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New Markets Update February 2020: $.15/wd speculative fiction ... and other Aswiebe's Market List updates!

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Do you have so much stuff to do that just trying to decide where to start is exhausting? Gamify it! I recently discovered this little app called Tiny Decisions. You put in all your chores (or writing projects) and it creates a colorful wheel that you get to spin to find out what you work on next. Combine this with the Pomodoro Method of working intensely on something for 25 minutes and then taking a 5 minute break, and you have a new method to defeat choice paralysis!

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
Let's just say that sometimes writing this section of the newsletter has me looking back at what I wrote about *last* month and seeing that not much has gotten done in the meantime. ::facepalm::

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Featured Market

The New Modality is looking for fiction and non-fiction contributors, pays 2x pro rate for SF (or an honorarium).
Many people in our core audience are in the tech industry or are tech-adjacent. So science fiction that digs into tech extrapolations and questions of scale is fun and give us ideas to chew on (e.g. Newitz, Naam, Ryman). Also, a bunch of our audience is into spirituality, consciousness, and mythology (different authors on the above list obviously have different approaches here, but Pollack is amazing, as are Palmer and Chiang in their own ways). Governance is a beloved theme (e.g. Dickinson, Anders, Le Guin) and so are different cultural perspectives (e.g. Okorafor, Ryman, Liu) and of course stunningly beautiful, poetic writing is always thrilling (e.g. El-Mohtar/Gladstone).

Basics: speculative fiction, 500-6,000 words, pays $.15/word, does not pay for reprints.


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
New Modality, The Speculative fiction and non-fiction $0.150
Unfit Magazine SF $0.140
Unreal Magazine Fantasy $0.140
Unidentified Funny Objects ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1 - 4/30 Funny F/SF $0.100
Deep Magic Family-friendly F/SF $0.080
Disturbia (Bronzeville Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/4/2020 Mundane horror $0.080
Historic Fantasy (87 Bedford ) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/2020 Historic fantasy $0.080
Lovecraft Mythos (Flame Tree Fiction) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/24/2020 - 3/15/2020 Lovecraftian fiction $0.080
Reckoning Magazine All genres, preferably speculative, themed to humanity's relationship to the earth $0.080
Rigor Morbid 2 (Bronzeville Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/6/2020 Horror themed to Halloween $0.080
Strange Lands (Flame Tree Fiction) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/15/2020 UNTIL FULL Gothic fantasy themed to strange lands $0.080
Third Flatiron Press Science fiction, fantasy, horror, themed issues. Flash fiction, no theme required. $0.080 Novellas SF/F novellas, themed submission periods $0.080
Untitled Local Lore (Cemetary Gates) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/1/2020 Horror themed to local lore $0.050
Black Static Horror and dark fantasy $0.030
In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future (Corpus Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/15/2020 Future horror (not apocalyptic) $0.030
Interzone Science Fiction and Fantasy $0.030
Future // Tense: Love ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/1/2020 SF themed to love in the future $0.025
Future // Tense: Sex ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/2020 - 6/1/2020 SF themed to sex in the future $0.025
Stelliform Speculative fiction novellas, novels, and short story collections $0.015
Oxygen Leaks Hard SF $0.010
The Half That You See: Nightmares, Deliriums, and Illusions (AM Ink Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1 - 4/30/2020 Literary horror, themed to dreams and delusions $0.010
Worst Laid Plans (Grindhouse Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/15/2020 Horror, themed to vacations gone wrong $0.010
Monster Told Me Bedtime Stories, A (Soteira Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/2020 Sleep-themed horror
Story Brewing PODCAST All genres, exciting
Electric Sewer (THP Bound Tales Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/15/2020 Cyberpunk
Ghost Stories (DBND Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/27/2020 Ghost stories
New Accelerator SF
Dead Awake ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/1/2020 Horror
Dead of Winter (Toasted Cheese Literary Journal) CONTEST – ANNUAL, due 10/1-12/21 Horror set in autumn or winter, themed
Strange Days: Midnight Street 4 ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2020 Spec-fic themed to the threat of human extinction
Binge-Watching Cure III, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/1/2020 SF
Non-Binary Stars ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 1/1/21 Speculative fiction with underrepresented characters
10th Muse 2020 Interactive Fiction ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 2/16/2020 Interactive paranormal romance
Menda City Review - DEAD MARKET all kinds
Turn to Ash - DEAD MARKET Horror, themed issues $0.010
Dreamers & Makers Zine (Sanguine Press) - DEAD MARKET Themed sci-fi, fantasy, and horror featuring PoC main characters
Wee Tales (Golden Fleece Press) - DEAD MARKET Kids stories for ages 7-12
L0w L1f3 - DEAD MARKET Cyberpunk
Between Worlds - DEAD MARKET YA and new adult themed to alternate worlds

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
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