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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.

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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:

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
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Science Fiction $0.080
Force of Nature (Weird Nature) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/2018 All genres, themed to the environment and nature $0.070
Grievous Angel (Urban Fantasist) Spec-fic flash fiction and poetry $0.060
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
Mysterion SF, fantasy, and horror with Christian themes $0.060
Nightmare Magazine Horror/dark fantasy $0.060
Hex Gunslinger ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/01/2018 Weird western $0.010
Leading Edge F/SF $0.010
Unnerving Magazine Horror, dark SF, dark fantasy $0.010
Centropic Oracle, The (PODCAST) SF and Fantasy $0.008
Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology YA
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
Aswiebe's Market List
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