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Your 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 of at least .03 cents per word (or a flat rate equivalent), respected contests, and Twitter events/hashtags such as #PitMad and #MSWL.

As always, please do your own research before you submit.

Worth Noting:  Uncanny Magazine will be reopening to subs on September 2nd!
#pitmad is coming soon, get those pitches ready!


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.

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Cohesion Press

Call for Submissions for “SNAFU: Unnatural Selection”. “Anacondas, piranha, giant crocodiles/alligators/lizards, mutated bears near nuclear power stations, prehistoric sharks. These are a few of my favourite things.”

Submission Period: September 1 – November 30th, 2015
Length: 2,000 – 10,000 words
Payment: .04 per word

Looking for: Stories that include a strong military-combat aspect combined with bio-horror as featured in books and films of the 70’s and 80’s (think Lake Placid, Anaconda, Eight-legged Freaks.)

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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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“We’re looking for speculative stories–science fiction, fantasy, horror–with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology.”

Open to Submissions: October 15 – December 25, 2015
Length: 1,000 – 10,000 words
Payment: .o6 per word, .03 per word for reprints

Looking for stories with Christian characters whose faith affects their actions, with Christian themes such as grace and redemption, or with a Christian view of the supernatural.

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“We can gum 31 flavors of repetitive predigested nostalgia anywhere. If there’s already a name, a magazine, or a pat cover image for it we probably don’t want it.  Give us something that requires a little teeth.”

Open to Submissions June 15, 2015, no end date noted
Length 5 – 5,000 words
Payment: $100 flat, plus royalties, $30 flat for  under 1,000 words

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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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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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Uncanny Magazine

“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 September 2 -23, 2015
Length: 750 -6,000 words
Payment: .08 per word

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New Literary Agents

Matthew DiGangi of Bresnick Weil Literary Agency

Seeking: Ace-level literature in all genres, especially weird science. Check his Goodread Profile for insights into his literary tastes.

 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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Manuscript Wish List tweets from agents and publishers of SFF from the last two weeks. Visit for older tweets.

And remember, #MSWL is not for pitching. If you read an MSWL tweet that fits a work you’re ready to sub, please research the person in question, and 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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