Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination - New Market

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination is a new online zine that publishes Science Fiction and Fantasy stories of any length.  Pay here is 15cents a word with a max of $500.  They also accept reprints and pay a flat fee of $25 for those.  There is an issue up now so you can read the stories and get a feel for what the editor is looking for.  You can find all the details here.

Hat tip to Coffintree Hill!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brash Books - Editor Interview

Over at The Rap Sheet J. Kingston Pierce has posted an interview with editors Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, founders of the new crime imprint Brash Books..  There's also a link in the post that takes you to more of this interview over at Kirkus Reviews.

The First Line - Submissions Open

The First Line has opened submissions for their Winter issue.  The first line that you must use to start your story is "We went as far as the car would take us."  Stories can be 300 to 5,000 words.  The deadline is November 1 and payment is $25 to $50.  You can find the details here.

Night Train Literary Magazine - Reopened for Submissions

Night Train Literary Magazine has reopened for submissions.  They're looking for Firebox Fiction stories up to 1500 words for online publication and shorts of 1500 to 5000 words for their annual anthology.  They also accept poetry.  The deadline for shorts is October 31, and the deadline for Firebox and poetry submissions is November 30.  They have stories up in their archives so you can get a feel for what they're looking for.  Submissions through Submittable.  This is a non-paying market.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Liz McMullen Show - Anthology Call

I ran across this anthology call for "Lizzie's Bedtime Stories: Valentines Day Anthology".  They're looking for Valentines Day stories in any genre from mystery to erotica but the focus must be on the theme of "appetite" and must include on lesbian main character.  Stories should be 3000 to 4000 words.  The deadline is November 1 with publication set for Valentines Day 2015.  Payment is $30 plus two copies.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Mini Rant

"I can't pay much because it's my own money."  I'm so sick of hearing new publishers say this.  Of course, it's your own money, it's your business.  If you open a candle store you don't expect the candle makers to give you free candles so you can turn around and sell them at a profit do you?  So why should writers give you their words? 

Every small business I know operates at a loss the first year and sometimes for two or three.  It takes time to build up a business of any kind.  And it takes money.  If you're not willing to spend your own money to make a profit why should writers trust their work to you?

Please stop whining about YOUR money.  Either you're going into business or you're not.  Make up your mind and do the work and make the investment.  Will you fail?  Maybe.  But if you're willing to invest the money in your writers your odds will be a whole lot better.

End of rant.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Phobos Magazine - Call for Submissions

Phobos Magazine has opened submissions for their third issue with the theme of "Troublemake".  They want flash up to 1000 words and shorts to 2500 words "about biters of the hands that feed".  While they are a horror magazine they accept stories in all genres but "all work should contain strong elements of the macabre".  The deadline is September 30 and payment is 5cents a word.  This is both a print and Kindle magazine.  You can find the details here.