Fireside Fiction: Earn Up to $500 for Short Stories
Oct30

Fireside Fiction: Earn Up to $500 for Short Stories

Fireside Fiction: Earn Up to $500 for Short Stories Fireside Fiction is seeking short stories of any genre. As long as your story has a strong plot arc that features a distinct beginning, middle and end, go ahead and submit it. Fireside Fiction is a weekly web publication dedicated to showcasing great short stories and flash fiction. They are also determined to ensure that writers receive fair pay for their creative talents. The editors are interested in stories that reflect the array of human experience with depth, dignity and respect. There is a slight tilt towards speculative fiction within Fireside Fiction. However, they really do consider stories from any genre at all. The best way to gauge what the editors love to read is to read some of the stories they’ve already published. The editors love great storytelling and their goal is to publish great stories – regarding of genre. Fireside is ONLY open to submissions during specified reading periods. Always be sure to check the website for current open times before submitting. Response times are generally within a month following the end of the reading period. Word count: Preferred word counts are as follows: Flash fiction: up to 1,000 words Short stories: between 1,000 and 4,000 words Payment: Fireside Fiction pays US 12.5 cents per word – well above the standard minimum professional rate. For a 4,000 word short story, you could earn up to $500. Reprints: No You can find the full writer’s submission guidelines here: Fireside Fiction Writer’s Guidelines   . Like this post? Share it with...

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Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Earn $250 for Mystery Stories
Oct30

Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Earn $250 for Mystery Stories

Earn $250 for Mystery Short Stories Black Cat Mystery Magazine is a new magazine from Wildside Press seeking short mystery stories that involve a crime. The editors specify that they want to feature stories written by a mix of new and established writers. The editors want to see contemporary and traditional mysteries, thrillers and suspense stories, private eye tales, cozy stories, or edgy, noir-tinged stories. As long as the story contains a crime of some description and contains characters who feel real, go ahead and submit it. The editors of Black Cat Mystery Magazine DO NOT want to see flash fiction or poetry. Stories that feature sadism for the sake of sadism will also not be accepted. They also don’t want to see stories that contain supernatural elements, no vampires, no werewolves, ghosts, or any otherworldly monsters. Black Cat Mystery Magazine is published both in print and online, with four issues published each year. It’s also the sister publication of the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. It isn’t necessary to query the magazine about a story. As long as it fits within the magazine’s content guidelines, writers are invited to submit during open submission periods. Response times are generally between 1 and 2 weeks. Reading times and submission opening times vary throughout the year, so be sure to check the website before submitting. Word Count: Preferred word count is between 1,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: Payment is three (.03) cents per word, up to $250 maximum, plus two copies of the magazine. You can find the full writer’s submission guidelines here: Black Cat Mystery Magazine Writer’s Guidelines Like this post? Share it with...

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Science Fiction Horror Anthology: Call for Submissions
Dec21

Science Fiction Horror Anthology: Call for Submissions

  Science Fiction Horror Anthology: Call for Submissions Fur Planet is seeking submissions of anthropomorphic science fiction horror short stories for an upcoming anthology. Despite what some people think, horror and science fiction have a lot in common. From the moment that humans gazed up at the stars and realized there could be something out there with less-than-friendly intentions, the combination of genres was born. All story submissions should have anthropomorphic animals as the primary characters. If you are unfamiliar with stories that include anthropomorphic characters, please check out FurPlanet (www.furplanet.com) Stories should contain and element of science fiction AND horror. There are a number of sub-genres within each primary genre, so blend two that work with your story. Good movie examples of well combined science fiction horror include:   Alien Event Horizon Splice Pitch black   Submissions should be between 5,000 and 12,000 words, although the editors may consider longer works in some instances. The editors are only seeking original, unpublished stories. Reprints will not be accepted. Payment is set at ½ cent US per word. The publisher purchases exclusive publication rights in print and electronic formats for a period of one year from the date of publication. Deadline: 1st March 2016 Expected Publication Date: 22nd September 2016   You can read the full writer’s submission guidelines here: http://furplanet.com/shop/custom.aspx?recid=10    .   Like this post? Share it with...

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Earn $450 for Fantasy Short Stories
Dec18

Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Earn $450 for Fantasy Short Stories

Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Earn $450 for Fantasy Short Stories   Beneath Ceaseless Skies is seeking original submissions of adventure fantasy short stories. The editors prefer fictional stories set in a secondary-world setting with a classic fantasy feel. Stories should be set on Earth, but one that is different to our world, such as set in an alternate history, or a ‘weird west’ setting, or using steampunk technology, or sorcery or magic as technology. Ideally, the inhabitants of the secondary-world setting should have developed their own unique culture. However, the plot should be strongly character-focused. Maximum word count for submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words. Payment is 6 cents US per word,  so a 7,500 word story should earn $450. The editors do not accept multiple submissions, preferring authors wait until they have a response on the first submission before sending another. They will allow simultaneous submissions, but only if they are notified that the piece has been submitted elsewhere as well. The average response times for submissions are between 2 and 4 weeks. If you haven’t heard from the editors in that time, please feel free to send a query. Please take the time to read the writer’s guidelines carefully before submitting any short stories. Details for formatting and submitting short stories are listed clearly, along with the editor’s story preferences and dislikes. You can view the full writer’s guidelines here: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/   It’s also advised to read previous issues of the magazine to get a feel for what tone and style the editors prefer. You can download previous issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies here: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/issues/   .   Like this post? Share it with...

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Cicada Magazine: Earn up to $2,000 for YA Short Stories
Aug31

Cicada Magazine: Earn up to $2,000 for YA Short Stories

Cicada Magazine: Earn up to $2,000 for YA Short Stories   Cicada Magazine is open for submissions! They want to see YA short stories, comics, poems and nonfiction essays aimed at a young adult audience. The editors want to see fiction up to a maximum of 9,000 words with a focus on realism, SF/fantasy or historical fiction. Articles of narrative nonfiction and essays on literature/culture/arts, especially if written from a teen perspective, are also welcomed. Maximum word count for non-fiction is 5,000 words. From time to time the editors will request specific themes for upcoming issues. Always check the full submission guidelines to check if any themes are required before submitting.   According to their website, the editors at Cicada want a variety of YA short stories with a specific theme included in their future issues. The theme changes with each issue, as does the deadline, so it’s worth checking back regularly to see what else they may require. Payment for unpublished stories and articles is up to 25 cents per word. Payment for poetry is $3 per line. Cicada Magazine may consider reprints, but the pay rate is generally much less than the rate paid for unpublished work. All stories and articles submitted to Cicada Magazine must be submitted via their online portal at Submittable. Promising manuscripts will be reviewed and editors will work with writers on any revisions that may be required.   You can read the full writer’s submission guidelines here: https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820   . Like this post? Share it with...

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Grimdark Magazine: Earn $200 for Grimdark Fantasy Stories
Jun07

Grimdark Magazine: Earn $200 for Grimdark Fantasy Stories

Grimdark Magazine Grimdark Magazine is a pro-paying writer’s market seeking short ‘grimdark’ fiction stories. The editors specifically want to see grimdark stories that include dark settings, grey characters of both sexes, morally ambiguous decisions, and plenty of grit. Ideally, stories should be set in either a medieval fantasy setting or a science fiction setting. If you aren’t sure whether your submission fits within the grimdark sub-genre, read through some back-issues of Grimdark Magazine to learn more about what the editors like. Word count for previously unpublished stories is set at a strict maximum of 4,000 words. The editors may consider reprints up to a maximum of 6,000 words, but only if the story is not currently available for free online. Please do not submit multiple submissions or simultaneous to this writer’s market. Payment for unpublished stories is 7 cents AUD per word, payable via Paypal for international contributors. Australian contributors have the option of receiving payment via Paypal or via electronic funds transfer (EFT). Reprints are paid at 1 cent AUD per word. ($280 AUS is approximately $213 USD or £140, depending on foreign currency exchange rates) Grimdark Magazine purchases first world-exclusive rights from the date the contract is signed, extending to 12 months after publication date. After this time, all rights revert back to the author. Keep in mind that published stories will continue to be sold in back-issues of Grimdark Magazine. Initial response times are generally around 6 weeks. Final response times can extend up to 3-6 months, depending on whether the editors believe your story will fit into a particular upcoming issue. The editors expect all submissions to adhere to their guidelines, so read them carefully before sending anything. You can see the full writer’s submission guidelines here: http://grimdarkmagazine.com/pages/submission-guidelines-for-grimdark-magazine/ Like this post? Share it with...

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