Bioluminescent Anthology wants lunarpunk SF, a new website, and other Aswiebe’s Market List updates! March 2022

Thoughts in Passing

What’s with the new logo? Why do I suddenly have a new website?

tldr; My credit card number was stolen.

Okay, that explanation might be a little too short! As you may remember, I’ve been working on transferring my author website. This project got a sudden boost when my credit card number was stolen. As a result, that credit card was cancelled and I got a totally new card number. Now, my old legacy webhost was notorious for being difficult to cancel their auto-payment plans. But they no longer had my credit card number.

I’ve just barely squeaked under the wire by getting this done by the end of March. 🐭 Squeak, squeak!

Thanks to the excellent’s One-Hour Author Website site, which helps authors set up the basic framework for an author website in an hour and then takes a lotlonger to go into all the customization nitty-gritty, I have a new website! More or less. My market list site is pretty solid, but I’ll be tweaking it for a while yet. My main author site is still a mess-in-progress, though, so don’t judge me on it (yet)!

(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:

Taxes and building a new website have taken up almost all my “writing” time. Elvis is still stuck in the LHC. (Yes, if I can’t work on a story for a while, I feel like my poor characters are stranded in the middle of whatever was going on.)

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops

(Any registration fees are noted.)

Flights of Foundry, April 8-11 (time zone depending):

Norwescon, April 14-17:

Nebula Conference, May 20-22 ($150): (Membership includes recorded panels and year-round special events.)

Featured Market

The Bioluminescent anthology (Android Press) wants optimistic SF with a lunarpunk aesthetic, pays $.08/word.

Lunarpunk is a very young, still somewhat nebulous and developing aesthetic — much more so than solarpunk at least— so it isn’t really possible to define exactly, specifically what that aesthetic is. But in many ways it can be thought of as a gothic take on solarpunk.

This site does a good job of putting forward an idea of what the Lunarpunk aesthetic entails. But to put it briefly, think of solarpunk and lunarpunk in terms of a dicotomy. If solarpunk is about bright colors, daylight and sun, science, community, etc… then lunarpunk is about darker colors, nighttime and moonlight, spirituality (though not necessarily a negation of science), introspection and more individual focus (though not a negation of community).

A lunarpunk world might include bioluminescent plant life, or other special tech to help societies function in the dark. A Lunarpunk community might live underground, in caves, on the moon, or elsewhere. Pagan nature worship, flowing robes and clothing, blacks, greys, silver and sparkle, purples, blues, and greens, mushrooms and night blooming plants, and various other elements of the gothic aesthetic are all common among what little, already existing lunarpunk work is out there.

Android Press

Basics: SF, 500-7,500 words, $.08/wd, no reprints, due 4/30/22.

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.
NameWhat they wantPay Per Word USD (originals)Flat Pay USD (originals)WebsiteNotes
Factor Four MagazineAll speculative fiction, especially SF, fantasy, supernatural, and superhero fiction$0.110
Baen Fantasy Adventure Award ANNUAL CONTEST – DUE 2/1 – 4/30Adventure fantasy$0.080
Bioluminescent (Android Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 4/30/22Optimistic SF with the lunarpunk aesthetic$0.080
Cyberpunk-Solarpunk Anthology (Android Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 3/31/22Cyberpunk and solarpunk stories$0.080
Jim Baen Memorial Writing ANNUAL CONTEST – DUE 10/01 – 02/01Near future positive space exploration SF$0.080
Nightmare MagazineHorror/dark fantasy$0.080 < 5,000 words. SUBMISSION PERIODS: 2x yearly, usually March and September.
Planet Democracy (Mithila Review) ONE-TIME THEMED ISSUE / ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/20/22Hopepunk and solarpunk$0.080
Galaxy’s EdgeSF and Fantasy$0.070 open every week, then close when they hit their quota
Halloween Ghost Anthology (Alienhead Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/31/22Halloween ghost stories$0.060
Shoreline of InfinitySF and Fantasy$0.052 Also takes audio rights. ONE-TIME 2022 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 4/4 – 4/14 (SF fairy tales), 6/13 – 8/28 (flash fiction competition), 9/11 – 9/14
Azathoth: Ordo ab Chao (Hellnotes) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/31/22Horror themed to Lovecraftian god Azathoth and order out of chaos$0.050
Planet ScummSF and weird fiction$0.050 SUBMISSION PERIOD: open until 5/2/22
Translunar Travelers LoungeFun speculative fiction$0.030 PERIOD: 3/15-3/21 (POC), 3/22-4/15, 9/15-9/21 (POC), 9/22-10/15
Fission (British Science Fiction Association) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 2/1-3/15SF$0.027
Shacklebound Monthly NewsletterAll speculative fiction, especially dark$0.020
Dread Space (Shacklebound Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FULLMilitary SF horror$0.010
Maelstroms (Shacklebound Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FULLDark fantasy, themed to the sea$0.010
Electric LiteratureLiterary, all genres, incl. experimental. The Commuter takes flash fiction. Recommended Reading takes short stories.$300.00 PERIODS: Recommended Reading (short stories) has 2 1-week open submission periods, usually in Spring and Fall, The Commuter (flash fiction) has 4 1-week submission periods. NOTE: Long response time.
Fairy Tale ReviewFairy tale poetry and prose$50.00 theme 3/21/22-6/30/22: queer fairy tales
Futures that Never Were (Broadswords and Blasters) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22 – 7/15/22Sword and planet fiction$40.00
Out of the Darkness (WolfSinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/15/22-10/15/22Speculative fiction, themed to escaping the darkness$20.00
War Torn (Shacklebound Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 4/1/22 OR UNTIL FULLReprint SF featuring war$20.00
Never Cheat a Witch (WolfSinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 5/15/22-7/15/22Speculative fiction, themed to cheating a powerful magical entity$15.00
Ring of Fire (WolfSinger Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/22Speculative fiction, themed to a ring of fire$15.00
Luna Station QuarterlyFantasy, science fiction, creepy horror by women-identified writers only$5.00 periods: Sept 15 – Nov 15, Dec 15 – Feb 15, Mar 15 – May 15, June 15 – Aug 15
Fireside Fiction (novellas and novels) – DEAD MARKETAll genres, explicitly including spec-fic$0.000
Fireside Fiction (short stories) – DEAD MARKETAll genres, explicitly including spec-fic$0.125

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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Author: Abra Staffin-Wiebe

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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