Ah...can you smell it? Spring is in the air! Yeah, we're getting smacked with a HUGE snow storm but hey it's the first of February and there's warmer weather on the horizon. And since it's the first of the month, there's markets opening for your finely crafted shorts.
The Red Penny Papers is open until the 28th for your dark pulpy stories http://redpennypapers.com/submissions/ This is a paying market at a penny a word up to $25.
Pulp Empire has a themed anthology opening for subs today. "Pirates and Swashbucklers" is the name and the theme. Deadline is April 15 for shorts of 5000 to 20,000 words, the pay is royalties on sales. http://pulpempire.com/mag/?page_id=203 They're also open for regular submissions.
Lost Woods Books is a part of Sword and Saga Press and they have a new anthology call opening today for environmental stories with a genre twist called "Clamoring Spring". They're looking for stories up to 7500 words along with non-fiction essays. Payment is one copy and they're open until filled which they expect to be about three months. http://swordandsagapress.com/Lost-Woods.php
A few print magazines have opened, paying and non-paying:
Shock Totem http://shocktotem.com/
Pear Noir http://www.pearnoir.com/submissions.htm
Vestal Review http://www.vestalreview.net/
The First Line is always open but the new theme opens tomorrow and accepts subs until May 1. The opening line is, "We need to talk." http://www.thefirstline.com/
And last but not least the Crimefactory opens for subs today. This is both an online and print zine and available on all those hand held do-hickeys. Way to make a zine available to the reading public, guys!! http://www.crimefactoryzine.com/main/HOME.html