Query, Enter, Sub, Tweet!
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: Apex Magazine has extended its sub closure until Jan. 1, 2016
Zombies Need Brains, LLC
Two kickstarter funded anthologies are open to subs: Alien Artifacts and Were-
Deadline: October 31, 2015
Length: >7,500 words
Payment: Minimum of .06 per word
Alien Artifacts: Stories that feature left-behind alien tech and how it has affected our society, our humanity or the characters.
Were-: Stories that feature some type of were-creature OTHER than a werewolf as the main character.
More information @ JPSorrow.livejournal.com/472423.html
“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.
More information @ CantinaPublishing.com/submissions/untethered/
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.)
More information @ CohesionPress.com/SNAFU-Unnatural-Selection
Martian Migraine Press
“Martian Migraine Press is now open to submissions for our fourth annual anthology, Cthulhusattva: Lovecraftian Tales of the Black Gnosis.”
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Length: 1,500 – 7,000 words, Flash Fiction under 1,500 words also accepted
Payment: .03 CAD per word
Looking for stories that examine what it means to learn the nature of the Universe and come out the other side, smiling! They want stories about “Mythos mystics, spiritual sorcerers, monstrous monks, and preternatural philosophers” set in a diverse range of settings, not just Arkham.
More information @ MartianMigrainePress.com
“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
More information @ ThirdFlatiron.com/liveSite/pages/submissions
“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.
More information @ MysterionAnthology.com/p/submission-guidelines.html
“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 until October 1, 2015
Length 5 – 5,000 words
Payment: $100 flat, plus royalties, $30 flat for under 1,000 words
More information @ OrthogonalSF.net/?p=41
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.”
More information @ SolarpunkPress.com/submit
Crossed Genres (an official SFWA Qualifying Market)
Monthly themed e-magazine of speculative fiction
Deadline: September 30, 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: Nonsense
“Why are so many synonyms for nonsense dismissive? Absurdity. Hooey. Bananas. Thoughtlessness. Babble. Hogwash. When is nonsense the only thing that makes sense?”
Upcoming Themes (Sub only after the first of the month, deadline is the end of the month)
November: Sword & Sorcery
More information @ CrossedGenres.com/submissions/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
More Information @ UncannyMag.com
New Literary Agents
Seeking: Ace-level literature in all genres, especially weird science. Check his Goodread Profile for insights into his literary tastes.
Seeking: Science fiction and fantasy – especially epic fantasy or high fantasy for both adults and teens.
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).
Quantum Shorts 2015 Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Flash Fiction 1,000 words or less
No Entry Fee
Prizes: $1,500, $1,000 (youth category: $500, $100)
Entries must be clearly inspired by some aspect of quantum physics.
More Information @ Shorts2015.Quantumlah.org/
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 and publishers of SFF from the last two weeks. Visit MSWishList.com 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.
I’ve said it before, but I’d love to see more magic that isn’t element-based (or if it is, magi aren’t split into groups by element). #MSWL
— Leon Husock (@LeonHusock) September 15, 2015
— Peter Knapp (@petejknapp) September 12, 2015
— Michelle Witte (@michellewitte) September 11, 2015
Weird/Lovecraftian horror, character-driven epic fantasy, romantic suspense, military science fiction. #MSWL
— Lane Heymont (@LaneHeymont) September 10, 2015
— P.S. Literary Agency (@PSLiterary) September 9, 2015
— P.S. Literary Agency (@PSLiterary) August 30, 2015
— P.S. Literary Agency (@PSLiterary) August 28, 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/