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New Markets Update Feb 2018: The Hamthology


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

The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 3/15/2018.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2018.html#021718

Thoughts in Passing
For the last couple of weeks, I haven't been writing new fiction words. I took a break after finishing a major revision project. I did a fair amount of catch-up housecleaning (not that anyone who doesn't live with me would be able to tell there's an improvement!). I caught up on miscellaneous non-writing, writing-related things like submissions and website updates. I did some keyword and category updates for my post-apocalyptic steampunk alternate history book. I did narration for StarShipSofa, an SF podcast. You'll be able to hear that in a little bit! My children had a number of no-school days, including a rare-for-Minnesota snow day, and I really can't do any immersive writing or editing while they're home and awake.

...I got a little squirrelly.

This happens when I don't write. My brain gets bored and goes looking for other things to be creative about. (This is not a good thing.)

It has reminded me of the importance of doing little bits of freewriting every day. I didn't do that and I regret it. Between taxes and a major photography project coming up, I'm not going to have solid writing time for a while. Bah humbug.

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

I have a book giveaway over on Goodreads, because I wanted to take advantage before they changed their terms. This runs until March: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/273408-a-circus-of-brass-and-bone. I also put A Circus of Brass and Bone into Kindle Unlimited, so go forth and check it out!

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

Non-English Markets for Speculative Short Fiction (in English): http://smithwriter.com/foreign_market_list.htm

This Twitter thread on worldbuilding: https://twitter.com/FondaJLee/status/955889321629765632

Featured Market
The Hamthology is hungry for your ham sandwich-related stories, pays up to $10.

We are interested in:

  • comedies, horrors, and horror/comedies featuring a ham sandwich
  • science fiction or fantasy stories featuring a ham sandwich
  • serious literary fiction (with ham sandwich)
  • explorations of the human experience through the prism of the ham sandwich
  • romantic and/or erotic ham sandwich fiction
  • creative fiction, possibly told in the form of advertisements or recipes for ham sandwiches
  • actual recipes for ham sandwiches
  • vegan screeds against the ham sandwich, or carnivore celebrations of the virtues of the ham sandwich or, generally, moral debates within the realm of ham sandwich
  • ham sandwich poems
  • ham sandwich personal essays
  • ham sandwich philosophical or academic essays (e.g. the ham sandwich theorem)

Basics: all genres if ham sandwich-themed, all lengths, reprints okay, pays up to $10. Guidelines:https://davidfshultz.com/the-hamthology/.

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 Flat Pay (Lowest) Website
Speculative Masculinities ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/15/2018 Speculative fiction themed to different modes of masculinity. $0.113
https://galli-books.co.uk/2018/01/15/call-for-submissions-speculative-masculinities/
War on Christmas (ChiZine) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/4/2018 Dark or weird, themed to Christmas $0.065
https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/war-on-christmas/guidelines
Amazing Stories SF, esp. optimistic or humorous $0.060
http://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/
Apex Magazine SF, fantasy, and horror $0.060
http://www.apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Apex Magazine ONE-TIME THEMED Zodiac issue - DUE 5/1/2018 SF, fantasy, and horror themed to the zodiac $0.060
https://www.apex-magazine.com/apex-magazine-welcomes-guest-editor-sheree-renee-thomas/
Baen Fantasy Adventure Award ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 1/22 - 4/30 Fantasy adventure $0.060
http://www.baen.com/baenfantasyaward2018
Deep Magic Clean F/SF $0.060
http://deepmagic.co/submissions/#
Twisted Book of Shadows, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2018 Horror $0.060
http://www.twistedbos.com/submission-guidelines/
Gallery of Curiosities Podcast Weird fiction, steampunk, horror, retro-futurism, pre-1950s vibe $0.030
https://gallerycurious.com/fiction/
Midnight Before Christmas (Midnight Hour) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/1/2018 Holiday-themed horror, dark spec-fic, and cyberpunk $0.020
http://www.midnighthourmedia.com/submissions
Midnight Hour Anthologies Horror, dark spec-fic, and cyberpunk $0.020
http://www.midnighthourmedia.com/submissions
Midnight Hour Vol 1 & 2 ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/1/2018 Horror, dark spec-fic, and cyberpunk $0.020
http://www.midnighthourmedia.com/submissions
Schrodinger's Mouse Hard SF or SF themed to ethics $0.020
https://schrodingersmouse.com/
Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/1 - 2/28 SF/F with only vegan products, published that year, reprints only $0.010
http://books.metaphorosis.com/best-vegan-sff/vegan-sff-guidelines/
Not One of Us ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/6/2018 SF reprints themed to aliens on earth $0.010
http://neil-clarke.com/not-one-of-us-call-for-submissions/
Monsters of Any Kind ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/10/2018 Horror themed to monsters/creatures.
$100.00 https://www.independentlegions.com/submissions.html
Mithila Review All SF/F and interstitial and literary speculative fiction, especially culturally diverse
$50.00 http://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
Bikes in Space 6: Dragons ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1/2018 Feminist bicycle science fiction.
$30.00 http://takingthelane.com/2017/10/25/call-for-submissions-bikes-in-space-6-dragons/
Electric Spec All spec-fic
$20.00 http://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html
Hamthology, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1/2018 Themed to ham sandwiches
$10.00 https://davidfshultz.com/the-hamthology/
Drabblecast (Podcast) - DEAD MARKET Humorous, bizarre, badass, or disturbing F/SF $0.030
http://www.drabblecast.org/submissions/
The Binnacle, Annual Ultra-Short Competition RECURRING CONTEST – DUE 12/1 – 3/15 - DEAD MARKET All genres
$50.00 http://binnacle.machias.edu/


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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New Markets Update Jan 2018: R.I.P. Dead Magazines of 2017


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

The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 2/15/2018.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2018.html#011818

Thoughts in Passing

January is a traditional time to reflect on the previous year and to make goals for the next one. Well, one out of two ain't bad!

First, a moment of silence for those publications I learned were dead in the ordinary course of updating the market list this year. I sold a story I quite liked to one of these; there are others that I hoped to be published in, but never got the chance. Rest in peace.

Space and Time Magazine, Ember Journal, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, (no recent updates following return from hiatus),Wumpus Tales, Cosmos Magazine, (no longer accepts fiction), Spacesuits and Sixguns, These Terrible Times, Blue Dream Magazine, Onirismes, Dark Highlands Anthology, Science Fiction Trails, Crimson Pact, Phantasmacore, Trembles, Sci-Fi Short Story, Damnation Books, Red Penny Papers, The, Hazard Cat, Death Rattle, Plutonian Times, Darker, Sam's Dot Drabble, The Sleep Club, Hazard Cat, Flagship, Literary Hatchet, Roar and Thunder, Inscription Magazine, Lakeside Circus, Plasma Frequency Magazine, Tales from New Babbage, (see Gallery of Curiosities), Novel Fox Shorts, The, Bad Dream Entertainment (short fiction), (indefinite hiatus), Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, The, Short Sharp Shock, Arct Magazine, Smash Cake Magazine, Grendelsong, Full Armor Magazine, Dreadful Cafe - Anthologies, Black Ink Horror, TheDF_Underground, This Mutant Life, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, Red Sun Magazine, Unlikely Story, (indefinite hiatus), Unsung Stories, Fantasy Scroll Mag, Gamut Magazine, Triptych Tales, InfectINk, Bull Spec, Fiction Silicon Valley, Shattered Prism, Betwixt, Solarpunk, Phobos Magazine, (indefinite hiatus), Strangelet, Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi, Blood Reign, Monster Corral Monthly Contest, Interfictions Online: A Journal of Interstitial Art, Dark Discoveries, The Night Land, Mothership Zeta (Escape Artists) Podcast (indefinite hiatus)


This year marks the first time since I started the market list when the number of publications in the total list of the dead outnumber the ones that are still ongoing. My dead list has 466 entries (not including anthologies or other limited-time publications). My active market list has 367. Some of this is because I checked a whole bunch of old entries and removed the ones that were obviously dead.

What does obviously dead mean, you ask? Your first clue might be when you go to the URL and a Japanese website pops up, trying to sell you ... something? It might be a parked domain trying to get you to buy the URL. It might be a website that has kept the basic structure of the previous website but filled the whole thing with crappily written paid content. It might have completely vanished from the internet. It might even say on the submissions page that it's closed! (I didn't, however, do the in-depth check on recent issue dates and submission responses to be sure that the publication website wasn't abandoned as-is, without notification. That happens more often than you might think.)

I thought the longevity results were interesting, so I made pie charts. Pie for everyone! Bear in mind, this data is based on very old, un-updated publication listings (mostly pre-2014, when dinosaurs roamed the internet). If a magazine boosted its pay rate, or widely spread the news of its demise, it isn't in this data set. Dead pro markets are unlikely to be included in this, because people talk when those go under.

Dead Markets
Dead Markets

All Markets, Dead and Surviving
Dead and Surviving Markets

Surviving Markets
Surviving Markets

Surviving Markets by Genre
Surviving Markets by Genre

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


Poking at pie charts when I should be writing? I have some rewriting I need to get done on a project that I want to submit this month, but I've edited this project so many times that I'm really, really sick of it.

The first appearance of my work in 2018 is also a personal first! A very short story of mine is part of a winter art installation, the Art Shanties on frozen Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Expect pictures, because that's how I roll.

Killing It Softly 2, an anthology that contains one of my horror short stories, has won 2nd place for Best Anthology in the Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Poll. I have a little digital plaque to put on my website and everything.

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

8 Tips To Improve Your Audio When Appearing On A Podcast Or Radio Show: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/01/12/improve-audio-podcast-radio/

Quotes on Writing: 19 Classic and Contemporary Lessons from Black American Writers: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/promptly/writing-quotes/quotes-on-writing-lessons-from-iconic-black-american-writers

Dear Time Traveler Op-Ed: http://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2018/01/talking-shop_11.html

List of Sites to Promote Free (or discounted) Amazon books: https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/#

Featured Market
Weird Nature anthology wants environmental / nature-themed weird fiction, of any genre, pays $.07/word.

Though our scientific knowledge has increased exponentially alongside technological development, there remains much about the natural world we still do not understand. Stories for Force of Nature should involve nature and the weird at their core; how the author wishes to interpret these themes is entirely up to them. Comedic stories will be a tougher sell but by all means, if you have a story that otherwise fits the guidelines, donít hesitate to submit it. Try to avoid anything that is overtly cautionary. While the idea for the anthology was significantly inspired by climate change and the impact wrought on the planet by human habits, I donít want stories that lecture. That said, Iím not opposed to stories in which the human factor gets served the short end of the stick.

While I donít want a collection full of quiet stories, I will mention here that I am a big fan of the sublime. Wordsworth with a modern sensibility. Or just Wordsworth.


Basics: all genres, themed, 2,500 - 10,000 words, reprints not specified, pays $.07/wd. Guidelines: https://lynnejamneckdiaries.blogspot.gr/2017/12/submission-guidelines-weird-nature.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 Flat Pay (Lowest) Website
Craft Literary Literary, with a focus on writing craft $0.100
https://www.craftliterary.com/submit/
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Science Fiction $0.080
http://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
Force of Nature (Weird Nature) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2018 All genres, themed to the environment and nature $0.070
https://lynnejamneckdiaries.blogspot.gr/2017/12/submission-guidelines-weird-nature.html
Grievous Angel (Urban Fantasist) Spec-fic flash fiction and poetry $0.060
http://www.urbanfantasist.com/-submission-guidelines.html
Internet is Where Robots Live Now, The (Paper Dog Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1/2018 SF and fantasy themed to internet, AI, robots $0.060
https://www.paperdogbooks.com/pages/the-internet-is-where-the-robots-live-now-anthology
Mysterion SF, fantasy, and horror with Christian themes $0.060
http://www.mysteriononline.com/p/submission-guidelines.html
Nightmare Magazine Horror/dark fantasy $0.060
https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/nightmare/guidelines
Hex Gunslinger ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/01/2018 Weird western $0.010
http://radiantcrownpublishing.com/tag/weird-western/
Leading Edge F/SF $0.010
http://www.leadingedgemagazine.com/?page_id=31
Unnerving Magazine Horror, dark SF, dark fantasy $0.010
https://unnervingmagazine.submittable.com/submit
Centropic Oracle, The (PODCAST) SF and Fantasy $0.008
http://www.centropicoracle.com/mainpages/subguide.php
Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology YA
$250.00 https://foreshadowya.com/#post-25
Untitled Darkwater Syndicate ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/2018 Horror, themed to abandoned communities
$50.00 http://www.darkwatersyndicate.com/blog/open-call-for-short-horror-submissions
Beneath the Waves ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2018 Horror, themed to beneath the waves
$39.43 http://thingsinthewell.webs.com/submissions
Nightscript (recurring anthologies) Subtle, weird literary horror
$20.00 https://chthonicmatter.wordpress.com/nightscript/
Academy of Inventive Literature All genres, especially speculative
$15.00 https://www.acadlit.org/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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