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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.
All Markets, Dead and Surviving
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.
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.
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||What they want
||Pay Per Word
||Flat Pay (Lowest)
||Literary, with a focus on writing craft
|Analog Science Fiction and Fact
|Force of Nature (Weird Nature) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2018
||All genres, themed to the environment and nature
|Grievous Angel (Urban Fantasist)
||Spec-fic flash fiction and poetry
|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
||SF, fantasy, and horror with Christian themes
|Hex Gunslinger ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/01/2018
||Horror, dark SF, dark fantasy
|Centropic Oracle, The (PODCAST)
||SF and Fantasy
|Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology
|Untitled Darkwater Syndicate ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/2018
||Horror, themed to abandoned communities
|Beneath the Waves ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2018
||Horror, themed to beneath the waves
|Nightscript (recurring anthologies)
||Subtle, weird literary horror
|Academy of Inventive Literature
||All genres, especially speculative
Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!
Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
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