Friday, January 18, 2019

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her January listing of paying anthology markets.  Thanks, Angie!

The Future is Female by Alexandria Lightman

Sometimes I wonder what women are thinking when they write something like this.  In six sentences she dismissed all the hard work of the women who achieved so much as they worked either alone or side by side with the men.  The men didn't do it alone and to say they did is to say that women didn't matter.  Shame on you.

And yes, I usually stay out of the political correctness battles but this one really pissed me off.  While women aren't given the credit they deserve it doesn't mean they were sitting on the sidelines wringing their hands while the men dashed about on their white horses saving the damsels in distress and making the world safe for femininity.  Finished with my rant now :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

No Alibis Press - Anthology Call

Belfast based No Alibis Press has posted an anthology call for short stories in any genre and any length.  There is no title at this time.  The deadline is January 31, 2019 and payment is 75 to 100pounds depending on how many stories they select.  You can find the details here.  This seems to be a crime fiction based press.  Sorry for the late notice but I just found this.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tough - Open for Submissions

For those of you looking for open crime markets, Tough is open for submissions.  They're looking for crime stories of 1500 to 7500 words.  Payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Fears of a Clown - Early Notice Anthology Call

UK based editor David Higgins has posted an anthology call for "Fears of a Clown".  He's looking for stories of 1000 to 10,000 words where the clown in the room isn't the real threat.  Open to a variety of genres.  Submissions open on February 1, 2019 and close March 31, 2019.  Payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Left Hand Publishing - Anthology Call

Left Hand Publishing has posted a anthology call for "Reimagining Classics".  They're looking for stories of 4000 to 10,000 words that reimagine classic stories.  All stories must have a twist or a moral.  Most genres are welcome but they're especially looking for stories in many of the subgenres of crime fiction.  The deadline is March 1, 2019 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.  Be sure to read past the submission form for more guidelines.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Flash Bang Mysteries - New Issue

The Winter issue of Flash Bang Mysteries has hit the virtual streets.  You can read it for free here.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Pulp Modern - A Reminder

Just a reminder that Pulp Modern will open for submissions for one day only on January 15, 2019.  They're looking for stories of 3500 to 5000 words in a variety of genres.  Payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Flash Bang Mysteries - Open for Submission

I'm a little late with this one but Flash Bang Mysteries opened for submissions on January 1st.  They're looking flash crime stories of 500 to 750 words.  The deadline is January 31, 2019 and payment is $20.  You can find the details here.

Oren Litwin - Anthology Calls

Editor Oren Litwin has posted two anthology calls that are open for submissions.  The first is "Asteroids" looking for science fiction stories of 3500 to 7000 words.  The second is "Family" looking for fantasy stories of 3500 to 7000 words.  The deadline for both is March 1, 2019 and payment is a $25 advance plus a royalty split.  You can find a link to both anthologies here.

Martinus Publishing - Anthology Call

Martinus Publishing opened submissions for their anthology "This Never Happened!".  They are looking for stories of 1500 to 10,000 words that look at the humorous side of alternative history fiction.  The deadline is April 30, 2019 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Nightscript #5 - Anthology Call

Editor CM Muller has opened submissions for his anthology "Nightscript #5".  They're looking for "strange tales" with a dark literary bend.  There is no word count listed.  The deadline is January 31, 2019 and payment is $20.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2018 Crime Fiction Roundup

Well it's that time of year again for the annual roundup of crime fiction markets.  First up the ones that closed their doors.

Crooked Holster
Manslaughter Review
Crime Syndicate
Spinetingler
Pulp Metal
Solarcide - hasn't opened for submissions since February
Snubnose Press
Midnight Ink

Betty Fedora - Listed as closed last year but the website came back and noted that they'd open in 2018 for issue five - didn't happen.

 Noir Nation announced a comeback this year but so far no call for submissions or new issues published.

Iridium opened in May and closed down a month or so later with only one issue published.

And finally Down & Out Books announced a new imprint called New Wave Crime in June then in December Polis books announced that the editor was heading a new imprint call Agora for them.  And yes the New Crime Wave imprint had been pulled from Down & Out.  So one loss, one gain.

Since our crime short story market seems to be shrinking I'll make this one post this year and list the markets that opened here as well.

I don't know if Bouchercon will make this an annual contest but this year they announced The Bill Crider Prize for Short Fiction.  Very cool of them and a great tribute to a wonderful man.

Who Knocks? - pays 1cent word still waiting on the first issue.

Serial - this market is seeking pulp type stories and pays $1.60 per page plus royalties.  The first issue is due out this month.

Dead Gun Press - reopened this year and published a new anthology.  Their ezine is open for submissions, but is non-paying.

Thriller - is currently open for submissions for issue three.  This is a non-paying market.

Retreats from Oblivion - is a non-paying noir market associated with Noir Con.

And with the closing of Spinetingler editor Sandra Ruttan opened a new site called Toe Six Press.  While they publish regularly online there is no short fiction published.  They opened a fiction submission call in April for a print issue but it hasn't been published as yet.  They also opened a site called Zombie Cat for reprints that are no longer available online.

Sorry to say it hasn't been a great year for crime fiction markets.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Level Best Books - Anthology Call

Level Best Books has opened submissions for their 2019 anthology "Seascape".  They're looking for crime stories up to 5000 words set in New England.  The deadline is April 30, 2019.  This is a royalty paying market and MWA approved.  You can find all the details here.

Thriller - Open for Submissions

Thriller Magazine has opened submissions for their third issue.  They're looking for thriller stories up to 4000 words in the genres of action, horror, and crime.  I didn't notice a deadline listed and this is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  May your new year email inbox be filled with more acceptance than rejection letters from editors.

World Weaver Press - Anthology Call

Submissions opened today for World Weaver Press anthology "Glass and Gardens:  Solarpunk Winter".  They're looking for solarpunk stories up to 8000 words that take place in the winter.  The deadline is March 1, 2019 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.

Unnerving Magazine - Open for Submissions

Submissions opened today for Unnerving Magazine.  They're looking for stories of 800 to 4000 words in the genres of horror, crime, thriller, and suspense along with dark science fiction and fantasy.  The deadline is February 1, 2019 and payment is 3cents a word for original work and 1cent a word for reprints.  You can find the details here on their Submittable page.  Check back to their webpage for formatting.

They are also open for novella, novel, and short story collections.