Monday, February 27, 2017

Onyx Neon Shorts - Poetry Anthology Call

Since the Internet seems to be alive with political opinions I thought I'd post this call for poems from Onyx Neon Shorts.  They're looking for poems that reflect "American Upheaval".  You can submit up to six poems and they're also accepting reprints.  The deadline is June 1, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Samantha Lienhard - Market Resources

Samantha Lienhard has a blog post up called "Resources for Story and Game Writing Markets".  The short story market lists are all on Facebook so I couldn't get on but for those of you who are on Facebook they could be a useful resource for markets.

Problem Daughters Anthology Canceled

I'm not sure what happened but the anthology Problem Daughters has been canceled.  You can check out the details here.  I found the cancellation on the File 770 site which goes into more detail.  Just scroll down to #16.  I posted the original call here.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Down and Out Books - Open for Crime Novel Submissions

Down and Out Books has opened submissions for novels of 60,000 to 90,000 words in the genres of mystery, suspense, thriller, noir, and police procedural.  No cozies or romantic suspense.  There's no deadline listed or pay specifics.  You can find the guidelines here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Trigger Warning: Short Fiction with Pictures - Open for Submissions

Trigger Warning:  Short Fiction with Pictures has opened submissions for short stories up to 5000 words in the genres of horror, science fiction, and crime.  No flash fiction.  Payment here is $75 plus a copy of the illustration that runs with your story.  There's no deadline listed.  You can find the details here.

Nightmare Magazine - Open for Submissions

Nightmare Magazine (the February issue is available to read online or to purchase for your Kindle) is currently open for submissions of horror and dark fantasy stories of 1500 to 7500 words.  Under 5000 words is preferred.  There's no deadline listed.  Payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the guidelines here.

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The February issue of Yellow Mama has gone live and is free to read online.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Untreed Reads - Mystery Anthology Call

Untreed Reads has opened submissions for their annual Thanksgiving anthology "The Killer Wore Cranberry #5".  They're looking for stories of 1500 to 5000 words that "have humor - feature a Thanksgiving dish - and have a great mystery or crime at the heart of the story".  The deadline is May 31, 2017 and payment is a royalty share.  You can find the details here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Fantasist - Call for Space Opera Novellas

The Fantasist has opened submissions for issue #4.  This is a special themed issue - they're seeking space opera novellas (with a fantasy edge) of 15,000 to 50,000 words.  There's no deadline listed as yet.  Payment is $100.  You can find the details here.

Bracken - Open for Submissions

Bracken has opened submissions for their fourth issue.  They're looking for speculative fiction stories "born out of the wood" up to 2500 words.  There's no deadline listed.  Payment is 2cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Midnight Writers - Anthology Call

The Midnight Writers has posted a submission call for their 2017 anthology titled "Last Shot Fired".  They're looking for stories of 2000 to 6000 words in any genre so long as the story deals with the last shot fired.  The deadline is April 30, 2017 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Eyes of Texas - Anthology Call

Editor Michael Bracken has announced an anthology call for "The Eyes of Texas".  He's looking for PI stories that represent the diversity of Texas.  Your stories should be set in the 21st and late 20th century and in the hardboiled or noir end of the crime fiction spectrum.  The word count should be around 5000 words.  This anthology will be released around the time of Bouchercon 2019 in Dallas.  The publisher is Down and Out Books.  The deadline is November 30, 2017 and payment is a royalty share.  You can find the details here.

Black Orchid Novella Award Contest - Open for Submissions

And a reminder from the lovely Michael Bracken that the annual Black Orchid Novella Award Contest is open for submissions.  They're looking for novellas of 15,000 to 20,000 words written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories (traditional mysteries).  The contest is sponsored by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.  The deadline is May 31, 2017 and the winner will be published in AHMM and paid their professional rates.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Deciduous Tales - New Market

Deciduous Tales is a new market looking for horror and dark fiction short stories of 1000 to 5000 words.  The first issue will be published in the fall in both print and e-format.  There's no deadline listed.  Payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here

MacKenzie Publishing - Anthology Call

Canadian based MacKenzie Publishing has re-posted an anthology call for "Two Eyes Open"The first post has a picture to use as the basis of your story.  They're looking for stories of 2500 to 5000 words in the genres of horror, suspense, thriller, and mystery.  The deadline is March 31, 2017 and payment is $10CAD.

Fantastic Divinity Magazine - Anthology Call

This is a non-paying market except for a copy of the anthology.  I'm posting it because it is a mystery market.  The anthology is "See Through My Eyes" and they're looking for horror featuring ghost mysteries.  The word count is 1500 to 15,000 words.  The deadline is May 25, 2017.  The details are here, just scroll down to the second call as the first one is closed but not noted as so.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Resurrection House - Open for Novel Submissions

Resurrection House has opened for novel submissions in the genres of science fiction and fantasy but they're also looking for noir mysteries with a tinge of other worldliness.  There are no pay specifics.  You can find the details here.

van Gogh Anthology Call

First off, pay here is one copy only but I thought some of you might be interested.  The call is posted over at Silver Birch Press but they won't be publishing the anthology.  The editor is Catfish McDaris and he's looking for poetry, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction (up to 10 pages) inspired by the art of Vincent van Gogh.  There is no deadline but the anthology will close when they hit 300 pages.  You can find the call here

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Over at the Angie's Desk blog Angie has posted up her February list of anthology calls.  Thanks, Angie!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The One Phone Call Story Cupboard

While searching for markets tonight I ran across a blog called "Your One Phone Call:  Poetry With a Knife Edge".  Now the blog is actually a non-paying literary zine based in Wales which accepts poetry, flash fiction, and short stories. 

But it wasn't the market that spoke to me but its name.  I thought what a great idea for an anthology - Your One Phone Call.  Who would you call if you were arrested or committed a crime and needed help to clean it up.  Perhaps you decided to murder someone and needed help, who would you call?  The idea of having only one phone call that could change the entire course of your life just set the creative juices flowing in so many different directions.  Who would your character call? 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Enchanted Conversation - 2017 Themes Announced

Enchanted Conversation A Fairy Tale Magazine has posted their themes for 2017.  The next submission period begins on March 1 with the theme Diamonds and Toads.  Payment is $30 for stories.  You can find all the details here.

bhc Press - Charity Anthology Calls

bhc press has posted three charity anthology calls for 2017.  The titles are:

On the Edge of Tomorrow - deadline April 30, 2017
The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove - deadline May 31, 2017
Tales by the Tree - deadline July 31, 2017

According to the press release I read, authors will receive one copy of the anthology as payment.  $1 of each print sale (50cents for ebooks) will go to Reading is Fundamental.  This link will take you to their home page then click on anthology submissions at the top of the page for submission guidelines.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pulp Modern - Opening for Submissions

Editor Alec Cizak has announced that he will be opening a submissions reading period for the new Pulp Modern.  The submission window will be March 1 to March 10, 2017.  I'm posting this early so you can get your stories ready.  Payment will be $10.  The genres will be crime, science fiction, fantasy, and Westerns.
 And you can find the formal guidelines here.

Weirdpunk Books - Anthology Call

Weirdpunk Books has posted an anthology call for "Zombie Punks Fuck Off".  They're looking for zombie punk stories of 2000 to 5000 words "where zombies and punk collide".  The deadline is April 30, 2017 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Shock Totem Update

I mentioned that Shock Totem seemed to have closed up shop and yes, they have, but Apex Publications has acquired their book line which is great for their authors.  Always good to hear good news for authors when a publication decides to close up shop.

Lillicat Publishers - Anthology Call

Lillicat Publishers has posted an anthology call for "Visions VII:  Universe".  They're looking for science fiction stories of 3000 to 8000 words.  Stories must take place off-earth with the theme being "In the vastness of the Universe, all things imaginable are possible.".  The deadline is June 1, 2017 and payment is $25.  You can find the call here with more details on their submission page.  They have an online submission for on site.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Binge-Watching Cure - Horror Anthology Call

The Binge-Watching Cure has opened submissions for an all horror edition.  They're looking for stories of 100 to 10,000 words.  There is a listing of story lengths that they want to fill so be sure to check before submitting to see which ones have been filled.  The deadline is June 30,2017 and payment is $200 for stories under 5000 words and $500 for stories 5000 words and above.  You can find the submission details here.  Be sure to check out their FAQ page for more details.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Oren Litwin - Anthology Call

Author/editor Oren Litwin has posted a submission call for a military fiction anthology (no working title yet).  She's looking for military fiction stories of 3500 to 7000 words based around the prompt "The odds are against us.".  The deadline is March 1, 2017.  There will be a KickStarter for this anthology.  If successful payment will start at $100 per story.  If it fails authors will be paid $25.  You can find the details here.

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

Cohesion Press - Anthology Call

Australian based Cohesion Press opened submissions yesterday for their newest anthology call "Snafu:  Judgement Day".  They're looking for post-apocalyptic military horror stories of 2000 to 10,000 words.  No zombies - "tell us about what happens during the worst of the fall of humanity or afterwards".  The deadline is April 30, 2017 and payment is AUD 4cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Plots With Guns - Closed

Thanks to BV Lawson over at In Reference to Murder for pointing out this Facebook post:

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: With heavy hearts, we announce that we are suspending publication as of now.
We deeply appreciate everyone who has written for us, submitted to us, and read PwG.
Any inquiries, anyone want to take the reins? Please email

World Weaver Press - Anthology Call

World Weaver Press opened submissions today for their anthology "Son of a Witch".  They're looking for humorous stories up to 15,000 words of spells gone wrong set in a contemporary setting.  The deadline is March 31, 2017 and payment is $10 plus one copy.  You can find the details here.

28 Paying Markets for February

Over at Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity Erica Verillo has posted her February list of paying markets.  Thanks, Erica!