Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Elm Books - Mystery Anthology Calls

Elm Books has posted two anthology calls for 2017 and both are for mysteries.

The first is "Death by Cupcake" and they're looking for cozy mysteries of 2000 to 10,000 words that features a cupcake somewhere in the story.  The deadline is January 1, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.

The second is "Undeath and the Age of Steam".  For this one they're looking for mysteries up to 10,000 words in a Steampunk setting.  The deadline is June 1, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.

You can find the guidelines for both here.

Happy Hours - Our Lives in Gay Bars - Charity Anthology Call

"Happy Hours - Our Lives in Gay Bars" is a charity anthology seeking fiction and non-fiction up to 5000 words that show the role gay bar's culture has played in your life or LGBTQ! people in general.  They're also looking for poetry.  Payment is one copy of the anthology.  Royalties will be donated to the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia and the Ali Forney Center in New York City.  You can find all the details here.

Pen & Prosper - Writing Advice

While searching for markets I ran across Pen& Prosper, a blog that offers writing advice for those looking to make some money (write full time) with their words.  They're also looking for guest posts of 200 to 700 words about writing.  Payment is $10.  Just click on the Write 4 Us button at the top of the page for the guidelines.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NonBinary Review - Call for Submissions

NonBinary Review has posted a call for "submissions that relate to the work of Edgar Allen Poe".  They're looking for fiction and non-fiction up to 5000 words and poetry.  Payment for fiction and non-fiction is 1cent a word and poetry pays a flat rate of $10, this is for their print edition.  If you'd like you can also have your piece considered for their online edition which pays a flat rate of $10.  The deadline is February 1,2017.  You can find the details on their Submittable page.

Hat tip to

Friday, November 25, 2016

Switchblade - A Deadline Reminder

Just a reminder that the deadline for the first issue of "Switchblade" is fast approaching.  They're looking for flash fiction up to 1000 words and shorts of 2000 to 4500 words.  This is a print magazine for hardboiled crime fiction.  Payment is one copy and the deadline is November 30, 2016.  You can find the details here

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.  I hope that all of you are enjoying the company of family and friends on this special day.  While we always seem to focus on the food it's really the companionship that creates unforgettable memories.  Memories that we pull out and savor over the years and pass along to our children.

And my Thanksgiving Day gift to you is "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen" by O. Henry.  It's one of my favorite stories.  No one plays on the heart strings as well as O. Henry.

Mantle Lane Press - Anthology Call

UK based Mantle Lane Press has posted an anthology call for "Mrs. Rochester's Attic".  They're looking for stories of 1000 to 6000 words that are "Gothic-tinted tales about mad love and terrible secrets".  The deadline is December 18, 2016 and payment is 1p per word with a max payment of 50pounds.  Submissions are through green submissions.  You can find the details here.

A big thank you to Michael Bracken for passing along the link!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Invisible 3 - Non-fiction Anthology Call

Jim C. Hines has posted a call for the anthology "Invisible 3".  He's looking for personal essays and poetry about what it's like to see yourself misrepresented or erased in SF/F stories (he explains it in more detail so be sure to read the guidelines carefully).  Essays should be 400 to 1000 words in length.  He asks that you query your proposed topic by December 1.  Payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

A Scandal in Gomorrah: Queering Sherlock Holmes - Anthology Call

Editor Matthew Bright has posted an anthology call for "A Scandal in Gomorrah:  Queering Sherlock Holmes".  He's looking for stories of 2000 to 6000 words featuring queer characters in Sherlock Holmes stories.  The stories can be set in Victorian England or be updated versions (please read the guidelines as they include exactly what he's looking for).  The deadline is January 1, 2017 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Grivante Press - Anthology Call

Grivante Press has posted an anthology call for "Mashed:  The Culinary Delight of Twisted Erotica Horror".  They're looking for stories of 500 to 10,000 words that incorporate the theme of food related erotica horror.  The deadline is January 31, 2017 or until filled.  Payment is $10 to $30 depending on length.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Backstory Story Cupboard

We live in an unbelievably crazy world and if you're looking for a backstory for your police detective or private investigator this story just might work.  There are so many different ways you could take the future of this child.

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her list of anthology markets for November.  Thanks, Angie!!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Dark Magazine - Open for Submissions

The Dark Magazine is open for submissions of short fiction up to 6000 words in the genres of horror and dark fantasy.  Payment is 3cents a word for original fiction and 1cent a word for reprints.  You can find the details here.

The Museum of Science Fiction - Anthology Call

The Museum of Science Fiction has posted an anthology call for "Catalysts, Explorers, and Secret Keepers:  Women of SF".  they're looking for stories of 2000 to 5000 words that celebrate women with agency in science fiction.  The deadline is December 1, 2016 and payment is 6cents a word for original stories and 3cents a word for reprints.  While this anthology is for and about women, male authors are invited to submit as long as they stick to the theme.  You can find the submission details on their Greeen Submissions page here.  They have a fully funded KickStarter page where you can find more details.

Copper Pen Press - Open for Novel Submissions

Copper Pen Press has posted a call for novel submissions in the Mystery, Suspense, and Crime genres.  The novels should be 70,000 to 80,000 words but they're looking for queries first then chapters if they're interested.  There's no mention of what they're paying.  Please note that they want submissions professionally edited before you submit them so they're just publishing here and nothing else.  You can find the details here.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Pen and Kink Publishing - Anthology Call

Pen and Kink Publishing have posted an anthology call for "Ravenous".  They're looking for vampire romance stories of 1000 to 15,000 words.  The deadline is January 31. 2017 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

Jaded Books Publishing - Anthology Calls (non-paying)

Jaded Books Publishing has three anthology calls posted.  The down side is that they're all non-paying.  The titles are "Shopping List", "Taboo", and "Beautiful Tragedies" (poetry).  If you're interested, you can check them out here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Just a Quick Note

I haven't been finding any good markets (or even bad ones) to post up lately.  There were two markets that should have opened this month and didn't.  I'm not sure what's going on but I will keep searching.  Things are bound to get better.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Less Than Three Press - Anthology Call

Less Than Three Press has posted a new anthology call for "A Fool for You".  They're looking for "stories of tricksters and all the mischief they can manage--and what happens when they meet their match".  Stories should be 10,000 to 20,000 words.  This is a LGBTQIA anthology.  The deadline is March 31, 2017 and payment is a flat $200.  You can find the details here.

Blood Bound Books - Open for Novel Submissions

Blood Bound Books has opened up for novel submissions.  They're looking for horror stories in various categories up to 100,000 words.  The deadline is April 20,2017.  They pay a $250 advance.  You can find the details here.

Black Orchid Novella Contest - Open for Submissions

The deadline for the current Black Orchid Novella Contest is May 31, 2017.  They're looking for entries of 15,000 to 20,000 words that are written in the style of the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout.  There's no fee to enter and the winner is published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and paid their usual rate.  You can find all the details here.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

28 Paying Markets for November

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog you'll find a list of 28 paying markets with November deadlines.  Thank, Erica!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cowboy Jamboree - Open for Submissions

Cowboy Jamboree has opened submissions for their Spring 2017 issue.  They are looking for both non-fiction and fiction.  The theme for this issue is "The Family Strain".  The deadline is March 15, 2017.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

Crystal Lake Publishing - Anthology Call

Crystal Lake Publishing opened submissions today for their anthology "Tales from the Lake: Volume 4".  They're looking for horror stories up to 7000 words with the preferred length around 4000 words.  This anthology is non-themed so you don't have to set your stories around a lake.  The deadline is February 1, 2017 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.