adventurous or horrific etc. We are also looking for variety in both characters and apocalypse scenarios. Most of all, we are looking for good quality, well written stories.
More information @ DefyingDoomsday.TwelfthPlanetPress.com
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
“We are currently accepting submissions for our first anthology of short fiction, Futuristica Volume 1.”
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Length: 3,000 – 10,000 words
Payment: “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/
“This collection seeks to explore the stories available in non-traditional fantasy.”
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Length: 1,000 – 6,000 words
Payment: £0.03/word (approx. 5¢/word US)
Looking for: Secondary world fantasy, where the world building and story telling is based on sources other than medieval Europe. These can be based on other Earth cultures, examples such as Barry Hughart’s fantasy China in Bridge of Birds, or Aliette de Bodard’s magical Aztec Empire in Servant of the Underworld. Alternately, they could have a totally original setting, such as M.A.R. Barker’s Tekumel, N.K. Jemisin’s Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, or China Mieville’s Bas-Lag.
More information @ StokesInternet.com
“Uncanny is seeking passionate SF/F fiction and poetry from writers from every conceivable background. We want intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.”
Will be open to submissions June 16 -23, 2015
Length: 750 -7,500 words
Payment: .08 per word
More Information @ UncannyMag.com
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 to submissions on Jun 1, 2015 through July 15, 2015
Length: 1,500 – 10,000 words, 5,000 or less preferred
Payment: .08 per word for original fiction, .02 per word for reprints
More Information @ LightSpeedMagazine.com/about/guidelines/
Crossed Genres (an official SFWA Qualifying Market)
Monthly themed e-magazine of speculative fiction
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Length: 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
Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary Agency
Seeking: Adult, young adult and middle grade fiction in science fiction, fantasy and romance. She’s also actively looking for projects with LGBTQ characters.
Follow her on Twitter @inthesestones
Amanda Rutter of Red Sofa Literary
Seeking: Science Fiction/Fantasy, the non-YA ideas, and Young Adult and Middle Grade– Science Fiction/Fantasy.
Follow her on Twitter @ALRutter
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
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)
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
— P.S. Literary Agency (@PSLiterary) June 13, 2015
If your sci-fi is more like Philip K. Dick or Vonnegut (big ideas, accessible writing, in a world built from our own), query me! #MSWL
— Sarah LaPolla (@sarahlapolla) June 12, 2015
I’m a sucker for stories with incredible settings/worlds with their own unique aesthetics (think Waterworld or Mad Max: Fury Road). #mswl
— Thao Le (@ThaoLe8) June 3, 2015
It’s PitMad for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Genre exclusively. Held twice a year, the next #SFFPit takes place this Thursday! Get your pitches ready!
June 18, 2015
More information @ DanKoboldt.com/sffpit/
#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/