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New Markets Update Dec/Jan 2022: Fit for the Gods wants 🏛️ Greek myths, 🥂goals vs. aspirations, and other Aswiebe's Market List updates!

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 2/15/2022.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2021.html#010622

Thoughts in Passing
Another year, another December newsletter getting sent out in January! I really should learn to just send it out as early as possible. This year my schedule was complicated by back-to-back WorldCon and visiting family for Christmas and a self-assigned deadline of finishing a short story before Dec 31st. Yes, I succeeded in all of the above! Thanks to vax+booster and my KN95 masks, I even made it through safely despite flying out of DC when they were spiking and visiting Kansas when they had a 50% test positivity rate.Yikes!

Recently, in the SFWA Sunday Zoom writing date*, another writer discussed the difference between aspirations and goals. I'm a very goal-driven person myself. In some ways that limits my scope, because goals have to be things within my control. My writing goals for 2022 are to collect 200 agent rejections and/or one (1) agent, and (in sequence) to write four new short stories, the next novella sequel to Unkindness of Ravens, and to begin my space junkyard SF novel.

My aspirations? The usual, I expect. Awards, an agent, book deals, being a convention guest. So, I found something really cool to help mark achieving aspirations! Christie Yant's Tools for Writers has a Career Bingo (and a daily wordtracker calendar, among other great thigngs). Check it out here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1R9IRbolmTr42z-9l7kN9tN0De7WTDGmXv3jbVhM_kXk/edit#gid=797426584

* Writing date open to SFWA members and anyone who registers for the Nebulas.

(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:

I finished and submitted that solarpunk fairy tale, and I'm counting that as my first short story of the year (hey, I finished it after Solstice). Now I am starting to think about a short involving Elvis and the Hadron Collider. Most of all, I need to take stock.

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

7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel (& How to Avoid Them): https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction/7-things-will-doom-novel-avoid

Story Origin: https://storyoriginapp.com/

Book Funnel: https://bookfunnel.com/

Jim Suggests Questions to Ask a Prospective Agent: https://dystelblogarchive.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/jim-suggests-questions-to-ask-a-prospective-agent/

PitMad pitch analysis: https://twitter.com/Frozley/status/1465692736586088451

12 PitMad Strategy Tips: https://twitter.com/daphnedador/status/1465321634735312896

Spec-Fic-Fu: How to Make Aliens and Robots Fight Better: https://www.sfwa.org/2021/04/20/spec-fic-fu-how-to-make-aliens-and-robots-fight-better/

How to Leverage Email Confirmations: https://sumo.com/stories/email-confirmation/?ref=em-se-100920


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Featured Market

The Fit for the Gods (Vintage) anthology wants Greek myth-themed fiction, pays $1,500, due 2/1/2022.

Greek mythology has proven itself to be of perennial interest. From reprints of classics like the DíAulairesí Book of Greek Myths to retellings of the Iliad, Odyssey, and the Aeneid by everyone from Ursula K. Le Guin to Madeline Miller, writers are continually fascinated and readers are continually compelled by these stories. But while we know today that the Greco-Roman world was international and diverse in racial, ethnic, and sexual identities, this is hardly reflected in the retellings we have. Readers of all backgrounds are actively looking for inclusive, broad-ranging, cross-genre retellings; itís time to give them their favorite myths with a new twist.

Basics: all genres, themed, 5,000 - 10,000 words, $1,500 flat rate, no reprints, due 2/1/2022.
Guidelines: https://jennirl.com/fit-for-the-gods-anthology-open-call/

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
Horror That Represents You (CatStone Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/31/22 Horror, including SF-horror and dark fantasy. Limited demographic: marginalized author (flexible definition) $0.110
https://woodroewriting.com/submissions-open-horror-that-represents-you/
Deadlands, The Death-themed speculative fiction $0.100
https://thedeadlands.com/guidelines/#fiction ONE-TIME CLOSURE: 12/29/21 - 1/19/22
Valravn (Raven Canticle Press) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - ONGOING QUARTERLY SUBMISSIONS Fantasy, horror, SF, and espionage/thriller, especially with horror elements $0.100
https://www.ravencanticlepress.com/submissions/
Baffling Magazine (Neon Hemlock) All speculative flash fiction $0.080
https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions
Christmas Gothic Short Stories (Flame Tree Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/9/2022 Themed: Christmas Gothic $0.080
https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/weird-horror-short-stories-call-for-submissions-0-0-0
Compelling Science Fiction (Flame Tree Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/9/2022 Science fiction $0.080
https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/weird-horror-short-stories-call-for-submissions-0-0-0
Escape Pod (Podcast) SF $0.080
http://escapepod.org/guidelines/ An Escape Artists publication. Original work up to 6,000 words. Reprints up to 18,000 words (depending on submission period). ONE-TIME NOVELETTE REPRINT SUBMISSION PERIOD: 7,500 - 18,000 due 1/7/22, next novelette submission period after 9/2022.
Luminescent Machinations (Neon Hemlock) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/31/22 Queer dark speculative fiction themed to mecha $0.080
https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions Note: some controversy regarding an anchor author for this anthology.
Solarpunk Magazine Solarpunk $0.080
https://solarpunkmagazine.com/submissions/ Submission periods: 1st-14th of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, and Nov.
Shakespeare Unleashed (Black Spot Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE July/August 2022 (TBD) Horror themed to Shakespeare’s works $0.060
https://www.jamesaquilone.com/submissions
Apparition Lit Speculative fiction, themed. Separate monthly flash fiction contest. $0.050
https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/ 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.
Planet Scumm SF and weird fiction $0.040
https://www.planetscumm.space/submit
SNAFU (Cohesion Press) ANTHOLOGY SERIES Military SF/horror, themed $0.036
https://cohesionpress.com/snafu-submissions/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD THEME: 1/1/22 - 3/31/22 Weird Western Action Horror
Cosmic Horror Monthly Cosmic horror, weird, and dark SF $0.030
https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/submissions/ SUBMISSION PERIODS: 1/1 - 1/14, 7/1 - 7/14
Counting Bodies Like Sheep ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/22 Extreme horror $0.030
http://theevilcookie.com/open-calls/
Cthulhu FhCon (Impulsive Walrus) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/15/22 Themed: eldritch horror at a convention $0.030
https://impulsivewalrusbooks.com/2021/06/call-for-submissions-cthulu-fhcon/
Dread Machine Dark SF, horror, dark fantasy $0.030
https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/ Reprints up to 7,000 words.
Wild Hunt Magazine Weird and surreal $0.027
https://wildhuntmag.com/submissions Note: offers paid critique feature
Fistful of Demons, A (Mahalas Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/31/22 Weird West and Western horror $0.025
https://ryanwilliamson.com/2021/10/26/call-for-submissions-a-fistful-of-demons/
Proton Reader Speculative fiction, esp. SF $0.020
https://protonreader.com/submissions/
Aurelio Leo All genre fiction, including SF, horror, and fantasy. $0.010
https://pridebookcafe.com/original-fiction/?v=7516fd43adaa
Bleed Error (Paradox Ghost Press) Unsettling and absurdist SF, fantasy, and horror. $0.010
https://paradoxghostpress.com/submission-guidelines/
From the Ashes (Aurelia Leo) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/16/22 Urban fantasy themed to elemental fire control $0.010
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdA5kqmJwoeWJU64oaH9aVcPe0OnfkdX4MyqP2sXALfMROysw/viewform Charity anthology
Mythic Magazine SF/F $0.010
http://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html Submission periods: 6/1 - 7/31, 12/1 - 1/31
Paradox Ghost Press Horror, incl. SF horror and dark fantasy $0.010
https://paradoxghostpress.com/submission-guidelines/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: until 3/1/22
Radon Journal Science fiction, esp. with transhumanism, anarchy, dystopia, etc. $0.010
https://www.radonjournal.com/submit
Sovereign (Aurelia Leo) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/16/22 Fantasy. Limited demographic: African and African diaspora authors $0.010
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXeiTFXOwO_enKFxcIwMEMNz61XPGdzn_7cnl44MO7YWWehA/viewform
We're Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction (Neon Hemlock) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31 Queer speculative fiction published this year. $0.010
https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions Reprints only from the current year.
Grandpa's Deep-Space Diner (JayHenge Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/22 SF/fantasy themed to food $0.005
http://www.jayhenge.com/callforstories.html Still open to subs as of 9/14/21
Fit for the Gods (Vintage) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/01/22 All genres, themed to Greek myth
$1,500.00 https://jennirl.com/fit-for-the-gods-anthology-open-call/
Decoded ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/15 - 2/14 SF, fantasy, and horror. Limited demographic: queer authors
$200.00 https://decodedpride.com/submit/
GigaNotoSaurus Science fiction and fantasy, especially long
$100.00 http://giganotosaurus.org/submission-guidelines/
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Medical Mysteries (Belanger Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/15/22 Sherlock Holmes pastiche themed to medical mysteries
$100.00 https://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-sherlock-holmes-and-dr-watson-medical-mysteries/
34 Orchard Dark, unsettling fiction, all genres
$50.00 https://34orchard.com/guidelines/ SUBMISSION PERIOD: Jan 1 - 31, Jul 1 - 31
Enchanted Conversation Fairy tale retellings, themed. ONE-TIME 2022 THEME: weather.
$50.00 https://enchantedconversationmag.blogspot.com/p/submissions-guidelines.html Submission periods: 1st - 3rd of Jan, March, May, Aug, Oct. Occasional calls for longer works.
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (Moonstone Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE Feb/Mar 2022 (TBD) - 5/22/22 or when full Supernatural mysteries themed to Kolchak TV series.
$50.00 https://www.jamesaquilone.com/submissions
There Used to Be a House Here (Night Terror Novels) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 5/31/22 Horror themed to a house that is no longer where it used to be
$33.60 https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/2021/12/02/announcement-our-third-anthology-is-now-open-for-submissions/ Charity anthology benefiting Shelter UK
Nerve-Janglers: Thirteen Tales of Terror (Night Terror Novels) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/22 YA horror
$33.34 https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/2021/11/01/announcement-our-second-anthology-is-now-open-for-submissions-2/
Deep in the Woods ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/31/22 Horror themed to the woods
$25.00 http://sirenscallpub.com/open_subs.htm
Grey Rooms, The Horror where the main character dies in the end
$25.00 https://thegreyrooms.com/season-5-submissions/ ONE-TIME SEASON 5 SUBMISSION PERIOD: 10/1/21 - 4/17/22. Submissions require radioplay format.
Moran Press Dark literary fiction
$25.00 https://www.moranpress.com/submissions.html One or multiple stories up to 5,000 words total.
Solarpunk Magazine Micro Fiction Contest - MONTHLY CONTEST Solarpunk with a monthly theme
$25.00 https://solarpunkmagazine.com/monthly-micro-fiction-contest/
After the Storm SF set in a better world
$20.00 https://medium.com/after-the-storm/submission-guide-for-after-the-storm-472ac07eb0e7
Theatre Phantasmagoria, The (Night Terror Novels) Horror flash fiction, themed monthly
$13.33 https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/2021/11/02/early-listing-ongoing-flash-fiction-opening-for-submissions-soon/
Airship Adventures (Raven and Drake Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/31/22 Themed: steampunk adventures
$13.32 https://www.ravenanddrakepublishing.co.uk/paidcalls
Moon: The Book of Lunar Horror (WMB Saltworks) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/22 Horror themed to lunar horror and isolation
$10.00 https://wmbsaltworks.wordpress.com/2021/11/25/call-for-submissions-moon-the-book-of-lunar-horror/
Strange Weeds ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/20/22 Weed-themed horror
$10.00 https://donniegoodman.com/strange-weeds-anthology/
2022 Annus Horribilis (Bag of Bones Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 04/01/22 Horror themed to 2022
$8.95 https://www.bagofbonespress.com/submission-calls
Gothic Ghost Story (Black Angel Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 4/30/22 Themed to wintry gothic ghost stories. Limited demographic: female authors
$6.63 https://stephanieellis.org/2021/12/01/black-angel-press-gothic-ghost-story-anthology-call/
Bag of Bones - 206 Word Story (Bag of Bones Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/22 Horror flash fiction
$0.00 https://www.bagofbonespress.com/submission-calls
Neon Hemlock Novellas Science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and weird, especially queer stories

https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions 2022 SUBMISSION PERIODS: April 2022 PoC, October 2022 all authors.
Raven Canticle Press Novellas Horror, dark fantasy, dark SF

https://www.ravencanticlepress.com/submissions/
Welkin - DEAD MARKET Fantastic literature $0.010
https://welkinmag.com/submit/ SUBMISSION PERIODS: Jan, Mar, Jul, and Oct.
Mermaids Monthly - DEAD MARKET (indefinite hiatus) Themed to mermaids and other mythological water creatures $0.100
https://mermaidsmonthly.com/submissions/ Note: Ended funding Kickstarter, future uncertain.
Black Cat Magazine - DEAD MARKET All genres, especially literary SF/F, themed
$30.00 https://www.blackcatmagazine.com/submissions
Terraform (Motherboard) - DEAD MARKET SF $0.200

NOTE: does not respond to rejected submissions
AE Micro ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 1/15 - DEAD MARKET SF, themed $0.077
https://aescifi.ca/submit/
Micro Madness (Cosmic Horror Monthly) MONTHLY CONTEST - 1st - 7th - DEAD MARKET Weird fiction, cosmic horror, and dark SF
$100.00 https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/micro-madness/
Sexy Fantastic Magazine - DEAD MARKET Sexy but not necessarily graphic fantasy and SF, themed
$100.00 https://sexyfantasticmagazine.com/fictionsubmissions/

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
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