Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Just for Fun Christmas Contest

Weird Christmas has opened submissions for their second annual Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest.  They're looking for weird (and yes, they define what they think of as weird) Christmas stories up to 350 words.  The deadline is November 2, 2019 and prizes are $50 for first place an $25 for second.  You can find all the details here along with details of what they're looking for and what's been done to death.  No fee to enter.

The 2019 Anthony Award Nominees

Bouchercon 2019 has announced the nominees for this year's Anthony Awards.  Congrats to all the nominees!!

Apparition Lit - Open for Submissions

Apparition Lit opened submissions for their next issue today.  They're looking for speculative fiction stories of 1000 to 5000 words using the them Retribution.  The submission period is short, opening today and closing on May 31, 2019.  Payment is 3cents a word with a minimum payment of $30.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

LitReactor - Call for Writers

If you're interested in writing non-fiction articles LitReactor just posted this on their Twitter account:

 Interested in writing for ? We are looking to expand our roster. We specifically want articles on craft—plot, character, grammar, etc. Also anything on the current state of the publishing industry. Send bio, sample links and pitches to

If I remember correctly this is a paying market.

Less Than Three Press - Creature Feature

Less Than Three Press has posted a collection call for "Creature Feature".  This is a LGBTQIA call that features monsters.  Each story of the collection will be published separately and the author will receive royalty payments.  Stories should be 20,000 to 60,000 words.  This is basically a novella call with a specific theme.  The deadline is July 31, 2019.  You can find the details here.  While the genre is basically speculative fiction they're open to cross genre stories including mysteries.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Malice Domestic - Anthology Call

Malice Domestic has opened submissions for their fifteenth anthology "Mystery Most Theatrical".  They're looking for traditional mysteries up to 5000 words using a theatrical theme.  The deadline is August 31, 2019 and there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here along with a link to their submission site.

Storm Dance Books - Anthology Call

Storm Dance Books is open for submissions to their anthology "Grumpy Old Gods Vol. 3 Halloween Edition".  They're looking for speculative fiction stories of 3000 to 4000 words.  The theme is "spooky myth, legend, or haunting involving grumpy gods".  Keep in mind that this is a Halloween edition.  The deadline is June 29, 2019 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Stupefying Stories - Open for Submissions

Stupefying Stories has opened their 2019 reading period.  They're looking for stories up to 10,000 words in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (in that order).  The deadline is August 31, 2019 and payment is $15 for flash to 1000 words and 1.5cents a word for anything over 1000 words.  You can find the details here.  Be sure to read all of the guidelines (they are long) as there is a lot of information included near the end.

Econoclash Review - New Issue

Issue #4 of Econoclash Review has hit the streets.  You can find the details and a link to purchase a copy here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Madness Heart Press - Anthology Call

Madness Heart Press has opened submissions for their anthology "Bullets, Bombs, and Boogeymen".  They're looking for stories over 1500 words featuring monsters and boogeymen during wartime strife and of soldiers and/or mercenaries dealing with supernatural threats.  The deadline is June 30, 2019 and payment is $5.  You can find the details here.

Black Cat Mystery Magazine - Editor Changes

It looks like Black Cat Mystery Magazine will have a new co-editor.  I received this announcement from Michael Bracken.  And I asked, but there's no news as to when submissions will open again.

Big news from Malice Domestic! A few months ago, Carla Coupe announced that she was stepping away from the co-editorship of @wildsidepress Black Cat Mystery Magazine. Today, I’m pleased to reveal that I am the new co-editor. Carla will be guiding me through the transition, and the next few issues will include stories she and John Betancourt already have on hand. Wildside Press has published several of my books, and I’ve had a story in every issue of BCMM, so I have a long and positive relationship with Wildside. I look forward to what’s to come, and I’ll share details when I have them.


Michael Bracken
Copywriting. Creative Writing. Editorial Services.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

2019 Agatha Award Winners

The Agatha Awards were announced last night at the Malice Domestic Conference.  You can check out the winners here.  Congrats to all the winners especially those in the short story category!!