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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets (if there are any — none this month) are at the bottom. There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple antho guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.
31 March 2013 — Playing with Fire — Third Flatiron Anthologies
Fires and backfires from inventions (Greek fire?), culture clashes, climate change, comets and meteors, Hephaestus, and so forth.
Third Flatiron Publishing is an e-publishing venture based in Boulder, Colorado. We are looking for submissions to our quarterly themed online anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. Weâ€™re looking for tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios.
Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words.
Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.
Click through to the “Submissions” tab for preferred formats, etc.
For each issue, we will also accept a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.
Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Beginning with the Summer 2013 issue, accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 3 cents per word (U.S.), in return for the digital rights to the story. All other rights will remain with the author. We no longer offer royalties, as we’re now into our second year.
1 April 2013 — Darker Edge of Desire — ed. Mitzi Szereto, Cleis Press
A trade paperback to be published by Cleis Press, USA
Publication date: Autumn 2013
Gothic literature has always possessed a dark attraction ripe with the promise of the forbidden and the sensual. This theme has been successfully explored in my anthology Red Velvet and Absinthe, but with a far gentler touch. In Darker Edge of Desire, I will take the sexualized Gothic and ratchet it up a few notches into the danger zone, opening the door into the darker side of lust and love that only the courageous dare to venture through.
I am looking for atmospheric and high quality stories with a distinct Gothic flavour that explore our more forbidden desires and contain plenty of added kink. In these tales love and lust know no boundaries, and all nature of beingâ€”from vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, ghosts, succubae and creatures we may not even have heard ofâ€”can be found. Think Red Velvet and Absinthe, but with some very sharp edges!
Submission deadline: April 1, 2013
(Iâ€™ll be selecting stories on a rolling basis, therefore earlier submissions are strongly encouraged, though Iâ€™ll still consider stories that make it in by the deadline).
3,000 to 6,500
What Iâ€™m looking for:
Well-developed story lines and well-crafted prose told in a unique voice and containing interesting characters and settings. Stories may be set in the past, present, or future. Stories from female and male writers are welcome, as are those written from the POV of characters of any gender and containing characters of any sexual orientation.
Note that sexually explicit content is acceptable as well as a more subtle approach; however, absolutely no stock sex scenes or formulaic writing/terminology. Please refer to my previous anthologies to get an idea of the variety and style of content I look for. No excessive gore or violence. No reprints.
One-time payment in the range of USD $50-70 (payable on publication) and 2 copies of the anthology.
Stories should be formatted as follows: double-spaced Arial 12-point black font Word or RTF document. Indent the first line of each paragraph by half an inch. Do not add extra lines between paragraphs or any other irregular spacing. American spelling and punctuation only (i.e. quote marks, etc.). Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), postal address, and a fifty-word maximum author bio written in the third person. Contract is for one-time, non-exclusive anthology rights with one yearâ€™s exclusivity from date of publication. (This may be waived if your story is selected for a â€œBest Ofâ€ collection). No simultaneous submissions please.
In the subject line of your email, please state: Darker Edge of Desire
Send to: submissions @ mitziszereto.com
I look forward to reading your work!
15 April 2013 — The Future Embodied — ed. Jason Andrew and Mae Empson
The Future Embodied â€“ An anthology of speculative stories exploring how science and technology might change our bodies and what it means to be human.
The editors are looking for character-driven, near-future stories of how the trajectory of current science and technology could impact our daily lives and choices. Social sciences and as-yet-untested or anecdotal discoveries are fair game. If an idea or discovery has the potential to impact human behavior and bodies, it could make a great story.
What Type of Stories Weâ€™re Looking For:
We are looking for stories of medical and aesthetic body modification. Consider topics like genetic engineering, prosthetics, implants, body ornamentation, surgical augmentation, and age retardation or reversal.
Surprise us. Donâ€™t give us stories that weâ€™ve read before.
We want this anthology to embody the wide range of human experience, voices, and bodies, and, in particular, to credibly consider our present and future demographics. You are encouraged to populate your stories of the future with the kinds of bodies that have been under-represented in speculative fiction but which should be ever more present in visions of our near future â€” aging bodies, obese bodies, chronically ill bodies, diverse racial and multi-racial bodies, bodies from diverse geographiesâ€¦
Good Fiction Examples:
== “Faces in Revolving Souls” by Caitlin R Kiernan. This is a story that deftly balances the idea of how a science might progress AND the human feelings behind such changes and how it might change their experience of the world.
What do we want to avoid:
== This anthology specifically is concentrating on the evolution of the human body through technology. We are not looking for disembodied avatar stories.
== We enjoy historical science fiction, but this is not the anthology for it.
== We are not looking for poetry for this anthology.
Word-count: 2,000 to 5,500
Worldwide print and e-book rights (exclusive for 6 months, non-exclusive for an additional 30 months). Exceptions will be made for stories accepted for â€œBest Ofâ€ anthologies.
The Future Embodied will be available in both print and e-book formats.
Submissions open March 1, 2013, and will close at 11:59 PST on April 15, 2013.
You may submit at: email@example.com (Do not submit before March 1st 2013 or your submission will be deleted)
Queries and questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. (You may send queries and questions anytime.)
All responses will be accepted or rejected by July 15th, 2013. Please do not query about submitted stories before then.
No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Our word count limits are hard for open submissions.
Please use standard format guidelines. If it is difficult to read, we will reject your story. Your story must include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count on the first page.
Your cover letter should include your complete contact information, story title, approximate word count, and a short bio.
3 cents per word, paid within 90 days after publication. Plus contributor copy of print and e-book.
11 May 2013 — Sword and Sorceress — ed. Elizabeth Waters
Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword & Sorceress 22, Sword & Sorceress 23, Sword & Sorceress 24, Sword & Sorceress 25, Sword & Sorceress 26, and Sword & Sorceress 27 (or S&S 1-20) for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we won’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.
No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.
With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we’ve rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it’s before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone’s second sumbmission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don’t hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).
If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read “What is a Short Story?” and “Why Did my Story Get Rejected?” before submitting to us.
Please do not explain or describe your story in the e-mail (cover letter). If your story can’t stand on its own, fix the story.
Reading period: Saturday, April 13 to Saturday, May 11, 2013. Stories received before or after this period will be deleted unread.
Response time is expected to follow MZB’s traditional standards: you should hear within a week if we’re holding your story for the final line-up or rejecting it.
Deadline: May 11, 2013.
Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.
Formatting and Submission:
Format with one-inch margins on all four sides of page.
Please do not use a header or footer.
Your name, full mailing address, and email address must be in the upper left corner, single spaced.
Skip two lines, center the text, then put the title, with your name (or byline) on the next line. We’re not going to be as rigid as MZB was about pen names, but we expect them to be reasonable, rather than cute.
The rest of the manuscript should be single-spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented 1/2 inch.
If you need to indicate a break, put “#” on a line by itself, centered.
Do not underline; use italics instead. Do not use bold face. We prefer Courier New font, size 12.
Word count will be determined by our word processor; that way it will be the same for everyone.
Save your document as an .rtf file (rich text format or interchange format, depending on what your computer calls it). E-mail as it as an attachment to mzbworks at yahoo dot com. The subject line should be “SS28, your last name, story title” (e.g.: SS28, Bradley, Dark Intruder) — we don’t want submissions caught in the spam filter.
Rights purchased: first rights, non-exclusive eBook and audio book rights.
Payment: 5 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.
15 May 2013 — Sword and Laser Anthology — ed. Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
Submissions will be accepted from March 1 â€“ May 15, 2013. We expect to make our final selections by August 15, 2013.
We pay $200 (US) upon acceptance.
We recommend a length of 1,500 â€“ 7,500 words. We may choose to print shorter or longer stories in some cases, but this should be your target word count.
If your submission is accepted we will buy the following rights:
= World anthology rights in English and translation
= Audio and ebook anthology rights
World anthology rights and audio/ebook anthology rights are specific to anthologies. These are non-exclusive licenses allowing us to use your story in an anthology only. Specifying â€œin translationâ€ allows us to request that your work be included in any potential foreign editions as well.
You retain all other print rights. So youâ€™re free to also sell your story to magazines, or websites, or podcasts, or as an individual short story (say, on Kindle), or in a collection of your own work, or even sell it to another anthology after our book has been out for a while. Itâ€™s your story, and you keep it, we just ask that we get to be first to print it.
Additionally, we expect to release a Creative Commons edition of the book. Itâ€™s not required but if you have strong feeling about it, please let us know upfront.
We only accept email submissions. You can either paste your story into the body of your email message or send an attachment. For attachments, please use Microsoft Word (DOC), Rich Text Format (RTF), or Plain Text (TXT) formats only. Any word processor should be able to save a file as at least one of those formats.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Send your story to anthology at swordandlaser dot com. Please use the following subject line when submittingâ€¦
[SLANTH] STORY TITLE â€“ Your Name
So if your name is Nick Scalzi and if your story is called â€œYOUNG MANâ€™S FIGHTâ€ then the subject line of your email should readâ€¦
[SLANTH] YOUNG MANâ€™S FIGHT â€“ Nick Scalzi
Please follow this format, so your submission does not get overlooked!
Next, in the body of your email, please include the following:
= Title: The title of your story
= Pen name: How you want your name to appear in print
= Word count: The count of the words.
= Real name: This is the name that will go on the contract. So no pseudonyms or nicknames
= Email address
= Phone number
= Short biography: This is your chance to tell us A LITTLE about yourself and your writing experience.
All of this information is REQUIRED. You cannot omit any part of this information. You can keep the bio very short of course, thatâ€™s up for interpretation but every other piece of information has to be there or your submission will be rejected.
In return we promise not to share any of your personal information with ANYBODY, and we will only use your contact information to tell you whether your story was accepted, and then once to tell you when the book is finished. We will always try to contact you via email first. We will only use the phone number if we need to get in touch with you and email doesnâ€™t work.
If your story is accepted weâ€™ll ask you to confirm all your information, and weâ€™ll also give you a chance to write a new short biography for publication in the book.
Finally, we ask that each writer limit themselves to 3 submissions. We also require only previously unpublished work, and no simultaneous submissions. That means when you submit to us, you havenâ€™t submitted the story to anyone else.
[Click through for lengthy explanations of what they are and aren’t looking for.]
30 May 2013 — Glam Rock — Storm Moon Press
Expected Release: September 27, 2013
Genres: Contemporary [Romance]
HEA or HFN Ending Required? Yes
Glam rock was arguably the most visually outrageous and flamboyant embodiment of rock and pop fusion in history. From the latter half of the sixties to the early seventies, individuals were unafraid to paint bright designs on their faces, strive for sexual androgyny, and enhance their performances with unapologetic theatrics.
In our Glam Rock anthology, weâ€™re looking for short stories that depict at least one character who is a glam rock star, be it the lead singer or part of the band. They can be male or female, but weâ€™re looking for the gender ambiguity, androgyny, and bisexuality aspects that were so indicative of this period in rock and pop. Bring on the costumes, the bright colors, and the droves of glitter-bedecked fans! We want to see your main characters lighting up the stage and weaving a tangled web in their personal lives.
If set in the historical period, we wonâ€™t dissuade writers from capitalizing on the unprotected sex, drugs, and glamor that defined the times. We are not looking for RPF (real person fiction), so no pulling real rock stars from history. Feel free to take inspiration from the real thing, but this is your chance to get original and knock our platforms off! Make your rock stars the epitome of the glam rock era: Beautiful, tragic, and all things in excess.
Authors will receive royalties as well as an initial payment of $50 for their story. This payment is not an advance and does not have to be earned out before royalties are paid. Royalties on individual e-book releases will be 50% of cover price on direct sales through Storm Moon Press’ e-store, and 40% of cover price minus distribution costs for sales through third party vendors. In addition, authors will receive the same percentage royalty on sales of the anthology e-book divided equally among the authors, as well as 25% of cover price on direct sales of the print anthology through Storm Moon Press’ e-store, and 20% of cover price minus distribution costs for sales through third party vendors, also divided equally among all authors. All royalties will be paid quarterly.
30 May 2013 — Horror Without Victims — ed. DF Lewis, Megazanthus Press
==Horror Stories, Weird Literature, Ghost Stories, Literary Fiction.
==Each story must either subtly or directly reflect the title of the anthology.
==Stories between 2000 and 10,000 words.
==One-off payment upon publication: 1p (Â£0.01) per word
==Start Date for Submissions: 1 November 2012
==End Date for Submissions: 30 May 2013
Submissions (not simultaneous or multiple) as a Word attachment to email@example.com. As with some earlier Megazanthus Press publications, you may submit by anonymous email and your story will be rejected or accepted before knowing who you are. Also, you may submit non-anonymously. The accepted stories will all be published with their correct by-line. [Please expect a simple acknowledgement within a few days of your submission. Otherwise please send it again.]
Stories must be previously unpublished in any form.
As with the â€˜The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologiesâ€™ and â€˜The First Book of Classical Horror Storiesâ€™, DF Lewis will edit, publish, design, typeset and print (via Lulu) this book. It will be distributed under an ISBN system. Please at least read the reviews of previous Megazanthus Press publications to gauge the type of fiction favoured by the editor.
I may need to keep your story for the whole reading-period but may not be able eventually to accept it depending on the timing of other acceptable stories being submitted to me over the period.
31 May 2013 — Fearful Symmetries — ed. Ellen Datlow
[Note that these are minimal guidelines, just enough to get you started writing something. I checked for the “Submission instructions” before posting this, and there’s nothing further up yet. Submissions don’t open until 1 May, so I assume something more specific (like where to send subs) will be posted before that. Definitely check Ms. Datlow’s journal for more specific instructions before trying to send her anything.]
This is a non-theme, all original anthology of about 125,000 words of terror and supernatural horror. Iâ€™m looking for all kinds of horror, but if youâ€™re going to use a well worn trope, try to do something fresh with it. If youâ€™ve read any volumes of The Best Horror of the Year, youâ€™ll know that my taste is pretty eclectic, that I like variety, and that while I donâ€™t mind violence, I donâ€™t think it should be the point of a story. I donâ€™t want vignettes but fully formed stories that are about something. I want to be creeped out.
The pay rate is 7 cents a word up to 10,000 words, but as the anthology is only 125,000 words long, I would prefer stories up to 7500 words.
The open reading period will run from May 1-May 31 2013. Submissions instructions coming soon.
1 June 2013 — Dying to Live — Diabolic Publications LLC
We will be publishing an anthology of vampire fiction Dying to Live in October 2013. Submissions are being accepted until June 1, 2013, which is a change from our original date of August. We are looking for dark vampire stories; please do not send any stories about vampires that sparkle!
== All stories must be in doc. or docx, .rtf format.
== All stories must be anywhere from 2000 to 8000 words long.
== Please use 12 point font and double space your text.
== We are looking for dark Vampires, of the old fashioned kind! Erotica is acceptable as long as the vampires drink human blood, bite, kill and so forth. We are not looking for love story type vampires. Stories that will not be accepted are stories with child rape, molestation, or pedophilia.
== Allow at least 6 weeks before inquiring if your story will be included if you have not heard from us. You will receive an email if your story has been accepted.
== NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS, NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS, NO REPRINTS!
Submissions should be sent electronically as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the subject line of the email, include your name, the title of the work you are submitting, and the anthology you are submitting for “Dying to Live”.
In the body of the email, include your contact information (Real Name or official pen name, not your online name), the word count of the work you are submitting, and a brief biography. Make certain to use an email address that you have access to all the time as correspondences from us come through email only!
We only accept electronic submissions at this time.
PAY: Made by Paypal only, if you don’t have a paypal account please get one.
Fiction: US$.03/word, payable upon publication. Plus, one copy of the edition in which the work appears when edition is published as a paper copy.
Reprints: US$.01/word, payable upon publication. Plus, one copy of the edition in which the work appears when edition is published as a paper copy.
RIGHTS: Exclusive First World English Rights for print and First Electronic Rights for two years from date of print publication. Rights are then no longer exclusive and revert back to the author after the two year period.