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Paying Markets

Tayen Lane

Pays: $100

Looking for: Submissions for our first annual Procyon Science Fiction Anthology 2016. The collection will feature the works of writers from across the world and will span multiple sub-genres in the realm of science fiction. Length: Up to 7,000 words.

Closes: March 31, 2016.

NonBinary Review

Pays: NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 per poem and $25 per piece of visual art.

Looking for: Short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry based on the Sherlock Holme’s A Study in Scarlet. There is also an experimental Alice in Wonderland digital text that will be annotated with original work from writers.

Closes: A Study in Scarlet closes April 1, 2016, Alice in Wonderland closes on June 1. 2016.


Pays: 6 cents a word

Looking for: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns, Pulps, Thrillers, Horror, and Romance. Review is blind, so be sure to omit all identifying information in the document. Length: 3,000-12,000 words.

Closes: April 30, 2016.

Graythorn Publishing

Pays: 3 cents a word

Looking for: Science fiction short stories for the DARK CLOUDS anthology to be published in June 2016. “Did you know that humans emit clouds of microbes? Over a million particles an hour. With that sort of chaos something is likely to go very, very wrong. Stories must relate strongly to the theme, and be primarily science fiction, although genre mashups with horror, romance, mystery, etc. will be accepted.”  Length: 3,000–10,000 words.

Closes: April 30, 2016.

Lethe Press

Pays: 3 cents a word

Looking for: Stories of everyday trauma survival — from a barmaid on an intergalactic space station who was abandoned by her parents, to a farmer’s son bullied by his peers, who withstands and resists their abuse. We also welcome stories with a war setting, such as stories about veterans and refugees. The key component for all of these stories is how relatively ordinary characters survive and thrive, given the traumatic experiences they’ve had. (Note: we aren’t necessarily looking for happily ever after. Trauma survival rarely ends in happily ever after, though it can, and hopefully will, end in closure and a coming to terms.) Length: Up to 10,000 words, though they prefer 4000 – 8000.

Closes: May 1, 2016.

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories

Pays: 6 cents (CAN ) per word plus a contributor’s copy.

Looking for: Speculative fiction stories celebrating Asian diversity, featuring an Asian main character, Asian setting and/or some amount of Asian elements, by authors with an Asian heritage. Authors do not need to reside in Asia to participate in this anthology. “Anthology editors tend to receive more fantasy than science fiction submissions. Therefore, it encourages more science fiction stories of all varieties (space opera, time-travel thrillers, interesting new approaches to classic themes, near-future technology, techno-thrillers, science mystery, Asian-punk) because, for an ethno-cultural based anthology, they would help to mitigate the Orientalism that influences Western perceptions of cultures east of Constantinople.” Length: Up to 7,000 words.

Closes: May 31, 2016.

Steampunk Universe

Pays: 6 cents a word.

Looking for: Steampunk stories by “marginalized writers, especially those who are identify as members of a minority, LGBTQ, or living with exceptionality.” Length: Up to 4,000 words.

Closes: June 1, 2016.

Sanguine Press

Pays: 6 cents a word.

Looking for: Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror for the press’ first anthology, Transitions & Awakenings. The theme is “I Regret Nothing” and your story must feature a predominantly POC cast to be considered. Length: Up to 4,000 words.

Closes: June 1, 2016.

Untied Shoelaces of the Mind

Pays: 3 cents a word for the first 1,000 words (payment caps at $30 USD)

Looking for: Romance, action/adventure, science fiction and fantasy, humor, literary, horror. Length: Up to 2,000 words.

Closes: Summer 2016.

Apex Magazine

Pays: 6 cents a word for short fiction.

Looking for: Short story submissions in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. “Works full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. Creations where secret places and dreams are put on display.” Length: Up to 7,500 words for short stories.

Closes: Unclear.

Black Treacle

Pays: $50

Looking for: Short story submissions in the genres of horror, dark fantasy, and speculative fiction. Length: 1,500-5,000 words.

Closes: None listed.

Bourbon Penn

Pays: 1 cent a word.

Looking for: Character driven genre and speculative stories, especially partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal. Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words.

Closes: Unclear.

Cast of Wonders

Pays: 6 cents a word

Looking for: This young adult (12-17) fiction podcast is looking for high fantasy, science fiction, comedy, steampunk, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, superheroes, and other speculative sub-genres. “The editors want fiction with strong pacing, distinct characters, captivating dialogue, and unhampered action with the core elements invoking amusement and adventure.”

Closes: None listed.

Compelling Science Fiction

Pays: 6 cents a word

Looking for: This new market is looking for science fiction with the following elements 1) illustrate at least one interesting concept, 2)are engaging, and 3)clearly explain the science/technology in the story. Length: 1,000 to 10,000 words.

Closes: None listed.

Daily Science Fiction

Pays: 8 cents a word.

Looking for: Speculative fiction including fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, fairy tales, and so forth. The editors have a special needs for short short fiction, especially flash. Horror, military science fiction, and humor are hard sells. Length: Up to 1,500 words.

Closes: Open year-round.

Gallery of Curiosities

Pays: 1.5 cents a word

Looking for: This speculative fiction anthology podcast is looking for steampunk, weird tales, retro-futurism,  horror, mad science, monsters, machines, clockworks, adventure, surprises, living in the weird weird west, and things that shouldn’t work. Length: Up to 7,500 words.

Closes: None listed.


Pays: 3 cents a word

Looking for: Short story submissions in the genres of folklore, fantasy, and mythic fiction. “We want the stories trapped in the beekeeper’s lips. The ones you had to pry apart with honey and promises. We want the stories whispered into keyholes while the rain ate the world away, and we want the stories carved on stones and fed to the sun. We want the stories the giants left behind when they went riding towards the north, and the stories that were told to keep the riddle eater in his caves.” Length: Up to 3,500 words.

Closes: None listed.

Jouth Webzine

Pays: 1 cents a word

Looking for: Looking for military sci-fi and space opera. Keep sexual content to a minimum; violence and language should be in the service of telling a of a good story. Length: Short stories (1,000 to 7,499 words), Novelettes (7,500 to 17,499 words), and Novellas (17,500 to 39,999 words).

Closes: None listed.


Pays: 1 cents a word

Looking for: Science fiction and fantasy with the exception of military SF, time travel, vampires, and zombies. Length: 1,000 to 6,000 words.

Closes: Unclear.


Pays: .25 cents a line for poetry up to 50 lines and 6 cents a word for prose up to 1,000 words.

Looking for: “Flash fiction and poems that walk the line between one of the ‘speculative’ genres —science fiction, fantasy, and horror— and the literary genre. There’s a lot of space in those cracks, but there must be both a discernible integral speculative element and a literary element. The editors are particularly interested in seeing stories from underrepresented populations (eg: people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT people).

Closes: None listed.


Pays: 5 cents per word, minimum $50.

Looking for: “Unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters. The best way to understand what we are looking for is to read an issue of the magazine. We’re most drawn to contemporary fantasy, and seek out stories with a strong emotional core. We like unusual stories with a fluid and distinctive voice, with specific and original images. Send us your odd, unclassifiable stories.” Length: Up to 7,500 words.

Closes: Unclear.

T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog

Pays: $100

Looking for: Family-friendly speculative stories including science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, magic realism, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history. Length: 250 to 6,000 words.

Closes: Open year-round.

The Dark

Pays: 3 cents a word

Looking for: Horror and dark fantasy, but not a market for graphic, violent horror. Length: 1,000 to 6,000 words.

Closes: Open year-round.

Three-Lobed Burning Eye

Pays:$100 per story or $30 for flash fiction

Looking for: “Quality speculative fiction, in the vein of horror and dark fantasy, preferring the flavors in between that one might call magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, cross-genre, interstitial, or weird fiction.” Length: 2,000–7,000 words, flash fiction 500–1,000 words.

Closes: Open year-round.

Uncanny Magazine

Pays: 8 cents a word

Looking for: “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.” Length: 750-6000 words.

Closes: Unclear.

Unbound Octavo

Pays: Unbound Octavo pays 1 cent per word for fiction, and a flat fee of $25 per piece of visual art.

Looking for: On hiatus until March 2016. Published bi-annually, each issue of Unbound Octavo will contain eight interlinked stories. Each reading period for Unbound Octavo will be small and swift: 21 days. The first 21-day reading period will be UNTHEMED—authors may send stories up to 5,000 words without any theme or motif. From this reading period, ONE author’s story will be accepted for publication.

Once the first story is accepted for UO, it will be posted on our website for the duration of the next reading period, 21 days. All submissions for the second reading period MUST relate to the posted story. At the close of this reading period, one story will be accepted for publication, and like the previous story, will be posted to our website, and so forth. After the first story is selected for publication, each subsequent reading period’s submissions MUST relate to the accepted story posted to our website. Think of it as collaboratively writing with a group of writers you may not have met (yet.)

Closes: Every three weeks a new story is published.


Unpaying Markets That Do Cool Stuff

Cartridge Lit

Pays: Unclear, probably nothing.

Looking for: Your literary writing about video games. Have an Ode to Donkey Kong County? They actually want it. “We like it short — 2,000 words or less [micro and flash fiction/essays] — and poetic. Fictions, essays, and poetry [traditional or prose].”

Closes: Unclear, probably rolling.

The Fairy Tale Review

Pays: 2 contributor copies

Looking for: Short stories and poetry for The Translucent Issue. This issue is unthemed, although the editors are specifically looking for work that addresses translucency and its siblings: opacity and transparency.  “We are particularly interested in work that originates from authors of non-Western/European origin, and work that retells, or is inspired by, fairy tales from non-Western/European cultures. In addition, we hope to receive more work from traditionally underrepresented voices in publishing, whether that be by race, gender, class, sexuality, disability status, and more. Fairy tales have always been inclusive, and we want our journal to be representative of that tradition.” Length: Up to 8,000 words.

Closes: Unclear

Gingerbread House

Pays: Non-paying market

Looking for: Quality poetry & fiction with a magical element.  “Take your fairy tale and twist it.  Bend your fantasy to suit your needs.  Be original and fresh, loose and lovely. What we  want:  Stories that we’ve never seen before.  No fan fiction of any sort.  No sword & sorcery.  No porn.  We’re not particularly into sci-fi. Retellings are fine, but should offer a new spin. Our favorite writing is along the lines of Aimee Bender, Steven Millhauser, Alice Hoffman, Karen Joy Fowler.  We lean toward the literary, but are open to anything well written.” Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction, up to five poems per submission.

Closes: October 15

Wyvern Lit

Pays: Unclear, probably nothing.

Looking for: Weird, wonderful writing. They look like a neat mag, but they have an optional “tip jar” submission process for somewhat expedited responses that costs $5, and $10 for extra expedited responses. I am not sure how to feel about that, but I understand why that mechanic exists.

Closes: Rolling.


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