Friday, April 24, 2015


What they want:
We are suckers for plot. If it ain’t got plot, it ain’t a story. We want each piece to have the feeling of a beginning, a middle, and an end (or inciting incident, attempt(s) to fix it, and climax). All fiction must be original. There are lots of places for fanfic – this isn’t one of them. And finally, of course, it also has to be speculative – fantasy, science fiction, myth fairy tale, dark fantasy, etc… – but no erotica and no gore. A well-placed swear word, the recognition that we are sexual beings, and off-camera violence are all okay, but within limits, eh? Besides, with the focus on plot, there’s no time to get all graphic.

Titles do not count as part of the 100 words, and after your drabble, add a bit of an explanation of how you got there from the topic (but remember to keep it short!).
Length: Up to 100 words
Payment: 5 cents/word
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

At the Edge

What they want:
An anthology of stories about the edge of civilisation, the fringe of reason, the border of reality, by writers from the edge of the Earth.

Original science fiction, fantasy and horror from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. No reprints, please.

The editors especially enjoy dark, twisted stories; however, they are not looking for stories with gratuitous gore and/or explicit sexual content.

Stories with some connection to Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific are preferred, as are stories which celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Length: 3,000-10,000 words
Payment: 3000–4999 words: NZ$30 + paperback copy of the anthology; 5000+ words: NZ$50 + paperback copy of the anthology
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shroud Publishing

What they want:
Shroud Publishing will be open for novel submissions on April 15, 2015 for literary fiction in a variety of genres. Selected work(s) will be published in print and ebook editions in Spring, 2016. Submissions will close July 1st, 2015 and will be reviewed by an editorial review board.

Genres: neo-noir, noir/crime/etc., surrealism, magical realism, military/adventure, horror and horror sub genres, fantasy et. al., science fiction et. al. The craft trumps the plot, so don’t be afraid to submit a manuscript that may not fit exactly within the artificial construct of a “genre.”
Submission Fee: $10 (they will give you $10 worth of ebooks in return)
Deadline: July 1, 2015
Length: 60,000-100,000 words
Payment: Advance, royalties, 10 author copies
Submission Guidelines:!2015-novel-submissions/c1g7e

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Space Squid

What they want:
Space Squid is a scifi/humor 'zine that's oriented to people who are bored easily. If your story is boring, then we can't take it. We reject lots of stuff. There needs to be totally rocking shit blasting out of that story of yours.

What isn't boring? Subversion isn't boring. Literary skill isn't boring. Memorable imagery isn't boring. Funny isn't boring. Funny and sad goes a long way. We want to laugh so hard that snot comes out of our noses while crying and beating our breasts. Try digressing from the standard style.

We like funny but it isn't always appropriate. That's why there's a slash when we describe ourselves as a sci-fi/humor 'zine. To be honest, we're not even tied to the sci-fi. We're technically a speculative fiction/humor 'zine, but we like to slum it in the genre ghetto.
Length: Under 1,000 words preferred. Runs one long story per issue.
Payment: $5 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dieselpunk Fairy Tales

What they want:
What is Dieselpunk? Dieselpunk is a re-imagining of the diesel-era (the post-World War I era to the early 1950s). It’s gangsters, bootleggers, swing, Mexican revolutionaries, Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde, U-Boats, the Depression, the end of the Wild West, Bolshevik agents, greasers, zeppelins, jazz, art-deco, roadsters, hobos (anything that fits into this era of time along with cross-genres), and the Red Scare. It is the beginning of mechanization of the military and the beginning of the mechanization of the factory.

Of course, though, there will be a twist. Each story will be in the Dieselpunk genre, but will also be based on a fairy tale.

We’re looking for over-the-top storylines that fit into this mash-up of genres. Horror, action, detective, crime, and even fantasy can be fit into this genre. Think steam-punk, but with petroleum-fueled engines. All submissions will have to be based on a retelling of a fairy tale.

* Open to U.S. writers only.
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Length: 4,000-9,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: