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New Markets Update April 2021: Adventurous ⚔️ SF/F wanted, time management techniques, and other Aswiebe's Market List updates!

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 5/15/2021.
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Thoughts in Passing
If I don't figure out a time to do a thing, the thing isn't going to get done. In my life in general, I've found two strategies that help.

Big Rocks! Imagine that you need to fit a big rock into a jar. You also have pebbles and sand that you want to use some of. If you put the pebbles and sand in first, you might end up with no room in the jar for the big rock. But if you put the big rock in first, you can fill around the rock with pebbles, and then sand. You'll fill the jar right up to the top. Your time is the jar. Your most important task is the big rock.

Pairing! Sometimes it's easier to establish a habit by pairing it with something else that you are already doing (especially something you like to do). For example, I've started pairing doing yoga with eating lunch. No, not at the same time! I set an alarm and always do yoga for the half an hour before lunch. If you have a particularly difficult writing-related task, try pairing it with something else you are already doing. Maybe that's as simple as, "I get to make my coffee after I write my first sentence."

So there you go. Pair your rocks!

(Do you have a writing question? Send it to me, either by replying to this email or by using the comment form on my website, and it may get answered in the next newsletter.)

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
This weekend I'm attending Flights of Foundry, an online con. It's great! I'm enjoying the panels, have participated in several coworking sessions (a great addition to a con!), and have been seized with story inspirations. It's not too late for you to participate, either. Sales end Sunday. Most of the panels are recorded on YouTube and will remain up for a while after the convention, so get a membership now and watch the panels when you can (direct links are provided in the schedule). https://flights-of-foundry.org/registration/

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

Manuscript Wish List: https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/

Literary Agent DongWon Song on the A + B = Awesome Formula: https://willamettewriters.org/agent-dongwon-song-b-awesome-formula/

Writing a Killer Logline: http://graemeshimmin.com/writing-a-logline-for-a-novel/

Magic in the Middle Ages: https://www.coursera.org/learn/magic-middle-ages

Query Theory 101: The Anatomy of a Query Letter: http://carissa-taylor.blogspot.com/2016/05/query-theory-101-anatomy-of-query-letter.htmlv

Successful Queries: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Lhye7SCTVuz34zPd9NHfR4uiiMv5PAAfwR9E8Iv65yc/edit#gid=0

Amazon Announces Its Wattpad-Style ‘Kindle Vella’ Platform: https://publishingperspectives.com/2021/04/amazon-announces-its-wattpad-style-kindle-vella-platform/

Uncharted is looking for (volunteer) slush readers: https://uncharted.submittable.com/submit

Flash Fiction Online first reader application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCamb9l111oPhCbFEpc49XcXOybxeK-15Z-77FkyjaFdPS2Q/viewform

Creating Your Story Waypoints: https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/647026469040783360/creating-your-story-waypoints

S-Corp and Other Corps: https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/s-corp-and-other-questions/

Kishōtenketsu for Beginners – An Introduction to Four Act Story Structure: https://mythicscribes.com/plot/kishotenketsu/

Upcoming Virtual Conventions
(Any registration fees are noted.)

GritLit, April 15-18 (CA$27.54): https://www.gritlit.ca/
Flights of Foundry 2021, April 16-18 (donation): https://flights-of-foundry.org/
StokerCon, May 20-23 ($75): https://hopin.com/events/stokercon
Balticon, May 28-31: https://www.balticon.org/wp55/
Nebula Conference, June 4-6 and year-round special events ($125): https://nebulas.sfwa.org/2021-nebula-conference-online-registration-is-now-open/

Featured Market
New magazine Uncharted wants crime, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller short stories.

Uncharted Magazine publishes Science Fiction/Fantasy Short Stories from fiction writers of any background or experience. We want stories that richly imagine the future of technology and science, that explore our world through a speculative lens. We want stories of fantasy that make us hunger for new worlds, new biomes, new places we can explore through thrilling sensual details and human empathy. We want stories that thrill us, that make us feel alive, that awaken our desires to explore and go on adventures. 

Basics: SF/fantasy/horror/mystery, 1,000 - 5,000 words, pays $200, (unpaid) reprints okay.

Guidelines: https://uncharted.submittable.com/submit

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 (originals) Flat Pay (originals) Website Notes
Departure Mirror Quarterly All spec-fic $0.100
http://departuremirror.com/guidelines/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 4/1/21 - 4/30/21
Blood Knife All spec fic, especially dark, cyberpunk, futurist $0.090
https://bloodknife.com/write-for-blood-knife/
Africa Risen (Tor.com) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/14/21 All speculative fiction by authors of African descent $0.080
https://www.shereereneethomas.com/copy-of-africa-risen
Dark Matter Magazine Science Fiction $0.080
https://darkmattermagazine.com/submission-guidelines/ ONE-TIME CLOSURE until Q2 2021. NOTE: This is NOT the same publication as Dark Matter Zine.
Escape Pod (Podcast) SF $0.080
http://escapepod.org/guidelines/ An Escape Artists publication. Original work up to 6,000 words. ONE-TIME Black Futures Month theme extended to 4/30/2021.
Inclusive Futures Magazine SF esp. fictional non-fiction, by and about marginalized people (themed) $0.080
https://www.inclusivefuturemag.com/prose-subs
Field Notes From a Nightmare: an Anthology of Ecological Horror ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/1/21 - 6/30/21 Environmental horror $0.030
https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#antho-jump
Found: An Anthology of Found Footage Horror Stories ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 08/08/21 Horror themed to found footage $0.030
https://twitter.com/andrewcull/status/1381034413291626497/photo/1
Runs Like Clockwork (Wyldblood Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FULL Steampunk $0.014
https://wyldblood.com/steampunk/
Cafe Irreal Magazine Fabulist fiction $0.010
http://cafeirreal.alicewhittenburg.com/
Gen-X-ed (Dark Ink Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/20/21 - 7/3/21 Horror by and about Gen-X $0.010
https://aminkpublishing.com/open-calls
Space and Time Magazine Science fiction, fantasy, and horror $0.010
https://spaceandtime.net/submissions/
Wight Christmas ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/31/21 Christmas-themed horror $0.008
http://tdotspec.com/wight-christmas-open-call-for-submissions/
Uncharted Magazine SF, fantasy, horror, and mystery/crime
$200.00 https://www.uncharted-mag.com/
Needle Drops, The (Urhi Publications) - RECURRING ANTHOLOGY SERIES Horror
$138.37 https://www.urhi.co.uk/post/urhi-submission-guide
Tales From the Cyber Salon Themed hard SF for collaborative discussion
$69.14 https://cybersalon.org/open-call-for-submissions/
If I Die Before I Wake Vol 6 (Sinister Smile Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/9/21 Horror themed to water
$40.00 https://www.sinistersmilepress.com/submissions-v6
Black Cat Magazine All genres, especially literary SF/F, themed
$30.00 https://www.blackcatmagazine.com/submissions
Nightmurr Before Yiffmas, The (Weasel Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/01/21 Erotic holiday horror themed to furries
$25.00 https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit
Ceci n'est pas une histoire d'horreur (This is Not a Horror Story) (Night Terror Novels) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/31/21 OR UNTIL FILLED Surreal or transgressive horror
$20.74 https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/2021/03/13/announcement-our-debut-anthology-is-now-open-for-submissions/
Asinine Assassins (Smart Rhino Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/1/21 All genres, themed to the title
$20.00 http://smartrhino.com/projects.html
Elemental Zoological Preserve ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY SERIES - DUE UNTIL FULL Shared world fantasy
$20.00 https://unitedfaedompublis.wixsite.com/unitedfaedompub/submissions
Exploring Infinity ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/30/21 Shared world SF/F based on Escaping Infinity novel.
$20.00 https://scifiscribe.com/2021/04/09/anthology-submission-call-exploring-infinity/
Us/Them (Wolfsinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/31/21 All genres, themed to us vs. them
$15.00 https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/us-them-guidelines
Beneath the Yellow Lights (Oddity Prodigy Productions) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/31/2021 Urban fantasy
$10.00 https://www.oddityprodigy.com/beneath-the-yellow-lights
Phobia (Pixie Forest Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/15/21 Horror
$10.00 https://pixieforestpublishing.com/open-to-submissions/
Undertow Novels and Novellas ONE-TIME SUB PERIOD 5/1/21 - 5/31/21 Literary dark fabulist fiction

https://undertowpublications.com/subs
Arsenika - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic
$60.00 http://arsenika.ink/submissions/ SUBMISSION PERIODS: 10/1 - 10/31, 4/1 - 4/30

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 February 2021: Open call for positive SF/F/H 🌄, tips for pandemic productivity recovery, and other new Aswiebe's Market List updates!

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 3/15/2021.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2021.html#022521

Thoughts in Passing
For the first time in almost a year, I am alone in my house on an ordinary day. My spouse is working on-site today, and the kids are at in-person school. It is HEAVEN. And I am trying to figure out where to start digging myself out from the mound of all the projects that I have neglected. Fortunately (or unfortunately), I have played the "getting back into the groove" game before, after recovering from injuries and surgeries and newborns. I'm guessing a lot of people will emerge from the pandemic and need to work on recovering their productivity and getting back into writing. If you've been able to keep writing and keep on top of your projects during this time, that's GREAT. You should be proud. If you haven't been able to, well, maybe me sharing my process will help. WARNING: extreme productivity geeking-out below, feel free to skip!

Step 1 is simply figuring out where I'm at. This step will take a while.

I tend to use my email as a to-do dumping ground. I use "action needed-writing" and "action urgent" email tags to flag these to-dos. That's not enough organization to really keep on top of things, although it does make it easier to find them. List organization isn't quite enough either. This is where the spreadsheet comes in. You knew there'd be a spreadsheet, right?

It's pretty simple. The Type column is how I prioritize my tasks. Paying gigs come first, followed by things I've promised to other people (I'm careful not to take on too many of these), and everything else is intuitively sorted by the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. There is a number at the beginning of each Type label so that I can sort the tasks in order, first by Type and then by Deadline.

If you are a natural-born procrastinator like me, this is a good time to pay attention to what you've been procrastinating on the hardest. Often it falls in that critical "Action Important & Non-Urgent" category.

I also add significant writing projects that have deadlines. I enjoy writing for a particular submission call, so that is where a lot of these deadlines come from initially. This is not the place to track all my various manuscripts in different stages of writing and editing and submitting (again, unless deadlines apply). I track those elsewhere. Scheduling blocked time for writing/editing outside of this task spreadsheet is essential.

One final productivity note! As I go through my email "to-dos," I try to apply the 2-minute principle. If it would take me 2 minutes to do, it doesn't go on the list. It gets done then.

Next month, I'll talk about scheduling and how getting things done is going. I have 288 "action-needed - writing" emails in my inbox, so wish me luck!

(Do you have a writing question? Send it to me, either by replying to this email or by using the comment form on my website, and it may get answered in the next newsletter.)

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

After Dinner Conversations has produced a podcast discussing the ethics and free will implications of "In Their Image." This is just so cool! If you are philosophically inclined, you can listen to at https://www.afterdinnerconversation.com/podcast/e38-in-their-image-what-happens-when-a-teddy-bear-cant-find-its-purpose or on your favorite podcast catcher.

My final reminder is that awards nomination season is wrapping up. If you are eligible to nominate, I am very fond of my small bittersweet story about love in the time of extinction, "The Dinosaur's Valentine." It's available to read at Daily Science Fiction or to listen to at Centropic Oracle.

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

FightWrite: Knife Fights Pt 2: https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction/fightwrite-knife-fights-part-2

How to Write a Romance Novel: The Keys to Conflict: https://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/how-to-write-a-romance-novel-the-keys-to-conflict

A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Your Author Website: https://www.writersdigest.com/getting-published/step-step-guide-build-author-website

Sustainable Arts Foundation's list of parent-friendly residencies: https://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/residencygrantees/

Mythulu's Survival Guide for Participants of NaNoWriMo: https://mythulu.com/survival-guide/

Advice for people who have the internet fall on their head : https://twitter.com/hawkwing_lb/status/1359555362811228164

Productive (and Realistic) Ways to Optimize Your Space for Remote Work: https://blog.trello.com/optimize-space-for-remote-work

Reading Aloud: https://maryrobinettekowal.com/category/reading-aloud/

Public Readings From A to Z: https://www.swantower.com/2021/01/16/public-readings-from-a-to-z-part-1-how-much-should-you-read/

How to Prioritize Tasks as a Team When Everything Feels Important: https://blog.trello.com/prioritize-tasks-as-a-team

Upcoming Virtual Conventions
(Yes, it's a new section in the newsletter! Any registration fees are noted.)

MarsCon, March 12-14, 2021: http://marscon.org/2021/
Norwescon 43, April 1-4 ($35): https://www.norwescon.org/
Steampunk CommuniTea Weekend, April 9-12: https://www.facebook.com/events/336440080917274/
Flights of Foundry 2021, April 16-18: https://flights-of-foundry.org/

Featured Market
DreamForge Anvil wants positive stories of science fiction, fantasy, and even horror, pays $.06/wd.

The biggest thing to know is that this reading period, our maximum word length is 4,500 words. We’re looking for positive stories of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Horror is a stretch for us, but occasionally an unusual one with an upbeat ending makes it through.

... For every story we accept, we’ll provide two other hopeful contributors with the same level of detailed notes that we provide to the hidden gems we choose to work with. These will be chosen at random so that authors with a wide range of skill sets and experience can receive some feedback. We might not be able to publish your story, but perhaps we can help you improve its chances elsewhere.

Basics: positive speculative fiction, up to 4,500 words, pays $.06/word, reprints okay. 2021 submission window closes 03/13/2021.
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 Website Notes
New Modality, The Speculative fiction and non-fiction $0.150
http://thenewmodality.com/contributor-commitments-rates-guidelines/ NOTE: currently accepting subs from NeMo community members and SFWA members only.
Arcanist, The SF/F/Horror flash fiction $0.100
https://thearcanist.io/tag/submission-guidelines/
Strange Horizons F/SF/Spec-fic $0.100
http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/ Submission periods (December varies): Mondays 1600 UTC - Tuesdays 1600 UTC = 10 AM CDT Mon - 10 AM CDT Tues (Winter, no daylight savings)
Augur Magazine Literary SF/F, fabulism, slipstream $0.087
http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/ 80% Canadian. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 2/21/21 - 3/7/21
Cast of Wonders Podcast Clean YA SF/F/H $0.080
http://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/ ONE-TIME 2021 schedule: 4/1/21-4/30/21 banned books, 5/1/21-5/31/21 holidays, 7/15/21-8/15/21 young authors, 11/1/21-11/30/21 general submissions. ### Query first for > 6,000 words.
Lightspeed Magazine Science fiction and fantasy $0.080
https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/lightspeed/guidelines ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIODS: BIPOC SF 2/1/21 - 2/8/21, all SF 2/8/21 - 2/15/21, BIPOC F 3/1/21-3/8/21, all F 3/8/21 - 3/15/21. ### Prefers < 5,000 words
Dark Magazine, The Horror and dark fantasy, including outside regular categories $0.060
http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/ Fast response time.
DreamForge Anvil Positive SFF/Horror $0.060
https://dreamforgemagazine.com/call-for-submissions/ Prefers < 5,000 words. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 2/20/2021 - 3/13/2021
Mythulu SF/F/H, themed $0.060
https://mythulu.com/emagazine-submission-call/
Classic Monsters Unleashed (Crystal Lake Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/8/21 - 5/30/21 Horror themed to classic monsters or characters related to them. $0.050
https://www.crystallakepub.com/authorcentral/
Tales From the Canyons of the Damned Dark SF, Weird, Horror, Slipstream $0.030
http://canyonsofthedamned.com/#eluid20a88705
Write Ahead / The Future Looms Cyberpunk with flair $0.028
https://www.writeaheadthefuturelooms.com/submission-guidelines/ Max 2,500 words for short stories, but also accepts serials.
Mystery Weekly Magazine Mystery, including paranormal $0.020
https://mysteryweekly.com/submit.asp
Sanguine Drip (Pavor Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE TBD (OPENS SOON) Horror flash fiction $0.020
https://www.pavorpress.com/anthology-submissions
Bodies Full of Burning: An Anthology of Menopause-Themed Horror (Sliced Up Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/1/2021 Horror themed to menopause $0.010
https://sliceduppress.com/submissions-2/
Wight Christmas ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/15/21 - 3/21/21 Christmas-themed horror $0.008
http://tdotspec.com/wight-christmas-open-call-for-submissions/
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine SF/F and supernatural horror, especially humorous and lighthearted $0.008
https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/ Subscribers and AU/NZ authors can submit up to 20,000 words.
Speculative Philosophical Fiction (Theme of Absence) ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 3/1/21 - 3/31/21 Flash fiction themed to philosophical, metaphysical, or epistemological fiction
$500.00 https://themeofabsence.com/speculative-philosophical-fiction-contest/
Furious Gazelle's Halloween Writing Contest, The ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 10/01 All genres, themed to Halloween
$50.00 http://thefuriousgazelle.com/submit/halloween-writing-contest/
Pressfuls 2021 Horror and Fantasy Short Story ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 3/31/2021 Horror and fantasy
$50.00 https://pressfuls.com/2021-horror-and-fantasy/ Does not specify how many runners-up may be published without pay.
Dead Stars and Stone Arches (Timber Ghost Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY TITLE (Utah Horror Writers ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY) - DUE 10/31 Horror with an author or story connection to Utah, themed
$35.00 https://www.timberghostpress.com/dead-stars.html https://utahhorror.org/submissions/
Good Southern Witches (Curious Blue Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - FILLED AND CLOSED EARLY Fantasy and dark fantasy themed to Southern witches
$25.00 http://www.curiousbluepress.com/submissions
Tales to Terrify Flash Fiction Contest PODCAST ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 2/28/21 Horror and dark fantasy, themed to image prompt
$25.00 https://talestoterrify.com/flashcontest/
A-Z of Horror (Red Cape Publishing) ONGOING ANTHOLOGY SERIES Horror, themes change every 2 months.
$13.74 https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/ Must not be available elsewhere. ONE-TIME THEMES: 2/1/21-3/31/21 Internet; 4/1/21-5/31/21 Jack-o'-Lantern; 6/1/21-7/31/21 Kidnap; 8/1/21-9/30/21 Lycanthropy; 10/1/21-11/30/21 Medical.
It Calls From the Doors (Eerie River Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/21 - 4/30/21 Horror themed to doorways, portals, etc.
$11.77 https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission
It Calls From the Veils (Eerie River Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/21 - 10/31/21 Horror themed to ghosts and the paranormal
$11.77 https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission
Of Fire and Stars (Eerie River Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/1/21 - 7/30/21 LGBTQ+ dark fantasy themed to fae encounters
$11.77 https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission
Queer Blades (From the Farther Trees) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2021 LGBTQ+ adventure fantasy, sword & sorcery, etc.
$10.00 https://farthertrees.wordpress.com/queerblades/
Re-Enlist Reprint Anthology (Pole to Pole Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/31/21 OR UNTIL FULL Dark SF themed to war and the military, reprints only
$10.00 https://poletopolepublishing.com/submissions/ Reprints only, must not be available online.
Simultaneous Times Podcast SF
$10.00 http://spacecowboybooks.blogspot.com/p/writer-submissions.html
Trigger Warning (Madness Heart Press) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1 - 5/30 OR UNTIL FULL Disturbing horror, themed
$10.00 https://madnessheart.press/submissions/trigger-warning/?v=7516fd43adaa
Nanoism Twitter fiction - up to 140 characters, all genres
$1.50 http://nanoism.net/submit/
Neon Hemlock Novellas Science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and weird, especially queer stories

https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions ONE-TIME 2021 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 6/5/21 - 6/19/21 BIPOC authors only, 10/2/21 - 10/16/21 general submissions open
Aurora Wolf Magazine - DEAD MARKET Uplifting PG-rated fantasy and SF
$5.00

Antimatter Magazine - DEAD MARKET Flash fiction SF inspired by recent headlines
$20.00
There is an eternal countdown clock that keeps resetting. Ignore.
Nexxis Fantasy Biannual Anthology - DEAD MARKET SF, themed $0.010


Glittership Podcast - DEAD MARKET (indefinite hiatus) All spec-fic, queer protagonist, prefers reprints $0.030
http://www.glittership.com/submission-guidelines/ Long response time
Crossed Genres - DEAD MARKET SFF $0.060
http://crossedgenres.com/submissions/magazine/
Hard Universe - DEAD MARKET SF $0.000
http://www.harduniverse.com/submission-guidelines.html
Constellary Tales (DEAD MARKET) SF/F $0.080

Also takes non-exclusive reprint rights.
El Chapo Review - DEAD MARKET All genres, including SF/F/H
$100.00

Zoetrope: All-Story DEAD MARKET (closed to general subs, claims new guidelines coming but it's been at least a year???) All genres, literary $0.080
https://www.all-story.com/about Snail mail only.

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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New Markets Update January 2021: Fairy tale mash-ups wanted ... and other new Aswiebe's Market List updates!

Aswiebe's Market List logo
http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html

The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 2/15/2021.
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Thoughts in Passing
I recently saw a writer posting in distress. They had taken their work to a critique group, where they learned that they wrote with a lot of "filler movement." What does that mean? It means the bits that happen between the action. Opening and closing doors. Walking across a room. Getting out of a car. Traveling somewhere. Getting out a bowl to pour cereal in. Picking up the phone. Opening an envelope. Turning on the lights. Turning on a computer. Unlocking a phone. Getting dressed in the morning.

You get the idea. All of these things can be written as plot-critical, but they usually aren't. And that's okay.

This distressed writer asked how they could stop writing these extraneous bits. I can't answer that question, because I do it too. I often find that I can't move a character from Point A to Point B without writing how they moved there. My visual storytelling brain can't handle it. Otherwise, I might as well have them popping in and out of existence.

In short stories, there's less room for that. But hey, that's what editing is for! Sometimes? You just have to write through something, even if you know you'll take it out in editing. And that's okay!

(Do you have a writing question? Send it to me, either by replying to this email or by using the comment form on my website, and it may get answered in the next newsletter.)

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
Oof. Not much this month, aside from my regular #vss365 writing exercises. I have a lot in edits, and a lot of general writing-related administrivia to catch up on. Next month (in 17 days!) my kids start going back to in-person school (for however long that lasts). I have so much stuff that supervising distance learning shoved to the back burner, in writing and in general household management and in other life stuff, that I don't even know where to begin. We've been in distance learning for 10 months here, since mid-March 2020. I start by making lists of things to catch up on, I guess.

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

Is Writing Inspiration or Perspiration? https://www.writersdigest.com/beat-writers-block/inspiration-vs-perspiration

Plot Twist Prompts: Compelled Duty: https://www.writersdigest.com/be-inspired/plot-twist-story-prompts-compelled-duty

FightWrite: Knife Fights Part I: https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction/fightwrite-knife-fights-part-1

Taming the Synopsis: https://www.writersdigest.com/getting-published/taming-the-synopsis-4-steps-for-perfecting-one-page-and-long-form-synopses

Isabel Yap's thread on coming up with story titles: https://twitter.com/visyap/status/1348394445662609412

Using SFWA Effectively for Book Marketing: http://www.kittywumpus.net/blog/2020/12/02/using-sfwa-effectively-for-book-publicity/

Book Promotion Giveaways: What Works? https://www.sfwa.org/2012/12/10/book-promotion-giveaways-what-works/

Working Comic Conventions: https://www.sfwa.org/2017/03/13/working-comic-conventions/

Immersive worldbuilding thread: https://twitter.com/melisscaru/status/1337405591917105153

Upcoming Virtual Conventions
(Yes, it's a new section in the newsletter! Any registration fees are noted.)

Capricon, Feb 4 - 7, 2021 ($10): https://capricon.org/

Boskone 58, Feb 12 - 14, 2021 ($25): https://boskone.org/

MarsCon, March 12-14, 2021: http://marscon.org/2021/

Featured Market
Once Upon a Twice Time wants your fairy tale and genre mash-ups!

Theme: Fairy Tales - choose two of your favorite fairy tales, and a genre of your choice, and mash them up to make something new. Stories may be of any genre as long as they incorporate two fairy tales. We are open to Grimdark, New Weird, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dying Earth and genre bending/breaking.

Basics: themed speculative fiction, 1,000 - 3,000 words, pays $.08/word, no reprints. Submission window closes 02/28/2021.

Guidelines: http://aanpress.com/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 Website Notes
Diabolical Plots Science fiction, fantasy, and horror $0.100
http://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1/1/2021 - 1/31/2021
Strange Horizons F/SF/Spec-fic $0.100
http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/ ONE-TIME CLOSURE UNTIL FEBRUARY 2021. ### Submission periods (December varies): Mondays 1600 UTC - Tuesdays 1600 UTC = 10 AM CDT Mon - 10 AM CDT Tues (Winter, no daylight savings)
Uncanny SF/F $0.100
https://uncannymagazine.com/submissions/ Fast response time. ONE-TIME NOVELLA SUBMISSION WINDOW (17,500 - 40,000 words): 4/1/2021 - 4/30/2021.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Hard SF $0.080
http://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/ Requires science to be correct and doable.
Baen Fantasy Adventure Award ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE10/1 - 2/1 Near future manned space exploration SF $0.080
https://www.baen.com/contest-jbmssa
It Gets Even Better ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2021 All speculative fiction, themed to positive queer possibility $0.080
https://speculativelyqueer.moksha.io/publication/it-gets-even-better/guidelines
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF) All speculative fiction $0.080
https://fandsf.moksha.io/publication/fsf
Upon a Twice Time (Air and Nothingness Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2021 All genres, themed to a mash-up of two fairy tales $0.080
http://aanpress.com/submissions.html
Midnight From Beyond the Stars ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/2021 Alien horror $0.060
https://www.silvershamrockpublishing.com/midnight-from-beyond-the-stars-anthology
School Magazine, The Children's 8-12 fiction, mainstream or fantasy, themed $0.060
https://theschoolmagazine.com.au/contributors/writers
Tales From the Magician's Skull Sword & sorcery $0.040
https://goodman-games.com/tftms/2020/10/20/announcing-open-call-for-sword-sorcery-fiction-for-tales-from-the-magicians-skull/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR 2021: 1/22/2021 - 4/1/2021
SNAFU (Cohesion Press) ANTHOLOGY SERIES Military SF/horror, themed $0.038
https://cohesionpress.com/snafu-submissions/
Sci Phi Non-character-driven SF, esp. big idea SF and classic-style SF $0.036
https://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/submission-guidelines/
Gorefest (The Evil Cookie) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/1/2021 - 3/1/2021 Horror with gore and carnage $0.030
theevilcookie.com/open-calls/
Stupefying Stories SF, fantasy, and horror $0.015
https://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines.html Query first for > 10,000 words.
Wicked Words Quarterly SF/F/H with a twist $0.014
http://www.wickedwords.co.uk/submissions/
Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/1 - 2/28 SF/F with only vegan products, published that year, reprints only $0.010
https://books.metaphorosis.com/plant-based-press/best-vegan-sff/vegan-sff-guidelines/
Cosmic Horror Monthly Horror, dark SF, dark fantasy $0.010
http://cosmic-horror.net/submissions/ SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1/1 - 2/28
Exterus Magazine Fantasy, horror, and the bizarre $0.010
https://www.facebook.com/Exterusmagazine Prefers < 8,000 words. Open submission calls are on their Facebook page.
Jewish Book of Horror, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/2021 Horror that ties in with Judaism $0.010
https://denverhorror.com/the-jewish-book-of-horror/
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine SF/F and supernatural horror, especially humorous and lighthearted $0.008
https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/ ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 2/1/2021
Not One of Us All genres, character driven, about outsiders, misfits, all genres $0.003
https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/ Prefers < 6,000 words.
L Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future QUARTERLY ANTHOLOGY. Spec-fic
$5,000.00 https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/ Eligible if have three or fewer professional pubs - runs every 3 months. Note: affiliated with Scientology, winners report proselytizing and close link to Church of Scientology.
Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors (Grist) ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 4/12/2021 Optimistic climate fiction, some fantastic/supernatural elements okay
$3,000.00 https://grist.org/fix/climate-fiction-writing-contest-imagine-2200-prizes/
Earth Day Short-Fiction Contest (Sapiens Plurum & Future of Life Institute) ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 4/22 - 6/1 SF, themed to optimistic SF
$1,000.00 https://sapiensplurum.org/
Out There: Into the Queer New Yonder ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/2021 Queer YA SF by queer author
$900.00 http://saundramitchell.com/subs/
Imagine Little Tokyo ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 2/28/2021 Themed to Little Tokyo past present or future
$500.00 https://www.littletokyohs.org/all-news/8th-annual-imagine-little-tokyo-short-story-contest ONE-TIME submission link for 2021. See also http://www.littletokyohs.org/
Craft Literary Literary, with a focus on writing craft
$200.00 https://www.craftliterary.com/submit/
Decoded ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28 SF, fantasy, and horror by queer authors
$200.00 https://decodedpride.com/submit/
2021 Web Microfiction Prize for Women Writers ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 2/1/2021 - 5/1/2021 Microfiction by women writers, themed to metamorphosis
$150.00 https://spiderroadpress.com/submissions/webmicrofictionprize/
Femme Fatale / Dangerous Women Untitled Anthology (Mango Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 05/15/2021 Crime themed to femme fatales and dangerous women
$125.00 https://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-untitled-crime-anthology-featuring-femmes-fatales-dangerous-women/
GigaNotoSaurus Science fiction and fantasy, especially long
$100.00 http://giganotosaurus.org/submission-guidelines/
Storytwigs Micro-fiction, with monthly themes
$100.00 https://www.storytwigs.com/competition All entries will be published on website, without pay.
Abyss & Apex All speculative fiction, including dark but not horror
$80.00 http://www.abyssapexzine.com/submissions/ Query first for >10,000 words. Reading periods 1st wk in February, May, August, November. ONE-TIME CLOSURE UNTIL 8/2021
Queer Sci Fi Flash Contest ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 3/1 - 4/17 Queer spec-fic flash fiction, themed
$75.00 https://queerscifi.com/flash-contest-rules/ RIGHTS: Requires 12 months exclusive.
34 Orchard Dark, unsettling fiction, all genres
$50.00 https://34orchard.com/guidelines/ SUBMISSION PERIOD: Jan 1 - 31, Jul 1 - 31
Misspelled - Magic Gone Awry ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2021 Themed: magical mishaps
$50.00 https://curseddragonship.com/submissions-2/
Wild Musette Journal of Music, Mystery, and Myth, The Themed to music, dance, relationships, environmental, or fantasy and mythic fiction
$50.00 https://wildmusette.com/pages/submissions
Blood Bath Literary Zine Horror, themed issues
$41.14 https://bloodbathlitzine.com/
Wizards in Space All genres, themed
$40.00 https://wizardsinspacemag.com/submit/
Good Southern Witches (Curious Blue Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2021 Fantasy and dark fantasy themed to Southern witches
$25.00 http://www.curiousbluepress.com/submissions
No Anesthetic (Splatter Ink Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/2021 Extreme horror
$25.00 https://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-no-anesthetic/
Ghastling, The Quiet horror, macabre, and strange
$20.17 https://theghastling.com/submit/
Antimatter Magazine Flash fiction SF inspired by recent headlines
$20.00 https://antimatter.submittable.com/submit ONE-TIME CLOSURE (maybe). Listed as closed but there's a countdown clock until 2/03/2021 (as of 1/2/2021).
Colored Lens, The All speculative fiction
$20.00 http://thecoloredlens.com/?page_id=8/
Speculative City All genres, themed to cityscape and issue's theme
$20.00 http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/
Handmade Horror Stories ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/28/2021 Horror themed to art or craft
$19.69 https://www.cryoseismpress.com/pages/submissions
Crunchy With Ketchup (Wolfsinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/31/2021 All spec-fic, themed: fierce dragons
$15.00 https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/CrunchyWithKetchup.html
Summer of Speculation (Cloaked Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/20/2021 SF and Fantasy
$15.00 https://www.cloakedpress.com/summerspec/
Were-Traveler, The Speculative fiction, themed issues. ONE-TIME THEMES: My Job is a Hellholle (DUE 3/31/2021), Down to the Sea in Bits (DUE 2021), The Wyrd, Twisted, & Curst Creature Tarot (DUE 2021/2022)
$15.00 https://the-were-traveler.weebly.com/submissions-call.html
Murderous Ink Press Magazine Crime and mystery, including weird and bizarro
$13.61 https://www.murderousinkpress.co.uk/submissions.html
All Worlds Wayfarer All speculative fiction
$10.00 http://www.allworldswayfarer.com/submissions/ RIGHTS: requires 6 months exclusive
Swords and Sorcery High fantasy and historical fantasy
$10.00 http://www.swordsandsorcerymagazine.com/submissions.html
Whetstone Pulp sword and sorcery
$10.00 https://whetstonemag.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html
On the Premises Mini-Contest RECURRING CONTEST Themed contests with very limited wordcounts.
$5.00 http://onthepremises.com/minis/ Mini-contest submission periods: April, May, October, November.
Drabble Harvest (Hiraeth Publishing) RECURRING CONTESTS Speculative fiction drabbles, themed
$1.00 https://www.hiraethsffh.com/drabble-contest ONE-TIME DEADLINE: 1/31/2021
On the Premises RECURRING CONTEST Themed contests.

https://onthepremises.com/current-contest/ Submission periods: December, June.
Helios Quarterly - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic $0.060
https://heliosquarterly.com/submissions/
Sword & Sorceress ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DEAD MARKET PG-13 sword & sorcery with strong female protagonist, contemporary okay $0.060


Aurelio Leo - DEAD MARKET Speculative fiction, especially graphic novels

https://aureliabookcafe.com/aurelia-leo/
Brewed Awakenings (Caffeinated Press) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY All genres
$50.00
Submissions accepted year-round, but volume cut-off is 5/31. Stories/authors with West Michigan ties preferred.

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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