QuEST: Get Published!

Query, Enter, Sub, Tweet!

Sorry for the wait folks! I took last week off, and starting this week, QuEST is moving to Fridays. This adds up to a two weekish lag, unfortunately.

Lets get on with 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: closing to subs for August and September


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.

Third Flatiron Anthologies

“It’s Come to Our Attention” or “Scratching the Surface” – Under the radar: things that are happening quietly, without a lot of fanfare, that may still be extremely significant or make a big
difference. Maybe a little “Tragedy of the Commons” would work under this theme.

Reading Period: October 15 – December 15, 2015
Length: 1,500 -3,000 words
Payment: .03 per word, .06 per word for the “lead” story and/or SFWA members

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Pulp Literature

“We believe that genre fiction IS literary.  Our goal is to publish writing that breaks out of  the bookshelf boundaries, defies genre, surprises, and delights.”

Open to Submissions August 10 – 24, 2015
Length: Up to 20,000, prefers shorter
Payment: .07 per word up to 7,000 words. .05 per word 7 – 10,000 words. .035 per word for longer.

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Solarpunk Press

New e-magazine focused on the sub-genre of “solarpunk”: near-future science fiction that deals seriously with environmental crises, systematic oppression, global imperialism and other issues in dire need of solutions.

Length: 2,000-5,000 words
Payment: .03 per word

“We want stories that are optimistic about these problems. They don’t have to be all solved as of the story’s present-day; they probably shouldn’t be; but we don’t want to publish stories that portray hope and effort as absurd or pointless endeavors.”

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Crossed Genres (an official SFWA Qualifying Market)

Monthly themed e-magazine of speculative fiction

Deadline: August 31, 2015
Length: 1,000 – 6,000 words (firm)
Payment: .06 per word

Short story submissions must combine elements of either Science Fiction and/or Fantasy with the current theme:  Pronouns and Genders – “We want stories that feature, examine, explore, and celebrate the many and varied human genders; and stories that explore the ways in which pronouns are used to acknowledge, accept, oppress and deny gender.”

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

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

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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”.”

Submission period is open, no close date mentioned
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

 DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

Seeking: Science fiction and fantasy – especially epic fantasy or high fantasy for both adults and teens.

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


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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Due to the huge volume of #MSWL tweets on July 28th, I am woefully behind in aggregating the tweets. Please visit for the latest wishlists, and I’ll see you back here next week with a whole new crop.

Manuscript Wish List tweets from agents who rep SFF. Last 30-ish 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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