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2011-2012 Calls for Submission List

I was procrastinating on the internet yesterday and intrigued by the whole idea of writing specifically for an anthology, I started poking around trying to find out what was out there. It dawned on me that I might not be the only one who might be interested in submitting to some of these. So here's a list of upcoming short story anthologies, contests and general calls for submission. Most of these are for speculative fiction, but there are a few exceptions. Most of these "pay" (a very nominal amount), some are pro rates at .05 per word.

Links go to the submission guidelines and if I've borked any of the links, please let me know. I figure if enough people find this useful, maybe we'll sticky it on the top of the page and update when people find other calls for submission. If there are others anthologies, contests, calls for submission out there that members are willing to share with the community, make a comment and I'll add it to the list.

UPDATED: 2/17/2012 (New listings marked in bold)

12/16 - I stumbled across a pair of very long lists for erotica calls on the ERWA website and Forbidden Fiction's website. I haven't listed them all here because I am way too lazy and there are a ton of them, but if you're interested in writing erotica, I'd suggest checking the above links out.


Themed Call: Politics
Publisher: Penumbra
Deadline: February 29th, 2012.
Description: Modern politics are messy. Speculative fiction politics might very well prove fatal. We want stories of political intrigue, of back room negotiations and star systems treaties, of contested successions and grass roots movements in the land of the Fae. We aren't looking for cute; we're looking for acute.
Length: 500-3,000 words
Payment: .05 per word.

Anthology: The Old Weird South
Publisher: Q & W Publishers
Deadline: March 1st, 2012
Description: The American South is a haunted place — full of ghost stories, native legends, persistent devils & angels, souls sold at the crossroads, and moon-eyed maidens living in the Okefenokee. The South’s best writers — Faulkner, O’Connor, McCullers — all keep this sense of the otherworldly in their fiction. In this spirit, Q & W Publishers is looking for submissions for an anthology of short fiction and non-fiction that explores the fantastic, eerie, and bizarre side of the American South.
Length: 1,000 to 4,000 words
Payment: $50

Anthology: Modern Pulp Heroes
Publisher: Pulp Empire
Deadline: March 15th, 2012
Description: The book’s concept is simple: invent new or revive classic public domain pulp heroes in the 21st century. Stories should have a heavy heroic bent. We want tales of adventurers, masked men, avengers and crimefighters. Your lead should be larger than life, someone at the peak of human development or even past it. Think characters in the vein of the Spider, the Phantom Detective, the Moon Man or the Black Bat. If your story is just a hard-boiled P.I. or a cop on the beat, we probably don’t want it. If your story spends a bunch of time contemplating the nature of evil, we probably don’t want it. We do want action. We do want excitement. We do want a narrative that takes all the great momentum of a classic pulp and updates it for the 21st century.
Length: 3,000 to 20,000 words
Payment: Pulp Empire will pay authors a percentage of print profits based per story on the number of contributors/stories in a given issue, usually in a range between 1% and 10%, determined by page count in the final volume.

Themed Call: Erotic Shakespeare
Publisher: Circlet
Deadline: March 15th, 2012.
Description: Erotic Shakespeare: The plays of Shakespeare have inspired many writers through the ages, spawning countless updates, rewrites, and adaptations — and providing countless more possibilities yet to be explored… including in the erotic realm. We’re looking for stories that play with the sensual side of Shakespeare: from love potions and transformations to crossdressing and mistaken identities to overwhelming passion that defies all barriers. The play you choose might not be traditionally considered bawdy, but then again it might?
Length: 3,500-7,500 words
Payment: $25

Themed Call: Dreams
Publisher: Penumbra
Deadline: March 30th, 2012.
Description: Aeschylus once said, "I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope." If we are such stuff as dreams are made of, let your imaginations run wild and bring those dreams to the pages of Penumbra. Broad as a theme? Yes, of course it is--and lots of room to play on the speculative fiction field.
Length: 500-3,000 words
Payment: .05 per word.

Themed Call: Erotic Ghost Stories
Publisher: Circlet
Deadline: March 31st, 2012.
Description: Sometimes you get the feeling that someone is waiting in the shadows and watching you . . . what if there is someone there? What if they are just waiting to reach out and grab you, and find all the sensitive places that make you want to scream? Ghosts have haunted living beings through the ages, but they can tempt as well. Circlet is looking for your erotic stories of ghosts: in the bedroom, in the woods, or in long-unused, spirit-filled castles. Intense suspense and pleasure blend into one in this anthology of supernatural temptations.
Length: 3,500-7,500 words
Payment: $25

Anthology: King David and the Spiders From Mars
Deadline: Reading period from November 1st, 2011 - March 31st, 2012.
Description: All stories must be based in some way on the book of Samuel (usually edited to be 1 & 2) which is the story about how Israel transitioned from a Judge based society to a kingdom under King David. Even though this is primarily a horror anthology, I'm willing to look at stories that fall into different categories including bizarro, science fiction, fantasy, literary and romance (although if you write a romance between Tamar and Amnon, I'm going to be worried about you and not in a good way). There are several stories within Samuel including the madness of Saul, the end of Eli's family as the major priesthood, David & Goliath and the death of Absalom so feel free to use whatever inspires you. Also, even though the Book of Ruth is a completely different book, it serves as a prequel to the David saga so if you got a great Ruth story, I will read it.
Length: 1,000-12,000 words
Payment: $100 advance against equal share of royalties - to be paid out no later than publication.

Contest: Writers of the Future
Deadline: This is an annual contest, with deadlines and cash prizes every four times a year. The deadline for the second quarter is March 31st, 2011.
Description: A sci-fi contest open to new authors who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium.
Length: Up to 17,000 words.
Payment: Prizes every three months for $500, $750 or $1000 with an annual grand prize of $5000.

Anthology: Bibliotheca Fantastica
Publisher: Dagan Books
Deadline: Reading period from Dec 15th, 2011 to March 31st, 2012
Description: What we want: Stories having to do with lost, rare, weird, or imaginary books, or any aspect of book history or book culture, past, present, future, or uchronic. Any genre. Although the fantastical is not essential per se, stories should evoke a sense of the fantastic, the unknown, the weird, wonder, terror, mystery, pulp, and/or adventure, etc.
Length: up to 10,000 words
Payment: .02 per word plus contributor copies.

Themed Call: Edgar Allen Poe
Publisher: Penumbra
Deadline: Reading period begins on April 1st, 2012.
Who better to inspire a speculative fiction writer than the legendary Poe? While we do not encourage authors to drink themselves silly and sleep in a gutter, some Poe-inspired dreaming makes for a skin-crawling read—in any speculative fiction genre. And, since this is our first anniversary issue, we want it to be extra-special.
Length: 500-3,000 words
Payment: .05 per word.

Novella Call: Geeks Unite
Publisher: Entangled In Romance
Deadline: April 15th, 2012.
Description: Forget the meek—the geek shall inherit the earth, and it’s their turn to find out just how much love bytes. We love seeing beauty and brains combined, whether geeks are dealing with the tiresome rigors of tech support, arguing Star Wars vs. Star Trek, brewing coffee in beakers, pwning the opposing faction in an MMORPG, or single-handedly bringing down an unstoppable robot army. No longer shall geeks be pushed to the bottom of the social ladder. The geek revolution is now, and we want to hear their stories. Submissions must contain strong romantic elements and involve a geek as a primary character.
Length: 20k-40k
Payment: Percentage royalty rates.

Anthology: Campfire Tales
Publisher: Cool Well Press
Deadline: April 17th, 2012
Description: We want your best campfire tales based on legends and lore from all over the world. Stories may be set in any era or locale, and is targeted for 11 to 15 year old readers. No sexually explicit stories. These should have a paranormal flare.
Length: 2,500-5,000 words
Payment: .10 per word

Contest: PARSEC Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Contest
Deadline: End of April, 2012
Description: This year's theme is "The Morning After." Consequences. Repercussions. Recriminations. Regrets. What happens after the night before under the light of a new day? For good or ill, it is a brand new day.
Length: no more than 3,500 words
Payment: The best story which uses the contest theme as a key element will be published in the Confluence 2011 program book, and the author awarded the first prize of $200. Second and third prize win $100 and $50 respectively. Stories may be considered for possible publication in a PARSEC INK publication.

Themed Call: Native American Folklore
Publisher: Penumbra
Deadline: April 30th, 2012.
Description: There's a wealth of folklore, legend and mythology that has stemmed from the Native American peoples of America. Use this as the backdrop for an amazing story. It doesn't have to be Cowboys and Aliens, but then again it wouldn't hurt either.
Length: 500-3,000 words
Payment: .05 per word.

Anthology: Loco-Thology: Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing
Deadline: April 30th, 2012.
Description: 2012 is a leap year. Keeping this in mind, this year ‘s anthology theme will be related to “Leaps”. Taking a leap, leaping through time or space, a leap of faith, whatever you can come up with. Remember however, that the story must be told either in the science-fiction or fantasy genre
Length: 250-10,000 words
Payment: .01 per word, up to $25

Themed Call: Exploration
Publisher: Penumbra
Deadline: Reading period begins May 1st, 2012.
Description: Time to boldly go where no man has gone before—whether that's the final frontier or an archeological dig. We're wanting to see stories of expeditions and reconnaissance and amazing discoveries, no matter where—or when--that exploration takes place. After all, exploration is what speculative fiction is all about at its heart. Your journeys of discovery will be welcomed here.
Length: 500-3,000 words
Payment: .05 per word.

Anthology: Werewolves of London
Publisher: Chaosium
Deadline: May 1st, 2012.
Description: I want authors to explore different legends and aspects of the werewolf stories, and just about any genre is acceptable (Gothic horror, quiet horror, sci-fi, cyberpunk, splatter, psychological, Victorian London, the old west, folklore/urban legend, etc. -- NO HUMOR -- SERIOUS HORROR STORIES ONLY!) as long as the underlying theme is HORROR! Pop culture has turned the werewolf into dreamy poster boys and romance novel figures (don’t believe me? Browse Amazon.com and see for yourself how many werewolf romance novels there are!). I want to give the werewolf his balls back! I want to make him a figure of terror and nightmares again.
Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: .03 per word.

Contest: TZPP Annual SF/F/H Contest
Deadline: This is an annual contest with a reading period from Feb 5th to May 5th.
Description: Any kind of science fiction, fantasy or horror story is eligible.
Length: Up to 17,000 words.
Payment: All winners will receive publication in our Annual Anthology, and three free copies of the anthology they are featured in, as well as, cash prizes.Winners will receive their cash prizes based on the following ranking:1st Place $400, 2nd Place $350, 3rd Place $300, 4th Place $250, 5th Place $200

Anthology: MZB's Sword and Sorceress
Deadline: Reading Period between April 14th to May 12th, 2012.
Description: Stories should be the type generally referred to as "sword and sorcery" and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we won't buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.
Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.
Payment: 5 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.

Anthology: Bloodstones Anthology
Publisher: Ticonderoga Publishing
Deadline: May 30th, 2012
Description: A horror story that features in some way Classical Music, i.e. from Bach to Britten.
Length: 2,000 - 10,000 words.
Payment: .01p per word">Classical Horror</a>

Publisher: Megazanthus Press
Deadline: May 30th, 2012
Description: his is the first in a series of anthologies from Ticonderoga Publications that will focus on non-traditional horror. I want stories that are horrific, but that also fit within other genres—let’s look beyond the borders. This year’s anthology will focus on non-traditional urban fantasy. This means that I don’t want stories that feature vampires, witches or werewolves; if you send one, it probably won’t make it through to the final cut. Give me tales of Sirens, Harpies, Bunyips, goblins, djinns, Mesopotamian demons, deposed gods…characters that spill from mythology and into modern suburbia. Any stories involving cultural borrowing from indigenous cultures should be respectful of the beliefs of the traditional owners. Romantic elements are acceptable, as long as the story is dark and has horrific themes/elements. The story must be set on contemporary Earth, but it can take place in a fictional city.
Length: 1000-7,500 words.
Payment: .02 AU per word

Anthology: Classical Horror
Publisher: Megazanthus Press
Deadline: May 30th, 2012
Description: A horror story that features in some way Classical Music, i.e. from Bach to Britten.
Length: 2,000 - 10,000 words.
Payment: .01p per word

Anthology: Daughters of Icarus (Scroll to the bottom of the page)
Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
Deadline: May 31st, 2012
Description: Submissions must explore gender roles in society; hard science fiction is not appropriate to this anthology. So long as your submission takes up this challenge, the only other requirement of authors is that the work have an original and creative voice. Authors would do well to acquaint themselves with the likes of Ursula K. LeGuin, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman to obtain a sound footing in the genre and a better understanding of previous work in the genre. Stories housed in new, unique worlds are preferred, as are those describing fantastical societies.
Length: Considering stories of any length.
Payment: .01 per word

Themed Call: Menial: Skilled Labor in Science Fiction
Publisher: Crossed Genres
Deadline: May 31st, 2012.
Description: Other people treat laborers like the dirt they work with. But skilled labor is crucial to the continuation of human culture on earth – and if we ever wish to visit the stars, skilled labor will be indispensable. We want stories about men and women who understand the nuts and bolts, the atmosphere and the water and the soil. You know – the things that keep us alive. We want characters who get their hands dirty every day; people who aren’t too proud to work their bodies at least as hard as their minds. We welcome and strongly encourage submissions with underrepresented main characters: characters of color, LGBTQ characters, women characters, etc.!
Length: 2k-8,000 words
Payment: $20

Themed Call: Utopia
Publisher: Penumbra
Deadline: Reading period begins June 1st, 2012.
Description: Nah, we're not buying into that 12/21/12 nonsense. So, to protest of all the apocalyptic frenzies ongoing in the media (because we're ornery like that) we're focusing our December issue on the opposite thematic end of the spectrum. Keep your dystopias and welcome to Utopia, where Sir Thomas More once envisioned a perfect world…and then got decapitated. We figure that on 12/22/12, we'll get to say "We told you so."
Length: 500-3,000 words
Payment: .05 per word.

Anthology: Dark Trails
Publisher: TBD
Deadline: June 1st, 2012
Description: Stories should be set as a weird western or dark western. Regardless of your use of weird or dark in the story, the main focus must be with the fact that is it a western FIRST.
Length: Up to 7,500 words.
Payment: Pro rate (05 per word?) + royalties

Anthology: Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckle Yarns of Appalachia
Publisher: Woodland Press
Deadline: June 30th, 2012
I am looking for fictional pulp action stories in an Appalachian setting. Submitted stories should harken back to the square-jawed tales of Robert E. Howard, Dashiell Hammett, and Louis L'Amour. Stories can be set in any time period, but must take place in the Appalachian region. Stories involving mountain men, moonshine runners, lawmen, heists, wrestling, soldiers, and outlaws are highly encouraged. Addition of regional history and folklore is also advised. Complex characters should be equally mixed with solid plots and high octane excitement. Submissions should avoid popular action clichés and unflattering Appalachian stereotypes.
Length: Up to 2,500 words.
Payment: .05 per word

Anthology: Artifacts and Relics: Extreme Sorcery
Publisher: Heathen Oracle
Deadline: June 30th, 2012
Description: We are looking for heroic fantasy submissions (in the vein of sword and sorcery, sword and planet, dark fantasy, and high fantasy) of up to 10,000 words (query if over 10,000 but I'm very open to the idea of anything up to 20,000 words). The work should prominently feature a powerful artifact or relic, and include strong characterization, a well developed plot, interesting setting, and a satisfying conclusion. Writers who hit upon all of these points will have a greater chance of acceptance. The story should be set on a secondary fantasy world and include original characters/settings and not infringe upon the copyrights of others (therefore fan fiction is not accepted). Content should be no worse than an R rated movie.
Length: Up to 10,000 words.
Payment: $50 per story

Anthology: Extreme Planets
Publisher: Chaosism Inc.
Deadline: June 30th, 2012
Chaosium is expanding into new lines of speculative fiction. Extreme Planets will be the first of these publications, with a science fiction anthology of short stories set on or about alien worlds that push the limits of what we believe is possible in a planetary environment.
Length: 4,000 - 10,000 words.
Payment: .03 per word

Anthology: Horror World Anthology - Volume One
Publisher: Horror World
Deadline: July 1st, 2012
Description: Any type of horror-related story is acceptable but we are looking for stories that are scary and original or stories that bring a fresh perspective to a familiar trope.
Length: 500-5000 words
Payment: .02 per word

Anthology: The Mothman Chronicles
Publisher: Woodland Press
Deadline: July 1st, 2012
Description: I am looking for fictional mothman stories. The setting is not limited to West Virginia or any other regional area known as mothman territory. Think of a story or angle you are sure no other writer will come up with and pursue it. I want tales that grab me early and hold me to the end. I want stories that are stories: Character + Want + Obstacle + Action = Resolution. I want story arc. I want character arc. I want powerful and emotional tales that are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody.
Length: less than 4k words.
Payment: .05 per word

Anthology: Steampunk Cthulhu
Publisher: Chaosim
Deadline: July 31st, 2012
Description: Lovcraftinan steampunk horror.
Length: less than 8k words.
Payment: .03 per word

Anthology: Terminus X
Publisher: Cool Well Press
Deadline: Sept 16th, 2012
Description: A new young adult anthology. Stories should be set within the world of Terminus X and targeted for 16 to 18 year old readers. These should have either a fantasy or science fiction flare.
Length: 25,000-30,000 words
Payment: .10 per word

Calls Without Deadlines (In Alphabetical Order):

Since places like Duotrope has a much more comprehensive listing than I could ever do here, I've taken the list down. I highly suggest subscribing to Duotrope's Digest or the short fiction market thread over at Absolute Write. Aswiebe's Market List and Ralan are other great places to look too.

Otherwise, I'm just going to put calls for anthologies here that are open until filled.

Anthology: Bugs!
Publisher: Pill Hill Press
Description: Stories that involves bugs in some form or another for an anthology of imaginative tales.
Length:4,000 to 10,000 words
Payment: $10

Contest: Conquest Through Determination
Publisher: Pill Hill Press
Description: The time of Steampunk is upon us. From the moment the world first watched Jules Verne’s Nautilus explore the mysterious leagues of the sea, to this summer’s release of Cowboys and Aliens, Steampunk has become a fascination, neigh, an obsession to those who see the world through slightly different colored goggles. Pill Hill Press salutes this vision and is now seeking stunners of stories from today’s Steampunks.
Length: 2k -10k
Payment: Two editor's choice awards at $100 each. One writer's choice award at $50. Publication for all accepted stories.

Anthology: Fantastic Stories of the Imagination
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Description: I’m looking for stories that cover the entire science fiction, fantasy, and horror spectrum. I love magic realism (think Tim Powers and Neil Gaiman) and hard sf. I want a story to surprise me and to take me to unexpected places. I love word play, and would like to see stories with a literary bent, though decidedly not a pretentious bent. I could spend some time telling you what I don’t want, but I’ve found that good stories can make me buy them regardless of how many of my rules they violate. Let your imagination run wild, push and blur the limits of genre, or send me something traditional. I want it to see it all.
Length: I have no limit on story length but the longer the story is the better it will have to be.
Payment: $.10 per word (max $250)

Contest: Psycho Cinema
Publisher: Pill Hill Press
Description: We're looking for HORROR stories with a strong CINEMA theme... this can be interpreted by the author in any way that connects the short fiction to the movies, as long as there are strong elements of horror. Things like: horror at the movie theater, horror on a movie set, horror featuring a horror film actor (fiction only, please; let's not kill off real actors), horror at a drive-in theater, etc. As long as HORROR and HORROR MOVIES are present, the story will be considered.
Length:3,000 to 5,000 words
Payment: One editor's choice awards at $100 each. One writer's choice award at $50. Contributor runner up $15. Publication for all accepted stories.

Anthology: Tales From the Bell Club
Publisher: Knightwatch Press
Description: Stories must be suitable to be told in The Bell Club. A Gentleman's Club (which does allow women members) where the members relate their personal stories of supernatural horrors they have witnessed or experienced. Read guidelines for more info.
Length: 3,000-10,000 words
Payment: $25.00

Anthology: Queer Fish
Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
Description: For our “Queer Fish” anthology, Pink Narcissus Press is seeking short fiction that can be defined in all senses of the word “queer.” Send us gay fiction laced with elements of the unexpected, the eccentric, and the strange. Possible genres include – but are not limited to – paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy (urban and traditional), steampunk, and soft horror. Stories with a subplot of male/male romance are strongly preferred.
Length: Considering stories of any length.
Payment: .01 per word


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Jul. 10th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
I'll throw in a few more...
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Deadline: None
Description: Erotica publisher, looking for everything erotic (other than bestiality, rape, pedophilia, incest, and necrophilia - fine, rule out most of the stuff in Greek mythology...) from 20,000-100,000 words

Anthologies: Superhero Romance and Summer Olympics 2012
Publisher: Samhain
Deadline: September 1st (so you probably need it finished by now...)
Description: Pretty much what it says - romances either between super heroes or set in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Word count: 25,000-30,000

Publisher: BayCon
Deadline: September 15th
Description: Looking for one piece of flash fiction (<1,000 words) and one short story (<4,000 words) for the 2012 newsletter. Note that BayCon will only consider authors who a) do not meet SFWA qualifications and b) have done a "significant" workshop, completed a degree program in creative writing, or published at least one piece of fiction at a payment of >$0.01/word. Especially interested in stories that meet the theme "30th Anniversary Cruise".
Payment: $0.05/word ($50 minimum) and membership to BayCon

Publisher: Comets and Criminals
Deadline: None
Criteria: Want adventure, westerns, science fiction and historical fiction that is less than 10,000 words
Payment: $0.01/word, with a minimum payment of $10

Publisher: Escape Collective
Deadline: August 10th
Description: Escape themed stories of less than 7,500 words

Anthology: King Paul Crushes Your Face and You Like It
Deadline: September 30th
Description: Alpha male fantasy that goes to the depths of depravity. Except no rape or child porn. Only flash fiction (defined as less than 2,000 words)
Payment: $0.05/word

Jul. 10th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: I'll throw in a few more...
ooh I should have put the payment information in the descriptions above. Most of them pay nominal amounts, but I just got totally lazy, lol. I'll have to add those in tomorrow as well as the ones in your comment and a few more that I found about zombies.

Also, I just found one that's right up your alley:

Anthology: Bloody Fabulous
Publisher: Prime Books (Ekaterin Asedia editing)
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Description: Despite the prominence of clothing in urban fantasy, fashion is usually a supporting actor. In this anthology, we want to give it a center stage (or a runway). Let the tales of tormented designers and well-dressed vampires strut into the light, and finally get the attention they deserve. BLOODY FABULOUS is a collection of urban fantasy tales, featuring vampires as well as other supernatural creatures, but focusing on the world of fashion and its intersection with the uncanny. Get ready, get set, get fabulous!”
Word count: 1,000-7,500
Payment: $0.05/word

That one seems like so much fun that I may have to take a crack at it myself.
Re: I'll throw in a few more... - mutive - Jul. 10th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'll throw in a few more... - jessicajones_1 - Jul. 10th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'll throw in a few more... - mutive - Jul. 10th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 10th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
And a few more...
Anthology: Zombified
Publisher: SkyWarrior
Description: Any zombie story that is not zombie erotica. 500-7,000 words

Publisher: Darwin's Evolution
Description: I'm honestly not sure...they have a list of "don't wants", though.
Payment: $25 for stories, $50 for novellas, $300 for novels

Publisher: Linger Fiction
Deadline: None
Description: Flash fiction (<1,000 words)
Payment: $20

Publisher: Spine Tinglers
Deadline: None
Description: Anything that tingles the spine? (Unclear...) It should be under 5,000 words...more or less.
Payment: 25-100 Pounds

Contest: Identity Crisis Contest
Publisher: Redstone
Deadline: September 15
Description: Stories dealing with identity crises due to MMOs...or something along those lines. <4,000 words
Payment: $0.05/word

Publisher: Daily Science Fiction
Deadline: None
Description: Publishes science fiction, with a particular emphasis on flash fiction
Payment: $0.05/word

Publisher: Flash Fiction Online
Deadline: None
Description: Publishes flash fiction (500-1,000 words)
Payment: $50

Publisher: Every Day Fiction
Deadline: None
Description: Flash fiction (<1,000 words)
Jul. 11th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
Wow, this is getting to be pretty exhaustive. Thanks for posting all of these. There are definitely some weird ones out there, but a lot of them sound like they'd be worth a shot. And a deadline at the end of the month? Ooooh, pressure.

I figure I should mention Duotrope's Digest, since it hasn't been mentioned yet. It's sort of an online Writer's Market, for all sorts of genres. Anyway, duotrope dot com. Pretty well maintained.
Jul. 12th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC)
I also ran across Short Story Me! in my travels today. Anywhere that offers free things to read must accept them from authors, of course. According to their submission guidelines, they pay 1c / word, up to $10 US for a story, but still, getting published is nothing to scoff at.

What's more, their guidelines start with this little heartwarming encouragement:
"We like hard genre fiction. That means crime, detective, fantasy, horror, mystery and science fiction. Some people call "Literary" a separate kind of short story, but it's not. Genre fiction today can be just as literary as any fiction in the way it develops characters, spotlights the human condition and is told with elegant style."
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Jul. 17th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Glad you find it useful! I'm going to sticky it to the top of the main page so people can easily find it, and update it when I find something new.
Jul. 21st, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
OMG, I so want to do this:

Publisher: I like a Little Science in my Fiction
Contest: Off Earth Contest
Description: A contest for stories that use a newly discovered technology found off the planet earth
Payment: $0.05/word
Deadline: August 31st

Also lets not forget:

Publisher: Writers of the Future
Description: A four times a year contest for unprofessional (basically does not meet SFWA guidelines) writers. For science fiction and fantasy short stories.
Payment: $500-$5,000 plus a trip to a writing workshop
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oooh, and another!

Publisher: Hadley Rille Books
Anthology: A Quiet Shelter There
Description: An anthology about companion and service animals, with an emphasis on speculative fiction
Payment: $10 for stories, $5 for poems
Deadline: August 31st

And then there's the First 500 words contest. But that's only applicable to those who have a completed YA or MG manuscript, which I think rules out any of us. (If someone's interested, I'll post the info...but I suspect that I'll be the only one with a shot at this...assuming that I can somehow get another 30K words written in...yeah, 20 days. I think I can, I think I can!!!)
Jul. 26th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
And a few more!

Anthology: Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations
Deadline: October 31st
Description: Horror short stories set in lost civilizations (aka Atlantis, etc.)
Payment: $0.01/word

Anthology: Wuxia Stories
Deadline: Undetermined
Stories in which Wuxia (Chinese martial arts) play a major role
Payment: Probably $0.01/word, although undecided
Jul. 27th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, a great resource for searching for submission opportunities!


Definitely worth checking out. ;)
Jul. 30th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
AWww...thanks again for posting all of these. ;) I really want to do the Detrius one, now. Like, I have no idea how but...eek! That sounds so awesome in a weird kind of way!
Jul. 30th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Heh. No problem. I like to keep track of them for myself so I can make sure to get my ass in gear and get something written.

I like the Detrius one too (as well as several of the others that I won't have time to write for. Ack!). Have you decided on whether you're going to submit something for Writers of the Future? I totally feel like I should with the contest being that big and well respected, but I'm coming up at a loss for pure sci-fi/fantasy ideas atm. My stuff seems to be superhero/urban fantasy/zombie apocalypse focused atm. Maybe once I get the other two anthologies out of my brain and submitted, I can get fired up for that one. It just seems like too good of an opportunity not to write something for and keep trying every single quarter until I'm not eligible anymore.
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Aug. 10th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Another fun one (possibly mostly for me, but whatever...)

Contest: The Jacob Wonderbar Funny Writing Contest
Deadline: August 11th
Rules: Post a 350 word or less excerpt from your novel that is silly. (Or it can be a short story excerpt or whatever.
Prize: A book. And the knowledge that you won something. Wee!
Aug. 25th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oooh, so...Vestal Review is doing their next issue about fairy tales. ^_^

They're the original flash fiction publication, and only accept stories of <500 words. Deadline for fairy tales is Nov. 30th.
Aug. 26th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
That is really cool. I'm sad that no idea jumps to mind, because I love new things done with old fairy tales. I don't know if I'd ever be able to write a story that was 500 words or less though.
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Sep. 1st, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Another set:


Various deadlines. Includes "on sports", on "Shakespeare", and "Steampunk". I'm only tempted by sports, which sadly is due soonest. So maybe I'll wait for a few more themes to pop up. ;)
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Sep. 28th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Absolutely! And let us know if you find other interesting ones and I'll put them on the list.

There's also a lot more that can be found at Duotrope if they really want to dig - these are just the ones that I bookmarked that looked interesting to me.
Oct. 7th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
OMG, I kind of want to write something for classical horror. But what?

Oooh, and my werewolf story would totally work for the paranormal romance anthology Eternal Love. How totally random...
Oct. 7th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious that the werewolf story would work for Eternal Love. Do they allow simultaneous submissions? Because maybe you could send it to both?

I sort of want to write one for the redneck zombies from outer space anthology. I mean, I love classic b-rated horror movies, and it doesn't actually have to be about redneck zombies... Maybe I'll write a crawling hand story or something because I always thought those movies were hilarious where the evil killer disembodied hand goes on a spree. I'll have to see if I have the time, lol.
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Dec. 1st, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh, this is both a place to publish novellas and has a really cool anthology for super flash fiction (300 words or less) of book excerpts from books that never existed.

...I sort of want to write something for the second...

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