Toolbox Tips – Writers Markets (by Nemma Wollenfang)

When Bob asks for blog volunteers each month I generally have no idea what to write. For fiction, ideas flow. For non-fic, not so much. So this is my attempt at writing… something. I talk a lot about writing markets and places to submit, so this is pretty much just an assortment of reputable publications that may interest folks who want to try running the gauntlet. I tried to include something for everyone, some you may already know. None of the places listed below have submission/entry fees and all pay something. Hope it’s useful!

Disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these publications, just passing the info along.

Daily Science Fiction (DSF) – short stories.

Payment: $0.08 per word.

Length: 100 – 1,500 words (shorter preferred).

Deadline: Nearly always open.

Stipulations: No simultaneous submissions (sent elsewhere for consideration at same time), no reprints (previously published).

What they want: Science fiction, Fantasy, broadly defined.

Extra details: Very competitive market. I’m on my fifth rejection from these folks but I do love them. There’s a lot of great material to read for free on the site.

Find details here: http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit

 

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Futureshort stories, illustrators.

Prizes: $1000, $750, $500 (every three months), $5000 (grand annual prize).

Length: up to 17,000 words.

Deadline: Always open, quarterly deadlines – 31st March, 30th June, 30th Sept, 31st Dec.

Stipulations: Open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium – where professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

What they want: Science Fiction or Fantasy.

Extra details: If you don’t win it’s still possible to be a Finalist, Silver Honourable Mention or Honourable Mention – which is a pretty sweet badge of honour for your work. One of mine got a Silver last year, not managed to find a home for it yet though.

Find details here: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules-writers/

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul – short stories, poetry.

Payment: $200 per piece + 10 free copies of the book.

Length: Stories – up to 1,200 words, poetry… doesn’t say.

Deadline: Differ for each title, always something open.

Stipulations: No reprints.

What they want: Themed, see website for details. They’re always adding new titles. Recommended to read their prior books published – you can use the sample read on Amazon.

Extra details: I’ve found that sometimes the deadlines extend by several months. Also, they don’t send out rejections.

Find details here: http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

 

The Poetry Nook – poetry.

Payment: $150 winner, Honourable Mention/s $15.

Length: Any.

Deadline: Weekly contest.

Stipulations: Reprints are okay.

What they want: Any theme.

Extra details: To enter you need an account on their site – this doesn’t cost anything.

Find details here: https://www.poetrynook.com/contest/145th-weekly-poetry-contest

 

Storyteller Magazine – short stories.

Payment: $100 advance on 20% royalties.

Length: 5,000 – 7,500 words.

Deadline: Always open.

Stipulations: No reprints.

What they want: Any genre.

Extra details: They have some pretty specific formatting rules, so read carefully.

Find details here: https://storyteller.submittable.com/submit

 

TTA Press Magazines (Interzone, Black Static, Crimewave) – short stories.

Payment: ??? I’ve heard writers say £30 per 1000 words, but it’s not stated.

Length: up to 10,000 words.

Deadline: Always open.

Stipulations: No reprints, simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions.

What they want: Each imprints takes something different – Interzone is Science Fiction and Fantasy, Black Static is Dark Fantasy and Horror, Crimewave is… well… Crime.

Extra details: These are some of (if not the biggest) speculative fiction short story magazine in the UK. Very competitive but they publish in print and illustrate stories.

Find details here: http://ttapress.com/

 

Nightmare Magazine – short stories.

Payment: $0.06 per word for unpublished (pro-pay), $0.01 for reprints.

Length: 1,500 – 7,500 words, below 5,000 preferred.

Deadline: Currently closed but there’s free fiction to read on their site.

Stipulations: No simultaneous or multiple submissions – usually a quick turnaround though.

What they want: Horror and Dark Fantasy.

Find details here: http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/

 

Lightspeed Magazine – short stories.

Payment: $0.08 per word for unpublished (pro-pay), $0.02 for reprints.

Length: 1,500 – 10,000 words, below 5,000 preferred.

Deadline: Currently closed but there’s free fiction to read on their site.

Stipulations: No simultaneous or multiple submissions – usually a quick turnaround though.

What they want: Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Find details here: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

 

Lethe Press: A Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror – short story anthology.

Payment: $0.05 per word for originals, $0.02 for reprints.

Length: 4,000 – 14,000 words.

Deadline: 31st December.

Stipulations: No zombie or vampire tales.

What they want: Lethe is seeking weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount.

Find details here: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

 

Workers Write! Tales from the café issue – stories, poetry.

Payment: $5 – $50 depending.

Length: 500 – 5,000 words.

Deadline: 31st December.

Stipulations: Will consider reprints.

What they want: Issue fourteen of Workers Write! will be Tales from the Café and will contain stories and poems from the food industry, including kitchen, server, and front and back-of-house jobs. They’re looking for fiction about bakers, bartenders, bus people, chefs, cooks, managers, owners, servers – anyone who works in a restaurant, bar, or café.

Find details here: http://www.workerswritejournal.com/

 

One Story – short stories.

Payment: $500 + 25 contributor copies.

Length: 3,000 – 8,000 words.

Submission Periods: 15th Jan – 31st May, 1st Sept – 14th Nov.

Stipulations: No reprints.

What they want: Literary fiction, any genre.

Extra details: Very competitive. Also look at One Teen Story for YA (there’s a section for teenage writers to submit there).

Find details here: https://www.one-story.com/?page=submit

 

Alban Lake Publishing Magazines – short stories, poetry.

Payment: Varies depending on magazine, but generally $15 for stories, lower for poetry.

Length: Varies depending on magazine.

Deadline: Always open.

Stipulations: Reprints accepted but prefer unpublished material.

What they want: They have several imprints, all in the speculative range. Outposts of Beyond takes Sci-fi and Fantasy, Disturbed takes horror, FrostFire Worlds takes Sci-fi and Fantasy for younger readers, Bloodbond takes vampire/werewolf type stories, Trysts of Fate takes paranormal romance, Illumen takes Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror (poetry only), Scifaikuest takes haiku with a SF/F twist.

Extra details: They publish in print. I had a little story in the May issue of FrostFire Worlds and was very pleased with how it turned out.

Find details here: http://albanlake.com/

 

Splickety Publishing Group – short stories.

Payment: $0.02 per word.

Length: Flash fiction. For each issue they take 1 story <100 words, 8-10 stories 500-700 words, 2-3 stories 701-1000 words.

Deadline: Varies, always new themes.

Stipulations: No reprints.

What they want: They have variation imprints, all with themed issues. Splickety Magazine takes general, Spark takes romance, Havok take sci-fi/fantasy.

Extra details: I quite like these guys. They come up with some interesting themes. I had a microfic in Havok last year and found the editors great to work with.

Find details here: http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

 

Journal of Compressed Creative Arts – short stories, poetry.

Payment: $50

Length: Very short stuff mostly. See individual calls.

Deadline: 16th September.

Stipulations: Read guidelines carefully.

What they want: Compressed poetry, prose fiction, creative non-fiction, and triptychs.

Find details here: https://matter.submittable.com/submit

 

Roane Publishing – novelettes, novels.

Payment: Royalty split. If in anthology, 20% royalty split with other authors.

Length: Depends – novels 70,000+ words, anthology novelettes usually 15-20,000 words.

Deadline: Always open.

Stipulations: No reprints or simultaneous subs.

What they want: Romance. There is a current anthology theme on their main website: One Sweet Morning. It’s spring themed romance. Due to follow are summer, autumn and winter themed calls too. Deadline for One Sweet Morning is 30th September.

Extra details: I’ve been in a couple of their romance anthologies with novelettes, and found them to be nice folks to work with.

Find details here: http://www.roanepublishing.com/Articles.asp?ID=253

 

There are many more markets out there, but I’ll leave it at that for now. I’ve tried to include ones that are open for submissions now and/or have free material to read on their sites. And remember, don’t be discouraged by rejections – those are an author’s rite of passage! – I’m on my 176th today for short stories.

All the best and happy writing!

Nemma x

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Captain’s (B)Log

So, it seems there’s this rule…. As chairman, (part-time some might say), if you miss three meetings on the bounce, then when you get to that point in the meeting where you ask for a volunteer to pen the month’s blog, everyone looks at you with the sort of expression that says, “You’ve been away three months, and you’re looking for someone else to volunteer?”.  Hey-ho – the price you pay when your daughter decides to opt for a Cyprus wedding, and thinks everything will happen, “just like that.” I’m still trying to work out where April May & June went to – did 2017 decide not to do those months?

But I must confess to experiencing a real feeling of Home Coming when, at the beginning of July, (seems so long ago now) I walked into the meeting room to see familiar faces already gathered, chatting to each other, foraging in bags for notebooks and pens, drinks on the table and new faces to say ‘hello and welcome’ to, (hope you enjoyed it Cody & Dad-David.) – three months really is too long away from the gathering that never fails to remind me why I love writing and why I do it, yet also keeps me grounded, and mindful of how lucky we are to be part of a group that counts within its members writers of real talent, wit and depth, yet still sees its raison de’etre as the encouragement and nurturing of talent – whether new, young, or.. a bit longer-in-the-tooth.

By way of contrast – and warning – I heard while I was away of the demise of a Cyprus-based writing group, not the one I attend when I am there, but a ‘break-away’ faction who, following some rather silly, intra-group politicking, decided that not every member of the original group was taking the business of Creative Writing as seriously as they should be. (!!) After some rather fractious meetings, these ‘serious writers’ decided – apparently – that the achievement of their writing goals would be best achieved if they confined themselves to sharing their scribblings only with those whose writing experience was, generally, on a par with their own – as opposed to newbies, novices, and others who are only just discovering that there may be a writer within them – (Hands up who can remember that feeling?? Yup, thought so!) The upshot has proved to be – surprise, surprise – that after a period of three years, during which, believe it or not, they enacted a policy by which they actually interviewed ‘applicants to the group’ to assess their writing ability before allowing them entry to their fold, the group has, finally folded – having seen their number dwindle to a mere handful. What a shame.

It strikes me that nothing is as self-evident as the need for any writing group (in fact probably any arts-based group), to continually seek to reach out to the new – young or old – and to not just embrace but rejoice in the fact that writing is, for most of us, a never ending journey, one where we must continually investigate the by-ways and shrouded footpaths that lead who knows where? And what better way to decide to explore those paths than by hearing a voice that is different from our own, one that makes us think, ‘that’s a bit different. I might like to have a go at that’ or ‘If I keep practising, I may be able to write like that one day.’ And that’s exactly what I like to think VRWG does! Long may it do so. See you all in August!