Editor Jeffrey Martin of Onyx Neon Shorts stopped by the blog today and left a message addressing my concerns about the cover art. This is a paying market that publishes short stories up to 20,000 words in many genres. You can check out their guidelines here. Below is Mr. Martin's comment.
This is Jeffrey Martin, the Head Editor of Onyx Neon
Press. I know it's been a long while since you posted this, but I just
found it on google while digging through Onyx Neon Shorts listings.
wanted to write a comment and clear up the confusion you may have had
about cover art. We didn't mean to imply that we wouldn't pay for art,
or images, or make sure we weren't publishing copy righted images. What I
mean is that right now I'll be handling the graphic design duties while
we work our way up. I have a bachelors in Visual Communications and
have a large portfolio, mostly consisting of book covers at this point.
So, for now—since we're trying to play this close to the chest and keep
things small—that we aren't able to afford paying an outside person to
do that for us. It's especially unnecessary since I am more than capable
of handling it.
I hope that alleviates any tension about the issue that reading our guidelines might have caused.
you haven't already, please check out our listing of all the shorts
we've done so far to see all the covers we covered last year: