Monday, July 15, 2019

9 paying markets for your short fiction, nonfiction and poetry (and some novels), lots of horror, also historical, literary, and kinky

The Garden of Blue Roses
by Michael Barsa,
published by Underland

Underland Press seeks submissions for anthology titled Eighteen. Wants mystery, crime, dark fantasy, horror, and other speculative types of fiction. Pays 1 cent/word. 
Deadline: August 1, 2019. Guidelines here.
Underland also publishes novels 75,000 – 100,000 words. Wants science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, noir mystery with a touch of other-worldliness, and psychological horror.
Always looking. Guidelines here.

Elly Blue Publishing, publisher of Bikes in Space, the world’s only series of feminist bicycle science fiction anthologies, is putting out a call for its upcoming anthology on the theme of cats:
house cats, ship cats, lions, strays, anthropomorphic talking cats, feline deities, familiars – whatever, so long as your short story features both cats and bicycles or bicycling in a way that is essential to the story.
Stories must also be fundamentally feminist, even if they aren’t explicitly addressing feminism as a topic; and fall somewhere in the science fiction and fantasy spectrum (sorry, no fanfic, but all other fantastical and speculative genres are welcome). Black and white illustrations are also sought. 
Pays a portion of profits after expenses from the Kickstarter project used to fund the book is split between contributors; not less than $30 each.
Deadline: August 1, 2019. Submission guidelines here.

The Malahat Review welcomes writers at all stages of their careers Malahat publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by new and established writers mostly from Canada, reviews of Canadian books, and the best writing from abroad. Published quarterly. Pays $60 per published page, one-year subscription
Submissions accepted year round. Guidelines here.

Blood Bath, an Edinburgh-based horror zine, seeks submissions for its third issue on the theme of Hauntings. "Haunted houses, poltergeists, haunted objects, personal hauntings; all are welcomed, the only criteria for written submissions being that there must be a ghost (or a character’s belief in a ghost) that is linked to an object, place or person." 
Pays: £20 per 1,000 words for prose, £20 per 15 lines for poetry, and £20 per image for visual art. 
Deadline: August 1, 2019. Guidelines here.

Silent Motorist Media seeks weird horror fiction about haunted or cursed books, manuscripts, or online media for their second anthology, The Nightside Codex. Think Thomas Ligotti, Nathan Ballingrud, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and the fiction published in Vastarien. 
Pays $25. 
Deadline: August 1, 2019. Guidelines here.

Dark Peninsula Press seeks submissions for Negative Space, an anthology that will focus on the survival horror genre of video games, made popular by such legendary franchises as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Amnesia. Does not require knowledge of video games. Submissions should be 3,000 - 8,000 words. Pays $25. 
Deadline: August 1, 2019. Guidelines here.

timeworn literary journal seeks historical fiction for their first issue. Stories must be under 5,000 words and set before 1996. "We're looking for "Historical Fiction from the fringe." Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The offbeat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Romance, Mystery, Crime and the Gothic are all acceptable. Speculative elements strongly encouraged." 
Pays $25. 
Deadline: August 1, 2019. Guidelines here.

The First Line seeks short stories that begin with the first line provided by the journal. (See site.) Pays $25-50 for fiction, $5-10 for poetry, $25 for nonfiction. 
Deadlines: August 1, 2019 for fall issue; November 1, 2019 for winter issue. Guidelines and first lines here.

Hello, Brian.
The micro press I work for {Pen and Kink Publishing} is open to submissions for a hockey romance anthology. Can you please include it on Quick Brown Fox.
The submission page can be found here.
Here are the details:

Power Play is all about the action and competition of hockey combined with the drama and emotion of romance.

I’m looking for consensual power exchange romance stories that revolve around the rink. Stories like the superstar who sobers up one day to find himself stuck coaching a peewee team and falling for the dominating mother of one of his players. The trainer with creative uses for sports bandages who is looking for her perfect match. The coaches of two rival teams who discover the spark of their competition continues even outside the arena. The goalie who loves being tied to her net and finds her no-strings arrangement with the opposing team’s forward growing into something more... I want all these and more.
You needn’t be a hockey expert to write for this anthology but do keep in mind that women play hockey too, ice is cold and skate blades are sharp.
Open to stories at every heat level, and any sort of pairing (or more-ing) that you can imagine. Stories must have a real conflict and tension with a happy ever after or happy for now ending.
All hockey teams and players must be fictional – please don’t use any real teams or players in your stories.
The details:
• Minimum word count 2,500. No maximum.
• Reprints accepted but not preferred. When submitting a reprint include information about its original publication in your submission email.
• Open to all gender pairings and multiple partners
• Simultaneous submissions = No
• Multiple submissions = Okay
• Some sort of consensual kink is required. Preferably one involving a power differential.
Pays $20 USD and a paperback copy of the anthology in exchange for the non-exclusive right to include the story in both the print and electronic versions of the anthology.
Open submission period: Until October 1, 2019
Expected publication date: April 2020
To submit: Please submit a .doc or .rtf in something approximating standard manuscript format to
Subject line: [Power Play] STORY TITLE
About the Anthologist:
Cori Vidae is an editor, anthologist and the founder of Pen and Kink Publishing. She works as an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and also occasionally finds time to write things.
You can find her on Twitter at @CoriVidae or on her website at
Thank you!
All the best,
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