Big News!

My full market list is now, finally, fully searchable online! I am so excited about this!!!

I’ve been fiddling with the page for the last couple of weeks … mostly learning which things I can’t do using these plug-ins. So the actual updates from this newsletter are from the middle of April, and you should expect another update in the near future. Going forward, I’ll update the online version at the same time that I send the newsletter out. Of course, you can still download the complete spreadsheet and keep your own copy on your own computer.

Go ahead, go to the Online Market Listings, search for “anthology theme” and see if any of your stories match current calls!

What Does Easy Writing Mean for You?

What kind of scene is easiest for you to write, and why? I was asked this question recently, and I think it’s a good one for any writer to think about.

For me, it’s food scenes. This isn’t terribly surprising. I like to savor my food, I like to watch cooking shows, I’m the main cook for my household so I have some idea what I’m talking about, and description is one of the writing tools that I got for free. But those aren’t the deepest reason why feasts are easy for me to write, they’re just the price of admission.

Food is visceral. It draws me in. Writing about it kicks my imagination (and my salivary gland) into overtime. I hit flow faster. The movie that plays in my mind as I write becomes more vivid. And when it’s more vivid for me, hopefully I do a good enough job writing it that it also becomes more vivid for my reader. And if they are my ideal reader, they are probably drawn in by the same things that I am.

The other kind of writing that I find easy, for the same visceral reasons, is body horror. This despite the mid-writing research required to keep it physically possible. Theoretical research only, I assure you. 😉

Now, does this mean that I should put a feast scene (or a body horror scene) in every chapter I write? Well, no. Although if I did both, I could probably churn out a pretty good horror novella in a month or two (note to self). Balancing scene types and tension and plot is important. But it does mean that I can lean in when I see an opportunity for a feast scene or some good old-fashioned enucleation. And if I’m plotting a story and there’s a choice between a cannibal feast or a dramatic love scene, I know which one will fit my voice and style better.

Writer, know thyself!

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

Let’s just say there’s nothing like a 4theWords special event to get me pushing to meet new word challenges … or to leave me with a hot mess of a chapter that has a lot of “put this bit here, move that bit there, double-check this detail, did I already say this?” inline notes that I now need to go through and clean up to get a proper first draft.

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:

How to Pitch: 3PO Edition:

An Open Letter to the 2023 Hugo Finalists:

Clock Outline:

7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Writing:

The Basics of Crafting Terror:

Email Lists From Scratch Tutorials:

Query Shark October Newsletter-Personalization:

Isabel Yap’s thread: how i write with a full-time job:

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops

(Any registration fees are noted.)

The Nebula Conference, May 12-14, 2023 ($150). Purchasing a membership also gets access to recorded panels and year-round special events:

Wiscon, May 26-29, 2023 ($25):

The Orange County Library System has many upcoming free virtual writing talks:

Featured Market

Uncanny Magazine‘s novella call is still open until 5/15/23!

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

Basics: speculative fiction novellas, 17,500 – 40,000 words, pays $.10/wd, no reprints, due 5/15/23.


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.
NameWhat they wantFSFH/DFPay Per Word USD (originals)Flat Pay USD (originals)WebsiteNotes
Strange HorizonsAll speculative fiction and poetryYYY$0.100 CLOSURE until end of 2023.
UncannySF/FYYN$0.100 response time. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 5/1/23 – 5/7/23. ONE-TIME NOVELLA SUBMISSION PERIOD: 5/1/23 – 5/15/23
Uncanny (novellas)SF/F novellasYYN$0.100 NOVELLA SUBMISSION PERIOD: 5/1/23 – 5/15/23
Lightspeed MagazineScience fiction and fantasyYYN$0.080 Prefers < 5,000 words. SUBMISSION PERIODS: 3/24-3/31 BIPOC SF, 4/1-4/7 general SF, 4/23-4/30 BIPOC fantasy, 5/1-5/7 general fantasy, 5/24-5/31 BIPOC flash SF, 6/1-6/7 general flash SF, 6/23-6/30 BIPOC flash fantasy, 7/1-7/7 general flash fantasy
Elegant LiteratureAll genres, monthly theme. Limited demographic: non-pro writers only.YYY$0.100 Submission to magazine is free. Submission to monthly contests requires paid membership.
Qualia Nous, Vol. 2 (Written Backwards) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/23Dark SF and other cross-genre SF (no hard SF) fiction and poetryNYN$0.100
Thyme Travelers (Fernwood Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/31/23Themed: Palestinian speculative fiction. Limited demographic: Palestinian and Palestinian diasporaYYY$0.080
Cosmic Background, TheWeird and slipstream flash fictionYYY$0.080
Scissor Sisters: Sapphic Villains (Brigid’s Gate Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/1/23-5/31/23Horror themed to predatory lesbians (incl. heroes and anti-heroes etc, not just villains)NNY$0.080
Off-Season, The (Dark Matter) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/23-8/28/23New Weird sea-themed horror NNY$0.080
Pleasure in Pain, The (Dragon’s Roost Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1/23-7/1/23Queer horror erotica. Limited demographic: queer authors.NNY$0.050
Dread MachineDark SF, horror, magic realism, slipstream, and poetryNNY$0.050 up to 7,000 words.
Playlist of the Damned (Weird Little Worlds) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/1/23-5/31/23Horror themed to musicNNY$0.050
Dracula Beyond StokerHorror inspired by Dracula, themed issuesNNY$0.050 SUBMISSION THEME: 5/15/23-6/30/23 Lucy
Grendel Press ONGOING ANTHOLOGIESDark fantasy, horror, and dark romance, themed and unthemedNNY$0.050 CLOSURE for 2023 anthologies – new themes TBD in late 2023
Greater Than His Nature (Atomic Carnival) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30/23Weird fantasy, SF, bizarro, and horror themed to mad scienceYYY$0.030
Open All Night (Atomic Carnival) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30/23Weird fantasy, bizarro, and horror themed to open all nightYNY$0.030
Big Bearded BooksellerAll speculative fictionYYY$0.025
Shoreline of InfinitySFNYN$0.025 Incl. audio rights. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIODS: 4/27/23-5/11/23 climate change, 6/12/23-9/3/23 flash fiction contest (theme TBD), 9/21/23-9/24/23 general submissions
Diet Milk MagazineGothic fiction and poetryNNY$0.010
Black Hare Press Patreon Monthly ChallengeDark fictionNNY$0.010
Shadowed Realms (Horror Tree) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/31/23Reprint dark speculative fiction (not just horror) first published in 2022 and paid < $.05/wordYYY$0.010
Dead Letters: Episodes of Epistolary Horror (Crystal Lake Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1/23Horror written in epistolary (letters etc.) formatNNY$0.010
Sapiens Plurum & Future of Life Institute Short-Fiction Contest ANNUAL CONTEST – DUE 4/22 – 6/15Optimistic SFNYN
Fairy Tale Magazine, TheFairy tales, new or retold, themed. ONE-TIME 2023 THEME: love.YNY
$50.00 Enchanted Conversation. Submission periods: 5/1/23 – 6/2/23. Occasional calls for longer works.
Solarpunk Magazine Micro Fiction Contest – QUARTERLY CONTESTSolarpunk with a quarterly themeNYN
$25.00 ONE-TIME 2023 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 5/14-5/21, 8/14-8/21, 11/14-11/21
Short Reads (Black Hare Press)Dark fictionNNY
Terrors From the Toy Box (Phobica Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/1/23Horror themed to toysNNY
Diet Milk Minis ANNUAL CALL – DUE 5/1 – 5/31Gothic fiction and poetryNNY
Electric SpecAll spec-ficYYY
Borne in the Blood (WolfSinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/15/23-12/15/23All genres themed to things carried in the bloodYYY
Monsters Next Door, The (Critical Blast) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30/23All speculative fiction, themed to a monster living next doorYYY
Cowboy Up (WolfSinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/1/24-7/31/24All genres, themed to the rodeoYYY
Cry Baby Bridge (Speculation Pub) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 4/27/23-5/29/23All genres, themed to the story behind bridges that cryYYY
Dragon’s Hoard 2, The (WolfSinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 11/1/23-3/31/24All speculative fiction, themed to dragons and their hoardsYYY
Space Brides, LLC (WolfSinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30/23SF themed to mail order bridesNYN
Coven of Witches, A (West Avenue Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30/23Fiction and poetry themed to witchesYNY
Witch HouseCosmic horrorNNY
$10.00 SUBMISSION PERIOD: due 6/18/23
In the Bleak Midwinter (Diet Milk Magazine) ANNUAL CALL – DUE 10/1 – 10/31Gothic micro fiction, flash fiction, and poetryNNY
Timber Ghost Press Flash Fiction & PoetryHorror fiction and poetryNNY
Dark Moments (Black Hare Press)Dark fiction drabbles, monthly themeNNY
Small WondersSpeculative flash fiction and poetryYYY
$0.10 Up to 1,100 words for reprints.
House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature, TheSF and poetry, themedNYN
Tenebrous Press Novella and Novel CallNew Weird horrorNNY Submission period: open for pitches all year long
Dark Recesses Magazine – DEAD MARKETHorror and dark fictionNNN$0.050
Needle Drops, The (Urhi Publications) – DEAD MARKETHorrorNNN

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Keeper of Lists
Aswiebe’s Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe’s Author Website

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