Uncanny Magazine will be open for 📖novella submissions, how to make writing a treat, and other Aswiebe’s Market List updates! April 2022

Thoughts in Passing

How can you make writing a treat? Sure, we all love it when we hit flow state while writing, or when we craft that perfect sentence (that we later delete during edits, half the time). But you can’t rely on that happening. What can you choose to pair it with that will, itself, make writing a reward?

Working in a coffee shop is a good option for me, and not only because there are often yummy treats there. My brain loves going places. A museum, an art gallery, or a public garden are also rewards for me. And now that we are theoretically* approaching patio weather, there are even more options.

I’m also an extrovert, which means that coworking writing events work well for me, whether they are in-person or via Zoom. My brain sees meeting other humans as a reward, too!

If you’re looking for an in-person coworking event, try checking Meetup for writer’s groups in your area, or even general coworking events. There is also a weekly Zoom writing date that is included with Nebula conference membership.

So–what can make writing into a reward for you?

* It is Spring, but it is SO COLD here in Minnesota, you guys. So cold. I wore my winter coat this morning when I took my offspring to an Easter egg hunt.

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What I’ve been up to lately, writing-wise:

Erm. Going to coffee shops?

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links: https://aswiebe.com/marketlist/shiny-or-useful-writing-links/

When Words Melt Away: https://www.sfwa.org/2020/04/17/when-words-melt-away/

Naomi Kritzer’s Advice for Parents (thread): https://twitter.com/NaomiKritzer/status/1513940462457225216

7 Ways to Add Great Subplots to Your Novel: https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction/7-ways-to-add-great-subplots-to-your-novel

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops

(Any registration fees are noted.)

Stokercon ($50), May 12-15, 2022: https://www.stokercon.com/

Nebula Conference, May 20-22 ($150): https://membership.sfwa.org/event-4563942(Membership includes recorded panels and year-round special events.)

Wiscon ($40), May 27-30, 2022: http://wiscon.net/

Westercon (?), July 1-4, 2022: http://westercon74.org/

Featured Market

Award-winning Uncanny Magazine will be open for SF/fantasy novella submissions May 1-15, 2022. Novella pay rate unclear; they pay $.10/word for short stories.

Uncanny Magazine is seeking passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry from writers from every conceivable background.  We want  intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.

Uncanny Magazine

Uncanny is also looking for Submissions Editors (paid slush readers). They are accepting applications until 4/27/22. https://www.uncannymagazine.com/uncanny-is-looking-for-submissions-editors-once-again/

Basics: SF/fantasy, 17,500-40,000 words, pay ?, no reprints, due 5/1/22-5/15/22.

Guidelines: https://www.uncannymagazine.com/submissions/

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
Diabolical Plots Science fiction, fantasy, and horror $0.100
http://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 7/1/22-7/14/22 unthemed, 7/24/22-7/31/22 telepathy themed
Uncanny (novellas) SF/F novellas $0.100
https://uncannymagazine.com/submissions/ Publishes 1 novella a year depending on funding. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 5/1/22 – 5/15/22
Fantasy Magazine Fantasy and dark fantasy $0.080
https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines OK to submit even if previously rejected by sister publications Nightmare Magazine or Lightspeed. SUBMISSION PERIODS: ONE-TIME open to BIPOC authors all of 2022. General submissions: 1st – 7th of April, July, and October 2022.
Martian Magazine SF $0.080
Seize the Press Bleak, dark transgressive speculative fiction $0.080
Space Fantasy Magazine Science fiction and fantasy in space, themed $0.080
https://spacefantasymag.com/submission-guidelines/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD THEME: 5/1/22-5/30/22, Is There Anybody Out There?
Tales & Feathers Magazine Fantasy, fairy tales, and myths with very little plot $0.080
https://twitter.com/talesfeathers ONE-TIME NOTE: website launching in May 2022, sibling to Augur Magazine. Submissions open June 2022.
Bound in Flesh ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/22 Body horror. Limited author demographic: trans/non-binary authors $0.050
Mother: Tales of Love and Terror (Weird Little Worlds) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/15/22 Science fiction, fantasy, and horror themed to mothers $0.050
LOLcraft: A Compendium of Eldritch Horror (The Dragon’s Roost) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30/22 OR UNTIL FULL Cosmic horror with humor $0.040
Sci Phi Non-character-driven SF, esp. big idea SF and classic-style SF $0.033
https://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/submission-guidelines/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION CLOSURE UNTIL: July 2022
Killer Creatures Down Under (IFWG Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 4/22/22-7/15/22 Body horror themed to Australian animals. Limited demographic: Australian authors. $0.030
Neo-Opsis SF/F $0.024
http://www.neo-opsis.ca/guidelines.htm Prefers < 6,000 words.
Dose of Dread Flash horror fiction $0.020
https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/ SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1st – 15th Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct
Archive of the Odd All spec-fic, especially horror, with unconventional story structure $0.010
https://archiveoftheodd.wordpress.com/submissions/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD themed to monsters: 4/15/22 – 6/15/22
Kaleidotrope All genres, especially SF/F and the unconventional and weird. $0.010
http://www.kaleidotrope.net/guidelines/ Prefers 250 – 10,000 words. ONE-TIME 2022 SUBMISSION PERIODS: Jun, Sept, Dec.
Last Girls Club Horror and dark SF/Fantasy from the female perspective, themed $0.010
https://www.lastgirlsclub.com/submit SUBMISSION PERIODS (may close early if submission quota is reached): 1/1 – 2/1, 4/1 – 5/1, 7/1 – 8/1, 10/1 – 11/1
Medusa Tales Speculative fiction themed to immobilization and/or transformation $0.010
Nightmare Sky (Death Knell Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/1/22-5/31/22 Astronomy or night sky-themed horror $0.010
Occult Detective Magazine Themed: occult detectives $0.010
http://greydogtales.com/blog/occult-detective-magazine/ Query first for > 6,000 words.
Starward Shadows Quarterly All spec-fic $0.010
https://starwardshadows.com/submissions/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD THEME: 4/9/22-5/9/22 Eastern European (Ukrainian) theme
World of Xonthian, The (Fedowar Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 10/31/22 Shared world sword & sorcery $0.010
Wyngraf – flash fiction Secondary world cozy fantasy flash fiction $0.010
Wyngraf – short stories Secondary world cozy fantasy $0.010
https://wyngraf.com/submissions/ ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: will re-open in Fall 2022
Futures Hard SF
$130.00 http://www.nature.com/nature/authors/gta/others.html#futures
GPS Annual Writing Contest ANNUAL CONTEST – DUE 4/30 – 6/30 Spec-fic short stories, poetry, and graphic novels, multiple age categories. Limited author demographic: non-professional writers.
$100.00 https://geekpartnership.org/programs/writing-contest/
Enchanted Conversation Fairy tale retellings, themed. ONE-TIME 2022 THEME: weather.
$50.00 https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/submissions.html Submission periods: 1st – 3rd of Jan, March, May, Jul, Nov. Occasional calls for longer works.
Untitled Anthology (ASP) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/9/22 Speculative fiction themed to running away
$30.00 https://alansquirepublishing.submittable.com/submit
ergot Literary horror
$25.00 https://www.ergot.press/
First Line, The All genres, themed issues
$25.00 http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm
Strange Aeon ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30 OR UNTIL FULL Cosmic horror and weird Western
$20.00 https://mkeatonauthor.blogspot.com/2022/04/strange-aeon-2022-is-now-open-for.html ONE-TIME 2022 THEME: Fighting the good fight
Other Stories, The (Podcast) Horror, themed
$19.70 https://theotherstories.net/submissions
A-Z of Horror (Red Cape Publishing) ONGOING ANTHOLOGY SERIES Horror, themes change every 2 months.
$13.74 https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/ ONE-TIME THEMES: 04/01/22-05/31/22 O is for Outbreak, 06/01/22-07/31/22 P is for Poltergeist. RIGHTS: Must not be available elsewhere.
Witch House Cosmic horror
$10.00 https://witchhousemag.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html
Silver Blade F/SF
$8.00 https://www.silverblade.net/submissions-2/ Reading periods: Dec-Jan, Mar-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Oct
Fantastic Other, The Fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and surreal
$5.00 https://fantasticother.com/submissions/
Mirror Dance Fantasy
$5.00 http://mirrordancefantasy.blogspot.com/2008/01/submissions.html < 5,000 words preferred. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until late 2022.
Unsung Stories – DEAD MARKET SF, fantasy, horror, and weird
$30.92 http://www.unsungstories.co.uk/short-fiction
Quickfic (Digital Fiction Pub) – DEAD MARKET Speculative fiction, pro/semi-pro reprints only $0.010

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists


Throwback Thursday #TBT: Feb 2013’s notes on writing motivation and Glitter & Mayhem

Editor’s Note

Throwback Thursday! Some Thursdays, I will post a Market List newsletter from way back and comment on what's changed since. After major sections, I'll add a Where Are They Now? comment. (Yes, this is my sneaky way of moving my archives to my new website. 😉You caught me.)

Because of rapid publication market changes, I only include the Featured Market in Throwback Thursdays. 

How do you motivate yourself to write, day after day (assuming you’re not a binge writer, that is)? As my writing time shrinks, thanks to my darling toddler, I’ve become more and more concerned about how to squeeze the words out during those brief times when I *do* have uninterrupted time for writing. I no longer have the luxury of dilly-dallying around all day in order to get my word count. I’m trying:

1. Planning and visualizing beforehand: http://thisblogisaploy.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-i-went-from-writing-2000-words-day.html

2. Rewards! Kelly Barnhill, author of Iron-Hearted Violet, mentioned that she uses the reward of a chocolate chip every so many words. I find that Hershey’s Mint Bliss chocolates do the trick for me, and every hundred words or so, knowing that I’ve earned 1/4 of a chocolate really does seem to light up those reward centers in my brain.

3. Gold stars–just like in kindergarten. I’m trying putting a gold star on my calendar for every day I write, and a fancy multicolored star for when I write more than a certain number of words. The jury is still out on whether this works for me. I forget to put the stars up as often as not, which argues that they aren’t an effective motivator for me.

4. Spreadsheets! I’ve started using The Magic Spreadsheet (of myth and lore): http://murverse.com/at-long-last-the-magic-spreadsheet/ . It does seem to be working for me, at least in the sense of strongly motivating me to write that minimum 250 words every day, no matter what. It isn’t as effective at motivating me to write swiftly enough to increase my wordcount, but the “writing every day in a row” thing sure is working, and I know that for me, that can be crucial.

Where are they now?  
1. I need to work more on pre-visualization. It really works for me, and I should remember that! 
3. I literally bought a calendar to start doing this again this year. I have yet to hang it up. 
4. This is still up, but it's huge and way too complicated to figure out now. Not sure if it's even still active.

What I’ve been up to lately, writing-wise:

(Note: You may have noticed this newsletter skipped last month. My grandmother died about the time that the newsletter was due to go out, and after we’d traveled for the funeral and come back home and gotten up to speed on everything else, the newsletter would have been late enough that I decided to just wait for the next month.)

I’ve confirmed that I’ll be attending CONvergence, a large fantasy and science fiction convention in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Schedules are still being finalized, but I will likely be talking on panels about things writingy, apocalyptic, and conspiracy-related (shh–don’t tell anyone).

From Their Cradle to Your Grave is now available on Amazon.com! This includes my reprinted short story, “The Perfect Costume.” This horror anthology is all about tales of terrifying tots, toddlers through teenagers. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but doesn’t that sound like a great gift for the new parents in your life?

Where are they now?  Out of print! I didn't realize this until I checked the link. Now I have some publication updates to make.

Things Shiny or Useful

* Where Your Time Is [productivity]: http://pcwrede.com/blog/where-your-time-is/

* How to Write a Character From Start to Finish [characterization]: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-write-a-character-from-start-to-finish

* An example of why you might need The Electronic Frontier Foundation someday (it has a happy ending!) [writing business]: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/02/trademark-bully-thwarted-spots-space-marine-back-online

* Free Stuff for Writers: Waking the Muse [plotting]:  http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/2013/WW13-03.shtml and search for the title

* She Has No Head! [characterization]: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/01/21/she-has-no-head-mission-accomplished/

* Entertainment vs Truth [writing craft]: http://writerunboxed.com/2012/03/07/entertainment-vs-truth/

* Updated MinnSpec podcast links: http://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/22420402/0/#71937842

Where are they now?  We stopped doing the MinnSpec podcast a long time ago, but the links are still up! 

Featured Market

Glitter and Mayhem is a spec-fic anthology about, well, they say it best….

A fiction anthology filled with Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery, etc

. . . why just throw a glow-in-the-dark roller skating party when you can also make it a book release party? And what’s better than a glow-in-the-dark roller skating party celebrating a book about the secret history of 20th Century nightlife/party culture?

Read more
 The basics: due March 15, all speculative fiction, less than 6,000 words, pays $.05/word.

Where are they now? This anthology turned out pretty awesome (I bought and read it, because I'm a huge fan of Seanan McGuire's stories), and it is still available!
Glitter and Mayhem cover
Stay tuned for future Throwback Thursdays, or go read the current Aswiebe's Market List newsletter now!