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This weeks roundup of calls for submission, agents/publishers seeking, contests and other publishing opportunities in the speculative fiction world that have crossed my path.
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.
As always, please do your own research before you submit.
Worth Noting: New contest from Amazing Stories Mag!
Last Chance: Defying Doomsday, closes on July 1, Crossed Genre’s Sports Theme closes June 30th
“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 per word
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
Less Than Three Press
“ENCHANTED SOLES — Bisexual Anthology Call — Many a tale is filled with enchanted objects that help to overcome insurmountable challenges. Swords, mirrors, pots, books—but none is more famous than the enchanted shoe, from a slipper made of glass to boots that walk seven leagues in a single step. ”
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Length: 10,000 -20,000 words
Payment: $200 flat payment
Looking for: Stories that feature a bi-sexual character, romance and revolve around the theme of magic shoes. Must have a happy ending.
More information @ LessThanThreePress.com/anthology-submissions/
“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
“Call for Submissions: Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology. What does “magic iPhone” mean to you? Consider the supervillain who mind-controls a city’s populace, or the employee who stamps the runes that make your iPhone 8s so lightweight.”
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Length: 3,000 – 7,000 words
Payment: Flat $100
Looking for: Stories that cleverly incorporate the idea of a “magic iPhone” into any setting. No erotica or hard-core horror.
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/
Diabolical Plots is a Sci-fi/Fantasy zine that covers virtually every media related to the genre from books to movies to video games. This site also features regular content related to the craft of writing.
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Length: 2,000 or less, firm
Payment: .06 per word
SF/F/H, up to 2k words, anonymity required (be careful to avoid disqualifying), one submission per author. Preference for the weird, funny, “things that hit me in the feels”. All subs must have a speculative element.
More information @ DiabolicalPlots.com/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/
Shattered Prism (New Bi-annual Magazine)
“We are looking for original science fiction and fantasy or any story that falls under the umbrella term of “speculative fiction”.”
Submissions will open the second week of August for the inaugural November Issue.
Length: 1,500 – 5,500 words
Payment: .06 per word original fiction, .02 per word reprints
More Information @ ShatteredPrism.com/guidelines.html
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
Gernsback Writing Contest (twice yearly)
Sponsored by Amazing Stories Magazine.
Open: July 1 – July 31, 2015 or once 100 entries have been received
Length: 1,000 – 2,000 words
Eligibility: Contributors and Staff of Amazing Stories are ineligible
Entry Fee: None
Prizes: Top three stories receive .06 per word prize money. In addition, top ten stories will be published at .06 a word on the Amazing Stories website and in an anthology.
Looking For: The theme for the current contest is: “What will our solar system look like 250 years from now?” Stories must have a positive take on the theme.
More information @ AmazingStoriesMag.com/gernsback-writing-contest/
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
Manuscript Wish List tweets from agents who rep SFF. Last 30 days. Visit MSWishList.com for older tweets, and #MSWLs from publishers or for different genres.
— Jennie Goloboy (@JennieGoloboy) June 27, 2015
— P.S. Literary Agency (@PSLiterary) June 25, 2015
I’d love a good artificial intelligence horror story a la Ex Machina. #mswl
— Penny Moore (@precociouspenny) June 24, 2015
— P.S. Literary Agency (@PSLiterary) June 23, 2015
#mswl I’d especially love to see some near-future sci-fi set on Earth w/ the plot driven by a mystery/thriller element. YA. Romance. Voice.
— Lydia Sharp (@lydia_sharp) June 21, 2015
I can’t tell you how much we’d like a sci-fi manuscript about dinosaurs that is somehow original. #MSWL
— Future House Books (@FutureHousePub) June 17, 2015
— Sarena Ulibarri (@sarenaulibarri) June 16, 2015
— 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 should take place in December, 2015. Stay tuned for the exact date.
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/