Sword and Sorceress Anthology: Earn $450 for Sword & Sorcery Short Stories
Apr23

Sword and Sorceress Anthology: Earn $450 for Sword & Sorcery Short Stories

  Sword and Sorceress Anthology Submissions for the 30th anthology collection of Sword and Sorceress are now open. The Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust is seeking submissions of ‘sword and sorcery’ short stories that feature a strong female protagonist the readers can care about.  The editor for this anthology is award-winning writer, Elisabeth Waters. Stories should be no longer than 9,000 words, although shorter stories are preferred. The editor strongly suggests writers read previous Sword and Sorceress anthologies for examples of successful submissions. She may also consider urban fantasy stories set in modern times and always wants to see a short, funny piece for the last story in the collection. Please do not submit stories containing explicit sex, gratuitous violence or profanity. The editor also will not accept reprints or simultaneous submissions. The editor is always keen to discover fresh, new writers for the Sword and Sorceress anthologies.  Of course, there are usually some stories by writers with well-established names from the genre featured in each volume too. It’s important your story is formatted to the editor’s preferred guidelines, so please read the guidelines carefully before submitting. Payment for accepted submissions is 6 cents per word, paid as an advance against pro rata share of royalties. Estimated publication time is November 2015. Deadline for submissions is 15th May, 2015 Full writer’s submission guidelines can be found here: http://www.mzbworks.com/guidelines.htm Amazon.com Widgets Like this post? Share it with...

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Albedo One: Earn Up to €450 for Speculative Fiction
Apr10

Albedo One: Earn Up to €450 for Speculative Fiction

Albedo One Albedo One is Ireland’s foremost magazine of speculative fiction. The editors’ definition of what constitutes science fiction, fantasy or horror is very broad, so they are always seeking well-written speculative fiction that pushes at the boundaries or crosses between genres. It’s strongly advised that authors read previous issues to gain a level of familiarity of the style and content the editors prefer. PDF copies of previous issues are available at a low cost. Albedo One purchases First World English Rights for online, digital and print mediums. As soon as your story is published, all right revert back to the author. Payment is €6 Euros per 1,000 words (approx. $6.46 US per 1,000 words) up to a maximum of 8,000 words. For example:  if your story is 7500 words you’ll receive €450 Euros, which is around $485 US dollars (exchange rate current as of April 2015). Authors also receive a complimentary print copy of the magazine issue in which their story appears. The editors will not accept previously published stories, nor will they accept simultaneous submissions. The editors will accept submissions of stories that may have been submitted online to workshops or critique groups, but the story must be removed from the workshop if it’s accepted for publication. Response times vary between two and four months after submission date, so be patient before sending a query regarding your submission. You can read the full writer’s submission guidelines here: http://www.albedo1.com/submission-guidelines/ . Like this post? Share it with...

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Writing Short Fiction for Anthologies
Apr09

Writing Short Fiction for Anthologies

Anthologies are collections of short stories based around a central theme. Readers around the world love to read short fiction stories based on their favorite theme or genre. For writers, one of the best ways to get your creative ideas flowing is to search through calls for submissions into anthologies. While the pay rate for short fiction published in anthologies is not always high, there are many advantages to writing for these compilation markets. These include: 1. Adding a new published credit to add to your portfolio 2. Stimulating your own creativity by reading through the submission guidelines of anthologies that interest you 3. Breaking out of writer’s block by writing something short on a topic or theme created by someone else 4. Honing your writing skills by mastering the short story format 5. Showing a future novel editor that you can really write 6. Enjoying that unique warm-fuzzy-proud feeling of being able to hold the completed book in your hand once it’s published 7. Increasing your readership by introducing your work to a new audience 8. And… you might actually receive a check for a few extra dollars! There are plenty more reasons why writing for anthologies can be hugely beneficial for all writers, but these are the main ones that came to mind. Now we’ve looked into why writing and submitting short fiction to these markets can be a good thing, what happens if the story you write isn’t accepted? Potentially, any anthology editor is going to receive several hundred submissions for a book that can only hold 20 or 25 stories. So, how can you increase your chances of getting your story accepted? Let’s look into some things you should remember when you’re submitting short stories to anthology editors. Theme The object of most anthology collections is to compile several stories that revolve around a central theme or genre. Most editors are very thorough about telling writers exactly what kind of story they want to see. They also usually make a mention of the things they don’t like or things they won’t accept. Keep those limitations in mind when it comes time to write. When you’re browsing through lists of anthology markets, try to stick to themes or genres that you enjoy or that you feel you could work for you. Light a Spark As you read through each set of guidelines, you’ll notice that some just won’t appeal to you. However, there will be others that light a bit of a spark within the creative part of your mind. Write down the first idea that comes to you surrounding those particular guidelines and then see if...

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Deep, Dark Woods Anthology: Earn up to $400 for Horror Stories
Apr09

Deep, Dark Woods Anthology: Earn up to $400 for Horror Stories

The Deep Dark Woods Anthology What could be lurking in the deep, dark woods? It’s up to you to find out! Submissions are now open for the Deep, Dark Woods anthology. The editors are seeking well-crafted, original horror stories themed around the Deep, Dark Woods. The editors don’t mind if your story is scary, diabolical, suspenseful thriller, psychological horror, supernatural, based around a moral theme, or straight-up gory splatterpunk intended to shock readers. It’s up to you. The key to getting accepted into the anthology is to be sure your story is well-crafted and has an impact in some way, whether that’s a clever ending, a solid hook or memorable characters. Quick tip from the editor: It might help writers to read a copy of a previous anthology to get a feel for what type of style and tone the editors like. Stories should be between 500 and 8,000 words. Longer stories may be considered based on merit. No reprints will be considered. Email submissions are accepted, but all stories must be formatted according to the publisher’s guidelines. The publishers obtain first publications rights to your story in both print and digital format. Payment is 5 cents per word, plus one contributor copy. Submissions close May 31st,  2015 You can read the full submission guidelines here: http://www.christinaescamilla.com/open-the-deep-dark-woods-anthology/ .   Like this post? Share it with...

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Glimmer Train: Earn $700 for Literary Fiction Stories
Apr07

Glimmer Train: Earn $700 for Literary Fiction Stories

Glimmer Train Glimmer Train magazine is seeking original fiction stories up to a maximum of 12,000 words. Please, do no submit reprinted work. Glimmer Train is a highly regarded literary print publication that is renowned for publishing great fiction. The editors aspire to publish literary short stories that are emotionally significant and that add depth and breadth to real life. The editors of Glimmer Train are happy to consider any original short story that has not previously appeared in a print publication. Please do not submit novels, poetry or stories written for children. Excerpt from the website: ” One of our greatest pleasures is being the first to publish a great story by an emerging voice.” Glimmer Train offers five different submission categories, each of which has its own reading period. Standard Category: Accepts submissions of any short fiction work up to a maximum of 12,000 words during January, May and September only. Payment is $700, plus 10 copies of the issue in which the story is published. Family Matters Award: Accepts submissions for fictional stories about families up to a maximum of 12,000 words during March and September only. Reading fee is $15. 1st place prize is $1,500. Check guidelines for deadline dates. Fiction Open Award: Accepts submissions for all fictional stories across any theme or genre. Word count approximately 8,000 words, although longer stories up to 20,000 words are acceptable. Submissions accepted during June and December only. Reading fee is $20. 1st place prize is $2,500, plus 20 copies of the issue in which the story is published. Check guidelines for deadline dates. Short Story Award for New Writers: Competition is only open to new writers whose fiction has not been published in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Word count is up to a maximum of 12,000 words. Submissions accepted during February, May, August and November only. Reading fee is $15. 1st place prize is $1,500, plus 20 copies of the issue in which the story is published. Check guidelines for deadline dates. Very Short Fiction Award: Accepts submissions for fiction stories that have not been previously published up to a maximum of 3,000 words. Submissions are accepted during January, April, July and October only. Reading fee is $15. 1st place prize is $1,500, plus 20 copies of the issue in which the story is published. Check guidelines for deadline dates. Standard submission guidelines for Glimmer Train magazine are here: http://www.glimmertrain.com/standard.html  You can read the full writer’s submission guidelines here: http://www.glimmertrain.com/writguid1.html  . Like this post? Share it with...

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