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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, with “Always Open” and “Until Filled” markets (if any) at the bottom.
Markets open only to writers in a limited demographic are marked with a [NOTE:] from me, in italics, right after the main header.
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 guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.
31 January 19 — To Seoul, from the World — ed. Sollee Bae; Fiction Writers in Seoul
Fiction Writers in Seoul is a creative writing community based in Seoul, South Korea. Since 2013, we have critiqued over 250 submissions by writers from all around the world. Though varying in themes and genres, together they represent a diverse voice of travelers and expats who have called Seoul their passion, their home. And now, our aim is to weave these stories into an anthology that promotes the unique perspective and creativity of the expat community in Seoul.
HOW TO SUBMIT
We are seeking unpublished short stories under 6000 words that are set in and/or about the city of Seoul. Writers are encouraged to interpret this broadly and freely; submissions of all genres are welcome. We are looking for stories that 1) provide a fresh and relatable insight into the city and its culture, and 2) are intensely engaging, with all the appeals of a traditional story. As a token of our dedication to quality, we will pay $.05 per word for accepted submissions.
Please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are accepted, and there is no reading fee. Estimated response time is up to twelve weeks.
Please note that the anthology will also be translated into Korean and pitched to traditional Korean publishers.
WHO WILL BE JUDGING THE SUBMISSIONS?
The submissions will be considered by a team of readers on a voluntary basis. The readers consist of the members of Fiction Writers in Seoul. Each submission will be guaranteed two reads: one by a volunteer, and another by the editor. The final decisions will be made and announced after a monthly editorial meeting.
Sollee Bae (Editor) is the organizer and founder of Fiction Writers in Seoul. She has translated many books from English to Korean, including Zorba the Greek and Mara, Daughter of the Nile. “Arpan,” a South Korean short story by Park Hyoung-su that she co-translated from Korean to English, has appeared in Acta Koreana, Vol.17, No.2.
HOW WILL THE ANTHOLOGY BE PUBLISHED AND MADE AVAILABLE?
It will be independently published by Fiction Writers in Seoul in both print and e-book forms. The print books will be distributed across English bookstores in major cities of South Korea, and marketed by a hired specialist. In addition, the anthology will be translated into Korean (please see the item below for specific rights we are acquiring) and pitched to traditional Korean publishers.
WHAT RIGHTS DOES THE PUBLISHER ACQUIRE FROM THE WRITERS?
For the publication of this anthology, we are buying the following rights from the authors of accepted submissions:
1) First world rights, which guarantee that we will publish the story for the first time across the world;
2) Korean translation rights, which allow us to translate the story (as part of the entire anthology, not for the publication of the individual stories) into Korean.
The rights to the individual story remain with the author; the rights to the entire anthology belong to the publisher. We do, however, include the exclusivity clause in the contract, which gives us the exclusive rights to publish the story for 12 months after the publication date of the anthology.
To see the sample publishing contract, please click here.
31 January 19 — Hidden Histories — Third Flatiron
A secret history (or shadow history) is a revisionist interpretation of either fictional or real history which is claimed to have been deliberately suppressed, forgotten, or ignored by established scholars. Your tale can be based in the real world, past, present, or future, as long as it has a speculative fiction element. We’re not exactly looking for alternate history, but there can be a fork in the road timewise.
Reading period: January 1-31, 2019 DO NOT SUBMIT before 1 January.
Publication date: April 1, 2019
Stories should be submitted in either Microsoft Word (using double spacing), RTF, or plain text. They should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600 words.
Please don’t send simultaneous or multiple submissions. If a story has been rejected, you can then send another (limit 2 per reading period).
Submit by email to:
either as an attachment (Word, RTF) or in the body of the mail (text).
In the Subject: line of the email, please put:
to avoid being deemed a canned meat product based on ham.
If the work is for the humor section, please note that in the body of your email. A brief bio and a one- or two-sentence synopsis in the body of your email would also be helpful to us.
Use the following template (basically, follow William Shunn’s Standard Manuscript Format):
[10 blank lines]
Body of story
Our response time is expected to be about 8 weeks (or less if the writer deadline is coming up soon).
As of: November 1, 2016
Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 6 cents per word (U.S./SFWA professional rate), in return for the first publication rights to the story for six months after publication. All other rights will remain with the author. We no longer offer royalties. If your story is selected as the lead story, we request permission to podcast the story as a free sample portion of the anthology. We welcome new writers.
Third Flatiron will price and market your story to various e-publishing venues. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.
For non-U.S. submissions, we prefer to pay via PayPal, if you have such an account.
Most books (except “year’s best” collections) will be available for sale in trade paperback.
Authors selected for publication will also be entitled to one free online copy of the anthology.
1 February 19 — Hashtag Queer, Volume 3 — Qommunicate Publishing
[NOTE: Submissions open to LGBTQ+ writers only.]
Like its successful predecessors Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 3 will be released in June of 2019 to once again celebrate LGBTQ Pride season.
Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology is the annual collection of creative literary work by and about LGBTQ+. It includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts up to 7,500 words.
Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 3 will be published in print & ebook (compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable formats.)
Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 3. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at email@example.com and we will be happy to answer.
= By and/or about LGBTQ+.
= Fiction (including flash non-fiction of 1 page or less).
= Creative non-fiction & memoir.
= Scripts (including plays and screenplays).
For this book, we are NOT considering:
= Work written for children.
= Prose: up to 7,500 words
= Poetry: Up to 5 pages
= Scripts: Up to 10 pages
= Submissions of longer than 10 pages must be numbered.
= All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
= If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.
= Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!
= Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
= Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to withdraw it from consideration for Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 3.
= Reprints will NOT be considered.
= We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
= NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
= We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).
= Contributors will receive $5 per printed page.
[NOTE: There’s no way to tell exactly how many cents/word they’ll be paying; it depends on the size of the pages, the size of the typeface, and the density of the writing on any given page. (A page with many short lines of dialogue will have a lot fewer words than a page full of long paragraphs of description or narration.) A standard manuscript page is counted as approximately 250 words, which works out to about 2 cents per word. I’m assuming a “printed” page will be less than twice that, which means this market squeaks in just past my guidelines, to give them the benefit of the doubt. Keep this in mind, though, when you decide whether to sub here.]
What to Submit:
= Your submission
= A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
= At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
= IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.
Where to Submit:
= Submissions may be emailed to us at: email@example.com
or mailed to us at:
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223
AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED
= We will respond to all submissions by March 1, 2019.
Check out Hashtag Queer, Volume 1 & Hashtag Queer, Volume 2 to see what kinds of work we’ve published already, plus we’re always looking for new voices and perspectives!
8 February 19 — [Unnamed Indigenous Speculative Anthology] — ed. Darlene Naponse; Latitude 46 Publishing
[NOTE: this anthology is only open to self-identifying Indigenous writers.]
Latitude 46 Publishing is looking for Indigenous creative nonfiction and fiction short stories, prose, poetry, song, photo and visual artwork for its next anthology.
Darlene Naponse will be working as editor with Latitude 46 Publishing to publish an open anthology sharing words and imagery that explores the theme of community in relation to Indigenous time that has passed, time that is now and time that comes.
The call for submissions is open to self-identifying Indigenous writers. Anthology will be published in fall 2019.
Fiction genres accepted include: speculative fiction, science fiction, dark fiction, futurism, superhero fiction, science fantasy, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction and fantasy.
We are seeking original work up to 6,000 words, up to four poems/songs or two photos/drawings per submission. Please include a short bio (100 words) with your submission.
If you are an oral storyteller or if you require special assistance in transforming/translating your story, please contact Darlene Naponse at firstname.lastname@example.org– subject Latitude 46, Transforming/Translating.
Publication is scheduled for Fall 2019. There is no fee to submit your story. Payment for publication is $150.
Submit through the online portal at www.latitude46publishing.com. Include contact information, (full, name, mailing address, and email address) on the first page of all submissions. Fiction and creative nonfiction submissions must be double-spaced and numbered. For fiction and creative nonfiction, please include the word count on the first page of your submission. For questions, contact email@example.com.
28 February 19 — Triangulation: Dark Skies — Parsec Ink
Triangulation is open for submissions. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction annual, now in our 15th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we won’t forget.
Theme: Triangulation: Dark Skies will be a celebration of the dark. This year, we are joining forces with the International Dark-Sky Association to raise awareness of the dangers of light pollution—to human health, to animals and plants in the nighttime ecosystem, and to the future of astronomical research on our planet. We’d like to see proactive characters experiencing firsthand the dangers and consequences of a world without darkness, but even more than that, we want stories celebrating our place in the universe, and our ability, as sentient beings, to see into the depths of space. Give us past, present, and future accounts. Cautionary tales. Secondary worlds and altered timelines. The effects of light pollution are many and varied—feel free to explore any aspects, from neurobiological studies, to life in an alien star system, to legends out of time.
How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. Don’t worry: it’s free.
Word Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count.
Genre: We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be considered.
Compensation: Pay is semi-pro: 4 cents a word. Authors will receive an e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (typically 50% off the cover price).
Rights: We purchase North American serial rights, audio and electronic rights for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.
Submissions: We are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time for dinner.
We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period, feel free to send another.
We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.
We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.
We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.
Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.
We accept manuscripts in the following formats:
== .doc or .docx (MS Word)
== .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)
Editorial Process: We aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most, we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing: you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out amongst themselves until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.
Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.
Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.
15 March 19 — Sorghum and Spear — ed. Sheree Renée Thomas; Greene County Creative
Greene County Creative, a content agency, accepting submissions for its first anthology, Sorghum & Spear: The Way of Silk And Stone. We are looking for original works that fit the inclusive fantasy world of our comic book series, featuring young girls and women of all walks of life as they are influenced by their roles in the Forever War.
The tenet, “Pray for Peace but Prepare for War” is weaved deep into the culture of the An’Fre women. Sorghum & Spear speaks to the global diaspora, African, Latin, Asian and Indigenous. Stories that highlight or reveal a new perspective of fantasy in this rich, inclusive world are ideal. We seek works that explore love in all its forms, diversity, fate vs choice, self-discovery, and supernatural talents, and original works that portray the strength, sisterhood, and diversity of women—hallmarks of our world-building efforts. Given the unique guidelines of our world, we ask that you review Sorghum & Spear and its world-building rules carefully prior to submission.
Special consideration will be given to women and writers of color whose personal stories may additionally lend to their storytelling.
To guide in the world building within SORGHUM & SPEAR, a complimentary digital copy of the Sorghum & Spear: Simadan comic and The Sorghum & Spear Worldbuilders Guide are available via email request at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “ATTN: S&S Reference Request”.
ORIGINAL FICTION length: 2000 to 7,500 words
Payment: 0.06 cents per word + contributor copy
Genres: Fantasy written with a shared world
Email submissions to: email@example.com
No simultaneous submissions. No multi-submissions for short fiction.
Please use standard manuscript formatting when submitting your work:
Rights and Compensation: Payment: 0.06 per word for original fiction and a paperback copy of the anthology from Greene County Creative.
We are looking for previously unpublished works in English.
Seeking first world rights in English and non-exclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.
Submission method: Upload story as .doc or .rtf to niteblade.submittable.com/submit.
31 March 19 — Letters from the Grave: A Collection of Epistolary Horror — Orbannin Books
The epistolary form has a long, proud tradition in the horror genre. From the classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula, through modern classics like World War Z. We want to see your fresh takes on the idea. Remember that the epistolary genre doesn’t just include letters. It can be stories created from nearly any kinds or combinations of documents, i.e. crime scene reports, diary entries, interview transcripts, etc. This can include modern electronic and digital “documents” such as texts, voicemails, Tweets, blog posts, and more. Original stories only, no reprints.
Preferred word count: Up to 10,000 words
Payment and rights: $.05/word on acceptance, and one paperback contributor’s copy. First Print and First Electronic Rights, exclusive for 1 year. The anthology will be published as an ebook and in paperback, and we reserve the right to produce a hardcover edition.
Stories should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Letters from the Grave.”
Please don’t send us:
== Fan-fiction or stories using other authors’ characters, settings, etc, unless they are in the public domain.
== Gratuitous bestiality, incest, child sex, sexual assault, racism, etc. This is a horror anthology, of course, so “adult content” and horrific, disturbing incidents are certainly going to be there. Make sure, however, that any of these elements are necessary to the story and that their depiction makes sense in the context of the letter or other documents.
== Random horror stories that you’ve stuck a “Hey, you’ll never believe what happened to me!” email frame around.
ALWAYS OPEN — Future Visions Anthology Series — ed. Brian J Walton; Camton House Publishing
The Future Visions Anthologies is a science fiction anthology series, aiming to deliver excellent and diverse short story collections on a quarterly basis. In the tradition of great television anthology series such as The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, the Future Visions Anthologies will broadly explore all genres and traditions of science fiction and speculative fiction, seeking in each story to explore deeply themes that are relevant to a modern audience.
What do you hope the future will bring? What are you afraid we may become? How do our visions of the future inform and give shape to the hopes and fears that we have today?
These questions are what defines anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Rather than mandating a theme for each publication, (one publication for cyborgs, one for time travelers, etc…) I want authors to feel free to explore these larger questions using any and all of the popular science fiction tropes: new technology, exploration, nightmarish dystopians, alien species, baffling utopias, the list goes on…
The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to bring diversity to all aspects of their publications, from the stories and authors we publish, to the themes and genres we explore. All authors may apply regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.
The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to engage authors with fair and equitable terms through participation in the anthologies. The anthologies will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited for an initial six-month term, during which stories will be exclusive to the anthology. After this, anthologies will continue be available as an ebook (not in KU) for an additional six-month term. During this term, partial publication rights will return to the author to publish as an ebook, except for in KU. After one year, the ebook will be unpublished, returning all rights to the author.
Payment will be based on a profit-share model with a guaranteed minimum payment of $150. Authors will receive royalties during the first six months of membership. At the end of the royalty period, if the author’s royalties do not meet the minimum payment of $150 then the remaining amount will be paid. There is no cap to the amount of royalties that may be earned. Earning reports for the anthology will be provided to all participating authors to ensure complete transparency. Specific terms will be available after initial acceptance of the author’s story.
== Authors must read and be in agreement with the above before submitting.
== There is no fee to submit.
== Submissions must be original, never before published works.
== Submissions may be set in a larger universe, but should be a complete story; do not send excerpts, parts, or volumes.
== Word Count is 2k-7k words (exceptions for up to one story per anthology can be made).
== Submissions should be written to the best of the author’s ability. Professional editing is not required but may help in the consideration of your piece. Camton House Publishing will provide professional editing and proofreading, approved by the author, and a final, edited version will be submitted to the author upon publication.
== Adult language and sexual situations are permitted, but no hate speech, erotica or “X-rated” material.
== Formatting: 12pt Times New Roman font with 1.5-line spacing; 1-inch margins on all sides; no extra spaces between paragraphs; leading indentations, but no tabs.
== Include “Future Visions Short Story Submission” in the header and the following information in the body of the email:
o Author Name
o Story Title
o Word Count
o Brief Bio, written in the third person. 100-300 words.
== Submissions should be submitted in docx format as an attachment.
== Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com
Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.
Submissions are always open. Authors who have submitted will be notified within 4-6 weeks of submission regarding whether their story has been selected.
[Okay, this is different. I’ll be treating this one like an “Until Filled” market, in that I’ll be checking every month to make sure they’re still alive. Unlike a UF, I’ll keep posting this so long as it’s still alive. (Unless it turns morbid or skeevy, the usual.) Note that this is a royalty split with a guaranteed minimum, which works out to pro rates up to 2500 words, and semi-pro after that. Best practice IMO is to assume that the minimum is all you’ll ever get from this market; that way, so long as you do get paid, all your surprises will happy ones.
Interesting business model; it’s basically a magazine that’s being treated like an antho series, more or less. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one, and may revisit the listing in the future.]
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