Giving Yourself Grace … For a While, and Other Market List Updates

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Thoughts in Passing

Giving Yourself Grace … For a Little While

Life happens. It’s a truism because it’s true. After the past couple of years, we all understand how quickly our lives can be disrupted. Some disruptions are predictable (summer vacation, a new baby), others are less so (sickness, a dying relative, job loss). In my household, the last couple of months have been a little of column A, a little of column B. We’re all fine now.

My writing schedule, however, is shot. My wordcount graph looks terrible. You can really see when my kids came home from school, followed quickly by our whole family getting sick and then having an activity-packed family reunion.

I am not good at giving myself grace. I’m a fairly slow writer, and if I don’t drive myself to write on a schedule, suddenly weeks have gone by without words on the page. And I don’t write well in short spurts. I really need a few uninterrupted hours to sink into deep work mode.

So, grace. Giving yourself grace is not the same thing as giving up. Grace can be saying, “I can’t do as much as I want while [current circumstances], but I will if [better conditions].” Then you do what you can, when you can, under the current circumstances. Sometimes that’s a little, sometimes that’s nothing. Then you can either wait or do what you can until your circumstances change. That might be because they are temporary and have a natural end date. Or it might be because you have worked to get your life closer to those better conditions.

For me, knowing that there is an end condition and planning for it makes all the difference. I can give myself grace, even if right now all I can do is make a list, or take a few notes, or add a reminder to my calendar for later.

(Do you have a writing question? Send it to me, either by replying to this email or by using the contact form on my website, and it may get answered in the next newsletter.)

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

I’ve tinkered with the way the new market listings table shows up on the website. It should be more responsive for cellphones and smaller screens (will still display best on a larger screen). And now it has a search function! Please do leave a comment in my contact form letting me know what you think.

Other than that, I’m getting snippets of writing done on my space opera novel, when I can. Trying not to wince at how far behind my chart thinks I am!

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:
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Purgatorial Stories: Hallmarks and Patterns:

Reflections on Writing Horror:

Here’s how to find your damn comps 🧵:
…with caveats🧵:

10 Swords Writing Exercise 🧵:

Guard Rails Around the Bottomless Pit:

Behind the Scenes:

Romancing SFF:

Publishing Checklist: Making Books:

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops

(Any registration fees are noted.)

ChiCon 8 / WorldCon ($30), Sept 1-5, 2022:

Can*Con (CAD$45), Oct 14-16, 2022:

World Fantasy Convention ($125), Nov 3-6, 2022:

The Nebula Conference ($150) is over for 2022, but purchasing a membership now still gets access to recorded panels and year-round special events:

Featured Market

The annual Unidentified Funny Objects anthology wants humorous SF/fantasy, due 8/25/22.

We’re looking for speculative stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams.  We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny.

Puns and stories that are little more than vehicles for delivering a punch line at the end aren’t likely to win us over.  The best way to learn what we like in general is to read a previous volume. You can buy them here and also read the online stories for free. WHAT WE DON’T WANT These are the tropes we see entirely too much of in the slush pile.

You will improve your odds if you steer clear of these:

* Zombies
* Vampires
* Deals with the Devil / Djinn in a bottle variants
* Stereotypical aliens probing people, abducting cattle, and doing other stereotypical alien things.

Unidentified Funny Objects

Basics: humorous speculative fiction, 500 – 6,000 words, pays $.08/wd, no reprints, 2022 submissions close 8/25/22.


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.

July '22 Update

New and updated science fiction, fantasy, and horror publication listings for Aswiebe's Market List, July 2022 edition.
NameWhat they wantPay Per Word USD (originals)Flat Pay USD (originals)WebsiteNotes
Unidentified Funny Objects ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/26 – 8/25Funny F/SF$0.100 SUBMISSION PERIOD: 7/26/22 – 8/25/22
Augur MagazineLiterary SF/F, fabulism, slipstream, and poetry$0.088 Canadian. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: closes 7/31/22
Tales & Feathers MagazineCozy slice-of-life fantasy$0.088 SUBMISSION PERIOD: closes 7/31/22
Daily Science FictionSF, fantasy, slipstream, dark fantasy but not pure horror, etc.$0.080 temporary closure until ??
FiyahSpeculative fiction. LIMITED DEMOGRAPHIC: authors from the African diaspora$0.080 THEME: Hauntings and Horrors due 7/31/22
Real Stories of the United States Space Force (Baen Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 1/22/23 or when fullHard SF fiction, poetry, and fact, themed to current and future near-Earth space-related threats$0.080
Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic: An Anthology of Hysteria Fiction ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/1/22Dark speculative fiction, themed to hysteria$0.060 anthology
Obsolescence (Alan Lastufka) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/??/22 UNTIL FULLDark SF, fantasy, and horror themed to technology$0.060
Shakespeare Unleashed (Black Spot Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/21/22Horror themed to Shakespeare’s works$0.060
Utopia Science FictionSF, especially hard SF$0.040 prefers up to 5,000 words, may serialize longer stories
Sherlock is a Girl’s Name (Clan Destine Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 9/30/22Mystery of all types, themed to a female Sherlock Holmes$0.035
Sci PhiNon-character-driven SF, esp. big idea SF and classic-style SF$0.033 SUBMISSION PERIOD: open until 8/4/22
Fusion FragmentSF$0.031 SUBMISSION PERIOD: open until 8/7/22
Post Roe Alternatives (B-Cubed Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 9/8/22SF themed to the justice system post-Roe v. Wade$0.030 Query first for reprints or > 4,000 words.
Science Fiction Tarot, The (tdotSpec) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 10/04/22SF$0.030
Neon MagazineDark literary fiction and poetry, especially surreal or speculative$0.024 SUBMISSION THEMES: Machines due 1/15/23, Childhood due 6/15/23
Dirt in the Sky (Filthy Loot) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/15/22Literary horror themed to the haves and have-nots$0.020
Intrepidus InkSpeculative flash fiction, action-adventure, speculative fiction, and literary, with intrepid main character$0.020
Speculative North Magazine (Tdotspec)Speculative fiction$0.016
From the Depths (Wyldblood Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/31/22Fantasy and fantastic horror themed to the sea$0.012
Aphotic Realm MagazineHorror fiction, flash fiction, and poetry$0.010
Night Terrors (Scare Street) ANTHOLOGY SERIESCreepy literary dark fiction and horror$0.010 takes non-exclusive audio rights, translation rights
Space and Time MagazineScience fiction, fantasy, and horror$0.010 period: 1/15 – 1/31, 7/15 – 7/31
Two-Thousand Word Terrors (Rooster Republic Press)Horror$0.010 2022 SUBMISSION PERIOD: 8/1/22 – 8/31/22
Wyngraf - flash fictionSecondary world cozy fantasy flash fiction$0.010 SUBMISSION PERIOD: Always open to flash fiction submissions
Wyngraf - short storiesSecondary world cozy fantasy$0.010 SUBMISSION PERIOD: Opens 8/1/22
Furry/Lovecraftian/Erotic/University Themed Anthology (Armoured Fox Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FULLFurry erotic horror, themed $0.005
Nameless Songs of Zadok Allen & Other Things That Should Not Be, The (JayHenge Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FULLCosmic horror$0.005
Phantom Thieves & Sagacious Scoundrels (JayHenge Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FULLSpeculative fiction themed to rogues and thieves$0.005
Imagining Indigenous Futures ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 12/1Indigenous SF writing sample
Tales by Moonlight Novella Contest (Ankara) ONE-TIME CONTEST – DUE 9/15/22Fantasy novellas/novelettes
$1,000.00 all entries will be published online for voting, using first publication rights.
VoyageYA, all subgenres
Darkness Visible, A (Ontology Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 10/31/22Postmodern or experimental horror
Heroic Fantasy QuarterlyHeroic fantasy, sword & sorcery fiction and poetry
$75.00 serialize more than 10,000 words. ONE-TIME CLOSURE UNTIL ??
Weird Christmas Flash Fiction ANNUAL CONTEST - DUE 11/2Weird flash fiction themed to Christmas
Fairy Tale Magazine, TheFairy tale retellings, themed. ONE-TIME 2023 THEME: love.
$50.00 Enchanted Conversation. Submission periods: 12/1/22 – 1/2/23 love-themed, 5/1/23 – 6/2/23. Occasional calls for longer works.
Wind Guide You (Sadwrn Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 9/1/22Strange, setting-themed speculative flash fiction
Curiouser MagazineSurrealism, horror, weird, fabulism, and near-future SF
$34.79 DEMOGRAPHIC LIMITATION: Australian residents only for Issue 3 (subs opened 6/30/22)
Bullet PointsMilitary speculative fiction
99 Fleeting FantasiesFantasy
Tales of Sley House ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1 UNTIL FULLFantasy, SF, horror, mystery, and thriller
$25.00 “about” 6,000 words. Submission periods: 7/1 – 7/15 college students only, 7/16 until full open for everyone
Funemployment QuarterlySF and fantasy
Night's End, The PODCASTDark speculative fiction, some themed issues
$10.00 THEME SUBMISSIONS: Halloween and Gothic/ghost stories due 8/29/22
Trembling with FearHorror, dark SF, and dark fantasy, themed and unthemed
$5.00 and reprint acceptability varies, prefers unthemed stories in 800-1,500 range, themed up to 2,500, may serialize longer. ANNUAL SUBMISSION THEMES: 12/1 – 1/25 Valentine, 2/1 – 7/31 Summer Holiday, 7/1 – 10/13 Halloween, 7/1 – 12/7 Christmas. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: Summer Holiday theme until 8/31/22
Every Day FictionAll flash fiction
Future FictionNear-future hard SF accepted in 13+ different languages and published in translation to Italian and German
Nightfire (Tor/Forge's Horror Imprint) Horror novels and novellas CLOSURE until ??
Queer Blades (Farther Trees) – DEAD MARKETFantasy adventure with LGBTQIA+ main characters
Scare Story – DEAD MARKETHorror themed to ghosts, monsters, the supernatural etc.$0.010
Annorlunda Enterprises – DEAD MARKETAll genres except horror and erotica

From the Farther Trees – DEAD MARKETFantasy
Satyr Central – DEAD MARKETAll genres, esp. weird and genre-nonconforming fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, horror, comedy

Aftermath – DEAD MARKETRealistic apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic environmental fiction$0.020

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

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

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Abra Staffin-Wiebe loves dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and modern fairy tales. Her stories appear places including, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. Read:

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