Calls for Submissions

Call for submissions: Fireside Fiction

Deadline: April 30, 2016

Length: flash: max 1,000 words; short fiction: max 5,000 words

Guest editor: Daniel José Older

Payment: $0.125/word

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Call for submissions: Compelling Science Fiction

Per the site:

The stories we accept almost always:

  1. illustrate at least one interesting concept,
  2. are engaging, and
  3. clearly explain the science/technology in the story.

The ‘concept’ referenced in point (1) can be anything from new engineering ideas to novel social constructs to abstractions that help illustrate basic properties of reality. Point (2) is far more subjective, although as long as your story consistently moves forward it will probably be engaging. Point (3) is hard to attain without some knowledge of basic science/engineering; we encourage you to learn as much as you can about your subject matter. If your story is very strong in one of the above areas, we will sometimes accept weakness in the other two. Ultimately we are looking for science fiction that is entertaining, scientifically plausible, self-consistent, and technically detailed when appropriate. We have a preference for positive stories, to act as a counterweight to the currently popular post-apocalyptic genre. We certainly won’t dismiss a well-written dystopian future, but we have a bias toward stories that depict technological advancement rather than decay. We do not publish fantasy stories (although we enjoy them!).

Pay rate: 6 cents/word
Length: 1,000-10,000 words per work

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Call for submissions: Steampunk Universe

Per the site:

Steampunk Universe will be a multicultural anthology of steampunk stories. But this time, the anthology will focus on characters who do not identify as abled or neurotypical.

This call for submissions is aimed particularly at marginalized writers, especially those who are identify as members of a minority, LGBTQ, and particularly those themselves who do not identify as abled or neurotypical.

Deadline: June 1, 2016
Payment: $0.06/word
No reprints.

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Call for submissions:Sanguine Press

Per the site:

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Theme: I Regret Nothing

Too many characters spend their time brooding about the past, whether it’s missed opportunities or mistakes that led to misfortune down the line. For our first anthology, we want your stories with at least one character who has no regrets – either for a specific moment, or in general. Your story must feature a predominantly POC cast to be considered.

Genres: Sci-fi, Fantasy, or Horror (no poetry, please)

Story Length: For this anthology, we’re looking for original, short fiction up to 10,000 words. While we’ll read a piece that’s slightly longer, we will absolutely not consider any story over 12,000 words. Your story must be complete within the stated word count – no serials or other multi-part pieces.

Pay: We pay .10/word for the first 1,000 words, .05/word for the next 5,000 words and .03/word after that.

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Call for submissions: Where the Stars Rise

Per the site:

A proposal for an science fiction anthology Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (working title) is out. All original short speculative fiction is welcome for submission. The anthology editors are Lucas K. Law & Derwin Mak.

This speculative fiction anthology contains original stories to celebrate Asian diversity, featuring an Asian main character, Asian setting and/or some amount of Asian elements, by authors with an Asian heritage. Asian countries as those defined by United Nations in Wikipedia. Authors do not need to reside in Asia to participate in this anthology.

Length: <7,000 words
No reprints: No simultaneous submissions: No multiple submissions.
Reading Period (open for submission): December 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016
Advance Payment to Contributors: Contributors will be paid CAN 6 cents per word.

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Call for submissions: Articulated Press

Per the site:

Tayen Lane is currently reading submissions for our first annual Articulated Press short story anthology.

Submissions are open to writers from all countries; however, all stories must be in English. Maximum word count per story is 5,000. Submissions must be unpublished.

Submissions will remain open until 11:59pm PST, Thursday, March 31, 2016. The anthology is co-edited by Nora Boxer and Kelly Luce and will be published in hardcover in FALL 2016 with subsequent softcover and eBook editions to follow. All chosen contributors will receive $100, two hardcovers, two softcovers, and an eBook.

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Call for submissions: Unlikely Story

From the site:

For The Journal of Unlikely Observances mini-issue, we’re looking for short fiction of up to 2000 words (we’re willing to bend a little on that limit, but not a lot, for the right story), that incorporate AT LEAST THREE of the following:

  • power/role inversion
  • water fights
  • resurrection, rebirth, renewal
  • transformation, transsubstantiation
  • body painting, body art
  • practical jokes
  • one of the festivals themselves

We are accepting submissions starting now, and all submissions must be in by the end of 29 February, 2016.

We pay 6¢ per word for original fiction. Payment is made upon publication.

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Call for submissions: Power & Magic

Per the site: “POWER & MAGIC: A Queer Witch Comics Anthology About Women of Color, By Women of Color!”

Submission Period: February 15th, 2016 to March 15th, 2016.

Specs: All comics will be 6″ x 9″ (trim size) and in black & white (grayscale and tones okay). Stories will range between 3 – 13 pages long.

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Call for submissions: Psyche and Cupid

Timeless Tales exclusively publishes retellings of fairy tales and myths. They only accept submissions that are retellings of the fairytale or myth listed as the theme. They don’t accept original fairy tales or stories outside of the current theme.

Current theme: Psyche and Cupid (Submission window Jan 25, 2016 – Feb 25, 2016) — NEW: Now accepting poetry!

Length: Up to 2,000 words. Under 1,500 preferred.

Content: While Timeless Tales is not targeted specifically at children, it is a fairly conservative magazine, especially when it comes to language and sexual content, PG-13 range or below. However, I have a deep appreciation for the darker side of many original fairy tales, so don’t assume I only want “happy” stories.

Pay Rate: Flat rate of $20 per piece accepted–both poetry and fiction.

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