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The weekly roundup of calls for subs, agents actively seeking clients, and other publishing opportunities for the spec fic writer.

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:  Next #MSWL day is Tuesday July 28th, get your filters ready and Don’t Pitch! closing to subs for August and September
There was an error in the payment information for Diabolical Plots, payment is .06 per word regardless of length. The listing has been updated to reflect the correct information.


Hidden Youth

“Crossed Genres Publications will publish Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (expected release May 2016). ”

Deadline: Extended to July 31, 2015
Length: 2,000 – 8,000 firm
Payment: .06 cents per word

Looking for: Story must be set before 1935, and take place primarily in our world or an alternate historical version of our world. Protagonists must be young people (under 18) who are marginalized in their time and place. Must contain a significant element of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror or the weird.

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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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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.

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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
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.

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Myriad Lands

“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.

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Cantina Publishing

“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.


Diabolical Plots

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 cents 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.

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Crossed Genres (an official SFWA Qualifying Market)

Monthly themed e-magazine of speculative fiction

Deadline: July 31, 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:  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.”

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

  • 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.”
  • September: Nonsense
  • October: Decoration
  • November: Sword & Sorcery
  • December: Money
  • January: Parents
  • February: Taboo

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Abyss and Abyss

“Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives.”

Submission Window: First week of August, 2015
Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: .06 per word up to 1,250 words, flat rate of $75.00 for longer works

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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

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Betwixt publishes speculative fiction of all sorts—fantasy, science fiction, speculative horror, slipstream, weird fiction, steam/diesel/cyber/etc.punk, you name it. We particularly like stories that smash genre boundaries to smithereens, but we also love fresh takes on established genres and in-depth explorations of ultraspecific niches.”

Open to Submissions July 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015
Length: 4,000 – 7,000, but flexible
Payment: .03 cents per word up to $225

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New Literary Agents

Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary

Seeking: Middle grade and young adult fiction across all genres, and he’s also seeking out smart, high-concept adult fiction. In YA, he wants character-driven contemporary, magical realism, epic fantasy (but it must feel fresh), and realistic stories with some type of twist (speculative, fantastical or otherwise). In middle grade, he likes literary award-contenders, epic adventures (fantastical or not) and everything in-between.

Follow him on Twitter @petejknapp

Daniel Burby of HSG Agency

Seeking: Contemporary YA, medieval fantasy, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and upmarket Women’s Fiction.

Follow her on Twitter @DanielleBurby

Eric Smith of P.S. Literary

Seeking: new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), New Adult, and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries).

Follow him on Twitter @ericsmithrocks

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



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.

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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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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.

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Manuscript Wish List tweets from agents who rep SFF. Last 30 days. Visit for older tweets, and #MSWLs from publishers or for different genres. And remember, #MSWL is not for pitching, but rather for finding agents (and sometimes publishers) that are seeking specific story types. Query them through their preferred channels not via Twitter.


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.

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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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