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New Writing Markets Update October 2017: Book Smugglers


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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 11/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#101917

Thoughts in Passing

"What are good books about writing?" a student in my class on selling short stories asked.

In discussions of writing, this question often comes up. Being a writer is a process of continual self-improvement and self-education.

I recommend Steven King's On Writing for early-stage writers. For more advanced writers and those with a tolerance for academic discussions, I suggest Samuel R. Delany's About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews. I love the Writing Excuses, Ditchdiggers, and Odyssey's SF/F Writing Workshop podcasts. There are countless author blogs that often talk about the craft side of writing.

What do you recommend?

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

I taught my class on selling short stories. The class is done! Huzzah! I need to consider what classes I want to propose for next year, but that is still in the future.

I'm inching through revisions on a novelette that I'm looking forward to sending out soon. I'm writing a short story aimed at a themed anthology that should open for submissions soon. And I haven't touched my novel for a while, because of other projects, and so that's a bit frustrating.

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

The 8 Persuasive Words That Can Instantly Help You Sell More: https://sumo.com/stories/persuasive-words

When Is the Best Time to Post? https://coschedule.com/blog/best-times-to-post-on-social-media/#facebook

The Mysteries of Outlining and Nesting MICE: Creating Killer Stories: http://blog.karenwoodward.org/2012/10/the-mysteries-of-outlining-and-nesting.html

Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media: https://www.fastcompany.com/3036184/the-best-and-worst-times-to-post-on-social-media-infograph

Featured Market
Book Smugglers is open (through December 31st) for submissions to be published in 2018!

AWAKENINGS will be Book Smugglers Publishing’s FIFTH season of short stories, following Fairytale Retellings, First Contact, Superheroes, and Gods & Monsters.

When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes. You, the author, should feel free to take this general theme and interpret it in any way you see fit–from a story about an AI’s first hours of sentience, to magical alternate histories featuring characters discovering how to wield power for the first time, anything goes.

We encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “awakenings” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

Basics: themed science fiction, fantasy, and horror, 1,500-17,500 words, no reprints, pays $.08/wd (max $800). Guidelines: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/10/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-short-stories-submissions-2018-awakenings.html.

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.

Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Fireside Fiction All genres, explicitly including spec-fic $0.125
https://firesidefiction.com/about/#submissions-guidelines
Book Smugglers, The SFF, themed $0.080
http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/10/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-short-stories-submissions-2018-awakenings.html
Daily Science Fiction SF, fantasy, slipstream, dark fantasy but not pure horror, etc. $0.080
http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit/story/guidelines
Holy C.O.W. ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/01/2017 - 11/30/2017 Spec-fic themed to Fertile Crescent, Levant, and the Middle East $0.070
http://holycowpublishing.com/guidelines.html
Novel Fox Shorts, The - DEAD MARKET Fantasy, SF, and adventure fiction $0.070
http://www.thenovelfox.com/shorts
Other Covenants (Chi-Zine Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/4/2018 Alternate histories of the Jewish people $0.065
http://chizinepub.com/other-covenants-alternate-histories-of-the-jewish-people/
Compelling Science Fiction Hard SF $0.060
http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html
Guilds & Glaives (Zombies Need Brains LLC) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2017 Sword & sorcery themed to a guild $0.060
https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html
Razor's Edge, The (Zombies Need Brains LLC) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2017 Military SF and fantasy themed to rebellions $0.060
https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html
Second Round: A Return to Urbar (Zombies Need Brains LLC) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2017 Stories featuring a time-traveling bar $0.060
https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/494607.html
Tales from the Lake Vol. 5 (Crystal Lake Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/01/2017 Dark fiction and quiet horror, non-themed $0.030
http://www.crystallakepub.com/crystal-lake-submissions/
Lost Films ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/31/2017 Movie-themed horror $0.020
http://www.darkmoondigest.com/open-call-short-stories-lost-films/
Bourbon Penn Odd and imaginative, slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism $0.010
http://www.bourbonpenn.com/submissions.php
Sci Phi SF with strong philosophical or scientific themes $0.010
http://www.sciphijournal.com/submission-guidelines/
Antimatter Magazine SF inspired by recent headlines
$20.00 https://antimatter.submittable.com/submit
Dead Oaks Horror themed to a town where evil things happen
$10.00 http://www.deadoakspodcast.com/2017/06/dead-oaks-submissions-now-open-for.html
Far Fetched Fables (PODCAST) Fantasy
$50.00 http://farfetchedfables.com/submissions/
Mad Scientist Journal First person fiction themed to mad science
$20.00 http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/
Speculative City All genres, themed to cityscape and issue's theme
$75.00 http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/
Damnation Books - DEAD MARKET Dark fiction: Thrillers/SF/F/H $0.030
http://www.damnationbooks.com/submissions.php
Red Penny Papers, The - DEAD MARKET Dark pulp and gothic $0.010

Hazard Cat - DEAD MARKET All genres - cat-themed $0.005
http://hazardcat.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html
Death Rattle - DEAD MARKET Horror
$10.00 http://www.evilcatpress.com/submissions.html
The Sleep Club - DEAD MARKET All genres—stories to lull people to sleep
$0.00
Sam's Dot Drabble PERIODIC CONTEST - DEAD MARKET Themed
$1.00
Plutonian Times - DEAD MARKET All genres, SFF preferred
$5.55
Darker - DEAD MARKET dark speculative fiction
$5.00
Inscription Magazine - DEAD MARKET F/SF for teens $0.060

Lakeside Circus - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic, and literary/weird/interstitial $0.010
https://www.facebook.com/LakesideCircus/
Tales from New Babbage - DEAD MARKET (see Gallery of Curiosities) Weird fiction, SF, post-apocalyptic, esp. steampunk. $0.010
http://talesfromnewbabbage.blogspot.com/2015/10/call-for-submissions.html
Plasma Frequency Magazine - DEAD MARKET Themed issues, science fiction, fantasy, and some horror $0.010


Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



Aswiebe's Market List Details
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
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Aswiebe's Market List Update 2017-09: A Short Fiction Project With a Big Prize


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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 10/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#091517

Thoughts in Passing

Both my children are in school for half the day now!

This is super-exciting. I have all kinds of marvelous plans for what I can get done during that extra time. Of course, as soon as I listed my quarterly writing goals, any idea of "extra" time disappeared. How'd that happen?

It's a good reminder that no matter how much time we have, we need to manage it carefully. One of the pitfalls for writers can be doing way more research than is necessary. (Did you like that segue?) This article on analysis paralysis makes a very good point.
To satiate the intellectual curiosity that yearns for more information (and therefore stalls progress), set yourself parameters for what you need to know (now) and what you’d like to know (in the future).

I should confess that I found this article while doing story research! Serendipity is good, too, but there needs to be a balance.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

I'm back to chipping away on the novel. Actual progress is being made. Huzzah! I'm also making progress on long-overdue edits, so I hope to get more short stories into circulation soon. And next month, I'm teaching a class on selling short stories!

Want to see your writing in print? If you're in the Twin Cities, check out the class!





Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

* Revolutionize Your Writing with These 4 Editing Hacks: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/09/07/editing-hacks/

* WordPress For Writers: 10 Most Useful Plugins For Your Author Website: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/09/09/useful-plugins-author-website/

Featured Market
The Into the Black contest wants science fiction about the basic living stipend and pays a huge prize.

The most compelling story will change hearts and minds, and ultimately the life of the author; the grand prize winner will receive a basic income of $12,000 over the next year.

People are turning to the idea of a basic income both to fight against poverty and joblessness, and to provide a springboard to opportunity, with all the potential societal benefits that would come with it. While academics, politicians, and journalists debate the specifics of policy, we need to reach beyond bar graphs. Into the Black is a short story contest that asks you, the writer, to use your imagination to reach beyond the data.

Basics: themed SF, 5,000 words max, no reprints, pays $1,000-$12,000. Due 11/01/2017. Guidelines: https://medium.com/economicsecproj/into-the-black-a-short-fiction-contest-with-a-big-prize-f91cd6553967

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.
Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Spider Magazine (Cricket Media) Fiction and nonfiction for kids ages 6-9, themed $0.250
https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17817/spider-magazine-for-ages-6-9
Alien Invasion (Flametree Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/29/17 SF themed to alien invasion $0.060
http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-alien-invasion-and-endless-apocalypse
Endless Apocalypse (Flametree Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2017 Themed to apocalypses $0.060
http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-alien-invasion-and-endless-apocalypse
Tales of Ruma (Azure Keep) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/30/2017 Fantasy themed to Ruma or other Greek/Roman setting $0.060
http://azurekeep.com/fiction/tales-of-ruma/
East of the Web - Science Fiction Imprint SF and F $0.050
http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/index.php?p=submissions/20131_1
Dark Magazine, The Horror and dark fantasy, including outside regular categories $0.030
http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (Small Beer Press) All genres, especially speculative. $0.030
http://smallbeerpress.com/about/submission-guidelines/
Polu Texni SF and F $0.030
http://www.polutexni.com/?page_id=15
Tales of Blood and Squalor (Dark Cloud Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/30/2017 Horror themed to miserable poverty $0.030
http://darkcloudpress.com/TBS_antho.htm
Black Dandy Strange and bizarre $0.022
https://blackdandy.co/submissions/
After the Orange (B-Cubed Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/15/017 SF themed to current events' effect on the future after 2032 $0.020
https://bcubedpress.com/open-for-submissions/after-the-orange/
Shoreline of Infinity SF $0.015
http://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/
Terror Politico (Scary Dairy Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2017 Horror themed to the political $0.010
https://scarydairypress.com/
Into the Black ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 11/1/2017 SF themed to basic living stipend
$1,000.00 https://medium.com/economicsecproj/into-the-black-a-short-fiction-contest-with-a-big-prize-f91cd6553967
Fantasist, The Fantasy novellas, broadly defined
$100.00 http://thefantasistmag.com/submissions-guidelines/
GigaNotoSaurus Science fiction and fantasy, especially long
$100.00 http://giganotosaurus.org/submission-guidelines/
Gallows Hill Magazine Horror and dark fantasy
$50.00 https://greensubmissions.com/956/gallows-hill-magazine/terms.php?
Refractions (Golden Fleece Press) Stories for ages 13 and up
$50.00 http://goldenfleecepress.com/submissions/
Solarcide Weird and dark
$50.00 https://solarcide.com/solarcide/guidelines-update/
Wee Tales (Golden Fleece Press) Kids stories for ages 7-12
$50.00 http://goldenfleecepress.com/submissions/
Bad Dream Entertainment (short fiction) - DEAD MARKET (indefinite hiatus) Dark spec-fic $0.040
http://baddreamentertainment.com/submissions/

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



Aswiebe's Market List Details
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
* If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
* To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.
* To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
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Aswiebe's Market List Update 2017-08: Strange Horizons

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 9/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#081617

Thoughts in Passing

I'm in the middle of a massive hack-and-slash on a finished novella project, cutting 29,200 words down to 25,000 so that I can submit it a shorter version to a particular place. That means I need to cut enough words that they would make a good-sized short story all by themselves. I'm about a quarter done. I approach this project in the spirit of taking out everything that I possibly can, from adjectives to not-entirely-critical character interactions to whole scenes that can be summarized or omitted.

That is not how I normally approach editing. I don't believe that cutting down to the bone is best for every story. You can lose a lot of your personal voice and style that way. (I still cut my fair share of weasel words and plot going nowhere and bits that only exist to get from Point A to Point B, I assure you!)

I've also cut a couple hundred words from my "finished" long version. Maybe 1/10th of the time, the shorter version is stronger, not just different. I don't recommend gutting your story simply to see what works better that way, but it's a good exercise to try once. Save the original version first!

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

I held back on announcing this, because reasons, but I have a new publication to announce! My short story, "Miracle Material," appears in Mother's Revenge: A Dark and Bizarre Anthology of Global Proportions.

In this mixed genre group of eco-tales, thirty-two authors from around the globe offer up some lessons in why it's wise to be kind to Mother Earth. Read and take heed. Your very life may depend on it!




And if you're in Minneapolis, next Sunday I'm leading a free workshop on PoV (Point of View). Come and say hi!




Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

How to Get Book Reviews as an Unknown Author: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/07/29/how-to-get-book-reviews-as-an-unknown-author/



Featured Market
Strange Horizons is a pro market that accepts all speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Some particular things we love, or are interested in:
  • Fiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position.
  • Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.
  • Stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification.
  • Hypertext fiction. If you have a work of hyperfiction you think might be a good fit for Strange Horizons, please query us to discuss how to submit it.
Things which are fine:
  • Profanity is fine. Use whatever words are appropriate for your story.
  • Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore.
  • We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world, and British spellings are fine.
  • We will consider stories which have previously appeared in another language, but have never been published in English.
  • We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.
Basics: all speculative fiction, 10,000 max, no reprints, pays $.08/word. Opens for submissions every Monday. Guidelines: http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.

Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Asimov's Science Fiction Character-oriented SF, borderline fantasy, slipstream, surreal. No sword & sorcery. $0.080
http://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
Deep Magic Clean F/SF $0.080
http://deepmagic.co/submissions/#
Strange Horizons F/SF/Spec-fic $0.080
http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF) F & SF $0.070
http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Literary adventure fantasy in secondary world settings. $0.060
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores SF/F nonfiction, fiction, videos, and graphic novels. $0.060
http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/
Mind Candy ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/15/2018 SF/F themed to the mind $0.060
http://hig4s09.wixsite.com/myriadparadigm/home
Grimdark Magazine Grim, dark SF or medieval F $0.054
http://grimdarkmagazine.com/pages/submission-guidelines-for-grimdark-magazine
Fantastic Trains ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/30/2017 SF/F themed to trains $0.030
http://edgewebsite.com/books/fantastictrains/fantastictrains-catalog.html
Arcanist, The Flash SF/F
$50.00 https://thearcanist.io/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4
Love and Bubbles ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/20/2017 Undersea F/SF romance
$50.00 http://jayleejames.com/love-bubbles/
Grendelsong - DEAD MARKET All genres $0.030
https://grendel-song.com/submit/

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



Aswiebe's Market List Details
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
* If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
* To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.
* To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
* Feel free to share this newsletter with others by whatever means you like, as long as you include all of it.
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Aswiebe's Market List Update 2017-07: Selling Novellas

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http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html

The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 8/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#071717

Thoughts in Passing

A reader recently asked me where they can send novellas. This is something I've been thinking about lately, too, with the rising popularity of novellas and my own tendency to write long. SFWA defines novella length as 17,500 - 39,999 words, but individual publishers may define it differently. Places that publish novellas break down into short story magazines that accept very long word lengths, book publishers that accept shorter word lengths, and novella-specific publishing programs. Short story magazines pay a lump sum or by the word. Book publishers should pay an advance and royalties. Novella-specific programs do a mix of both. In most cases, I do not recommend submitting to a publisher that offers to pay royalties only.

Here are my top picks for places to submit novellas!
Name Min Wordcount Max Wordcount What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 0
Literary adventure fantasy in secondary world settings. $0.060
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/
Deep Magic 1,000 40,000 Clean F/SF
$1,060.00 http://deepmagic.co/submissions/#
Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF) 0 25,000 F & SF $0.070
http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
Grimdark Magazine 0
Grim, dark SF or medieval F $0.054
http://www.grimdarkmagazine.com/submissions/
Novel Fox Shorts, The 1,000 35,000 Fantasy, SF, and adventure fiction
$250 plus royalties http://www.thenovelfox.com/shorts
Reckoning Magazine 0 45,000 All genres, esp. speculative, themed to humanity's relationship to the earth $0.060
http://reckoning.press/submit/
Tor.com Novellas 20,000 40,000 SF/F novellas, themed submission periods $0.060
http://www.tor.com/submissions-guidelines/


What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

The last couple of weeks: conventions! In two weeks: teaching a class! In-between, when I find time: writing.

July 29th, Writer ... With Kids: Finding Time to Create



Creative people with too much stress or not enough time will benefit from this class designed for parents and parents-to-be.

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

A Tax Cheat Sheet: https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Self-Employment-Taxes/A-Tax-Cheat-Sheet-for-Kindle-eBook-Self-Publishing/INF29515.htm

It'll Be Good for Your Career... : https://catherineldf.dreamwidth.org/409158.html

Making the Most of Your Time on Netgalley: https://broaduniverse.org/learn-more/reach-book-reviewers/making-the-most-of-your-time-on-netgalley/

6 Famous Books That Almost Ended Very Differently: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/941-6-famous-books-that-almost-ended-very-differently

Reader Magnets: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/10kreaders/Reader_Magnet_Full_Ebook_FINAL.pdf

Self-Publishing Tips: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/self-publishing-tips/

Best & Worst Self-Publishing Services: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/allis-self-publishing-service-directory/self-publishing-service-reviews/

Preparing Your Goodreads Marketing Timeline: http://amazonauthorinsights.com/post/158993986899/preparing-your-goodreads-marketing-timeline-by

Deep-Learning Networks Rival Human Vision: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/deep-learning-networks-rival-human-vision1/#

The Freelance Writer's Rebuttal Guide: http://www.matt-wallace.com/presenting-the-freelance-writers-rebuttal-guide/


Featured Market
The Mother of Invention anthology wants stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics.

We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary?

...
We anticipate that some stories will tackle gender issues (broadly defined) directly; others indirectly. Both approaches are OK! The only hard-and-fast rule is that the creator of the AI or robot must not be a cis man. All other characters in the story, including the robots/AIs themselves, can be of any gender (or non-gendered), and we welcome other exploration of gender in this area too. (We also stress that the protagonist need not be the creator!)

Point of view, theme, setting, everything else is completely up to the author. We’re looking for a diverse range of authors, story settings, time periods, cultural backgrounds and protagonists. Magic, history, fantasy, steampunk and mythology are all options for you to play with; we do not require this to be a 100% science fiction anthology.

Basics: themed science fiction and fantasy, 500-5,000 words, no reprints, pays $.06/word. Due 8/31/2017. Guidelines: http://motherofinvention.twelfthplanetpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.
Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Mother of Invention ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2017 Themed: gender as relates to AI and robotics incl. fantasy golems, steampunk, etc. $0.060
http://motherofinvention.twelfthplanetpress.com/submission-guidelines/
Nature Futures Hard SF $0.060
http://www.nature.com/nature/authors/gta/others.html#futures
Young Explorer's Adventure Guide ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/1 - 12/31 Adventure SF with protagonist that 8-12 year old reader will identify with. $0.060
http://dreamingrobotpress.com/young-explorers-adventure-guide-submissions/
Little Blue Marble Themed: climate change $0.038
https://littlebluemarble.ca/submission-guidelines/
Cosmic Caravans ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/7/2017 Themed: sci-fi for pre-teens $0.020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1633839459982662/
Afrofuturism ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/30/2017 Far-future SF with main character of African descent $0.010
https://mugwump.submittable.com/submit/72930/afrocentric-anthology-afrofuturism
Heart of a Devil, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/10/2017 Themed: sympathetic monsters, demons, murderers, etc. $0.005
http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls
Last Line, The Must end with provided last line
$20.00 http://www.thelastlinejournal.com/submission.htm
Silver Blade F/SF
$8.00 https://www.silverblade.net/submissions-2/
Aurora Wolf Magazine PG-rated fantasy and SF
$5.00 http://aurorawolf.com/guidelines/
Story Seed Vault Micro fiction, SF, fantasy, and speculative fiction
$1.53 https://storyseedvault.wordpress.com/submissions/
Inwood Indiana small town surrealism/magic realism
$1.50 http://inwoodindiana.com/submit/terms.php
Red Sun Magazine - DEAD MARKET Science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
$100.00 https://redsunmagazine.wordpress.com/guidelines/
Untied Shoelaces of the Mind - DEAD MARKET All genres, especially horror or dark—and recipes! $0.030
http://www.untiedshoelacesofthemind.com/


Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



Aswiebe's Market List Details
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
* If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
* To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.
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Aswiebe's Market List Update 2017-06: Intelligence in Fiction Wants Thoughtfully Written AI Stories

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 7/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#061517

Thoughts in Passing

As a panelist at conventions, I am fortunate enough to be put in a position where I need to intensively study a certain story-related question. It changes my reading list. It changes the way that I read my reading list. It changes the way I read things that are not on my reading list. Maybe you're not on any panels. Maybe you don't go to conventions. You can still benefit from a narrow focus on the topic. Find a nearby convention, choose a panel that you're interested in, and plan as if you're going to be talking on that panel: questions, observations, and reading lists. You may be surprised by how much you gain from this.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

I recently wrapped up a short writing project. I've gone back to working on my novel(s), except the next 6 weeks are full of conventions, related convention panel prep, and teaching classes. Classes! I am teaching classes! If you are interested in these, register. If someone you know in the Twin Cities area would be interested, please pass this information along. Register now!

https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/2/classes/998/stealth_characterization_via_setting/

Stealth Characterization via Setting (https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/2/classes/998/stealth_characterization_via_setting/) explores creating characters indirectly, through how you construct and describe their surroundings. Sign up now! Registration closes soon.

 Writer ... With Kids: Finding Time to Create (https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/4/adult_class/1015/writerwith_kids_finding_time_to_create/) is a class for creative people with too little time.

Somewhere in between teaching classes, attending conventions (I am actually at a convention right now), and restarting novel writing, I also need to revise a couple of short story projects so that I can send them out.


Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

11 Places to Find Free Pictures for Facebook: https://adespresso.com/academy/blog/15-places-find-amazing-free-pictures-for-facebook-ads/


The Easy Way to Use Data to Improve Your Book Sales: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/04/19/easy-way-to-use-data-to-improve-your-book-sales/

Featured Market
Intelligence in Fiction wants thoughtful, science-based artificial intelligence stories.

This call is intended to reward people who write thoughtful and compelling stories about artificial general intelligence, intelligence amplification, or the AI alignment problem. We’re looking to appreciate and publicize authors who help readers understand intelligence in the sense of general problem-solving ability, as opposed to thinking of intelligence as a parlor trick for memorizing digits of pi, and who help readers intuit that non-human minds can have all sorts of different non-human preferences while still possessing instrumental intelligence.

Basics: AI-themed science fiction, 5,000 max, no reprints, pays $.08/word. Due 7/15/2017. Guidelines: https://intelligence.org/intelligence-in-fiction/

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.
Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Diabolical Plots Science fiction, fantasy, and horror $0.080
http://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/
Intelligence in Fiction (Machine Intelligence Research Institute) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/15/2017 SF themed to artificial intelligence $0.080
https://intelligence.org/intelligence-in-fiction/
Welcome to Miskatonic University (Broken Eye Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/30/2017 Themed: Cthulhu college $0.080
http://www.brokeneyebooks.com/submissions.html
Sharp & Sugar Tooth (Upper Rubber Boot Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/31/2017 Stories with a horror element by female or marginalized-gender authors $0.060
http://www.upperrubberboot.com/open-call-sharp-sugar-tooth/
Trouble the Waters ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/01/2017 (Rosarium Publishing) Water-themed science fiction, fantasy, and horror $0.060
http://rosariumpublishing.com/trouble-the-waters-submissions.html
Food of my People, The (Exile Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/1/2017 SF/F/Horror themed to food $0.038
https://exilepublishing.submittable.com/submit/81936/the-food-of-my-people
Grendelsong All genres $0.030
https://grendel-song.com/submit/
Hidden Animals: A Collection of Cryptids (Dragon's Roost Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2017 Themed: cryptozoology $0.030
http://thedragonsroost.net/styled-3/index.html
More Alternative Truths (B Cubed Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/15/2017 Themed: the Trump election and the effect of politics $0.030
http://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-more-alternative-truths/
Riddled With Arrows All genres $0.030
http://www.riddledwitharrows.com/guidelines/
Cirsova Sword & planet and heroic fantasy $0.020
https://cirsova.wordpress.com/cirsova-magazine/submission-guidelines/
Beauty of Death 2: Death by Water (Independent Legions Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2017 Horror themed to death by water
$100.00 http://www.independentlegions.com/news/open-submission-the-beauty-of-death-2-death-by-water
Storyteller All genres
$100.00 https://storyteller.submittable.com/submit/4567/short-fiction
Sharp Stick in the Eye, A (Books and Boos Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/30/2017 Humorous horror
$50.00 https://booksandboospress.com/submission-guidelines/
Buckshot Magazine Flash fiction, all genres
$25.00 https://buckshotmagazine.com/submit
Whispers of the Apoc (Tannhauser Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/2017 or until filled Post-zombie apocalypse
$25.00 https://wilseymc.blogspot.com/2017/06/call-for-submissions-whispers-of-apoc.html
Augur Literary SF/F
$20.00 http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/
Dreams and Nightmares Magazine SF/F/Horror poetry and short-short fiction
$12.00 http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.com/guidelines.htm


Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



Aswiebe's Market List Details
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
* If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
* To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.
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Aswiebe's Market List Update 2017-04: Unshattering Wants Fiction Leading to a Better Future

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 5/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#041717

Thoughts in Passing

Recently I've started using checking my email and social media as a reward for writing a certain amount. I am quite addicted to regularly checking my email. Thanks, operant conditioning with a variable interval reinforcement schedule! By the time I sit down to my regular afternoon writing time, I desperately want to check my email.  This strategy takes that and uses it to demolish my initial resistance, plus it continues to work as a not-bad reward for writing more. Even better than chocolate did!

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

I'm working on a performance piece for my upcoming feature appearance the Not So Silent Planet (if you're an interested Twin Citian, you can find the event link at https://www.facebook.com/events/1131529496959262/). My writer-brain apparently decided that that wasn't interesting enough, so now it's a chance-dependent TEDtalk/personal confessional hybrid that I'm trying to write short enough to fit the time allotted. Argh!

The story I did narration for is live! It's a Dear John letter not quite like anything you've seen before, and you can download me reading it here: http://podcastle.org/2017/04/11/pc-465-never-truly-yours/.

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

* Robyn Bennis on the Uselessness of Writing Advice [editing]: http://alexbledsoe.com/2017/04/10/guest-post-robyn-bennis-on-the-uselessness-of-writing-advice/


*What I've Learned From Slush Reading at PodCastle [titles, writing craft]:
https://medium.com/@aidan_c_doyle/what-ive-learned-from-reading-slush-at-podcastle-46ec0cd8a27c


* Zen in the Art of Short Fiction Titling
: http://www.sfwa.org/2016/05/zen-art-short-fiction-titling/

* Confessions of a Slush Reader: Why Should I Care? [beginnings, editing]: https://www.shimmerzine.com/2011/03/16/confessions-of-a-slush-reader-why-should-i-care/

Featured Market
Unshattering wants fiction that points the way to a better future.

I am primarily looking for science fiction short stories that show us the way back to a livable future. While I expect that most will be science fiction, I am open to fantasy and literary fiction as well.

I am also looking for poetry, memoir, art, and commentary that helps us restore our world and find our way back to having a promising future.

Basics: science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, query for over 4,500 words, pays $.10/word. Guidelines: http://unshattering-kathryncramer.nationbuilder.com/guidelines

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.

Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Unshattering Stories leading to a better future $0.100
http://unshattering-kathryncramer.nationbuilder.com/guidelines
Lightspeed Magazine Science fiction and fantasy $0.080
https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/lightspeed/guidelines
Corporate Cthulhu ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/1/2017 Themed to corporate Cthulhu $0.030
http://pickmanspress.com/sub-corpCthulhu.php
Red Room Magazine Extreme horror and dark crime $0.030
http://cometpress.us/redroom/guidelines/
SQ Mag SF/F/H $0.010
http://sqmag.com/submissions/
Anatomy of Monsters Vol 2, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/31/2017 Themed: new takes on old monsters
$25.00 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1145407552272531&set=a.112121925601104.24556.100004098920172&type=3&theater
Arsenika All spec-fic
$60.00 http://arsenika.ink/submissions/
Mad Visions of al-Hazred, The (Alban Lake) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/30/2017 Horror, themed
$25.00 http://albanlake.com/the-mad-visions-of-al-hazred/
Pulp Horror Book of Phobias, The (Lycan Valley Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/31/2017 OR UNTIL FULL Horror themed to phobias - see list
$50.00 http://www.thecrowsinmyattic.com/2017/02/the-pulp-horror-book-of-phobias.html
Wyrd, The Speculative, weird, and cross-genre fiction, or boundary-pushing
$10.00 http://www.wyrdmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Unlikely Story - DEAD MARKET (indefinite hiatus) All genres, themed issues $0.060
http://www.unlikely-story.com/submission-guidelines/fiction-submissions/
Unsung Stories - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic
$30.99 http://www.unsungstories.co.uk/short-fiction
Triptych Tales - DEAD MARKET Contemporary(ish) spec-fic and weird
$100.00 http://triptychtales.net/submissions.html
InfectINk - DEAD MARKET Prompt-based, all genres
$10.00 http://infectiveink.com/
Fantasy Scroll Mag - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic $0.010
http://fantasyscrollmag.com/submissions/
Gamut Magazine - DEAD MARKET Neo-noir spec-fic $0.100
https://gamutmagazine.submittable.com/submit

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



Aswiebe's Market List Details
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
* If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
* To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.
* To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
* Feel free to share this newsletter with others by whatever means you like, as long as you include all of it.
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Market List Update 2017-03: Grimdark Magazine Wants Gritty SFF

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 4/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#031617

Thoughts in Passing

When do you give up on older stories that haven't succeeded? I've been thinking about my massive backlog of "things to edit" and whether some of them are worth the work or whether I should spend that time on creating new stuff. The classic difficulty in assessing my own work does not help here.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

My time until recently has been eaten by photo projects and taxes. In the last couple of days, I've been working on edits, prepping for narration work (yup, using my dulcet tones), and this newsletter.

None of this is new writing, you may note ...

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

Book Marketing: Using Amazon Ads to Grow a Book List: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/03/02/amazon-ads/

The Clues to a Great Story (TedTalks video): https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_stanton_the_clues_to_a_great_story

A Magic User in the Hundred Years' War: http://mockman.com/2017/02/27/a-magic-user-in-the-hundred-years-war-using-dd-with-historical-settings/

Featured Market
Grimdark Magazine wants the darker, grittier side of fantasy and science fiction.

Grimdark Magazine is a grimdark fantasy and sci-fi pro paying market for authors and artists. Working in a sub-genre means we are after a very specific style of story or image. We want dark settings, grey characters of both sexes, morally ambiguous decisions, and plenty of grit. Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch, Graham McNeill, Dan Abnett, and R. Scott Bakker are our favourite authors.

Basics: science fiction and fantasy, 4,000 max (6,000 for reprints), reprints okay, pays AUD$.07/word (about US$.05/wd). Guidelines: https://grimdarkmagazine.com/pages/submission-guidelines-for-grimdark-magazine

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.


Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Grievous Angel (Urban Fantasist) Spec-fic flash fiction and poetry $0.060
http://www.urbanfantasist.com/-submission-guidelines.html
Grimdark Magazine Grim, dark SF or medieval F $0.054
http://grimdarkmagazine.com/pages/submission-guidelines-for-grimdark-magazine
Deciduous Tales Horror and dark fiction with literary merit $0.030
http://www.deciduoustales.com/submit/
Chthonic (Martian Migraine Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/31/2017 Lovecraftian $0.023
http://martianmigrainepress.com/chthonic-weird-tales-of-inner-earth/
Dark Luminous Wings (Pole to Pole Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/30/2017 OR UNTIL FILLED Spec-fic themed to wings $0.020
http://poletopolepublishing.com/submissions/
Jack of No Trades Short Fiction Store Horror, SF, Fantasy, Mystery, YA, and Romance reprints only $0.020
http://jackofnotradesproductions.com/submission-guidelines/short-fiction-store-guidelines/
Utter Fabrication ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2017 Themed to strange buildings and hauntings $0.020
http://madscientistjournal.org/2017/03/call-for-submissions-utter-fabrication/
Dark Moon Digest (Perpetual Motion Machine) Horror – dark, scary, or funny $0.010
https://darkmoondigest.submittable.com/submit
Hic Sunt Dracones ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/31/2017 Reprint dragon stories $0.010
https://dfpcorp.submittable.com/submit
Blood in the Rain 3 ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/1/2017 Vampire erotica
$75.00 http://bloodintherain.com/
Trigger Warning Horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and crime
$75.00 http://www.triggerwarningshortfiction.com/contact/
Eclectic Writings Anthology Series (Inklings Publishing) Themed, all genres
$25.00 https://www.inklingspublishing.com/submissions.html
Outlook Springs Fiction tinged with the strange
$25.00 https://outlooksprings.submittable.com/submit
Perpetual Flash Fiction (Perpetual Motion Machine) Dark
$25.00 https://pmmpublishing.submittable.com/submit/34164/perpetual-flash-fiction
Broadswords and Blasters Pulp fiction
$15.00 https://broadswordsandblasters.com/submissions/
Hoot All genres, flash, twitterfic
$10.00 http://www.hootreview.com/submissions/
Mrs Claus (Worldweaver Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1/2017 - 5/30/2017 SFF themed to Mrs. Claus
$10.00 http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html
Pulp Modern Crime, science fiction, fantasy, horror, western pulp
$10.00 http://pulp-modern.blogspot.com/
Fiction Silicon Valley - DEAD MARKET All genres $0.060
http://fictionsv.com/submit.html
Bull Spec - DEAD MARKET F/SF $0.050
http://bullspec.com/submission-guidelines/
Shattered Prism - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic $0.060
http://shatteredprism.com/guidelines.html
Problem Daughters (Future Fire) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DEAD MARKET - ANTHOLOGY CANCELLED Speculative fiction featuring intersectional feminism $0.060
http://press.futurefire.net/p/problem-daughters.html
Phobos Magazine - DEAD MARKET (indefinite hiatus) All spec-fic, plus bizarro, experimental, and adventure tales - themed $0.050
http://phobosmagazine.com/submissions/
Solarpunk - DEAD MARKET Optimistic near-future SF $0.030
http://www.solarpunkpress.com/submit/
Betwixt - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic, especially mixed genre $0.030
http://betwixtmagazine.com/submissions/
Strangelet - DEAD MARKET Literary speculative fiction
$20.00 http://www.strangeletjournal.com/submit/
Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic
$25.00 http://www.goldfishgrimm.com/submissions/


Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



Aswiebe's Market List Details
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
* If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
* To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.
* To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
* Feel free to share this newsletter with others by whatever means you like, as long as you include all of it.
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Market List Update 2017-02: Blind Spot Wants English and French SFF

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 3/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#012117

Thoughts in Passing

I've been pondering what percentage of my "writing time" I should put toward publicity/marketing/selling, and what does that look like for me anyway? Submitting stories, absolutely. This markets newsletter, probably. My much-delayed author newsletter, definitely (oops, I keep postponing it!). Updating the back copy of my post-apocalyptic book and doing some fiddling with distribution channels? Yes, but is enhancing my back catalog a priority?

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

Mostly I've been going crazy because I'm not writing new fiction. I've been knee deep in photo edits for a major project and I'm not done yet. I've drafted and submitted class proposals for the literary center where I occasionally teach. I've worked on getting my convention schedule sorted. And I've been studying up on the Maya underworld so I can write the next scene in my main novel project. All the while, I'm also feeling the itch of other stories that need to be revised and submitted. Never enough time!

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

* How to Schedule Your Day for Peak Creative Peformance - https://www.fastcompany.com/3008409/dialed/how-schedule-your-day-peak-creative-performance
* 10 Rookie Mistakes Increasing Your Unsubscribe Rate - https://sumome.com/stories/email-unsubscribe-rates
* What Do I Write Next: The Squishy Side - http://www.marissalingen.com/blog/?p=1616

Featured Market
Blind Spot wants original science fiction and fantasy stories.

Actually, Blind Spot’s purpose is not only to publish French science fiction in English. The Angle Mort team thinks that science fiction is a genre that is growing and evolving all over the world, and that creates ties between science, art, and literature--and even better, to redefine the boundaries between these mediums. That is why limiting our work to only one form of science fiction doesn’t make sense. Therefore, the main goal of Angle Mort, through its French and its English magazines, is to explore the ties between these media. The concept of Blind Spot magazine is the following: 4 short stories written or translated in English, a cover by an artist who explores science fiction ideas or concepts, and an introduction prepared by the Angle Mort team.

Basics:SFF in English or French, 10,000 max, no reprints, pays $.08+/word. Guidelines: http://blindspot.pub/guidelines/

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.

Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Blind Spot English or French SFF $0.080
http://blindspot.pub/guidelines/
Chiral Mad 4 (Written Backwards) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/31/2017 Collaboratively written horror $0.060
https://blog.nettirw.com/2017/01/14/chiral-mad-4-open-for-submissions-until-053117/
Problem Daughters (Future Fire) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2017 Speculative fiction featuring intersectional feminism $0.060
http://press.futurefire.net/p/problem-daughters.html
Alternative Truth ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED Themed to politics, near-future $0.020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/420703184927625/
Killing It Softly 2 (Digital Fiction Publishing Corp) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2017 Reprint horror by female authors $0.010
https://dfpcorp.submittable.com/submit/77432/killing-it-softly-2
Zombie Punks Fuck Off (Freak Tension) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/2017 Themed to zombies and punks $0.010
https://freaktension.wordpress.com/weirdpunk-books/open-for-submissions-zombie-punks-fuck-off/
Alien Dimensions Spec-fic with aliens, esp. hard SF
$10.00 http://aliendimensions.com/submission-guidelines/



Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



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* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
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Market List Update 2017-01: Retro Future Wants Love-Themed Pulp SF

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 2/15/2017.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#012117

Thoughts in Passing

I recently finished a big project, and so I've been taking a couple of weeks to attempt to catch up on things like house-cleaning and socializing and emails owed. It's not enough time! But I'm about to start writing again, so I suppose that always being behind on housework and not seeing people as much as I would like (I'm an extroverted writer. I know, I know!) is simply going to be the price I pay for having the time to write. Most writers, especially those with day jobs and/or children, are giving up something to write. It's a question of finding out what price you're willing to pay for time.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

I spoke on a panel about women in SF and writing female protagonists (a continuation of the last panel I was on). There were cupcakes!

In the category of other things I'm working on that are writing-related, I'm writing up class proposals. One is for "Writing After Kids," a class for creative people with very little time. Another is for "Illuminating Character Through Setting" (better title needed), which will be about how setting/worldbuilding can be used to define a character. What science fiction or higher-level writing topics would you be interested in classes on?

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

* The Four Stages of Writing - https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/04/05/malcolm-cowley-four-stages-of-writing-paris-review/
* The Art of Thought - https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/08/28/the-art-of-thought-graham-wallas-stages/
* 17 psychological tricks to make others like you (or a character) immediately: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-make-people-like-you-2016-4/#-1
* How to Write Better Using Humor: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-mix-humor-into-your-writing
* Ten Steps to Balance Writing, Working, and Raising Kids—While Staying Sane - http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/ten-steps-to-balance-writing-working-and-raising-kids-while-staying-sane

Featured Market
Retro Future wants themed optimistic, progressive science fiction.

We are looking for forward-looking and optimistic science and science-fiction. Sensitive topics can be part of a good story, but a vision of a future better than our present is the focus of Retro Future. Keep this in mind when submitting.

Issue #2: "Love" - February 1, 2017
Issue #3: "Games" - March 1, 2017


Basics: themed SF, any length, no reprints, pays $.06+/word. Guidelines: https://www.galileogames.com/retro-future/

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.
Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, The ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31 Science fiction, fantasy, and horror with elements of the aforementioned, previously published in anthology year $0.060
https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/basff/guidelines
Best Science Fiction of the Year, The ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/01 SF $0.060
http://neil-clarke.com/books/submission_guidelines/
Retro Future Progressive, optimistic SF $0.060
https://www.galileogames.com/retro-future/
Sword & Sorceress ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 04/24 - 05/14 PG-13 sword & sorcery with strong female protagonist, contemporary okay $0.060
http://www.mzbworks.com/guidelines.htm
Midas Clutch, A (Lethe Press Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 01/2018 Horror themed to wealth but not anti-rich $0.050
http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html
Glittership Podcast All spec-fic, queer protagonist, prefers reprints $0.030
http://www.glittership.com/submission-guidelines/
Gaslandia (Radiant Crown Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/2017 Dieselpunk $0.010
http://radiantcrownpublishing.com/index.php/2016/12/05/gaslandia-a-dieselpunk-anthology/
Year's Best Hardcore Horror ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31 Horror, annual reprint $0.010
http://cometpress.us/submission-guidelines/years-best-hardcore-horror/
Black Superheroes Do It Too (Black Books Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - OPEN UNTIL FILLED Superhero erotica with black superhero
$100.00 http://blackbookspublishing.com/Submissions.html
Kid's Ark, The Kid's stories - Christian-friendly contemporary, historical, adventure, or SF. THEMED issues.
$100.00 http://www.thekidsark.com/guidelines.htm
Black to Mars (Black Books Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - OPEN UNTIL FILLED Themed, see title
$50.00 http://blackbookspublishing.com/Submissions.html
Tales to Terrify PODCAST Horror and dark fantasy
$50.00 http://talestoterrify.com/submission-guidelines/
Gathering Storm Spec-fic, themed, plus odd tidbits
$25.00 http://www.gatheringstormmagazine.com/guidelines
Lonely Riot, A All genres, literary
$20.00 http://alonelyriotmag.com/submit
Devilfish Review All genres, esp. SF/F/H
$10.00 https://devilfishreview.com/submission-guidelines/
Space Squid Spec-fic humor
$5.00 http://www.spacesquid.com/scifi-fantasy-mag/contributorguidelines/
Penny Fiction (From the Depths Literary Magazine) Micro-fiction
$3.00 https://hauntedwaterspress.submittable.com/submit/73189/penny-fiction-2017
Book Smugglers Novella Initiative Spec-fic novellas

http://thebooksmugglers.com/book-smugglers-publishing/the-novella-initiative-open-call
Big Pulp - DEAD MARKET, now publishes themed anthologies - see individual calls pulp, all genres $0.010
http://www.bigpulp.com/submissions.html



Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website



Aswiebe's Market List Details
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
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