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Disgruntled Peony
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There are a handful of pro-paying fantasy and science fiction magazines that are open most of the time (for example, magazines like Fantasy & Science Fiction or Beneath Ceaseless Skies are usually only closed once or twice a year, and magazines like Strange Horizons open up from Monday to Tuesday every week except during the month of December). However, I personally have had more success with publication in limited calls and anthologies than with the big pro magazines. There are a lot of places that pay pro rates (or close to it) that only open once a year and then vanish into the void, sometimes never to return.

With that in mind, I thought I'd start up a thread for limited markets in case people are interested in expanding their horizons when it comes to submissions and the like. I'll update this when I can, but I'd love for other people to get in on the action and report things they've found.

Stuff I'm currently aware of includes:

Dreamforge Anvil (up to 4.5k words; 4 to 6c/word, depending--see link for details; closes 3/13/21)
It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility (up to 15k, although 7k or less is recommended; 8c/word; closes 2/28/21)
The Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction (this one is complicated, just read the guidelines in the link; closes 4/30/21)
Upon a Twice Time (1k-3k; 8 c/word; closes 2/28/21)

I guarantee this isn't all that's out there, but it's the stuff I had time to dig up. Feel free to link to other limited opportunities as you find them! I'll pop in as I find other things that catch my eye.  grinning

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Topic starter Posted : February 20, 2021 2:08 pm
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AliciaCay
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Ooh, this is a great idea. Thanks for starting this, Peony!

One of the MOST intimidating things for me as a new writer, ohhh so many years ago, was trying to figure out where and how to submit all the stories I wrote for WotF out to other markets.

The Submission Grinder is a great place to start, but ngl, I felt a bit overwhelmed trying to figure it all out at first. So, if anyone has any questions about the Grinder or how to find new markets, I would be happy to try and help. Honestly, I learned most of what I know about submitting by networking and meeting other authors, and then finding a group of fellow writers with whom I felt comfortable enough to ask questions about 'how' to submit and 'where' to submit.

I started writing short stories in order to enter the WotF contest, and now that I've been doing this for a few years, I have lots of stories to send out and keep out, so I'm always on the lookout. I'll try and post what I find here.

-xo

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Posted : February 21, 2021 1:16 pm
AliciaCay
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Anthology Calls: - 02.21.21

Street Magic by Camden Park Press - due Feb 28th - word count 7,000-9,000 words. Read what she wants carefully before submitting!
Payment is a Royalty Share.
https://www.camdenparkpress.com/streetmagic/

I know this editor, Lyn Worthen, from my attending Superstars Writing Seminars (You all should come next year! It was founded by several WotF judges and is a truly wonderful and fun experience. The awesome-sauce Moon Wulf convinced me to go last year, and went above and beyond to help me get there. It changed my writing life! Anyway...), and by all reports she puts out quality anthologies and is pleasant and professional to work with.

*I do not believe this anthology call is on the Submission Grinder

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Flame Tree Publishing
http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fan ... missions-0

The anthology call is for their Gothic Fantasy series, and the theme of this collection is called: Chilling Crimes.

From their write-up:
"We've looked at cozy crime and detective thrillers now its time to turn to the darker side, the cold cases, the grim murders, the desperate villains, and the race against time to solve the crime. We're seeking up to 20 new stories to join our powerful collection of Chilling Crime Short Stories, new and classic tales reaching back into ancient, medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian fiction: from Oedipus Rex to Medea, Thomas More's story of the Princes in the Tower, Scheherazade's "The Three Apples" and the chilling crime fiction of Dickens, Poe, Henry James, Baroness Orczy and Wilkie Collins."

Flame Tree is a Pro paying market (I believe they are currently 8 cents). The submission period for this anthology is Feb 22 - March 14th, and the word count length is most likely to be successful between 2,000-4,000 (but they will read slightly outside that range also).

Several forumites (including Ms. Peony ♥) have been published in Flame Tree anthologies. They are really beautiful books, and from all accounts, easy to work with.

*Flame Tree puts their anthology calls on the Submission Grinder, usually under the theme. This one will be Chilling Crimes.

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The deadline on this one is Feb 25th. Sorry for the short notice!! But maybe you've already got something that will work and have been searching for a place to send it, yah?

1986 Anthology by The Dread Machine
https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/ ... anthology/

From their website:
Do you remember a time before the internet? Before we each carried a lifeline in our pockets? Before security cameras documented everything? Back when parents didn’t worry about their kids until after the street lights popped on? Do you remember how it felt to step into the neon-lit arcade on a Friday night, your pockets heavy with quarters?

For our very first anthology, we’re seeking dread-inspiring stories that take place in 1986—either the 1986 of our reality (Stranger Things) or an alternate version (Tales From the Loop). Bring us back to a simpler, scarier time. Let’s make something radical together.

Word count: 3,000-10,000 words, and payment is at the Pro level at 8 cents a word. Read the submission guidelines carefully!

*This anthology is on the Submission Grinder

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Peony mentioned this one, but I think it's worth mentioning twice (Lol).

Upon a Twice Time by Air and Nothingness Press.
http://aanpress.com/submissions.html

These stories are Fairy Tale mash-ups. Word count 1,000-3,000 words. He pays 8 cents a word, which is Pro pay, however, this is not considered a Pro market through SFWA, so I don't *believe* a sale to this market will count against you regarding submitting to WotF.

When you go to the page, click on the download PDF link for more information about what Todd (the editor/owner) is looking for.

Also, find Air and Nothingness Press on Twitter and peruse their posts. Todd puts up lots of helpful information about which Fairy Tales they've gotten lots of submissions about, etc. He likes interesting, lesser known, Fairy tales, and he loves strange and unusual stories with lots of heart (feels).

The forum's very own Rebecca E. Treasure was published in "Upon a Once Time", the first anthology in this series, and her story is SO good! I highly recommend a visit to A&N Press's website to buy a copy of that anthology and support her. And if you're feeling frisky, I was fortunate enough to be accepted and published in their "The Wild Hunt" anthology. (you can find both here: http://aanpress.com/aanorder.html )

This publisher does beautiful anthologies with exceptional art and awesome stories. I highly recommend checking them out and supporting them in any way you can, even if it's just sharing their tweets and/or promoting their kickstarters.
Rebecca and I can both verify that Todd is a pleasure to work with, and he puts out a high-quality anthology. ♥

*This anthology is on the Submission Grinder

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Read all submission guidelines carefully!

If you run into an confusions, please feel free to post your questions, or if you like you can PM me. I am more than happy to try and help!

I'll post more anthology calls as I find them, or they come out. Let us know if you hear of any!

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Posted : February 21, 2021 2:05 pm
AliciaCay
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Webzine and Online Markets - 02.21.21

Apparition Literary Magazine
https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

AppLit publishes 4 themed issues a year. The current call is open February 15th - February 28th, and is called: CHANCES

This a semi-pro publication, but don't let that discourage you, they put out a quality publication.
Word Count: 1,000 - 5,000 words
Pay: 3 cents a word (min of $30)

I recommend reading some of the stories they publish, but only because they are usually really beautiful stories with lovely prose! You can find and read stories from them online for free. Check it out Smile
*AppLit is on the Submission Grinder

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UPCOMING CALLS:

Lightspeed Magazine
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

They have a limited time open call coming up, and it is for "Fantasy" themed stories only.
Limited Demographic Submission Window: BIPOC authors only: March 1st - March 7th
Open Submission Period: March 8th - March 14th

Word Count: 1,500-10,000 words
Payment: 8 cents a word (Lightspeed is a Pro market)

*Lightspeed Magazine is on the Submission Grinder

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Constelación Magazine (Constellation)
https://www.constelacionmagazine.com/

Constellation Magazine is a bilingual magazine with 4 themed issues planned (so far). Stories can be submitted in either English or Spanish, and will be translated by them, then published in both languages. (I think this is super cool!) They also have really beautiful artwork, and have an official mascot for their magazine (the adorable capybaras. so cute!!). Follow them on Twitter, as the ladies that run this magazine will share tidbits and seem to be super cool humans.

They open for Issue #3 on March 15th - April 1st.
Theme is: Beyond the Stars / Más allá de las estrellas

Word Count: Up to 6,400 words
Payment: 8 cents a word

*Constelacion Magazine is on the Submission Grinder

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Posted : February 21, 2021 2:38 pm
AliciaCay
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Contests:

On the Premise
https://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

From their website:
Short Story Contest #37: REPAIRS
For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which one or more characters try to repair something. The “something” can be tangible (e.g., a smartphone, a bad haircut, a broken leg) or intangible (e.g., a relationship). The judges don’t care whether the characters succeed in their repair efforts, so long as they try.

GENRE RULES: No fiction aimed at readers younger than 12, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top grossout horror, and no stories that are obvious parodies of existing fictional worlds/characters created by other authors. Other than that, we’ll take anything from the most super-realistic literary drama to crazy farces (real-world or otherwise) to any variant of science fiction or fantasy you can imagine. Read our past issues and you’ll see.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, FRIDAY, March 5, 2021.

One entry per author. There is no fee for entering this contest.

Remember to take all identifying information out of your story! Tell us who you are in the space provided in the web form cover letter you get when you click on the “submit” button, NOT in your story! No headers, no bylines… just the story.

*On the Premises is on the Submission Grinder

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Baen Fantasy Adventure Award - Contest
https://www.baen.com/contest-faa

From their website:
Write and submit a short story of no more than 8,000 words. It must be a work of fantasy, though all fantasy genres are open, e.g. epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, contemporary fantasy, etc.

No entry fee. But only one submission per person...we suggest your best one!
No reprints (i.e. the story must be unpublished).
All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, settings and/or characters from published gaming worlds or another author’s works of fiction will not be considered.
Contest opens for submissions on February 14th, 2021 at 12:01am EDT.
Contest closes for submissions April 30th, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.

*Baen Fantasy Adventure Award is on the Submission Grinder

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Posted : February 21, 2021 2:38 pm
AliciaCay
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Fantasy Magazine

Hey all,

Just a reminder that Fantasy Magazine is open for submissions this week - March 1-March 7, only!
http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/

From their website:
Fantasy is open to submissions the first week of every month (1st-7th). Please do not query about submitting outside our open submission periods.

Fantasy is seeking original fantasy and dark fantasy stories. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. If you’re not sure whether your story is fantasy (vs. horror or science fiction) go ahead and submit and let the editors decide. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. Do not submit more than one short story at a time.

SPECIAL NOTE: Fantasy Magazine is unique in that they request all submissions be anonymous.
From their website: Fantasy only accepts anonymous submissions. Do not include your name, address, phone number, or other similar identifiers on the manuscript. All original short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry submissions will be read anonymously on first read: moving out of slush depends on the merits of the story alone. Please make sure the title is on the manuscript.
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They are a Pro market with pro pay; 8 cents a word; and recognized by SFWA.
Word Count: Up to 7500 words
Editors: Christie Yant and Arley Sorg

Find them both on Twitter and follow them. They both post regularly, and sometimes give insight into their slush reading or rejectomancy information. Arley especially often tweets positive messages about submitting. Things we all like to hear.

Send those stories out, and good luck!

~A. ♥

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Posted : March 1, 2021 11:58 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Just popping in to let you guys know that Lightspeed Magazine is open to fantasy submissions from the 8th to the 15th. You can sub via Moksha here. (They have their guidelines available at the above link, as well.)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
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Topic starter Posted : March 8, 2021 4:59 am
Disgruntled Peony
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For anyone here aged 15 to 19

Gabino Iglesias is working with a few different small presses to throw together a YA horror anthology specifically oriented toward publishing YA horror by YA authors. 1.5k to 3k. Deadline: June 1st. Payment is a $100 sholarship. Full details here.

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, ?, ?, ?
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Topic starter Posted : March 9, 2021 12:18 am
Dustin Adams
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I'll add that Dreamforge Anvil is on Kickstarter and one of the rewards is a webinar by Wulf Moon (I've already signed up)!

“NAIL YOUR OPENING: How Driving to the Story Creates Accidents.” This webinar is part of author Wulf Moon’s award-winning SUPER SECRETS Workshops. 1.5 hours, and it is indeed a workshop, there will be a writing exercise, plus time for questions and discussion. 100% of the pledge amount goes toward paying hopeful writers for their stories in DreamForge Anvil. The 2020 Critter Awards named Wulf Best Author, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story, Best Writers’ Workshop, and Best Writers’ Resource of 2020.

This update was in his latest Wulf Pack e-mail (are you signed up?).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sc ... write-them

2x Finalist
2x Semi
4x Silver
9x HM
Eight EDF stories. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Posted : March 9, 2021 1:52 am
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I'll add that Dreamforge Anvil is on Kickstarter and one of the rewards is a webinar by Wulf Moon (I've already signed up)!

“NAIL YOUR OPENING: How Driving to the Story Creates Accidents.” This webinar is part of author Wulf Moon’s award-winning SUPER SECRETS Workshops. 1.5 hours, and it is indeed a workshop, there will be a writing exercise, plus time for questions and discussion. 100% of the pledge amount goes toward paying hopeful writers for their stories in DreamForge Anvil. The 2020 Critter Awards named Wulf Best Author, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story, Best Writers’ Workshop, and Best Writers’ Resource of 2020.

This update was in his latest Wulf Pack e-mail (are you signed up?).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sc ... write-them

Thanks for sharing, Dustin! And thanks for joining my Wulf Pack Club at driftweave.com! There's a cool prize in every box! (Well, in each club letter : ).

Here's the other cool thing those signing up for my DreamForge workshop don't know about. When you take one of my paid workshops, you get an invitation into my private Wulf Pack Club Discord chat group. It's the only way to get in. You can have live discussions with me there about any questions on story, marketing, even your WotF submission! It's free to workshop members right now, and there are many accomplished writers in it to give you a helping hand. A word at the right time can make all the difference! So can having quick access to someone that might have the answer you seek. When you add up all the subscriptions, digital back issues, and the Best Of print book included with this, it really is like getting the workshop for free. And 100% of the pledge goes to paying hopeful writers for their stories. Scot Noel, a WotF Vol. 6 winner, guarantees that. I'm thinking those hopeful writers will be some of you . . . but only if they fund. They are $1200 short with just over a week to go. If they don't fund, Scot says they'll run out of funds to buy stories this summer. And that's sad if that happens, because they built a beautiful magazine, and dedicated the space this year to helping aspiring writers get published. It's a noble cause, just like WotF, but they don't have the funding WotF does. This is a passion project of Scot and Jane's. They do it because they love positive SF and those that create it.

We have a lot of members here. We care about our industry. We all are doing our best to improve our craft and share our visions with the world. So is DreamForge. Help them help YOU. Even pledging for a subscription will help, and through the Kickstarter, it's only $10 for a year, six issues! That's normally $17. I've been commissioned to write SUPER SECRETS articles on writing for them as well, and as you all know, many have used these Secrets to help them get published, even to win this contest. Well, the articles I'm doing for DreamForge are SUPER-DUPERCHARGED. They are the expanded SUPER SECRETS I am writing for the books being published this year. YOU get advanced access to them through DreamForge. But only if they fund.

Thank all of you considering how to support this important Kickstarter. Thank you for supporting DreamForge Anvil. Even sharing on your social media helps! We all have the power to bring forth light!

https://bit.ly/DFKicks

Wulf Moon invites you to JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://driftweave.com
Critters Awards: BEST AUTHOR 2019 & 2020; BEST SF&F STORY 2018, 2019, 2020
Wulf Moon's Super Secrets BEST WORKSHOP 2019, 2020; BEST WRITERS' RESOURCE 2020
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 and
BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020 https://bit.ly/34M9BTp
NEW! Don't miss "Shaken, Not Stirred" & "Behind the Scenes" & "Nail Your Opening" FREE to read (but do subscribe) in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!

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Posted : March 11, 2021 7:06 am
Wulf Moon
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A quick update on DreamForge Anvil Magazine. They received 500 submissions on their submissions call before they closed. I hope many of you submitted stories, as their mission this year is to publish aspiring writers. May the Force be with you!

The best way to target a market is to read their issues and discern what the editor's tastes are. Their Kickstarter is offering a year's online subscription for only $10, which is regularly $17. Support the markets you submit to. It will ensure they will be there for you and for others, and will allow them to keep sharing your stories with the world. They also did a workshop bundle over the weekend. It's an incredible price for three workshops, and includes one of my Super Secrets Workshops that have helped so many here get published and even win this contest! These are online and covid free! 100% of the pledged funds goes to paying aspiring writers for their stories. They are only $200 away from reaching their goal, but as you know with Kickstarters, you either hit it or you get nothing. Six days left to help them! Thank you to all that help this nonprofit magazine, run by a WotF winner, to keep bringing the world fresh new speculative fiction stories! Maybe even yours . . . but only if they fund. Cheers!

https://bit.ly/DFKicks

Wulf Moon invites you to JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://driftweave.com
Critters Awards: BEST AUTHOR 2019 & 2020; BEST SF&F STORY 2018, 2019, 2020
Wulf Moon's Super Secrets BEST WORKSHOP 2019, 2020; BEST WRITERS' RESOURCE 2020
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 and
BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020 https://bit.ly/34M9BTp
NEW! Don't miss "Shaken, Not Stirred" & "Behind the Scenes" & "Nail Your Opening" FREE to read (but do subscribe) in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!

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Posted : March 15, 2021 7:23 am
Dustin Adams
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I subbed my Q2 SHM from last year. We'll see!

Which reminds me, I have to dust off the Submission Grinder and log that one in.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
4x Silver
9x HM
Eight EDF stories. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Posted : March 15, 2021 7:59 am
Wulf Moon
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DreamForge funded yesterday, which means another year for them, and this year their entire focus is on publishing aspiring writers, which means writers like YOU! They have a push goal now to produce not just digital, but a print issue again, what they are famous for. I’ve still got openings in my donated workshop, and it’s being recorded for posterity. Title is “Nail Your Opening: How Driving to the Story Creates Accidents.” But hurry! There’s just a few days left to support!

Thank you to all that already have supported DreamForge. Be sure to put that in your cover letters when you submit them stories when they open once again. As other editors have told me, it does help you get noticed. You helped keep them alive, and they always appreciate that.

Cheers!

https://bit.ly/DFKicks

Wulf Moon invites you to JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://driftweave.com
Critters Awards: BEST AUTHOR 2019 & 2020; BEST SF&F STORY 2018, 2019, 2020
Wulf Moon's Super Secrets BEST WORKSHOP 2019, 2020; BEST WRITERS' RESOURCE 2020
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 and
BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020 https://bit.ly/34M9BTp
NEW! Don't miss "Shaken, Not Stirred" & "Behind the Scenes" & "Nail Your Opening" FREE to read (but do subscribe) in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!

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Posted : March 16, 2021 6:43 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Constelación Magazine (up to 6.4k; 8 cents/word; closes 4/1/21; theme is "Beyond the Stars / Más allá de las estrellas.")
Darkness Blooms, a Dread Machine anthology (2k-10k; 8 cents/word + 1 hard-copy and two paperback contributor copies; theme involves identity, security, and community; heavy preference for sci-fi, fantasy [especially sword and sorcery] a hard sell.)
Escape Pod (1.5-6k; 8 cents/word; closes 5/31/21; sci-fi.)
Midnight Beyond the Stars (2.5-6k; 6 cents/word; closes 4/30/21; sci-fi; looking for original alien horror stories with a The Thing/Alien/The Blob/Critters/Night of the Creeps kind of vibe.)
Nightmare Magazine (1.5-7.5k; 8 cents/word; closes 3/20/21; horror/dark fantasy; do not submit stories previously rejected by Lightspeed.)
Podcastle (up to 6k; 8 cents/word; closes 3/31/21; fantasy.)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
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Topic starter Posted : March 16, 2021 7:31 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Okay, twins started potty training this week so I don't have as much time for this thread as I'd like. HOWEVER! Stewart C. Baker posted an excellent list on Twitter of venues that are/will be open this month. Check it out.

https://twitter.com/stewartcbaker/status/1377690764726038529?s=19

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, ?, ?, ?
Ticknor Tales

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