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New Markets Update March 2019: Women Writing Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror Wanted ... and Other Publishing Updates


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 4/15/2019.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2019.html#031919

Thoughts in Passing
Sad news from Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show: they are permanently closing. They've been one of the anchor pro-paying magazines for a long time, and it's sad to see them go.

On the other hand, big congratulations to Helios Quarterly and Selene Quarterly! Both publications recently raised their pay to pro rates. Many magazines start out saying that they hope to raise their pay rates eventually; few actually do it. The reverse is far more common. Note that Helios and Selene are only open for submissions one month of the year (June and May, respectively).

There's a lot of churn in the short story publishing industry, especially in the token pay publications, but it's not something to be stressed about. You just have to roll with it. For every magazine closing, another steps up.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
I'm in the home stretch of the contemporary fantasy thriller that I've been working on for mumble-mumble-don't-ask-please. All the pieces are coming together, the writing is flowing easily because of all the momentum pushing it forward, and I'm really pleased with how it's turning out. Don't get too excited, though. Final stretch for me means another couple of months. I have hopes I'll finish it before the kids go on summer vacation, though. I must say that I do miss the faster feedback loop of short stories, though. The long slog of a novel is brutal when you don't know if anyone will ever read and love it. I'll probably write a whole batch of short stories once I finish this bigger project.

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

Featured Market

Hinnom Magazine is having a special pro-paying issue of weird fiction and cosmic horror by women writers, due 4/15/2019.

We mentioned a “retro” edition of Hinnom Magazine that will be akin to the old Weird Tales magazines of the 1930s. When deciding the direction we wanted to pursue for this project, we really wanted to make a statement with this publication. Considering the old Weird Tales magazines were predominantly male writers, we thought it would be fascinating to see an issue of Hinnom Magazine, designed like Weird Tales, but featuring only female authors. We have a feeling this publication is going to be something special, and we are beyond thrilled to read thrilling stories from female authors of Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror. 

Basics: weird fiction and horror, 1,000 - 6,000 words, pays $.06/wd, no reprints, due 4/15/2019. Guidelines: https://gehennabooks.com/2019/03/05/call-for-submissions-hinnom-magazine-retro-weird-tales-edition-women-only/.

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
Flame Tree Press Frequent themed anthologies $0.060
http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/submissions-detective-mysteries-epic-fantasy
Helios Quarterly All spec-fic $0.060
https://heliosquarterly.com/submissions/
Hinnom Magazine: Women Take Over Weird Tales ONE-TIME ISSUE - DUE 4/15/2019 Weird fiction and cosmic horror by female authors only $0.060
https://gehennabooks.com/2019/03/05/call-for-submissions-hinnom-magazine-retro-weird-tales-edition-women-only/
Issues in Earth Science Middle grade or YA, themed to earth sciences $0.060
http://earthscienceissues.net/submissions
Selene Quarterly Speculative romance, mystery, and alternate history $0.060
https://selenequarterly.com/submissions/
Translunar Travelers Lounge Fun speculative fiction $0.030
https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/
I Didn't Break the Lamp ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2019 Themed: imaginary acquaintances $0.020
http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/
Kaleidotrope All genres, especially SF/F and the unconventional and weird. $0.010
http://www.kaleidotrope.net/guidelines/
Trouble Among the Stars Speculative fiction esp. hard SF $0.007
https://troubleamongthestars.com/submit/
Crystal Lake Publishing (Occasional novella submission calls) ONE-TIME THEME DUE 4/15/19: horror and dark fantasy
$500.00 http://www.crystallakepub.com/authorcentral/
Future Visions Award, The (Altair Australia Pty Ltd) ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 11/15 All genres themed to challenging the future
$500.00 https://theblendinternational.com.au/future-visions
Thrilling Words Two linked speculative flash fiction pieces
$160.00 http://www.thrillingwords.com/about-us/submissions/
Al Blanchard Award ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 4/30 Mystery, thriller, or horror by New England author or set in New England
$100.00 http://crimebake.org/al-blanchard-award/
Remastered Words ANNUAL CONTEST (Audio) Fantasy
$97.62 http://www.remasteredwords.com/submissions/
Queer Sci Fi's Flash Fiction Contest ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 4/10 Queer speculative flash fiction, themed
$75.00 https://queerscifi.com/flash-contest-rules/
Third Corona Book of Horror Stories, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/2019 Horror
$67.00 http://www.coronabooks.com/horror-book-3-call/4594551792
Necronomicon of Solar Pons, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/15/2019 Mystery-horror, themed
$50.00 https://belangerbooks-sherlockholmes.blogspot.com/2019/01/call-for-submissions-for-2019.html
SFFWorld ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2019 SF/F/H, themed. ONE-TIME 2019 THEME: Dying Earth
$50.00 https://www.sffworld.com/2018/12/announcement-submissions-for-sffworld-anthology-now-open/
TQR Total Quality Reading All genres
$50.00 http://www.tqrstories.com/guidelines
First Line, The ONE-TIME CLOSURE - NO NEW SUBMISSIONS IN 2019 All genres, themed issues
$25.00 http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm
Suddenly, Cows! Tales of Experiments Gone Wrong (Alban Lake Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/31/2019 Silly SFF stories of experimentation gone wrong
$25.00 https://www.albanlakepublishing.com/suddenly-cows
The Once and Future Moon ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/2019 Themed to Earth's moon
$13.02 http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm
Underbelly Extreme horror and weird
$10.00 https://underbellyzine.blogspot.com/p/what-we-want-extreme-horror.html
Twilight Times F/SF/dark fantasy, literary, and cross-genre
$5.00 http://www.twilighttimes.com/subs.html
Spectacle - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic, esp. relevant with good visuals
$50.00 https://spectacle.com/submissions/
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show - DEAD MARKET SF & F $0.060
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i67&article=_fromeditor

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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New Markets Update February 2019: Ambiguous Horror Needed (Or Is It?) and Other Publication Updates


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 3/15/2019.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2019.html#021719

Thoughts in Passing
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday (and are currently enjoying the following "half-price chocolate" holiday), whether you celebrated with a significant other, family, friends, or some extra self-care

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
I'm focusing on consistency--writing every day. I find that when I tell myself I only need to write three sentences, but I need to write those first (before doing whatever else it is I want or need to do on the computer), it is much easier for me to get past that initial resistance-to-writing and I usually write more than three sentences. So yay! I found something that works for me! YMMV and of course what works often changes, but if you're having trouble getting started, it's worth a try.

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

5 Places to Get Paid to Write About Writing: https://horrortree.com/5-places-to-get-paid-to-write-about-writing/

The Mysterious Discipline of Narratologists: https://www.tor.com/2019/01/29/the-mysterious-discipline-of-narratologists/

Emergency Triage for Writers: Bring Out Your Dead: http://dankoboldt.com/emergency-triage-writers/

Featured Market
Update: Unfortunately last month's featured market, Remain Magazine, has changed from a professional pay rate to a token rate. They have released all submissions (which is the right thing to do, and good on them) and are soliciting new submissions. Thanks to those of you who wrote in to let me know!

The Nox Pareidolia anthology will be accepting weird fiction and ambiguous horror submissions, April 1st - 30th.

The theme is heavily inspired by Robert Aickman's fiction. Initially, I envisioned a book of stories where it is ambiguous as to whether the nature of the horror/weird element is supernatural or not. But I've recently decided to make that a more openly interpreted theme of ambiguous horror/weird fiction. Whether it be ambiguously supernatural or whether what exactly has or is happening is ambiguous, or any creative idea playing off of ambiguity could be interesting to see explored. But the element that is ambiguous must be intrinsic to the story.

Basics: weird fiction and horror, no wordcount limits but shorter preferred, pays $.06/wd, due 4/1/2019 - 4/30/2019. Guidelines: http://www.nightscapepress.pub/p/submissions.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
Unidentified Funny Objects ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1 - 4/30 (ONE-TIME CLOSURE IN 2019) Funny F/SF $0.100
http://alexshvartsman.com/ufo-unidentified-funny-objects/
Nox Pareidolia (Nightscape Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1/2019 - 4/30/2019 Ambiguous horror / weird fiction $0.060
http://www.nightscapepress.pub/p/submissions.html
Sorghum & Spear: The Way of Silk and Stone ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/15/2019 Shared-world fantasy with female protagonist $0.060
https://www.sorghumandspear.com/anthology-2019
Hatchet Job (Lethe Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/2019 Horror themed to axe murderers $0.040
https://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html#/
Blasphemous Rumours (Necro Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/31/2019 Horror themed to religious blasphemy $0.030
https://necropublications.com/pages/guidelines-blasphemous-rumors-edited-by-regina-garza-mitchell-and-david-g-barnett
Selene Quarterly Romance, mystery, and alternate history and other speculative fiction subgenres $0.020
https://selenequarterly.com/submissions/
Space and Time Magazine Science fiction, fantasy, and horror $0.010
http://www.spaceandtimemagazine.com/submissions
Albedo One Science fiction, fantasy, and horror, broadly defined $0.009
http://www.albedo1.com/submission-guidelines/
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Heroic fantasy, sword & sorcery
$100.00 http://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/?page_id=39
Speculative City All genres, themed to cityscape and issue's theme
$75.00 http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/
Death's Sting (Rogue Blades Entertainment) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/2/2019 Sword & sorcery themed to immortality
$30.00 https://roguebladesentertainment.submittable.com/submit
Slaughter Is the Best Medicine (Rogue Blades Entertainment) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/2/2019 Heroic fantasy, sword & sorcery, with humor
$30.00 https://roguebladesentertainment.submittable.com/submit
From a Cat's View Vol II (Post to Print) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/15/21019 All genres, from a cat's point of view
$25.00 https://post-to-print.com/submission-guidelines-from-a-cats-view-vol-ii/
Reach for the Sky (Rogue Blades Entertainment) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/2/2019 Cowboys and aliens
$25.00 https://roguebladesentertainment.submittable.com/submit
Horror Is Us, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FULL Horror
$20.00 http://www.masonjarpress.xyz/submissions/
Untitled Time Anthology (Transmundane Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/15/2019 All genres, weird, themed to time
$20.00 https://www.transmundanepress.com/current-calls-for-submissions.html
Remain Magazine Dystopian, apocalyptic, and survival fiction
$10.00 https://remainmagazine.com/
Corvid Queen Feminist fairy and folk tales.
$5.00 https://corvidqueen.com/submit/
Perihelion SF - DEAD MARKET SF $0.010
http://www.perihelionsf.com/1611/submit.htm
Gathering Storm - DEAD MARKET Spec-fic, themed, plus odd tidbits
$25.00 http://www.gatheringstormmagazine.com/guidelines

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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New Markets Update January 2019: Dystopian, Apocalyptic, and Survival Fiction


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

The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 2/15/2019.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2019.html#013019

Thoughts in Passing
It's still only January, but so much has kicked into gear for this year already! Some I can announce, some I can't yet.

Several people have subscribed recently, and it is the beginning of the year, so I thought I'd give you a refresher on where else you can find me. I have not one, not two, but three email newsletters!
  • Aswiebe's Market List - This one! A monthly update on new publications accepting science fiction, fantasy, and horror, along with a few of my favorite writing links.
  • My teaching newsletter - Get notifications when I'm teaching classes or running free workshops in the Twin Cities area.
  • Abra's Quarterly Compendium of Delight - A quarterly(ish) author newsletter with news of my publications, recommended free fiction, exclusives, and assorted other fun things. Subscribers also get quick updates when I have something new out.
For a limited time only, you can subscribe to these other newsletters simply by replying to this email and changing the subject line of the email to "SUBSCRIBE [teaching or quarterly]." I'll be updating the subscribers manually, so don't worry too much about the precise format. Just make sure you're sending the email from the email address you want to be subscribed.

Other places you can find me!

My author website is at http://www.aswiebe.com/. If you go there and click on "Stories," you will find links to read many of my published works. Some are free! I'm in the middle of building a new website that looks like it was made in the last decade, so pardon the plaster dust and redirects.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
I've been working on a grant application for an artist residency. As an SF writer, this is a tricky needle to thread, but it has jumpstarted the process of me creating an author website that looks like it was made in the past decade. Part of the application requires an online portfolio, so that is up and will exist for the next month or so. Three of my favorite stories are up there, free to read for a limited time, so go take a look!

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(This webpage will probably redirect you--the domain is in the middle of being transferred. And pardon the plaster dust and thumping sounds as I renovate my website.)

Road of Dreams - Transcendent150w.jpg
My short story, "Road of Dreams," is now out in the Transcendent anthology, a large compilation of stories inspired by dreams, nightmares, and hallucinations. Don't read before bedtime. ;)


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



Featured Market

Remain Magazine is a new pro market for dystopian, apocalyptic, and survival fiction.

Focused solely on survival situations; apocalyptic, dystopian or otherwise. Successfully surviving or not..

Character driven stories with mostly plausible survival situations. The more believable the characters, the less plausible the situations need to be.

Basics: dystopian, apocalyptic, and survival fiction, 1,000 - 3,000 words or longer if serialized, reprints okay, pays $.06/wd. Guidelines: https://remainmagazine.com/.

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
Remain Magazine Dystopian, apocalyptic, and survival fiction $0.060
https://remainmagazine.com/
Letters From the Grave: A Collection of Epistolary Horror (Orbannin Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2019 Horror stories in letter form. $0.050
https://www.orbanninbooks.com/anthology-submissions/
Pedestal Magazine All genres, especially cross-genre $0.050
http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submissions/
Triangulation ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/1-2/28 All spec-fic, themed $0.040
http://parsecink.com/submission-guidelines/
Apparition Speculative fiction, themed. Separate monthly flash fiction contest. $0.030
https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1506552206297-99a74293-e807
Red Sun Magazine Science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative $0.030
https://noselloutproductions.com/guidelines/
Alternative Apocalypses (B Cubed Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/15/2019 Themed to endings, beginnings, and change $0.020
http://www.bcubedpress.com/alt-apocal-open-call/
Tales From the Space Force (B Cubed Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/15/2019 Themed: space force, especially pulpy $0.020
http://www.bcubedpress.com/tales-from-the-space-force/
Mythic Magazine SF/F $0.010
http://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html
Unreal Magazine SF and contemporary/futuristic fantasy $0.010
http://unrealmag.com/submit/
Medusa Contest, The (Mythic Beast Studios) ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 3/31/2019 Themed: Medusa myth retelling
$300.00 http://mythicbeaststudios.com/the-medusa-contest
Dimension6 All spec-fic
$71.17 https://coeurdelion.com.au/submissions/
Earth: Giants, Golems, and Gargoyles (Rhonda Parrish) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2019 Themed: mythological earthy creatures
$37.70 http://www.rhondaparrish.com/open-calls-for-submissions/
Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas (Rhonda Parrish) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/1/2019 - 7/31/2019 Themed: cats at sea
$37.70 http://www.rhondaparrish.com/open-calls-for-submissions/
Creatures (Tell-Tale Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/4/2019 Themed: creatures, mythological and real
$25.00 https://www.telltalepress.net/submissions
Outlook Springs Fiction tinged with the strange
$25.00 https://outlooksprings.submittable.com/submit
Hear Me Roar (Rhonda Parrish) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2019 Empowered women and dragons
$15.08 http://www.rhondaparrish.com/open-calls-for-submissions/
Story Seed Vault Science-based micro fiction
$2.16 https://storyseedvault.com/submissions/
Enchanted Conversation - DEAD MARKET (? website expired) Themed to classic fairy tales
$30.00 http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.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!
* 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.
* If you received this from a friend and want to subscribe to this email newsletter, go here.

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