Productive Procrastination with Flash Fiction

“I’m on deadline, so my house has never been cleaner.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard some version of that from my writer friends. It’s never worked for me, alas. My brain does not accept cleaning as a procrastination method from writing deadlines. However, it turns out that the reverse might be true!

This month, I was doing a cleaning and organizing challenge*. So naturally, my brain decided that I should be doing some writing instead. But not Big Writing, like working on my book. No, that would be too obviously not what I was supposed to be doing. But how about something smol and quick, with a deadline that meant I should obviously do it sooner rather than later?

That is how I ended up taking my daily quick freewriting exercise and tweaking it to fit a monthly flash fiction contest’s theme.

* Necessitated by the accumulating detritus that began when I participated in NaNoWriMo’s monthlong writing challenge right before the pandemic hit, and snowballed when … yeah. All that came with it.

Takeaway 1: Seriously, if you’re not a super-speedy writer and you’re planning on NaNoWriMoing this November, have prep plans and recovery plans for everything non-writing-related! Bonus points for actually writing your plans down in advance.

Takeaway 2: Don’t have time for a “serious” writing project? Not sure what you want to write next? Try something small and fun, like one of these monthly themed flash fiction contests. As always for publishers included in Aswiebe’s Market List, none of these charge fees and they all pay (a little–flash fiction is not usually highly remunerative!):

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

DreamHaven storefront in the Standish neighborhood
DreamHaven storefront in the Standish neighborhood, by Elcief (CC BY-SA 4.0)

If you’re in the Twin Cities area, I have a reading coming up in October at Dreamhaven!

On Wednesday, October 4, ABRA STAFFIN-WIEBE reads and holds a reception as part of the Speculations Reading Series, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Abra Staffin-Wiebe is a science fiction author who loves futuristic fairy tales, cheerful horror, and dark science fiction. Dozens of her stories have appeared at award-winning publications including, Escape Pod, and Fireside Magazine.

Bring a friend! There will be cookies and soda as well as giveaways during the reading. Afterwards, we usually adjourn to Parkway Pizza for some social time.

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:

Lucy Worsley’s 9 “Christie Tricks” for Mystery Writers:

Hook Your Genre Readers on Page One:

5 Ways To Use Short Stories To Grow as a Writer:

Publishing Contracts 101: Beware Internal Contradictions:

How to Prevent AI Bots from Scraping Your Website:

10 Tips for Building a Realistic and Vibrant Fictional World:

Overdrive and Libraries: Everything You Wanted to Know:

Featured Market

Tales & Feathers Magazine (Augur) will be opening soon for cozy fantasy submissions!

Our ideal submissions look like this:

  • Quiet character-driven storytelling
  • Gentle moments
  • Rich fantastical worldbuilding
  • Everyday moments
  • Stories that take place before or between or after the epic conflicts
  • Stories that offer warmth, comfort, and possibility

We welcome stories written in any fantasy genre or genres, including stories that blur genre lines. We are especially interested in high fantasy, fairy tales, and myth.

We also welcome stories that have been translated into English and stories that engage with non-Western fantasy genre traditions.Tales & Feathers

Basics: cozy fantasy, 1,000 – 2,500 words, CA$.11/word, no reprints. Submission periods: 10/1/23-10/21/23 BIPOC, trans, or disabled writers; 10/8/23-10/21/23 general submissions.


Market List Updates

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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Keeper of Lists

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22 Publishers Seeking Novellas, and More Market Updates

The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 6/15/2022. Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives:

Thoughts in Passing

This (theoretically May) update is going out a couple of days late, so it’s extra large. More new markets! More useful links! So the timing seems right to talk about extra large stories: novellas.

tldr; Be patient, keep an eye on current submission calls (YES, I will list novella calls in this market list when I see them), and consider the advantages and disadvantages of publishing in a magazine.

How long is a novella? A novella is 17,500 – 39,999 words long, as defined by the Nebula Award categories.

Selling a novella is hard. Here are some options for science fiction, fantasy, and horror novellas, both publishers and magazines. There are a few publishers known for publishing novellas, but their unagented submission windows tend to be very short and far between, and there’s a lot of competition. Other publishers who occasionally publish novellas will often have special novella calls, but information about their novella publishing schedule is not even listed on their website the rest of the time. There are several magazines who accept novella-length submissions, but although they are open to the idea, they do not publish many novellas, they don’t pay royalties, and your novella will only be distributed as part of that magazine’s issue. (Yes, self-publishing a novella is always an option–there are special challenges there too!–but this is about selling it to a publisher.)



Pressfuls Novellas wants fantasy, horror, adventure, romance, and crime/mystery, pays 35% royalties.
(Pressfuls Magazine appears defunct, but they’re still publishing longer works.)

Midnight Bites ANTHOLOGY SERIES wants novelette and novella horror, 10k – 25k words themed and unthemed, pays $50 plus 25% royalties. Currently seeking carnie horror and medical horror.


Neon Hemlock wants SF, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, and slipstream, especially queer. Pays royalties, or advance plus royalties. Award-winning. Open June 12th to 25th 2022 for trans women writers and writers of color. Open to all writers October 11th to 24th 2022.

United Faedom Publishing wants novelettes, novellas, and novels, pays $75 for novelettes and ? for others. OPENS JULY 2022.

Interstellar Flight Press has a one-time call for horror novellas including SF horror and fantasy horror, pays 30-40% royalties plus possible advance. Open to submissions 10/1/22 – 12/1/22.

PUBLISHERS – CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL ?? (novellas) wants fantasy and SF, pays pro rates of advance + royalties or higher royalty-only rate. Award-winning. CURRENTLY CLOSED. Unclear if/when they will reopen for unagented novella submissions, but it’s been a couple of years.

Nightfire (Tor) wants horror novels and novellas, pays pro rates of advance + royalties or higher royalty-only rate. CURRENTLY CLOSED. Unclear if/when they will reopen for unagented novella submissions.

Uncanny (novellas) wants SF/F, pays $.10/word. Publishes 1 novella a year depending on funding. Award-winning. CURRENTLY CLOSED – LOOK FOR THEM TO OPEN NEXT YEAR.

Queen of Swords Press wants novels and novellas of around 40k words, set in fantastical worlds, especially with a queer focus. Pays royalties. CURRENTLY CLOSED.

Stelliform wants science fiction, fantasy, quiet horror and literary works with speculative elements, pays 2¢ CAD per word advance (up to $2000), plus royalties. CURRENTLY CLOSED.

Wyldblood Press wants speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy or horror) novellas and novels, pays royalties. CURRENTLY CLOSED.


Magazines that accept short novellas (up to the 20-25K word range) include Asimov’s, Reckoning, Pulp Literature, Clarkesworld, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (F&SF), and sometimes Escape Pod (reprints only).

Magazines that accept full length novellas or have no wordcount limit include Analog, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and ParSec. Be cautious about submitting to places that don’t list a maximum wordcount; they don’t always expect or accept novellas.

Keep an eye out for anthology calls with no word limit whose guidelines explicitly mention novellas, like Sovereign: An Anthology of Black Fantasy Fiction (2023), due 7/16/22.

June’s update will be shorter, and I’ll talk about where to sell flash fiction!

(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 started work on a new novel, working title Desolation Station Salvage. I love this stage. Everything is shiny and new, and all kinds of fun random ideas are popping up as I write.

I’m looking forward to in-person convention 4th Street Fantasy in a couple of weeks, where I’ll be on panels discussing ambiguous endings and PoV.

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:

The Indie Files: Make the Most of New Book Announcements:

How to Write a Depressed Character That Won’t Depress Your Reader:

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists Toolkit:

IngramSpark Academy’s How to Self-Publish:

IngramSpark Academy’s How to Build an Author Platform:

From Panic to Process: What Taking Criticism Actually Means:

Three Agent Types to Avoid and the One You Won’t See Coming:

All the Writing Talent in the World Won’t Save the Wrong Story:

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops

(Any registration fees are noted.)

Cymera (£50), June 3-5, 2022:

Westercon (?), July 1-4, 2022:

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

Award-winning Neon Hemlock will be open for speculative fiction novella submissions June 12 – 25, 2022 for BIPOC and trans women authors, October 11 – 24, 2022 for all. Pays royalties, or advance plus royalties.

:Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Slipstream, & Weird.  Hybrid work or difficult to categorize novellas are also welcome.

Standalone works, although they may be connected to other series or work.

We are particularly interested in work that explores some element of queer experience, broadly speaking.

Neon Hemlock
Neon Hemlock

Basics: speculative fiction, 17,500-40,000 words, pay ?, no reprints, due 6/12/22-6/25/22 and 10/11/22-10/24/22.


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
UncannySF/F$0.100 response time. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION CLOSURE UNTIL ?
Worlds of Possibility (Julia Rios)SF and fantasy, with a sense of hope$0.100
Augur MagazineLiterary SF/F, fabulism, slipstream$0.088 Canadian. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: Opens 6/30/22
MetastellarFantasy, SF, and horror flash fiction$0.080 SUBMISSION WINDOW 10/1/22 – 10/31/22. NOTE: submission gives right of publication, even without a contract signing
Pseudopod (Podcast)Horror and dark fantasy$0.080 Escape Artists publication. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIODS: 3/1/22-7/31/22 (2022 anthologies and collections), 8/12/22-8/21/22
Gargantua (Air and Nothingness Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 12/1/22-1/31/23All genres, flash fiction, themed to massive engineering megastructures$0.080
Monstrous Futures (Dark Matter Ink) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1/22-6/30/22Near-future dark SF$0.080
World of Juno, The (Space Wizard Science Fantasy) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – PITCH DUE 6/1/22Shared world science fiction$0.080 the 150-word story pitch is due 6/1/22. The story itself is due 7/14/22.
Crack in the Code (Mocha Memoirs) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 9/30/22SF themed to robots, AI, or cyborgs going off-programming$0.080
Asimov’s Science FictionCharacter-oriented SF, borderline fantasy, slipstream, surreal. No sword & sorcery.$0.080
Baffling Magazine (Neon Hemlock)All speculative flash fiction$0.080
Campfire Macabre Vol 2 (Cemetery Gates Media) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1/22-8/15/22Horror flash fiction, themed to When We Were Getting High, My Last Trick ‘r Treat, Body Grotesquerie, Ominous Visitors from Deep Space, or Out in the Fields, Forests, and Lakes$0.080
Solarpunk MagazineSolarpunk$0.080 2022 Submission periods: 6/20-7/4/22 Solarpunk at Work, 9/1-9/14 and 11/1-11/14 general solarpunk.
Cast of Wonders PodcastClean YA SF/F/H$0.080 2022 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 06/15/22 – 06/30/22 (Young Authors), 08/01/22 – 08/31/22 (Flash Fiction Contest) ### Query first for > 6,000 words.
Constellation / Constelación MagazineSpanish or English speculative fiction, themed$0.080 CLOSURE until mid-September 2022
Dark Matter MagazineScience fiction and sci-fi horror$0.080 This is NOT the same publication as Dark Matter Zine.
Podcastle (Podcast)Fantasy fiction$0.080 Escape Artists publication. Original fiction up to 6,000 words, reprints up to 17,000. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION THEME: Indigenous Magic (#ownvoices) 7/1/22 – 7/31/22
Librarian, The (Air and Nothingness Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30/22Speculative fiction, themed to a helpful traveling librarian$0.080
Galaxy’s EdgeSF and Fantasy$0.070 open early on Mondays when they’re taking submissions, then close when they hit their quota. May be closed to submissions even if Moksha says they’re open, if there is no submission type to select. Long response time.
Fiends in the Furrows III, The: Final Harvest ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/22Folk horror$0.060
Dracula Beyond StokerHorror inspired by Dracula, themed issues$0.050
Planet ScummSF and weird fiction$0.050 Also takes audio rights. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: opens 7/8/22
Apparition LitSpeculative fiction, themed. Separate monthly flash fiction contest.$0.050 periods: 2/15 – 2/28, 5/15 – 5/31, 8/15-08/31 (ONE-TIME 2022 THEME: Nostalgia), 11/15 – 11/30, with a 1-week extension each period for BIPOC.
Story UnlikelyAll genres, including bizarro and speculative fiction$0.050
Old Moon QuarterlyWeird sword-and-sorcery$0.050
Hidden Villains: Arise (Inkd Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1/22-8/31/22All speculative fiction, themed to the title$0.050
Ember: A Journal of Luminous ThingsAll genres for all age groups, especially children ages 10-18$0.020
Utopia Science FictionSF, especially hard SF$0.010
Dread ImaginingsQuiet horror$0.010
Tales to Terrify PODCASTHorror and dark fantasy$0.010
We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction (Neon Hemlock) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 12/31Queer speculative fiction published this year.$0.010 only from the current year.
RakehellSwashbuckling tales, all genres$0.010
Reader Beware! (DarkLit Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/1/22YA horror themed to 80s-90s nostalgia$0.010
Cosmic Horror (Eerie River Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 9/15/22-11/15/22Cosmic horror themed$0.008
Folk Horror (Eerie River Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22Themed to folk horror$0.008
It Calls From Below (Eerie River Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/1/22-9/1/22Horror themed to the underground$0.008
Phantasmical Contraptions and More Errors (JayHenge Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/22Steampunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, etc.$0.005 open to subs 1/9/22
Professor Feiff’s Compleat Pocket Guide to Xenobiology for the Galactic Traveller on the Move (JayHenge Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/21Themed to alien flora and fauna$0.005
Sapiens Plurum & Future of Life Institute Short-Fiction Contest ANNUAL CONTEST – DUE 4/22 – 6/1SF, themed to optimistic SF. ONE-TIME 2022 THEME: Inventing Beautiful Futures$1,000.00
riddlebirdLiterary fiction, including literary genre fiction$100.00
Etherea MagazineAll speculative fiction, especially F/SF.$71.88 500 – 1,000 words and 2,000 – 5,000 preferred
Paranoid TreeFlash fiction, all genres$50.00
Taco Bell QuarterlyLiterary, all genres, themed to Taco Bell$50.00
Consultations of Sherlock Holmes, The (Belanger Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 9/15/22Mysteries themed to traditional Sherlock Holmes$50.00
Detective and the Clergyman, The (Belanger Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 10/15/22Mysteries themed to traditional Sherlock Holmes partnering with traditional Father Brown$50.00
Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.P. Lovecraft (Belanger Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 11/15/22Mysteries themed to traditional Sherlock Holmes in a Lovecraftian world$50.00
Horrifying Tales of Wonder (House Blackwood) PODCASTThemed to weird fiction set in the 1880s-1940s$50.00
Midnight Bites ANTHOLOGY SERIESNovella and novelette horror, themed and unthemed$50.00 THEMES OPEN UNTIL FULL: carnival horror, medical system horror
Tales from Brackish Harbor (Quill and Crow Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1/22Shared world Gothic cosmic horror$40.00
Extremely Bizarre (Planet Bizarro) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22Extreme horror with bizarro elements or vice versa$36.75
On the Premises Mini-Contest RECURRING CONTESTThemed contests with very limited wordcounts.$35.00 submission periods vary
Along Harrowed Trails (Timber Ghost Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/31/22Horror set in the Old West$35.00
Fear Forge Quarterly AnthologyHorror and dark fantasy, themed$30.00 WINTER QUARTER 2022 THEME OPEN UNTIL FULL: forges
Bloodless (Sliced Up Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/22Horror, themed to no mention of blood$30.00
Solarpunk Magazine Micro Fiction Contest – MONTHLY CONTESTSolarpunk with a monthly theme$25.00 6/17/22-6/23/22 THEME: solarpunk, no special theme
Dismember the Coop ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22 – 8/31/22Horror themed to the music of Alice Cooper$25.00 charity anthology.
Short Reads (Black Hare Press)Dark fiction$25.00
Space Horror (Ladies of the Fright) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FULLSF horror$25.00
Et Sequitor MagazineAll genres, themed: continuing from the previous story$25.00
Their Ghoulish Reputation (Dark Lake Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FULLFolk horror$25.00
Tales From the Ruins: A Post-Apocalyptic Anthology (Black Beacon Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/22Themed to Post-apocalyptic fiction$21.31
Still of Winter (Unsettling Reads) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22 OR UNTIL FULLCreepy stories themed to a tree in winter$20.00
Sprawl Mag, TheSpeculative fiction$15.50
Fall Into Fantasy (Cloaked Press) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/10Fantasy$15.00
Hexagon MagazineAll speculative fiction (SF/F/H)$11.87
Framework of the Human Body (Bell Press Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/15/22Literary, weird fiction, and speculative fiction, themed to the human body$11.86
Love Letters to PoeGothic flash fiction themed to Poe stories$5.00
Interstellar Flight Press NovellasONE-TIME THEME 10/1/22-12/1/22: Horror novellas
Neon Hemlock NovellasScience fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and weird, especially queer stories SUBMISSION PERIODS: June 2022 PoC and trans women, October 2022 all authors.
Valravn (Raven Canticle Press) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DEAD MARKETFantasy, horror, SF, and espionage/thriller, especially with horror elements$0.100
Lamplight – DEAD MARKETDark literary, horror, dark spec-fic, and noir$0.060
Kanstellation Magazine – DEAD MARKETGeneral fiction and SF, themed$30.00
Fabled Journal – DEAD MARKET (no longer accepting submissions)Myth, folklore, gothic, paranormal, and historical flash fiction.$10.00
Asylum Diaries, The – DEAD MARKETCosmic horror or body horror$9.63
Aswiebe’s Market List May Updates

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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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.

(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:

Erm. Going to coffee shops?

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:

When Words Melt Away:

Naomi Kritzer’s Advice for Parents (thread):

7 Ways to Add Great Subplots to Your Novel:

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops

(Any registration fees are noted.)

Stokercon ($50), May 12-15, 2022:

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

Wiscon ($40), May 27-30, 2022:

Westercon (?), July 1-4, 2022:

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.

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


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.
Name What they want Pay Per Word USD (originals) Flat Pay USD (originals) Website Notes
Diabolical Plots Science fiction, fantasy, and horror $0.100 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 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 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 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 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 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 Prefers < 6,000 words.
Dose of Dread Flash horror fiction $0.020 SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1st – 15th Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct
Archive of the Odd All spec-fic, especially horror, with unconventional story structure $0.010 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 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 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 Query first for > 6,000 words.
Starward Shadows Quarterly All spec-fic $0.010 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 ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIOD: will re-open in Fall 2022
Futures Hard SF
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.
Enchanted Conversation Fairy tale retellings, themed. ONE-TIME 2022 THEME: weather.
$50.00 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
ergot Literary horror
First Line, The All genres, themed issues
Strange Aeon ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/30 OR UNTIL FULL Cosmic horror and weird Western
$20.00 ONE-TIME 2022 THEME: Fighting the good fight
Other Stories, The (Podcast) Horror, themed
A-Z of Horror (Red Cape Publishing) ONGOING ANTHOLOGY SERIES Horror, themes change every 2 months.
$13.74 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
Silver Blade F/SF
$8.00 Reading periods: Dec-Jan, Mar-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Oct
Fantastic Other, The Fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and surreal
Mirror Dance Fantasy
$5.00 < 5,000 words preferred. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until late 2022.
Unsung Stories – DEAD MARKET SF, fantasy, horror, and weird
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