Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Blood Bound Books - Anthology Call

Blood Bound Books has posted an anthology call for "Burnt Fur".  They're looking for horror stories of 1500 to 7000 words set in the "the dark underbelly of the furry world".  The deadline is September 1, 2018 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Work Ethic by Steve Oliver

Over at The Dark City I read "Work Ethic" by Steve Oliver.  This is one of those stories where nothing is what it seems and the ending is a real shocker.

Monday, May 21, 2018

SmokeLong Quarterly - Now a Paying Market

Long time online flash market SmokeLong Quarterly is now a paying market.  They pay $25 for flash fiction up to 1000 words.  This is a literary market and hard to crack even when they didn't pay.  They're that good.

New Wave Crime - Open for Crime Novels and Novellas

Over at The Thrill Begins there's an interview with editor Chantelle Aimee Osman of the new Down and Out Books imprint New Wave Crime.  According to the interview they are open for submissions of crime novels and novellas with an email address of where to send your submission.  You'll find  the interview here.  I can't find a website for the new imprint nor a link for it at Down & Out.  Here is the Down & Out guidelines link so you know what to send and how to format it.

UPDATE:  I found a twitter page but no tweets.  Something to watch :)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Unnerving Magazine - Open for Submissions

Unnerving Magazine has opened submissions for their next issue.  They're looking for stories of 400 to 4000 words in the genres of horror, dark sci-fi, dark fantasy, crime, thriller, and suspense.  They do have a slight preference for horror.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  Submissions are through Submittable where you'll find the story guidelines.  They close submissions when they reach 300 subs.  On their site you'll find how they want the stories formatted.

Mysterical-E - New Issue

The Spring issue of Mysterical-E has hit the virtual streets.  It's free to read online.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

18th Wall Productions - Anthology Call

18th Wall Productions has posted an anthology call for "Overdue - Tales of Mystery and Adventure".  They're looking for stories of 4000 to 20,000 words about questing for lost books.  This will be a shared universe anthology and they give you the set up and details of the shared universe.  It's open to many genres including adventure, mystery, thriller, horror, and pulp.  The deadline is September 15, 2018 and payment is 5% of the gross for each story.  Reprints are welcome.  You can find the details here.

The Good Cat by Vicki Hendricks

Retreats from Oblivion has posted a great story called "The Good Cat" by Vicki Hendricks.  I don't think I've ever read a noir story told from the cat's point of view but it does make for some very interesting storytelling.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Don't Text and Drive by Robert Petyo

Over at Flash Bang Mysteries I read a lovely little flash story called "Don't Text and Drive" by Robert Petyo.  A nice reminder that our bad habits can be used against us and not in a good way.

Malice Domestic - Anthology Call

Malice Domestic has posted a call for their next anthology.  The theme for #14 is "Mystery Most Edible"  They're looking for stories up to 5000 words that have a culinary aspect.  Keep in mind if you decide to write for this one that these are cozy mystery people.  The deadline is August 31, 2018.  There's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Laurie by Stephen King

Stephen King has posted a new short story to his website and it's free to read.  "Laurie" comes up as a pdf file and is 32 pages long.  I only got half way through before my eyes petered out so no review.  I'll probably finish it tomorrow.  What I've read so far is good and kept me wanting to read more.

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Over at Angie's Desk you'll find that Angie has published her May list of paying anthology markets.  Thanks Angie!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Grace & Victory Publishing - Anthology Call

Grace & Victory Publishing has posted an anthology call for "So Here's My Plan...".  They're looking for fast paced dramatic stories up to 7000 words.  From the guidelines I'd say they're looking for crime stories in a speculative setting using the genres of sci-fi and fantasy.  The deadline is June 15, 2018 and payment is $5CAD plus a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Miss Pearl by Hillary Lyon

Over at Yellow Mama today I found this fun little gem of a story called "Miss Pearl" by Hillary Lyon.  She actually made revenge fun and had me laughing at the end.

Lots of Paying Markets

Over at Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blogger Erica Verrillo has been busy posting up 51 paying markets for flash fiction and a megalist of Horror, Dark Fiction, and poetry.  You can find the lists here.  Thanks, Erica!

Just a quick side note - Erica has listed Black Petals and Yellow Mama which are not paying markets but good markets for crime fiction.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Death Pin by Bruce Harris

Over at Crimson Streets I found "Death Pin" by Bruce Harris.  Reading this story was like stepping into one of O. Henry's short stories.  I loved the setting of the bowling alley because my father used to tell me about setting pins when he was a kid, though I'm pretty sure nothing like this ever happened to him :)  As for the story, some guys just can't catch a break.

2018 Derringer Award Winners

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has announced the 2018 Derringer Award Winners.  Congratulations to all the winners!!

Monday, May 14, 2018

run, Jennifer by doungjai gam

Always nice to find a crime story that isn't all about the crime, such is "run, Jennifer" by doungjai gam published at Tough.  This story has more of a "white knight" flavor with a touch of noir to make it interesting.

PandaMoon Publishing - Open for Novel Submissions

PandaMoon Publishing is open for novel submissions in the genres of mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, and women's fiction.  They pay a royalty split but don't specify how much.  Please read all of their pages as they have a very different approach to publishing (You  have to become a Panda to participate).  You can find the details here.

The Bizarro Sideshow Podcast - New Market

There seems to be a lot of calls lately for stories that fit the bizarro genre.  This one is The Bizarro Sideshow Podcast.  They're looking for stories up to 5000 words both reprints and original.  The pay is 1cent a word.  This is a new market and if it does well the owner will be looking for funding for more.  You can find the details here.

Incident Report #41

The Unlawful Acts blog has moved but David Nemeth has posted up Incident Report #41 right on schedule.  You'll find loads of links to interviews and writing essays.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mystery Weekly - New Print Issue

The May print issue of Mystery Weekly is now available for purchase.  Check it out here.

Mystery & Horror LLC - May Be Open for Novel Submissions

According to their Submissions page Mystery and Horror LLC is currently open for mystery and horror novel submissions through the end of May.  Yet, their guidelines page says they're closed.  So if this press interests you, send them a query.  They pay 35% royalties.  On the submissions page you'll also see a call posted for their annual anthology that will open in August.  I'll post again in August but this will give you a bit of lead time.

The Coyote Way by Kieran Shea

Over at the Beat to a Pulp archives I found "The Coyote Way" by Kieran Shea.  A very different type of Western story that shivers with so much noir that you know it isn't going to end well for anyone in town.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gun Law by Tyler Boone

Over at Rope and Wire there's a nice Western story titled "Gun Law" by Tyler Boone.  It's not your usual shoot out cowboy story but a look into the lives of people who lived hard scrabble lives back in the 1800's.  Oh, and Tyler Boone is the pen name for Charles Gramlich.

Broken Eye Books - Call for Submissions - Short Stories

Broken Eye Books has posted a submission call for their Eyedolon Magazine.  The theme and title is "Nowhereville Weird is Other People".  They're looking for urban weird fiction of 3000 to 7500 words.  And yes, they have a description of weird at the bottom of the guidelines.  The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is 8cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Retreats from Oblivion - New Noir Market - Non-Paying

With a hat tip to David Nemski we have a new crime market called "Retreats from Oblivion:  The Journal of NoirCon.  They're looking for noir stories to publish online.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.  They will accept reprints but only if the story is out of print.

Friday, May 11, 2018

I Think I Have the Wrong House by Remy Barnes

When I need a literary short story fix I like to stop by Whiskeypaper and check out the archives.  Today's find was "I Think I Have the Wrong House" by Remy Barnes.  There's no action, no bad men, only a man trying to find himself in the life he's living.  Very thought provoking.

Iridium - New Market - Open for Submissions

Iridium is a new market that's looking for short stories up to 5000 words in the genres of Westerns, crime, horror, romance, science fiction, and speculative fiction.  Every story must have QUILTBAG+ content, but the author doesn't have to be QUILTBAG.  The deadline for this reading period is June 15, 2018.  Payment is 3cents a word for original content and they also accept reprints at 1cent a word.  If you click on current issue at the top of the page you'll find stories from their first issue so you can get an idea of what they're looking for.  You can find the submission details here.

Stupefying Stories - Guidelines Posted

Stupefying Stories has posted their new guidelines.  They're looking for science fiction, fantasy, and horror (in that order of preference) stories up to 10,000 words.  Payment is 1.5cents a word for longer stories and a flat rate of $15 for flash up to 1000 words.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Feed Your Monster - Open for Submissions

UK based Feed Your Monster magazine is open for submissions.  They are looking for horror stories up to 3000 words and flash up to 1000 words.  They also accept reprints.  Payment is 3.50lbs. for flash, 6lbs. for shorts, and 2.50lbs. for reprints.  You can find the details here.  There's also plenty of online stories to read to get a feel for what they're looking for.

Thin Lions by Joe Prosit

I just ran across this story over at the Dead Guns archives and thought I'd share.  "Thin Lions" by Joe Prosit gives a whole new meaning to thrill seeking robbers.

Switchblade - Open for Submissions

Submissions opened today for Switchblade Magazine.  They're looking for noir crime stories of 2000 to 4500 words and flash crime fiction up to 1000 words.  The deadline is May 25, 2018 and payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bloodhound Books - Open for Crime Novel Submissions

UK based Bloodhound Books is currently open for novel submissions in the various crime genres.  Your manuscript must be at least 60,000 words.

2018 Anthony Award Nominees

Mystery Fanfare has posted the 2018 Anthony Award Nominees.  Congratulations to all the nominees!!

Dates - Anthology Call - Comics and Short Stories

"Dates!  An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction" is seeking pitches for comics, prose, and illustrations featuring queer characters living their lives in different periods of history around the world and living them well.  For this anthology the theme is "Adventure".  They want 5 to 15 pages for the comics and 2500 to 3000 words for prose.  The historical setting should be before the 1900's but they do state they will look at stories going up to 1964, but nothing set in the American West.  Payment for comics is $50 per page and a flat rate of $60 for prose.  The deadline to make your pitch is July 9, 2018.  You can find the details here.  There are a lot of details of what they do and don't want in the guidelines so read them carefully.

16 Paying Markets for May

Authors Publish has posted a list of 16 themed submission calls for May.  All paying :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Zsenon Publishing - Anthology Call

Zsenon Publishing has posted an anthology call for "A Punk Rock Future".  They're looking for stories that explore a punk rock future in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  They want flash stories of 350 to 500 words and short stories up to 6000 words.  The deadline is August 15, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Always the Fine Print

When you're reading the guidelines for anything always read the fine print and read to the bottom of the page.  I found this in an anthology call today:

How much does it cost to participate?

"We’re asking for $25 from each participant to help cover the cost of the cover, website, graphic design, marketing, editing, formatting, etc. We’re also asking for $25 toward the cost of ads for the release. So $50 total to participate, though you’re welcome to donate more so that we can book more ads and do more creative things."

And this was after they stated at the beginning that they were supplying all of these things.  Watch your backs out there.

Deep South Magazine - Special Themed Call for Submissions

Deep South Magazine has posted a special themed called for short stories and creative non-fiction centered on "Summer".  The deadline is June 11, 2018, there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here and a link to their special "Fall" themed stories so you can get an idea of what they're looking for.  If you submit you must state your connection to the South.

Schreyer Ink Publishing - Anthology Calls

Schreyer Ink Publishing has opened submissions for their anthology "Children of the Sky".  They're looking for stories about aliens.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is a royalty split.  And they accept reprints!  If you'd like to get a jump on what's coming they have a listing of anthology calls through 2019.  Just scroll down the page to "Save the Date".

Incident Report #40

Over at the Unlawful Acts blog David Nemeth has posted up his weekly Incident Report.  I've just recently discovered this blog and his incident reports are a great way to find out what's happening around the online crime writing scene.  It's become one of my regular stops when cruising about online.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Podcast Interview with Editor Douglas Draa

Courtesy of Michael Bracken we have a link to a Horror Pod interview with Douglas Draa the editor of Weirdbook.

Prairie Rose Publications - Open for Submissions

Prairie Rose Publications has posted two calls for short novels.  The first is Men in Uniform where they are looking for a mix of action and romance.  40,000 to 60,000 words.  The second call is for Witty Cozies.  Here they're looking for cozy mysteries of 40,000 to 80,000 words.  Payment is a royalty split, authors receiving 70% after publication costs are covered.  You can find the details  here.  At the bottom of the page you'll find links to six other imprints they publish which are looking for short story to novel length submissions.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Do You Really Want to Publish a Magazine?

In the ten years I've been posting on this blog I've seen so very many magazines come and go.  And very few that stick around for more than a couple of years.  Back in 2011 I wrote a post about starting a new zine.  What I said back then still applies so I thought I'd repost it.  Yes, some things have changed as there are more paying markets and with Amazon you can get your zines on Kindle or in print.  With the closing of Crime Syndicate, I'm sure that someone will step up and decide to start another zine, so here are a few tips:

I'm a huge fan of the online zines. They provide a place for beginning writers to cut their teeth by learning how to submit, deal with editors, and learn about rejection. And yes, with a few exceptions, they are looked down upon by many of the professional writers out there because they're not, for the most part, paying markets.

In the last few weeks I've found two new online markets, La Criminophile and Icemedia, for crime fiction. The blogs were set up and the calls for submissions issued, then bam, they were gone. No explanations, just vanished.

I was really excited about La Criminophile because I really believed that the people behind the zine had a great idea. Icemedia, I found a couple of days ago but didn't mention. Why? Because the editor had published one of her own stories as an example of what she was looking for, but reading through the story I found several misspellings. If she didn't care enough about her own work to edit it properly, how could she respect ours?

It is so easy to set up an ezine. Get an idea, set up a blog, and post a call for submissions. And this is the problem with many new zines. There's no thought put into it before the subs do or don't come rolling in. These are all things I look for when searching for new markets, you can almost tell who's in it for the long run and who's just starting up on a lark. And yeah, sometimes, they fool you.

I've been in on the beginnings of several new zines. The editors asked for feedback on their ideas. My first question has always been, "Are you sure you're up for this?". Zines are a lot of hard work, from setting up the pages to editing the stories and writing rejection letters. You're also going to have to put up with a lot of shit from writers who don't have a clue how to act professionally.

To start, you need to have a vision of what you want your zine to be and stick with it. You need to surround yourself with a support system of people who are willing to help with the work, especially if your zine takes off. You need to know that running a zine is time consuming and will eat into your writing time and your family time if you aren't careful.

If that doesn't scare you and you're still willing to get into the zine business here are a few tips that might help.

1. Run your zine like a business. You're offering a market for writers so be as professional as you expect them to be. Set up guidelines that say more than, "send me your best shit" but don't get so nit-picky that you scare off potential contributors. Set up a page that explains who you are and why you're getting into the zine business. If you're a weekly, monthly, or quarterly set the pub dates and hit them. People will only show up to read if you're there on time. They won't come back if your weekly issue turns into a whenever-I-feel-like-it issue. And writers get tired of their stories being held in limbo until you finally decide to put it up. Your new zine is a business, you're self-employed, and if you don't do the work it won't get done and you've failed.

2. Most zine editors are writers and you have a circle of writer friends and writers you admire. Tell them what you're doing and ask for submissions for your first issue. Most of them will be glad to supply a story, either new or a reprint. Once you've got your issue ready, post it. With this issue you've given new writers an example of what you're looking for, you've set the tone of your zine, and writers looking for markets know that you're taking this new project seriously. Don't believe me? Take a look at Needle magazine and Beat to a Pulp, that's how they got started.

3. Have fun with it. Yes, it's work, but it's also your "baby", so to speak. If you're having fun putting it together, it will show. Readers and writers both will respect the trouble you've gone to for them and they will spread the word. That word of mouth will be the best advertisement your zine will get to help turn it into a success.

There are probably a million other things that you need to know if you go ahead and start a new zine. What I've posted here are just a few basics I've learned along the way. Enough to know that I don't want to be in charge, but has given me a healthy respect for those who take on the job and succeed.

Here's a link to the original post if you'd like to take a look at the comments.  There was more good advice there.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Arsenika - Open for Submissions

Arsenika is open for speculative fiction flash and poetry up to 1000 words for their Summer issue.  The deadline is June 15, 2018 and payment is $60 for flash and $30 for poetry.  You can find the details here.  If you click on the about page you'll find a link to a sample copy of the magazine for you to read.

What Editors Want You to Know

Fellow SMFS member Joan Leotta has shifted the theme of her blog to "What Editors Want You to Know".  First up is an interview with Cherie Jung of Over My Dead Body.

Comet Press - Changing Their Name - Anthology Call

According to their newsletter, Comet Press has just announced what they call a new imprint call Red Room Press but looks to actually be a rebranding as all Comet Press links are being switched to Red Room Press.

And they've just released their third volume "Year's Best Hardcore Horror".  I was happy to see a story by Glen Gray was included in the ToC.  His stories always give me the chills.  They are also open for submissions for "Year's Best Hardcore Horror IV".  They are looking for horror reprints up to 6000 words published in 2018.  The deadline is December 31, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word with a cap of $60.  You can find the details here

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Jellyfish Review - Special Issue Call

Literary magazine Jellyfish Review has posted a "Special Issue Call:  Stories for Dead People".  They're looking for flash fiction and creative non-fiction up to 1000 words and essays up to 2000 words.  The "dead people" can be anyone from history or as current as the latest school shootings.  The deadline is July 10, 2018.  There's no mention of payment but I thought this might interest some of you.  You can find the details here.

Apalling Stories 2 - Anthology Call

Editor David Dubrow has posted an anthology call for "Appalling Stories 2".  He's looking for old school stories of 2000 to 10,000 words in any genre.  The publisher is Obsidian Point.  The deadline is September 1, 2018 and payment is $30.  You can find the details here and also a description of what they mean by old school stories.

7 Markets for Short HIstorical Fiction

Authors Publish has posted a list of seven markets for short historical fiction.  All paying except for one.  You can find the list here.  It covers a variety of genres.

The Sirens Call - Open for Submissions

The Sirens Call is seeking horror stories from drabbles to shorts for issue #39.  They are also taking reprints which is why I'm mentioning this.  The deadline is May 31, 2018.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

More Crime Syndicate News

Unless they can find a new editor willing to take over Crime Syndicate the magazine will be closing its doors.  Also editor Michael Pool has issued a statement that the fourth issue will not be published.  You can find all the details here.

Thanks to Michael Bracken for the new information.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Crime Syndicate - Closing Up Shop?

According to an interview with editor Michael Pool we might be losing Crime Syndicate as a market for short crime fiction.  Sad news to hear.

via SMFS

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dark Regions Press - Cthulahu Art Contest

I know some of you folks do artwork or know people that do so I thought I'd pass this along.  Dark Regions Press has announced a Cthulahu Art Contest.  All you have to do to enter is sign up for their newsletter.  The prizes are $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place.  The deadline is June 30, 2018.  You can find the details here.

Switchblade - Early Warning for the Next Submission Period

Switchblade magazine has posted the submission period for their next issue.  It's a short one - May 10 to May 25, 2018.  They're looking for crime stories of 2000 to 4500 words and flash stories up to 1000 words.  Payment is $15.  Submissions are still open for their special all female issue with the same guidelines in place.  You can find the details here.

Tor.com - Open for Novella Submissions

Tor.com opened for novella submissions today.  They're seeking novellas of 20,000 to 40,000 words in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.  There are no pay specifics listed.  The submission period closes on May 15, 2018.  You can find the details here.

Pulp Modern - Open for Submissions

Just a reminder that submissions open today for the next issue of Pulp Modern.  They're looking for stories of 3500 to 5000 words in any of the pulp genres.  Payment is $10.  The submission period ends on May 10, 2018.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Dark City - New Issue

The Spring issue of The Dark City is now available to read online or purchase.  Check it out here.

Mystery Weekly - Pay Increase

Just heard from Chuck Carter of Mystery Weekly that they've increased the pay rate from a flat $25 to 1cent a word.  They accept crime/mystery stories from 2500 to 7500 words.  You can check out their submission guidelines here.

Drunken Pen Writing - Open for Submissions - Non Paying

Drunken Pen Writing has posted their Spring Open Submission Period call.  They're looking for short stories up to 5000 words and flash stories up to 500 words.  And they have topics for you - 1.  Hillbillies, 2. Spring Time, 3. Magic.  You must use one of these topics in your story.  The deadline is June 1, 2018.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

I know, I don't usually publish non-paying markets but this one sounded interesting.

Sunday Morning Chuckle

This was just too good not to share.  50 Shades of Neustadt?

And if you're looking for a humorous story idea it's a good one.

Amazing Stories - Open for Submissions

Amazing Stories has posted their guidelines for submissions.  They're looking for science fiction stories of 1000 to 10,000 words.  Payment is 6cents a word.  In order to submit you have to sign in and open an account on the site.  The details are in the guidelines.

2018 Agatha Award Winners

Mystery Fanfare has a list of the 2018 Agatha Award winners presented Malice Domestic this weekend.  Congratulations to all the winners!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

New West Writers - Paying Markets for Writers

The New West Writers web site has a list of paying markets for writers.  The list is for both fiction and non-fiction. 

ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest - No Fee Contest

The American Bar Association Journal is hosting the ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for legal short fiction.  They are looking for original short stories up to 5000 words "that illuminate the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society".  First prize is $3000.  The deadline is June 1, 2018.  You can find the details here.  There is no fee to enter.

Titan Books - Looking for Ghost Writers

UK based Titan Books is looking writers who are interested in working on licensed fiction that they have already contracted.  You can find the details here.  This includes not only fiction but comics and non-fiction projects also.

Stupefying Stories - Open for Submissions

Okay, this one is a little tricky.  Stupefying Stories is open for submissions but there are no guidelines up yet.  On the left hand side of their blog page in red ink you'll find a short note that says they're open and gives you an email address to use for your submission.  As they say, you can take your chances on what they like.  There's no pay specifics mentioned either.  On the plus side, they have free issues that you can download until Monday.  Check it out here.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Politics and Prose Bookstore - Anthology Call

The Politics and Prose Bookstore has posted an anthology call for "District Lines Volume VI".  They're looking for short stories, essays, and poems that capture a sense of people and places in Washington DC and the surrounding metropolitan areas.  Under 3000 words for your pieces.  The deadline is July 1, 2018.  I had the feeling while reading the guidelines that they're especially looking for local writers.  There is no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Blood Bound Books - Open for Novel/Novella Submissions

Blood Bound Books is open for novel and novella submissions in the genres of Extreme Horror and Bizzarro or a combination of both.  The word count is 30,000 to 80,000 words.  The deadline is July 4, 2018 and payment is 50% royalty split,  You'll find the details here.

On the same page you'll find that their "Best Of" Horror anthology is still open for submissions until May 31, 2018.  Payment here is 5cents to 8cents a word.

A Conversation with Lawrence Kelter, Editor of The Black Car Business

Dana King has a great interview with anthology editor Lawrence Kelter over at his blog One Bite at a Time.

2018 Edgar Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Edgar awards have been announced.  Congratulations to all the the winners!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Freeze-Dried Asshole - by Murphy Row

I love when I stumble across new writing blogs and Drinkers With Writing Problems left me laughing with this post by Murphy Row.  While he doesn't talk about writing he does give us a humorous look at the health care system.

Oh, and the best part about finding this post?  I was searching for "open calls for romance writers".

Drabbledark - Anthology Call

Editor Eric S Fomey is seeking drabbles for his anthology "Drabbledark".  Drabbles are exactly 100 words in length.  Mr. Fomey is a writer of science fiction and fantasy so consider that when you submit your stories since he doesn't specify genres only asking for dark stories.  Reprints are welcome for this call.  He also mentioned in his Twitter feed that he's not getting enough fantasy stories.  The deadline is "when full" and payment is 1cent a word plus a royalty split.  There will be a KickStarter so payment may be increased.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cultivating Crime in the College Classrooom by Hollis Seamon

Over at the Ellery Queen Something is Going to Happen blog there's an interesting essay about the effects of teaching crime fiction to college students.  You can read it here.

Hysterical - New Market - Ladies Only

Hysterical is a new market looking for submissions to their first issue.  Only women, femmes, or non-binary persons may submit.  They're looking for humor, poetry, non-fiction, and fiction up to 5000 words.  The deadline is August 1, 2018 and payment is $50.

34 Paying Markets for May

Over at the Publishing,,,and Other Forms of Insanity Erica Verrillo has posted her May list of paying markets.  Thanks, Erica!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dale Cameron Lowry - Market Listings

It's been a while since I've mentioned Dale Cameron Lowry's blog.  If you're a writer it's one you should keep in mind because he posts paying markets almost daily in a variety of genres.  Here's a link to his market listings page.

Auto Crit - Market Listings

I found a place called Auto Crit that had a list of Writer's Markets.  They're all paying and broken down in the order of genre. 

Spectre Press - Anthology Calls

I found two anthology calls posted for Spectre Press.  The first is "The Realm of British Folklore" with a deadline of October 31, 2018 and payment of one penny sterling per word.  The second is for "The Children of Clark Ashton Smith".  Here they're looking for fantasy stories in the vein of Clark Ashton Smith.  The deadline is January 31, 2019 and payment is one penny sterling.  You'll find examples and tips of what they're looking for in the guidelines.

Monday, April 23, 2018

PMMP - Open for Flash Fiction Submissions

Just a reminder that Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing is looking for dark flash fiction up to 1500 words in the genres of horror, sci-fi, crime, and noir to be published in their newsletter.  The stories are also considered for their Dark Moon Magazine.  Payment is $25.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.  The site says that the magazine is open for submissions but their Submittable page says no.

Fireside Magazine - Open for Submissions

Fireside magazine opened submissions today.  This is a very short reading period as they close on April 27, 2018.  They are looking for stories up to 4000 words and flash fiction  up to 1000 words in any genre.  Payment is 12.5 cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Things People Steal

It always amazes me what criminals will steal.  A Texas man spent nine years stealing 1.2 million dollars worth of fajitas.  Now he gets to spend the next fifty years of his life in prison.  And I thought stealing maple syrup was strange.

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her April listing of paying anthology calls.  Thanks, Angie!

Tor.com - Advance Warning of Call for Novella Submissions

Tor.com will be opening for novella ( 20,000 to 40,000 words) submissions on May 1, 2018 in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.  The submissions period will close on May 15, 2018, so it is a very short window for submitting.  Payment is an advance against royalties or royalty only - your choice.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Engen Books - Contest - Anthology Call - Canadian Writers Only

Canadian publisher Engen Books has a flash fiction/photography contest open for Canadian citizens only.  They have a picture titled "Wind Up" and they want a 250 word story to match the picture.  The deadline is May 30, 2018 and payment for the winner is 10cents a word.  You can find the details here There's also an anthology call for "Flights From the Rock" which has a February 15, 2019 deadline and pays 1cent a word.  Also for Canadian writers only.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Level Best Books - Anthology Call Reminder

There are only ten days left to submit a crime/mystery story for Level Best Books "Landfall:  Best New England Crime Stories 2018".  They're looking for stories up to 5000 words set in New England or written by New England authors.  The deadline is April 30, 2018 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

The Things I Find

During one of my searches today I ran across this wikiHow article "How to write a Short Detective Story".  They make it sound so easy :)

Black Cat Mystery Magazine - New Issue

Issue #2 of Black Cat Mystery Magazine is now available for purchase.  You can find the contents and links to both print and kindle editions here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Lost Cat Story Cupboard

I haven't been finding very many markets of late especially in the crime fiction genre.  But during my search today I found this ad for a lost cat and all I could think was what a great start for a crime fiction story.  Don't see it?  Well, you have a woman's name, a street name, telephone numbers.  Perhaps her stalker stole the cat to get closer to her.  Perhaps the woman is looking to lure in a visitor.  Perhaps she starts getting calls at all hours, perhaps hangups, maybe heavy breathing, maybe pictures taken of her while she's unaware.  Or maybe the cat...  Let your imagination take you.

Food for Thought

David Nemeth has some interesting thoughts on "No One Wants to Read Your Book" over at the Do Some Damage blog.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What We Write

Clicking around the Internet I found this blog post written by Fran Wilde about her story "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand".  The post makes you really think about how we write and whether we're brave enough to peel back layers of ourself to find that one true story.  You can read her story here at Uncanny.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pulp Literature - Open for Submissions

Pulp Literature has opened submissions for their next issue.  They're seeking stories up to 10,000 words in all genres.  The sweet spot being around 5000 words.  The deadline is April 30, 2018.  Payment varies with length but the basic is 31/2 cents to 7cents a word for stories up to 7000 words.  You can find the details here

Cloaked Press - Anthology Call

Cloaked Press has opened submissions for their annual anthology "Fall Into Fantasy".  They are looking for fantasy stories of 2000 to 7000 words.  All subgenres of fantasy are welcome.  The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is $10 plus one copy. There will also be a 3% bonus paid based on total sales after the first three months.  You can find the details here.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Kameron Hurley: Hard Publishing Truths: Relationships Matter

Over at the Locus blog there's a very interesting essay about the business end of writing by Kameron Hurley.  You can check it out here.

link via Indie Crime Scene

16 Paying Markets for Children's and YA Fiction

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted 16 children's and YA magazines that pay writers.  Thanks, Erica!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The 2018 Derringer Award Finalists

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has posted the 2018 Derringer Award Finalists.  Congrats to all the nominees!!

Broadswords and Blasters - Open for Submissions

Broadswords and Blasters opened for submissions today.  They're looking for stories of 2000 to 5000 words in all the pulp genres.  I didn't see a deadline listed.  Payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

LampLight - Open for Submissions

LampLight opens for submissions today.  They are looking for dark fiction up to 7000 words.  The deadline is June 15, 2018 and payment is 3cents a word with a cap of $150 for original fiction and 1cent a word for reprints.  You can find the details here.

The Cockroach Conservatory - New Market

The Cockroach Conservatory is a new market looking for stories up to 3000 words in the speculative fiction genres for their first issue.  They have a list of authors including Joe Lansdale and Brian Keene as examples of what they're looking for.  The deadline is June 5, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word. You can find the details here.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

RIP Patrick F. McManus

I was sad to read that author Patrick F. McManus passed away.  He was an absolute treasure in our home.  My youngest son struggled with reading in grade school and I bought him a subscription to Outdoor Life, something that would interest him.  He loved McManus' "Exit Laughing" columns.

In Junior High he discovered that the school library had some of McManus' books and he brought home three of them one weekend.  That Sunday we sat and read the books laughing out loud and reading bits and pieces to each other until we were all nearly peeing our pants.

I remember best the story of Pat and Crazy Eddie Muldoon building a plane and "flying" it off the roof of the barn.  Other stories with Rancid Crabtree took us on hunting adventures that nobody should ever experience.  If something could go wrong it usually did and with the readers laughing hysterically.

Pat McManus gave our family laughter and gave my son a reason to read a book.  As writers we never know how our words can help people.  Thank you Mr. McManus for your gift of wonderful words and a house full of belly laughs.

Severn River Publishing - Open for Novel Submissions

Severn River Publishing is a brand new publishing house looking for novels in the thriller and mystery genres.  They're asking for a 5000 word sample of your manuscript to begin.  According to their About page (scroll down to FAQ)  they pay a royalty split but don't give specifics.  They also state that they give a small advance to previously published authors but not to new authors.  This is a new publisher with no published works as yet so be sure to check them out carefully if you decide to submit.  You can find the details here.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Elm Books - Romance Anthology Call

Elm Books has posted an anthology call for "Fae Romance".  They're looking for romance stories with a bit of magic of 2000 to 10,000 words.  The deadline is September 1, 2018.  There are no pay specifics listed but this press usually pays a royalty split for anthologies.  You can find the details here.

Shaking My Head

I just ran across an editor's anthology call that I thought might be interesting.  Of course, there was no payment but when I checked out the Press the editors were using I found that they'd published two other anthologies with a similar theme which sold for $60 and $65 for hardcover copies and $20 and $22 for paperback copies.  And they can't afford to pay the writers?  It may be a University Press and scholarly editors but they could still pay the writers.  Shame on them!

Econoclash Review - Early Notice Anthology Call

Econoclash Review has posted a call for a special edition anthology of "Trump Fiction".  They are looking for pulpy stories of 1500 to 4000 words that feature a fictional Trump.  And yes, they have a few ideas listed to get you started.  Submissions open on May 28, 2018 and close July 4, 2018.  Payment is $10.  You can find the details here.  I'll post again when the submission period opens.

Northern Lake Publishing LLC - Open for Novel Submissions

Northern Lake Publishing LLC is a brand new small publisher.  They're looking for novel length fiction of 40,000 to 90,000 words in several genres including mystery/crime.  Payment is a 50% royalty split.  You can find the details here, just scroll down.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Toe Six Press - New Issue

Toe Six Press has posted their first online issue - read it here.

DeadLights Horror Magazine - Closed

DeadLights Horror Magazine has closed up shop and the website is gone.

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The April issue of Yellow Mama has hit the virtual streets.  Read it for free here.

Black Denim Lit - Closed

As of February 2, 2018 Black Denim Lit has permanently closed to submissions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Me Too Anthology - New Website

There is now a website for the Me Too anthology.  You can find it here.

Bizzarro Central - Calls for Novella and Novel Submissions

From Bizzarro Central come word that both Eraserhead Press and Deadite Press have posted calls for submissions of novels and novellas of 20,000 to 100,000 words.  Eraserhead Press is seeking Bizzarro fiction and Deadlite Press is seeking extreme horror and splatterpunk.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is a 50% royalty split.  You can find the details for both here.

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Dark - Open for Submissions

The Dark, a monthly online zine, has raised their pay rate to 6cents a word.  They publish horror and dark fantasy stories of 2000 to 6000 words.  They also publish reprints for 1cent a word.  You can find the submission details here.  The also have many issues available for your to read online for free.

Me Too - Anthology Call - Female Writers Only

This call came from Elizabeth Zelvin:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

ME TOO: An Anthology of Short Stories
About Crimes Against Women, Retribution, and Healing

Maybe there's a story that has haunted you—yours or someone else's—and you've wished that everyone could hear it. Maybe you've always wished that you could change the ending.

Women across the world are breaking silence in unprecedented numbers in an outcry against sexual violence and misconduct. In fiction, however, women's perspectives on these experiences are too often disregarded. These short stories feature women who are neither femmes fatales nor easily discarded pawns. If they are victims, it is not by choice, nor does it mean that they are voiceless. Victims can become survivors. These stories also show us men who are neither heroes, glamorous bad boys, nor harmless merely because they obey society's rules. Sexual violence and misconduct are ugly—violent, not sexual; unwelcome, not flattering; frightening, intimidating, disgusting. We know that they are wrong. Yet women still have to stand and say, "Me too!" These stories are the authors' efforts to help us hear them more clearly.

Editor
This anthology is an independent project by Elizabeth Zelvin, author of the Bruce Kohler Mysteries and the Mendoza Family Saga and editor of the anthology Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style 4.* Liz's short stories have been nominated twice for the Derringer Award and three times for the Agatha Award, published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and listed in Best American Mystery Stories 2014.  
*by members of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime (Level Best, 2017) 

Guidelines
A 3,000 to 5,000 word short story (fiction, not memoir or creative nonfiction) on the theme of crimes against women, retribution, and healing...or justice.  All genres will be considered as long as the theme is addressed. 

Only stories by women authors will be considered.

Stories must be original, ie never before published in print or online, including the author's blog or website.

The deadline is July 1, 2018.

Formatting
Use standard manuscript format: Times New Roman 12 point, double spaced, use Format menu to indent first line of each paragraph 0.5".

Center title and author's name at top of ms, formatted without indent.

Number pages at top right, format author and title as header at top left.

Format section breaks with # centered without indent.

At the end, format ### centered without indent.

Submit via email to elizabeth.zelvin(at)gmail.com as a Word .doc or .docx attachment. The subject line should read "Anthology Submission" and the story title.

In the body of the email, include the word count of your story, your full name, and contact information—mailing and email address, phone, and website url—as well as an alternate email address and phone if you are hard to reach.

Only stories that comply substantially with the guidelines will be considered.

More About the Project
Several high-profile authors have already agreed to contribute stories. Once the roster is complete, the list of authors will be announced. Publishers will be approached when the manuscript is complete. Depending on the publisher and the deal, it is expected that we will be able to offer some compensation—at the very least, a small honorarium—to all contributors.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Banjaxed Books - Anthology Call

Banjaxed Books has posted an anthology call for "Deductions, Delinquents, & Detectives".  They're looking for mixed genre mystery/detective stories of 2000 to 7000 words.  The deadline is October 1, 2018 and payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

Thanks to Michael Bracken for the link!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Horror Tree - 5 Paying Non-fiction Markets

Over at Horror Tree Stuart Conover has posted a list of five paying non-fiction markets.  Thanks, Stuart!  This is the first of a new feature that Horror Tree is featuring.

Perpetuity Publising - Call for Crime Novel Submissions

Perpetuity Publishing is open for novel submissions and short story collections in the crime/mystery genres but no cozy mysteries.  There are no pay specifics listed so that's something you'll have to query.  You can find the details here.  This is a fairly new company and have only published two novels so far.

Pro Se - 12 New Anthology Calls

Pro Se has opened submissions for twelve new anthology calls.  They're looking for stories of 8000 to 10,000 words in a variety of genres including crime and westerns.  There are no pay specifics listed and they request that you query your story first.  You can find the details  here.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Speculative City - Open for Submissions

Speculative City has opened submissions for their second issue.  They are seeking speculative fiction stories centered in a cityscape up to 5500 words.  The theme for this issue is GAME.  The deadline is May 25, 2018 and payment is $20 to $75 depending on length.  You can find the details here.  And be sure to read the contract, there's a link in the guidelines and they take a lot of rights and time lengths for those rights.

Flash Bang Mysteries - New Issue

The Spring issue of Flash Bang Mysteries has gone live.  Read it for free here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mad Scientist Journal - Anthology Call

Mad Scientist Journal has posted an anthology call for "Battling in All Her Finery:  Historical accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders".  They're looking for speculative fiction stories of 500 to 8000 words written in first person about women leaders in any field.  And yes, there are more details and examples in the guidelines.  The deadline is April 30, 2018 and payment is 2cents a word.  You can find all the details here.

Toe Six Press - Open for Submissions

Toe Six Press has opened submissions today for one week (deadline April 10, 2018).  They are seeking crime stories of 2000 to 6000 words.  Payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

The Horror Zine - Open for Submissions

The Horror Zine has opened for submissions for stories of 1900 to 4000 words.  This is a non-paying market but they do publish mystery and suspense stories as well as horror.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Slice - Open for Submissions

Slice magazine is open for submissions to issue #24.  This is a literary magazine looking for short stories and essays up to 5000 words for the theme "Time".  The deadline is June 1, 2018 and payment is $250.  You can find the details here.

The Never Beyond - New Speculative Fiction Market

The Never Beyond is seeking short speculative fiction for their first issue.  They want flash up to 1000 words and short stories up to 3500 words.  Pay is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Down & Out Magazine - New Issue

Issue #3 of Down & Out The Magazine is now available.  You can find the details and links here.

Pulp Modern - Early Warning

Just a note to let you know that Pulp Modern will be opening for submissions on May 1.  The submission period is only ten days.  They're looking for stories of 3500 to 5000 words in all the pulp genres.  Payment is $10.  You can find the details here.  I'll post again when they open.

Gehenna & Hinnom Books - Call for Novellas, Novelettes, and Short Stories

Gehenna & Hinnom Books has opened submissions for novellas, novelettes, and short stories (chapbooks).  The genres they're looking for are cosmic horror and weird fiction.  The deadline is May 31, 2018.  For novellas the word count is 15,000 to 40,000 and payment is $300 to $400 advance.  For novelettes the word count is 7500 to 15,000 words and payment is 2cents a word with a $150 minimum and $300 maximum.  For short stories (chapbooks) the word count is 1500 to 5000 words.  Payment is 2cents a word with a minimum of $30 and a maximum of $100.  There are three chapbooks and the themes are "Nightscapes", "Have You Seen a Portal", and "Void Beckoning".  You can find the guidelines for all of them here.

The Thrilling Detective - New Issue

Editor Kevin Burton Smith has posted the 20th anniversary issue of The Thrilling Detective.  If you're not familiar with the site, you should be.  It's a wonderful collection of information and short fiction about the Private Eye genre.  Thank you, Kevin, for all your hard work over the years!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Flash Bang Mysteries - Open for Submissions

Submissions opened today for the next issue of Flash Bang Mysteries.  They're looking for crime flash fiction stories of 500 to 700 words.  The deadline is April 30, 2018 and payment is $20.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Wizards in Space - Open for Submissions

Wizards in Space has opened submissions for issue #3.  They're looking for stories up to 5000 words with the themes of "healing and reclaiming, family and found family, communities and support systems, and quite plainly, love".  The deadline is May 26, 2018 and payment is $30.  You'll find the guidelines on their submittable page but there's much more on their website.

Switchblade - New Issue

Switchblade #5 has hit the Kindle streets.  You can find the link and the table of contents here, just scroll down the page.

Friday, March 30, 2018

20 Paying Markets for Speculative Fiction Short Stories

Over at Lit Reactor columnist Annie Neugebauer has put together a list of 20 speculative fiction markets for short stories.  All paying.

Transmundane Press - Anthology Call

Transmundane Press has posted an anthology call for "In the Air".  They're looking for stories of 3000 to 7000 words centered on or about air in the genres of fantasy, horror, erotic, and science fiction.  The deadline is June 15, 2018 and payment is $10 to $20 depending on length.  You can find the details here.

The Big Issue - Call for Fiction Submissions - Australian Writers Only

Australian based The Big Issue has opened submissions for their 2018 Fiction Edition.  This call is for Australian writers only.  They're looking for stories of 300 to 3000 words in all genres.  The deadline is May 1, 2018 and payment is $500.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Splickety Publishing Group - Call for Flash Fiction Submissions

The Splickety Publishing Group is seeking flash fiction up to 1000 words (500 to 700 is the sweet spot) in a variety of genres for their print magazines.  There are various themes and deadlines which you can find hereYou can find the full guidelines here.  There's also a link to a sample issue so you can get a feel for what they're looking for.  Payment is 2cents a word.

Don't Flinch Podcast - Call for Script Submissions

The Don't Flinch Podcast site is seeking script submissions in the genre of horror.  They should be 20 to 30 minutes long.  Payment is $100.  There is no deadline listed.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tough - Open for Short Crime Submissions

Editor Rusty Barnes is still open for submissions to Tough but -


if you find yourself with a short crime story (1500-2500 words), consider Tough. I've accepted about as many long stories as I can stand at the moment, though I still have a few left to consider. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Electric Lit - Open for Essay Submissions

Electric Literature has posted a submission call for personal and critical essays of 1500 to 4000 words.  The details of what they're looking for in particular are posted in the guidelines.  The deadline is April 13, 2018 and payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Hat tip to David Nemith's twitter feed.

20 Paying Markets for April

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her list of paying markets for April.  Thanks, Erica!

Gypsum Sound Tales - Anthology Call

Australian based Gypsum Sound Tales has posted an anthology call for "Thuggish Itch".  They're seeking horror, sci-fi, and speculative fiction stories of 1000 to 6000 words.  The theme for the anthology is Viva Las Vegas so your story needs to feature Las Vegas in some way.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and  payment is $5AU for stories under 2000 words and $10AU for stories over 2000 words.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Nexxus Fantasy - Anthology Call

Nexxus Fantasy has posted an anthology call for "Corporate Shadows".  They're looking for stories of 2000 to 15,000 words inspired by recent net neutrality rulings.  Acceptable genres are speculative fiction, suspense/thriller, supernatural horror, and science fiction.  The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here, they come up as a pdf file.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Camton House Publishing - Anthology Call

Camton House Publishing is starting an anthology series call "The Future Vision".  They're looking for science fiction (and all the sub-genres that entails) stories up to 7000 words.  The deadline for the first anthology is April 15, 2018.  Payment is a minimum of $150.  The first six moths will be paid as a royalty split then you will be paid the balance of the $150.  You can find the details here.

Focus on the Family - Call for Submissions

I ran across this online Christian magazine called Focus on the Family.  They're seeking non-fiction articles on several topics but there was also one fiction call for what they call Brio Fiction.  They are seeking contemporary short stories of 800 to 1000 words specific to teens and their sibling relationships.  Their audience is teen girls with a biblical world view.  The deadline is April 9, 2018 and payment is $250.  You can find the details here.   

Queen of Swords Press - Anthology Call

Queen of Swords Press has posted an anthology call for "Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space):  A Pirate Anthology.  They're seeking pirate stories of 4000 to 7500 words with the sweet spot being 5000 to 6000 words.  The deadline is May 15, 2018 and payment is $100 for original stories and $50 for reprints.  You can find the details here.  No erotica.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Toe Six Press - Guidelines Posted

Toe Six Press has posted their submission guidelines.  At this time submissions are by invitation only.  When they open to general submissions they will be looking for crime stories of 2000 to 6000 words.  Payment is $25.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bracken Magazine - Seeking Help

Bracken magazine is looking for help in the form of a fiction editor, fiction reader, and a website manager.  These are non-paying positions.  You can find the details here.

Gemini Magazine - Open for Submissions

Gemini Magazine is seeking submissions for their monthly online zine.  They accept both flash fiction and short stories in any genre.  Payment here is $10.  You can find the details here.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores - Open for Submissions

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores opened for submissions today.  It's a short submission period of only seven days and ends on March 28, 2018.  They're seeking science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tale, and eldritch stories of 1000 words and up.  Payment is 6cents a word for original stories and 2cents a word for reprints.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spinetingler - Gone?

I not sure why, but the Spinetingler website has disappeared.  I know they were closing down but they were supposed to be publishing more stories.

UPDATE:  And it looks like former Spinetinger editors Sandra Ruttan and Brian Lindenmuth are starting up a new crime magazine called Toe Six Press.  No guidelines up yet, I'll keep watch and let you know.

Sick Day by Kurt Rieman

Over at Shotgun Honey there's a nice piece of flash written by Kurt Rieman.  I love how he gives you the same old story of a man who owes money then turns it upside down.

Galaxy's Edge - Open for Submissions

Galaxy's Edge is open for submissions of science fiction stories up to 7000 words.  There's no deadline listed.  Payment is 7cents a word.  You can find the guidelines here.  The March issue is online for you to read so you can get an idea of what kinds of stories they're looking for.

Freeze Frame Fiction - Open for Submissions

Freeze Frame Fiction is open for flash fiction submissions up to 1000 words in any genre.  The deadline is July 31, 2018 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

Dubious Writing Advice by Michael Bracken

Over at SleuthSayers today prolific short story writer Michael Bracken gives us some excellent writing advice on how not to use certain words.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Hobby Lark Story Cupboard

While looking for markets I came across this site called Hobby Lark that had a post with 27 scary story ideas.  Looking around the site I discovered they have a whole section about writing that could be useful to writers of all kinds.

Tough - Open for Crime Story Submissions

Editor Rusty Barnes posted to the SMFS group this morning that he's still looking for crime stories for his online zine Tough.  Pay is $25.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

One Story - Open for Submissions

One Story is currently open for submissions of literary stories of 3000 to 8000 words.  The deadline is May 31, 2018 and payment is $500.  You can find the details here.

Spinetingler - Closing

Spinetingler magazine is the latest crime magazine to bite the dust.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Betty Fedora - New Web Site

Betty Fedora has posted a new website link.  They're not open for submissions but I'll keep an eye open.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Martian Migraine Press - Anthology Call

Canadian based Martian Migraine Press has posted an anthology call for "Monstrous Outlines".  They're looking for horror and weird fiction stories with a focus on the theme of camouflage.  They want flash under 1500 words and short stories of 1500 to 7000 words.  The deadline is November 31, 2018 and payment is 3cents CAD a word.  You can find the details here.

Midnight Hour Media - Christmas Anthology Call

Midnight Hour Media has posted an anthology call for "Midnight Before Christmas".  They're looking for dark stories of 1000 to 10,000 words set during the holiday season or with a winter setting.  The deadline is May 1, 2018 and payment is 2cents a word with a cap of $200.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page for the anthology specifics.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Dark City - New Issue

The Winter 2018 issue of The Dark City is now available.  You can purchase a copy or read a selection of the stories online.

Blink-ink - Open for Submissions

For you crime fiction writers who enjoy a challenge you might want to give Blink-ink a try.  For their issue #32 the theme is "Curbside" and sounds ideal for a piece of noir or crime fiction.  The challenge?  You have to write the story in 50 words.  The deadline is April 15 and payment is one copy.  You can find the details of the call here, then click on their submission guidelines for the rest.

Odd Tales of Wonder - Open for Submissions

Odd Tales of Wonder is an irregularly published  print magazine.  They are looking for stories of all genres and any length.  The payment here is one copy and a royalty split (according to their about page).  You can find the details here.

UPDATE:  This market is closed - Sorry about this, folks.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Can You Make a Living Selling Short Fiction? by Patty Jensen

I can't quite put my finger on it, but this essay "Can You Make a Living Selling Short Fiction?" by Patty Jansen doesn't quite ring true for me.  I feel like she's left out a lot of writers.  Writers who started out writing shorts when there was a large market of genre magazines.  Are they doing as well today?  Probably not but they were there in days when you could make a living writing only short stories.  I'm thinking along the lines of writers like Lawrence Block and Stephen King.  They didn't get rich selling shorts but they left us with a treasure chest full of wonderful short stories to savor.

Link via indiecrimescene.blogspot.com

Unnerving Magazine - Editor Interview - Anthology Call

Over at the Six Questions for... blog Jim Harrington interviews Eddie Generous, the editor of Unnerving Magazine.

While the magazine is currently closed for submissions they do have an anthology titled "Haunted are These Houses" open for submissions.  They're seeking Gothic fiction of 400 to 6000 words (preferably under 4000 words).  The deadline is April 28, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  They are accepting both original and reprint stories for this anthology.  You can find the details on their Submittable page.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Belladonna Nightshade Press - Charity Anthology Call

Belladonna Nightshade Press has posted an anthology call for "Not Today".  They're seeking stories of 2000 to 10,000 words in which "characters survive to carry on, even if they may have lost something along the way".  They're open to all genres.  This is a charity anthology and proceeds will go to UNICEF.  The deadline is June 1, 2018.  You can find the details here.

And again, thanks to Michael Bracken for the link!

Tarl Hoch - Anthology Call

Editor Tarl Hoch posted an anthology call on GoodReads for "Maids".  He's looking for Anime-esk types of stories that feature a female maid in a major role (she must also be dressed as a maid).  And yes, there are links to examples of the type of stories they're looking for.  The stories of 5000 to 15,000 words can be in any genre.  The deadline is October 1, 2018 and payment is 1/2cent a word.  You can find the details here.

Thanks to Michael Bracken for the link!

Gypsum Sound Tales - Anthology Call

Australian based Gypsum Sound Tales has opened submissions for their first anthology "Colp".  They're looking for stories of 1000 to 5000 words in any genre that fit the theme "the passage of time".  The deadline is April 30, 2018 and payment is $5AU for stories under 1500 words and $10 AU for stories over 1500 words.  You can find the details here.  The link comes from the editor, Christopher Pulo.

Third Flatiron Press - Open for Submissions

Third Flatiron Press has opened submissions for their next anthology with the theme "Galileo's Theme Park".  They're looking for stories of 1500 to 3000 words in all genres but leaning toward speculative fiction.  The deadline is April 15, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Post Mortem Press - Anthology Call

Post Mortem Press has posted an anthology call for "She's Lost Control".  They're looking for stories up to 10,000 word about losing control written by writers who identify as women.  The deadline is March 31, 2018 and payment is 1/2cemt a word plus a royalty split.  You can find the details on their Submittable page.  This call came through SMFS today.

38 Paying Markets for March

Over at the Publishing,,,and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her paying markets list for March.  Thanks, Erica!

Small Press Publishing

Over at the Sci-fi & Scary website there's a very interesting article about "Small Press Publishing".  It takes a look at all the good and bad points of going with a small press.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tough - Update

Editor Rusty Barnes posted to Twitter that starting in July of this year Tough magazine will also be in print as well as online:

"Tough needs your crime stories: special attention given to stories from women writers and stories in rural or Appalachian settings. Pays $25 per story, publishes online weekly and in print beginning July 2018. ."

Ten Tips for Writing and Selling Fillers by KMorris

The Chester County Independent has an article titled "Ten Tips for Writing and Selling Fillers" by KMorris.  I remember starting out this way with letters to the editor and short fun pieces to local papers and magazines.  It's a good way to dip your toe into the world of writing and learn how to work with editors and deadlines.

B Cubed Press - Anthology Call

B Cubed Press has posted an anthology call for "Alternative Theologies for the Religious Right".  They're looking for stories, poems, and essays that are "a re-mastering of core biblical themes that will help justify, or perhaps even expose, modern evangelical theology".  Humor and good will are key.  The word count is 250 to 5000 words. The deadline is July 15, 2018, and payment is 2cents a word plus royalties.  You can find the details here.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Polically Correct Censorship is Damaging Fiction by Lionel Shriver

There is a thoughtful piece in The Guardian written by Lionel Shriver about how politically correct censorship is damaging fiction.  Read it here.

Listen, Ask, Read: A guide to Publishing and Publishers for Authors by Gabino Iglesias

Over at Clash there's a great essay by Gabino Iglesias titled "Listen, Ask, Read:  A Guide to Publishing and Publishers for Authors".  He has some wonderful advice that every writer should pay attention to when looking for a market for their work.

The Hamthology - Anthology Call

Editor David F. Schultz has posted an anthology call for "The Hamthology".  They're looking for poetry, essays, and short stories that involve a ham sandwich.  There is no word limit and they're open to all genres including erotica.  The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is $5 per 1000 words with a cap of $10.  The pay isn't much but it sounds like a fun project.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

An Editor Seeking Advice from Writers

Editor Oren Litwin is seeking feedback about asking writers to donate $50 to his next KickStarter in exchange for getting a one-page critique of their submission, and the chance to resubmit.  He can see the drawbacks but he also sees some advantages for the writer.  Stop on by his blog and let him know what you think after you read his post.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Glassing Magazine - No Fee Fiction Contest

Glassing Magazine has posted a call for their "Mermaid Fiction Contest".  They're looking for stories up to 1500 words featuring a mermaid.  The focus of the magazine is sea glass so keep that in mind when you write your story.  The deadline is March 31, 2018.  First prize is $250 and publication in their print magazine.  There are two runner up prizes of $50 each and publication in their online site.  You can find the details here.  There is no fee to enter.

Female Serial Killers

If you're looking for inspiration for your next serial killer story check out this essay by Cynthia Pelayo.  Female Serial Killers.  I expect there are many more that the world doesn't know about, after all women are the keepers of secrets and lies, aren't they?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Twelfth Planet Press - Advance Notice Novella Series Call

Twelfth Planet Press has posted an advance notice that they are seeking novellas of 17,000 to 40,000 words in the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or crime for their Novella Series.  The submission period opens on September 1, 2018 and closes November 30, 2018.  Payment is a $300 advance plus royalties.  You can find the guidelines here.

Fireside Magazine - Submission Period Announced

Fireside Magazine's upcoming reading period is very short so I'm posting it early so you can get started on a story if you care to submit.  They are looking for stories in any genre, though they lean toward speculative fiction.  They accept flash up to 1000 words and short stories up to 4000 words.  The reading period is April 23 to 27, 2018 and payment is 12.5cents a word.  There are a lot of stories posted on line here for you to read and get a feel for what they're looking for.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pulp Metal Magazine - Closing

Pulp Metal Magazine will be closing up shop.

Blood Bound Books - Anthology Call

Blood Bound Books has posted a "Best Of" anthology call.  They're looking for new horror stories of 500 to 6000 words.  All the subgenres including erotica are welcome but they must be dark,  The deadline is May 31, 2018 and payment is 5cents a word (8cents if they get enough patreon supporters.  You can find the details here.

Black Mirror Press - Anthology Call

Black Mirror Press has posted an anthology call for "Poe's Shadows:  Tales of Poe for the 21st Century".  They looking for stories of 3000 to 7000 words that bring Poe's stories into the 21st century, not just a retelling but with a new world twist to it.  They are asking for a three paragraph synopsis first then they'll let you know if they want to see your story.  The deadline is until full and payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Solarcide - Open for Submissions

Solarcide has opened submissions for their February reading period.  They're seeking dark fiction stories of 1000 to 3000 words in any genre.  Payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Ye Olde Magick Shoppe - Anthology Call

Editor Oren Litwin has posted an anthology call for "Ye Olde Magick Shoppe".  He's looking for fantasy stories of 3500 to 7000 words with the plot point element being the selling of magic.  The deadline is June 1, 2018 and payment will be $25 ($100 if they have a successful KickStarter).  You can find the details here.

Blue Crow Publishing - Charity YA Anthology Call - North Carolina Residents Only

Blue Crow Publishing has posted a call for a charity anthology to benefit literacy programs in North Carolina.  The anthology is titled Secrets and Lies:  A Wicked South Anthology".  They are seeking YA (ages 13 - 19) stories in any genre but they must feature a secret shared or kept.  The deadline is April 1, 2018 and payment is one copy.  This is open to North Carolina residents only.  You can find the details here.

Thanks to Michael Bracken for the link!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Cwtch Press - Erotica Anthology Calls

Cwtch Press has two open erotica anthology calls posted.  The first is "Blood in the Rain 4:  Erotica Vampire Tales".  They're looking for dark erotica vampire tales of 2500 to 7000 words.  The deadline is May 30, 2018 and payment is $75.

The second all is for "Keep Going".  They're looking for erotica stories of 2500 to 7000 words about consent.  "Make asking for permission hot."  The deadline is September 30, 2018 and payment is $25.  You can find the details for both anthologies here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The newest issue of Yellow Mama has hit the virtual streets.  You can read it here for free.

The Econoclash Review - First Issue

The Econoclash Review is now available for Kindle.  Check out the details here.

A Short History of Crime Fiction Markets

Short story writer Michael Bracken takes a look at the world of short mystery fiction markets that have come and gone and still flourish today.  You'll find his guest post over at the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine blog Something is Going to Happen.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Over at The Horror Tree

Over at the Horror Tree you'll find a very interesting article about giving your monsters a "heart".  Not something you think about when writing but which makes a great deal of sense.  The essay, written by Kevin Holton, is titled "Teeth, Claws, and Heart:  Creating Creatures that Want More than Blind Destruction".

Independent Legions Publishing - Anthology Call

Italy based Independent Legions Publishing has opened submissions for their anthology "Monsters of Any Kind".  They're looking for speculative fiction stories of 3500 to 5000 words.  The story must contain one non-human monster and there is a short list of monsters they don't want.  The deadline is July 10, 2018 and payment is $100.  You can find the details here.

Alfred Hitchcock Remains an Influence on Crime Writers by Hillel Italie

There's a piece in The Republic titled "Alfred Hitchcock Remains an Influence on Crime Writers" by Hillel Italie that might be of interest to some of you out there.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Dark Moon Digest - New Issue

Dark Moon Digest #30 is now available for purchase.  Check it out here.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Shotgun Honey Books - Open for Crime Novel Submissions

Shotgun Honey Books is open for novel queries for 2018 and 2019.  They are seeking crime novels of 25,000 to 50,000 words.  Shotgun Honey is publishing under the Down & Out Books umbrella.  You can find the details here.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Twisted Publishing - Anthology Call

Twisted Publishing has opened submissions for their anthology "The Twisted Book of Shadows".  They're looking for horror stories of 3000 to 5000 words.  The deadline is February 28, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word with a cap of $300 plus a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Switchblade - Special Issue Call - Women Writers Only

Switchblade magazine has posted a special issue call for "Stiletto Heeled".  This one is to be by women and about women.  They're looking for noir/hardboiled stories of 2000 to 4500 words.  The deadline is September 1, 2018 and payment is $15.  The usual guidelines apply.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.

Nothing's Sacred - Open for Submissions

Horror magazine Nothing's Sacred is open for submissions for volume #4.  They're seeking stories up 3000 words that cover the full spectrum of the horror genre with a few of the usual exceptions.  The deadline is February 28, 2018 and payment is 5cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Switchblade - Open for Submissions

And don't forget Switchblade opened for submissions yesterday.

Midnight Hour Media - Anthology Call

Midnight Hour Media has opened submissions for volumes 1 & 2 of their anthology "Midnight Hour".  They're seeking dark stories of 1500 to 8000 words in a variety of genres including crime noir.  The deadline May 1, 2018 and payment is 2cents a word with a cap of $160.  You can find the details here.

Nosetouch Press - Anthology Call

Nosetouch Press has opened submissions for their anthology "Fiends in the Furrows:  An Anthology of Folk Horror".  They're looking for stories of 5000 to 10,000 words "that capture the essence of Folk Horror in new and terrifying ways".  The deadline is May 1, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.

Coffin Hop Press - Anthology Calls

Canadian based Coffin Hop Press has three open anthologies for 2018.  The first is a Women of Canadian Crime anthology "The Dame was Trouble".  This features Canadian women writers only.  The deadline is April 15, 2018.  The second is "Knucklehead Noir".  They're looking for crime stories similar to Charles Willeford.  The deadline is July 1, 2018.  The third is for holiday crime stories titled "Baby It's Cold Outside".  The deadline is July 1, 2018.  There are no pay specifics listed.  You can find the details here.  Scroll down the page.

23 Paying Markets for February

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her February listing of paying markets.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bourbon Penn - Open for Submissions

According to their classified ad at newpages.com Bourbon Penn is seeking stories for their 2018 issues.  They need "odd" stories of 2000 to 7500 words.  Payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the submission details here.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rogue Blades Entertainment - Anthology Calls

Rogue Blades Entertainment has three anthologies open for submissions.  Of interest here is "Crazy Town" which is seeking fantastical (speculative elements are required) crime noir stories of 3000 to 7000 words.  You have to submit the first 500 words of your story then they'll let you know if they want to see the rest.  Kind of a query deal :)  The deadline is when full and payment is $25.  You can find the details for all three anthologies on their Submittable page.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The No Ghost Ghost Story

Yesterday I posted an anthology call for ghost stories and today I ran across this list of "Five Ghost Stories Without Any Ghosts in Them" by Malcolm Devlin.  It certainly makes you think about how genres can be one thing and another at the same time.

JABberwocky Literary Agency - Open for Queries

I don't generally post about literary agents seeking clients but I thought this might interest some of you out there.  JABberwocky Literary Agency Inc. has three agents who are open for queries.  You can check out the details here.  Their client list is quite impressive in many genres.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Horror Zine - Anthology Call

The Horror Zine has posted an anthology call for "The Horror Zine's Book of Ghost Stories".  They're looking for scary ghost stories of 2000 to 4000 words.  The deadline is April 30, 2018 and payment is $20.  You can find the details here.

Mullis: Writing Stories in Invisible Ink, Advice for a Young Writer

Encouragement isn't something a writer finds everyday so I was tickled to come across this essay in the Battle Creek Enquirer about a young writer and how her godmother encouraged her to keep writing.

Switchblade Magazine - Reading Period Announced

Switchblade Magazine has posted their reading period for issue #5.  They will be open for submissions from February 1 to March 1.  They're seeking stories of 2000 to 4500 words and flash fiction up to 1000 words.  Payment is $15.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Black Cat Mystery Magazine - Open for Submissions

Submissions opened today for Black Cat Mystery Magazine.  They are seeking crime stories of 1000 to 8000 words for issue #4.  Submissions close when filled so don't delay submitting.  Payment is 3cents a word with a $250 maximum payment.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

ChiZine Publications - Anthology Call

Canadian Publisher ChiZine has posted an anthology call for "War on Christmas".  They're looking for dark speculative fiction (sf/f/h) stories of 500 to 5000 words that are "deranged and demented...that snap back against all the holiday schmaltz."  On their list of "favorites" in this category of writing is "The Ice Harvest" and Donald Westlake so you noir folks out there have a chance.  The deadline is March 4, 2018 and payment is 8cents a word CAD.  You can find the details here.

Metaphorosis Books - Reprint Anthology Call

Metaphorosis Books is open for submissions to their 2017 "Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy".  They want reprint sci-fi and fantasy stories of 1000 to 8000 words about vegans that were published in 2017.  The deadline is February 28, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.

The Case for Short Crime Fiction?

There's an interesting blog post up over at Crime Syndicate Magazine that deserves a read through by writers and readers of short crime fiction.  Check it out here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Celenic Earth Publications - Anthology Calls

Celenic Earth Publications has a listing of anthologies that are currently open for submissions.  Of interest here are "Between the Mystery" which is looking for crime thrillers, and "With Veiled Deduction" which is looking for hardboiled noir.  There are other genres and holiday anthologies also.  Payment is a royalty split.  On their submission page is a form that you fill out stating your interest in the project and they will contact you if they are interested in your work.  Kind of query set up deal I suppose.  If accepted you'll have two months to write and submit your story.  You can find the details here.