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Nothing on the Internet Lasts Forever, Plus Market List Updates

Don’t fall victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is if you put something on the Internet, it’s there forever. But only slightly well less-known is this: nothing on the Internet lasts forever.

We’ve had a reminder of that recently–and no, I’m not just talking about the Fowl Site. Those who’ve been submitting short stories for a minute might have started out using to learn about the latest SFF market listing updates. Recently Ralan closed their doors, replacing their website with a thank-you to everyone for the last 26 years and 57 days. Wow. That is a truly impressive accomplishment! I learned a lot about following SF and fantasy publications from watching Ralan. So long, Ralan, and thanks for all the fish.

So, what does “nothing lasts forever” mean for writers?

Keep your own records. Track your submissions. I use a spreadsheet to track my submissions, because I’m old school like that. If you use an app or an online website for that purpose, make sure it allows you to download a backup. And do keep that backup updated! Once or twice a year, just save it to your computer and back it up along with all your other writing files. Pair the habit with something memorable, like tax time or Halloween, and add a reminder to your calendar.

Plan to be rejected. If you see a submission call that seems like a good fit for a story that is already currently out on submission, make a note. If/when you get rejected, go check it out.

If you submit to an anthology or a contest, save the submission guidelines. You can just save the webpage as html. The vast majority of the time, these submission guidelines go *poof* the second the submission call closes. You might want to reference them later. For example, to see what they said their submission reading process would be, or to find the name of an editor that you can stalk on the internet to see if they’ve mentioned how progress on the anthology is going. (Stalking only, do not contact directly!)

And finally, once you get a story published, save the good stuff about being published. Save a copy of the published version of your story. Save the story illustration (you can’t use it, but it’s pretty, right?). Save positive reader comments. Not only are they an ego boost you can look at when writing feels hard, but you might be able to use those quotes sometime.

That’s just the actual submission process. There’s a lot more that you might want to think about saving your own copy of–useful articles, ebooks you bought, etc. And of course, there’s the whole “when social media goes away” and “why we should control our own newsletters” thing, but that’s a separate editorial all by itself (psst, I’m over at

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

I’ve hit that sticky spot where I have to stop and plot the ending of my WiP, in exact detail, before I can write further. Uggggghhhh! I have a bunch of things that need to happen, and some of them seem mutually contradictory. I will figure it out, but in the meantime I’m writing a lot of curse words in my writing notebook. You know. For posterity.

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:

Covers, Costs, and Artists:

Random Name Generator:

Ask the Editors (of SFF Magazines):

You Should(n’t) Be Writing:

How to Build an Amazing “About the Author” Page:

Scrivener Alternatives:

How to Become a Professional Writer (humor):

Novel Subplots:

Melissa Caruso on main characters:

TV Tropes Story Generator:

Indie Author Project:

Christie Yant’s Writing Tools 2023:

How to (Maybe) Get Out of Your Contract When Your Scam Re-Publisher Ghosts You:

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops

(Any registration fees are noted.)

The Nebula Conference is over for 2022, but purchasing a membership now ($75) still gets access to recorded panels and year-round special events:

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

Featured Market

The Beauty in Blood-Drenched Circuits (Starward Shadows) anthology wants dark speculative fiction written by ChatGPT (with prompts from you).

All submissions must contain speculative elements, and we prefer stories with a dark and contemplative tone. For this anthology, we’re particularly interested in exploring the relationships that humans form with those different from themselves–be it AI, aliens, or even their own kind. We’d also like to see some space-age twists on the classics we’ve always loved. The weirder and less mainstream, the better. Bonus points if you can prompt your writing partner to write a Sword and Sorcery for the ages. We’d also love to see if you can get your new friend to open up and share a laugh. (Black humor only, of course).

Starward Shadows

Basics: dark speculative fiction, no word limit, pays $35, no reprints, due 3/30/20023. 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. Note: going forward, limited demographic market listings will be italicized.

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NameWhat they wantFSFH/DFPay Per Word USD (originals)Flat Pay USD (originals)WebsiteNotes
Clarkesworld MagazineSF and fantasy, likes languageYYN$0.120 fast response time! ONE-TIME CLOSURE UNTIL ?? due to ChatGPT spam
Deadlands, TheDeath-themed speculative fiction and poetryYYY$0.100 SUBMISSION PERIOD: 2/1/23 – 2/28/23. ONE-TIME NOVELLA SUBMISSION PERIOD opens January 2023.
Ghoulish TalesFun horrorNNY$0.100
Habitats MagazineOptimistic and uplifting SFNYN$0.100
Strange HorizonsAll speculative fiction and poetryYYY$0.100 THEME DUE 3/31/23: wuxia and xianxia:
UncannySF/FYYN$0.100 response time. ONE-TIME CLOSURE UNTIL ??
Worlds of Possibility (Julia Rios)SF and fantasy, with a sense of hopeYYN$0.100
Augur MagazineLiterary SF/F, fabulism, slipstream, and poetryYYN$0.088 Canadian.
Amazing Stories MagazineScience fiction and poetryNYN$0.080 must create an account and log-in to submit stories.
Apex MagazineSF, fantasy, and horrorYYY$0.080
Baen Fantasy Adventure Award ANNUAL CONTEST – DUE 1/16 – 4/30All fantasyYNN$0.080
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresScience fiction, fantasy, myths/fairy tales, eldritch, stories for young people of all ages, and related nonfictionYYN$0.080 shorter stories. SUBMISSION PERIODS:1st and 2nd day of each month.
Fantasy MagazineFantasy and dark fantasy fiction and poetryYNY$0.080 to submit even if previously rejected by sister publications Nightmare Magazine or Lightspeed. Open to BIPOC-only submissions all of 2023. ONE-TIME GENERAL SUBMISSION PERIOD: 3/1/23 – 3/8/23
Kangas Khan Halloween Anthology ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/1/23Halloween-themed horrorNNY$0.080
Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Fiction Series - DUE 1/1 - 1/31 Historically accurate fiction with lesbian characters and optional historically consistent fantastic elementsYNN$0.080
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF)All speculative fiction and poetryYYY$0.080
Orion's BeltLiterary speculative flash fiction and poetryYYY$0.080 SUBMISSION PERIOD opens 3/1/23 through ? (historically open through August)
Robotic Ambitions (Apex Magazine) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/13/23 – 3/26/23SF themed to AINYN$0.080 Kickstarter success pending but very likely.
Solarpunk MagazineSolarpunk fiction and poetryNYN$0.080 SUBMISSION PERIODS 2023: 3/1 – 3/14 (BIPOC authors), 4/1-4/14, 5/1-5/14, 7/1-7/14, 9/1-9/14
Story Unlikely MagazineAll genres, incl. Fantasy and SFYYY$0.080
ZooscapeFurry (anthropomorphic animal) fictionYYN$0.080 fiction < 5,000 words, reprints up to 10,000 words.
Bury Your Gays (Perpetual Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/31/23Tragic queer horror. Limited demographic: queer/questioning authorsNNY$0.070
Galaxy's Edge BI-ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY SERIES (FKA Galaxy’s Edge Magazine)SF and FantasyYYN$0.070 PERIODS: 2 submission periods annually. Long response time. ONE-TIME CLOSURE UNTIL ?? 2023
Mother Knows Best (Black Spot Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/31/23Horror themed to bad mothers. Limited author demographic: women and femme authorsNNY$0.060
Dark Recesses MagazineHorror and dark fictionNNY$0.050
Grendel Press ONGOING ANTHOLOGIESDark fantasy, horror, and dark romance, themed and unthemedNNY$0.050 CLOSURE for 2023 anthologies – new themes TBD in late 2023
Wilted Pages: An Anthology of Dark Academia (Shortwave Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/8/23 – 3/24/23Horror, dark fantasy, and dark SF themed to dark academiaNYY$0.050 EXTENDED DEADLINE for marginalized authors: 3/1/23 - 3/31/23
No Trouble at All (Cursed Morsels Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/1/23 – 3/15/23 (3/22/23)Polite horrorNNY$0.040
Utopia Science FictionHard SF set in a utopian futureNYN$0.040 prefers up to 5,000 words, may serialize longer stories
Through the Portal: Stories from a Hopeful Dystopia ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/31/23Optimistic eco-fictionYYN$0.037
SNAFU (Cohesion Press) ANTHOLOGY SERIESMilitary SF/horror, themedYYY$0.035 THEME due 3/31/23: -punk subgenre
Midnight Zone, The (Dragon’s Roost Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/30/23Horror, weird, dark fantasy, and dark SF, themed to original monstersYYY$0.030
SF MultiverseSpeculative fiction, especially internationalYYY$0.030
ParSec MagazineSF, fantasy, horror, and slipstreamYYY$0.027
Fission (British Science Fiction Association) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 2/13-3/1SFNYN$0.024 SUBMISSION PERIOD: 2/13/23 – 3/1/23
Dead Dark ThingsHorrorNNY$0.020
Dose of DreadFlash horror fictionNNY$0.020 PERIOD: 1st - 15th Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct
Pyre MagazineDark speculative fictionYYY$0.020
We Fear Not the Sea (Paper Angel Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/30/23Speculative fiction themed to a sea shantyYYY$0.020
Weird Horror MagazinePulpy, weird fiction and horrorYYY$0.015 PERIODS: March, September
Seaside GothicGothic fiction by the seaYNY$0.012 ONE-TIME 2023 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 4/10 – 4/16, 7/10 – 7/16, 10/9 – 10/15
Deeps, The HorrorNNY$0.010 ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: 3/1/23 – 3/31/23
KaleidotropeAll genres, especially SF/F and the unconventional and weird.YYY$0.010 250 - 10,000 words. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 2024.
Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction PODCASTFlash fiction, all genres esp. SFYYY$0.010
Necronomi-Romcom ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/31/23Themed cosmic horror fiction and poetry crossed with humor and romcom romanceNNY$0.010
Spoon Knife (Autonomous Press) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31All genres and poetry, themedYYY$0.010 ONE-TIME 2023 THEME: Smoke & Mirrors
Starward Shadows EzineDark speculative fictionYYY$0.010
Tales to Terrify PODCASTHorror and dark fantasyNNY$0.010 accepted varies by submission period. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until “early 2023”
Wyldblood Press – Short FictionLiterary SF/F/HYYY$0.010
Wyldblood Press – Wyld FlashSpeculative flash fictionYYY$0.010
Hexagon MagazineAll speculative fiction (SF/F/H)YYY$0.007 PERIODS: 1st-7th of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Nov
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight MagazineAll speculative fiction and poetry, especially humorous and lightheartedYYY$0.007 and AU/NZ authors can submit up to 20,000 words.
Nameless Songs of Zadok Allen & Other Things That Should Not Be, The (JayHenge Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/15/23Cosmic horrorNNY$0.005
Sunshine Superhighway: Solar Sailings (JayHenge Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FULLOptimistic speculative fictionYYY$0.005
L Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future QUARTERLY ANTHOLOGY.Spec-ficYYY
$5,000.00 if have three or fewer professional pubs - runs every 3 months. Note: affiliated with Scientology, winners report proselytizing and close link to Church of Scientology.
Psychopomp NovellasSpeculative fiction and literary death-themed novellasNNY
Brilliant Flash Fiction Quarterly ContestsFlash fiction, all genres, sometimes themedYYY
Craft LiteraryLiterary, with a focus on writing craftYYY
Parsec Short Story Contest ANNUAL CONTEST – DUE 1/1 – 5/1All speculative fiction, themed. Limited demographic: non-pro writersYYY
$200.00 ONE-TIME 2023 THEME: Preserve or Purge
Split Scream (Dread Stone Press) NOVELETTE SERIESHorrorNNY
$150.00 ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 2/1/2024
Devil Take You: Tales of Medievel Horror, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 4/15/23Weird horror themed to the medieval periodNNY
Cunning Folk: The Vampire ONE-TIME ISSUE – DUE 3/1/23Non-fiction, fiction, and poetry themed to vampiresNNY
21 Futures: Tales from the Timechain ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 2/28/23Bitcoin-themed SFNYN
Queer Sci Fi's Flash Fiction Contest ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 3/1 - 5/1Queer speculative flash fiction, themed. ONE-TIME 2023 THEME: riseYYY
Resurrected: An Anthology of Second Chance (Cursed Dragon Ship) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/31/23All genres, themed to a real or virtual resurrectionYYY
Tales to Terrify Flash Fiction Contest ANNUAL PODCAST CONTEST – DUE 2/15 – 4/1Flash fiction horror, themedNNY
$50.00 ONE-TIME 2023 THEME: changing seasons
Escape Artists Podcasts ROTATING ANNUAL CONTEST – OPENS 8/1SF, fantasy, or horror flash fiction (depending on the year)NNY
$40.00 rotates through Escape Artists Podcasts: PodCastle, Escape Pod, and Pseudopod. 2023 CONTEST: Pseudopod, opens August 2023
Hauntings and Hoarfrost (Tyche Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 9/1/23 – 9/30/23Gothic fiction and poetry themed to winterNNY
Beauty in Blood-Drenched Circuits (Starward Shadows) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/30/23Dark speculative fiction, written with ChatGPTYYY
Cursed Objects (Bloody Hatchet Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/1/23Horror themed to new-bought haunted objectNNY
First Line, TheAll genres, themed issuesYYY
$25.00 SUBMISSION THEMES: “All the lawns on Mentone Avenue are mowed on Wednesdays,” due 5/1/23; “As soon as Harriet entered the building, she headed to the seventh floor,” due 8/1/23; “It was the farthest north they’d ever been,” due 11/01/23.
Living With Demons (Tea with Coffee Media) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/12/23Horror themed to mental illnessNNY
Quiet Ones, TheHorror and dystopian fiction and poetry, scary or hopeful, esp. highlighting queer/femme voices.NNY
Tales of Sley House ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31Fantasy, SF, horror, noir, and thrillerYYY
$25.00 “about” 6,000 words. Submission periods: 7/1 – 7/15 college students only, 7/16 until full open for everyone
Tower All genres fiction and poetry, incl. Horror, SF, and fantasyYYY
$21.46 ONE-TIME THEME ISSUE due 2/28/23: endings
Black Beacon Book of Horror ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 2/28/23HorrorNNY
Brilliant Flash Fiction MagazineFlash fiction, all genres, sometimes themedYYY
Horror Zine’s Book of Monster Stories, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/15/23Horror themed to monsters (not vampires, werewolves, mummies, Frankenstein, or ghosts)NNY
Mythaxis MagazineAll spec-ficYYY
$20.00 of Jan, April (ONE-TIME 2023 April closure), July, Oct
Strange Aeon ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 2/20 – 4/30 or until fullCosmic horror and weird Western, themedNNY
$20.00 ONE-TIME 2023 THEME: wonder
Flash Point SFScience fiction, fantasy, and slipstream flash fictionYYN
$15.00 SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1/15/23 – 2/28/23
A-Z of Horror (Red Cape Publishing) ONGOING ANTHOLOGY SERIESHorror, themes change every 2 months.NNY
$11.52 2023 THEMES: 4/1–5/31 Slasher, 6/1-7/31 Tarot, 8/1-9/30 Unexplained, 10/1-11/30 Voodoo. RIGHTS: Must not be available elsewhere.
Tales from the Moonlit PathDark speculative fiction and horrorNNY
WhetstonePulp sword and sorceryYNN
Mirror DanceFantasy, science fantasy, and dark fantasyYNY
$5.00< 5,000 words preferred. ONE-TIME THEME (1/2023 until ??): revival and resurrection
Grumpy Old Gods Vol 10 ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/1/23Speculative fiction themed to old gods in modern timesYYY
WigleafFlash fiction and micro fiction, all genresYYY
Wyldblood Press – Novels and NovellasScience fiction and fantasyYYN
Raw Dog Screaming Press NovellasDark speculative fiction novellasYYY ONE-TIME CLOSURE until ??
Future Science Fiction Digest DEAD MARKET – INDEFINITE HIATUSSF. Limited demographic: in translation or by ESL writers who live outside English-speaking countriesNNN$0.080 English reprints. Accepts translations. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until ??
Constellation / Constelación Magazine – DEAD MARKETSpanish or English speculative fiction, themedNNN$0.080
Grimdark Magazine DEAD MARKET – INDEFINITE FICTION HIATUSGrim, dark SF or medieval FNNN$0.054 to 4,000 word stories for original work. Reprints up to 10,000 words, not currently available online. ONE-TIME INDEFINITE CLOSURE – NOT ACCEPTING FICTION
Storytwigs – DEAD MARKETMicro-fiction, with monthly themesNNN
$100.00 entries will be published on website, without pay.

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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