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New Markets Update November 2021: CatsCast wants 🐈🌌cat-themed spec fic, end of 2021 to-dos, and other Aswiebe's Market List updates!

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Thoughts in Passing
'Tis the season! Which season, you might ask? Why, it's end-of-year awards eligibility and best-of season!

That's right. If you've had any publications this year, now is the time to announce them! It might feel a little awkward at first, but think of it this way. It's really easy to miss things, even things you might be interested in. Even things you might really love! This is giving people another chance to not miss out on your awesome creation.

And it doesn't have to be only about you! A year-end roundup of things you enjoyed and made (writing or otherwise) is a great idea, and a great way to share with others. My end-of-year post includes short stories and books I enjoyed reading, and even my favorite new recipe from this year.


I only had one short story published this year, “Fear of a Stuntwoman” (Fireside Magazine, September 2021, 2,953 words). I am very proud of it! A divorced stuntwoman does what she has to in order to provide for her child. Warning: here there be unsexy, horrifying vampires. Free to read here:

Yes, “Fear of a Stuntwoman” is eligible for fantasy/horror short story awards for 2021. If you nominate or vote in such things, please consider it!

You can read the rest of my Year in Review post here:

As for best-ofs, here are some deadlines to consider:

Name DEADLINE What they want Website Notes and Process
Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, The 12/01/2021 Horror and dark fantasy Accepts galleys or manuscripts of forthcoming work, to help with reading before the deadline.
Best Horror of the Year 12/01/2021 Horror
Year's Best Fantasy, The (Pyr Books) 12/01/2021 Fantasy Accepts galleys or manuscripts of forthcoming work, to help with reading before the deadline.
Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, The 12/31/2021 Science fiction, fantasy, and horror with elements of the aforementioned, previously published in anthology year by an American or Canadian author Reprints only. Please do not wait until the end of year to submit.
We're Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction (Neon Hemlock) 12/31/2021 Queer speculative fiction
Best Indie Speculative Fiction (Bards and Sages) 08/01/2022 All speculative fiction, published the previous year by small press or self-published

(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:

My SF fairy tale retelling has turned unexpectedly solarpunk. I do love it when a story surprises me!

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links:

Reasons to Publicize Your Award-Eligible Works:

How to Develop a Street Team for Your Book:

Go Ahead and Write That Book, But What’s Your System?:

Twitter Revue: Email Newsletters? What You Need to Know:

Writing Uplifting Stories:

About False Starts:

Novel Revision: Practical Tips for Rewrites (free course):

60 Prompts in 10 Days [thread]:

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops
(Any registration fees are noted.)

DisCon III AKA Worldcon, December 15-19, 2021 (virtual option $75):

The Nebula Conference has ended, but you can still register for recorded panels and year-round special events ($125):

Featured Market

CatsCast (Escape Artists) wants cat-themed speculative fiction, pays $.08/word for originals, $100 for reprints, due 2/1/2022.

CatsCast is looking for fun speculative cat stories! A CatsCast story should leave cat-loving listeners a little happier after listening than they were before.

Specifically, we’re looking for speculative fiction stories about cats. “Cats” in this context are, well, cats — but since this is a speculative fiction podcast, they don’t have to be exactly the same species as the housecats we have here on Earth. The stories should have happy, or at least hopeful, endings for all featured cats. Humor is strongly encouraged but not required.

Basics: all speculative fiction, 6,000 words max, $.08/word for originals, $100 for reprints, due 2/1/2022.

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. Note: going forward, limited demographic market listings will be italicized.

Name What they want Pay Per Word USD (originals) Flat Pay USD (originals) Website Notes
Clarkesworld Magazine SF and fantasy, likes language $0.120 Very fast response time!
Mermaids Monthly Themed to mermaids and other mythological water creatures $0.100 ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 2022
Strange Horizons F/SF/Spec-fic $0.100 ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 11/01/21 - 11/30/21
Uncanny (novellas) SF/F novellas $0.100 Publishes 1 novella a year depending on funding. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: maybe May 2022.
Apex Magazine SF, fantasy, and horror $0.080 Monthly themed <251-word microfiction contest, open 19th-26th, pays $.02/wd. Closed in December.
Brave New Worlds (Zombies Need Brains) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/21 SF themed to space colonization $0.080
Cast of Wonders Podcast Clean YA SF/F/H $0.080 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 11/15/21 – 11/20/21, 02/21/22 - 02/28/22 (Halloween), 04/01/22 - 04/14/22 (Banned Books Week), 05/01/22 - 05/14/22 (TBD), 06/15/22 - 06/30/22 (Young Authors), 08/01/22 - 08/31/22 (Flash Fiction Contest) ### Query first for > 6,000 words.
CatsCast (Escape Artists) ONE-TIME PODCAST - DUE 02/01/22 Fun, happy speculative fiction with cats. $0.080
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores Science fiction, fantasy, myths/fairy tales, eldritch, stories for young people of all ages, and related nonfiction $0.080 Prefers shorter stories. SUBMISSION PERIODS:1st and 2nd day of each month.
Dark Matter Magazine Science fiction and sci-fi horror $0.080 ONE-TIME CLOSURE until “sometime 2022.” NOTE: This is NOT the same publication as Dark Matter Zine.
Metastellar Fantasy, SF, and horror $0.080 ONE-TIME CLOSURE until Spring 2022. NOTE: submission gives right of publication, even without a contract signing
Noir (Zombies Need Brains) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/21 SF, fantasy, and urban fantasy noir detective stories $0.080
Orpheus + Eurydice Unbound (Air and Nothingness Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 02/15/22 Themed to retellings of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth $0.080
Reinvented Detective, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/15/22 SF themed to detective stories $0.080
Shattering the Glass Slipper (Zombies Need Brains) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/21 Fairy tale retellings $0.080
Weird Horror Anthology (Flame Tree Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/21/21 Weird or cosmic horror $0.080
Nothing Without Us Too ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/31/22 Fiction (incl. SF and fantasy) by and about neurodiverse, Blind, Deaf, disabled, and chronic condition-managing people $0.064 Will accept 75% Canadian authors.
Pulp Literature All genres, not just pulp, especially genre-breaking work $0.050 Long response time
Apparition Lit Speculative fiction, themed. Separate monthly flash fiction contest. $0.030 Submission periods: 2/15 - 2/28, 5/15 - 5/31, 8/15-08/31, 11/15 - 11/30, with a 1-week extension each period for BIPOC.
Pressfuls SF, fantasy, horror, and crime/mystery $0.030
Pressfuls Novellas SF, fantasy, horror, and crime/mystery $0.030
ReWired (Ghost Orchid Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/1/22-4/30/22 Horror themed to the neurodiverse experience $0.030
City. River. Tree. All genres $0.020
Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, The ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31 Science fiction, fantasy, and horror with elements of the aforementioned, previously published in anthology year by an American or Canadian author $0.010 Reprints only. Please do not wait until the end of year to submit.
Best Science Fiction of the Year, The ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/15 SF $0.010 Reprints only. Print materials due by 11/1, electronic by 11/15.
Fresh.Ink Magazine All genres except erotica, reprints only $0.010 ONE-TIME CLOSURE until ??
Last Girls Club Horror and dark SF/Fantasy from the female perspective, themed $0.010
Night Terrors (Scare Street) ANTHOLOGY SERIES Creepy literary dark fiction and horror $0.010 ONE-TIME DUE DATE: 11/30/21. RIGHTS: takes audio rights, translation rights
Samhain Sorceries (DMR Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 02/01/22 Samhain/Halloween-themed sword and sorcery set in the British Isles. $0.010
Professor Feiff’s Compleat Pocket Guide to Xenobiology for the Galactic Traveller on the Move (JayHenge Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED Themed to alien flora and fauna $0.005
Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award ANNUAL CONTEST - ONE-TIME DUE DATE January 2022 All genres. Limited demographic: authors “with a track record of publishing in Ireland or the UK”
$39,248.00 Must be unpublished or published in the previous year.
Electric Literature Literary, all genres, incl. experimental. The Commuter takes flash fiction. Recommended Reading takes short stories.
$300.00 Recommended Reading (short stories) SUBMISSION PERIOD: 7/26 - 8/1.
Very Ghostly Christmas Flash Fiction Contest, A (Ghost Orchid Press) ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 11/30/21 Ghost stories
Night Coffee Lit Literary, including weird and fantasy
Nobilis Erotica PODCAST Speculative fiction erotica
For Those Who Deserve to Exist (Inked in Gray) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/11/21 SF, fantasy, and horror by and about marginalized people
Cryptid Carnage (Splatter Ink Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 04/01/2022 Horror themed to cryptids
Fabulist, The Science fiction, fantasy, fabulism, fairy tales, folktales, literary fantasy, etc.
SFS Stories Golden-age style fantasy and SF
$25.00 Accepts reprints for no pay.
Tabletops & Tentacles Fantasy, science fiction, horror, and noir
Tales of the Dark Fae (Colors in Darkness) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/21 Themed to the fairy world, by PoC
Devil You Know Better, The (Critical Blast Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/22 All genres, themed to an interaction with the Devil
Electric Spec All spec-fic
Mythaxis Magazine All spec-fic
$20.00 23rd-30th of Jan, April, July, Oct
Daikaiju Zine All spec-fic
$10.00 ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 1/1/22
Liquid Imagination Spec-fic and literary. Also has a special flash fiction section.
Extraordinary (The Great Void Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/5/22 Themed to mythology
Fall Into the Abyss (The Great Void Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/05/21 Themed to weird fiction and cosmic horror
Taming Space (The Great Void Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/15/21 Themed to space opera
Nowhere Fast (Clash Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/28/22 Nostalgic coming-of-age horror
Amazing Stories - DEAD MARKET SF, esp. optimistic or humorous $0.080 Indefinite closure until ?
Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DEAD MARKET (indefinite hiatus) SF/F with only vegan products, published that year, reprints only $0.010
Year's Best Hardcore Horror ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31 - DEAD MARKET Horror, annual reprint, published in the same year $0.010 2021 and future volumes are canceled for the time being. ### Reprints only. Word count flexible.
Los Suelos, California - DEAD MARKET Shared world contemporary weird west $0.080 Pitch first--do NOT send complete stories.

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
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