Last Chance to Submit This Year!

Okay, so it’s not necessarily your last chance to submit a story in 2023. But it might be! Many publications shut down for the holiday season. They won’t accept new submissions. Even if others don’t shut down, the odds are good that their response times will slooooooow down. This goes for agents, short story markets, book publishers, everyone.

What is the holiday season? The slowdown starts the week of the United States’ Thanksgiving break, which is the week of Nov 20th this year. And many publications are flat-out closed the entire month of December. The good news is that these publications often have one last submission period in the month of November.

So if you have something that you’re working on, you may want to put in some extra writing and revising time to get it out for submission as soon as possible. 

If you’re planning on doing NaNoWriMo, you have a couple more days to wrap up your writing-in-progress before that chaos begins! And remember, I’ve got a collection of useful links about increasing your productivity right here:

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

Sadly, I had to cancel my reading at Dreamhaven Books due to catching Covid. I’m fully recovered now, thanks to Paxlovid and Metformin. But between catching the really nasty chest cold that’s been going around, and then swapping cold-for-covid with my spouse, that was several annoying weeks of sickness and recovery for our family. The reading is likely to be rescheduled for early 2024.

I have a Halloween publication! My story, “You Are in the Heart of the Corn Maze,” came out in the Fall issue of Fear Forge. This story’s a bit about the pandemic, and parenting, and the parts of ourselves we suppress. And a corn maze!

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:

Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, is offering 14 free online events on the topic of “How to Write Your First SFF Novel”, covering inspiration, POV, outlining (or not), retellings, worldbuilding, tropes and trope subversion, magic, settings, romance, ensemble casts, heroes and villains, writing while working/caretaking, scene structure, and expanding a book. The guests include James S. A. Corey, C L Clark, P. Djèlí Clark, Megan E. O’Keefe, Tasha Suri, Fonda Lee, Ann Leckie, and more. Sign up here:
Date range: Oct 11 – Nov 15. Recordings will be available after the scheduled live event, too.

Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere:

The Indie Files: Wide For The Win 2 – Retail Promotions:

Safety Dispatch: How to Establish and Use a Pen Name:

How to Get (& Stay) Ready for NaNoWriMo:

GHOSTS WITH THE MOST! Five tips to make your ghost stories truly haunting:

Money-Saving Guide for Authors and Writers (resource links):

This new data poisoning tool lets artists fight back against generative AI:

You Just Found Out Your Book Was Used to Train AI. Now What?

How to Use Bookbub with a Limited Budget:

How to Write Scary Novels Infused with Fun and Humor:

Plot Method: Jot, Bin, Pants:

Featured Market

Winter in the City: A Collection of Dark Urban Stories (House of Gamut) is looking for dark fantasy, dark SF, and horror themed to a real-world city in winter.

Noisy, crowded, ever in motion, the City can be more than a setting—it can be a character, as nuanced and as fickle as a human being, with as many traits and quirks as the best mapped out characters. The City can be the ever-present and constant companion (or foe) to the protagonist and antagonist alike. 

Winter in the City: A Collection of Dark Urban Stories is an anthology that takes place in different cities around the world during the bleak—sometimes harsh—season of winter. Your story submission must conform to the guidelines listed below and feature the City—in fact, the title of each story will be the City of which you write. 

We are not looking for vampire/werewolf love trysts. We are looking for fantastical elements within the City itself. 

Because we all know—deep in our hearts—that nightmares and fairies, monsters and ghosts, and terrors of the real and imagined call the City their home. 


• Short stories (3000-7500 words) that feature something fantastical in a city during winter. Your story will be titled by the city name (i.e. “Boston” or “Sydney”). 

• In this case a “city” should be considered a large population center (over 200,000 permanent inhabitants. 

• The “city” should be a real place—no “Gotham City” or “Hogsmeade.” 

• PLEASE Confirm which city your story will take place in before starting to write.House of Gamut

Basics: dark speculative fiction, themed, 3,000 – 7,500 words, $.10/word, no reprints. Submissions due: 3/31/24


Market List Updates

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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

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27 Places to Sell Flash Fiction, and Other Market List Updates

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27 Places to Sell Flash Fiction

What even is flash fiction? Because the major awards don’t have a “flash fiction” category, there is no standard definition. Most publications agree that if it’s under 1,001 words, it is flash fiction. Some stretch that to under 1,501 words or even 2,001 words. Some ask for fiction that’s under 501 words. (And then there’s micro-fiction, which is usually under 300 words, and drabbles, which are exactly 100 words long.)

How do you know if a publication is flash fiction friendly? Even if they don’t list a minimum wordcount in their guidelines, flash fiction may be a hard sell. If they specifically mention flash fiction in their guidelines, that’s a good sign! If they say that they have more room for shorter stories, that’s a good sign!

What’s the best place to sell flash fiction? Flash fiction contests are worth considering. Low risk, high reward! Publications that specialize in flash fiction are a good bet. When comparing publications, remember that a flat pay rate instead of a per-word pay rate may be a better deal for flash fiction. And for these very short pieces, it’s great to find publications with a minimum guaranteed payment.

Here are 27 places to sell your flash fiction.

NameMin WordcountMax WordcountWhat they wantPay Per Word USD (originals)Flat Pay USD (originals)Payment NotesWebsiteNotes
Factor Four Magazine01,000All speculative flash fiction, especially SF, fantasy, supernatural, and superhero fiction$0.110
Arcanist, The01,000SF/F/Horror flash fiction$0.100
Third Flatiron Press6003,000Science fiction, fantasy, horror, themed issues. Flash fiction, no theme required.$0.080 THEME: 7/19/22 – 8/2/22 things with feathers (hope or the loss of)
Baffling Magazine (Neon Hemlock)01,200All speculative flash fiction$0.080
Pseudopod (Podcast)5006,000Horror and dark fantasy$0.080$100 for reprints, $20 for flash fiction 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 12/1/22-1/31/231,0001,000All genres, flash fiction, themed to massive engineering megastructures$0.080
Metastellar01,000Fantasy, 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
Campfire Macabre Vol 2 (Cemetery Gates Media) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1/22-8/15/225001,500Horror 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
Cast of Wonders Podcast07,500Clean YA SF/F/H$0.080$100 flat for reprints, $20 for flash fiction 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.
Podcastle (Podcast)06,000Fantasy fiction$0.080$100 for reprints, $20 for flash fiction 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
Frozen Wavelets01,500Speculative flash fiction and poetry$0.080 500 – 1,500 or fewer words, original fiction 750 or fewer words.
Orion’s Belt01,200Literary speculative flash fiction$0.080
PodCastle Flash Fiction Contest RECURRING CONTEST – DUE 3/1 – 3/310500Fantasy flash fiction$0.080 contest, rotates between Escape Artists publications Escape Pod, PodCastle, and PseudoPod.
Flame Tree Newsletter Flash Fiction7001,000Horror and sci-fi, themed. Subscribe to free newsletter for themes.$0.080 PERIOD: usually 2 weeks at the beginning of the month
Shoreline of Infinity06,000SF and Fantasy$0.052Pays £40/1,000 words Also takes audio rights. ONE-TIME 2022 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 6/13 – 8/28 (flash fiction competition), 9/11 – 9/14
Apparition Lit05,000Speculative fiction, themed. Separate monthly flash fiction contest.$0.050$50 min 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.
Dose of Dread5001,000Flash horror fiction$0.020 PERIOD: 1st – 15th Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct
Wyldblood Press – Wyld Flash01,000Speculative flash fiction$0.012Pays £.01/word
Starward Shadows Quarterly5004,000All spec-fic$0.010Flash fiction is paid $10 flat.
Wyngraf – flash fiction01,001Secondary world cozy fantasy flash fiction$0.010
Hypnos Magazine010,000Weird fiction and cosmic horror$0.010$.03/wd for flash fiction response time.
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine010,000All speculative fiction and poetry, especially humorous and lighthearted$0.007AU $0.01, min AU$20, max AU$100. Flash fiction and poetry AU$10. and AU/NZ authors can submit up to 20,000 words. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 7/1/22.
Electric Literature010,000Literary, all genres, incl. experimental. The Commuter takes flash fiction. Recommended Reading takes short stories.$300.00$100 for flash 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.
Craft Literary06,000Literary, with a focus on writing craft$200.00$100 for flash
Three-Lobed Burning Eye07,500All speculative fiction, western, and suspense$100.00$100 per story, or $30 for flash fiction.
Flash Fiction Online5001,000All genres, including SF/F/H and literary$80.00 period: 1st to 21st monthly, closed December.
Daily Science Fiction1001,500SF, fantasy, slipstream, dark fantasy but not pure horror, etc.$0.080Plus $.05/wd if they choose to use story in anthology.
Flash Fiction Markets
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What I’ve been up to lately, writing-wise:

My cozy, funny, queer story about a haunted drag show and an unusual pest control specialist is now up at PodCastle! Go to Episode 740 to read or listen, or find it in your preferred podcast stream.

Note: ASL is its own language, with its own grammar and syntax that is different from English. This story is written to convey the meaning, not as a direct word-for-word translation. Special thanks to Anna Dudda for providing a Deaf expert reading.

PodCastle logo of dragon with castle, and story excerpt
Beck’s Pest Control and the Case of the Drag Show Downer

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links:

Five PR Tools Every Writer Should Know About:

9 Things We Learned From Tracking 150k Books for 3 Years on Amazon:

Dark Art as an Access Need:

Digital Security for Filmmakers:

Crash Override Network:

How to Write Character Arcs:

Setting boundaries (thread🧵):

Accessible links (thread🧵):

How to See if a Song is Copyrighted:

List of Public Domain Music:

Free adspace on Dead Headspace for LGBTQ+ community through 7/24/22:

Reimagining Conflict:

Reasonable Agreement: On the Crapification of Literary Contracts:

Using Writer’s Block to Diagnose Story Problems:

Classes for BIPOC writers:

Atticus (for creating ebooks):

Sorting Hat Chats:

What Debut Authors Should Know  (thread🧵):

Artbreeder (Creative Commons AI art generator, great for character art!):

Upcoming Virtual Conventions/Workshops

(Any registration fees are noted.)

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

Mysterion wants speculative fiction that engages with Christianity. Open for submissions during July 2022.

We are looking for speculative stories that meaningfully engage with Christianity.

Your story doesn’t need to teach a moral or cleave closely to an approved theological position. 

Your story doesn’t need to be pro-Christian. We’re unlikely to publish anything that insults us, but we do want to read stories that challenge us. Having said that, there are tropes we see too often in stories critical of Christian faith and tradition: evil preachers, theocratic dystopias, Christians abandoning their faith because something inexplicable happened, crazy Christians trying to bring about the apocalypse by doing something in Israel, an unambiguously evil God. Any of these will be a hard sell.

There are tropes we see too often on the pro-Christian side, too. Stories where the plot resolution hinges on one or more characters becoming Christian, apocalypse stories based on a literal reading of Revelation, rapture stories, spiritual warfare with angels and demons as characters, retold Bible stories, allegory, theocratic utopias, anything that reads like C.S. Lewis fanfic. You’d have to do a very unique take on one of these to get anything other than a quick rejection.


Basics: themed speculative fiction, up to 9,000 words, pays $.08/wd for original work, $.04/wd for reprints, reprints okay, annual submission periods in January and July.


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
Alternate History (Flame Tree Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/11/22SFF themed to alternate history$0.080
Baffling Magazine (Neon Hemlock)All speculative flash fiction$0.080
Hidden Realms (Flame Tree Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/11/22SFF themed to hidden places$0.080
MysterionSF, fantasy, and horror with Christian themes$0.080 WINDOWS: January, July
Third Flatiron PressScience fiction, fantasy, horror, themed issues. Flash fiction, no theme required.$0.080 THEME: 7/19/22 – 8/2/22 things with feathers (hope or the loss of)
MythuluSF/F/H, themed$0.040
Night Frights (Dark Moon Digest) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/1PG-rated YA horror$0.030
Superstition (Redwood Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22 until fullHorror and dark fiction and poetry themed to superstition$0.020
Wyldblood Press – Wyld FlashSpeculative flash fiction$0.012
Museum Piece (Metaphorosis Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/22SFF themed to museums$0.010
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight MagazineAll speculative fiction and poetry, especially humorous and lighthearted$0.007 and AU/NZ authors can submit up to 20,000 words. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 7/1/22.
Islandia JournalAll genres, themed to myth, folklore, history, and ecology of Florida and the Caribbean$100.00
Short Story SubstackAll genres$100.00
Flash Fiction OnlineAll genres, including SF/F/H and literary$80.00 period: 1st to 21st monthly, closed December.
Reclaiming Joy (WriteHive) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22 – 8/30/22Speculative fiction themed to reclaiming joy after difficulties$30.00
Future Fire, TheProgressive speculative fiction and poetry$20.00 under 7,500 words.
Haunted Train, The: Creepy Tales from the Railways ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/15/22Stories about trains$10.72
Incubate (Speculation Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FULLFeminist horror themed to rage$10.00
Insignia’s Best Asian Speculative Fiction ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1 – 6/30All speculative fiction set in Asia with an Asian main character, reprints only$5.00
Wyldblood Press – Novels and NovellasScience fiction and fantasy$0.00
Updated Listings for June

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

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